Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Wedding Ideas Wednesday

Image from the cotton bunting co

There are a few things that I absolutely love. Weddings of course is one of my obsessions along with chocolate which goes without saying!! However, I must admit that I have a passion for... bunting! yes you heard me right, bunting. Those little triangular pieces of fabric all strung together on a piece of ribbon or tape. I love it. Just the sight of those little pennants of ditsy prints flapping about in the breeze or strung across a room makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  
Whatever the occassion, a few well placed strings of little flags will cheer up the most drab interior. It's a really cheap and easy way to transform the look of any room or party, whatever the occasion. You can buy it in just about any colour combination and some companies such as the cotton bunting company even do a wedding range. Bliss! Some may say that it's quite a sad obsession? But what the heck, I'm not harming anyone.

There are lots of places where you can buy bunting, some of it off the peg, some of it bespoke and some you can even make yourself. It isn't hard to do if you have a few spare hours. However, if you are short of time why not opt for some ready made bunting. If you don't want to buy it you can hire it for your special event. The Big Beautiful Bunting Co have some of the most gorgeous designs that you can hire.  Below are just a few of my favourites. Enjoy

English Country bunting from the cotton bunting co

floral cottage garden from the cotton bunting co

English Country bunting from the cotton bunting co
Carnival from Beautiful Bunting

Cath Kidston from Beautiful Bunting

Rosalie white from Beautiful Bunting

Gypsy charm from the big beautiful bunting co

mad hatters tea party from the big beautiful bunting co

vintage tea party from the big beautiful bunting co

Pastel florals & spots from bunting queen

Wedding bunting from Little-Bundles

Trish x

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Tuesday Etsy Finds

I love browsing Etsy for unique an unusual items. I can guarantee that there will always be something that catches my eye and my credit card comes out!

If you're looking for stylish neckwear for you or your bridesmaids you should check out this gorgeous number from JLRY Designs.
 And if it's something gorgeous and unusual you want to decorate your wedding reception with check out the vintage paper flowers from LBC

Pop on over and have a browse through. If you're anything like me you will spend hours drooling over the gorgeous things on offer. Enjoy.

Trish X

Monday, 27 June 2011

Monday Inspiration

Whether your planning to decorate a room or planning your wedding,  mood boards are a creative tool that allow you to focus your ideas in one place and develop and share the visual direction. 

When planning any event it helps to have a refrence that you can keep coming back to, to make sure that you are on the right track. Lots of event planners create "mood" boards so that potential clients get an idea of what their event could look like.
There are thousands of beautiful  images out there on the internet. There's no need to feel guilty about being influenced by others or by the things you see in the internet or in  magazines. The truth is everything is constantly evolving and everything is inspired by something else. Your mood board is a starting point for your design process and will be used as inspiration rather than following and recreating a particular look
There are basically two ways to make your mood board. The first is using either poster board or something similar, and decorating it with photos, glossy magazine cut-outs, etc. that you cut and literally paste onto the board.The second is using digital software or a similar program to cut and paste photos, phrases, etc. into a digital collage. Personally I use the digital method first and then create a actual board with images and fabrics so that my clients have a point of refrence thoughout the process.

Anyone can make a mood board you don't need to be an artist or a designer. simply start by collecting images that appeal to you (you will start to notice a pattern) and then arrange them till they please you. Easy peasy.

Style me pretty have a brilliant online tool where you can start creating digital boards for your wedding. What are you waiting for... have a go yourself
Here are a couple of the gorgeous boards created at

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Beautiful Bouquets

A beautiful Bridal Bouquet is almost as important as The Dress. All eyes will be upon it as you gracefully waltz down that aisle in all your finery. The choices nowadays are endless, no longer do you have to settle for a standard bouquet of roses, the world is quite literally your oyster.
Many brides look for something beautiful and unusual to carry with them. The recent trend for heirloom bouquets is still huge and many stunning creations can be found at the brilliant Tiny Gems.
However for those brides that are looking for something out of the ordinary I have come across these stunning examples....

Though they may not be to everyones taste, they are brilliant examples of how to think outside the box when deciding on what to include in your bridal bouquet. The stunning succulents bouquet would be great for a Mexican Hacienda themed wedding and the candy bouquet looks so fun that I don't think I would ever manage to carry it without having a nibble! The Blackberry Bouquet too is a step away from the norm and would look stunning for an Autumn wedding.

personally, I love these stunning button bouquets from The Patchwork Bride at They're gorgeous.

button bouquet from
Springtime bouquet from the patchwork bride at

sea breeze button bouquet from the patchwork bride at

 Also available is this beautiful wrist corsage.. and it's only £10!
Wrist corsage from

What would be in your fantasy bouquet?
Trish X

PS I don't know where the top photo's came from. If you know get in touch and I will happily add a credit.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Thank You

Well today saw Zumbay Dance Party take to the golden sands of Whitley Bay beach. Lots of people turned out to raise funds for the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal, and enjoy a couple of hours of dancing on the beach in the sunshine .

The weather was good and we finished just before the rain started. Everyone was in good spirits and the band ensured that all those participants were kept on their toes. Many spectators of the event were so engrossed in the music that they too were dancing along to the rhythm.

