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Even though making this wedding happen is gaining importance in our lives, there are other things too ūüôā For everyday happenings (including non-wedding craft) follow my other blog here.

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Over 200kgs and settling

And so we moved…

The flat is nice and modern, quite bright, if the sun is out (if, hasn’t been too much yet…). But we have no furniture, apart from an old sofabed and inbuilt cupboards.

The contents of our bedroom: bed-NO, craft books-YES, borrowed sewing machine-YES. Well, also bought a cheap bedsheet to be made into curtains, but that has nothing to do with the wedding, so it will be posted in a different blog. I bought a small piece of fabric in Edinburgh, which will be made into the invites. Already have some ideas for it, but with no table around I thought I would wait a little.

Oh yes, yesterday we visited a craft store in downtown Helsinki. It has a massive selection of all things crafty and I couldn’t leave without buying something, so now I’m a proud owner of a tube of Mod Podge. Today a cheap glue was added to the collection. I brought with me the acrylic paints I had, so I’m almost all set. I still miss a few dyes and brushes, which we will get free, I believe, when getting some paints for the flat.

One more thing on the wedding front. Most small churches close for the winter time (have no heating, or no visitors, or neither..) which started yesterday. Luckily, that does not mean that we cannot visit them this weekend, so we might have a venue very soon!

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.

BREAKING NEWS

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 ūüôā 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.

Feel it!

Some time ago, I listed a couple words that I’d like to use to describe this wedding. Short list, but quite important in infuencing my diy projects. Here they are:

cosy, informal, relaxed, outdoor, fun, comfortable, personal, unique, friendly, (homemade)

Bling bling!

Engagement ring photos… I felt like playing with the camera.

Lace or chiffon…

If I’m here already, I might just add that I started my dress hunt. One of the few things I am NOT going to create myself.

My parents visited recently so I used the time to make a quick visit to a salon with my mum. I never had a prom dress or anything remotely looking like a fancy dress, so I had no idea of what shape suits and what doesn’t (and of course I plan a healthy, active lifestyle to get toned up a bit).

As it turns out (surprise, surprise), I am not a conventional shape. I do fit a size 8 dress (never thought I would!), but need some alterations around the bust area and would need shortening as well, as I’m kinda short. So all in all, will probably end up getting it custom made.

I’m definitely not a princessy type bride, so big ball gowns are out of question. Those wouldn’t fit in the atmosphere anyways. I rather go for a slim A-line. I do fancy something light and airy, without shine, so I thought of chiffon first, but I think my heart is set on something with lace. That would give a vintage feel to the dress and would work well in the counrtyside…

Venue – Church (2)

I listed one possible venue already, but surely one should consider more options, so I went to the Visit Finland website to see what they have an offer – keeping in mind that I wanted an old church.

I found 4 more lovely places.

The old church in Aitolahti, near Tampere, is built of stones, has a stream running next to it and there are two heart shaped flowerbeds in front of it… can something be any more romantic? I can’t yet decide whether having a big city so close is a bonus or a minus, since we wanted to escape to the countryside, on the other hand it would make catering a bit more easy. I couldn’t find the date when it was built, as only 1928 is mentioned, when the church was consecrated.

Not far from there is another, bit more older, stone church in Messukylä Рmedieval, built around 1540.

I love those wooden floorboards, even if it isn’t very practical for high heels…

The third church is in Tyrvää Рstill in the Tampere region. It is also a stone church with wooden parts. Sadly, a few years ago it has burnt down, so the old medieval bits are all gone. The church was rebuilt with the help of hundreds of volunteers and the craftsmanship is amazing, but obviously it all looks shiny and new. Maybe in a hundred or so years the wear and tear will be visible again.

In the opposite direction, near J√§ms√§ is the 4th church.¬†Kuorevesi Old Church is a wooden church, painted the usual red on the outside, but blueish on the inside… (I do like the natural colour of wood…).

 

And one extra… I don’t think it is really an option, but an interesting place nonetheless: the church in Fagervik. It is in private hands, tiny, next to a lake, lovely… but totally remote, didn’t really find a place for the reception nearby. Would be great though!

 

Oh yes, just remembered another one that I actually visited. It’s in the “middle” of Helsinki, perhaps thatswhy it didn’t come to my mind before. There is an island near downtown Helsinki, called Seurasaari. It is a collection of all buildings old, from around the country – an open air museum or skanzen. Naturally, there is a church as well, and it is wooden! The Karuna church was originally built in the late 1600s.

Hm… would we be able to have a relaxed coutryside wedding among loads of tourists?

 

Hungary, crafts, traditions… yes please!

Though it’s not strictly wedding related, I wanted to tell you about the annual folk art/craft festival that is taking place right now in Budapest. The venue is actually the Buda Castle, so it is very touristic.

This year is the 25th, I wish I could be there… See (and read if you understand Hungarian) here.

by Kerceréce, indafoto.hu/kruzso

And showcasing some more Hungarian crafts, great photos from the 2007 Festival.