Monday, 23 November 2009

The official photograph...

For those of you who expressed an interest, this one's for you...

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

crash, bang, wallop, what a picture...

This weekend we went wedding photographer "shopping". I thought I would love this bit, and I did, but now I have the difficult job of choosing just one to do the job. This decision, to me as a photo lover, is probably the biggest of all the wedding decisions that have to be made and it needs to be the right decision... nothing like putting extra pressure on yourself!

What to do, what to do?

Mr Marshall says I have tossed and turned in bed for 2 whole nights, talking in my sleep about photographers and weddings. I'll be glad when the decision is made and I can put it to rest for a little while.

Unless of course I start worrying whether I have made the right decision ;)
photo courtesy of Tec Petaja's blog

Friday, 20 November 2009

And the award goes to...

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:

  1. I can't resist pressing the cancel button on the toaster before it finishes.
  2. I am a hair twirler and twiddler.
  3. I always worry about what to wear.
  4. I need to starting dealing with the fact that life will not be perfect like it is in TV ads and movies.
  5. 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:

All very much deserved ladies!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Divine inspiration...

Today I am finding inspiration at Green Wedding Shoes from Tec Petaja and Jonas Peterson. Just look at those dresses.

And then I found this...

Man alive!

Monday, 9 November 2009

And now for something completely different...

Just a few of my favourite purchases from the last few months and a little layout that took up my Saturday morning when I should have been doing the cleaning. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, 5 November 2009

A change of scenery

Well, anyone who has visited my little corner of the web before will have noticed that we have had a bit of a makeover. I decided it was time, having been impressed by the look of my fellow classmates' blogs - in other words, I was shamed into it.
This being the highlight of my day, I thought it might be quite fitting to mention it given Shimelle's prompt for the day! My pretty background is from House of 3 blog couture and I'll tell you it took quite a few attempts to get it uploaded (my fault). I did follow their very good online tutorial and in the process opened an account with Photobucket which I'll explore another time, but their guide varied a bit from Shimelle's.

Now I feel all pretty and girly and arty and smart. For a little while anyway he he!

As a side note I haven't scrapped one single page since I started Shimelle's class but just because you should always have a photo, here's one I made earlier.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Oh My Wow...

First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who has commented on my blog since I started Shimelle’s class. It was like Christmas morning opening my email to find little presents telling me that someone had left me a message! I’ve had a great time rummaging through your blogs – there are some talented bloggers in my class I can tell you. And Donna, what can I say… I will love you forever for finding me worthy of a link!

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

First day in class

The first of Shimelle’s classes that I have signed up for – Blogging for Scrapbookers – started today and my motivational levels are high! I’m hoping the class will inspire me to create layouts because I just haven’t been “feeling it” for several months now. I think what happened is that I’ve had inspiration overload from all the gorgeous crafty blogs I read and my mojo just curled up and died in the face of the ‘competition’. In the meantime I developed a love for wedding blogs/magazines and scrapping took a back seat.
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.
(oh dear!)