Sunday, 18 September 2016

Wedding Series - DIY Wedding Post Box

One of the things I loved when planning our wedding was the gorgeous white post boxes, you know the ones that look like real post boxes but are white with gold details - love them! but they can cost up to £100 to hire and my sensible mind knew it was silly to spend that on something people would just put a card on.

So I started scrolling pinterest for ideas, I saw the other favourites, the bird cage or old suitcase but I wasn't keen.  Then I came across something that gave me inspiration but it would require a fair amount of DIY, it was either going to work or be a disaster but I decided to give it a go.

I went to hobby craft and both a hard card post box flat pack type thing, which was only £9.99 and it was surprisingly large.  I bought two wooden letters in our initials and then got some faux flowers and ivy leaf garlands from the range which were super cheap.  the packs of 8 roses were £1 both the large white and smaller pink, and the ivy garland was also £1 for 2.  absolute bargain! I got some paint for the letters from B&Q and a glue gun from a little shop called Tiger that was only £5! Luckily my mum pointed out I would need strong glue as the letters would be quite heavy against the box.

So here is how I did this super simple post box!

  1. Firstly I painted the letters in a gorgeous coral colour and left them to dry.  
  2. Once they were dry I glued the letters to the box, I had to hold them firmly for a good ten minutes but they stuck so well! 
  3. Then I stood the box back up and popped the lid on, I got the ivy garland and draped it 'decoratively' round the top of the box and glued it into place.
  4. The Roses had wire stems so I then wrapped them on the ivy garland until I felt it looked just right.

And voila - I am still chuft to bits with how it looked and SO many people commented on it.  Overall including the cost of the glue gun, paint, box, letters, and flowers, my DIY post box cost around £35!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Autumn bucket list

Autumn is my favourite season by far.  I love the warm haze of summer and the long nights don't get me wrong, but I get to a point where I am totally over it - and I have reached that point.  I am so ready for chunky knit and crunchy leaves.  Autumn also brings me a whole new list of things I want to do, Freddie couldn't walk last autumn which makes this year even more exciting with more possibilities, so hear is my autumn bucket list!

1.  Get Organised - this may seem a funny one, but winter brings us Freddie's second birthday and of course Christmas, I am usually so disorganised and this year that has to be different, being disorganised usually ends in spending (wasting) more money.  Even if I do not start buying yet, I want to have a full amazon wish list ready to go, a written list of what I will buy, what I will make and what I want to do/acheive over the birthday/xmas period so I am in control and don't end up super stressed and running out of time of all the things I really want to do.  We are also planning to redecorate and have a bloody good clear out, so Autumn will see this happen too, the house is in chaos after a crazy summer and its time to get sorted!

2.  Halloween - Halloween was great last year and it will be even better this year now Freddie is able to do so much more.  I might have a little halloween party, and we will definitely be painting pumpkins, and getting a super cute fancy dress costume!

3.  Go pumpkin picking - We went last year and I would like to go again this year, it would be great    to recreate some of the photos we took to see how much Freddie has grown.  This is definitely one of the things I am most excited about!

4. Baking - I love baking but I tend to always bake the same thing, I would like to find a couple of new autumnal recipes. I would like to make banana loaf, I know its super simple but I haven't made it before but I know Freddie loves it when I buy him a slice from the swimming pool, so I really want to bake him some.  I would also love to give making my own bread ago, I have bought some yeast so watch this space!

5. Country Walks - We will definitely be heading to Knole park this autumn, it is my absolute favourite place to go when the leaves start to turn golden.  We had our engagement photoshoot there on the 1st October last year so again would be lovely to go back and recreate some of the shot, I would love to make it a little tradition.  Ash down forest is also on my bucket list for the new season, I loved it there as a child, playing pooh sticks, looking for Eeyore's house and I cannot wait to take Fred whatever the weather.  Freddie adores being outside and I don't want this to change just because it might not be sunny.

6. Buy new wellies - My wellies are pink with blue spots, I have had them since I was about 17 and I loved them, but now I hate them so I think its time to invest in some I have had my eye on in Joules, I want Mr P and I to have matching ones, I am sure they will feature on my instagram soon!

7.  Crafts - I  still have the lovely autumn pictures we made last year stuck on the kitchen door, I can't believe the leaves are still up!  This year I have been pinning some great looking crafts including Apple and potato printing.  We will also make a start on our DIY christmas cards I think.

