Monday, 21 August 2017

Fallen Behind

I hate being behind on my Goodreads challenge, and at the moment I am 2 books behind schedule (eek) on just 9 for the year so far. Don't get me wrong, I'm doing well (considering all of the planning I have been doing this year) but I do really need to catch up. Hopefully I will be able to power through some pages on our Mini-Moon, after the wedding.


On a reasonably healthy 3,639 pages for 2017, which isn't too shabby. My annual record was back in 2015 with 7,027 pages in a year. I am hoping to try and beat that this year but we shall see what happens. As for my "Reading Challenge" list that I started earlier in the year, I have currently completed 16/50 items. There are some that I'm certain won't be checked off ("a classic romance" definitely being one of them!!!) but I hope to get a few more items ticked off before the end of the year.


I'm currently halfway through The Rats by James Herbert, which is a book I was recommended years and years ago. The good thing is that it's relatively short, fast paced, and pretty easy reading (yes, I class people being eaten alive by giant rats as "easy reading"). I should have it finished by the end of the week so that I can start something fresh for after our wedding!

It's a struggle trying to juggle all of my hobbies at the moment. I have nearly finished Sam's rooster - just the feet and finishing touches to go - but at the same time want to focus on my reading, amongst other things. I have a few other projects going on, including restoring some old photographs for Dave's Mum, which I am really enjoying. There just needs to be more hours in the day!

Week 33

Happy days!

13th - 20th August

From left to right: beautiful nature, playing around with our table plan, tea and reading time, frying chicken, a frog eating a caterpillar (photo courtesy of Dave's Dad), back to the dress shop for my final fitting, our lilypads are doing really well, fab friends, and a gorgeous wedding gift from Kara and Marcio <3

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Hen Do...Part 2!

Sorry for my recent quiet spell, I have been doing the last minute planning for our wedding (which is 6 days away!!). I just wanted to take the time to share a few pics from my awesome work hen do with you all. I went out on Friday night with an open invitation to everyone at work, and the turn out was good! Here are some of our antics...


It was a fantastic night spent with some really special people, and I'm so grateful they all came along! I drank my first cocktail (aged 28 haha) and had such a good time. It's mad to admit that this is the first time I have ever done anything like this, due to my nerves, so that shows how fab this lot are - helping me overcome obstacles! 

The real countdown is now on and I have a few things left to do for the wedding. I am off work this week though, so have plenty of time to focus and get stuff sorted out. I'll also hopefully get a little bit of time to relax and recuperate from all the hard work I've been doing! I'll have loads to share after the wedding - I really want to show you some of what is planned but it'll ruin the surprise for the day, so will have to restrain myself for now. Rest assured, you will see it all afterwards though!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Week 32

Family and food!

6th - 13th August

From left to right: one of the roses we salvaged from the old garden, "cheat and sour pork", something borrowed, movie night with lovely people, little shroomies in the lawn!, poached eggs and buttered toast, cheeky Nandos, Dave and a "snap snap", and noodles for dinner.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Week 31

Lots of green!

30th July - 6th August

From left to right: wooden dinosaurs, our funky fairy light chillies, a box of tablet, peanuts in my bluetit feeder, amazing Palak Paneer, white wine needed, our new dragonfly, bee friendly garden plants, and beautiful blue salvia!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Week 30

Wet week!

23rd - 30th July

From left to right: wet walks to work, crochet colours, shimmer, my pretty Saturday, llama photo album!, a brief glimpse of the fish, amazing lunch with friends, ruffles, and my first contact lenses!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

My Hen Party

It's taken me a week, but I've only just found the time to throw together a post about my lovely hen party, last weekend! My bridesmaids did an incredible job!


After being whisked away to a little lodge in the country, Saturday morning started out with a pottery painting session with Kelly and Kirsty! It was cool to spend some time with these lovely ladies (at the time, I didn't know why Sarah didn't come with us but all was revealed later on!). We painted one pot each - Kirsty and I opted for vases and Kelly painted a little bowl.


I don't know where the inspiration for my yellow vase came from, other than the colour! We have a yellow giraffe in our lounge so I wanted to do something to match that. The rest of it was just random though! Kirsty's vase started out pale yellow and then ended up blue and green! And Kelly seemed to know what she was doing right from the start! It was super therapeutic though, and I would love to go again at some point. I can't wait to go and collect our pots once they've been fired!

After our painting, we went and got changed into some 50's style dresses and headed back to the lodge, where we found...


