Wedding mantlepiece dressing

Paper honeycombs, fans and pinwheels can really make a wedding mantlepiece extra special

One of my favourite things about getting our wedding venue ready was dressing the gorgeous mantlepiece at the Oak Tree of Peover. I used paper honeycombs and fans bought from Party Ark, handmade pinwheels (find an easy-to-follow guide here), a My Mind’s Eye garland and signage in gold and cream frames – the And So The Adventure Begins sign is a downloadable I bought from The Heart Collective on Etsy, while the other one is a line from an e.e.cummings poem, i carry your heart with me, which I designed myself in Illustrator.

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Four crafts to try this Bank Holiday

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Clockwise from top left: Stitched notebooks by How Did You Make This; marbled paper by Honestly WTF; Pom poms by Mollie Makes; Painted flower pots by Chloe LarkinΒ 

It’s Bank Holiday, it’s probably going to be raining – why not stay in and make some stuff. These are four really easy projects that I’m going to try – I’ll let you know how I get on…

I have some great We R Memory Keepers stitching templates, including one of a fox I’ve been dying to try out, so I’m going to make at least one of these cute stitched notebooks. My garden is thriving thanks to the weather, but in terms of actual work has been sadly neglected. I doubt I’ll be able to spend much time out there over the weekend, but I’ll make some of these flower pots and dream of a time when I can – fingers crossed for our usual Indian Summer in September.

I’ve loved pom poms since I was a kid – I once had a kit that meant you could make a little brown pom pom bear, it was adorable. I’ve been toying with the idea of making a pom pom garland or a wall hanging for in my hall once it’s painted pale grey, but I also rather like Mollie Makes’ suggestion of hanging them from drawer handles.

I accidentally over-ordered white card blanks, so I’m going to see if this marbling technique works on them (or if it just ends up a soggy mess!).

What craft and DIY projects are you planning for the long weekend?

 

More adventures in hand lettering

Over on my other blog (which is soon to become “my old blog”) you may have read my review of Abbey Sy’s wonderful, beautiful book on handlettering, and my admission that I’m far too impatient to have made the most of it on my first attempt. Who hasn’t been there, huh?

Despite my total failure to be instantly good at handlettering, trying Abbey’s book definitely got me hooked on playing with my new calligraphy pens and I spent a merry evening last week trying to get to grips with basic scripts.

What I *wanted* to achieve was something frameable with the words “You’re my best friend”, to remind my husband and I of our first dance at our wedding in June. What I *actually* achieved, as I tried to perfect my “f”s, was a dining table covered in odd bits of paper with the word “friend” all over them, which made me look… well psychotic, to be honest.

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Practise, practise, practise. It actually became a bit addictive making those swirly f shapes. And it paid off because next day was Friday – or Friyay as the wonderful woman in the shop where I bought my wedding dress calls it. To be fair, if I spent my days in there I’d be pretty chipper, too (I can’t really complain, I do PR for a museum for god’s sake, it’s hardly roadsweeping).

Anyway, in her honour, I managed a slightly smudgy but definitely respectable “Friyay”. On vellum, no less!

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I also managed some hellos – some in script and some in a double lines, sort-of angular font which actually isn’t too far from my own handwriting, but I guess that’s kind of the point, no?

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I also found an awesome graphic I’d pinned by Erica McPhee, which I discovered on the Besotted blog, which I think is going to really help:

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Do any of you have good resources or inspiration boards you can share with me?

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