Christmas wreaths chez Monty

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Yarn wreath

Yarn wreath

After I made my first (trad) wreath (this red velvet and gold one, in fact), the bug bit, and I just had to make more. I knew I’d be making an obligatory yarn wreath before I tried the trad one, and was pretty chuffed with how it turned out. I made sure I cut the felt flowers on the wonk – no, rilly I meant for it to be like this – as I thought it would make them look more real (altho quite how real a felt flower can get, I have no idea).

Next up, my third and final one. Wasn’t sure what to do for it, until I found a left-over book in the office (it was an old covermount from a magazine we’d got in). Loath to stick it in the recycling, one of the team suggested I use it for my final wreath. And **ding** an idea struck. Ripped into strips and dunked in a bit of PVA/water mix, it looks pretty awesome (even if it was uber messy). I was going to do some book flowers (like the felt ones above) but decided it needed a pop of colour. And so, a good-old pom-pom or two!

Paper wreath

Paper wreath

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Our wedding

Weston Manor, Oxon

Weston Manor, Oxon

Weston Manor gardens

Weston Manor gardens

Thinking of Dad just beforehand
Thinking of Dad just beforehand
Claire's reaction to the bride

Claire’s reaction to the bride

My shoes

My shoes

Bouquet (with Dad)

Bouquet (with Dad)

Weston Manor gardens

Weston Manor gardens

My girls

My girls

Gorgeous setting…

Gorgeous setting…

Window display with photos of our grandparents (who are no longer here). A surprise for the groom from me

Window display with photos of our grandparents (who are no longer here). A surprise for the groom from me

Bride's entrance

Bride’s entrance

Dave's reaction

Dave’s reaction

Signing

Signing

Mwa!

Mwa!

Gettin' papped

Gettin’ papped

Right after!

Right after!

On the bridge

On the bridge

Walking in the garden

Walking in the garden

We hate posed shots and found this bit rather embarrassing!

We hate posed shots and found this bit rather embarrassing!

Pearls, cups and a few flowers

Pearls, cups and a few flowers

Books, cups and pearls

Books, cups and pearls

NYC table themes, designed by Dave

NYC table themes, designed by Dave

Vintage books (borrowed from Dad), pearls and cups

Vintage books (borrowed from Dad), pearls and cups

More cups, pearls and florals

More cups, pearls and florals

Crochet

Crochet

Groom's speech

Groom’s speech

Best Best Men's speech ever

Best Best Men’s speech ever

Start spreading the news
He’s Dave Montrose today
He wants to be a part of her
Sarah! Sarah!

His high heeled boots
Are really quite… gay…
But she has married him anyway!
He’s Dave Montrose!

He gets to wake up
With a woman… at last
Oh yes those jokes about sheep
Are all in his past

Barney and Max rock the Best Men speech

Barney and Max rock the Best Men speech

His neat little beard
Hasn’t even been shaved!
He’ll make a brand new start of it
As Dave Montrose!

Now he’s a married man
He’ll get some when she says he can
That’s up to you
Sarah, Sarah…

**Talking interlude** Ladies and gentlemen I would like to take this opportunity to talk about a man that Max and I both love dearly. A man who has in the past been known by many names…

First there was of course Tupper
Then Tupps, Tuppy, The Tuppmeister
or The Tuppinator.

Who could forget that international hit single that he inspired – My Tupps my Tupps my lovely lady Tupps – Check him out…
Then there was that somewhat disturbing if entertaining video in which he starred and which went on to become so popular on the internet: Two girls, one Tupp.

But from this day forth he shall forever be known by one name because…

OMG, did he just sing that?

OMG, did he just sing that?

**sings**
He’s Dave Montrose!
He gets to wake up to a pretty awesomo treat
To find he loves Doctor Who
And Radio 2
He’s not a cocknose
No, he’s Dave Montrose…

Tonight he’s counting his luck
Getting ready to ffff….all asleep
She’ll make a brand new man of him
In her own way!

Now he’s a married man
He’ll love her all he can
So here’s to you
Montrose and Montrose!

Ladies and Gentlemen please raise your glasses to the happy couple, David and Sarah Montrose!

Barney and Max Bring. The. House. Down.

Barney and Max Bring. The. House. Down.

Gotta love a juke…

Gotta love a juke…

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Giggling at the Best Men speech

Our 'guestbook'

Our ‘guestbook’

Our first drum

Our first drum

Our vows

Our vows

Today I will marry my friend – the one I will live with, dream with and love. David/Sarah, when I’m with you, I feel I can be the person I want to be, and I cannot imagine my life without you.
You make me smile, you stick up for me, you take care of me and you are always interested in what I have to say and do.
Today, I want to make a promise to you and to myself, in front of our friends and family, to love and honour, protect and respect you for the rest of my life.
I vow to trust and value your opinions, and stand by your actions. I pledge to always treat you as my best friend, and equal. I will ask for help when I need it, and offer help when asked.
From this day forward I will cherish you. I will look with joy down the path of our tomorrow’s knowing we will walk it together side by side, hand in hand and heart to heart.
Let us be friends and lovers, and grow old together. And let us make all the years of our lives together be the best years of our lives. For now and forever.

~~~~~~~~~~~

Dress Mae Bridal
Shoes Euphoria Boutique
Flowers Stems of Marsh Gibbon
Photographs Adam Gasson
Groom’s suit TM Lewin
Hair Amanda Morton, wandmmorton@aol.com
Juke box SM Juke boxes

Zip accessories

So… by now you’ll know that I’m a tad slapdash when it comes to crafting – and that is how I like it, thank you very much. I also really really like crafting with bits and bobs you can get from the hardware shop, or doing things you wouldn’t normally do to bits and bobs.

Zips, spikes and hardware in general are big this winter, and so I wanted to have a play with zips and see what I could do. Check out these earrings, and if you ant to know how to make them – or a ring version (or indeed,a brooch version), then check out this week’s Gathered on sale today!

Zippy zippy earring

Zip earring

Venice

Obligatory Grand Canal shot

Went to Venice in September – perfect time to go as the weather was still gorgeous, the canal wasn’t smelly and it wasn’t (too) busy. We went just as the Venice Film Fest was winding down, and rumours that Clooney’s boat had moored off ones of the islands kept us (OK, me) rather excited – not because I fancy the Cloon, more because he’s famous, m’kay?

We loved Venice. It was a bit like being in a Terry Gilliam film, where – at every corner turned – we expected to see some sinister, quirky figure, all moustachioed twirling his cape. It’s also exactly like being in the film Labyrinth, where Sarah tries the most local path somewhere only for it to take her right back to the beginning. Very early on, we realised that just because we could see where we wanted to get to, it didn’t mean we could walk around the corner and get there. It would usually involve going back on ourselves, over a few bridges and then doubling back yet again. But we’d get there in the end…!

We also found a gorgeous vintage shop called Carpe Diem. Budget didn’t allow a proper rummage, so we settled on drooling and taking lots of photos instead.

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