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Waggy Wedding Guests.^^

Recently we had the privilege of looking after our friends dogs( Billy and Bailey) on their wedding day and bringing them to the venue for photo’s with the bride and groom. I would definitely wish to include our labrador Jake in our nuptials ( if we ever do tie the knot ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and as long as you have your pets interests at heart ,I think ‘waggy wedding guests’ are a lovely idea.If you wish to include your four legged friend on your big day consider the following :

1)Remember to ask the venue if dogs are allowed on the premises.If they are not allowed inside it may be that they can be included in the wedding photographs in the grounds.

2) Will your dog be comfortable surrounded by lots of people? Will it cause him/her stress? Are they usually badly behaved? If any of these apply, maybe you could include him/her in an engagement photo,pre- wedding shoot or even on your invites/favors/ instead.
3) Its up to you if you want your dogs to be ‘dressed for the occasion’.It should of course depend on the dog and whether they would put up with a big bow or a blinged up collar for the day.
4) Make sure you have a friend/ person you trust who can look after your dog at the venue.They will need to keep him/her under control and relaxed and happy.
5) It may be a good idea to take your hound to the venue a couple of times before your wedding day to get him/her accustomed to the surroundings.
6) Ask the person who has your dog for the day to make sure they give him/her plenty of exercise before the ceremony.
7) Make sure that they bring plenty of poo bags and dog biscuits with them and that water is provided.
8) Enjoy your big day!

Billy and Bailey have a good walk round the grounds before the ceremony.
Billy and Bailey have a good walk round the grounds before the ceremony.

The Happy Couple and their beloved labradors.:)
The Happy Couple and their beloved labradors.:)

We jazzed up Billy and Bailey’s collars with pull bows( they were ยฃ1 each from our local card shop) which we tied to their collars before putting them on.The bride and groom were delighted with how cute they looked.:) Happily the day went very smoothly and B and B were very good doggies.Billy especially was very chilled,sprawling out on the flagged floor! No paw prints were found on Sarah’s dress.Though they would have been a lovely memento i’m sure ,if they had….x

The wedding venue was the charming Tithe Barn in the grounds of the historic Browsholme Hall in Lancashire.

*This post represents day 15 in the #BEDM challenge organized by the lovely Rosaliliumblog.Today’s topic is Lifes A Lesson ,though I guess this post is simply a lesson in how to include your four legged friend in your wedding festivities.Its nice to include all your loved ones right…. ^^ ~/

Charity shop and Clothes Swap.

Todays Topic on the Rosalilium Blog Every Day in May challenge is ‘Go Green’, where we are asked to blog about our green tips.Wow! Well I have to admit I am probably not as green as I should be.I do the usual green things such as recycle rubbish, shop with my bags for life and walk to work~ though as work is only ten minutes away it would be lazy if i didn’t ๐Ÿ˜›

I do live in a small country town which has 9 charity shops so Iย  bob in them quite a lot. When i’m not on the hunt for vintage tea cups in Shelter i’m perusing the clothes rails in Oxfam.You never know what you might find! I recently bought two lovely dresses and I wore one to a friends hen do and one to her wedding. Thus recycling, giving to a good cause and looking fab without breaking the bank. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I found a fab drss for my friend sarah's hen do from  a charity shop.Ears recycled from previous hen do's.:)
I found a fab drss for my friend sarah’s hen do from a charity shop.Ears recycled from previous hen do’s.:)

Another way of recycling clothes is to hold a clothes swap evening with a few friends.This makes for an enjoyable inexpensive night out.A few glasses of wine, nibbles, a girly gossip and a good old rummage. And your being green too.:)
For more info on holding your own clothes swap party look here.

Hope you enjoyed my post!

Five Facts About Me.

Hi there this is my first post in the RosaliliumBlog Every Day In May challenge !
I’m pretty scared as writing doesn’t come that naturally to me.It would be so much easier if i was a walking talking Thesaurus. I really must invest in one of those! Happily Elizabeth who set the challenge has suggested a subject to write about each day.Today’s topic is simply ‘Write five lines about yourself’ Hurrah,I think I can do that!

