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A change of heart.

First of all, I’ll apologise for my lack of prescene online. With a growing baby  demand for my full attention at all times has become a first priority. Eleanor is now on the move, vocal and ahaving a spell of nap refusal. We have 5AM wake ups and 8PM bed times. I began a book way back in March and I don’t think I’m half way through as of yet, it’s terrible. Call it laziness, call it busy, exhaustion, whatever you like.

The point is, I have so little time to think right now, I don’t have the spare time to blog,when I do get that minute peace, I nap because frankly, it’s the only hope of a good kip. An active and demanding baby and an active family life has left myself with little free time to blog or even concentrate for that matter.

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I return to work in a few short weeks and my priorities right now are making the most of this time out in the sunshine, playing at the park and being with my baby. I’ll never get this time back, my blog can take a back seat. I think that’s fair? Anyway, as I mentioned, I’d keep you all in the know with any wedding plans and change, so here I am, posting about a change of dress as Eleanor has a feed.

I was set, good to go. A white dress, inexpensive, drop hem, little lace.. It was perfect..until it wasn’t. With the Wedding drawing close and free time running low, I was on a tight time scale and budget to find the dress for me. Sure, the white was lovely but I’ll stats that say for a Summer day. It wasn’t right to wed in, it’s just not enough of me, it was much too ‘safe’, and I’d hate to look back and think I wish I’d worn another dress. Scrolling online, I came across the perfect dress. It would have been wrong not to try it on for size. As the title of this blog implies, I had a change of heart. It was instant.

The Friday afternoon that it arrived, I was ecstatic. I didn’t expect it to fit so well or look as it did but its just right. I’m sorry option one, in the closet you go. This dress is to die for, a cowl neck, a slinky material that hugs all the right places made from my favourite material. Modest in length (longer than the first) and my favourite colour. Correct I’m not wearing white on my wedding away. The accessories I have match perfectly and I have a faux stole coming my way to finish my look off. I’m hoping for an old school, glamour look. A little modern take on a vintage bride. Birdcage veil included.

With mention of the birdcage veil, I’m still unsure of a hairstyle? I think a ballerina bun, scraped back from my face and held high. Classic and simple yet practical with a small baby who tugs at my hair and face non stop. Right now. I’m unsure wether to incorporate a braid for some modernism or to just let my hair hang loose in beach style waves with the veil draped down my face? I have some time to play around and an appointment with the hairdresser on the day on my wedding to get my favoured style put in place.

I have collected some little accessories here and there. Vintage Bobby pins, a blue brooch to fit the something blue trend, a garter hand made from Etsy by the most lovely lady and some small rhinestones which I’m not quite sure what to do with yet! I’ll find a use though, my Mum said you can’t have too much sparkle on your wedding day and I’m going with that. Although she returned her dress as she claimed it was too much sparkle for a day time..

Euan and I have a photographer booked tnow too, something we weren’t originally going to opt for but with only having one wedding day in your life time to gtt it right and have it just as you would dream it, we decided to go with a local woman who took beautiful images of Eleanor back at the beginning of the year. It seemed only right to re book with Eni, and to remain an intimate ceremony and celebration. I’ll be grateful to look back on our Wedding photographs come years and cherish all of the memories, especially of Eleanor being with us.

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(I think she is feeling as excited as I am for the big day when Mummy and Daddy get married, don’t you?)

We are set to meet the coordinator at the hotel reception on June 3rd before I return to work and get all of our plans, table set up and decorations in place. I’ve got all the little bits and bobs that we will use to decorate the room, now just to hand over the supplies and get the menu’s down to a tee for the big day.

I’m real excited as time reals in on us. I can’t wait to have a lovely day with my love, my baby and our close family and friends. I’m so happy with how our plans and ideas are taking shape, my dress and whole look has come together on a whim and how small and intimate we have kept the day in general. Now just to wait for the day to come around and seal the deal. How did you spend your Wedding day? Has anyone had a fiasco with a Wedding dress last minute?

