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I was more than chuffed when Stan brought this tea trolley up from his workshop. Made from scrap angle iron with a long bolt handle and rose wood shelves, it works perfectly for home group. While he was on a roll he turned an old car jack into a toilet roll holder. 3 year old Ari had great fun turning the handle and making the roll go up and down 🙂

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Last year we had enormous fun getting ready for our daughter and son in law’s wedding.  It was a privilege for us to do some hand crafted things as a way of showing our love and support of them. There are so many ideas of what you can do, it boils down to what suits the bride and groom and how much do you can and want to do. Fortunately family on both sides combined their talents to do these special things. I have some of Ruth Gilmour photographer  amazing photos to show the efforts that made it to the day.

hydrangeas drying

Great friends who let me raid their gardens

drying hydrangeas

The variety stuns me, these are only a few of the hundreds we dried for the day.

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Using tins and hessian twine for the tables

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Bigger bunches went into galvanised buckets for floor decorations


Tubs of pampus and hydrangeas went at the entrance

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Chair bouquets of hydrangeas wrapped in hessian and twine

chapel inside

outside grain exchange

Pampus at the Grain Exchange entrance.

seating plan

room over view

Inside the Grain Exchange. As night came on the twinkle lights looked better and better.

mr. and mrs. bunting

Mr. and Mrs. stenciled bunting

table setting

Hessian runners, cut rounds of wood and ivy down the middle

twinkle lights on table

Bent wire table number holders

twinkle lights in jar

Twinkle lights make everything look cool!

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Little raspberry jam jar name tags

wedding cake

And the cake on a hessian covered table with an awesome heart carving.

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I’m feeling pretty happy with my other half today. After work he brought up from the shed the two bedside tables he’s been making from recycled rimu. He’s done a cracking job and I love the finish the three coats of Danish oil has given them. They’re now in the guest room awaiting visitors…

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