...vintage Sarah with an afternoon tea! She had decorated the whole lodge and put out all these lovely, delicious things (that she and the others had made themselves!!). It looked awesome. However, I didn't have much time to stand and appreciate the sight of the cake - I was sat down with a hair and makeup artist to create something as lovely as Sarah's look!


Kelly and Kirsty got their hair and makeup done as well, along with some of the other ladies! Everyone looked amazing!


We ate lots of yummy food and played some games - it was really good fun! I never expected anything along these lines - the hair and makeup was a complete surprise, and nothing I'd have thought of for myself. I don't know where they plucked the idea from but it was perfect!

Next up, we went to Dorchester for some pizza! Everyone loves pizza!


Lots of deliciousness later, we retired back to our lovely country lodge and spent an hour trying to get all the pins and back combing out of our hair haha! It look forever - for hair that looks so sleek, underneath it was a nightmare!


In all, it was a really wonderful weekend. These girls are the best - I couldn't ask for better friends, who have proven just how well they know me. I'm exceptionally lucky.

There are now only 28 days until we say "I do", which seems mad. It only feels like yesterday that the countdown was in the hundreds! We still have a few bits and bobs to sort, but they're just finishing touches. But in a month, we will officially be Mr and Mrs Hope!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Week 29

My amazing friends!

16th - 23rd July

From left to right: getting my yellow fever jab, Julio the cactus, I found my car keys (after 3 weeks!!), little cotton stitches, new parents!, a garden progress pic, my lovely hens, a triumphant cooking moment, and bride filters on a car journey!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Feeling Green

The title of this post is appropriate to a few different things!

Firstly, I finished my Simply Crochet cactus the other day - it was a free gift with the last issue, and those of you who buy the magazine will have probably had a go at it yourself, but here is my little one "Julio"!


I wish I'd used safety eyes on him as they're a lot neater, but he was a lunch break project and funnily enough I don't keep a supply of those at work! He's still cute though! Julio now lives on the phone desk and keeps an eye on all of us.

The second shade of green is unfortunately health related. Dave and I had our yellow fever jabs on Monday (we are going to Kenya on our honeymoon) and mine has made me feel really unwell. I was so hot today, aches and pains and serious tiredness, so I came home after lunch. Not like me at all, as I haven't had a day off since I started this job over a year ago (it frustrates the hell out of me!). I couldn't sleep at that time of day, so I chucked a film on and did a bit of work on my latest project - a rooster for my lovely friend Sam.


I'm pleased with my neat stitches here! And I absolutely adore this colour (Pistachio by Rico Cotton Essentials DK). It's so sunny and happy. This pattern seems to be working up well though - I'm using Rooster Gordey by Elena Pichugina - and it's all fallen into place so far! Fingers crossed the finished item will be awesome! I won't post many pictures of the wip, because Sam will see (I know you're probably reading this!) but I will fill you all in once it's finished, sent off and received by it's new Mummy!

Anyway, time for bed - I need an early night to get myself ready for work again tomorrow. Also, you probably won't hear from me much over the weekend (maybe once or twice on Facebook), as it's my hen party. I have no idea what is planned but will let you all know afterwards!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Week 28

Bunting finished with time to spare!

9th - 16th July

From left to right: little fishy, hunting down some specimen pots at work, Dave had his stag do!, love these girls, Poole Goes Vintage, a little bee, beautiful patterns on a bargain I bought at the weekend, my finished bunting, and lush turquoise!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Bee Bunting

I have just finished the first strand of my bee bunting! I finished making it ages ago but only just got round to attached the bees! It looks great!


I managed to string it up across two chairs to get a half decent picture - what do you think? I'm really chuffed with the finished product! It will really brighten up the bridge at the mill as well.

I have decided to add the bees to every other small flag, and I think it works nicely. Because each strand is about 7m long, I thought it would look too busy otherwise. My Mum has made all of the bees by the way!


I have attached each bee with some thread and beads - a mixture of pink and iridescent, which gives them a little bit of sparkle! I can't wait to see it in situe now that the bees are joined in.

Next job? Start sewing them onto the second strand! It shouldn't take too long. Dave is away this weekend on his stag do, so I have the house to myself. I'm just going to stick some movies on and get stitching! Wish me luck!

For anyone wanting to try this pattern out for themselves, you can find it here on Ravelry - big shout out to the talented The Hat And I for their amazing pattern writing!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Week 27

More pond life!

