Category Archives: flowers

Wedding: Fresh Flowers or DIY Paper Flowers?

When I got married in 2003 my colour were a dark wine red and white.  I poured over wedding magazines to find the type of flowers I wanted to compliment that theme.  I looked at vendors and then I got the quote from the florist.  My heart just sunk.  What I really wanted in the way of flowers would put me far out of budget.  However what I could afford was far from my personal taste.  The bouquets I was shown had a lot of fillers, a lot of greenery  and babysbreath.  Ten years ago I was not a fan of  the latter and I didn’t like the way the green fillers in the bouquets took away from my colour scheme.  Really how expensive could flowers be?  I did my research and I found company who would sell me 200 wholesale bulk roses for only $200.  I chose 100 black magic roses (the dark red ones in my bouquet below) and 100 white roses.  I was so excited because this was far cheaper than anything the florist showed me and it was exactly what I wanted.  The flowers came a few days before the wedding and we followed the simple directions to get them ready.  The night before my mum helped the bridesmaids make the bouquets and she also put together the boutonnieres. 
My 50 stem bouquet with Black Magic roses.
So now that we are renewing our vows I am looking at flower options again.  Since we are already married and this is our renewal, I do not have the same budget I had back in 2003.  It is a much smaller and more intimate affair and we will be traveling to Wales to our holiday rental for the event. So far I have yet to find a florist near to the area that would be able to help me out.  I have also been looking at ordering flowers online again. However smaller budget for flowers and not really liking anything I am finding online.  Lucikly this time around we have the ever so popular Pinterest website.  As you can see below I have a board dedicated to ‘I Do Again – Flowers’ and these would be my most recent pins. 
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With August still months way I have set anything in stone. However I have held on to one idea for the last two months that still seems like a lovely and viable option.  Paper flowers.  Paper is cheaper than fresh flowers so it fits my budget.  There is the technical side that is involved in the decision to use paper flowers.  Just how likely will it be that I can replicate any of the paper bouquets right now is up in the air.  I also have been saving a ton of egg cartons because since we mostly eat Paleo we go through eggs very quickly.  I saw how you can make flowers out of the empty cartons and that is another idea I am keeping in mind.  Next to my egg cartoons I am also keeping every wine bottle and all the jars from our honey, coconut oil, olives, peanut butter, etc.  So far I have quite a collection.  It looks like if making my own flowers from recycled goods works I will have plenty to also use on tables and for decorations.

Here is just a sample of what I have saved so far from the recycling that we usually put outside for collection.

My question today is: have you ever made flowers from paper and recycled goods, past the age of 10?  What do you think about doing a eco friendly bouquet by repurposing materials from around the house? Did you find neat ways to save money for the flowers in your wedding?

Last Day of May

Getting over this sick bug has not been fun, but I am hoping that June will be a great month for heath and for some summer weather.  We will see how this English summer plays out. Going to start blogging once a week and compiling my favourite Instagram photos in one post.  A little overwhelmed with posting every day.  Perhaps some weeks there will be special posts for key highlights in our life. Thank you for keeping up with our journey! xx

‘Flowers': Some of the flowers blooming around England right now. #maycreative #flowers #photoadaychallenge

Sewing buttons on @ryana_official shirt before his NATO trip to Brussels tomorrow.

‘My Personality': A free spirit. @ryana_official gave me the suggestion. Quote by #princessdiana #maycreative #photoadaychallenge

‘Beautiful': Something so sad but beautiful was seeing this bird just now. It did not make a noise not acknowledge my presence. Just looked out as if it was waiting for death. #photoadaymay #photoadaychallenge

‘Goal': When my son finished reading this one, he is allowed to finally see the film. He fell asleep reading tonight. #maycreative #harrypotter


My kids are like Fort Knox “How was school?” “Good.” “What did you do?” “I dont remember” “What did you have for lunch?” “I dont remember.”

My boys are at the 100 Aker Wood for the 75th Anniversary year of the Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh stories. So exciting.

Pink & Third Culture Kids

I have really missed the theatre. I have had at least two clients who are active in either the professional or amateur levels of theatre companies here and so its been on my mind a lot recently. I just saw and am applying for a job with a theatre company in London as a Hair & Makeup assistant. It is double the hours I am working now and about 5 times my current earnings. I know I may not be a contender since I will be out of the country for two months this summer, but I can a least apply. Either way I think I want to really look at applying for Theatre jobs with my major at Uni and my past work in the last few years has not been to far off from the same sort of work. Would really like to be in a more skill/trade field than a customer service field. Keep me in your prayers. Would love to see what doors open from this.

Update: The application for said job below as it turns out is due in ten hours. I just submitted my application. Perhaps this will not be the door God opens for me, but looking forward to new opportunities.

‘Pink': flowers on the walk home.
 #Nofilter #pink #photoadaymay #photoadaychallenge
‘Culture': Third culture kids: the experience of life among worlds.
 #tck #tcks #thirdculturekids #culture #photoadaychallenge #maycreative

Watching Thunderbirds with my son on his sick day from school.

Nature & You

Self portrait for ‘You’
 #maycreative #photoadaychallange #selfportrait #fashion
‘Nature’ walk and take time to smell the flowers.
#photoadaymay #photoadaychallange #pink #flowers
The masks I’m seeing by hand, embellished with a superhero logo for my son Maddox birthday party.


Maddox’s birthday is coming up and so it is time to start getting his party planning into order.  If you remember I made Ronan’s Indiana Jones invitations back in January.  For Maddox’s party this year he wanted a Super Hero party…more specifically a DC Justice League party.  I decided to tie his theme together with a Comic Book Pop Art look.  Here are the double sided invitations that I made tonight. The dots I think took the most time. Maddox says he really likes them and I look forward to making the decorations.

Handmade invitations for Maddox’s Superhero party

‘Circle’. #photoadaychallange
 #photoadayapril #love #quote #Corinthians #frame
Pulled Pork with Kale-slaw and celery sticks. Kale-slaw made with homemade mayonnaise
made with avocado oil, s&p, garlic, mustard powder, and egg.
Vibrant purple blooms outside our flat.
Boys got a £1 coin for helping mummy tidy this afternoon. Off to Sainsburys to get a special treat.

Jasmine Star Quote: “At the end of the day you can take mistakes and turn them around. Dont pay to play.” @creativeLIVE

‎”Sometimes we give up our dreams for safety & comfort. But I was ready to risk safety & comfort for my dreams.” – @jasminestar

Swede Day!

It may not be national swede day…if one exists…but we sure love that veggie in this household! Yum!

I love Swede. ‘A Vegetable’.
#photoadayapril #photoadaychallange
Ribs with homemade sauce and mash from swedes and sweet potatoes.
April showers bring May flowers. But I hope the Tulips survive through the rain and cold.
My two favourite reasons for living life.
Myself as a pop art comic girl.
Work for a cause not for applause. Live to express not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.