Recent focus and handmade wedding accessories

Daily Inspiration, Ongoing and Reflection

I have not written a post for a while; as I have had other focuses recently. Even though I might not be doing a creative activity task, artistic expression is apart of me and it does find a way of coming out! For example in my recent wedding,! Details below.

One recent focus has been… completing a course! I work as a Team Leader on a Social Support program for over 65 participants with memory loss. To freshen up my knowledge and to gain more skills, the organisation supported me to study a part time diploma course for Coordination of Community Services. It has taken me the past 16 months to complete and I should receive the certificate next week! The course was most useful, as it covered a broad overview of how community services should operate and what is required. Covering 14 units from; WHS, budgeting, implementing and the legal/ethical side.

The other focus has been… planning and getting married! Wow! It has been a busy year. My husband and I are from England and most of our family live there. It was important to have our family and friends with us for our special day so we planned it in Dorset, England. We visited last year, to decide the venue and to do all the formalities for our wedding. In the year lead up to our wedding, I thought up lots of little creative ideas for our wedding. Fun to do something a bit different and what we like. There wasn’t many weekends that went by that were not something to do with the wedding! It paid off though because we were able to be so relaxed on the day and the sun was out!! bonus!! Here are some of the things I made:

  • Fabric bouquets – I made my bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets in Australia over my Christmas break! I cut 300+ circles in different fabrics to create layered flowers. I burnt the edges to seal them and to create a natural look. I used a polystyrene ball and dowel rod for the base. Once the flowers were assembled I pinned them on. They traveled in our hold luggage and arrived perfectly fine in England.
  • Buttonholes – I wanted to match the handmade style of the bouquets with the buttonholes. I created 4 using the flower print from the bouquets for the best man and usher and created a special one for my husband. I made some flowers similar to the bouquet flowers for the mums, and my sister-in-laws. Very pleased with them.
  • Flower hair piece and veil detail – I wanted something created by me to be apart of what I was wearing. I had created a ribbon hair garland to go around my head, however once I tried it all together I thought it was too much so I changed the design so that the veil was attached to the hair piece. I used similar fabrics to my gold/ivory dress. I bought my veil second hand in Sydney. I loved the edging detail. As my dress has gold in it, I bought some gold beads to add to the veil.
  • ‘All you need is love’ fingerprint guest book – I had seen a few of these alternative ideas online. However the flower idea I came up with and painted myself. I wanted something for everyone to join in with that was creative. Everyone added their fingerprint and name (and some tiny feet!) I loved all the colour. We managed to get it to England and back in one piece and I have now sent off the canvas to be stretch framed. Cannot wait to see it!
  • Mr and Mrs – Again, I made this in Sydney, they were lightweight so they were fine to transport. I added a mini photo collage to the ‘R’s, the photos were of us both since we have been together.

Our photos were taken by Dawn Potter. She took lovely natural photos and she fitted right in on the day. www.dawnpotter.co.uk