… the rose that belongs to me

And so… flower, the expression of love, an essential part of every bridal appearance in the form of a bouquet  as well as the decoration.

I love flowers! All colours, shapes and sizes… my favourite flowerbed tho, has to be the one we have in the garden back home where my grandma, my mum and me have planted rose bushes.

Anyhow, its quite a pain to choose something for my bouquet… I feel a bit sorry for cut flowers, I don’t like to see them die, so I mostly have planted ones. Can I carry a pot down the isle?? I was also seriously thinking just making paper ones, like these:

Or nowadays its quite trendy to use vintage brooches:

However, this is not my style at all! I think I would miss the freshness and smell of real flowers. I might end up just collecting something from the meadow on the day! Or… I received a blue hydrangea for women’s day… shall I just snip off a couple flowerheads? If it is in bloom now is it going to be in bloom in 5 months as well?? Isn’t it pretty?

I’m also about to plant some sweat peas (tuoksuherne – lathyrus odoratus), baby’s breath (kesäharso – gypsophila eleg.) and lobelia (lobelia – lobelia erinus) all in white. Also some pompom poppy (pioniunikko – papaver somniferum) in a very light shade of lilac. We’ll see which one turns out the best.

In the meantime, I really got hooked on fabric flowers. If not for the bouquet, I will definitely use them for decoration. I got a few done already. There are a zillion tutorials on the internet. The bigger issue is rather to find the ones that you actually like. The fabrics I used were all remnants and scraps, or old curtains or something similar. What is the afterlife you might ask… 🙂 Well… a future little girl’s dress can always do with a few flowers 😉 or they will adorn other accessories, bags, headbands, etc.

A few more different styles to come, as I managed to get my hand on some more fluid fabric 🙂


Back to basic physics

It is quite important that we won’t create much waste as a result of this wedding. This means that we try to also think about the afterlife of all the things we make. Are we going to be able to use them in a different capacity? Is it recyclable/compostable? Would it end up on landfill?

So, as it is going to be a mostly outdoor wedding (fingers crossed!!) we need some sort of lighting for the evening hours. Even though it gets dark quite late, like 10pm or something, lights also help with ambience, creating the mood… and not the least can be perfect background for photos.

Now, being true to the DIY spirit, the lights will also be our creation. What kind of light thou? There are many options. Finns have a very cool thing for winter time called jätkänkynttilä, which is basically a log that is cut down half way in a few segments, filled with some flammable material and then lit.

by Jan-Erik Finnberg

This site has a tutorial as well as showing a new way of utilising this ‘candle’. It looks awesome, no problem with disposing, but might be slightly dangerous when wee girls and boys are running around.

There is a craze about mason jar candle lights – or any glass jar for that matter. It’s pretty simple to make, very cost effective, not wasteful, but doesn’t provide very much light. An example from CasaSugar:

Or another non-hanging option from Pinterest:

If we look further than candles, I really like this idea I found also through Pinterest:

Well, yea, so what does physics have to do with all this? Khm, it seems I have to relearn everything about currents, watt and voltage and stuff. After all, we gonna make our own lighting… you know, using LED diodes, wires, capacitors, resistors, etc, etc, etc 😉

The plan is to create a light curtain using (warm) white LED lights, and hopefully not electrocuting ourselves on the way. For this we popped in to Helsinki Hacklab yesterday. Do I need to mention I was the only female there? Anyways, these hacklabs are quite cool places, there is one probably near you (if not, set one up ;-). They have a 3D printer there among many other gadgets. I don’t want to include any photo of how I imagine our curtain to look, cos we might end up having something totally different, whatever we manage I will be happy with 😀

And what is the afterlife? It will take pride place in front of our window every Chritmas (and be a reminder of what makes a happy marriage ;-))

Happy DIYing!

I have been measured!

In a previous post I mentioned I would most likely get my dress custom made. I am 🙂 I can’t say I am a girl who planned her wedding her whole life, but it certainly has been on my mind for a couple of years now… I had done some research even before I got asked. But I did change my mind several times.

And I learnt something from a silly BBC series, Don’t tell the bride. It really doesn’t matter whether your dress is a satin A-line or a tulle ball gown, what matters is that you tie the knot with the guy you love 🙂 (I still want to look pretty, though… )

Accordingly, my preference for the dress has changed slightly a few times. And I also admire dresses that I myself would never wear (not just because of the price). The first design I seriously considered was from Maggie Sottero, it is now discontinued.

I always try to check how these dresses look on real brides, because the material does crease, the shape of the skirt does not hold, the lighting effects the feel of the materials, etc, etc… these photos are so misleading sometimes.

After a massive amount of online searching, editing, reconsidering, I stuck with Sottero. I also wanted to see how these would look on me, so I popped in to a bridal salon in Edinburgh. Of course it was after having been asked! I don’t just go trying on wedding dresses 🙂 Among a few others I tried these:

This latter one was actually in blue and silver… gorgeous! But way above my budget 😦

I did decide on lace, but the design will be based on a few different dresses (not shown here) and I will keep it a secret for a while, since H2B also reads this blog, and we take it very seriously that he can only see it at the altar 😉

What I can show is the fabric sample I got from the seamstress, who is, by the way, extremely talented and I am really grateful I found her.

