Sunday, 9th September 2012

I’ve been well and truly won over

When the logo was released I was puzzled, when the mascots were announced I laughed, I questioned just how much money had been spent on the games, I’d roll my eyes when I saw merchandise in the shops and I vowed to go no where near London during the summer of 2012.

Even when Has switched over to watch the opening ceremony I tutted and asked if there was “anything else on” but I sat down to watch and as the ceremony unfolded I was astounded.  I kept repeating over and over “This is amazing!”  From that moment on I was hooked!

Desperate to be involved in any way, we went to see Great Britain play Canada in the women’s Football and even though they lost, the atmosphere during the entire game was fantastic!

Has was able to visit the Olympic Park to watch Handball and Volleyball during the Olympics, whilst I had to work but promised he would take me to the Paralympics.

So last Sunday and this Saturday we left our flat, more than a little blurry eyed at 5.30am and made the 2 and a half hour journey down the Epping.

The moment we stepped off the train at Stratford you could feel the excitement.  The Olympic Park is simply outstanding.  I’m not sure what I expected but it’s like nothing I have ever experienced before.  I know it’s been said before but the volunteers in and around the Park are amazing.  They are all so helpful, cheerful and so welcoming.  Dancing, singing and hi-fiving.  They have all been brilliant.

Our first visit included 3 hours of swimming.  A moment I while never forget was watching a Team GB swimmer come from behind to win the the 100m x4 men’s relay race.  The noise from the stadium was unbelievable!  Everyone was on their feet shouting and cheering.  We turned to each other, completely blown away by the atmosphere in the Aquatics Centre and wondered what it would have been like if the race were for an actual medal!

That day we also saw South Africa take on Italy in the Men’s Basketball and 3 matches of our new favourite Paralymic Sport Goal Ball.

Saturday we spent the morning inside the Olympic Stadium, where we saw heat races, triple jump, javelin, shot put and very moving medal ceremonies.

As we left our seats and made our way out of the Olympic Stadium, we couldn’t help but feel a little sad.  We didn’t want to leave and we certainly didn’t want it to be over.  I have enjoyed ever single second of the Olympic and Paralympic games,  watching the country come together to celebrate, feeling a part of something so grand and embracing the emotions of the athletes.

Paralympics

It’s been a wonderful summer and I am incredible proud for what our country has achieved and… I have also been won over by another little guy…

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Tuesday, 31st July 2012

30 Years

Today 30 years ago my parents were married.

30th Anniversary

We celebrated with the family (when we could all get together!) a few weekends ago.  I made these cupcakes.  Purple, the colour worn by my mom’s bridesmaids and Pearls to represent the 30 years of marriage.

Purple and Pearl Anniversary Cupcakes

Surrounded by little vases of freesias, the same flowers my Mom had in her bouquet.

Oh how I love this picture, it sums them up so well.

Parents

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad, may you celebrate many, many more x

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Monday, 2nd July 2012

Purple and Pearls in the Spotlight!

Head on over to MrsPandP.com to read all about my stationery journey…!

Mrs P and P

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Sunday, 24th June 2012

Back on Track

You may (or may not) have noticed things have been very quiet on the pages of Purple and Pearls recently and to be honest I have no excuses other than I had lost my drive for blogging.  So instead of filling posts with moans, groans and other such drivel I decided to take a step back.

Until today. I logged on for the first time in a while and read through some of my earlier posts and it made me realise how much I miss blogging.  There have been stages throughout my blog journey where I thought I was blogging for any readers I might have, but going through my posts – especially my recollections of our wedding and honeymoon have made me so thankful that I did sit down and write a blow my blow account of two of the most amazing experiences of my life.  So from now on I am most definitely blogging for myself.

Quite a bit has happened since I last sat down to write, I have left a job that was very bad for me and I have started a new position that I am loving.  I used to dread the drive into work, my heart would thunder through my chest when I received a new email, I was constantly on edge, unable to switch off and I am ashamed to say that I had to rush to the bathroom on more than one occasion to hide the tears streaming down my face.  Happily that is a very distant memory and I now work for a successful, well-known home catalogue company with a lovely team of people.

I attribute most of my lackluster to that job.

Purple and Pearls Designs is going well and I am about to launch a new range of Save The Date announcements.  Sneak Peak below!!