2nd - 9th July

From left to right: blue skies at the weekend, a stag beetle in our garden, sleepers and pebbles, a little butterfly enjoying the pond, piri piri pork salad for lunch, gorgeous koi at the aquatic centre, finding ways to cool down - ice pack down the dress, putting plants in the pond, and new plants and our rock face!

Week 26

Pond life!

25th June - 2nd July

From left to right: rainy mornings, down some spiral stairs, Lulworth Cove, pretty bridesmaid dresses, work in the garden continues, going for my first dress fitting, beachy times with Sarah and Ruben, the first item in my new name!!, and filling the new pond.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Busy!

It's been a mad couple of weeks - I have had so much going on, be it work or wedding planning, that I haven't had much time to spend on here keeping you all up to date with things!

Dave and I went over to our beautiful wedding venue, Sopley Mill, on Sunday to do some planning. I took the first strand of my bunting along to see how it looked on the bridge, and we generally did some measuring up, wandering around, and chatted about arrangements. It was lovely to go back, and on such a beautiful day as well - exactly how I would like August to be, with a little less wind please!


It was amazing to see my bunting on the bridge. After all the hard work I have put into it so far, it was fantastic to see how it will look on the day (I still need to attach the bees but the rest is as it will be) and the length was absolutely spot on! Dead proud of myself! I just need to finish the embellishments on the second strand now, and then I will crack on with sewing the bees on.


Plans for everything else are coming together. I had my first dress fitting yesterday evening, and went and had my first lot of jabs for our honeymoon this morning, so got the ball rolling there (have I mentioned that we are going to Kenya?). There are now just under two months until the big day, and I'm getting really excited. I had a delivery arrive last week, which will be part of our table plan - it will all look amazing on the day, I'm sure of it!

Did someone order some apple crates?

Trust me, it will look fantastic once I'm finished with them!

Other news! I managed to swim my mile on Sunday! So proud of myself. It took a couple of weeks longer than planned, but I am so pleased that I finally managed it. I felt wiped out for the rest of the day, but it's a massive achievement and something that I never actually thought I'd be capable of. I just need to maintain it now.

A quick reading update - I am 7 books into my target of 18, which is good. I'm only 1 book behind at the moment, and started a new one yesterday, which I am flying through. I seem to be on target to complete the Goodreads Reading Challenge again this year - you can keep up to date with my challenge here.

Not much else to report; it's only a quick post anyway as I am soooo into my newest book and don't want to lose my thread, but just wanted to pop by, say hello and let you all know that I'm still here, just really preoccupied with wedding stuff at the moment. I am pretty active on Facebook, so please keep an eye out for me on there (a link is on the left) and I will keep posting on here as often as I get a chance to. Love to you all xx

Week 25

More glorious weather!

18th - 25th June
From left to right: our "High Hopes" rose in bloom, chilling in the garden with my Kindle, fossil hunting in Charmouth, a delivery of sleepers for our garden, pretty blue hydrangea flowers, a trip to Sopley Mill for wedding planning, a shield bug on Dave's car, delicious lunch at a country pub, and sunlight through the trees!

Week 24

Sun sun sun!

11th - 18th June

From left to right: Arfa the aloe vera has a new girlfriend - April, first star of the evening, joining up strand number 2, getting blown away with the car's roof down, our second rose is budding, building work started on the garden, a unicorn on the front of my passport, breaking out a summer dress that I haven't worn before, and standing outside to try and cool off before bed...

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Week 23

Sunshine and sunburn!

4th - 11th June

From left to right: our first "engagement rose" is blooming, Dave did some wallpaper stripping in Rich and Sarah's new house, giant beetle!, pretty retro wallpaper, music at the Christchurch Chilli and Cheese festival, succeeded in getting some triumphant sunburn!, BBQ, digging up our favourite plants so they don't get destroyed during garden renovations, another rose - because they're pretty!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Week 22

Flowers and food - a recurring theme!

28th May - 4th June

From left to right: one of our chillis, went to the doctors - my ear eczema is back!, cooking some curry, a cheeky Starbucks for me and the girls at work, the front pots are looking gorgeous, one of our engagement roses is getting ready to flower, me in the summer (flowers, rainbows and beads), amaryllis, and creamy masala chicken for dinner.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Swimming

So I have wanted to swim for years and years. I can swim, but lack confidence both in the actual swimming department, as well as the self esteem one. After having to force myself to buy a swimsuit recently, I decided to start swimming in my local pool and was really proud of myself for doing 10 lengths for my first attempt (bearing in mind that I hadn't swum in almost 10years!). Since then I have progressed really well and have even made myself a little chart to prove it!