The event was the brainchild of Ms Carol Alevroyianni who co-ordinated everyone and many thanks must go to all those who purchased tickets for the event, those who donated in the many collecting tins and most importantly to those people who gave their time and services free of charge
  • Aggi, Nikki & Leo for their fantastic instruction and never ending energy
  • Mr Steve Keys who provided the Music and PA System
  • Paul of First Aid North who provided the First Aid Cover
  • Mr Alex Tustin and Worldbeaters  band for the wonderful live music
  • Helen McCookerybook for her illustration for the posters and tickets
  • Mark at the Boardwalk Cafe for the power needed for the event and the printing of the posters and tickets
  • Marcus Jackson of North Tyneside Council for the loan of litterpicking equipment
So many people loved the event and many have asked for a larger event to be organised for next year which I know that Carol is keen to get going. Watch this space for The Great North Zumba 2012!
Once I know the total raised I will let you all know

Thursday, 9 June 2011

.....In other news today..

What a week it has been!

There has been lots of running about for the forthcoming Charity Zumbay Dance Event that is coming up on 19th June. We have had some great press coverage in the Local regional paper today, The Evening Chronicle, but the story doesn't give credit to Carol Alevroyianni, who's idea it was in the first place. Carol first posted the idea on facebook and lots of people volunteered to help and all those who are participating have donated their time and services free of charge.

Evening Chronicle 09.06.11

Its great to get some publicity from the Evening Chronicle. I just hope that we manage to sell some tickets! They are on sale now at The Boardwalk Cafe in Whitley Bay and the Red Cross Shops in Park View Whitley Bay and Nunn Street Newcastle.
If anyone has difficulty in getting hold of a ticket please contact me and I will sort one out for you.
100% of all the cash raised will be going to the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal

I am working with a lovely local business owner on the re-launch of her business which will be coming up in the next few weeks. Kirsty is a local Buisness woman who has been serving the people of South East Northumberland for the last 6 years. Always keen to look for ways to improve customer service and satisfaction she is relaunching some new aspects of her business. Old customers don't have to worry as Kirsty is keen to maintain the same high quality level of customer care that her customers have come to expect. I'll keep you updated on what's coming up in the coming months.

I am also working with the Calvert Trust - Kielder whose aim is to enable people with disabilities, together with their families and friends, to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure in the countryside. They do this through providing a wide range of adventurous outdoor activities, meaningful challenge and adventure within a framework of safety, with skilled, qualified and caring staff able to fulfil the needs of visitors. Accommodation provided is appropriate to the needs of the visitors and there are facilities for families and friends to share the enjoyment and experience.

The trust have Calvert Ball each year and this year they have asked if I would be involved. Of course I was delighted to accept and I will be working with the lovely Hazel over the next few months to make sure that the event is spectacular.

For those of you who would like to support this event, tickets are available at a cost of £75.00 each or you can purchase a table at £750.00 and can be purchased from the Calvert Trust Kielder. Contact 01434 250232 or e:mail

The end of next month see's the end of the school term and students moving up to new schools. I am so excited about the Luau that we have planned at one of the local schools to celebrate the end of term. As it is the first time in three years that pupils have left the school, the Headmistress was keen to make it a truly special event. None of the children know about the theme and I know that they are going to be surprised and delighted when they come along on the night. We have a BBQ provided by the lovely Matt from Jacksons Catering and speciality cakes and cookies designed by the fantastic Helen from Candy Handfuls Boutique Bakery. I am really looking forward to the event. The teaching staff have put such a lot of extra curricular effort into it and we already planning next years party!

Phew I think that's it for the time being but keep your eyes out for some gorgeous paper flowers etc that I am going to be featuring in the next couple of weeks. These flowers can be used as place setting decorations floral displays, corsages.. in fact just wait and see you will be amazed.


Sunday, 5 June 2011

Zumbay Dance

As I mentioned in my last post, I am helping to organise a Charity Event to raise funds for the victims of the Japan Tsunami. The event is the brainchild of Carol Alevroyianni who wanted to do something to help the victims of the disaster after watching the horrifying live webcasts shown as the tsunami hit Japan. 

ZUMBAY will feature Worldbeaters, the Latin band who led the opening carnival parade for the Vamos festival last weekend, and the dancing will be led by ZIN qualified Agnieszka Davidson and Nikki Fothergill will run a half hour warm up for participants with DJ Steve Keys.

Tickets for the event are available from the Boardwalk Cafe in Whitley Bay and the Red Cross shops in Park View Whitley Bay and Nunn Street Newcastle. 

Although Fathers Day I am hoping that lots of people will come along to the event and have some fun, dancing and listening to worldclass music.

Illustration donated by Helen McCookerybook

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Charity Event

Hello everyone. I'm sorry there's been no posting for the best part of a week. I am been poorly and I have had so much stuff to catch up on that there simply hasn't been enough time. However, I am feeling much better and am looking forward to sharing some inspirational tips and advice with you as well as details of some upcoming events that you can be part of.

I will be posting details of Zumba style dance event that is taking place on 19th June in Whitley Bay. Tickets will be available to purchasde for £5.00 each with all profits going to the British Red Cross to help victims of the Japan Tsunami. Live music will be performed from the brilliant Worldbeaters  and you can get fit while you give.

I will post further details soon and let you know when the tickets go on sale.

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