My Week #49 – Crafts, Makeovers & Shopping

*Viking Arty Party *Homemade bean burgers

*Shopping trip *DIY times in the living room

Ugh stress!

What started out as a chill week quickly slid down into a stress zone of paint, a kitchen full (and I mean full) of furniture and the realisation that my wedding is in less than 80 days. So, lets start with the good stuff.

I had a great weekend.

On Saturday I went to the #VikingArtyParty event and then had a mini shopping spree which I wrote about here and here.

Then on Sunday I got up early and did my first car boot of the season. I did it solo which wasn’t ideal but it was better that than not at all. I didn’t make loads but I got rid of loads of big bulky things that were taking up space in my house so yay. Also, it was randomly sunny that day which I was not expecting so got a little sunburned on my cheeks. And hello freckles!

Operation Living Room is fully under way

The floor fitters came on Tuesday and were done and dusted super quick. So quick that I decided to go ahead and steam the horrible wallpaper off the wall since the room was completely empty. Sorted. Having planned on moving all the furniture we’d stored in the kitchen back in that evening, Topher said why not just go ahead and paint. I thought that was a good idea – why not? It’s all ready and it would save moving things in and out of the room.

So off I popped to B&Q to get the paint we had picked out last week. Rookie error though – I didn’t get enough as it turned out and had to go back and get more yesterday. Silly girl. It’s been really stressful as we haven’t been able to use the kitchen properly for 3 days now and we haven’t let the cats downstairs at all so they’ve been letting me know their disgust at the situation. In the middle of the night. What I wouldn’t give for a nap right now!

But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I finished painting this morning and will be moving the furniture back in this evening. Now the only thing left is to sell off the old furniture. A task which has proven harder than we first thought. But we’ll get there.

Wedding panics ensue

With getting the second bridesmaid dress proving a lot harder than I first imagined, I began to panic a lot this week. Finding a dressmaker to make a dress from scratch was really difficult and also a lot more expensive than I first realised. So in the end I took the advice of one I spoke to. Get a dress from China and have it altered when it arrives. So that’s what I did. I got that one and also one to replace the one that already arrived just in case things didn’t match. So fingers crossed. It’s out of my hands now.

I think my main panic at the moment is that I haven’t been able to get to my flower supplies for like a week because of all the work being done so I’m falling behind. Luckily after tonight I’ll be able to get back on it.

And I just realised I’ll be having my first wedding dress fitting in a couple of weeks. Eeek. I have completely failed in losing the amount that I wanted to (including putting 2lbs on this week) but all in all things could be worse. Looking at my charts, I’m about 5lbs lighter than when I got measured for it back in November so at least I know I’m not too big for it. And that ladies is why you get the size for what you are at the time! So glad I did that.

Aaaaand breathe

Feeling a bit better now. Plans for the rest of the day include catching up on work, putting all the furniture back in the living room and making a yummy Slimming World meal. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

How was your week?

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#VikingArtyParty – Manchester

A couple of months ago I got a super exciting email. Viking had invited me to their #VikingArtyParty – an afternoon of crafting, coffee and cakes. As soon as I saw the word stationery, I was sold! I RSVP’d immediately.

Finally, the day of the party rolled around last weekend and I headed to King Street Townhouse in Manchester. First things first, what a location!

#VikingArtyParty - room

#VikingArtyParty - goodybags


Just like practically every other blogger that arrived, I was drawn to the rooftop terrace where there were some amazing views of Manchester. Thank god it was a good day for weather!

#VikingArtyParty - roof terrace

#VikingArtyParty - town hall

#VikingArtyParty - Manchester

Even though I’m afraid of heights, I got right up to the edge of the glass balcony and got some gorgeous photos. Including the obligatory shoe shot of course. Otherwise how would you know how high up we were?

#VikingArtyParty - converse


We were given colours that would symbolise which group we were in and I was excited to find that my first workshop would be Calligraphy with Joyce from Artynibs. I’ve always wanted to learn calligraphy and have been hoping to get some skills in time for my wedding.

#VikingArtyParty - calligraphy

One of the most important factors of calligraphy is your posture. Mine is atrocious so I was really put to the test!

#VikingArtyParty - calligraphy table

I dived in and promptly made a complete mess. High school flashbacks ensued.

#VikingArtyParty - what a mess

Once I’d cleaned myself up (baby wipes are a god send!) I quickly got the hang of the theory behind making shapes with the pen and ink. Unfortunately no matter how much my brain understood, my hand wouldn’t oblige. So I think it’s going to take quite a bit of practice before I can write the place cards for my wedding! I’m up to the challenge though. It was fun and I look forward to testing out the set we got to take home.

#VikingArtyParty - writing calligraphy

Notebook Customisation

After a break for lunch, the next workshop was notebook customisation with one of the ladies from The Crafty Hen.

#VikingArtyParty - notebook covering

We were all given a plain A4 notebook that we had to customise however we liked. The table was full of paper, washi tape (yas!), ribbon and so much more.

#VikingArtyParty - paper and ribbons

After making a snap decision on my patterned paper I ended up pairing it with some bright coloured paper. Paper that as it turns out are the colours of my bridesmaid dresses. Wedding brain, eh?

#VikingArtyParty - paper table

I’m really pleased with the result and can’t wait to use it!

#VikingArtyParty - my notebook

Block Printing

The final workshop was block printing with another of the ladies from The Crafty Hen. We were taught how to make our own stamps out of rubbers and then print on a lever arch file. I got excited as soon as I saw the tools as I got a flashback to when I did this in Textiles at college.

#VikingArtyParty - stamp table

After deciding on a button pattern, I set to work carving out the design on the rubber. Note: keep your design simple!

#VikingArtyParty - stamp making

It was another messy workshop and I loved every minute of it.