Keren x

Motherhood. Finding myself through creativity and balance.

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As you will be aware, I have began preparing and planning for my Wedding day. Upon doing so, making up lists, gathering material and fabrics.. It has all led to some new found and very welcome creativity. Who knew?

Having finished the whole seven seasons of Gilmore Girls, I was on the hunt for a new past time. Something that involved a little less sitting on my ass and a little more thought. Man, those first few months of Motherhood were well spent if I do say so myself but you can’t stay in a newborn bubble forever. It was time to grow and nourish myself now that I had the whole parenting thing under control.

I have began to enjoy nothing more than taking a day trip out with Eleanor and hunting for cute craft supplies and fabrics. Putting ideas together and creating. It’s nice to get busy and to produce something that you have created by yourself from just ideas is really quite thrilling. It brings a sense of achievement and joy.

Having become a new Mother recently, I got a little lost and almost became just a Mum, forgetting that I, too am my own person and need some time to myself for myself. It took a while to figure out some sort of balance and to find happiness from within in every aspect of daily life but I think I’m finding my feet at long last and beginning to suss out a balance between being Mum and yet being myself.

I have come to conclusion that life really is too precious and much to short to waste and wish it away. I can’t remain a prisoner in the home for fear of stepping out and I can’t stop time, rather I can get out and enjoy it. To make the most of each day and enjoy special moments in each day. It is time to start living and appreciate life for all that it is.

I still get anxious going out alone and I do struggle when faced in some situations, especially social events, but it’s never as bad as I come to imagine. I don’t know what triggered such anxiety build ups, I’ve ways been shy but ever since labour I have been having almost mild panic attacks, mood swings and feel as though I will burst out crying at times for no specific reason.

You can’t control the world and you certainly can’t have everything you want but with a little positivity and creativity I think you can do whatever you want and live in the way you wish to live. Happiness can be found from anything, it’s different for every one. For me, I have my beautiful baby, my family and a busy mind to keep me strong. I couldn’t have wished for a better family or to be surrounded by more love. I really am very fortunate.

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Something which doesn’t come easy, after having Eleanor, I would say I sort of shut myself off from the outside and didn’t take any time off. I was in full baby mode all day every day and it began to drain me of me. I needed a release and a relief from Motherhood but  couldn’t figure out what it was. I couldn’t even figure out how to get dressed with a newborn around, never mind find some form of hobby. I guess you could say that Motherhood didn’t come to me as naturally as I would have hoped at first.

With a new venture, I began to plan and prepare for my Wedding day. A small and intimate affair but that doesn’t mean I don’t have just as much help to plan as any other Bride. Through the use of glitter notebook pages, confetti hearts and paper butterfly’s, I suppose you could say I’ve became quite the crafty dab hand. By no means do I mean that my work is a piece of art, I simply mean that I enjoy this crafty business. I think that it suits me well and is good for my soul. Keeps my mind busy and my anxiety at bay.

Lately, my mind doesn’t seem to shut off. I try to drift off to sleep and ideas pop into my head. Both a blessing and a curse. Damn you, insomnia.

As a bit of a magpie, (self confessed and glitter obsessed) I have an eye for all things pretty, I always have and I love putting together looks and ideas that I have planned in my head. Wedding planning has given me a sense of freedom back. This has become a hobby and an escape, something that I would have previously laughed at and not taken serious but have fully got into and can say that I am really enjoying this whole busy business. It really is good to get up off the couch and get out again. I now have something to look toward other than the TV screen.

Although, I will admit, I do still find myself losing hours staring at and holding my baby close.  The most gorgeous little lady I have ever laid my eyes on. What a truly lovely soul.

Back to it, before I turn all proud Mum gooey – the table arrangements, the favor creating, decoration hunting. It’s totally keeping my anxiety at bay and giving me a focus. I used to enjoy nothing more than arts and crafts as a child, that and writing. It seems having grown older, these old hobbies have come back to me..with a vengeance. Old habits die hard they say. Now I can fully vouch for that.

