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If your planning a wedding this year and your on a small budget or just want to make your own individual look, then this is a great place to start. Written by fabulous vintage style craft blogger Betty Bee, this is a lovely collection of do-it-yourself wedding chic.

The book has a very vintage and shabby chic theme with lots of pretty florals, lace trims and delicate china. I love the ribbon flowers (pictured below) in a glass vase and I think these would be perfect for a spring wedding.

Handmade Wedding Crafts (3)Each of the 35 projects come with easy to follow instructions and there are lovely pictures to guide you through. There is a useful list of equipment at the front and patterns and templates at the back of the book.

The book covers lot’s of different wedding ideas from invitations to table decorations to favours, as well as ideas to make a lace parasol and decorated wedding shoes for the bride. I love the cupcake candles below as these would make a lovely favour or decoration.

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Being already married I always look at wedding books for ideas that I could also use for my home, there ares several projects in the book that I think would be helpful to anyone crafty or for a bride once her wedding is out-of-the-way. I loved the china teacup centre piece and the cocktail glass cakestand (pictured below) which is now on my list of things to make!

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On the whole I think this is a great little book, mainly because of the variety of ideas, there is definitely something for everyone. I sometimes find that similar books all have the same sort of ideas and I feel that some of the inspiration feels a little recycled. Betty Bee on the other hand has some really individual ideas that I’ve never seen before. I just wish I’d got my hands on this before my wedding!

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Handmade Wedding Crafts is published by Cico Books,

Buy your copy on Amazon here

Visit Betty’s blog here

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On my last day in Bath having seen all the main sights and attractions I had a walk round the city and took in all the little things that I hadn’t noticed before. Here are some of my favourites…Bath




















The majority of pictures were taken in Royal Victoria Park, Henrietta Park, Sydney Gardens, and in the city centre.

Please do not reproduce these images without permission and credit.


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Check out the latest update from The Vintage Book Group on Fay’s Blog…

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It’s Monday which means it’s time to discuss our reading weeks. This meme is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Last week I had a wonderful time visiting Bath, it was great to have some time to relax and just take some time to see some sights and get a massive fix of history. Bath is a magically city and it’s like being in a Georgian time capsule! I have so much to write about my trip so please check back this week, over even better follow the blog!

For any Jane Austen fans here are a couple of pictures of her old house in Bath!

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This week I finished reading A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff, this was a lovely thought-provoking book. Like other books I have read and written about it focusses a little on the history and the people who wore vintage clothes. The book deals beautifully with the relationships between young and old. There are some very sad moments especially when the book refers back to one characters experiences during the second world war. I’d highly recommend this and will be including it in The Vintage Book Group.

A Vintage Affair

This week I also started reading Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell, I’m a big fan of her books and so far this one is brilliant. This is another book which flashes between modern-day and the past and so far it is working really well. I am intrigued to see what happens and I have a feeling I’m going to get through this really quickly!


My ‘to-be-read’ pile is similar to last week except I’ve added a couple of new titles which I picked up in a charity shop in Bath…


The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice – A Glass Full of Blessings by Barbra Pym – Jane Austen’s Guide to Romance by Lauren Henderson – Laura’s Handmade Life by Amanda Addison, Never Can Say Goodbye by Christina Jones


Don’t forget to join The Vintage Book Group on Goodreads here


The Vintage Book Club is now underway and we are reading our first book Miracle on Regent Street by Ali Harris. This a fun girly book in which a failing London department store is saved from closure by the power of vintage!

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The book group is co-hosted by Fay over at Blog a Book Etc, she’s the booky one, I’m the vintage one!

There’s still time to join the book group as we read a new book every fortnight and you don’t have to read every book just the ones you fancy. It’s a great chance to discuss lovely vintage themed books and have a little fun. you can join the group on Goodreads here.

Here’s our reading list for the next few weeks. We’re taking recommendations for the next few reads after this so if you have a vintage themed book you love comment below as we’d love to hear about it!

Miracle on Regent Street by Ali Harris (20th Jan – 2nd Feb)

The Secret Lives of Dresses by Erin McKean (3rd Feb – 16th Feb)

The Vintage Teacup Club by Vanessa Greene (17th Feb – 2nd March) Vanessa has kindly offered to do a Q&A for us when we read this book!

A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolffe (3rd March – 16th March)

Other books that have been recommended, and will be featured soon…


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