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TNWC South West Roadtrip Day 7: a visit to Rowan Tree Studio

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Rowan Tree Studio crafty hen parties

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend – it has been mixed weather in Cornwall and Devon with a lovely day on Saturday in Padstow, but rain on Sunday up on the north coast of Devon.

On Saturday I paid a visit as part of the TNWC South West Roadtrip to Rowan Tree Studio, a lovely business run by Sarah who offers a range of crafty hen parties, as well as making wedding soap favours.

Rowan Tree Studio crafty hen parties

Rowan Tree Studio crafty hen parties

Rowan Tree Studio crafty hen parties

The afternoon I arrived Sarah was just finishing off a hen party of eighteen, who had spent a fun afternoon making a bridal trousseau.  I hadn’t heard of a bridal trousseau, but thankfully Sarah told me more about it:

“Traditionally a bride to be started making her trousseau to take into her marriage often before she had a groom in mind.  Mothers and daughters collected special toys, cherished books and family recipes to keep in a trunk or case with monogrammed linens, patchwork quilts, stationary, soaps and much more.”

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An evening at the Silver Sixpence “Made By You” bridal workshop

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Silver Sixpence "Made By You" bridal workshop

I am priveledged to live near a vibrant community of small, independent wedding businesses with more and more opportunities to meet with them and experience the products and services they offer.  A few weeks ago I got to spend the evening with Nicola from Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe at her new “Made By You” bridal workshop.

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Manchester bridal craft workshop

We were joined by a group of brides-to-be, two of whom I’d previously met at my 5th birthday party the month before, and another couple I’ve exchanged emails with.  Each bride-to-be was there to create a unique bridal accessory that they could wear on their wedding day.

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Five exclusive places to be won on the “Made By You” DIY bridal workshop from Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe

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Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe DIY bridal workshop

What a competition I have for you brides-to-be today!  I’ve got not 1, but 5 fantastic places to be won on a new and exclusive DIY bridal workshop from Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe.

You may well be familiar with the beautiful bridal accessories made by Nicola, the talented lady behind Silver Sixpence, each one handmade with gorgeous fabrics and vintage treasures – if you have just discovered them you’re in for a treat.

Silver Sixpence DIY bridal vintage headpiece workshop

I’m utterly thrilled to have 5 places for my lovely readers to win on the “Something Borrowed, Something Blue & Made By You” workshop.  This is fab DIY bridal workshop which will provide you with all the materials and know-how to create your own, one-of-a-kind headpiece whilst chatting to other brides-to-be, munching on homemade cake, and generally having a wonderful evening.

Silver Sixpence DIY bridal vintage accessories workshop

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Exclusive discount on crafty hen party workshops from the lovely A Alicia Accessories

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A Alicia hen party workshops

Anna of A Alicia Hen Party Workshops runs unique and fun hen party workshops where to can make decorations, favours, necklaces or fascinators using eco-ethical materials and vintage elements.  For a limited-time only, she is offering our readers an exclusive discount of £5 off per ‘hen’ on her hen party workshops.

A Alicia hen party workshops

Anna is a designer and maker of beautifully crafted eco-ethical textile jewellery and wedding ranges, making her the perfect teacher to help you create your own, handmade pieces that you can take home and treasure – and perhaps even incorporate into your wedding day.

A Alicia hen party workshops

The workshops last about 2 hours and Anna can come along to any London location, be it your front room, or a cosy pub, or she can book or suggest venues for your hen party.

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You’re invited to The Natural Wedding Company’s 5th Birthday Party!

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The Natural Wedding Company birthday party

I am a bit nervous about sharing this news in case you don’t share my excitement – I really hope you do, so fingers-crossed.  As you might know by now, I am celebrating 5 years of The Natural Wedding Company this March 2012 – there will be loads of offers and competitions everyday during March so make sure you keep checking back.

When thinking about how I would love to celebrate 5 years, I couldn’t think of a lovelier way to celebrate than with a small party with some of my readers, eating cake and doing something crafty.  So…

I would like to invite you to The Natural Wedding Company’s 5th Birthday Party!

Now, there have been all kinds of glamorous parties and events in the wedding industry world, I was even lucky enough to go to the Love My Dress Summer Soiree last year.  My party isn’t going to be anywhere near the scale of these other events, my party is going to be a small party – there are just 10 places available – and you won’t need to dress up in swanky frocks, although party dresses are welcome!

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A beautiful antique lace inspired collection of wedding accessories from Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe

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Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe lace garter

What better way to start off the week than with a beautiful collection of wedding accessories from one of our newest additions to the directory – Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe.  Nicola designs and makes a range of garters, veils and headpieces, and shoe clips, this latest collection inspired by a box of antique handmade laces.

As well as handmaking vintage-inspired wedding accessories, Nicola also offers bespoke hen parties to craft your own vintage style headpieces – prices start from £30 per head and can be in your home or venue of your choice.  Scroll to the bottom for a few snaps of what you can get up to at a Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe style hen party.

I selected my favourite designs from the 2012 collection to share with you – so take a moment to de-stress by immersing yourself in all this prettiness.  If you’re a bride-to-be make sure you take a look at the Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe website for more accessories, and Nicola’s recently set up an Etsy shop to make it even easier to get your hands on one of these beautiful items – can’t you just imagine passing these on to the next generation for them to become heirloom pieces in the future…

The Pearl Garter

Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe pearl garter

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