We had our annual film marathon a few weeks ago… for anyone who hasn’t heard of this, 6 close friends choose 2 films each and provided a snack or meal to accompany it.  The marathon lasts 24 hours and this year it started a little differently with a change in venue.  Our first film was Promethius so we had to visit the cinema, then it was back to the flat for the remaining 12 films.

This was the running order

Prometheus
TT: closer the the edge
The Green Ray
Grave of the Fireflies
Flight of the Navigator
Phantom of the Paradise
cRANK 2
Maniac
California Man
Perfect BLue
The Wrong Guy
Twister
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

A good 24 hours was spent with an assortment of food… including a salad which was served with flowers from Geoff’s back garden…!

My friend Ian took a photo from the same position every couple of hours and made this time-lapse video.  Pretty cool!

We also spent a very muddy weekend at Download Festival.

Download Festival Campsite

but a fantastic weekend was had by all!  The sun even decided to shine on Sunday!

I’ll be back soon with more regular posts!

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Tuesday, 17th April 2012

Max’s Naming Day

I had the complete honour of designing the invitations for a very special little boy’s naming day. I had designed the invites for the Baby Show based on the colours of Max’s nursery and his mommy Suzie wanted a similar theme.

Naming Day Invitation

Naming Day Invitations

Naming Day Invitations

Naming Day Invitations

I also made some cake cards to accompany the array of treats available.

Naming Day Tent Cards

Naming Day Tent Cards

This work of art was created by the ever-so-talented Vintage House Bakery (I must confess to eating *cough* 3 *cough* of these delicious cupcakes… diet starts tomorrow!)

The party was a complete success and everyone had fun, especially Max!

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Monday, 26th March 2012

Open For Business!

Purple and Pearls Wedding Stationery Open For Business

There is still a lot going on behind the scenes, including my brand new website, but you can now place your orders or ask any questions you may have on the wedding stationery ranges by emailing me on laura@purpleandpearls.co.uk

I’m working on a range of Save The Date cards, which will be launched in April so keep your eyes peeled here and on Facebook for updates!

Have a question?  Want to know more about any of the wedding invitations?  Want to know what else Purple and Pearls can do for your wedding, event or party?  Then drop me a line and say Hello!  laura@purpleandpearls.co.uk

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Friday, 2nd March 2012

Carnival

I want to start this post by first saying how thankful I am for all your lovely comments and support on TwitterFacebook and email this week.

Every time I get a new Facebook fan or like, have one of my links shared, or a lovely comment over twitter or email I feel like dancing!  You are all wonderful and I thank you so very much!

On to my final range in the Purple and Pearls collection.  Carnival is a super fun and bright design.

Carnival - Purple and Pearls

Carnival - Purple and Pearls

Carnival - Purple and Pearls

Carnival - Purple and Pearls

Carnival - Purple and Pearls

Carnival - Purple and Pearls

I’d love for you to pop over to Facebook and vote for your favourite stationery range!

All designs in my new collection are available now and can be tailored to suit any wedding theme.  If you have any questions or would like to order please email me on laura@purpleandpearls.co.uk

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Thursday, 1st March 2012

Something Blue…

A bold and bright statement piece inspired by the traditional wedding saying “Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue”

Something Blue - Purple and Pearls

Something Blue - Purple and Pearls

Something Blue - Purple and Pearls

Something Blue - Purple and Pearls

Something Blue - Purple and Pearls

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Thursday, 1st March 2012

Peacock

I love this quirky little fella!  So proud and beautiful!

Peacock - Purple and Pearls

Peacock - Purple and Pearls

Peacock - Purple and Pearls

Peacock - Purple and Pearls

Peacock - Purple and Pearls

Check back later for “Something Blue…”

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Wednesday, 29th February 2012

Summer Breeze

I’m really looking forward to warmer days, family barbecues and lazy Sunday’s with friends and a few chilled drinks!

This next range is so bright and happy it really reminds me of long summer days.  I hope you like it too!

Summer Breeze - Purple and Pearls

Summer Breeze - Purple and Pearls

Summer Breeze - Purple and Pearls

Summer Breeze - Purple and Pearls

Summer Breeze - Purple and Pearls

Summer Breeze - Purple and Pearls

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