Adventures in Paper Flower Making

When you’re planning a wedding, you find yourself making a lot more decisions than you ever thought possible. One of my big ones was flowers. I’m making all our wedding flowers out of paper. Yes you read that right.

Topher and I are both not huge fans of real flowers. I mean, it seems like such a huge cost for something that you can only use for one day. But then you can also argue that isn’t that what half the stuff in your wedding is?

paper flower making - orange, pink and blue

I think it’s just the fact that flowers die so quickly is what got us. So when I was browsing Pinterest after getting engaged, I stumbled across the concept of paper flowers. It seemed like the perfect solution. Make flowers that won’t die. Guests can take them home and anything that’s left over can be recycled since it’s paper. Plus I can keep things like my bouquet forever.

paper flower making - prototypes

Of course people had their doubts when I suggested my flower making plans, but honestly thats the usual response I get to my arty and slightly weird at times ideas. I’m able to see the big picture and what things are going to look like in the end, while people close to me can’t. Topher even raised his eyebrows at me when I suggested it.

Luckily, once I started making prototypes, my family and friends have been getting on board and even helping me cut out petals. That’s an awesome group I’ve got there. Plus I have to thank Topher for putting up with not being able to eat at the dining room table. Sorry Topher!

paper flower making - mess

My main set of flowers which will be used for table decorations and bouquets are the fuchsia and blue ones. I love how bright and happy they look. I just need to add some greenery into the bunches I’ve made so far and they’ll be perfect.

paper flower making - large orange

The large orange ones I think I’ll use in displays, like on the top table and around the signage I’m planning on having. And as for the small pink ones, those won’t be the final colours of it but maybe I’ll use them for buttonholes? I’m not sure yet. Either way, I’m feeling a lot more accomplished now that I have four types of flowers.

paper flower making - small pink

Now it’s less than 5 months to go until the big day so please excuse me while I get back to my glue gun!

Am I crazy? Did you take on a big project like this for your wedding – or would you plan on doing so in the future?

See my other wedding articles:

We’re Engaged

The Proposal: His Story

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips for Introverts

Wedding Dress Rage

How to Stay Zen when Planning a Wedding

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Floating Shelves in the Master Bedroom

Our floating shelves are finally up! I had them three quarters done a few weeks ago but it turns out I hadn’t put them in very well. And the last shelf I put in a place where I needed to drill through wood to get it in. So thanks dad! Now they’re perfect.

Floating Shelves - bed

With our house being a new build, the rooms are a little on the small side. In our bedroom there was already a fitted wardrobe which left us room for a bed and a laundry basket. No chest of drawers. Not practical but not the end of the world either.

I decided the best solution was to get a bed which had storage underneath. Enter IKEA. We got the Malm bed which had two huge drawers underneath. After adding in those fabric separators, they were good to go for all our other clothing that would usually go in a chest of drawers.

The only problem with this plan is that the drawers take up the entire floor when opened which meant no room for bedside tables. So that’s where we came up with the floating shelf plan.

Floating shelves - my side

Floating shelves - his side

As you can see they’re not styled at all (sniggers) but we only just got them up and they’re more functional at this point. I don’t know if we’ll ever be those people who choose style over function.

Eventually once we’ve decided on colours, we’ll be painting this room too. And getting a lampshade! I’ve mentioned how much I hate the dirty beige colour that the entire house was painted in and so I can’t wait until it’s completely gone! We should have painted in here before adding the shelves but we have no idea what colour and we needed the shelves sooner.

Floating shelves - luna

Another small home improvement. Little by little we’re making this house a home and I love it more and more. I can’t believe it’s almost been a year that we’ve lived here.

See here for my other home improvement posts:

Snippets of Home

My Garden

Our Guest Room Quote Wall

The Landing – The After Shot

The Kitchen Nook Gallery Wall

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Top Picks #42

1.Laptop Case, £42.50 – Dessi Designs @Etsy

Because I don’t have enough polkadots in my life apparently. I’ve been wanting a laptop case for years now but never found the right one. This one is awesome.

2. Dungaree dress, £24.99 – H&M*

I like the idea of having something like this for my capsule wardrobe that I’ll eventually be having. Imagine how many different things you could wear it with! And the fact that you could wear it all year round depending on tights, t-shirts, jumpers etc. So versatile.

3. Vase, £18 – Oliver Bonas*

This seems like quite a grown up choice for me. I’m not entirely sure where I’d put it in my house but I’d love to put some bright yellow flowers in it wherever it goes. It looks so summery and happy.

4. Top, £15 – Dorothy Perkins*

Yep, still attracted to the monochrome. I love colour but there doesn’t appear to be much of it in the shops at the moment. Just me? Ah well, I still like the detail on this scalloped lace top.

5. Shoes, $54.99 – Modcloth*

I love these shoes! They’re not exactly what I would usually go for but there’s just something about them that I like. The pattern is fun and summery and I can totally see myself wearing them with a sleeveless top and jeggings. They also come in blue!

6. Skirt, £95 – ASOS*

This skirt is insane! I love it. Absolutely no idea where I’d wear it but isn’t it cool? I’d probably wear it like the model does and just wear a plain top to balance things out. Though I’d wear sandals, not trainers! I’m definitely not down with the kids enough for that!

