Archive for November 2009

Book Store Bargains

November 30th, 2009 — 4:14pm

You may or may not know that Borders the book store went into administration last week and have since been selling off their stock for up to 50% off.

I managed to snag us a couple more travel guides for our honeymoon.

I know it’s a little old fashioned but we love to have a travel guide for the places we visit.  It’s a fab way to read up on a place before you get there, you can even do it on the plane to get you really excited!  I love it too because they act as a little travel trail of places you’ve been.
San Francisco
Ever since Has realised how close San Francisco was to Oakland (home of  his NFL team) San Francisco has been a permanent fixture to the honeymoon schedule.

I have been to San Francisco before but Has hasn’t.  I was only there for a short stay but I really thought it was an amazing place.  I just hope the Oakland Raiders are playing the night we plan to be there!

New Orleans

We’re still not 100% whether we’ll visit New Orleans on our honeymoon, but we do intend to visit at some point in the future.

I’m sure this guide will come in handy at some point,  it may even help us make our decision as to whether or not we keep it in the schedule.


Boston is somewhere Has and I have been meaning to visit for a while.  We’re so close every time we visit New York and have often spoke about taking a day trip up there.  Our current honeymoon schedule has us arriving in Boston as our first stop.  This is only a tiny travel guide as we only intend to stay a day and a half, it was recommended for people who are only intending on a short visit.  So perfect for us!

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More cupcakes

November 30th, 2009 — 2:38pm

I’ve found another company today who make cupcakes.  Blue Door Bakery.

I have emailed Sarah and asked her about prices and whether we can go round for a tasting session (Yummy!)

Look away now if you’re on a diet!

Blue Door Bakery

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Engagement – Caught on camera!

November 30th, 2009 — 10:09am

Shannen Natasha, caught this gorgeous proposal on camera.  Read the full story here.

I love how she jumps on him when she realises what’s happening!  Cute!

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Sneak Peak

November 29th, 2009 — 1:10pm

For the last few years I have made our Christmas cards.  I used to make cards for all ocassions and have a cupboard full of crafty goodies, but over the last few months I haven’t really had the time to make any.

I decided I would make time and do our own Christmas cards.  I put together a few ideas using Illustrator and Photoshop and printed them off on fancy card.  To finish off the cards I’ve been adding some Christmas sparkle and roped Has into helping me this morning.

I don’t want to post a picture of the cards until I’ve given them out to people.  But I’m rather pleased with them!
I’ve actually had a rather crafty day today… stay tuned for another Christmas project I’m working on!

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Christmas Films

November 27th, 2009 — 3:16pm

Has and I love films, no surprise as Has studied Video Production at University but there is nothing we love more than snuggling in bed watching a good (and sometimes bad) film.

So at the end of every November we make our “Must Watch Christmas Films” list.  It’s rare we get through all the films we want to watch (which is why I like to start early despite Has claiming “It’s too early!”)

We have obvious favourites which are watched every year, but we like to add in a few new ones too.

One point I should make about Has is, yes he’s a film buff but more specifically he’s a horror film buff!  So in his favourite Christmas films list are titles such as Silent Night, Deadly Night and Black Christmas However these are not my idea of a Christmas film!  We will no doubt end up watching them, but for the purpose of this I shall be leaving them out of my Top Christmas Films (In no particular order as I can’t decide on a favourite!)

Home Alone - Love it, Love it, Love it!
Home Alone 2 – Lost In New York - “Credit Card, You got it!”
Scrooged - Bill Murray is a legend!
Father Christmas - “Bloomin Marvellous!”
It’s A Wonderful Life - Can you believe I only saw this classic for the first time last year?  Such an amazing feel good Christmas film.  One of the best!
The Muppet Christmas Carol - “We’re Marley and Marley.. woooaooooh!”
Elf - I love Will Ferrell, I love Christmas.  Perfect!
The Grinch - Jim Carrey is one of my favourite actors, he’s so silly and definitely appeals to my sense of humour.
Miracle On 34th Street - This one gives me goosepimples!  Especially the scene where everyone states their belief in Father Christmas!  I believe!
Santa Claus – The Movie - I remember watching this film as a little girl.  It’s still one I like to watch now.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - Fabulous!  National Lampoon’s films are hilarious anyway, but I think this one is the best!
The Nightmare Before Christmas - I adore Tim Burton’s work, however I can never tell whether to watch this film at Halloween or Christmas!

