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These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things…

I’m going to begin my weekly post on My Favourite Things in the magical, wonderful, sparkly world of glitter!

I would go so far as saying glitter is my favourite colour – though not actually a colour – the effect it has on me is blinding. It lulls me into a dream-like happy mood….. I am a six year old girl at heart!

The recent enough trend of glitter bombing ones enemy is lost on me. When I first heard about this I genuinely thought it was a joke. How is glitter scattered everywhere a bad thing?….People are strange!


Glitter is just the thing to brighten up a dull morning. For instance these unicorn sugar cookies I made for my office wouldn’t have been the same without their sparkly horns… That was a good Monday!

And oh! the joy I get when seeing a sneaky bit of glitter on someone’s face, unbeknownst to them, hilarious!

Anyway, I’m starting to sound strange now….


Can’t help it… One of my favourite things!

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Berry Bohemian Wedding Mood Board

This wedding mood board is all about luscious and lovely berry tones. The beautiful Autumn season means luscious berries are growing all over the countryside and what a nice theme for an Autumn boho style wedding. Paired with fresh florals and natural landscapes this look is simple and romantic…

Berry Bohemian Mood Board | Paper and Pearl Weddings

A flowing wedding dress with a simple gold head piece and jewelry would look stunning alongside bridesmaids in deep plums and lavender gowns. For your cake go for simple and rustic royal icing and festoon it with berries and flowers. Wedding invites with swirling gold calligraphy and a simple design would look gorgeous with a deep plum coloured envelope. For decor choose dark wooden tables with stone coloured napkins, delicate lace runners and gold cutlery…let the flowers and berries do the talking for the centre pieces.

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Images: Ace & Whim via Wedding SparrowJulia Winkler Photography’s via Burnette’s Boards,  Julia & Gil Photography via Magnolia Rouge,Purple Tree Wedding Photography via Style Me Pretty,Mint Design via Wedding Chicks, Tony Gambino Photography  via Storyboard Wedding.

Mr and Mrs Wedding Sign

I made these signs to hang on the backs of our chairs at dinner. They are up-cycled garden signs I found in a pound shop. (I love pound shops, you can always find little treasures that don’t break the bank!)

I copied the font from a sign I liked online but if you don’t feel confident enough to go free hand, you could always trace it on. I then used chalk paint to paint the design on to the slate.

I’m planning on using a glue gun to stick some fake flowers on and finish them off nicely. You could also change the rope to a ribbon and bow if you liked, I quite like the rope for the rustic barn feel for my wedding.

Mood board Madness!

I love a good mood board/ collage/ inspiration board, call it what you want, I love it! The digital world has really only made this obsession greater for me. I’m guessing my love of a theme has also contributed to me trawling Pinterest for great DIY ideas that I can fit into my theme.

I have used mood boards ever since school and college, back then they were in the physical form of sticking pictures from magazines or things I had found or material to a piece of card. Nowadays Pinterest, Google and a good photo joining/ collage app are my tools of choice.

I love to stick to a theme, any dinner party or celebration I have includes something themed, be it the food, colour scheme or the decor.

In my eyes every good event starts with a mood board or collage. To make a collage you need to do lots of looking. I usually make a Pinterest board with the title I want and add in anything I like the look of that matches my theme. I then go back and edit it, taking away anything that isn’t quite what I’m looking for and adding in any other gems I’ve found.

The beauty of a Pinterest board is you can always add and edit them so you can take your time and enjoy the process!

As a cake decorator I always made an inspiration board when designing a wedding cake, it helped to pin-point the look I wanted, and also is very handy for customers to get a feel of how to create their own designs.


Get pinning!!!

Chewy Chocolate Quinoa Pop Squares

 These were an experiment that went pretty well! In the midst of my ‘no sugar’ diet I was craving something chewy and chocolatey so thought I’d try something new.

These are best when kept in the freezer as the sugar-free chocolate melts so fast otherwise.


1/4 cup natural peanut butter

1/4 cup smooth cashew butter

1/2 cup rice syrup

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup raw cacao powder

2 cups quinoa pops (popped quinoa)

For the chocolate:

1/2 cup raw cocoa butter, chopped into small chards

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup raw cacao powder

1/4 cup rice malt syrup, to taste


In a pan, on a low to medium heat, melt together the peanut butter, cashew butter and rice syrup. Once combined, take off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. (This mix is so delicious even on its own – I might try making a sugar-free snickers bar with them!).

In a large bowl, mix together the quinoa pops and raw cacao powder. Then pour caramel mix over and mix well until all the quinoa pops are covered.

Line an 8″ baking tray with grease proof paper, pour the quinoa mix in and flatten with a spatula.

Set in the freezer while making the chocolate topping.

For the chocolate, melt the coconut oil and cocoa butter in a pan. Once completely melted mix in the raw cacao powder and rice malt syrup. Once all combined and tasting delicious, pour over your quinoa pop mix and set in the freezer for 20 minutes.

Then cut up and store in a box in the freezer. For as long as they will last without being eaten…. 2 days in my case!

Freeze. Eat. Enjoy.

Gold beer bottle centre piece


I wanted to keep the cost down on my table centre pieces for my wedding. So I opted for the very price savvy look of brown beer bottles ‘dipped’ in gold.  What I needed was a lot of beer bottles…it just so happens that my fiance is very willing to drink lots of craft beer, that’s dedication, he loves wedding crafts now!

So, I say ‘dipped’. This is just how they look. They are actually spray painted gold.

I masked off whatever end of the bottle that I didn’t want gold with newspaper and masking tape. Then I sprayed them with gold spray paint outside, over some newspaper and let them dry for a few hours at least.

I love the rustic look of these and I’ll be adding random flowers and bits of foliage to finish them off.

They are so simple but effective and you could even do them with glass jars and pastel spray paints. The combinations are endless.


Floral Headband

So this is my first post.

Sure why not post the floral headband from my profile picture.


I’ve been in love with floral headbands ever since I was a young girl. There is nothing more girly than wearing flowers in you hair. I have even gone so far as to wish I could wear a flower garland everyday……. though this wish was made at a music festival where it was seen as rude not to!

I made two of these for my flower girls, but I may try them out for size myself!

I bought a couple of cheap flower headbands in a shop and decided to fill them out and add a pretty ribbon in place of the messy string that was on it.

Equipment for one headband:

floral headband

extra flowers, for filling out


glue gun

a meter of nice ribbon

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Heat glue gun and use it to stick extra flowers into place making sure there are no unwanted gaps. Set aside and allow to dry.

Cut ribbon in half at a slant, this is to prevent it fraying. Glue the end of one ribbon to the hoop at one end of the floral head band. Do the same with the other length of ribbon and let dry.

Tie in a pretty bow at the back of your head.


Wear. Twirl. Enjoy.