Friday, August 23, 2013

WIN! Decorative Living Fair tickets

You might remember my post from back in May when I visited the Decorative Living Fair down in Kent? Well, I had the best day, rummaging through all the fantastic stalls that were trading and sipping tea while admiring the Kent countryside. It's usually an annual event, but to my delight Caroline Zoob, the organiser, has decided to hold a London event in September this year! I can't tell you how excited I am about it AND the other exciting news is that Caroline has given me 2 tickets to give away to you lovely Patchwork Harmony readers! woohoo!

The event is on the 18th September from 11am - 7pm at Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, SW3 5EE. So if you fancy winning a ticket you can enter in 3 ways:

* Leave a comment on this post telling us one vintage item you'd love to find if you visited the fair. (make sure to include a contact email address in case you win!)

* Follow us on Instagram and repost our pic of the tickets to your feed - make sure to tag us @91magazine and #patchworkharmonycomp

* Like us on Facebook and share our post about the tickets on your page. Be sure to pop over to the Decorative Living Fair's page and like them too!

For each method, you will receive 1 entry, so the more of the above you can do the more chances you have to win! 

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES: Midnight Friday 6th September 2013. 

NOTES: The giveaway is for 2 separate winners to win ONE ticket, which admits one to the event. If you win, you must reply to my email request for your address no later than 11th September so I have time to post your tickets to you. Otherwise a new winner will be selected. Please ensure you will be able to attend the event so as not to take away the chance of winning from others who can go! :)

You can see all my images from the last fair here to get a taster of what to expect at the London event, but below is just a few shots to whet your appetite! 

Good Luck, and I look forward to meeting the winners on the day too! ;)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

DIY: Lacy crochet coasters

The next in our series of crafty guest bloggers to pop by Patchwork Harmony and share their handmade skills is Natasja from Crochet Time. If you follow me on Instagram you may remember recently I tried crochet for the first time, but I have to admit with being away for our wedding and honeymoon, my crochet has slipped, I think its one of those things you have to keep up regularly, so I hope this little tutorial Natasja is sharing with us today will help me get back into it, as they are so pretty. Over to you Natasja!

I was inspired by the Japanese crochet patterns when I designed these coasters. I tried to make it lacy, light and airy, yet solid enough so that it will protect your table from any spillages. 

You can swap around the colours, make two consecutive rounds in the same colour, or even crochet the whole coaster in one colour.  There is a pattern for both round and square versions so mix and match til your hearts content!
Have fun and play!

You will need:
DK cotton yarn in four colours.
3 mm crochet hook.

(NOTE: This pattern is written in US crochet terms.)
For these coasters, I used:
Colour A: Rowan Handknit cotton in Mist
Colour B: Stylecraft Cotton Classique in Lavender and Sunflower, and Rowan Handknit Cotton in Gooseberry and Blue John
Colour C: Rowan Handknit cotton in Bleached
Colour D: Rowan Handknit cotton in Linen

Round coaster pattern...

Pattern note:
Shell: (2DC, 1 chain, 2DC)
Long SC: insert the hook in chain space of shell in row below, yarn over, pull up a long loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook.

Round 1:
With colour A make a magic ring. 8 SC in ring. Join with a slip stitch to first SC.
Round 2:
Chain 4 (count as TR), TR in same stitch. 2 TR in each of the following 7 DC. (16 TR made). Join with slip stitch to 4th chain of turning chain. Fasten off.
Round 3:
Join Colour B to the space between the  2TR of previous round. Chain 3 (count as DC), 1 DC, chain 1, 2 DC in same stitch. *1 Chain. Shell between next 2TR.*  Repeat from * to * around. Join with slip stitch to 3rd chain of turning chain. Fasten off. (8 Shells made).
Round 4:
Join colour C to any chain 1 space btw Shells. SC. *3 Chain. DC in chain 1 space of Shell. 3 Chain. SC in chain 1 space btw Shells*. Repeat from * to * around.  Join with slip stitch to SC. Fasten off.
Round 5:
Join colour D to any DC of previous round. *SC in DC of previous round. 3 Chain. Shell in SC of previous round. 3 Chain*. Repeat from * to * around. Join with slip stitch to SC. Fasten off.
Round 6:
Join colour C to any SC of previous round. *SC. 3 Chain. SC in first DC of Shell. 3 Chain. SC in 4th DC of Shell. 3 Chain.* Repeat from * to * around. Join with slip stitch to SC. Fasten off.
Round 7:
Join colour B to any SC of previous round. *SC. 3 chain picot. 4 Chain. Long SC into the 1 chain space of Shell in round 5. 3 chain picot. 4 Chain. Repeat from * to * around. Join with slip stitch to SC. Fasten off.
Weave away the ends and wet block or steam block the coaster, paying special attention to the picots. 

Square coaster pattern...