8.  Nature walk - I will definitely be taking Freddie out to do a nature walk.  I am going to try to do him a list using pictures of things to find like conkers, brown leaves, yellow leaves, pine cones and acorns - I am really excited about doing this, Freddie responds really well to structured activities like this, can't wait to see what he makes of it all.  A great thing to do in any weather and a great sensory activity too.

9.  Build a fort and have dinner inside -  Freddie loves having a 'picnic' tea, where we all sit on the floor and eat tea together, he also loves when I make a fort to play in so we will definitely make some family time to do both together.  Our picnic tea's are one of my favourite things to do, it's such good bonding time, no phones, no enforcing of sitting nicely or distractions, just the three of us, giggling and eating pizza.  No doubt it will also turn into a disney movie night with Freddie's favourite cinnamon popcorn.

10  Farmers market -  We have a local farmers market, 5 minutes from us and I always forget its on! But I have put in my calendar and I am looking forward to browsing the stalls of local produce and hopefully pick up some yummy chutneys, and other things to put in the xmas hampers I am making for grandparents etc.

11.  Go to Harvest at our church - We haven't been to the All Ages Family Service at our church for ages so feeling a tad guilty! We will definitely be taking Freddie to Harvest Festival, one of the best times to go and we will be making a box of harvest goodies to donate too. Cauliflowers fluffy, cabbages green, strawberries sweeter than ever I've seen... need I say anymore?

12.  Last but not least I would love a nice autumnal scented candle and a nice new blanket.  The reason I love Autumn is the cosy days and evenings snuggled up together. Not many people know but I have an obsession with blankets, I have quite a collection, and in my opinion you cannot have enough! I would like something in some wintery colours and a nice scented candle to make the house smell like autumn. I will definitely also be adding a scarf to my huuugee collection, scarves are my favourite thing about the colder weather, how sad is that!
I love writing these bucket lists, really gives me a focus for the next few months.  Small achievable things that make me feel like we have achieved lots of special moments.  What is on your Autumn bucket list?

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Wedding Series: Personal Promises

Chris and I decided to write our own personal promises for our ceremony.  It really meant a lot to us. They were read after the legal vows and before we exchanged rings.

I wasn't sure I wanted to share them on here, they were so personal and so emotional.  both of us could barely speak for tears.  So many of our guests however have told us how beautiful they thought the vows were and that they would love to have a copy to read, so here they are for all to see.  It has been so emotional to read them again.  I can't wait to see the photos our photographer captured of us reading our vows.

Chris' Vows to me -

Today I have loved you for 2243 days.
I look back at us with the biggest smile when I think about how far we have come together.
From shy beginnings where neither of us were brave enough to tell each other how we felt, to excitement, romance, wonderful memories and unbelievable happiness that you continue to bring me every single day. 

we now have our own home that we worked our socks off for, we now have the most amazing son who fascinates me more and more each day.  now I can finally stand here with the biggest smile because today we are getting married.

Some may say we have done things the non traditional way, but I say we have done them perfectly.  

None of this would have been possible had I not been lucky enough to find you. 

Most men would never admit to dreaming about the women they would marry, but I did dream, and my dream was you. 

I promise that you can always count on me to make you smile and to make you laugh, or to hold your hand when if you are scared and you will never have to struggle in life with me by your side.  

I promise that as long as I am alive that you will never be alone, you will never question if you are beautiful, you will never wonder if you are loved and you will always know that you are worthy. 

I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us now together as husband and wife. "

My vows to Chris -

"Chris, I never imagined all those years ago that our friendship would turn into something so much more.

In these six years I have fallen in love with you again and again,
Countless times, without reservation.  In you I have found everything a girl ever dreams of, we have shared so much over the years and I am a better women and mother because I have you.  
I still can't believe that today, I get to marry my best friend. 

I promise to always be by your side. 
To be your biggest supporter,
To challenge you and make you laugh,
And to share with you the beautiful moments in life.

it doesn't matter what struggles we face together, or how much time has passed, 
I know that we will always be a team. 
That we will always find strength in one another
And that we will continue to grow side by side.

I beleive in every truth of what we are,
and I will love you always.
To the moon, round the stars and back again."

I could never have imagined how emotional saying those words would be.  I was blown away by the beautiful words Chris wrote, his promises truly took my breath away.  It was by far my favourite part f our day.  while we were speaking it was like time stood still. After we exchanged our rings and were officially man and wife, we had arranged for my sister to bring us a selfie stick and we took a 'first kiss as man and wife' selfie, which I haven't shared before!