Tweet Tweet Cake Topper

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It seems like months ago now (and probably was ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) when my daughter and her now hubby asked me if I could sew them a couple of birds to use as a cake topper for their wedding cake.

I gathered many (and I mean MANY) bird patterns together from the internet and worked my way through making them on a mission to find the perfect one!

Well, as we all know, the perfect one is never to be found so I adapted patterns until I had a bird which my daughter liked.

These are the prototypes which were made and discarded!


and finally the final version

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And here they are on top of the wedding cake.

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Until next time,

Chris x

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Pretty Tables

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Have no fear this is the penultimate wedding post – promise ๐Ÿ˜‰

Daughter, new hubby, friends and family all worked hard to make the reception venue look lovely.

It all happened in an old theatre so the room had no windows and was dark with plenty of black drapes. It could have been dark and gloomy but instead it turned out to be pretty and twinkly.

Son 2 and I made lots of heart garlands which were strung across the room (and also across the church) and these, together with fairy lights, gave the room a lovely romantic pretty feel about it.

photo by Mustard Yellow Photography

I made some little table cloths to go on top of the main cloths. They were trimmed with ivory lace and mustard yellow ribbon and prettied up the tables.


But by far the most scary thing I was asked to do for the wedding, as I’ve talked about in an earlier post, was the flower arrangements for the reception!

Much as I love flowers I’ve never had the slightest ย interest to arrange flowers and my go to arrangement has always been the hold and drop method – straight into the vase!

This activity was where I said goodbye to my comfort zone and launched myself into the unknown!

Fortunately for me I know a few talented flower arrangers who were extremely generous with their time and advice and taught me enough to be able to do a decent job.

One very kind lady gave me a ‘master class’ on how to make little arrangements and guided me with the equipment and sorts of flowers I needed to go and buy.ย She even came and helped my son, son’s girlfriend and me do the arrangements before the wedding. It’s good to have friends ๐Ÿ™‚

My sewing room (dining room) was transformed into a florists for the day! Do you like the table cloth? It’s the only plastic cloth I could find to protect the table from all the water!


Between us we made 28 arrangements, and to say that three of us were total beginners I think they turned out really well.


The containers were made by my very talented Dad years ago and we just popped our arrangements inside them.

Little fairy lights were hidden inside the terrariums and helped give the whole table and room a light and pretty feel ย ๐Ÿ™‚

We had quite a few flowers left over,


and as I only ordered one bunch of each flower type this couldn’t be helped but in the end they were used to decorate the church so there was no waste ๐Ÿ™‚

Mustard Yellow Photography
Mustard Yellow Photography

Only one more wedding post to go!

Until next time,

Chris x

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Daisy, daisy give me your answer do

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I went to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham on Sunday with friends, and I think it’s fair to say that we all had a good time.

Last ย time I went I missed a whole section so this time I was determined to at least get round the place once! We started very systematically going up and down the rows of stalls but as time went on we tended to wander about a bit but I think we saw everything. We spent time looking at the makers stalls and chatting to them about their work. And quite a bit of time looking at the jaw droppingly amazing quilts on display, something to aspire to.

I’ll share some photos of what caught my eye in another post but I want to share yet anotherย wedding make with you. Well I did say I’d been busy leading up to the wedding!

Looks like a pile of propellers!


and a pile of numbers


but stitched together they make sweet daisies



Daughter used them as table numbers so everyone could find out where they were sitting.


The pegs had people’s names printed on them.

Fabric flowers

I did think that now the wedding is all done and dusted the flowers could be used with young children to help them learn their numbers.

Until next time,

Chris x

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Not Secret Anymore

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We had a FABULOUS time on Saturday, Daughter’s wedding was such a joy filled, fun filled occasion. We enjoyed every second of it – even the clearing up afterwards! We had a pretty full on week beforehand but everything came together beautifully and the day itself was brilliant.

Now that the BIG day is over I can reveal the secret sewing I’ve been up to during the last couple of months. I won’t overload you all in one post but spread it out a bit!

The main sewing feat was The Dress.

Now I didn’t make the dress but it needed a little bit taking in and turning up and generally tweaking so that it fit Daughter well. I was a bit daunted by the task but kept telling myself that wedding dresses are designed so that they can be altered and luckily that was exactly the case.


I’ve altered ball gowns before and the wedding dress was much easier to do, we had a couple of fittings and then ticked that off the list ๐Ÿ™‚

I was also tasked with shortening the grooms jacket sleeves and I have to say that was a much harder job to do!

As you can see it wasn’t a nice straightforward sleeve to take up but buttons to move and a sleeve vent to work into the equation too.

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But I took my time and apart from a bit of a wobble when I was building up the courage to cut off the excess fabric it worked out just fine. Mind you I wouldn’t want to do it again ๐Ÿ˜‰

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photo by Mustard Yellow Photography

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Until next time,

Chris x