Monday, 28 December 2009
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Sunday, 20 December 2009
I hope you are enjoying your Sunday evening. I'm updating my wedding scrapbook while Mr Marshall plucks a pheasant and makes soup! That makes him sound domesticated - but that he is not!
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Monday, 7 December 2009
Friday, 4 December 2009
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Last night my sis and I took my niece and her friends to the Clubland show in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast (with Agness, Cascada, N-Dubz and the likes) and grabbed some food and a movie to pass the time while we waited.
We went to see these cool kids in New Moon and although I'm still only halfway through the book, I decided to go ahead and see the movie anyway and I loved it!
While we waited for our kids to come out of the show we suddenly realised we were getting old when we found ourselves saying things like, "Look at all that child has on her!"; "She doesn't look old enough to smoke!"; "How do they walk in those shoes?!".
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
- Shopping on my day off work last Friday with family
- Babysitting a 3-year-old all day Saturday and loving acting mummy
- Trying to come up with fundraising ideas for our new church hall
- Finding new inspiration at Designing Moms - even though I'm not a mum
- Trying to reassure myself that the photographer we have decided to go with is the right one for us (I'm not good at decisions)
- Visiting my little granny who isn't very well at the moment
- Considering all the nice things I want to bake for Christmas
- Reading Twilight and New Moon before I see the movies
- Searching for cute red and green packaging to sell my baked goodies in for the church sale (for said church hall)
Monday, 23 November 2009
Although there were lots of them taken on the day, I think this photo is fast becoming my favourite photo from our engagement session a few weeks back and I am now declaring it our Official Photograph (much in the same way that royals and celebrities have official photographs!).
Extra special thanks to Annette Burke at 4ever Photos who was great at making us feel relaxed enough to get natural shots, who made us laugh and who fell in love with Mr Marshall's tattoos! The word on the street is that 4ever Photos have won a very special award this year - all will be revealed after the official announcement!
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Friday, 20 November 2009
Thank you so much to Melissa for presenting me with "Making Smiles on Faces" Award! I've never had an award before and I'm so pleased she seen me fit to have it. You're a pretty inspiring blog-writing star Melissa! Check her blog out if you get a chance.
It would seem that I have to expose myself with 5 random facts before I can accept and pass on this award, so here you are:
- I can't resist pressing the cancel button on the toaster before it finishes.
- I am a hair twirler and twiddler.
- I always worry about what to wear.
- I need to starting dealing with the fact that life will not be perfect like it is in TV ads and movies.
- I can't stop looking at my engagement ring - 5 months down the line!
The lovely folk I would like to pass this award on to are:
- Sian at From High in the Sky
- Laura at Lazy Dynamics
- SJ at Little Musings
- Donna at Button Garden
- April at Capture the Memories.
All very much deserved ladies!
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Yesterday I registered for one of Jessica Sprague’s classes – which just happens to be free (!) – Holidays in Hand. The only requirement for this class is that you have holiday stories to tell, and while I’m not sure how particularly exciting mine may be, what I do have a real need for are Jessica’s fab free downloads and tutorials. I’ve taken a couple of her classes before – Frame-Ups and Special Effects and Brush Abilities – and I promise she doesn’t disappoint. If you fancy taking part in Holidays in Hand, registration is unlimited and the class runs from 16-23 November.
Talking of Christmas, last year was the first in 30 that Santa didn’t officially visit to my mum and dad’s (where we celebrate the day) because the youngest in the family was then 12 - and I think we done well to last that long. I have to say it’s just not the same and I can’t wait until we have little ones to bring back the magic of Christmas. More and more I am finding myself looking forward to having little ones and thinking that they will make outings etc so much more special. (Is it wrong to want kids so I have great material to scrapbook? I think yes.)
In other news, and on the wedding front, I am patiently waiting to see the online proofs of the engagement photo session we had last Saturday. I am calling these our unofficial photos because we got a free portrait voucher and I am hoping that our chosen wedding photographer will include an e-session for us as part of the deal with him/her. This was a great opportunity for Mr Marshall to practice not using his fake smile which he is already stressing about when he thinks of the big day. I have tried to reassure him that on the day he will be filled with so much love and joy that he won’t be able to stop himself smiling from ear to ear every time he looks at me. But he’s not buying it and neither am I!!
Monday, 2 November 2009
As I’m just new to this blogging malarkey I thought some prompts from the master might help me along and increase the number of readers I have. (I usually clap with glee when I see someone has visited.)
To all my fellow classmates, I look forward to reading your fab blogs and thanks in advance to anyone who visits mine :)
Over the space of the next 3 weeks I promise not to:
· beat myself up if I don’t post
· think that my life isn’t interesting enough to blog about
· compare my blog to others’ and feel inferior.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
And this, although not from this month's kit:
Yes, I know this was supposed to be a wedding blog but you know how it is... there isn't always a lot happening in the world of wedding planning so in the interim you will be getting more of the paper and digital creations that I get so excited about.
Thanks for looking x
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Monday, 12 October 2009
courtesy of Once Wed
courtesy of Flights of Fancy
courtesy of Snippet and Ink
courtesy of Polka Dot Bride
I like to call it 'blush'.
Oh dear, maybe I love this look too:
courtesy of Snippet and Ink
These inspiration boards are so... well, inspiring! Every new one I see, I fall in love and decide that it is the one... until the next time. I think it's fair to say that my mind will be changed on a colour scheme many times from now to April 2011!
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Friday, 9 October 2009
- Shortlist (another list!) and visit photographers
- Find and go hear/see bands
- Visit car companies
- Contact catch cinematography again for a quote for our needs.
Today just for the heck of it I am going to make my evening invite list even though it is really early. Having such a large family on my side, few are invited to the wedding - it's always been that way at my family weddings - and the whole herd are then invited to the party. The total number of guests could more than double by 8pm!
As a side note, I came across this sweetie about a month ago and have been searching for her ever since. In the end I had to email SJ (a very talented scrapper and blogger) who posted about her in order to find out where she could be bought. I've found the seller, Naomi Murrell but alas my sweetie has been sold (in this background colour). Can I justify ordering a custom-made one? Surely not.
Monday, 5 October 2009
On 27 April 2011 I will officially become Mrs Marshall.
In the end we went for hotel no.1 and after a second visit we are happy that we have made the right choice. We've since booked the church and the next thing we need to book is our photographer. The photos are the most important part for me after the dress and venue so I already have a shortlist!
We have been to a couple of wedding fairs which scared the life out of us and we came home exhausted with hundreds of leaflets to sort through. It was good though to get rough prices for things which we had no idea about and so we can work out our budget much better.
Friday, 28 August 2009
Every year Northern Ireland's Wedding Journal magazine has a competition to win a dream wedding - this year it is worth £24,000. Automatically I assume that a big fairytale story will win that is full of woe and love conquering all. Obviously Mr Marshall and I can't compete with that because we are just a normal couple but have decided to enter anyway and take the approach of letting them know we are just a normal couple but deserve to win just as much as the next couple.
I didn't think Mr Marshall would go for it at all but he says you have to be in it to win it and so our entry will be submitted over the next few days when I am sure that I have edited it to death! Entries close on 12 September 2009 so watch this space.
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Next stop for the shades is Finland.