Saturday, 30 September 2017

Enhancing a Wedding Planner with Washi Tape and Lettering

Hello!  Sorry it's been a while, time is flying lately!

I just thought I'd show you the beautiful wedding planner my parents bought Rob and I when we got engaged...

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It's hard to capture in a photo, but the lettering is in metallic rose gold - it's very pretty!

Inside, it is a ruled notebook made from nice good quality paper.  I decided to create my own section header pages, using washi tape and some fancy lettering...

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The first section is 'Venues' - detailing all the venues we went to visit (9 of them!) with our notes on each one, our shortlist, and then our final selection.

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'Beauty' is for details on my hair and make-up artist for the big day.

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'The Dress!' earned an exclamation mark, because... well, it's about... the dress!  Exciting!

To create the lettering, I have been using 'King Basil Lite' font to type the words on my laptop.  I then put the paper over to trace them in pencil, then fill them in with a black biro.  I guess I could use a black felt-tip pen for a more even fill-in - but for some reason the coloured in with a biro look is working for me!

The washi tape is a roll of co-ordinated tape in pale pink, mint and gold that I bought in a Michael's when I went on holiday to Florida earlier this year - it's good to have a use for it!

The wedding planning is ongoing, so there will be more sections, but I think you get the idea...

For other wedding crafting (there hasn't been much yet!) see my bridesmaid proposal message in a bottle.

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Garden Diaries 2 : Gladiolus Grandiflorus - Orleans

Who'd have thought it - another garden/flower related post!  This will be the last one for a while, though, as I have nothing else to report really.  Maybe next Spring, although wedding plans may scupper that (but that's fine with me!)

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We bought a pack of different bulbs which we planted in the spring.  They included these Gladiolus Grandiflorus flowers, in the colour Orleans.  They grew and they grew, without much sign of any flower ever appearing.  We also didn't know what to expect, as it was a mixed bag of bulbs and we had no idea which ones were growing these tall shoots.  (Remember that we are complete newbie gardeners!)

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When they did flower, they were really quite impressive.  Very tall and lovely blooms!

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Some of them seemed too heavy for their own good, though, and flopped over.  These two in the pictures (mostly just the same one I've pictured), however, stood up tall for quite some time.  Only in the last week have they drooped and I'm not sure whether it was because we had a big rain storm that battered them down.

ant to find out more about planting Gladiolus Grandiflorus?  Click to see these impressive flowers in the pink colour Orleans.

But I took these pictures before that happened!

SUMMARY

Ease of planting:  Pretty easy - just plant bulbs in the soil.

Plant:  Spring (March to May)

Flowers:  Summer (seemed to be late-ish summer from my recollection - apparently July to September)

Prettiness of flowers:  Lovely.

Recurrence:  Apparently these bulbs will die during the cold months, unless you 'overwinter' them (I've just been googling!)  That seems to involve digging them up and storing them out of the cold - that's not going to happen!!

Will I plant again:  Probably, but the floppiness was a bit off-putting (oooh errrr).

Tips for next year:  Plant them where they might have a bit of support, to counter the floppiness.  Maybe against a fence or something, and stake them to keep them up.

Can you see a few of the remaining pretty Godetia flowers dotted about?!


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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Colour Block Crochet Blanket - Update

It's been a while since I updated you on the progress of my colour block crochet blanket.  Although slow, progress has been made!

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I have now finished 9 of the 12 planned squares.  The squares are about 29cm x 29cm so quite big, as the idea is to have big bold blocks of colour, rather than smaller motifs.

That also means less ends, which can only be a good thing!  Although, I still haven't kept on top of them, as you can see.

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I have nearly finished the 10th square, so once I've completed that there will just be a couple more to make!  Then it will be all the border and joining work...

What do you think?  It's definitely going to be a bright one!!



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