Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday! It’s been a while since I posted a New Wives Club feature, I’m really sorry about that but I do try to find ideas to share that I really love rather than any old crafting project – and as such, I don’t always find enough to do one a week at the moment.
Colourful masking tape (also know as washi tape) – don’t you just love it? What a wonderful invention, taking some that’s practical and mainly used by boys for DIY and transforming it into something so pretty. I recently bought myself a pack which contained a couple of different block colours, but there are so many designs out there with all kinds of patterns, spots, florals and so on that I would like to get a few more.
I must admit though, they are one of those things I find myself collecting and then wondering what I’m going to do with them. Well here’s one thing you could do with those lovely rolls of masking tape – turn them into magnets! My fridge is in desperate needs of being covered with some photos but I don’t have any magnets that I like…perhaps this is the solution?
In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy catching up on recent blog posts including the latest from our TNWC Real Brides, an alternative wedding cake made from doughnut holes, a cute version of the ‘tying the knot’ save the date inspired by my own wedding stationery, and these sweet animal ears silhouette place cards.
Plus tomorrow I have another New Wives Club post to share with you, a lovely crafty idea for masking tape that I think is pretty nifty.
I have a thing about doughnuts, the really good ones that is. Near where my parents live there used to be a bakery that reputedly sold the best jam doughnuts in England, and I am pretty sure they were. They were scrumptious and filled with real raspberry jam and covered in sugar.
If you’re not a huge fan of cake, there’s no reason to say that you can’t find another sweet treat that you love – such as doughnuts – and create a wedding cake from them. I’ve seen ring doughnuts with pink icing and sprinkles all stacked up on top of each other, but this idea of using doughnut holes to create a croquembouche style wedding cake I really love. As I understand it, these doughnut holes are stuck onto a cone-shaped mould, but I’d like to think a skilled cake maker or family friend could make you a true tower of nothing but doughnut holes iced together.
On Tuesday we had the lovely Myfanwy telling us all about the fab tea towel wedding invitations she’d been making, and how her Mr-to-be Tom had recruited their cute daschund Arthur to help punch out confetti. Today we have TNWC Real Bride Sarah back with us, and she’s been helping her fiancé Lee look for a country style tweed suit at an affordable price.
Over to Sarah to tell you more…
Hi everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Easter, this month I will be writing about my struggles to find the perfect suit for my groom.
When we first began organising the wedding Lee began researching the type of suit he’d like for the wedding, and quickly decided he’d like a tweed, country looking suit to fit in with our relaxed, vintage theme. He showed me a photo he’d found on Google and so we began to try and find something similar.
Initially we wanted to hire the suits and so we began to research local hire shops, but soon found none of them hired anything other than plain, or over the top suits which wasn’t really us. And so we made the choice to buy the suits.
When someone adds one of my blog post links to there’s I get a message about it, so I was delighted when I got this one and discovered that someone had been inspired by my own save the dates. Quite by surprise the save the dates we made for our wedding have become one of the most popular blog posts I’ve featured and many, many TNWC readers have recreated their own versions – I love seeing them all.
Most often people use the recycled brown card that I myself fell in love with, but these ones created by an American letterpress and stationery company use a white card and are equally beautiful. The couple were inspired by the ‘tying the knot’ version of my save the dates (another ‘most viewed’ blog post) where a knot is tied in twine as you open the save the date.
For those of you keenly following the TNWC Real Brides feature you may have noticed we skipped a week last week. That’s my fault as I had become a bit disorganised following a rather nasty cold over Easter, and as such didn’t get ready in time – so apologies! I am delighted that we are back on schedule this week and have two lovely guest posts from Myfawny and Sarah.
I’ve also made it easier for you to track down all your favourite TNWC Real Brides stories, simply click on their names and you’ll be taken through to all their guest blog posts: Emma, Nik, Myfawny, Sarah, Caroline and Stephanie.
Today Myfawny is sharing details about the designs for their tea towel invitations (how great do they sound!) and making confetti – the picture of Arthur their dog helping them stamp out confetti from old books is not to be missed! Happy reading…
Easter has come and gone the season is upon us and our shop is now open six days a week until July and then seven days a week until we close five days before the wedding. The realisation that we may have bitten off more than we can chew is slowly sinking in but we are not to be defeated! So during the last month we have concentrated on invites and confetti.
Tea Towel Invitations
We wanted some unique invites – we had been lucky enough to win the TNWC competition for a personalised hand painted map of our day by the wonderful Pigeon & Quill. Alex really was a pleasure to work with and the map is truly fantastic and incorporates all the elements of our day.
I try not to post ideas on this blog that are too complicated to achieve for your wedding – having done many DIY elements to my own wedding I know how long these things take and often I don’t believe some things are worth it. Usually I wouldn’t be encouraging you to do something so time-consuming for a place card, especially as you are likely to need 70+ for the average wedding.
But this idea was just so sweet and clever that I couldn’t resist sharing it – perhaps you will use it as inspiration for your table numbers/names as there’s a lot less of them to make than place cards, or maybe you’ll just store it away for a dinner party.
These fun place cards are made using thick watercolour paper and use a template of various animal ears to cut out a silhouette at the top of the place card. Wouldn’t they be fun for a woodland wedding?