I am happy to say that through finding a balance and getting busy with a hobby, I have really discovered happiness and unleashed a creative spark that I don’t think will be ending soon. I can now again be at peace with my mind and my body. I am much happier with a focus and have started to feel content as a Mother and realise that I am in fact good at being a Mother and with that, I can again return to being myself. Slowly but surely I will get back into my old skin, only it will be new skin and better. Wiser and happier.

This latest creative spark has had me thinking about creating a small business on Etsy. I am not sure what I could sell yet, or if my creations would sell but I’d like to venture into this throughout the year and put my busy mind at work. I think that a hobby has been just the thing my mind was screaming out for and I’m glad that with getting out there, and getting busy I have also become a better version of myself. This reflects well not just on myself, but on my family. Happy mum, happy baby..right?

I have many ideas running ragged in my mind right now. Everything from wedding crafts to creating a local etsy store to getting experience in a florist. I think 2018 will bring a new experience and a sense of peace. I have a few travel plans coming up this year, if I’m lucky I can draw some inspiration from these trips and the travel experience.

Now if you dint mind, I have a wedding to plan. Must get back to work. What would you like to see from Etsy?

Keren.

 

Made with love. An insight to my handcrafted wedding.

Hi guys, hope everyone is well? I know that I previously stated I’d update you all with the wedding plans when I had some going. Well, you will be glad to hear, the party planning is in full swing and I’m working away on ideas and decor planning. I thought it would be good to do a wee update and let you all hear about how I am getting on.

I’m not keen to give away too much information just yet, I feel a sense of suspense is quite nice and keeps it a little secretive. After all, my wedding day is my baby right now along with my darling Eleanor of course and I keep the day and the organising close to heart. This is mainly due to the fact that as it is my wedding day, a once in a lifetime day for myself and my family, it will hold a special place in my heart forever and I want to keep it sacred and close to me.

As mentioned, my wedding will be a small affair with at most twenty guests,  providing each invite guest makes it along that is. I have been working away in the background hard at getting plans in place for the decoration of the reception room where we will host our wedding meal. Trying to get my plans set and in order for the day as soon when I return to work following maternity leave, I will be lacking the time to plan and organise. Hence why I am so keen to remain full steam ahead right now. I am on a limited time frame.

The reception room we have will cater to our guests of twenty and the room is basically an empty canvas where we can play around and have fun with the decor and design. I have in mind the picture of what I want, it’s just putting it all together right now. The table will be one large round table, with a side table off set for holding the cakes and favours. I have free reign to design the room and tables as I wish. Time to dig in and have a little fun.

I am thinking home made, hand crafted and a little bit bohemian! Lots of floral and pastels coming together in a rustic feel. Whatever rustic means. What does rustic mean? Whatever, it sounds good.

Our wedding cakes will be homemade by none other than my own Mother,the best baker I know, as bias as I may be. We wish for two cakes, one tier and round. A fruit cake with a marzipan and iced topping and also a homemade victoria sponge. By no means will they be showstoppers but they aren’t supposed to be either. If I wanted a perfecly crafted cake, I’d have went to a bakery and have the professionals work away.

I’m busy picking out cake decorations right now. Going for a plain sponge with minimal decor with the Victoria cake and hoping to cover our fruit cake with florals and a pretty yet simple cake topper. Nothing fancy and certainly not perfection but to me, it will be perfect. I will be ready to scour etsy and find a handcrafted wooden topper.

For our favours, again these will be homemade with love by my younger sister and presented in cellophane bags, hand wrapped and crafted in my own way. I have this all set and ready to roll with the bags and decorations already picked out. I will remain coy and keep my ideas to myself for now. I can’t be giving away all my plans after all, otherwise, I’d not keep you interested. If ever I had your interest anyway.

With the room decor I’m raring to go with a minimalist look and add plenty of florals to the room. I’m yet to decide on a table topper but wish for a mix of pastels. I have confetti and little floral buds and petals picked out to sprinkle over the table in a variety of pastel mix.

