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New Etsy shop launched!

Vintage Confetti from Books

It’s been a couple of years since tying the knot and in that time I’ve realised that crafting decorations and little gifts for people who appreciate the simple things in life is what I want to do for a living. So I’ve launched my very own Etsy shop! It’s very early days and I know there’s a lot of hard work ahead but I’m determined to make it (quite literally).

The name ‘Nutkin Avenue’ has derived from my latest obsession with squirrels (or ‘Nutkins’ as I like to call them). There are hundreds of them living on the leafy, tree-lined avenue just around the corner from our home in the beautiful city of York. And as I spend a lot of my time taking photos of the cute, beady-eyed creatures and running or walking down the avenue, the name just seemed perfect. My other half agreed to it immediately!

At the moment, I am stocking greeting cards, hand-punched vintage paper confetti, hand-cut and stitched vintage book butterflies and framed motivational quotes but I have plans for a very special product range in the pipeline. Just watch this space!

Vintage Butterflies from Books

A day to remember…

…except that I don’t remember it all that well…

I’m still being sent photos and thinking ‘I have absolutely no recollection of posing for this’ – and most of said photos were taken before we’d got to the reception. It’s all such a blur!

However the bits I do remember were great fun and it was amazing to see my vision come to life. Guests got stuck into the fresh bread, paté and artisan cheeses from the picnic hampers and helped themselves to the hog roast, dressed salmon and salads. It was a very laid-back affair, exactly what we were aiming for.

I vaguely remember the first dance. We attempted some choreographed silliness to The Smiths’ This Charming Man which mainly consisted of me flamenco dancing (in bare feet – my shoes killed me) around Gavin. I still can’t bring myself to watch the video.

Anyway, here are a few of the day’s snaps, in no particular order. I’ll post more soon.

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Photos courtesy of Momenterry and Firgrove photography

Bunting from books: cheap but cute wedding decor

 

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Last night I got my crafty head on and decided to cut up my fiance’s worn out Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy book (with his permission) so I could make some cute bunting for our wedding.

Since we’re going for the rustic look and want to inject our personalities into the reception decor, this is absolutely perfect.

To make your own, cut a heart shape from cardboard and use this as a template. When you’ve found an old book, tear out two pages at a time, draw around your template then cut around it. You’ll have two hearts of exactly the same size – one heart needs to be glued under the string and the other heart on top. This way the string will be hidden between the hearts. Make sure all the hearts you stick on the string are the same width apart (I used the width of my hand to measure) et voila!

And the best part is, this cost me next to nothing to make!