Thursday, 28 August 2014

Wedding invites

Squeal! As a self-confessed stationary addict getting out wedding invites done was something I have been beyond excited about.

We decided to have a very short engagement (as in less than three months!) so we kind of invited our friends and family within the first week of being engaged. I'd sorted the venue and booked the registry office within around 5 days so we turned to email and FB to make sure people would be around on the date in question.

Even though we knew the essential people could make the date within a few days I still really wanted to send out physical invites. I'm a stationary addict so it's no surprise that I love a good illustrated card. Before Wilf I actually used to design wedding invites (you can see some here) so I kinda of thought I should make my own.

After two days of illustrating and getting pretty stressed about it not being 'right' and pretty much not enjoying the process at all I learnt two things. I'm glad illustrating is no longer something I try to rely on for an income and it's OK to delegate.

I was getting so worked up thinking that people would 'expect' me to design and illustrate my own invites when actually I doubt anybody would even care! I also realised that planning a wedding in under 3 months as well as being a mum and running a business means that I can't do everything from scratch or by myself.

Thankfully this is where Wedding Paper Divas stepped in! Just when I was debating for the millionth time about what I should do with invites make them myself/commission someone/not have them at all an email popped in my inbox asking if I'd like to take a look at their collection. It was a sign maybe! Anyway, after taking a look I narrowed it down to 8 of my favourites and asked Tom what he thought to, this design was both of our favourites. It also fits our Autumnal wedding theme perfectly!

Wedding Paper Divas has a really wide range of designs to choose from and they stock invites, save the dates, thank you cards and much more. I also have to admit to 'oohing' a little bit when I discovered that Whitney Port had just designed a range for them (yep I was a The City fan and I'm not even ashamed to admit it).

The stamp we got made separately. Funny story, when I first started this blog it was to share my artwork and I soon stuck up friendships with other illustrators and illustration bloggers. Kozue was a blogger friend from those days and I knew that if I ever had an occasion I wanted a custom made stamp it would be from her! I'm so glad I've finally had the chance to purchase one of her wonderful creations. You can see her work here. 

And so invites are out, 6 weeks to go!

p.s I had to wipe out some of the info on our cards as you never know who will rock up to your wedding if you put those details online right?

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Our Weekend in Pictures (or that time I played being a mamma of two)

We have such a great community where we live, neighbours that you can literally call on for some sugar (or the modern day scenario use their wifi when your's stopped working 5 mins before a live hangout). Most of us seem to have kiddos roughly the same age too so during the summer it's been lovely to share a cup of tea chatting over a garden gate whilst the littles play in the street.

On Sunday we headed out to stretch our legs at our local city farm and seeing one of our neighbours needed to get some errands done picked up a little addition to the party.

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

For the home

Totally in love with the TVINGEN range at IKEA.

Face cloth - £1
Towels - £4

Don't forget you can follow along with my 'for the home' Pinterest board.

Follow Fritha Tigerlilly's board For the Home on Pinterest.

Bargain hunting

A week or so ago Wilf got a sickness bug which lasted 24 hours then came back again two days later for another 24hours. I had a similar virus which didn't make me sick but made me feel SO tired and subsequently we couldn't leave the house for a couple of days. It wasn't the most fun.

We had been given a voucher by TKMaxx and challenged me to find an outfit for both Wilf and I from our local branch. Knowing it would be another week or so until we managed to make the trip I entrusted the voucher with Tom and waited to see what he would come up with.

TKMaxx used to be my first port of call after my student loan would come through when I was at uni and their Carmarthen branch was where pretty much where all my clothes were bought during those 3 years. I still remember the time I found those black 24 inch waist designer jeans reduced by about £200. Luckily being 18 and I lot thinner than I am now they fit me perfectly, I doubt they would reach over my knees now. It was that heart flutter when you realise you have found that hidden gem, that bargain that no one else will have. Much the same as vintage shopping in a way.

Tom is really pretty good at buying clothes for us so I wasn't too worried about what he would return with although I know it's often pot luck with what you find at the shop that particular day.

For me this beautiful french style jumper £24.99. I teamed it with a white shirt from Yumi, a red skirt from Zara and a bag from Nica. Tom and Wilf are both wearing check shirts from TKMaxx, £14.99 for Tom and £6 for Wilf.

Tom also picked up this amazing cowboy style rain coat for Wilf which came in at £15.99. He didn't have a chance to wear it until the weekend just gone, you can really feel Autumn in the air now can't you? He's been telling everyone about his new 'horsey coat' so it's definitely a winner.

We also picked up another shirt for Wilf which is a little too big for him to wear now but was too lovely to pass up, it's another flannel checked shirt in case your wondering. We seem to have becoming a bit country inspired recently! We actually still have a little left on our voucher as the grand total of our outfits were under £65. Pretty good haul hur?

Are you a bargain hunter? Found any good gems recently?

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