#VikingArtyParty - block printing table

Here’s my finished piece.

#VikingArtyParty - lever arch file

Take a look at all my finished creations!

#VikingArtyParty - my creations

I had such a great day and it was so nice to make things that you could take home. Thanks Viking!

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My Week #48 – Paint Samples & Honeymoon Wardrobes

*Paint samples for living room *My Office

*Luna *Purty necklaces from Eclectic Eccentricity

So it looks like operation living room is a go!

We unexpectedly came across a great deal with some flooring and the whole thing spiralled from there. Now that we’re both working enough hours it’s possible to decorate the living room a lot earlier than we hoped. Yay! We’ve picked out our wall colour (the one on the right) and we’ve picked out a sofa. So stay tuned for before and after photos to come next month.

Honeymoon wardrobe is also a go!

After realising that by the time I would want to get summery clothing for our honeymoon, there wouldn’t be any left in the shops, I started the hunt. Luckily I’ve got a lot of things covered but there’s some essentials that I need. I did a small shop yesterday at New Look and got tan sandals, sunglasses and leggings and I just got a dungaree dress from H&M which arrived today! I’ll do a post soon on my mini haul. It’s so nice to be able to shop again.

I lost half a pound at Slimming World.

I was hoping for more but to be honest I’m happy with losing something. After all it was easter weekend and I did indulge a little bit. Only half a pound away from my lowest weight at this group and 2 and a half pounds from my lowest weight ever at Slimming World. Hoping to smash one if not both targets this week.

And in other news…

my week #48 - fibre
It’s no secret that the internet at my house (and area) is so terrible that I’ve had to get rid of it all together but after a year of constantly checking the “when will I get fibre” page on Openreach’s website, we finally moved up a stage. So according to this, we should have fibre by the end of the year! Result!

It finally feels like things are starting to fall into place.

How was your week?

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My Week #47 – Sunshine, DIY’s and Healthy Eating

*Chilli Stuffed Sweet Potatoes & Salad *Finally got my bookcase!

*Blossoms *The next DIY project

I finally got my bookcase!

Thanks to some one of my lovely friends and their mum with a van I got my bookcase last Saturday! So happy. I had it up in a couple of hours and am just about finished moving everything back in the office. So stay tuned for the grand reveal this week!

Here’s a little sneak peek of my new desk.
my week #47 - my desk

I lost 2 and a half pounds at Slimming World!

I’ve been saying I was getting my act together and this past week I did it. I was actually 100% on plan the whole week (including having a carvery) and it paid off. I’m 1 pound away from where I was a few weeks ago and 1 and a half pounds away from my lightest in this group. Woo hoo! I’m hoping for good results this coming week but we’ll see. It is Easter after all!

 I went leafleting with Slimming World

My consultant asked for volunteers a couple of weeks ago with payment of a free carvery. Being helpful, exercising and free food? How could I say no? It was a glorious day in terms of sunshine and I did over 12,000 steps that day.

Where has the sun gone?

Feeling a bit bad for the regular office workers with their bank holiday weekend plans – it’s going to rain all weekend here! Ah well, Britain, right? Since I’m a freelancer and didn’t really give it much thought, I haven’t got any plans for the long weekend. I’ll be working today and Monday and Topher is working over the weekend too so there’s no rest for the wicked!

Wedding preparations are going well

Topher did a guest post for me this week about things from his point of view. Also, one of the bridesmaid dresses arrived! Yay! But the place took so long in sending it, I can’t order the other one from there because there’s no time. Boo! So on the lookout for a dressmaker. Everything will be fine.

And I’m taking flower making seriously now. Getting a few done a day and got annoyed when I ran out of yellow tissue paper and they were all out at Hobbycraft. Damn you Easter. Ah well, I’ll go back next week! For now, I’m just filling a box of pink flower heads. Onwards and upwards.

How was your week?

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Wedding Planning – The Groom’s Point of View

Hi, it’s Topher here.

Diane thought it would be fun (ie. She can’t think of anything to write about today and interrupted my nap time before my shift) for me to write about wedding planning from the groom’s point of view.

I’ve blogged on here about how I proposed so now I get to chat about wedding planning.

So here it goes.

Firstly, Diane is organising most of this as you would expect and it’s a good job she is. She is one of the most organised people I’ve met and I’m the complete opposite.

I have a fraction of things to worry about/organise alone and I’m struggling to keep that together.

The main thing as a groom that people seem to care about is your stag do. And I have no idea what I’m doing. 5 years ago I would have gone for a traditional crazy stag, hangover style. But these days, still wanting to have fun – I’m more bothered about where I’m sleeping after it’s all been done.

That’s the main thing for me. But I’ve also got to sort out suits, rings, and music I also tried to help with other big decisions when we’ve visited the venue for meetings.

Randomly, I’ve developed a weird obsession with the seating plan. I really don’t understand why I can’t start it now with only half the RSVP’s back…

After seeing Diane making flowers for the wedding, I decided to contribute yesterday and got her to show me how to make a flower. The initial idea was to possibly help out with the workload but despite the kind of success of my flower (see photo below), it will probably be my only one as I’m not an arts and crafts kind of person. It has given me a newfound appreciation and respect for Diane and all the work she has been putting into them.

grooms point of view - flower

It is important to remember that you’re a team.

Diane has been trying to accommodate everyone while I’m more ruthless. It’s our day and ultimately it’s our decision. So luckily we balance each other out.

As much as I like having an input, I’m glad I don’t have full control of it as it looks like we’ll have a lovely wedding that all our guests and we will enjoy. Otherwise we would have ended up with a gimmicky black metal, Lord of the Rings themed wedding, which only a handful of people would have appreciated.

So to finish up, all that matters is that in 95 days I get to marry the woman I love and my best friend.


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