Friday, February 25, 2011


Last week I mentioned these lovely spoons that my friend had sent me for my birthday:
I also mentioned in the same post that I needed the measuring cups that go with them. Yesterday, a parcel arrived for me containing the measuring cups I needed:

My lovely husband (I can't believe I am writing 'my husband'. I don't feel grown up enough to be married) bought them for me after reading that I needed them. I wonder if this will work with anything else? I'm in need of some new clothes you see.

In order to build my skills, I'm creating a pattern or drawing in illustrator every day at the moment.
I created this little matryoshka pattern yesterday. The first picture uses the colours from the hyacinth palette I made last week:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

thank you cards

I've finished the thank you cards I was working on last week:

There is a lot of thinking, planning, decision making and changes going on around these parts this week. It's enough to have kept me quiet for the last couple of days, and it's a little hard going honestly.
On a much lighter and happier note, we got our official wedding pics this week. So many nice memories of the day captured in little moments. I'll no doubt share a few of them soon.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Hyacinth palette

This last few weeks I've had quite a few fresh flowers in the house what with the wedding and my birthday. My sis sent me these hyacinths which were a lot stronger in colour when I first received them. A week on, they have lost a lot of their colour and are starting to die. They are still beautiful though, and make for possibly the prettiest palette I have made from a photograph:

These are the same flowers photographed a little closer. It's amazing how different the colours are. The palette is a lot stronger with less muted tones, but still as lovely.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

thank you

on my to do list this week is making thank you cards to send to my wedding guests. This is the last bit of wedding related making I'll be doing (for my wedding anyway).
I'll be adding some buttons to finish them off and then tying them to recycled cards.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Two posts in one day, what next? Mumford and Sons at the Brit awards last night, that's what.

On Melancholy Hill

This song just makes me feel happy, so I'm sharing the happiness:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I've just spotted these on etsy:
I could own everything in this shop (when I get my own mansion to house all the lovely things I could own, oh, and when I win the lottery).

My lovely friend bought me these for my birthday last week. How did she know I needed them?

I probably need some of these measuring cups to go with them now:

I have a bit of a thing for kitchen gadgets, which I have no doubt inherited from my mum.
I'm currently coveting one of these:

Monday, February 14, 2011


We're back from our mini-moon in Norfolk (not to be confused with the 'maxi-moon', which will happen in a couple of months, somewhere a bit warmer). Yep, we went to Norfolk, in February.

We actually chose our mini-moon destination after finding the Mr and Mrs Smith website. It's fair to say, I could actually have stayed at any of the boutique hotels I found via this website, but in the end we went for Strattons in Swaffham - for 3 reasons mainly.
Firstly, we've never been to this part of the UK and felt it was worth an explore
Secondly, the hotel was having an offer on bed, breakfast and dinner (bonus!) and
Thirdly, the restaurant menu looked amazing, and we were clearly thinking with our bellies after spending many months being ever so good with food and exercising like crazy so we looked tip top in our wedding togs!

Strattons is a Bohemian 10-room country hotel. It's a Grade II-listed Queen Anne villa with canopied four-poster beds, open fires, stripped wooden floorboards and an award-winning restaurant serving mostly seasonal, organic food.

This was our room

We really were not disappointed. The hotel was great, the people were lovely and the food was amazing. Because we were staying in the hotel for 4 nights, the staff in the restaurant asked us if we wanted a special meal of our choice on our last night which was a really nice touch (and it also happened to be my birthday).

We found a nice beach which was all but deserted, and had a nice long walk (we needed it after all those three course dinners and two course breakfasts!). We also drove the north Norfolk coast, stopping off here and there where we fancied it, and we spent a day exploring Norwich and pottering around the shops

It was a nice break and we both really needed it after all the hectic wedding prep, but being the home bird that I am, I was glad to come home too. I missed my little cats, and it seems they missed us too. They've been super affectionate since we returned. Today they helped me make this valentines card for my boy:
Well, they kind of helped - they were sleeping at the time, which did help me because it meant they weren't trying to get on my knee or sit on my keyboard - these things are usually a daily occurrence.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011


Me and Mr Monda, having been together for so many years have furnished ourselves with everything we need for our home, so on our wedding invites we asked that instead of wedding gifts, a donation for our honeymoon would be much appreciated. Everyone was exceptionally generous and we have booked our honeymoon for later this year. A honeymoon and a mini-moon! We are quite spoilt.

We did receive a couple of gifts however which were personalised for us. This keepsake was a personalised gift from my sis and brother in law - containing both our initials and the date of our wedding:

It's great isn't it. We're very lucky indeed.

Friday, February 04, 2011

say cheese

Here we are. Mr and Mrs.

We made a photo booth, along with props, and encouraged our guests to take silly pictures of themselves. We've got a bit of work to do with photoshop to adjust and crop some of the pics but we're really happy with them and so glad we did it.

We hand made so many things for our big day so I'll share a few more wedding pics over the next few weeks, along with one or two official pics when they arrive.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


I had Fresias as my wedding table flowers, for their colour, smell and simplicity. They are my favourite flowers.
I arranged the flowers myself in vintage enamel jugs, and old horlicks mixer jugs:

We had all the china, cake stands, decorations, leftover cake and tea to bring back to the house on the day after the wedding. Thankfully I had a team of people to help me so it was a relatively painless exercise, although this did mean that my house was full of boxes again.
There were no free surfaces for the flowers, so this became their temporary home:

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Mr and Mrs

We are married!
We had a lovely day and I'm so looking forward to seeing the photos. 
We have a few days before we take off on our mini-moon (just a short break) before we decide what we're going to do for our honeymoon - we'll probably end up making a last minute booking somewhere.
When Mr Monda left the house today he yelled 'see you later wife!'

The birds above were a last minute purchase to decorate our wedding venue. They are made by the very clever Kirsty Elson who got these to me with just a few short days notice - excellent customer service indeed.