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Apologies…

It’s one of these posts again, where I apologise for not posting and then give you some instagram photos.  I know they get a bit of a bad rap but I quite like these kinds of posts. ( And yeah, I have to say that, don’t I?!)

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Taking a glimpse at the above I can confirm that I have been doing a bit of crafty-ness ( the pinterest friendly map lampshade anyone?), visiting Liverpool and Family, eating and drinking at various places in Sheffield and beyond ( Tamper at Seller’s Wheel is my new fave), putting together a new bed, having a new hair colour most months, joining twitter and getting our save the dates sent ( but I’ll be filling you in a bit more about them in a bit!)

In more exciting news, I will be blogging about our wedding over at Boho Weddings, I’m dead excited about blogging with Kelly and the rest of the team of brides. I took the brave step of adding the link to Boho over at my Facebook and I’ve been really touched at the comments and well wishes from old school and uni friends. Blogging does really bring people together…..

27 Dresses? I hope not.

I think I mentioned in previous posts that I thought I’d hit a lull in wedding planning. I had that 6 week period when nobody knew about our engagement where I was planning intensely; basically I’d chosen most of the important wedding things without having announced the engagement. And now I’ve reached an impasse. And I think it’s because the only big thing left for me to decide on is, my dress. THE dress. See, that emphasis alone should suggest that it is slightly doom-ridden. And it’s not because I don’t like clothes, that I don’t like dresses; on the contrary – I love nothing more than getting dressed up but the thought of a bridal shop gives me the fear. What if I get stuck in the dress? What if none of them fit me? What if I just hate all of them? In all honesty, I suspect this fear comes from a pleasant ( note: italics) sales assistant when my mum was buying me my Holy Communion Dress at the age of 8 ( got to love the old Catholic upbringing) and this, lovely, ( italics again) lady called me ‘ a little Christmas pudding’. Way to boost the already low self esteem of a chubby, shy 8 year old. And I’d never really thought about it again until this year, but the thought of white taffeta must have brought it out in me. Like hives. At the moment, the only bridal shop that’s appealing to me is Fur Coat No Knickers but I’m not sure I can justify the trips to London for fittings. I am hoping, however, that Liverpool can pull it out of the bag; so when I head to St George’s Hall next month, Look Darling I’m coming to get you!

But you know, to ease the pressure on them, what about you? Have you had good experiences in bridal shops? If so, let me know and I’ll try and pluck up the courage!

Paper Themes: Invitation Review

VLrfqowh-Y9PmT7DLnUVnpRMe6n68SfGmw2Lvg95txkGiven that my pinterest obsession is bordering on severe AND I am a organiser to n-th degree; it’ll probably come as no surprise that I’ve been looking at invitation styles. So, when PaperThemes offered to send me some invitations to review, I couldn’t say no.

Looking at the photo above, you’ll guess that I’m a massive typography fan. I love the unfussiness and the to-the-point of it. And there’s a bit of renegade map invitation thrown it. That’s my one concession to Chris, he loves a good map or two.

PaperThemes have got a massive ( and I mean, massive) selection of invitations, save-the-dates, thank yous, rsvp; all different prices and all different designs, you’re bound to find something you like and that fits your budget. I think my favourite is the OMG one. The lettering is simple, the text not overly flowerly and the card it’s printed on feels thick and luxurious – there’s nothing worse than flimsy card!

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Busy Bee: What I’ve Been Up To

This week, I’ve;

  • been to the McKee Exhibition, The Joy of Sheff, at The Blue Shed. Pete Mckee is a bit of a legend ’round Sheffield and this, was his last exhibition about Sheffield. It was a one-day only event and I dragged Chris there with his hangover. It was definitely worth it though, we spotted the landlord (Tom from Fagans) of one of our favourite pubs in Pete’s short film, and bought a couple of limited edition prints, which may or may not feature in our wedding!
  • saw Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty at the Lyceum. I was a complete ballet n00b so had been anticipating this theatre trip with some trepidation but what can I say, I’m a convert. I was really swept up with the story, the music and the dancing. And in awe of the dancers; what poise and grace; unfortunately something I’ll never emulate!
  • saw The History Boys at The Crucible. Now, I knew that I’d love this. But this production does have a few tricks up its sleeve. I love The Crucible and am quite a regular theatre-goer but I always love seeing how the different directors use the space that the stage offers and this was no exception

So, quite a busy, cultural week and this weekend was spent not doing much, bar a few purchases for the flat and a quick crafty makeover for our living room – watch this space!

