Monday, 29 August 2011

Wholly Unique

When someone hands you Eric Carle's 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' fabric, some colourful star buttons, a handmade hand stamped disc, vintage lace, and a vintage key....what would you make?

A Challenge is the first thing that I thought; next ....totally out of my comfort zone....then add in the fact this is for a super talented friend with bright pink hair, a Vaudeville themed wedding, a illustrator of children's books, who is marrying the most splendid metal sculptor in the whole of Britain....the nerves start to kick in.

This bouquet took more time and care than my own VM bouquet!! I was feeling the pressure! But the minute I had an idea in my head, I was on a roll. 
I have to admit I went away from what Miss Nats wanted....she originally wanted it made from the fabric roses...but with a fabric as busy as this, you where struggling to see any detail of the vintage items that was going into it, which I thought was a shame.

So for the first time, I redirected the brides vision....sent the email with the photos and prayed that she understood what I had done and why.....I waited......

Her reply was this...

Emma Bakker you wonderful wonderful lady!!!It is stunning! I am blown away!!!!Thank you thank you thank you!!!! I'm so excited! did i mention that I love you and you are wonderful!!??  its be honest, i don't really know what my vision was, but i know i love it! "

So I think it is safe to say she likes it....and I can breath a sigh of relief! 
Thank you Miss Nats for pushing my creativity, for being wholly unique and a wonderful friend.

I can enjoy the wedding next week with a little bit of pride to have been a part of this amazing couples day.

Wishing all the Luck, Love & Happiness to Nats & Luke !

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Gardens, Walks & Celebrations

Our 'Love in the mist' with an unusual butterfly taking a rest...

...My Aunts amazing leeks...

...A scrummy Birthday cake...

...Don't you just love those colours?... hot day, one hot black dog, one loving Dutchman...

...An abandoned house, still shows the beauty & care of the past...

...Our heavenly scented sweet peas...

...the wonders of a man calling his cows on the common... "come on me beauties, come on"

...The friendliness of neighbours...

...Frogs, lily pads, bubbles and home grown raspberries...

...Love Growing larger than I ever thought possible...

What a happy Summer we have had!


Monday, 22 August 2011

Wedding fever...

Its safe to say pale ivory, whites, and creams have been the theme of the year so far.
My favorites this year have all been gold toned bouquets...fact!
Its been crazy times and I have 2 more in progress. Then I start to chill out to a more manageable amount of work! I cannot wait ;)

Monday, 15 August 2011

Blushing Bride

Do you remember this bouquet?? I did a little survey on whether she looked better with or without the feathers?

Well this is Gabbie and her new husband Tom...Don't they look radiantly happy?

Gabbie's Bouquet has been one of my favorite this year...I love the gold tones and her jewellery she asked me to use. Also Gabbie was a dream to work with and I loved catching up on her plans for her big day.

With her stunning soft ruffled fishtailed dress, the bouquet with the feathers won the day....the softness it added to the look of the bouquet suited her dress just perfectly.

There is nothing better than a happy, glowing, blushing bride, to make this little Magpie's day!!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Is this our future?

I find myself unable to sleep....the news is just horrific. 3 night of 'riots' seeing children laughing at people smashing in businesses windows....throwing missiles at the police. 
One reporter stopped and ask a girl of no more than 13 why she was looting alcohol from a shop, her response? "cos its funny and there is nuffing else to do" and walks away laughing......shocked is nothing near how I feel when I see the adults of the future showing a complete disregard to any morals, and a total lack of respect for people property and their hard earned businesses.

These are their communities, their people, businesses which serve them.....what is the point? what is the reason? When you see mindless people destroying beautiful parts of London, you can help but ask....what have wronged these people so much, to make this type of destruction justified?

Families in there homes being under attack..... police, firemen, hospital staff all trying to help, calm and assist the victims. Turkish and south Asian communities creating their own police line to protect their areas.....sorry did someone say it is 2011?? 

But then a part of me thinks; when people have no jobs, no respect, no future, do they see this as a way to speak out to get some people to pay attention? 
When the government takes away their benefits which keep these people in food, because there is no work, and education is now coming at a huge cost....what do they have? 
A cry for help, albeit a disgusting one, but we as a nation have to listen to our disillusioned youth....these are our children....they are a direct reflection on our situation, the past neglect which is now our future.

I believe FAMILY is the key, I believe that we need to start from an early age to love our kids, to show them the way of a respectful, moral human being....the world doesn't owe us have to give something in order to benefit in the future. If we all brought up our kids with simple rules and discipline. Having to work hard for luxuries or pocket money maybe they would start to understand the cost of life, and that nothing should be offered on a plate. That it is far more beautiful when you have worked hard for something.

Mr Cameron you need to stop talking and start listening, realise that your actions and policies affect your people....that people cant survive on nothing.....they need jobs, education and something to be proud of....get you arse back from Tuscany and do your job properly man. We all want to help, we all want to be safe and happy.
You have the power, it's time to use it in the right way.

Images from here with thanks.
Go here for a wonderful blog post, who writes about the riots perfectly.


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