Me and my lovely sister at a wedding last year.
Me and my lovely sister at a wedding last year.

I am obsessed with buying teacups much to my boyfriends dismay,he is especially unhappy after stubbing his toe on a bag of teacups I had lying around recently.Ooooops!

I really really really want to visit Iceland and am determined to treat myself to a trip to the land of ‘Ice and Fire’ next year.

I am one of life’s Permanent pedestrians ( I just can’t tell the brakes from the accelerator! )

I have about 30 Photo albums,I’m always the annoying friend who insists on capturing everything on camera!

I am a rubbish cook~watching my boyfriend cook, with a glass of wine in my hand is much more my style. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So there you have it.I’ve made it through the first post.See you tmoz……x

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Blog Every Day In May Challenge!

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One of my favourite bloggers , the lovely Elizabeth at the lifestyle blog Rosaliliumhas set herself( and anyone else who would like to take part) the challenge of blogging a post a day every day in May.You can write about anything you wish and as a guideline Elizabeth has included a calendar with a different topic on every day of the month. Her idea’s include waxing lyrical about your dream holiday,your fantasy dinner party guests,your favourite blogs,your 13 year old self and even the contents of your fridge. So anyway I thought I might have a go. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it will certainly be a challenge for me as even jotting down this piddly paragraph has taken me about 30 minutes! Or maybe it will get the creative juices flowing and there will be no stopping me……

Anyway if you fancy having a go too pop over to Rosalilium and have a gander.
See you in May ๐Ÿ˜‰

Looking back : Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix. :)

Imagine a film festival with a backdrop of sun,sand, sea and Palm tree’s and there you go,you’ve thought up the gorgeous Cannes Film Festival in the South of France.The sixty sixth annual Festival de film will be held from the 15th -26th May 2013 ,with the delightful ‘Amelie’ actress Audrey Tatou hosting the opening and closing ceremony’s. I have always loved the glamour of Cannes and back in 2009 myself, Wil and a couple of friends and their boys enjoyed a holiday in nearby St Raphael in a hot and sunny May. Of course we were up for a bit of star spotting! Firstly though here are a few shots of vintage Cannes. ๐Ÿ™‚

Grace Kelly at the festival in 1955.
Grace Kelly at the festival in 1955.

Ginger Rogers poses in front of the Carlton hotel  1956.
Ginger Rogers poses in front of the Carlton hotel 1956.

Brigitte Bardot on the beach in Cannes.
Brigitte Bardot on the beach in Cannes.

In the sixties even the daleks posed at the festival.
In the sixties even the daleks posed at the festival.

This year the opening film will be Baz Lurhmanns ‘The Great Gatsby’ starring Leonardo diCaprio. Back in 2009 the festival was all about Brad Pitts star turn in Quentin Tarentino’s Inglorious Bastards (Scuze my French Tee Hee). Here are a few snaps from our time there. I must apolagize for the lack of actual real life movie stars!
Here we are early morning at the 62nd festival!
Here we are early morning at the 62nd festival!

Larger than Life 'Bumble Bee ' in front of the Carlton. :)
Larger than Life Transformer ‘Bumble Bee ‘ in front of the Carlton. ๐Ÿ™‚

The golden sands at Cannes.
The golden sands at Cannes.

Mime artist with cats.He did assure me the cats were enjoying themselves.Hmmm not sure though.
Mime artist with cats.He did assure me the cats were enjoying themselves.Hmmm not sure though.

This is the nearest we got to seeing Mr Pitt.Him and Angelina arrived about half an hour after we gave up hanging around.Never mind!
This is the nearest we got to seeing Mr Pitt.Him and Angelina arrived about half an hour after we gave up hanging around. Cest la vie!