If there's a chart, it must be impressive, right?

So in week 1 I managed 10 lengths. This included a long stop between each one (which is so bad, I know) but I was pleased with my first attempt. In week 2 I boosted that up to 14 lengths, and then 16 in week 3. In my fourth week I started to find my confidence a bit more, and completed 24 lengths - I also found that I could start doing more in one go, without stopping. Last week I managed to hit the half mile mark, with 32 lengths, and today I made myself proud with a total of 50! I have my eyes set on the mile for next weekend...

I'm really enjoying myself, and it feels great passing my previous score each week. I know that won't always happen (to be honest, I nearly gave up at 20 today as I just couldn't find my rhythm) but if I can continued progressing as I have been, I will be really happy. I feel good about it too - both in a confidence and a health sense. Ok, I still hate how I look but I have managed to get over a massive hurdle in getting myself to the pool in the first place, so if nothing else that's a decent achievement.

My next target is a mile, like I said. That isn't non-stop but swimming a mile is good either way right? I also really need to improve my technique because I honestly am an awful swimmer. I can do it, but it's not the best (and never has been to be honest).

On a completely unrelated note, but appropriate to my blog - I have spent this afternoon sewing more flowers onto my bunting and it's starting to look really good now! Hopefully I can get it sorted by the end of the week, then thread together strand two, decorate that, and finally work out how I'm attaching the bumblebees. Time for bed now though!

Week 21

Sunshine and family time.

21st - 28th May

From left to right: colourful cooking, watching Owen play a gig at the Brewery Square Food Festival, lasercut lovebirds, bowling with the family, Dave showing off my first 6m of bunting, a hilarious bottle opener from Dave's parents (the penis thing started when we bought them something in Rome a few years ago), started stitching on flowers, friend's bike!, and I love walking to work on days like this!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Week 20

A few days off!

14th - 21st May

From left to right: planted mixed petunias in our front pots, homemade pizza and cider night, found a doggy in the garden (delivered her home, don't worry), Dave made a planter for the garden!, bowling on Saturday afternoon, poached eggs on toast in the garden, sunny buttercups, a blurry Guardians Of The Galaxy selfie, and Dave took his car to a Lotus meeting!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Congratulations to Kirsty and Dicky!

After many months of waiting, Saturday marked the day of my best friend's wedding; and it was absolutely beautiful. The weather was stunning, the venue was gorgeous, and we all had an amazing time. And she was so relaxed about it all!


It was a truly magical day. I arrived bright and early (around 8am) to start getting ready. Had my hair done by the lovely Sarah, and makeup by fellow bridesmaids Kat and Georgina. Kirsty remained so laid back she was near horizontal for the entire morning (I hope I can be the same for my wedding in a few months!), and didn't let anything bother her - not that anything went wrong! She looked amazing in her dress, and I managed to lace it really well too, which I had been stressing about.

What it took to make me presentable!

The ceremony was a real tearjerker and the wedding breakfast was fantastic! Now, I won't lie, I had been a little pessimistic about the food because it really wasn't my kind of stuff, but I'm glad that I decided to stick with the set menu and not chicken out like Dave did and go for the kids one! I ended up eating confit duck (which I would have preferred warm but that's being super critical) and pan fried seabass with coconut and lemongrass risotto! Dave had boiled eggs and soldiers, followed by fish and chips (which looked so good!). The speeches that followed dinner were really funny - the best man's was fab!

Little bro and I!

We didn't stay late into the evening reception but I messed around in the photobooth a couple of times, and we had a couple of drinks. Caught a quick glimpse of the amazing wedding cake, made by Dicky's Mum - fancy and wedding on one side, and icing folding back to reveal Lego bricks on the other! Very clever!

A close up on the cake - photos by Laura
All in all, I am so thrilled for my best friend. Kirsty has been there for me through a lot over the years, and I remember having discussions with her during her single times about how she was going to die alone, surrounded by cats. Now look at her! I like being right haha!

I wish you both many happy years together, and I hope you have an amazing honeymoon! You both deserve some sun and time to unwind - enjoy!

Week 19

Wedding bells were ringing!

