Blogiversary, housiversary and anniversary

So last Friday marked mine and Joe’s ‘official’ 6 year anniversary. Exciting times!

It also marked a year of living in our lovely house and as a result, a year of this blog!

I started writing on here when we moved into the house so that when we finish renovating and decorating, we can look back and have a great scrapbook of our progress. And, only a year in, we are already able to do that. The other day I was looking through my posts tagged with Bathroom and I can’t believe how awesome it looks now compared to when we bought the house.

Along the way, I’ve followed some new sites, and been introduced to other bloggers also on a DIY journey. Not only has it been interesting, but it’s been an eye opener for ideas, and helpful sources.

And it looks like some are enjoying mine just as much as I’m enjoying their – I’ve certainly had more views than I expected! I’m really glad others are enjoying this process with us and it’s lovely that our family gets to see our improvements even if they’re dotted all over the country.

As for mine and Joe’s anniversary, well, six years went by very quickly.

We kept it very low key with a Chinese takeaway and a TV marathon. It’s pretty much our favourite way to wind down and mostly due to wedding budget, we wanted to keep it cheap and cheerful.

I’ll be sad to leave behind our August anniversary though. We’ve had some great mini adventures on that date but, our April wedding anniversary in the future will definitely be something worth giving it up for.

Here’s to the next year of blogging and the next six years with Joey.

We looked so young back then!

Karen x

Wishlist Wednesday – Super shelving

This week I stumbled across a blog post on Red Hen Home on how to make an entrance in your hallway, and I love the way they’ve done it.

The blogger has re-used old suitcases as shelving. I think it looks so interesting!
Something we don’t have any of at the moment is shelving.

We have a bookcase in the lounge which is used for the enormous amount of DVDs and Blu-Rays we’ve accumulated, but I think we could do with getting one or two up in our bedroom – one of the only rooms in the house that has painted walls, ready for decoration! Then we can unpack more boxes hooray! That’s right, we’ve been in the house for a year and still haven’t unpacked. Oops! 🙂

Let’s see if i can come up with anything half as creative as this.

Karen x

The house with the blue fence

When we moved in, we were generously given a new fence by Joe’s Aunty and Uncle. The one that was already there was falling apart and along with the overgrown front garden, made the house look abandoned – which it was. But we wanted people to know that it wasn’t a free for all anymore. It’s ours.

Now, people are really going to pay attention because Joe has painted it blue!

It’s so pretty, I love it!

He used Cuprinol Garden Shades paint, and unfortunately from the state of the tin, I don’t know what shade it is! Beaumont Blue rings a bell though…
Joe’s mum says the fence makes her smile as she drives down our road and sees the house. Aww. 🙂

Next we will need a blue front door to match. Can’t wait!

Karen x

8 months to go…

So the wedding is technically less than 8 months away now. AAAAAAAHHHHH!

Or I supposed you could say it’s about 237 days away.
Or 33-ish weeks.
Or 341,920 minutes.
Or 20,476,280 seconds.

But who’s counting?

Since we booked the venue in July, wedding plans have really started to move along. We’ve only been engaged 3 and a half months but it feels like the idea of this wedding has been around much longer!

Since last month we have:

  • Paid the deposit for the venue and booked our family into rooms for the weekend
  • Given notice with the registrar and posted our marriage certificates to the council of where we’re getting married
  • Picked our ceremony music and readings
  • Ordered the invites
  • Booked our honeymoon – Cuba here we come!
  • I’ve bought my wedding dress
  • Started buying the room and table decorations
  • Picked our wedding rings – yet to purchase but it’s just a matter of waiting for another payday!
  • Started a Facebook group for the hen night and it looks like this will be planned in the next few weeks.
  • And it seems as if Joe’s stag do plans are coming on pretty good too!

I’d say that’s not bad! 🙂
Bored of wedding stuff? Joe has been working hard on the garden and I’ll be posting about that later this week. Toodlepip for now.

Karen x

Wishlist Wednesday – Corking wedding memories

How many bottles of wine have a cork these days?

I recently discovered these cork place cards on my internet wedding travels, and thought it was absolutely adorable.

(Click the image to see how the bride made them.)

However, we already have our place card stuff ordered and ready for making nearer to the big day – oh yes, I’m getting organised!
Not to mention, I don’t think we’d accumulate quite so much wine before the wedding now that I’m starting my wedding diet. Well, I’ve got to start some time. And there’s all the family birthdays and Christmas smack bang in the middle. SIGH!

But… I wonder if our wedding venue would let us keep the corks from the bottles that are served? After all, what else are they going to do with them? It’s worth an ask!

I’m thinking it would be nice to create something  special with them, like this cork noticeboard.

It’d be a lovely momentum of our wedding as well as a much needed item for the kitchen – whenever we get round to installing one! 🙂

This particular website makes the board for you if you send them your corks but I think it;d be a nice project after all the excitement of the wedding has died down.

What do you think? Anyone else done anything similar with wedding ‘leftovers’? I hope we can keep the corks!

Karen x