Homemade is well made

So we have been a little quiet recently which is a testament to working hard and being distracted by some nocturnal visitors!

Horus the hoglet

But we now have less than 6 days to go and by this time next week we will be married and all out hard work and preparation will be complete (and hopefully a success!)

Today we have been busy preparing the homemade breakfast bits! We have made homemade muesli and homemade granola and they look and smell fantastic!

homemade goodness

Recipe for homemade muesli

  • 300g rolled oats
  • 200g pumpkin seeds
  • 100g mixed nuts
  • 100g cranberries
  • 50g toasted coconut

Method: preheat the oven to 160 and line a tray with greaseproof paper put a layer of the oats pumpkin seeds and nuts and toast in the oven for ten minutes, mix the rest of the ingredients and voila! Store in an airtight container and devour with yogurt. Yum yummy yum.

Recipe for homemade granola

  • 300g rolled oats
  • 50g sunflower seeds
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 4tbsp sesame seeds
  • 100g flaked almonds
  • 100g cranberries (or other dried fruit)
  • 50g toasted coconut flakes
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 2tbsp honey
  • 2tbsp vegetable oil
  • 125ml maple syrup
  • 2 egg whites

Method: Preheat the oven to 140. Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl and all the wet ingredients in another bowl minus the egg whites as you need to froth these up with a fork first. Then mix the two together in a bowl and spread out onto a baking tray and leave a hole in the middle (don’t ask me why it just seems to work!) Then bake for 45 minutes but check after 30. You can always drizzle some honey over the top just before finishing to really stick it together. When finished leave it in the oven with the door open to cool then split it up and put in an airtight container. Add a fancy label and there is a homemade Christmas gift!!

Fancy homemade breakfast

A green napkin

We want to be as green as possible at our wedding but also create something beautiful and unique for our guests.

all the colours

As a self confessed fabric addict I wanted to make individualised napkins as an alternative to using paper napkins at the wedding.

I sorted through my fabric stash to find as many fat quarter sized pieces as possible then started matching them up in a crazy, colourful and personalised way!

ironed at least 20 times!!

They are all different in colours as well as sizes (whoops) I did a double top stitch and nearly tore all my hair out the amount I had to change the top thread and bobbin. Multiple colours seemed like a great idea before sewing!!

Folded perfection

I then trawled through the internet looking for the best way to fold them so that we could insert our wedding favours into the napkin making it a full favour gift if guests would like to take the napkins with them. If they do not I am going to make a huge quilt with them as a wedding memory.

I found this envelope fold and it works perfectly with the favours.

Completely green

We are really pleased with the finished result and it will add so much colour to our wedding table making this truly a hodgepodge wedding.

Recycled book pages and bird seed
Recycled book pages and wild flower seeds plus some cornflower seeds from the garden
Picnic basket full of colour! And the page boys napkin matches his shirt.

Betthupferln

To be with someone or in our case marrying someone from a different cultural background (yes yes we are all european) brings the joy of introducing things into each others life we experienced in our childhood and upbringing. Over the past 6 years sophie and I have given eachother little nuggets of tradition (nationally or from the family) . I got introduced to monty python, milk in tea, learnt that Yorkshire pudding is not a dessert, celebrating Christmas on the 25th or the “right way” of folding knickers. I gave her in return amongst other things the Christmas calendar, nikolaus and wearing the wedding ring on the right hand. One thing I grew up with is getting a betthupferln. Which is a sweet placed on the pillow to be eaten before going to bed. Of course my sister and I loved it , although not to much in hindsight when visiting the dentist.’Hupferln ‘or huepfen translates to jumping and together it would mean something jumping in bed, like a bed bug would do. A bedtime sweet or in some families a bedtime story is a nicer surprise than a bed bug.

So for fun or as a midnight feast we made those little boxes for our staying guests.

The inspiration for this came from Sophie visiting her favourite food store fortnum and Mason with her dad where he brought her mum a midnight feast of two hedgehogs in a matchbox.

We brought 3kg of love hearts! Madness I know but we only wanted paper sweets as it does not contribute to plastic in our seas which means we have an excess amount of love hearts therefore we have two love bugs and two love hearts.

Little hands making feast boxes

Sophie the niffler

I am a self confessed craft obsessive if I see something I want to try out I buy it and everything that goes with it! Rather than doing a taster session and seeing whether it’s for me I go the whole hog and buy everything and I appreciate I am lucky enough to be able to do this.

This means in our house there is craft in every room and I love this and I know it drives steph up the wall but it also makes our house our home.

When planning our wedding I started to look through what I had and stumbled upon about 10 packets of mini sparklers (my other confession being I love a bargain!) I remember these being reduced to 30p so I brought lots, I guess at the time I brought them for an occasion and over the years they have come out and brought us moments of joy.

Mini sparklers

So in my desire to have little creative items at our wedding I though it would be cute to have these in the evening.

Now my writing is rubbish bordering on illegible at the best of times and I have dabbled a little in calligraphy but don’t really have the stamina for it I think. I looked online for things i could copy and finally thought just go with it this is you and your writing at your wedding and that is what makes this special not being able to copy some gorgeous writing of someone else. As long as its legible!

