Saturday, 30 June 2012

Wedding Stationery

I have been writing about my friend Eve's wedding now through several posts.I have been doing some bits and bobs for her.I have also designed all the wedding stationery. I have just finished printing them and now I am just starting the assembly. I try not to spread my self too much but I cannot help it.At the moment there is stuff spread everywhere! Still I don't mind, when you want to make everything handmade this is the price to pay.

But I will make it!

I'll leave you some sneak peeks of the stuff I have made so far.  As you can see there I have planned a natural looking attire for the wedding with, pastel colours,  birds and hearts (another ever favourite of mine) and a lot of sweetness and warmth. Enjoy!

Friday, 29 June 2012

Wedding Dress Hunt

As I have told you in an earlier post my friend Eve is getting married this summer. I was asked to help out in designing the whole event and photographing. Still the most exciting part of the preparation for me was finding "The Dress". (I was browsing the web and found the most interesting stories how other people found their I have to say there were a lot I enjoyed reading.)

Eve's dress is an A line gown from Maggie Bridal we found at the most unlikely place. We set off on a Saturday to find a TTD dress for the shoots and opted for a less expensive "gown boutique" which sell simple designer inspired dresses. The fitting went fine but no dress was suitable. We almost left before we went through a set that was on sale. And there it was perfect shape and color with details of floral embellishments and a bit worn Swarovski crystalling. Which was savable with a bit of touch up. She was utterly delighted with it and we picked it up instantly. I love that I have the chance to work with it and give a new meaning to it.

I have been doing some small alterations on Eve's wedding dress. I have started with touching up the crystals and glass beads on the front and the back which went very well. I have also added a small blue ribbon to the second layer of underskirt with an embroidery of the initials of the couple and a red heart. Just to make sure she has something blue.

I will have to wash it sew a dust bag, a lavender wing and breathable cotton shoulder cover for it and it will be complete. Or I thought it will be. Still today I was thinking that something is missing. I know it is not the usual accessory for a wedding but I thought a clutch bag would go just lovely with it. It is also perfect for holding those bits and bobs you just need to have with you. I drew the pattern at least five times until I got it right as I wanted to make the bottom part curved and completely flawless. Now that I have the shape completely right I just have to embellish it with the right buttons and lace. I will use shell buttons which I just love. I have got some vintage pieces from my gransy some time before. Which she has been collecting over some many years. Now I can make the best use of them. I will use the lace I got in Dublin in The Woollen Mills (just off Ha'penny bridge). I love the detail on it as it is so delicate and not overdone.

Anyway, I thought I will share the pattern with you hoping you will give a go at it as it is really easy. Just print in the preferable size twice and trace onto half-folded fabric (any type suitable). It gives the bag a nicer shape if you use thin interfacing. It is also nice if the lining is made of a different colored fabric. Just make sure that the colors match. You will need to trace once on the fabric and once on the lining after just cut off the top or fold it in and trace the body of the bag twice again once on the fabric and once on the lining. When you are ready sew the fabric to fabric and the lining to lining with a sewing machine. Trim on the sides and iron. Turn both inside out and slip into each other trim and sew together. When you are ready add the trimmings and buttons to your clutch to suit. Happy sewing for the weekend!

Monday, 25 June 2012

Bunnies on the Cake

During these gorgeous sunny days over in Hungary it is that time of the year again. Weddings nonstop are on almost every single day.( Not like the old times when only Saturday was the acceptable day for such things). I also stocked up my sweet little shop with bits and pieces for weddings. In the evenings sweet jazz music and broadcasts of Marty in the Morning fills the air in our small apartment and I sew, sew, and sew. These little bunnies (pattern is from Tilda's Easter book) are my newest creations with colorful cake buntings. I am very happy to have been able to share it with you through the blog. Hopefully I gave you some ideas and inspirations!
They are very simple and with a neutral color so hopefully they should match well with any cake. I have used new and some vintage Laura Ashley fabric to make them additional is the blue bunting. Something old something new and the something blue is fulfilled. I also added a little essential booklet to assemble the pair and bunting, hope they will find a fancy cake to sit on very soon. Available by email and soon on Etsy as well.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

My Nordic Dream House

Dear Darlings!

Have I got news for you? I know I was not actively posting in the last some months but after our big let down I told you about before. We have found our house which we looking forward turning into a dream home. We put in an offer on it 5 minutes after we saw it ( We fell in love with it.) which was accepted and the buying procedure is almost over with some small things missing.Yet we are still in the endless red tape. Cannot wait for it to be over.If all goes well knock on wood we will be moving in  in the beginning of August. Such a delight, we have been waiting for this for many years and now all that hard work will be payed off . I will be posting pictures after we have it sorry for keeping you curious but I don't want to blow it!!!Learned from the before time.All I can say that it is very unusual and never seen anything like it in Hungary before. It is blue and built in Nordic style as all parts were brought here from Sweden. I hope that made you curious enough.
Anyway we are started planing furniture and small bits and pieces. I will also have a crafts room finally!!!Cannot wait for that!!We have a zillion things to do before we can move and when we move there. it also comes with a garden with fruit trees and vegetable garden. I cannot wait to make my hands dirty there. I will grow all the herbs I like the most. i look forward to pick my own home grown basil for my homemade organic pesto...yummmmmy.

  {Illustration only but looks very much alike in light blue}