7. Scissors, £5.95 – Ohh Deer

These may be a bit ridiculous and indulgent but I love them. Everyone needs pretty scissors right?

8. Pen, £3 – Accessorize

This pen makes me giggle. That’s all. It’s just so fluffy!

What’s on your wish list this week?

Items marked * contain affiliate links. Opinions as always are my own.

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How to Stay Zen when Planning a Wedding

Ah wedding planning.

It all seems so simple when he’s gotten down on one knee and asked you to marry him. You look forward to getting a pretty dress, inviting all your friends and above all things, being married to the one you love.

I’ll be truthful, wedding planning is a breeze…until other people get involved. Suddenly you find yourself stressing over the silliest of things just because someone is bothered by the wording in your invitation or what you’ve picked for the meal or the inevitable seating plan hoopla. That and the things people try to give you to use in the wedding that aren’t either to the theme of the wedding or to your taste or both.

So fellow bride to be’s, here are my tips on how to stay zen when planning a wedding.

Smile and nod

Especially in the early days of your engagement, you’ll get a lot of people trying to give you advice. Some of it is great. And some of it is bollocks. No I’m not forgoing a seating plan and just letting everyone sit where they want. And no we’re not hiring a DJ.

Smile and nod for the bollocks to avoid an argument. They’re just giving advice, who says you have to take it?

Let the little things go

A lot of wedding details are trivial so think about how much they mean to you. When you find yourself about to have a meltdown you have to ask yourself, does it really matter? Like in the grand scheme of things, will it actually affect the whole day?

Originally we wanted a small wedding. Maybe 50 or so people we thought. Turns out we know more people than we think. So that’s something we had to let go of. I’ve read that you tend to regret not inviting people more than inviting people. Well, unless that person you invited got drunk, trashed the buffet and fell asleep in the middle of the dance floor or something like that.

If costs allow, it’s ok to invite a few extra people if they will make a positive difference to your day.

Don’t let the big things go

In complete contrast to the above tip, know when to put your foot down. If it’s something that’s important to you then fight for it. Not literally but with words. Like as lovely as the floral crown my grandma wore on her wedding day was, it just isn’t my style. Be polite and don’t be a dick. That’s directed at you the reader, not my grandma.

Topher and I want beef for our main course. We love the beef. But we were told maybe to switch to chicken because a couple of people don’t like beef. Since there are around 70 people coming to the wedding, we put our foot down. We picked out an awesome vegetarian dish that people who don’t like beef can have instead. We have people with actual allergies to cater for so those are the ones who take priority. You can’t please everyone.

Laugh when you feel like crying

Last week, Topher and I found out that my cousin has booked his wedding 1 week before ours. In Jordan. So the week before our wedding we’ll be out of the country. Did I feel like crying for a minute? Sure. But after an initial 2am freakout, Topher and I just laughed.

In the grand scheme of things, it will all be ok. Yes I have to get two passports now (mine expired last month and I was waiting until I was married to renew it) and we have to be super organised so everything is sorted before we go, but hey, we get a few days of sunshine! You’ve got to look on the bright side.

Give as much information out as you can

When it comes to guest information, give people as much information as possible and as early as possible. If people are coming from far away, make sure they know how to find out where to stay early on so they don’t bug you later when you’re more stressed.

Ask for help when you need it

As stressful as it may be getting more people involved, sometimes it’s necessary. Especially when it comes to DIYs for the wedding. It may be hard for a control freak such as myself but I felt so much better after asking my bridesmaids and mum to help with making things. Is it worth getting yourself stressed over trying to do everything yourself?

Wedding Planning - Topher and Diane

So that’s it. What are your tips for keeping zen during wedding planning?

See my other wedding articles:

We’re Engaged

The Proposal: His Story

Wedding Dress Shopping Tips for Introverts

Wedding Dress Rage

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My Week #38 – Freakshakes & World Domination

*Making some plans the old fashioned way *Our couple of the year mugs

*Healthy meals *Not so healthy meals

So this has been a bit of a funny week. Is it summer yet? The grey weather and dark days are getting to me big time. But on the bright side, I’m feeling a lot more focused this week after sitting at my kitchen table and having a master plan session for Begin.Create. I’ve feeling a bit lost since the launch, just letting everything tick over instead of forging ahead. So this planning session was much needed and I feel so much better now.

Also this week I tried my first ever freakshake which I have to say is not really worth the sick feeling you get afterwards! The good thing about it is that it makes a great photo. This was had at Rocky’s Easy Diner in Ashton. Though I regretful about the dessert, I certainly wasn’t about the burger. The mac and cheese burger was heaven! And the whole place is halal which is awesome. Will definitely be going back to sample more of the menu.

On the Slimming World front I lost 1/2lb this week which was disappointing but at least it’s a loss. I’m definitely not going to turn my nose up at it. After realising that we’re exactly 3 stone apart and close to the next stone bracket, Topher and I decided that we’re going to lose 4lbs each next week. So fingers crossed, I really feel focused so far and have even resisted the cake on offer at Ziferblat today. Stay tuned.

In wedding related news I’m full speed ahead on flower making. And just some advice to newly engaged couples – planning a wedding is not stressful…until your family gets involved! I will say no more but hope for more relaxing times ahead. Zen. And speaking of zen I’ve just found out some news which involves us having to be on a plane 5 days before our wedding… More on that to come!

So that’s all for me. How was your week?

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