Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Harry Potter Birthday

Last week my work friend Sally had a birthday and it was our turn to spoil her as she does for everyone else on their birthdays.  We were pretty pumped about it and me and two other girls spent a few weeks planning.  Sally is a massive Harry Potter fan so we chose that as our theme for the day.  Here are some pics....
Platform 9 3/4 

The entry into our office was Platform 9 3/4.  We got the inspiration from here.  It was super simple to do and looked fantastic.  The party was last Tuesday and we still have this hanging on our door now!

Birthday Sign 

The birthday banner in Gryffindor colours of course!

Balloons & Streamers 

Her desk was then surrounded by streamers, balloons and golden snitches that we cut out of coloured paper.

Gold Snitch 
Undesirable Poster 

We made a heap of these posters here and printed them out to hang all around the office.  These have also stayed up since the party.  I of course had to do some baking so I made owl cupcakes, golden snitch oreo balls and the old favourite rice bubble slice.

Owl Cupcakes Snitch Oreo Balls Rice Bubble Slice 

Now this is my absolute favourite part of the day.  Let me just preface this by saying, in the interest of full disclosure, I DID NOT MAK E THIS CAKE!  This cake was made by one of the very very very talented girls that I work with.  We are trying to convince her to start and business and I am trying to convince her to give me cake decorating classes.  She is an absolute genius!!!!

Monster Book of Monsters Cake

In case you don't read Harry Potter the Monster Book of Monsters is a textbook that they are prescribed for one of their classes and it is alive and tries to eat everyone.  Michelle did an absolutely fantastic job recreating this book for Sally's cake.  It was freaking amazing!!!!  I can't wait to see what we can come up with for Sally's birthday next year.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sew Weekly - Buttons

Sew Weekly - Buttoned UP

We are all moved into the new house and back online. There is still a bit of unpacking to do, most important being the sewing room, but we are settling in nicely.  Now that I am back I can share with you the dress I made for the Sew Weekly challenge last week which was buttons.  I chose a pattern with bound buttonholes and my first attempt was passable.  To read more about my dress head on over to my post on the Sew Weekly here.

Sew Weekly - Buttoned Up

Unfortunately, I had to skip this weeks challenge because of moving.  But fingers crossed I will have the sewing room unpacked very soon so I can whip something up for next week.  To read what others created in this week's challenge which was "Made This Look" pop on over to the Sew Weekly.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Our Wedding - The Dress

I had a request for some more information on my wedding dress and I figured since my sewing room is all packed for the move now is as good a time as any to share.

My Dress

I bought my dress when I was visiting my sister in London in March 2011.  It was the very first dress that I tried on! We look at a few other shops afterwards but I couldn't find anything I liked anywhere near as much.  And the even better thing is between the dress and my two petticoats I only spent around $400.
My Dress

My dress was from Vivien of Holloway.  It is just their basic shape of dress but in a nicer fabric.  I bought two petticoats also from Vivien of Holloway to wear under it.  They are the softest most comfortable petticoats I have ever worn.  I think I might dye one of them now so I don't just have two white petticoats lying around.

My Dress

Another thing I loved about the dress was that it was completely boned and fit me so perfectly that I didn't have to wear a bra. Win!!!  The only alteration I made to the dress was to made the halter neck strap a bit thinner.  Vivien dresses all have quite thick dramatic neck straps so all I did was fold it in half and add a few stitches to keep it in place.  So that is the story of my wedding dress.  I was so happy with it and I think it suited my style perfectly.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Day 9-16

I've been a bit slack on the photo a day challenge.  We are moving at the end of this week and I have also been preparing for a birthday at work tomorrow so things have been a little crazy.  It has resulted in me doing a bit of catch up photography over the weekends but anyway here are the photos I have taken...
Day 9 - Daily Routine


Day 10 - Childhood


Day 11 - Where You Sleep


Day 12 - Close Up

Close Up

Day 13 - In Your Bag

In Your Bag

Day 14 - Something Your Reading


Day 15 - Happiness


Day 16 - Morning


I might be a little slack on blogging and commenting this week as I have a lot of packing to finish up.  Hopefully I will be all unpacked and back into it next week.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sew Weekly - Accessorize

I don't think I have mentioned it on here yet but this year I decided to take part in the Sew Weekly challenge.  Basically, the lovely Mena from The Sew Weekly invited everyone to sign up if they would like to take part in trying to sew 1 item a week for 2012.  Challenges/Themes are posted at the start of each week and you have until Sunday evening to have something sewn up and posted to the Sew Weekly blog.
Wittner Bow Heels

The first challenge was called accessorize and you had to choose an accessory as the inspiration for your garment.  I chose these heels which Corey bought me for Christmas 2 years ago.  The problem is I never wear them because they are so amazing and I just could never find the outfit that was special enough for them.  Corey has been nagging me about wearing them for ages so I knew as soon as this challenge came up they would be my inspiration.

Week 1 - Accessorize

I knew I want to make a nice lace pencil skirt to go with them but at first I envisioned it in a nice grey.  Fate intervened while I was perusing my local Spotlight when this lovely navy lace jumped out at me.  I realised then that navy would compliment the light purple of my shoes perfectly.

Week 1 - accessorize

Here are the nitty gritty details in case you haven't been reading the Sew Weekly blog lately.

Fabric – 1m of Blue Cotton Poplin from Spotlight = $5.99
- 1.5m of Blue Romance Rose Lace from Spotlight = $19.95
Pattern: Simplicity 2605
Year: 2009
Notions: 7″ zipper, thread & 1 hook & eye = $0.99
Time to complete: 3.75 hours
First worn: Sunday, 8th January 2012.
Wear again? Definitely! I am saving this for our next date night to wear out to dinner. (I actually ended up wearing this to work the other day)
Total price: $26.93

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Our Wedding - First Dance

I had a comment on my last wedding post asking what song we eventually chose for our first dance.  I thought it would be nice to share it with everyone.  I love this song!!! I found it via youtube having never heard it before and as soon as I heard it I knew it was a winner.  I played it to Corey and he agreed and the rest as they say is history.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Our Wedding - Reception

Alrighty, we're getting pretty close to the end of the wedding posts.  This posts is a few of my favourite photos from the formalities part of our reception.  I have decided not to post photos from the latter part of the evening as there are a lot of photos of our family and friends and I am not sure if all of them would be happy with these photos being posted on the blog.  So here are a few of my favourites from the first part of our evening.

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Alrighty, so I have one last post that I want to do to show you guys some of the details and some things that we made for the wedding.  I am really happy with how everything looked on the day and it wouldn't have happened without a lot of help from my mum and my bridesmaid Mahnee and of course Corey.  Those photos coming up soon!