Archive for December 2011

As I sit here knowing that tomorrow I have to go back to work and face a reality outside of my pyjamas, I realise I haven’t blogged since mid-December. Christmas came and went in a whirlwind, didn’t it? My mind has been far from wedding planning and blogs and has been fully consumed by planning for Christmas! We had an early Christmas celebration with G’s parents who decided to go away until after New Year and are no doubt enjoying beautiful sunshine in Kenya right now! Then followed the usual busy period at work leading up to breaking up and the start of what was our first Christmas together, just me and him (and Mr Pig).

We had a chilled Christmas Eve, finishing wrapping the presents and watching some Christmas telly. He woke me at 6.15am on Christmas morning!!! We opened lovely presents together and got ready to go to my parents’ house, visiting his sister en route. We exchanged gorgeous gifts and ate too much food and spent a lovely, relaxed time together! Only problem was, G had man-flu. Bless him, it has been horrible and it’s still going!! Thankfully (touch wood) he hasn’t passed it to me, yet. Who knows, he had it over Christmas, it may be waiting to pounce on me for New Year’s Eve! It did mean that we had to cancel visits. We were meant to visit family but it involved a pregnant cousin, a newborn and two grannies so we thought it best that we didn’t spread germs to the vulnerable! At first, we were hugely disappointed not to see family but to be honest, we have loved being forced to chill out.

So now it’s time to consider 2012 and think about the things we want to work on:

1. wedding planning – wedding day: August 31st!
2. continue to work on G to let me have  a dog
3. really try to make some career decisions
4. think about decorating
5. learn how to do some very basic gardening
6. learn how to do some very basic cooking
7. try to be healthy, lose a bit of weight and to get to a happy place by the wedding day
8. enjoy our last months as an engaged couple
9. blog more
10. discuss each other’s hopes and aspirations and help each other reach them

I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions, mainly because they don’t always stick. I’d rather think ahead and try to visualise where I’d like to be at the end of the year. What about you?

We’ll have a quiet New Year’s Eve as G works both the Eve and the Day but the way I see it, as long as I’m seeing the year in with the man I want to see the year out with, I’m happy.

Hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas



Hi there,

Hope you’ve had a lovely week. I have. I’ve had two days off work as I had annual leave to take and it has been such a treat. I wasn’t feeling very festive so on the first day off, G and I went into town (early to beat the rush) to do a bit of Christmas shopping, visit the Christmas Market and have a nice lunch in order to kick off the festive feeling. We came home and wrapped presents whilst watching Elf! Bliss. So I’m fully in the festive mood now which is great because this weekend sees our First Christmas of 2011! G’s parents decided they would like to go away this year and so will be spending Christmas in Kenya! So their family Christmas is this weekend. Today, a few drinks at the Christmas Market and tomorrow is their Christmas Dinner and present swapping day! At first I felt a little pressured having to ensure all of my presents are bought a week early but now I’m thankful! I only have a few other gifts to buy before the real Christmas next week!

I really hope all of your festive plans are going well. I’ve seen lots of posts about handmade Christmas gifts. One year, I dream of being that organised and creative!

As I am not very organised or creative, I’ve loved finding personalised gifts this year and whilst some are made for me by incredibly creative and clever friends, others I have got from NOTHS.

Look at this beautiful print which I have bought personalised for my cousin’s new baby:

by This Paper Book on NOTHS

And as my mom and I always buy each other a new tree decoration every year, I had one personalised for her like this –

by Country Heart on NOTHS

And as my Mother In Law makes Jams and Chutneys, I bought her these labels:

by Rosie Robbins on NOTHS

It’s such a joy knowing that I can still find these quirky, personal gifts when I haven’t been able to make them myself but every time I buy one I think ‘I’m sure I could do this’. Maybe next year, hey?

In case I don’t have a chance to jump back on here, I wish you all a very Happy Christmas filled with family and friends and most of all, lots of love. Thank you for being part of my life this year. This was a big step for me and I am overwhelmed with how lovely everyone is in this virtual world.

Much love


I’m so frustrated with my wedding planning at the moment. I can’t make decisions which are crucial to be able to move on to start planning final details and it’s really niggling me! I’m not overly stressed about it, it’s hardly a chore perusing wedding blogs for ideas, but I’d really just like to make the flipping decision already!

I have done some great things:

  • Picked the dress – it’s perfect (can’t show you that!)
  • Picked the church – beautiful (we still need to ensure we go to church which we’re not doing too well at)

    taken with my iPhone

  • Picked the venue – love it, although this isn’t the best photo of it!

taken with my iPhone

  • Decided on the kind of suit that G will wear

Suit inspiration - image from Google Images

  • Picked our photographers (not mentioning them on here as I’m a secret blogger!)
  • Started enquiring about cakes, favours, flowers and decorations with Ava Event Styling (they obviously know about the blog!)
  • Secured the wonderful Wedding Reporter as a special treat for us
  • Picked our bridal party and have already worked on a rough table plan to try to finalise day guests
  • Booked the honeymoon to Thailand (!!!!!!!!)
  • Booked three weeks off work (whoohoooooo)
  • Planned a weekend for the bridesmaids to get together in February to start trying dresses on and an appointment booked at a bridal shop

BUT, do you know what I’m struggling with?? The colours! It’s quite a crucial detail really! I wanted yellow but don’t warm to photos with yellow colours used. I tend to warm to pinks and purples but I really, really do not want a pink wedding. I’m considering maybe pale florals or neutral colours instead of a block of colour perhaps. I need to choose the colour of bridesmaid dresses and flowers before I can decide on style of stationery, decorations, accessories, wedding website etc etc etc! Instead of writer’s block, I have wedding planner’s block!!

I’m looking at all the blogs I know about at the moment but I don’t want vintage or too alternative. I want classy, sort of White Company, Estée Lauder. Clean lines, tradition, pretty colours. Something a bit different but elegant.

I’ll keep you updated!





Cor blimey, is anyone else having a mega busy December? It’s only the 6th and it’s so hectic! I’ve got something on every night this week as well as work in the day where I have a huge case load to deal with! Still, I am much better when I’m busy. I don’t know about you but I’m one of those lazy people. If I don’t have clients ringing me constantly or bosses asking me to do stuff when I’m already busy, I tend to be a bit slow at everything! Slower to get out of bed, I take longer to get ready and it takes me a couple of hours to really get going when I’m in the office. Procrastination is my middle name! But when I’m busy, I get things DONE!

Unfortunately, it does mean that the things I’m getting done are all work related. Which is fine because I need to get it done otherwise I wake up in the middle of the night thinking of files and that’s just….tiring!

Wedding planning is on hold a little at the moment. I have had some ideas for flowers, things to hire for my table centres and my cake. I’m just trying to decide what I want to do. The bridesmaids and I are all meeting on the first weekend of February to have a day out shopping for dresses. Hopefully I’ll be able to finalise the colours in my mind then so I can get on with planning my wedding stationery! I can’t believe that it’ll only be 6 months to the big day then! We’ve got a wonderfully talented friend who will be designing our stationery and I just can’t wait to see her ideas!!

I met up with old friends last weekend and whilst we were all sat around the dinner table, someone mentioned that this time next year, we’d all be married! What an idea! I’ll be able to call G my husband and I just can’t wait!

I think 2012 will be a good year. I can feel it in my bones!

Happy December. Don’t work too hard. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, after all!


ps Here’s our Tree – we’ve been collecting special baubles over the years. I like each bauble to be different and to hold a special memory for us!

Our Christmas Tree (a wonky photo, not a wonky tree!)


Mr Pig's Christmas List



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