Sharpie action

So here we have it in all my sharpie beauty ‘it’s time to sparkle’ after cutting out several cards from paper I have brought over the years and with steph looking at me as if I have completely lost my mind I created over 20 cards using only items I have in the house.

Carefully making a slit

I love my Swann Morton craft knife after doing a paper cutting taster and now use it for any paper cutting over scissors. I made a 2cm slit to slide three sparklers in and then secured with some sparkly tape that was in the draw.

bit of sparkle

I’m really pleased with the final result and I think it will be fun and although it is obviously homemade I hope we have some sparkly pictures to share!

It’s time to sparkle

Wild thing

Having completed a floristry course earlier this year for pleasure not for business or weddings it made me look at what I grow in my garden. Flowers cost a fortune rightfully so they are a luxury and take a lot of effort to grow.

After many discussions with my friend who has an allotment and likes to experiment we decided to give cut flower growing a go.

Strong little shoots

I invested in some seeds and plug plants from Sarah Raven amongst others and started sowing in February our spare room was full of little seeds in many pots. I also invested in some eucalyptus plants which arrived looking very sorry for themselves but have since recovered

Lots of lovely smelling eucalyptus

Although I would love to use cut flowers to recreate hand tied bouquets at a fraction of the cost, we also want to have wild flowers in jars at the wedding. So I decided to experiment today.

Full of wild flowers

I am really pleased with how it looks but worried that we are not going to have enough flowers for the wedding. I really wanted to be sustainable with the flowers as it is so easy to spend lots of money on something that is only for a day. By growing our own flowers we get to enjoy them in our garden as well as at our wedding!

Our wild wind beaten garden

However since doing my experiment I am now panicking that there is no way we will ever grow enough flowers (and keep them alive) for the wedding in August to fill one jar let alone 40! Plus I think they have to be filled well to create the most beautiful effect and the jar above has several flowers in there.

Gypsophila

We do have what feels like 50 pots as well the ground so hopefully there will be some staggered growth from now until August. We have decorated over 100 jars for candles and flowers so may have to buy some flowers or hopefully find a good wild patch somewhere!

Billy buttons

This is my pride and joy in cut flower growing. Steph brought some Billy buttons for my mum and dad for when they moved house and they were super expensive partly because of where we live and the mark up! However I looked online and found these plants I had 10 to start with and although they seem to be a favourite of aphids I have 9 plants with lots of buttons growing and these dry well so can be cut and kept yipppppeeee!

Jar of delights

Bauholz!

We are going common with our wedding entertainment and have been searching for ideas for unusual garden games as it would be rude not to use this beautiful house and grounds for the weekend (fingers crossed for sunshine!)

The beautiful Northfields house

In Germany it is traditional to play games at the wedding, ones which test your future of working together this could be sawing a log, hanging out children’s clothes or kidnapping the bride! As the last one would involve us both going missing for the evening and the other two are not easy to complete we have gone for common garden jenga. Although I think the German contingency have some secrets up their sleeve for the day!

Giant jenga!

Although we have chosen the wedding game that everyone has we have put the hodgepodge twist on it! Then it becomes a game we love to play and share with friends and possibly even little people for the rest of lives.

Introducing quotation jenga!

Our homemade sign

We think this is a great way to personalise the game and makes it more fun to play! We made the sign from a second hand 25p board we found, painted it with chalkboard paint and wrote with pens our made up rules.

Pull a brick and write a quote!

I brought the Oxford book of quotations secondhand also for about £1.99 it’s a little out of date but has all of the famous quotes in it and there is always Google for the kids!

“The truth is rarely pure, and never simple” Oscar Wilde

I look forward to playing this with Steph when we are old and grey in our joint nursing home and leaving it to our kids in the will making it sustainable!

Paperflowers,cranes and pinwheels

Living in a mid terrace house with a small but beautiful garden we don’t have the space to grow all our wedding flowers. We are still very much at the creating stage and slowly making our way though the vast amount of different textures and shapes of the bridal bouquet and buttonholes in true hodgepodge style.

Through numerous paper folds, cutting, wiring and modgepodge(ing) we managed to create 16 very special buttonholes consisting of an origami crane (just like in our handmade invites) and a pinwheel. We added an extra “button” flower for both of the brides fathers made of reused maps from Germany and England to represent the countries where we grew up.

Tradition or not tradition? Two brides makes two bouquets- wrong . One thing I am really bad in is holding things in my hand…. So let me have the flowers on my chest to ward of the evil spirits (as history tells ). Traditionally one flower would be taken from the bridal bouquet but as they are fragile (trust me picking one out without ruining the whole thing not going to happen!) we stick to the matching them up. We do not really have a colour theme but turns out the shades of romance (blue) and harmony (green) where the choice.

5 year old buttonhole

However what do you do with a stubborn five year old who will throw a tantrum at anything!? You make him a special buttonhole involving Batman! So Luke loves superheroes and cars and we cannot involve a car for him although he is going to ride on a bus to the wedding ceremony as this stops all the cars! So here sadly is a little bit of plastic but thinking about my childhood and the fact we still have all my Lego the kids now play with I know this will not just end up in landfill!

We put his on a broach pin so he can run around all day long it is also his birthday after all.

Kid proof!