The other advantageous appeal of holidaying in the South of France in late May/early June is that the Monaco F1 Grand Prix follows the Cannes film festival. So of course we decided to drive to Monte Carlo for the race day. We did not have tickets but just thought we would head there for the atmosphere. If you ever go make sure you take your earplugs! The noise is deafening, the course is one of the most exciting and excillerating as it follows the narrow roads around Monaco and includes hair pin bends and a tunnel.We found that unless you are incredibly tall you do not get much of a view of the race if you are kind of gate crasher’s like we were! But our friend Andy who had been numerous times before knew what to do.Head down to the Paddocks next to the harbor just as the race ends and you will spot a few of the drivers past and present.
A F1 racing car carrier.
A F1 racing car carrier.

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The guys were very impressed with these pit babes dancing at a bar after the race.
The guys were very impressed with these pit babes dancing at a bar after the race.

Ok so I didn’t get a snap of Jensen Button ( he won by the way that year~all the fancy yachts boomed their horns in unison) or Lewis Hamilton-though that particular driver almost ran me over as he scooted away after the end of the race ….on yes a moped. But we have many happy memories of what was definantly a holiday of a life time. ๐Ÿ™‚ Bon Vacation!
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcocks To Catch a Thief which was filmed along the French Riviera and Monaco.
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcocks To Catch a Thief which was filmed along the French Riviera and Monaco.

The Hobbiton Market.

This weekend I have had a fun time hosting my vintage crockery stall at the Hobbiton Market in the pretty village of Hurst Green. The area has connections with the Lord of the rings author J R R Tolkein as he occasionally lectured at nearby Stonyhurst college. It is thought that the surrounding countryside and views of Pendle Hill and its associations with witchcraft and sorcery inspired him in his writing. So of course the village is the perfect venue for a Middle Earth craft market….along with bands and a beer festival. Here are a few pics from the weekend.

Lord of the Rings inspired tile tags.
Lord of the Rings inspired tile tags by Tile Productions of Clitheroe.

Leaning witches made by Pendle Ceramics.
Leaning witches made by Pendle Ceramics.

I love these Beautiful hand blown perfume bottles created by the artists E & M Glass.
I love these Beautiful hand blown perfume bottles.

a chainsaw artist was on hand to create a Gandalph!
a chainsaw artist was on hand to create a Gandalph!

Gandalph.
Gandalph.

Foxy clog makers stall.
Foxy clog makers stall.

How about drinking your ale from one of these...
How about drinking your ale from one of these…

A few of my candles and cake stands.
A few of my candles and cake stands.

Lord of the Rings inspired baking.
Lord of the Rings inspired baking.

Human Hamster Balls!
Human Hamster Balls!

Hobbits feet soap.
Hobbits feet soap by Crafts by Charlie.

The real Gandalph even showed up!
The real Gandalph even showed up!

One of the bands on stage.
One of the bands on stage.

Even though I am not a big Lord of the Rings fan I really enjoyed the event and it is going to be a yearly thing. We even had a bit of sunshine :0)
Hope you enjoyed your weekend….

Mad March Teadance with a Steam Punk twist.

Today I had the surreal experience of running my Tea cup candle stall at a Mad March Tea dance ~ with a Steam Punk twist ๐Ÿ™‚
I had never heard of Steam Punk until the lady who organized the event in aid of Fairtrade fortnight asked me and my teacups to attend…..
Steam Punk in the dressing up sense seems to be a mixture of Victorian costume with a sci-fi element.Here are a few snaps I took today.
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As you can see it was all very Jules Verne! I wish I had taken more pics but I was doing a roaring trade on my stall.Yay ๐Ÿ™‚
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Myself and Lisa, who sells lovely tiles and tags ( including some darling Alice In Wonderland ones below) probably didn’t get steampunked enough. But we sure know what to wear next time………x
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Orton Farmers Market.

Today on the way to visit family near Penrith we spied a sign saying ‘Farmers Market, Orton’. Of course we love tastingย  local produce so decided to take a little detour.:-D.
It turns out the market is held every Saturday in this pretty Cumbrian Village. There were a scattering of stalls in the village centre and some indoors too.

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A couple of folk singers perform from their wagon.

