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.