I seem to leave everything for Christmas to the last minute (although this year I was super organised about gifts, high five me), and this year is my first year hosting. How crazy grown up am I? But hosting takes planning. Not something I'm good at. I tend to get stuck on the exciting stuff and completely forget about anything practical. For example, Christmas crackers, this year I wanted to make my own. No lame nail clippers for us! I got so distracted by this that I still haven't decided what glaze to make for the ham. There's just too many choices!Read More
Terrariums are beautiful additions to the home which have reached new heights of popularity over the past year.
The trend for keeping terrariums started in 1842, when the botanist Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward, who had interest in observing insect behaviour, accidentally left one of his insect jars unattended. A fern seed grew, germinated into a plant, and the terrarium was born. The trend then quickly spread across Victorian England. This was known as a Wardian Case instead of a terrarium.Read More
This was the ultimate crafternoon challenge. I wanted to make a wedding dress. There were several raised eyebrows, but I had grand plans. A big, poofy, tulle laden skirt and a flattering sweetheart bodice. I had no pattern, only ideas.
The skirt was easy enough to make, no pattern required, but the bodice wasn't. I spent ages and several prototypes learning that it's better just to buy this pattern off Etsy. After that realisation it was smooth sailing.Read More
If you haven't noticed yet floral crowns are "in", in a big way. They're so bohemian chic and perfect for your wedding day. This is a beautiful, memorable way to style your hair that isn't too formal or traditional.
The only tricky bit is that you'll have to make the floral crown in the days leading up to your wedding, but I've included tips on how to keep it looking as fresh as possible.Read More
Making your own wedding dress might seem like a bit of a tall order, particularly when every tutorial I could find on the interwebs starts with "find a pattern you like ...". I have a problem with that: I don't know how to use patterns. And unless you're in the fashion industry, or had a mother who showed you the ropes, I'm sure you find them daunting as well. So here is a wedding dress tutorial that doesn't require you to know how to read patterns! Scroll down to the "How to" bit for my instructions.Read More
When I was planning my own wedding there were so many scary, daunting, new experiences that I couldn't even begin to imagine making my own bridal bouquet. It's fine, leave it to the professionals, I'll pay eye-watering amounts of money. Guess what, I really regret that. Now, two years on I'm older and wiser and I would love to encourage brides to be brave and take on this challenge (it's not really a challenge, challenges aren't this easy), because there's nothing to it!
This is an Autumn bouquet because it's Autumn and these were the flowers available (and apparently in season). If you're making you're own bouquet it's no good saying "I'm not getting married if there aren't peonies in my bouquet!" or "I will have an all hydrangea bouquet to go with my blue theme", because chances are that the day before you're wedding, when you're doing your flower shopping, there won't be a single peony or hydrangea in the country. They'll be out of season, or there's a drought some where or they're sold out. My advice is to gather some bouquet inspirations (hello Pinterest), choose a palette that will match your wedding and then head to the flower markets at 5am. Don't be too rigid in your ideas and colour preferences, this season it's all about mixing colours and textures, using native plants and greenery, and being brave. If you would like to get a better idea of the flowers that'll be around when your big day arrives click here.
What you'll need:
- Floral tape
- Gardening wire
- Pruning shears
- Ribbon, lace or twine of your choice, I used 3m of a wide, ivory gross grain ribbon
- Pins, I just used two from my sewing box
- Flowers, I found poppies; roses in pink, pale pink and white; grevillea; hyacinths, chrysanthemums and carnations.
Remove all the leaves from the stems of your flowers, this will make the bit you hold a lot smaller and more manageable.
To create the base for your bouquet, start by gathering a few of your bigger flowers together. Then wrap some floral tape around the steps to keep them secure.
Now add some of your smaller flowers to the arrangement. The secret is to add them in small clusters all the way around your bouquet so that it looks balanced and concentrate on making the shape round as you go.
Once you're happy with the shape and arrangement of your blooms wraps some floral tape around the stems to keep them secure. To add this tape, hold the stems together tight and wrap the tape as tight as you can, go up as far as you can on the stems. Then grab the stems further down and start wrapping the garden wire around the "handle" area. This will keep the stems together when you start doing a final, tight taping.
Start doing your final taping. Tightly wrap the floral tape around the entire "handle" area.
Using the pruning shears, cut all the stems to the same length. Make sure they are at least long enough to hold with two hands.
It's ribbon time. Pin the ribbon to the bouquet, leaving one quarter of the ribbon loose to make a bow with. Start wrapping the other three quarters of the ribbon around the stems making sure to hide all the floral tape. Wrap down and then up the stems so that the last quarter of the ribbon can be pinned down next to the first.
Make a pretty, droopy bow. Fold the ends in half and cut on the diagonal towards the ends.
You're done! Yay!
Florals: Celeste Hulme | Photography: Louise Krynauw