As there will be so little of us, I’ve requested for just one large table to dine at with the hope for plenty of interaction and chatting. After all, it’s about having a good time. I thought that a top table with a few others would be too spaced out and not have the cosy feel that I’m looking for. I’d like to imagine everyone chatting away and having a merry wine together. I want plenty of laughter from all and for everyone to have a great time.

I’m trying to work as inexpensive as possible, mainly due to the fact I don’t want glitz or glam and I don’t believe that spending a fortune makes for a good day. I mean the average cost of a wedding is near enough £26,000. Madness.

I hope to keep my budget at £1500 all in all. That’s for the rings, ceremony, reception meal and drinks, the hotel suites along with everything else. I’m keen to remain strict in this. Call me a cheap skate but I don’t believe in splashing the cash out for one day. I don’t deem it ever necessary to fork out such an expense and I don’t think a huge expense ensures a good time either.

I want to do lots of hand crafting, lots of creating and get making. I’d like to take on as big of a role as I can with the whole. Preparation and have my wedding crafted by my own hand. There’s something about doing it yourself that just screams good vibes.

I’m super excited to get stuck in and get my hands busy with crafting and my mind busy with planning. When I have a little more plans in place and something more to show, I will share with you all. In the meantime, I’ll get back to browsing etsy and other local markets for home made goods and crafting parts that I can put together by my own hands. I have been a local at hobby craft of late. Trailing the aisles for bits and bobs that I can work with. May I add, I am by no means good with arts and crafts.

I aim for my wedding day to be as close to heart as possible and therefore hope to put most of the day together by myself or with the help from some close family members. Opting for a local, homemade wedding day that I can cherish forever more.

Does anyone have any tips or tricks on homemade weddings? I’m open to any ideas and suggestions that are just a little bit different from the norm!

Keren xo

 

Parting with parenthood for the first an afternoon out as new parents.

I was lucky enough to enlist my mum as babysitter for one fine Saturday afternoon while myself and Euan headed off out for our first real date post baby. I’m going to share my day with you all because frankly it’s made me super happy and reinforced just how lucky I am.

Having to leave Eleanor is tough, especially because I’m rarely apart from her and having her still feed from me brings a bond that I can’t explain. Besides if I’m without her and unable to express, my boobs balloon in size and I turn into a walking watermelon. Not kidding.

However, it is crucial to catch a little alone time as a couple and to keep that spark alive. After all, a baby doesn’t mean that you should put your relationship on hold. It’s equally as a important to spend time with your partner as it is your baby. After nine weeks of baby duties, I was so ready to take a afternoon off.

Euan has a second job in a local store beginning next week, I guess our day off was to mark a celebration of many things. Becoming parents, an engagement and now a new job prospect.

Having Euan running two jobs and not being at home so often will be a struggle and I will miss him a lot. It will take some adapting to but at least I have Eleanor to keep me busy and occupy my mind. I’m sure the extra hours he will be gone will fly by with all the things I have to be doing. I’m so proud of Euan though, to work two jobs and give up free time so that we can get into a position that we want to be in and get to where we want to be in our life takes a lot of strength and motivation.

I’d love to be able to take on part time work during this period also but I’m legally not allowed to do so while being paid maternity pay from my own line of work. I do miss having the motivation that a job brings but saying that, I am enjoying my time at home and being able to do as I please for this period. Something I may never be able to do again and time I will never get back.

Anyway, back to my day out. Where was I? Ah, yes.. Now, the big event took a morning of getting ready. In between baby feeds and tears I somehow managed to get myself all dressed up and ready to roll by noon. This doesn’t happen very often. I usually make it as far as the shower and have to make do with wet hair and a bare face.

It took several outfit changes and my wardrobe sprawled over the bed, before I finally settled with a glitter body suit and mom jeans teamed with a leather beret and some pointed boots. A slap of red lipstick and my go to cat eyeliner, good to go. Finally. Gosh, getting out the door is a challenge with a newborn isn’t it?

