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Monday, 18 June 2012

Normal service resumed

... or at least that is the plan.

One or two people have suggested I need to change the name of this blog now in light of my recent nuptials, but I'm going to stick with it. Though Maison Mason Daffarn does have a nice ring to it.

Now I held my tongue up till now, not wanting to curse things in the run up to our wedding, but you know what, planning the wedding was not that difficult. Of course the word 'planning' is key. There were spread sheets and lists and we did as much as we could as we went along. The final week was still a bit hectic, but nothing we hadn't expected and totally manageable.

I know the homemade/DIY thing is not everyone's cup of tea, but the fact that we made a lot of things ourselves was a big part of what made the day feel personal and if you do have the capacity and inclination I would encourage couples to utilise their creative skills, whatever they may be.

I designed and we made all our stationery, right from our origami map invites up to the orders of service and menu cards.

I got a lesson in buttonholes and corsages from my floristry whizz Mother and with a little help made all of those the day before.

Months and months before the wedding, we raided the local woods for blackberry's and damsons and made 100 little pots of jam - that was where thinking ahead seriously paid off.

I was adamant that I didn't want a normal table plan, so this is what we came up with.

 More to come...

Monday, 26 March 2012


Reasons for feeling smug this weekend:
  • I  made macarons for the first time. Just because I felt like making something new. And they were amazing. From now on I have no fear of the tiny delicate treat that is the macaron. You can expect a rainbow of almondy treats in the months to come.I will take pictures next time.
  • I went to church! I didn't even complain about it (too much) - because our wedding Banns were being read for the first time. Then, when another couple, who were clearly there for the same reason, arrived late and spent the whole hour looking uncomfortable, I got to feel smug for having dragged myself out of bed to be there on time. If the big guy is really up there surely this warrants some brownie points or wedding karma or something?
  • I made my own Kindle case/cover. After shelling out a load of money for the Kindle itself I had been carrying it around in a small padded envelope. Now I have a custom made cover that cost me about 20 pence worth of elastic and a piece of left over fabric from making our curtains. 

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Sorry sorry sorry

Forgive me for such a ridiculously long pause in posting. One or 2 things have happened (or about to happen) since my last post...

We got engaged in April last year - The big day is now fast approaching...

I hope for normal blog posting to resume shortly!

Also news of a little recipe blog project I am working on on behalf of the cooking obsessed inhabitants of Nunhead!