What films do you have to watch at Christmas?

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What should I ask a dressmaker?

November 27th, 2009 — 10:50am

I need to start asking a few dressmakers a few questions!

I have no idea how long it takes to make a dress or what’s involved.  Mom is off work today so she has kindly offered to speak to a few local dressmakers and ask them when we should start making appointments.

I have a list of questions I want to ask them when I do meet with them:

• How long will it take to make 4 bridesmaids dress (3 adults, 1 Child) in a simple long strapless design.
• Ideally when should we make our first appointment to see you.
• Do all bridesmaids need to attend the first appointment.
• Do you have any examples of prices?
• Do you supply material or do we source this ourselves. (Mention the different shades of purple in the same material)
• What sort of materials can you work in/suggest?
• How many fittings will the bridesmaids need to attend.
• Do you have examples of your work.
• What deposit is required.
• Are there additional charges for alterations and are fittings included in the cost?

Do I need to ask anything else?

I’m worried because one of my bridesmaids Suzie will be other wise engaged with her own wedding and honeymoon for the next few months, so I need to make sure we leave plenty of time for designing, measuring, making and fitting!

Also, I have only had one recommendation for a dressmaker and the other 2 I found just by searching.  Obviously if you go with a shop bought dress you have the added security that you know (and hope) it will look ok, I don’t want to end up with fraying seams or wonky hem lines!  Mine field!

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Friday’s Photo

November 27th, 2009 — 9:15am

Tomorrow I shall be helping out Has’ mom at a Victorian Craft Fair in Stafford.  We go every year to sell handmade clay bears she makes called “Worry Bears”  All the sellers at the craft fair have to dress up in Victorian costumes… so yes come Saturday I shall be donning my velvet skirt, shawl, bonnet and muff!

So I thought Friday’s Photo should take on a Victorian theme.

Ebony and Andrew’s Victorian inspired wedding from Snippet and Ink

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November 26th, 2009 — 7:56pm

I really hope it isn’t true but Simon Cowell has reportedly chosen Journey’s, Don’t Stop Believing for the X Factors winners song.!

I don’t watch X Factor because it annoys me but I did hear one of the contestants MURDER this song.  If they do sing it, then it’ll be ruined forever!

I’m annoyed because it’s a special song for us and I hate the idea that it’s going to be overplayed on pop radios and music channels, I don’t want to end up being sick of the song.

“The show boss’s second choice is said to be ‘The Climb’ from the ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie’, which is reportedly favoured should Stacey Solomon be in line to win the competition.”

Go Stacey!

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How could I not…?

November 26th, 2009 — 3:07pm

As you probably well know by now, I love Christmas and as sad as it sounds one of my favourite Christmas things to do is look at the departments stores’ Christmas offerings.  John Lewis is my favourite but Debenhams comes a close second.

I noticed that Debenhams had started to put their Christmas decorations out way back in September but didn’t get chance to have a mooch until today.
I was bad…

I saw these

Purple + 3 for 2 + 20% off = how could I not buy them!
Not exactly sure where I’ll use them in the wedding, if at all!  I seem to be a little obsessed with purple at the moment!

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I Won!

November 26th, 2009 — 2:42pm

I entered a competition over at Peacock Feathers and Diamond Rings to win a beautiful Dorma Belvoir Cream Collection Cushion and won!  Yippee!

Gorgeous isn’t it!

I’ve just sent Rachel my details so hopefully the cushion will be with me soon!

Thanks Rachel!

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