Lego Loving: Lego Themed Wedding

6d1f5e715cfd6ceecef7f1833a0b0852Calling all Lego geeks! Why is Lego so flipping fantastic, and perfectly acceptable to still play with as an adult? Ahem… *moves lego bricks away*. Lego has certainly stood the test of time and those little yellow men seem to be springing up all over the show, there’s no escape! Are they taking over the world?

I recently watched a video put together by Sugru showing how little Lego hands are a perfect fit for tidying cables away, not just a pretty yellow face hey! Anyway, as Handmade and Hitched was whirring around in my head this got me wondering if anyone had tried out a Lego themed wedding. Yep, you betcha, there’s a lot of Lego loving in the world. Here are some images taken from real weddings to inspire Lego heads everywhere… Oh and here’s the Sugru video, just because I think this is super cool…

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If you’re wondering where to start looking then Etsy is full of amazing Lego accessories – search for lego earrings, cufflinks, favours and more.

Lego did have their own Minifigure Wedding Favour Set. Sadly this is now a retired product but you can still pick it up around the web by searching on sites such as Amazon and ebay. If you want to go one better and have bespoke minifigures made to look just like the two of you then try www.minifigs.me. I haven’t used this website personally so I can’t guaranty the quality of the products, but it’s definitely worth checking out for yourselves.

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Lots of Lego Wedding Love

Michelle
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P.S. If you’ve had your own Lego themed wedding or you’re planning one then I’d love to hear about it. Drop me a comment in the box below.

Cool Crafting DIY Purse Kit

Last summer I picked up a nifty little ‘DIY your own purse kit’ from a craft fair in Manchester. The intention was to teach myself the art of purse making and share it with you lovely people so you can come up with ideas for crafting your own purses as cute bridesmaid favours. I’m ashamed to say it’s been staring me in the face for the last six months. It was time to take action, stop being lazy, and get down to giving it a whirl!

This little kit is put together by a business called Cool Crafting and comes in a variety of colour combos and patterns. Just check out their website and pick out your favourite. The kits are £11 each, but considering you can teach yourself a new skill, get a super cute purse, and gain templates and instructions to design billions of your own bespoke purses, I think it’s a bargain!

So here’s how I spent my crafty Sunday, Rita was back out (yes I have named my sewing machine) – it’s been a while and she was pretty dusty, I think it made her day… 

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There’s no stinginess involved with the kit here, you get pretty much everything you need – extras you will need include scissors, sellotape, pins, and a sewing machine (although you could easily do this by hand if you don’t own one of Rita’s mates).

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I found the instructions really clear and easy to follow. This was my first handmade purse and I think the results weren’t too bad at all – just blowing my own trumpet. Ahem.

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Getting all the right sides of the fabric facing, and knowing which bits to turn inside out was the most fiddly part, but I got there. Just follow the instructions to a tee.

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The final result!

I’m planning on putting some of my own ideas together for brides / bridesmaid purses and clutch bags and will post the DIY’s for you here. In the meantime why not grab one of these kits from Cool Crafting and come up with your own ideas. You could add your own embellishments in the form of fabric flowers or sparkly jewels and buttons. Once you’ve mastered the art of this you could choose your own cute fabrics and make any kind of purse you desire! Make sure you come back here and share your handiwork, I’d love to see it!

Lot’s of handmade purse love n’ hugs (you get extra hugs coz it’s nearly Valentine’s)

Michelle x

All images ©Handmade & Hitched – I’m happy for you to reproduce my images but please link back to this post. Thanks 🙂 

Top 10 Quirky Valentine’s Day Cards

Calling all luurrrvers! It’s almost Valentines day. Oh my gawsh!! Time to get your super thoughtful head on and think of something a little bit different to really pull this one out the bag. There’s nothing worse than a naff card and flowers from the petrol station – seriously, you may as well not bother. If budgeting is the issue then get creative and make your own. In fact I’d encourage this over anything else, it’s the thought that counts. There’s a lotta love in handmade, especially when it’s made by YOU. But for those of you who are less creative and looking for something unique, quirky, not too slushy, not too mushy, and super cool, look no further. Here are my top  10 winning Valentine’s Day cards, in no particular order – because who say’s there are rules.

10906135_927279760640319_4561156669056585720_n“I love you like a pig loves not being bacon”. Now that’s a lotta love. I discovered Handmade by Swans this week and there are tons of fab n’ quirky cards to make that special someone smile on the 14th. Definitely worth a look!

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If you have a fantastic bottom then I salute you, with this card by Veronica Dearly.

original_i-just-called-to-say-valentines-day-cardIt’s Sunday morning, you’re lying in your pit pretty sure that your legs shouldn’t be working at this time on the weekend. So you call through to the kitchen downstairs and demand a brew, and maybe push your luck with a bacon sarnie too. Sound familiar? This one’s for you. By Paper Gravy.

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If I still love someone (or even if I’m remotely nice to them) when I’m really, really hungry then I know it must be serious. I kid you not, I’m a nightmare when hungry. This is by Doodle Love.

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Plain and simple, I like your face. I found this one on the Urban Outfitters website.

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An absolute beaut’. This can be personalised with the story of how you first met. Simply follow the link and type in your details. This is by This Paper Book.

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Cheesy and yet amazing, you can’t go wrong with the original lurve god, Lionel. By Crooked Kat.

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I love all Hazel Bee’s cards, every time I go shopping in Liverpool I come home with a new card, they totally crack me up. Check out the range here.