1367098044_408f355eaf8111e285e422000a1fb768_7Pete Mckee mural, The Snog, painted by Mckee on the side of Fagans 2013

Pin Up

I’m beginning to like Pinterest just as much as I like Instagram. That may be because it’s almost an integral part of wedding planning these days and I am using it for that, well not planning, more like pinning pictures I like onto a vaguely themed board. The theme being weddings. And pretty pictures. But not only is it good for wedding inspo; where I else could I find a whole host of links to moneysaving and house cleaning?  I particularly use my pinterest for pinning pictures of men I fancy, men with beards ( generally linked), bookshelves, clothes I’ve bought, crafty stuff I’ll ( probably never) make and women I would like to look like…and I love following other people, so add away!

How’s about you, do you use pinterest? And what do you use it for?

Wedding Malarky: Episode 1: The Proposal (& Ring)

So, it’s exciting this getting married business before I start babblering on about colours, invites and dresses,  I suppose you’re all dying to hear about the proposal? Proposals are exciting aren’t they? Usually romantic, heartfelt and all that. I’ll give you a clue here, mine wasn’t, but in all honesty if it had been it wouldn’t have been Chris.

The biggest secret is that I had been proposed to, 6 weeks before we announced it; and I didn’t tell a soul. How I managed it I don’t know! We wanted a ring before telling people and we got mine handmade so opted to wait a bit. We were complete novices though and thought we’d get a ring the same day. How foolish we were. So anyway, the proposal….

It was Friday, Chris and I had been for a meal at Strada, it was threatening to snow and slushy and wet so we decided to go back home and have a few drinks there. We settled down on the sofa and Chris was sorting the G&Ts out. ( He makes a mean one if you’re interested and ever down our way!) And coming back to the lounge, he muttered the immortal words; ‘shall we get you a ring then?’. I, obviously, was a bit blase at this point and said ‘well, yes one day’. He looked suitably miffed at this stage, where were the tears? the quickly shouted ‘YES!’ So, I said ‘Do you mean it?’ and then he said ‘of course I do’. And then we got emotional. And then I started looking at engagement rings online.

I’d kind of decided that I didn’t want a traditional ring, I didn’t think I was fussed by diamonds, no solitaires, no clusters so when we went into the snowy streets the next day on Sheffield I had no expections. Well, apart from the one that the jewellers would be open, but nope, all the jewellers I wanted to look in were closed. And I will admit, I may have stamped my foot. I just wanted to try a ring on, dammit! We decided to steathly book a day off work the next week, I used the excuse of waiting in for a workman while Chris used me. I had a face on with him apparently. Nice work there Howarth.

We ventured to Chesterfield where we experienced less than perfect customer service. ( I may have stamped my foot again) But headed back to Sheffield, where we lunched and gained some perspective on the whole matter. We looked around and I got to try some diamonds on and boy did my feelings about them change! Yes, I wanted sparkles! I also thought I’d probably get white gold but after trying a few rings on I decided that yellow gold was the one for me. After at one point having about 5 rings on one finger, we begun to get an idea of what suited me. We did want the ring to be extra special so we went to Michael Spencer in Orchard Square to see if he could make me the design of ring that I wanted and of course he could, and 5 weeks later we collected the ring.

I like the idea of having something made for us, designed by us by someone working the city we live in, Sheffield plays such a huge part in our lives that we really want to keep the City Centre going and keep out of Meadowhall. We’re going back to Michael to get our wedding rings made and I’d really recommend him to anyone. He also has a selection of second hand and already-made jewellery so I will be checking it out for gifts in the future.

That’s it. The proposal. Now for all the exciting stuff……

Big News

So, I’ve been dying to share this news and I’ll tell you the whole story later this week but, in short, I’M GETTING MARRIED!!

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I’ve tried to be mega cool about it but the bridezilla in me has taken over and I want to tell everyone! We hope to get married Summer 2014 so no doubt this blog will start to feature a few wedding planning posts but I’ll try not to deluge you all with them!