Happy New Year! What better way to celebrate the new year than by being surrounded by balloons! Forget the crowds, the fireworks and driving into the city. I'll be happy being surrounded by helium balloons.
Carla Zampatti, is there any dress of yours, that I don't envy? I love how soft and yet dramatic this dress is. I've never seen a soft pink and black dress that I want to wear until I saw this. Gorgeous. Hello New Year!
A christening/birthday party at The Point, Albert Park for Petros H.. He's a cutie - cried the entire time at the church then at the reception, was happy as larry. Maybe he appreciated the matching cake and table decorations. My own wedding can't top the 'goldfishies' and the fab Greek dancing afterwards! Here's hoping his 2nd birthday is not a let-down after this amazing celebration.
When I'm crafting or reading Frankie, i sometimes like a bit of music. Rather than running to the big set up in the lounge or hunting for always inconveniently located earphones, put these speakers near you. Not road-tested so can't be sure about the quality of the sound, but damn, these would be great for solo-time at home.
I hope my nephews and nieces in Perth liked their backpacks for Xmas.
Each backpack is lined with contrasting patterned cotton and features their name and an image just for them. Ok I lie. All the boys got a Transformers logo then Charlize got a book and pencil (it was a bit tricky around the binder) and Caris got a watermelon (cos she's a serious eater that one).
[Note for 2011: Start homemade presents in November, not one week before Christmas!]
So today i complete the remainder of the wedding from cocktail hour to reception.
Boy we had a blast. Robby and his band were fantastic and though i promised all who asked that we would not be dancing, his music was just that good i couldn't help but boogie! that's a testament to his skill i promise you and all my friends will vouch that i will not every get on the dance floor. so well done Robby!
After cocktail hour and more photo booth fun, we sneaked away for a special 'reveal' to open the reception. we were announced with jet sparklers along the walkway and our guests worked hard to keep their little sparklers ignited too.
During the reception, there were tear jerking speeches, a little remote control helicopter, laughs and the best wedding food i've certainly eaten in a long time - yes, the bride and groom actually ate!
We were so happy to have the opportunity to enjoy every moment of the wedding - family, friends, each other, the music and even the food and drink! at the conclusion of the evening everyone lined up for us to say our 'goodbyes' and 'thank you's but the band had another set so we stayed on and kept dancing until there was literally no more music left. everybody adjourned back to their villas after this and we were just so happy that we thrived off the energy and woke up after 2 hours of sleep for our 4am sunrise photo shoot the next morning...stay tuned!
Discovered JL Designs latest photo shoot, a collaboration with The Martha Steward. It's stunning. They designed these florals in tones of white, gray, beige and metallics. those gold succulent you see, they're REAL and sprayed with gold, even the one in her hair: its wired to a gold chain jewellery. Amazing idea!
more photos to share from our wedding. we began the day in perfectly overcast (= not too hot and sweaty!) weather and despite the cheese factor of a 'first look' i am so glad we did a private reveal for each other. it was not only fun but it gave us a great opportunity to spend time alone and soak up the moment and enjoy the beauty of our venue before the ceremony began.
we were also able to capture some fun shots with our gorgeous bridal party (aren't you impressed by our jump in such high heels? well done ladies!). special mention to Charli who was my maid of honour and make up artist (including her own).
our guests arrived for the ceremony to commence before sunset. i struggled with ideas for what the flower girls and page boy would carry down the aisle and at the last minute settled on bubbles. this worked out perfectly because the kids could take their walking and concentrating on their bubble blowing task distracted them from having stage fright! futhermore, the bubbles were great for photos after the ceremony. i was nervous about my choice of silk bouquets for the bridesmaids having never seen my own bouquet until arriving at the venue that afternoon but they also looked great and now they can keep them forever. as for my entry, despite having seen each other already, i was amazed by how emotional i felt walking in with my dad down the aisle.
our ceremony was conducted by our best man and the boy's bestfriend who is also our pastor and it was all done via an iPad. the ceremony ran perfectly from start to finish. we wrote our own vows and although i tried very hard to not cry, i did! and it became very difficult to see my vows on the iPad screen.
after the signing and a prayer from my mum with our parents, guests were ushered outside for a flower throw and guests also blew bubbles we had our recessional outside.
guests then departed to our cocktail hour where we had our photo booth with speech bubble signs to play with while we took sunset photos. and yes! that's our very own Deenie in that last image.
more to share about the remainder of the night at another time!
A weekend in Sydney... lots of walking, lots of eating, lots of sightseeing. Seafood really is delicious in that city - The Fish Market, Etch, Golden Century Restaurant. Did a bit of culture vulture stuff - Annie Leibovitz at MCA, Surry Hills. Fashion gazing - Boho dresses, tanned skin, high high heels.
My cantonese language classes finished last week. And how nice is my lil teacher? For my bday, she brought in adorable cupcakes from the Cupcake Bakery! During the break, we all sang a birthday song in cantonese and then munched on cake.
where do i begin in acknowledgements? i think it starts with our photographers: Terry and Yi Ting from One Eye Click. they were such a great find and they were so great to work with...so relaxed and fun! we really appreciated that they let us be 'us' in all the photos and i never once felt uncomfortable or self conscious. big tick in all the boxes for us! they had some sweet vintage cameras to shoot with as well. and i just couldn't believe how many toy cameras kept coming out of Yi Ting's bag.
extra special mention to Terry for going the extra mile for us and sacrificing his rubber slippers to a Balinese rice paddy field just to get that special shot. i hope that the slipper 'seedlings' produce an extra good crop of rice next season! i am glad they still said they had fun and they wrote really kind words on their blog too.
here are my harinezumi shots (taken by my bridesmaids) of our photographers in action at our wedding:
Marimekko does a lot of things... furniture, fabric, homewares... and lovely little purses.
I tried making metal frame purses a couple of months ago. I managed to cut the fabric out and sew the purse part. I found attaching the frame was kinda tricky. I used the recommended glue (Gutermann) and followed all the instructions on u-handbag but failed to get my purse to stick properly.
But seeing these makes me want to try again - look at the great shapes and think of the potential uses! And I've been picking up some tips from the webs which might make my next try more successful... go forth and make.