7th - 14th May

From left to right: a sunny afternoon spent in the garden, bridesmaid hair, a perfect day, drinking tea from a milk jug (did the trick), my stunning best friend just before going to see her groom, my corseting skills were on point!, pan fried seabass with coconut and lemongrass risotto, photobooth fun with my brother, and my gorgeous bridesmaid bouquet!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Shutter Island

I have managed to fly through 2 books in the last couple of weeks, and am now only one book behind on my reading challenge! Woohoo! I was starting to get concerned (though my crochet is suffering because of it).

I really enjoyed reading So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. As I said in my previous reading post, it was something that I never would have usually chosen to read - perhaps that's why I enjoyed it so much. Having previously been a really avid user of social media, I found it fascinating to read what happened to people after posting some simple "jokes" that have been misinterpreted and blown out of proportion.

After that, I started Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. Oh my goodness! I absolutely love the movie that was released a few years ago, and it stars quite a few of my favourite actors. At the time, I never realised that there was a novel behind it all, but was bought it for Christmas a few years ago. Only just got round to reading it, and was completely hooked! Firstly, I love how true the movie is to the original book - there were only a few changes made (which seems to be really unusual nowadays). Secondly, it's so fast paced and brilliantly written - I couldn't put it down! I think it definitely needs to be added onto everyones "things to read before you die" list, and I'm going to look up some of Lehane's other books!

I am now up to 1,872 pages read so far this year (which when I remember that's only a few hundred longer than Stephen King's "IT", doesn't seem like that many to be honest). Not sure what my next book will be - I need to force myself to get some of these smaller flags made so I can start the final assembly on my bunting. I have a busy weekend ahead so won't get much done, but a few days off afterwards so perhaps then.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Week 18

Lots of cooking this week!

30th April - 7th May

From left to right: making more brownies, pretty pink roses, it's always a happy day when my next issue of Good Food magazine arrives!, been swimming again, having a hair trial for Kirsty's wedding, yummy chicken with herb and wine sauce, chilli chicken on a Sunday night, Marvel wrap for Dave's birthday presents, and Kirsty having her wedding hair trial!

Monday, 1 May 2017

Week 17

Loads of good food!

23rd - 30th April

From left to right: blurry greens, delicious chicken with harissa for dinner, a good start to the day, celebrating Sarah's birthday in style!, amazing dinner at The Dancing Duck, a chilli plant from Kirsty and Dicky, went for a cake tasting session for our wedding, crispy hash brown, and the light on our new burglar alarm sensor is watching me sleep...

Sunday, 23 April 2017

A Quick Reading Update!

My Goodreads Reading Challenge was off to such an incredible start in January, but has since dropped off of the radar due to crochet commitments! It has taken me 3 months to finish one book (which was about 400 pages long) which is sooo long for me!

I finally finished The Book Thief a few days ago, and I bloody loved it. The first quarter really didn't do much for me, but it really picked up after that and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even shed a little tear at the end! Definitely one I would recommend to everyone, and advise them to persevere! I have since moved onto something a little different, and not the kind of book that I would usually opt for - So You've Been Publicly Shamed.

I first heard about this book a couple of years ago on Radio 2, during an interview with the author. I thought it sounded interesting, so downloaded it onto my Kindle and it's sat there since. Whilst scrolling through my "to-read" list the other day, looking for something shorter and not too challenging (after my epic 3 months with The Book Thief) I chose to give it a go, and was not disappointed! I have just reached the halfway mark, and am absolutely loving it! I'll let you know what I think in detail, once I have finished.


I am currently 1,168 pages into my 2017 challenge, which isn't too bad. My all-time page record for one year goes to 2013 though, with 7,065 pages read. Hoping to try and get past that this year, but we shall see what happens. I am 3 (excellent) books into my year, and halfway through my 4th.

From a crochet perspective, I have just two more large flags to make for my 12m of bunting! Then I will start on the rest of the small flags, before the small task of assembling it all. I'm feeling really positive about it all, to be honest! I think it'll look fab on the day. As always, I am constantly adding to my crochet to-do list...it's absolutely never ending. I'm hoping to crack on with some amigurumi again once I get my bunting out of the way though. Watch this space!

That's all for now; had a busy weekend and am back to work tomorrow. Will catch up again soon!

Week 16

Birthday baking!

16th - 23rd April

From left to right: Beauty & The Beast on my birthday, apple blossom in the garden, watching the local steakhouse go up in flames, one of the lovely gerberas in my birthday bouquet from Sarah, clean sheets, making brownies for work colleagues, little bro treated me to breakfast, filling up my bird feeders, and raspberry traybake - yummy!

