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Have yourserself a home-made Christmas ...

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Christmas decorations don't have to come from a store.  You can make your own for hardly any cost and they can be so much more precious to you and your family than anything you could buy in a store.  And with a little bit of effort your decorations will look just as good as something you bought - if not better!

This year I have made some crochet Christmas ornaments for the Doctor Who fan in My Splendid Family.  I made six for the tree and all it cost me was $3!  I already had the white yarn, fiber-fill, and crochet hook lying around the place - I only needed to buy the blue yarn.  But even if I had to buy everything from scratch I estimate it would cost $15 in total.  That's still a great saving when you consider to buy something similar in the shops is $10 (plastic) - $20 (glass) for just one.  And of course you get to keep the leftover fiber-fill, hook, and yarn for other projects.  And trust me, once you have a supply of something in your hands you will start coming up with…

Amigurumi - Cute Crochet Toys

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Have you heard of Amigurumi?  It is two Japanese words combined together to mean crocheted stuffed doll and you pronounce it Ah-me-goo-roo-me (glad to see my two years of high school Japanese are finally paying off!).  It’s a bit difficult to remember and almost impossible to type correctly into Google so maybe we will see a good nickname develop for in the next few years (please!).  And of course they have to be cute.  Think Hello Kitty and other cute Japanese cartoon creatures made out of crochet.  More often than not they are animals, but they don’t have to be.  Best of all, if anyone in your family has a favorite character, chances are there is a cute free pattern so you can delight them by making them one!


If you have never picked up a crochet hook before, I’d suggest you start on a simpler more traditional crochet project.  In my experience amigurumi is a bit fiddly - you don’t want to be learning your basic stitches on something that is fiddly.  Also free patterns on the inter…

The "Throwaway" Bouquet

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The "Throwing of the Bouquet" is a fun tradition that a lot of brides like to include as part of their wedding.  But some brides are reluctant to part with their beautiful bouquet after only a few hours.  The solution is to get a throw-away bouquet made.  This is often a smaller, simpler version of the bride's bouquet.  The bride can then take her own bouquet home and enjoy it for a bit longer, and the lucky catcher gets a nice memento to take home as well.
But before ordering a throw-away bouquet, have a think about whether you will be around to enjoy your bouquet.  If you and your new hubby will jet off on an amazing overseas honeymoon, chances are you won't be taking it with you, and when you get back it will no longer be at its best.  So consider saving the cost of a throw-away bouquet and really make the day of the lucky catcher!
TIP: If you are budget conscious, instead of stipulating the flowers that should be used, allow the florist to source flowers that are…

Choosing Your Wedding Shoes

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Bridal shoes should be a synch to cross off your to do list - right?  Wrong!  I've been hearing all sorts of horrible stories about how hard it has been for brides to find a pair of wedding shoes.  Why?  Because white and elegant strappy shoes are out of fashion right now - chunky straps are in.  And whilst they may look hot on a nightclub dance floor, they aren't the right look for a wedding dress.  I've put this post together for you to help make finding your splendid shoes just a little easier.

Traditional Wedding Shoes
Traditional wedding shoes are very difficult to find right now.  But nothing completes your look quite like a pair of traditional wedding shoes.  They are hard to find - but the effort is well worth it.  I recommend tracking down the shoe brands that carry a sizeable wedding range.  Alan Pinkus (see photo) is one such designer and his shoes are available in most capital city Myer stores in Australia as well as online.  The range includes a variety of col…

Using Social Media to Organize Your Wedding with Pinterest

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Have you discovered Pinterest yet?  If not then we suggest you hop on over to http://pinterest.com/and check it out as it will revolutionize the way you are researching ideas for your wedding.  It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out, or only have a few tasks left – Pinterest will be able to help.  And it is all free!  And free is a word we brides-to-be love to hear as we watch the costs for our wedding tally up!

So what is this Pinterest and why should you care?  Some brides will create a vision board – especially those who have a creative background and do something like this on a regular basis for their jobs.  For those of you not familiar with a vision board – it is a collection of mostly images, but also fabric, colours, words, ribbon, and anything else that you can stick onto a board.  They can be very specific – with pictures of the exact dress you want, the exact ring you want, the exact bouquet you want.  They can also be not so specific – a collection of pictures that …

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Dr Who Scarf Inspired Cushion Cover

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Choosing Knitting Needles

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