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It’s all too easy to let your relationship take a back seat and fall off track with the lifestyle that a newborn brings. You fight yourself some days never mind your relationship. We decided to book a day off for ourselves away from parenthood and get out for some fun and binding.

First up was a stop at Costa to grab a coffee and a wee gingerbread man for a little snack before lunch. After a waxing appointment around mid afternoon we headed off to wagamamas for some lunch and an afternoon tipple. Not something we have been able to do for a very long time! At least not just the two of us. I went with duck donbrui which is my absolute favourite from the menu and a red wine, only a small. Euan had pad thai and a beer to top it off.

How nice is it to get out and be waited on? To chat over a yummy meal and take it in the atmosphere. It’s been a long while since we last went for a meal and get quality time in, I definitely didn’t take it for granted. We saved dessert for the cinema!

Sure we make it out for a quick coffee on the odd afternoon but that’s all it ever is and all that Eleanor will allow for. Today was an exception and I’ve loved every single minute of the freedom all while missing my baby but she was in safe hands and kept well entertained by the grandparents.

We have got a little carried away with the good spirits and even began to plan out wedding, or wedding ceremony. We don’t want to have a wedding, more a very small gathering without the fuss and the big white dress. I don’t like weddings and never have but I’ll save the wedding chat for a different post!

After our meal we headed to the cinema to see Thor. We are both big cinema fans and haven’t been able to catch any new movies since I was pregnant. We last saw logan lucky back in August before Eleanor arrived. It was nice to get back out into the cinema and take in the whole atmosphere. Don’t you just love the smell of popcorn as you enter the venue?

Making the most of our day off obviously I had to get a cinema snack. Ice cream trips to the cinema were frequented up to three times a week when I was pregnant, I’ve really missed getting out to sit back and relax with a scoop of delicious ice cream. I went with orange you scared. The Halloween special (a little late with the Halloween game but you know). A chocolate orange flavour ice cream which was so delicious and rich that I couldn’t even finish the scoop. I had to give on to defeat and pass it off to Euan. Euan always opts for a mixed popcorn and I always end up stealing some off him. This trip was no exception.

Thor was really good, I’d recommend any cinema fan to go take the trip to see it. Especially of you have previously seen the avengers! There was lots of jokes throughout and laughing all round. Just what we needed.

After the cinema we decided to head to the craftsman club for a little tipple before heading back home. Euan went with a rum and ginger, a favourite of ours and I went all out with an espresso martini. Something that I have previously tried and hated but thought I’d give the benefit of the doubt. I can’t say I’d rush to have another but it certainly packed a punch and give a wee energy boost at the same time – gearing me up for the cold walk home. I do love a walk on a dark and crisp winter night. It’s just so fresh!

On the walk back home we stopped in past paperchase at a union square and picked up a planner. No more excuses or holding back. It’s time to officially get some ideas jotted down, draw up a budget plan and begin the wedding planning. As previously stated, we won’t be having much of a wedding or a reception for that matter. I’m after a much more intimate surrounding with a low budget. Hell, I don’t even want the white wedding dress or the aisle to walk down. I want no fuss. Simple and elegant.

It’s so much more important to me to have a wedding day with few close ones, a small reception affair with a meal in a nice restaurant afterwards than it is to walk down the aisle in a Castle and have a reception with the classic three course meal and wedding favours you see time and time again. To me, weddings are most of all the same.

Like I said, I’ll save the wedding post for now until we get some plans set in stone.

All in all, it’s been such a fantastic day out and it has made me really appreciate all that I have and who I have in my life. I don’t think I’ll take days out and child free for granted. I missed my snug and am so glad to be back home with her having a cuddle but man, it’s so nice to just take an afternoon off and be yourself. Be yourself with your partner and not he in parent mode.

Of course our wee Eleanor ran through our minds like crazy and there will never be a day that parent mode is fully off ever again but the time away to be ourselves and do the things we love to do has been so refreshing and rewarding. I’ve come back home feeling more in love than ever.

I hope that you are all having a great weekend. Lots of love.