So, corded lace it is. Recently, I also came across a design that is made from the same (I think), so to have a better idea, see how it looks as an actual dress; it is a bit daring, but love it too! I might get it made for another special occasion 🙂

You can zoom in on the details here.
The last photo for today shall be my mum’s custom wedding dress. Even though she still has this dress I can’t wear it, as I am not as slim as she was… On the other hand, I wanted to borrow her veil, but she doesn’t have that anymore… gah.  That made me decide to make my own, but that will be another post.

Come! Welcome!

We have started posting out invitations, so I think I dare to show them here too.

Now, like I said in the other post before, we don’t want to follow schemes and such. There are just way too many things we like to stick with one style. Even if it is just the stationary bits. So, there most likely won’t be any theme going on with regards to invites, order of service, etc… I think the whole thing is a bit of a game for us (or for me at least) having the chance to try out different ways, create freely.

I really like Alisa Burke’s creations using old books, like this one. First I was a bit apprehensive about ‘ruining’ books, things that are quite highly regarded… however, there are quite a few second hand books lying around this household, so I asked H2B if there is one he can spare. It was written in Finnish, which made for some funny (embarrassing?) moments. The story was about a rape-murder case. I have already painted the sheets I wanted to use, so he had to read through to make sure Finnish guests won’t get pages that contain something not so nice or ill-fitting to a wedding…

So, here they are.

I used watercolour, but to write on, it didn’t cover the text enough. Then I remembered I had a tube of white acrylic paint somewhere, so I managed to fix that issue. However, watercolour made the paper somewhat, well, not flat. And I didn’t like that.

H2B suggested I should iron them… Erm, iron? paper? I went and ironed all the sheets… see the difference:

I was pretty pleased. I could start drawing on them 🙂

And then there are the envelopes.

Coral-peach-ocean blue.. tangerine

Have you heard? Apparently this year’s (2012) fashion colour is ‘tangerine tango’. Sounds very.. mm.. hot. Shall I use it for the wedding?


I’ve been checking all sorts of colour palettes lately. There are a zillion beautiful colour combinations, and loads of websites trying to help you find YOUR own. One of such is the Design Seeds. Lovely palettes. If you want to create your own just take a photo that appeals to you in whatever way, then pick the colour selector and click on a few different places on the photo, that is using photoshop, for example. Or, there is the Kuler. You can also play around there, but only with max 5 colours. Like this:

Of course the most popular place for inspiration nowadays is Pinterest, with endless resources!

Yeah, so, I’m not going to use any such thing. I feel a palette is just way too restricting. Our venues (both church and reception) are beautiful without any decor anyways. They are natural and showcase tradition and local characteristics, which I love. I moved here, after all…

That’s not saying there won’t be any decor, which leads to the other point. Since it will be DIY + cost effective, I will work with whatever I find and represents us best. So that’s it. I’m not searching for THE perfect palette, we are creating OUR palette.

Planned Obsolescence

Yesterday we went to watch The Light Bulb Conspiracy as part of the Take One Action film festival. The film investigates planned obsolescence, which means the deliberate shortening of product life cycle, which in turn results in our throwaway ever-consuming societies. Have you ever found it was cheaper to buy a new thing than get the old one repaired?

Here is a trailer for you… and look out for screenings or request one in your area.

There are groups of people everywhere who oppose that kind of lifestyle and the one in Edinburgh is called REMADE. Basically it’s a group of people who will show you how to mend, fix, repair your cloths, furniture, computers, etc and possibly turn the movement into some sort of a social enterprise. I went along today in search of some ideas. Well, there were some interesting things, and I also found these cute pom-poms. These are made using plastic carrier bags from Sainsbury’s.

I will certainly make a few of these, though I use cotton bags for shopping, so I will have to source them from somewhere. The ones on the photos have scrap fabric in them.


We are moving to Finland! Huh, after 6,5 years. Yea… some things will become a lot easier to organise, some things won’t. But at least things will start to progress bit faster (like, actually getting a venue).

Have to develop my finnish vocabulary, related to DIY, crafts, etc… but I won’t be alone 🙂 Already started sourcing second-hand shops (kirpputori), cos there are very few charity shops over there.

We are moving to the Helsinki area, and if you haven’t noticed yet, Helsinki will be the Design Capital of the Year 2012! I bet there will be loads of inspiration around. Can’t wait!

Not that I can’t find enough otherwise… I want to do a lot of work with fabrics (you know, getting things cosy…) and recently I came across Alisa Burke‘s work. I love the carefree, experimenting attitude she has towards creating art. I will most likely use some of her techniques for my projects. I totally share her view that ‘why to buy if you can create it yourself’.

Luckily, H2B’s family has a fair amount of women (and men) with craft skills as well, so those long winter nights could be transformed into some long wedding-craftalongs! I just need to be good at communicating my vision.

On my family’s side, my parents already offered their cooking and baking skills. Obviously, making some hungarian dishes and nibbles… it would be a great way to bring some culture over. I just hope the venue will be able to accommodate such.