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  1. Vintage Style Wedding on a Budget

    May 24, 2014 by sarah

    I thought I would share with you some of the lovely photos of our wedding. I can’t believe that we are coming up to our fourth wedding anniversary; the time seems to have slipped by. And before you ask, yes, we are just as happy as ever. Cute! And it is also a milestone for my better half; the longest he has ever lived in one place.

    Our wedding was on a strict budget for two reasons; we were short of money as Jim had been unemployed for six months so I would have to pay for most things and we both believe that you shouldn’t start married life with debt (apart the mortgage). But looking back on it, even if I had had a larger budget I wouldn’t of done anything different. We had everything that was important to us. I would of liked a lovely sunny day, but even money can’t buy that!

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    Church flowers done by a friend of the family

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    Church flowers done by a friend of the family














    My tips for budgeting a wedding:

    1. Before you start, decide how much you can comfortably afford by saving up before the wedding or working more overtime or selling stuff.

    2. Now put aside a chunk of this (I suggest 10%) and the remainder is your budget. This reserve is because everything costs more than you think.

    3. Between the both of you, decide on two or three aspects of the wedding that are important to both of you. We decided on food and photography. Expect most of your budget to go on these things as they are important; the rest is ‘dressing’.

    4. Think outside the box. In other words, don’t think or mention ‘wedding’ when looking at venues, dresses etc. Village halls are much cheaper than hotels!

    5. Personalise the day and put in some of your personality. For example, make the decorations or invitations, hire a swing band.

    6. Ask favours and rope in friends and family to help with things like the set up and clear up, and possibly even the chauffeuring.

    7. Reduce the number of people you invite and reduce the length of the party – both of these will save pounds.

    8. Making stuff yourself doesn’t always save money when you take into account the time it will take you and material costs.

    I also made back some of the money I had spent by selling or reselling some of the things on eBay – I even got a sizable profit from the vintage china!

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    Place settings of vintage china, handmade menu cards, favours of wooden hearts and name tags

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    I made the table flowers – mix of garden and bought flowers in Ikea vases

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    My mother made the cake – multiple people decorated it when the chocolate ganache finish had a mishap.

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    I made my own jewelry after seeing how much it was to buy.

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    I wanted an ice-cream cart of van but couldn’t afford to hire one so my Father made this, I bought a small freezer off eBay and filled it with homemade and bought ice cream!

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    I made the table plan with a home printer and pretty wallpaper on foam board.

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    Another view of the jewelry I made – hair comb, diamante pins and earrings.

  2. Coconut Kitsch! Coconut Cake

    June 1, 2013 by sarah

    I finally get time to bake a cake again – I needed the therapy. I found a bag of dessicated coconut in my baking ingredients drawer and decide to make a coconut cake. The recipe called for Malibu but I hate the stuff (smells of cheap tanning oil) so substituted rum which works nicely. The recipe is courtesy of Nigella’s Domestic Goddess – I think I must be making my way through the book! Lilac and clematis flowers from the garden.

    2 x 21cm sandwich tins, lined and buttered

    225g unsalted butter, softened, 225g caster sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 4 large eggs, 200g self-raising flour, 25g cornflour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 50g dessicated coconut soaked in 125ml boiling water.

    Filling – 25g dessicated coconut, toasted in dry pan, 75g soft unslated butter, 150g icing sugar, 1 tbsp rum/Malibu

    Make the sponge by the all in on method and cook for 25mins at 180 degrees until cake tester comes out clean.

    Make the buttercream by softening butter then sifting over icing sugar, beat until smooth then add the toasted coconut.

    Iced with glace icing made from icing sugar and rum, topped with some more toasted coconut.

    Enjoy your slice of coconut heaven!

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  3. How to display brooches…

    March 27, 2013 by sarah

    I had been thinking of doing this for a while but didn’t get round to it until this weekend when I saw the picture frame in a charity shop. It is missing the glass which would make it useless for displaying pictures but I wrapped the backing board in some velvet and glued it on the back only so when I stick the pin of the brooch through it stays and is shown up beautifully against the black velvet. No more rummaging around in a box to find the one brooch I want to wear. Unfortunately the black brooches I have just been working on won’t show up, but I’ll leave that til next time.brooch frame (1 of 1)

  4. About Me

    March 17, 2013 by sarah

    085Hello friends and thank you for stopping by my wee blog! I have started this blog to get away from Facebook, to start some digital scrapbooking and see where this path leads me!

    My name is Sarah Keir and by day (and plenty of nights and weekends too) I am a  small animal veterinarian in the South-East of England. The rest of the time that I call my own I bake plenty of cakes, craft all sorts and am obsessed with vintage chic. My perfect weekend would be sunny (naturally), wearing a 1950’s dress and apron, knock together a teddy or vintage inspired brooch, make some delicious cakes and have friends round to enjoy them. The rest of the time my taste testers are my husband Mr K and my work mates who devour anything I produce. Anything that fails goes to the chickens – my lovely girls that keep me supplied with fresh eggs for my baking attempts.