Thursday, 20 December 2012

Tweed bow necklace

Gathered by Mollie Makes

Tweed bow

Super excited about this latest project for Gathered by Mollie Makes (out 21/12 - what a good date!). I've always wanted to do a tweed bow necklace but a combination of not having enough confidence (and not getting my Singer skills on) meant it had been sitting in my head for a while, crying like a puppy left outside a shop. Nice image…

Anyway, it's (again) an easy make. Took me all of ten minutes more or less. You can sew it if you like, but I made mine from hemming tape. Check it out coming to an iPad near you this Friday

Tweedy goodness

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

12 12 12 12

Oh my gawd, it's 12pm on 12/12/12! If you know me, you'll know I have a thing about dates (we got married on 5/5 after all). But this is epic. We'll never have this kind of date alignment again in our lifetime.

So here are some frivolous sparkly nails…

I'm not usually one for glitter as I hate the texture it leaves, but this one from No7 is lovely and smooth, plus the chunkier glitter mixed with dots of the stuff make it look a little bit nail arty. I load it all up on the tips, over Rimmel's Lycra Pro Anti-fade in Desire, which is a dark purpley brown (I love a fat brush, me).

Christmas bauble bunting

Bauble bunting

One of the main rules for shopping in Poundland: make sure the thing you're buying isn't faulty. When buying baubles from Poundland (and especially when buying a crap-load of baubles from Poundland) you should rilly make sure they all have little dangle-thread things for which to hang from your tree, no? Shame I didn't take my own advice.

But what to do with them? Well, all my wreaths had been made (which you can see here and here) so I couldn't do a bauble wreath (which actually I was quite glad about - not sure I have the patience for that) and I'd just made a load of paper bunting from an old book so did a bit of crafty maths and came up with bauble bunting – or Baunting if you will. Again, blummin easy, and better than tinsel.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Christmas bunting

[caption id="attachment_279" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Paper bunting Paper bunting[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_280" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Paper bunting Paper bunting[/caption]

Because we're having a cheap Austerity Christmas this year (and mainly because neither of us can be arsed to head to the loft for the tinsel) I decided to make some Chrimbo bunting. Remember that book I mentioned in my paper wreath earlier? Well I had some pages left, so I thought, "Why not?" It's a good one for in front of the telly, and is super-simple and quick to do. Yes, my paper bauble bunting has the word "vomit" in the middle of it. Ho ho ho…

Christmas wreaths chez Monty

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
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

Monday, 3 December 2012

Button earrings



An nice easy one, this.

Get a button, if necessary snip off the shank (are they called shanks?) using some heavy duty pliers (I used garden shears).

Hot-glue-gun it on to an earring backing and you're done!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Our wedding

Weston Manor, Oxon

Weston Manor gardens

Thinking of Dad just beforehand

Claire's reaction to the bride

My shoes

Bouquet (with Dad)

Weston Manor gardens

My girls

Gorgeous setting…

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

Bride's entrance

Dave's reaction



Gettin' papped

Right after!

On the bridge

Walking in the garden

We hate posed shots and found this bit rather embarrassing!

Pearls, cups and a few flowers

Books, cups and pearls

NYC table themes, designed by Dave

Vintage books (borrowed from Dad), pearls and cups

More cups, pearls and florals


Groom's speech

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

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...


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!

OMG, did he just sing that?

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.

Gotta love a juke…

Our 'guestbook'

Our first drum

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,
Juke box SM Juke boxes