We purchased some tasty treats including a soft scottish cheese rolled in oats and black pepper, Bessy Beck smoked trout pate and a decadent chocolate covered meringue.
I also noticed a sign saying Bric A Brac and an arrow pointing to the church so dragged a rather reluctant boyfriend inside.

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All Saints Church

I am always on the look out for a pretty vintage teacup or two but I didn’t uncover any at the Church sale.:-/ I did buy this rather fine brooch for ยฃ1 !

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And when I saw Mum later I discovered she had found me 15 Teacups! I am now all set to make lots of gorgeous teacup candles for my first craft fair of the year next wknd in Whalley.Thanks Mum ๐Ÿ˜€

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Also in Orton there is a rather nice Chocolate Shop called Kennedys.They already have anย  enviable Easter Egg display.

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The Tasty treats we purchased today.

Can’t wait to tuck into the goodies !

An evening of Burlesque!

When I heard that there was going to be a burlesque and cabaret evening in my hometown I just had to reserve a table.After all its not every day that the stunningly talented ‘Susie Sequin’ and her fellow equally gorgeous performers from ‘The Looking Glass Burlesque’ grace sleepy little Clitheroe.

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This is a poster for a future event.

It is true my friends and I didnt really know what to expect! Was it really appropiate to be going on a girls night out to what could be little more than a female strip show?? But we needn’t have felt apprehensive.We had a fabulous evening!

Firstly the venue was lovely.The St Marys Centre in Clitheroe is an old church hall on Church street with olde worldy beams and its very own stage. All the tables were decorated with confetti and feathers and flickering candles. Secondly there wasย  a bar so we shared a couple of bottles of wine.Always a plus!

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Enjoying the show!

The Burlesque acts were very tastefully done.A couple were a little unusual! Here is ‘Deadly Nightshade’ who changed into a werewolf during her time on stage.Sorry my pics are a little dark.

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Susie Sequin was definantly one of our favourite performers.She did an elegant yet cheeky dance with pink feathers.;)

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There was also a comic magician and a lovely vintage style singer too.Here are some of the acts on stage together at the end of the show.

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We really did enjoy ourselves and hope the Looking Glass Burlesque perform here again soon.Maybe next time we will bring our
boyfriends!

Beautiful Baby Shower.

Baby showers are a fab exscuse for a girly get together and a great way of spending time with and making a fuss of the proud mother to be :)My only experience of Baby showers was watching episodes of Sex & The City and Friends featuring them.So I was intrigued and delighted to be invited to Robins which a few of her best friends had aranged for her.
They have been popular in America for years now so its good that such a lovely tradition is now taking off in the UK.

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If your ever invited to a friends shower it is customary to bring a gift for the expectant mum.A couple of girls made this fab Nappy Cake! And cupcakes always go down a treat.:). I made a cute candle simular to this fragranced with baby powder.Your quite welcome to Check out my fb

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page Mrs Tibbs Teacups n Candles if you like this idea.X
Robins shower was held in a room in The Emporium Wine bar in Clitheroe which was the perfect venue and looked lovely decorated with balloons and bunting.Hiring a venue or holding the shower in a house ( not the mum to be’s though, she should be able to relax in the knowledge she doesn’ t have to clean up after its finished!) are both great ideas.

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A fun idea at the baby shower was that we all wore name tags featuring words to do with babies and pregnancy.We had to call each other by the names on the tags or do a forfeit.It was very easy to slip up!ย  Here is Robin aka Mother Goose with the only boy allowed young Evan aka Big Brother.Cute! Other nametags included Epidural,Dribble and Breast Pads.Tee Hee

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Other games we played included : Guess how many jelly babies in the baby bottle and Guess the measurement of Robins baby bump.

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We also wrote messages to Robin and the baby in a pretty personalised book and made birthday cards for him/her to open each year.

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Mostly it was just a lovely time to catch up with the girls and enjoy spending time with Robin before the baby comes.A fab time was had by all.:))

Update Robin had a beautiful baby girl called Juliet five days later!