Week 15

Frodo, food and fragrance!

9th - 16th April

From left to right: the My Little Pony that I gave my brother for his birthday, green cooking, dissecting a hot cross bun (raisins are disgusting), my fritillary is still going strong, received a card identical to our lounge art, one of Mum's bumblebees (for the wedding bunting), the start of an epic Lord Of The Rings (extended edition!!) marathon, Kelly's birthday presents all wrapped and ready to go, and a lovely Candleberry candle from my colleague Kara!

Week 14

Lovely friend time!

2nd - 9th April

From left to right: daffodils from my lovely colleague Helen, Dave has put my birds up in the garden, stained glass biscuits, pretty melted wax reflections, transplanting primroses, yummy Indian sweets from one of the doctors at work, Kirsty's hen party, our new Aloe Vera work pet - "Arfa", and my best friend and I!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Cluck Cluck!

After months and months of preparation, yesterday was the day of Kirsty's hen party! Right from the start of planning, Kat (a bridesmaid and amazing helper) and I wanted to make it really special. We came up with lists of things that Kirsty enjoys, and eventually settled on a Mad Hatter's Tea Party (she loves Disney and afternoon tea) and a crafting session (she loves to cross stitch).

I arrived at our venue, Holton Lee, really early to start setting up. Faith House doesn't need much doing to it, and there are stunning views out across the fields and Poole Harbour - we were super lucky to have amazing weather as well!

Party bags!

I came loaded with decorations and the party bags I have been assembling over the last few months. I wanted to go for a balance between tacky stuff you'd receive in a kids party bag, and grown up. I think the balance worked out ok!

I purchased the bags from The Favour Factory, after lots of searching! I love the customised labels! Each party bag then contained sweets (love hearts, lollies, Haribo etc), customised "Kirsty's Hen Party" chocolates, miniature wands and tiaras, bubbles, wish bracelets, balloons, and straws. Kirsty's had a large tiara and wand (pictured), a "grow your own male stripper" and a "bride to be" sash. I am really pleased with how these turned out!

On the decorations front, I had a load of paper bunting, giant Alice in Wonderland card props, honeycomb baubles, a "bride to be" banner, and a ton of balloons. Once Kat arrived, she brought more bits and bobs, and we got the venue looking pretty good inside and out.

Our Mad Hatters Tea Party took a lot of work - I baked some (rubbish) biscuits, Kat bought lots and we had some amazing baking help from Kirsty's mother-in-law-to-be Ilse. We set up the tea in the room adjoining our crafting room (I'll share pics of that later!).


For our jewellery making session, we had a lady named Cara from Crafts & Giggles come to us. All of the supplies are included and we got to make a few different items! Kirsty made earrings to match her dress, which looked fab. We all got a little bag and box to put our finished jewellery into as well, so people got to go home with 2 party bags in the end!

My finished earrings and bracelet

After our crafting session, we moved on to our tea party. The room looked awesome. It's usually used as a quiet room for kids with autism and is totally decked out in silver birch trunks - it's really unusual! The second Kat and I saw it when we visited the venue, we knew we needed to use it for the food.


Kat and her friend supplied all of the crockery and cake stands (except the tall one, which was card and bought online), along with the table cloths and champagne flutes.


The overall effect looked so good, and it definitely had a wow factor as you entered the room. The cakes were all absolutely delicious as well (Ilse did us proud).

After our tea, we cracked out some hen party games - lots of rudeness and silly things! I'm not 100% on my reading audience here so I'll refrain from pictures, but rest assured we had a really good laugh - willy hoopla was my personal favourite! We got to lounge outside in the sun a bit as well, so that's always a bonus.

My beautiful best friend and I

Next up was a trip to the pub for refreshments! A few of us went for some drinks, before disbanding for a little while and meeting up again for a much needed curry at Taj in Corfe Mullen! Indian food is always a winner in my books, and the food was absolutely fantastic. Only Kirsty was actually drinking as the rest of us had to drive, but the staff supplied us with two bottles of wine and some shots to end the night with - it was a lovely gesture!


All in all it has been a thoroughly exhausting, but very rewarding process. I've put countless hours into the planning of it, and everything ran pretty smoothly! I think everyone had a good time - Kirsty says she did, so that's all that really matters to me really. So now we begin the countdown to her big day on the 13th May! Only a few weeks to go before she becomes Mrs Kelly! So exciting!