Pattern note:
Corner Shell: (2TR, 3 chain, 2TR)
Shell: (2DC, 1 chain, 2DC)
Long SC: insert the hook in chain space of shell in row below, yarn over, pull up a long loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook.

Round 1 to 4:
Repeat rounds 1 to 4 as for round coaster.
Round 5:
Join colour D to any DC of previous round. *SC. 2 Chain. Corner Shell. 2 Chain. SC. 2 Chain. Shell. 2 Chain*. Repeat from * to * around. Join with slip stitch to SC. Fasten off.
Round 6:
Join colour C to first SC after Corner Shell of previous round. *SC. 2 Chain. SC in first DC of Shell. 3 Chain. SC in 4th DC of Shell. 2 Chain. SC in SC of previous round. 2 Chain. SC in each of the two TR. 5 Chain. SC in each of the two TR. 2 Chain. * Repeat from * to * around. Join with slip stitch to SC. Fasten off.
Round 7:
Join colour B to slip stitch of previous round. *SC. 3 chain picot. 4 Chain. Skip 1 SC. Long SC into the 1 chain space of Shell in round 5. 3 chain picot. 4 Chain. Skip 1 SC. SC in next SC. 3 chai picot. 4 Chain. Skip 2 SC. In the 3 chain space of Corner Shell of work (Long SC into corner chain space of round 5, 3 chain picot, 3 chain, Long SC, 3 chain picot). 4 Chain. Skip 2 SC.* Repeat from * to * around. Join with slip stitch to SC. Fasten off.
Weave away the ends and wet block or steam block the coaster, paying special attention to the picots and four corners. 

Thanks so much Natasja! The coasters are just gorgeous! If this has got you in the mood for crochet then pop over to Natasja's blog for more ideas, and check out my previous post on using crochet well in the home.

Instruction photos: Natasja King / Crochet Time
Styled photos: Caroline Rowland / Patchwork Harmony

CRAFT BLOGGERS! If you are interested in contributing a guest post to Patchwork Harmony, then please get in touch!


Monday, August 12, 2013

Our Wedding Part II

Thanks for all the lovely comments on my first wedding post, and if you read that, you'll know I was waiting to get the official photos through before posting all the details of the day. Well here they are!

It took me a while to do an edit as we had hundreds of lovely shots by our photographer Jemma of Pearl Pictures. Jemma did a fab job and captured all the little details of the day as well as all those personal moments; certain people crying during the speeches or my folks busting some moves on the dancefloor for example! (don't worry mum, I haven't posted those on here!)

When we were planning our wedding, as soon as we decided to get married abroad I knew I had to have a photographer who would just slot in easily with the rest of my family and friends as we'd all be together for a few days, and I knew straight away Jemma was the person. We'd got to know each other through working on 91 Magazine, and I just knew she'd get on with everyone easily and also do a fantastic job - which she certainly did! Thanks Jemma for all your hard work! x

Getting married in France does mean doing things a little differently. Normally at home, I would have researched things like florists to the death, but there, we literally went into the local florists and had a conversation in, well mostly hand signals, as neither could speak the others language! In the end we communicated by email and I sent her way too many images of what I wanted. Still, I fretted the week of the wedding that they might not be what I'd hoped. But, when she arrived with them the evening before the big day, I practically cried with joy when I saw the flowers! They were absolutely stunning and exactly what I wanted! Marie-Claire, our florist, really was fantastic, and a lovely lady too. I would definitely recommend her if you are having a Dordogne wedding.

On the left is the little vintage postcards I bought at the Decorative Living Fair from The Old Haberdashery stall to use as thank you cards for my bridesmaids. I also gave them bracelets I bought from Honey Rose and Amber on Etsy, which I put in little fabric bags I made. My mum made floral fabric hangers for them for their dresses too. On the right is my bridesmaid Nici's reading which she gave during the ceremony. I love how she typed it out on old pages of a book on her typewriter. 

My shoes are Sergio Rossi which I found at their outlet store at Bicester Village. Definitely the most beautiful shoes I've ever owned! My dress is the Femea from Cymbeline. I tried the dress on with my bridesmaids when we went to Paris dress shopping, but in the end I bought it from Mirror Mirror in Islington. My necklace and earrings are vintage - they were my Grandmothers. 

I didn't want my bridesmaids in matching dresses, so Nici (on the left) found her's in a vintage shop and Lauren's (right) is from ASOS. I think they both looked absolutely gorgeous, and the dresses were perfect next to my flowers and their white hydrangea bouquets. 

We were so lucky to be able to have our ceremony outside at our venue Chateau du Bourbet, as even though it was really warm it was actually a bit of a drizzly day in France. But it held out for the ceremony which we were so happy about. The ceremony was conducted by Christine from Celebrants in France - it was such a lovely, touching ceremony, personal to us, and with beautiful readings from two of our closest friends. At the end Christine presented us with a lovely gift - a sealed box with a bottle of wine and love letters we'd been asked to write to each other inside - to be opened on our 5th wedding anniversary! 

