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diy eucalyptus floral garland (+ video tutorial!)

  Last weekend was the annual ‘lose your mind at the flower market, make 47 wreaths and eat loads of food‘ day! The obligatory 47 wreaths were indeed made (more on that later), and banana split was eaten. After everyone left my place I decided to put together a festive garland with my floral leftovers. A garland makes a great alternative to a wreath when you need something to fill a bigger wall space, and if you can’t hang things you can use it on a sideboard or table. It is festive but not super-Christmassy, y’know? In fact I could see myself making these throughout the seasons. This garland is still hanging in my lounge room a week later, and although it has mostly dried it still looks good. I also decided to make my first ever video tutorial, which I am slightly nervous about… Please watch it and tell me what you think. Is it too long/short/weird? It was fun to put together so I expect I’ll do a few more in the future. This first …

our winter wedding in the blue mountains

We got married! Twice! Back in June, Dave and I got hitched in the Blue Mountains, NSW and then flew to London and did it all over again with my family and our friends over there. Our wedding in the Blue Mountains was cosy and wintery – exactly how we wanted it. The venue was a large log cabin in Blackheath surrounded by gorgeous bushland, and almost all of our guests stayed on site in little cabins dotted around the property. Our aim for the day was to keep it informal and relaxed with plenty of good food, wine and merriment. We had log fires, lots of native flowers and tons of tealights, as well as the most gorgeous back drop of the Blue Mountains. We also got a little bit of unexpected decor – the seasonal wattle growing all over the place was beautiful! All in all we had such a fantastic day and evening, and it turned out even better than we could have imagined. I’m going to write another post later on …

almost hitched: omg two weddings!

I haven’t spoken much on here about my upcoming weddings to Dave (more about the multiple celebrations in a sec), mainly because it has come around so quickly – we are roughly three months out – and secondly because I didn’t have a whole lot to say until now. With the big days so close, it feels like a good time to share and I will be posting a few more times as we get closer. Today, I want to talk to you guys about why we are having two weddings (yes really!), and a few of the things I have learnt when planning. If you are thinking of having two weddings to accommodate far-away family then hopefully this post will help you decide. It’s totally not as hard as everyone wants you to believe! A bit of background.  Dave proposed on my birthday last June, and we straight away decided to wait a year for the wedding – this was mainly because we wanted to honeymoon in Europe during their summertime. The second thing we …

diy: flower crowns

Before the holidays I shared this post about wreath-making, and on that day we also made flower crowns. Now I know that everyone has been making these for ages, so I thought I would share a few tips and tricks that we learnt rather than give you a full-on tutorial. (Firstly, a tip on why you should even make one in the first place… If you want to be put into the best mood ever, just go and make a flower crown right now. We wore ours out that afternoon and a taxi driver said we looked like princesses and a random lady on the street called us maidens. As a bonus, flower crowns must dilute bitchy resting face, because random strangers on the street usually just tell me to ‘cheer up love’. So there you go.) Scroll down for actual flower crown-making tips. – If you are making lots of crowns, try to get to a flower market if you can. This will keep the cost down considerably and give you more choice. If you are …

buena vista farm.

I had heard from some people in the know about the magical things happening at Buena Vista Farm, so on Saturday I headed down there with a friend to attend their ‘From Scratch‘ workshop. As soon as we arrived we both wished we had booked into a local BnB to stay the night. The farm is in Gerringong, which if you haven’t been is basically idyllic countryside meets beach and ocean. Just look at that view from the kitchen garden!!! Buena Vista Farm is run by Fiona and Adam, and among many wonderful things they run food workshops from their commercial kitchen. The ‘From Scratch’ workshop aims to teach participants basic skills to make delicious, simple food. We’re talking yoghurt and sourdough and pickles, people. After coffee and cake, the day started with a farm walk. Fiona and Adam showed us their egg chickens, meat chickens, pigs and chicks, and explained how their farm works. There was also an amazing kitten. We spent some time in the market and kitchen gardens picking beautiful fresh veggies …

in the water.

Last weekend we went camping down at Jervis Bay. It rained pretty much the whole weekend, but we had a great little set up with a tent and tarp. We cooked yummy food and had plenty of time to relax and swim as it was still pretty warm. Jervis Bay has some of the most beautiful beaches, and lovely calm water inside the bay – perfect for bobbing about. To make the trip even better, we just got lifeproof cases so were able to take our iphones into the ocean to take photos and videos – how rad is that! posted by Claire and David. p.s. Photos taken and edited with vsco cam. See more on our instagrams (Claire, David) and grids (Claire, David)

wreath-making workshop.

Last weekend I attended a gorgeous afternoon of delicious food and wreath-making organised by Erika and Emma in Centennial Park. We ate amazing food, drank bubbles and there was a whole table full of cake (CAKE!). They had chosen beautiful native flowers for the wreath-making, and we all went home with a huge wreath full of fragrant eucalyptus and bright blooms. Such a fun afternoon! posted by Claire.