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Last but not least, one of my all time favourite phrases ‘bobby dazzler’. You really can’t go wrong with this one, ya little bobby dazzler! By Paper Gravy.

Happy February 14th, you fantastic bottomed bobby dazzlers!

Lots of Valentine’s Day love

Michelle x

New Years (Photography) Resolutions

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New years resolutions – ARGH! I know a lot of people who will hit their head against the wall when they hear those words. I’m usually pretty good at keeping mine, the trick is not to overwhelm yourself with a huuuuge list and then feel burnt out by the end of January, we’re all guilty of it. If you’re someone who struggles with keeping resolutions maybe just make one simple one and see how you go, you can always increase your list later in the year, or maybe do it month by month? I have a few goals for this year but I’m starting by spending more time on my photography skills. Oh, and blogging, it goes without saying *hangs head in shame*. But lets focus on photography to start with, the other goals can follow.

In a bid to work on my snap happy skills I’ve signed up for Emma Davies’ ‘Photography for Blogs‘ classes, and what’s even better is it’s absolutely FREE! You simply sign up with your email address and every week Emma sends you a challenge to help you improve your skills – awesome! Some of you may have noticed that I’ve made a start on Instagram, working on Emmas’ 30 Day Photo Challenge with the hashtag #make30photos. I’m 2 days in and aiming to make one photo a day for the whole 30 days! You don’t need to do 30 consecutive days either, which is a bonus for those with lazyitis, or simply more important tasks, ahem. There’s also a #1day12pics challenge where you take a photo every hour and post it on Instagram throughout the day. I’ve decided to swerve this one at the moment as I’m not sure an hourly snapshot of my day would be all that exciting. Here I am buying a tin of beans in Tesco, here I am eating crisps and watching telly while picking my nose. You get the gist. I’ll stick to one photo a day, being a novice I need some time for my little brain to acquire inspiration.

So here’s my photo journey so far. Two photos! It’s pretty epic!

With a few filters added in, this went from this to this…

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I’m aiming to do as many as I can on my iPhone. I’m not a great believer in getting good photos from a phone so it’s more of a challenge for myself. Hopefully I’ll be surprised!

Emma shares lot’s of fab tips for composition etc on her website, making it a great free resource for budding photographers and bloggers alike. Go and have a nosy by following this link.

Oh, and if you like my top, because it’s super cool and I flippin’ love it! It’s from 304# Clothing. They’ve even used my pic for their instagram – I’m feeling super cool now!

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Marquee Wedding Design Tips by Rio Lounge

Today I have this lovely post put together for you by Cheryl from Rio Lounge Boutique and Furniture Hire. And although Cheryl talks about summer weddings (it’s never too early to start planning for next year!) I think a lot of these ideas will be fabulous in the mild winter that we’re lucky to be having too! Failing that you could rope in some patio heaters to keep your guests toasty, while still achieving that outdoorsy vibe. So here are some of Cheryl’s suggestions for a Marquee wedding…

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Planning a summer wedding? If so, you may be among the many couples who choose to hire a wedding marquee for the day. Getting married in a marquee gives you complete freedom of choice in terms of your décor – it’s a totally blank canvas where you can create exactly the look you want for your big day. The white backdrop of a wedding marquee will perfectly complement every style of furnishing and decoration so there’s no need to make your choices based on the character of the surroundings as with some indoor venues – you can literally have anything you want!

If you want something really distinctive, you can hire special coloured or patterned marquee linings which can totally transform the feel of the space. Alternatively, you can very effectively add accents to a white wedding marquee with splashes of your favourite colour or by picking out hues from your floral arrangements. Twisting fabrics around the poles of the marquee and draping them from the ceiling can create a great impact, and you can pick up the same tones in your table runners to pull the look together. Alternatively, in place of fabrics you can achieve a soft and natural effect by decorating some poles with real or artificial foliage, into which you could also twine some pretty fairy lights which create a beautiful and romantic atmosphere for the evening.

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The beauty of a wedding marquee is that it also allows you to set out your furniture in just about any configuration you desire. For example, sectioning off separate areas away from the formal dining for guests to chat and enjoy a drink before or after the meal gives them a welcome alternative to going back to their tables. You could even go the whole hog and include a fully functioning bar. If you’re holding your evening party in the wedding marquee you will of course also need an area for dancing, so think about creating your own opulent ballroom with ornate chandeliers and mirrors. You can hire furniture and accessories to create your desired atmosphere from companies such as Rio Lounge or JMT Indisplay.

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You’ll put a lot of thought and effort into getting the interior of your wedding marquee just right, but don’t let that lead you to overlook the exterior. If it’s a warm and sunny day your guests will want to make the most of outside spaces too, so it’s a nice idea to include a chill-out area on the grass or deck where they can take a breather from the party when they need to. You can bring your colour theme outside in the form of scatter cushions on sofas and table decorations; or for a quintessential British summer vibe, deck chairs with their coloured stripes are a great choice. Don’t forget that in order to allow your guests to continue to enjoy the outdoors after the sun goes down, you’ll also need to hire patio heaters and lighting, and lanterns are simply ideal for outdoors.

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Talk to your furniture hire company or marquee supplier who will be pleased to make suggestions if you’re in need of any further inspiration.

If you’re interested in hiring decor for your fabulous marquee wedding then do check out the Rio Lounge website. www.riolounge.co.uk.

Image credits: Rio Lounge

 

Michelle xxx

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