The zinc buckets with the hydrangeas in I found on eBay, and I got the little milk bottles from The Sweet Hostess. The tiny vintage tin below had our wedding rings inside. I found this at Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair at Spitalfields about 9 months before the wedding and thought it was the perfect thing to put them in.

I made little fans for our guests to use if it was really hot - they have the illustrations that Charlotte Love did for our invitations on them. I printed them all on the computer, cut them out and stuck the two sides together with the wooden handle sandwiched between and a little bit of lace tape added to the handle. The lace tape and the little pink bags which I filled with the rose petal confetti, were both from Wonderland Room on Etsy (yep they came all the way from South Korea!) The bags say 'une promesse de bonheur' which means 'a promise of happiness' - so perfect for a French wedding!

The little flowers in my hair were custom made by Gil Fox. I came across her work at the Decorative Living Fair (more pics of her work on this link) and they were just perfect to add to the fishtail plait my fab friend Siobhan did for me. 

After the ceremony we had fizz and strawberries. I had to order these little wooden boxes from America as I couldn't find them anywhere in the UK! Party suppliers take note! :) I got mine from Think Garnish  and just painted the edges in pastel colours myself, and the little bride and groom cocktail sticks are from Pipii.

Our marquee was provided by a local company called La Bonne Fete run by a lovely British family. They saved our lives after we had problems with our original marquee hire company, and stepped in just a few weeks before the big day. They were absolutely fantastic - not only with what they provided but with all the help they gave us, serving drinks and ice cream to our guests and generally running round helping out. That kind of stuff is totally invaluable on your wedding day. 

A couple of days before the wedding, me and some of my girlfriends spent about 4 hours sitting on the floor fluffing pom poms! We had wine of course, but wow, is that an arduous task! That's not counting the hours I spent at home actually making the things! It is also a mammoth task to get them all hung up from the ceiling! Its at these times when you realise you've got the most amazing friends who will work tirelessly to help you make the place look fabulous. 

I also made the table plan myself, again incorporating some of Charlotte Love's illustrations she did for us. The fabric was glued onto thick card and the bottom was edged with lace trim. Really simple, but I loved how it turned out. 

The mismatched vintage chairs were hired from a local vintage shop called Unik and the tables we borrowed from the local Mairie for free!

Above were our favours for the boys. A pair of black framed glasses replicating the ones Simon wears, and a temporary tattoo, which was designed by Charlotte Love also. I printed them on tattoo paper I got from Crafty Computer Paper and made the little bags myself. It was hilarious seeing everyone wearing the glasses and tattoos during the meal!!

I also made our place names. I just bought plain tags and painted them in watercolour paint to create an ombre effect and then used rubber stamps to write the names on. All our napkins were either vintage or made from floral fabrics by my mum. 

The jars for the flowers was another slightly arduous DIY task! I spent a good few weeks dipping jars into paint and then letting the excess paint run off and I had to keep turning them to make sure they dried evenly! They looked nice though, so worth it in the end!

The mismatched teacups were hired from La Bonne Fete also, and the fan bunting I got from Pipii. The cream candles holders were from dotcomgiftshop, and instead of tablecloths we just had lots of vintage lace and crocheted doilies scattered down the tables. Our favours for the ladies were vintage hankies wrapped in a cardboard band which says 'For your happy tears' which I just made on the computer and printed myself. Turned out it was the men that needed those hankies during the speeches!! :)

Over on our cake table, we had lots of little bits and bobs; vintage tins, old books, the cute little ice cream cone blowing bubbles from The Hambledon, vintage plates and a beautiful book which I found at Sunbury antiques market called The Lovers Pocketbook. It has the sweetest illustrations in it by Raymond Peynet, and this is what we used as our guest book as there were blank pages opposite each illustration. I felt a little weird about writing in an old book, but then I thought it's something we'll keep forever and is really special. The mini suitcase I found at a vintage fair, and lined with Liberty wrapping paper. And of course there was cake! The croque en bouche was made by a local p√Ętissier - it was so delicious! 

The vintage scales were an eBay find, perfect for macarons I think! Lauren my bridesmaid (and new sister in law!) made the cookies and my mum made the chocolate mendiants. The cupcakes and ombre cake below were made by my super talented cousins and auntie. This was the first time they'd made this specific cake, and I couldn't believe how they got it to look exactly like the one in the recipe I'd given them! Amazing, thanks girls! You may recognise my congrats sign? I posted the tutorial for making this recently.

That's it! Sorry for such a hugely long post! I could talk about our wedding for hours! I hope you enjoyed having a look at all the details and again a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped us on the day, it was truly amazing.

All photography copyright of Jemma Watts / Pearl Pictures - if you want to pin any of our pictures, please do, but we'd love it if you can credit Jemma please. If you would like to use any of the photos on your blog then please just email Jemma to get permission. thanks!

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