2 March 2015

February Round-Up


New houses : 1
Weeks at new jobs: 4
House sales: 1
Car sales: 1
Bottles of wine: 78
Ph.D exams: 1
Ph.D's passed: 1
Times I wrote 'Dr' on things: 2386
Spa dates: 1
Stacks of pancakes inhaled: 3
Miles ran:  100
Rooms painted: 2
Birthday parties planned: 1
Snuggles with the pooch: 5
Cups of fancy tea: 6

24 February 2015

Make it Yours: Louise & Chris

Okay Okay. This post is totally where I blow my own trumpet. And one for Louise and Chris, obviously. 

I had the great pleasure of helping this pair DIY and set-up their wedding at Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield last August and their wedding has just gone live on Boho Weddings blog (who you'll know I absolutely adore). Shot by India Hobson, Louise and Chris' wedding gathered up all my favourite Sheffield things, and presented them in a quirky, personal, brilliant out-pouring of laughter and love. 

Louise and Chris

Louise and Chris

I loved spending the run up to the wedding discussing streamers and flags, flowers and cake with Louise, and spent the day before the wedding dressing the venue, arranging flowers, setting tables and helping with the run-through.

I wish this gleeful couple all the happiness in the world, and can we also note Chris' most excellent beard and suit combo and Lou's Jimmy Choos?! That is one good looking couple!

Louise and Chris

They also had some rather amazing things to say about me on Boho too!
'I have to say that I don’t think we could have managed it all without the help of Laura from The Mrs Makes. Laura helped us to style and dress the venue on the day before the wedding. She was also at the end of an email during the planning stages. She definitely motivated us all in getting the venue ready and keeping us on track''

You can read Louise and Chris' full wedding report over on Boho Weddings, see the testimonial they wrote for me here, and see info on how I can help for your wedding right here! Perfect! 

All images by India Hobson Weddings

23 February 2015

Monday Montage 22.02.15

  • Being jolted awake at 6.30am on Saturday by the alarm clock, and dragging myself out of bed with a slightly sore head.
  • Dropping the boy at the station and heading to the shops to start my day of errands.
  • Being put immediately in a bad mood by a rude member of staff in Lidl, and subsequently joining the #LidlSuprises hashtag on Twitter saying so. 
  • Unpacking the car, then scooting down the motorway to clean and empty the old house a little more.
  • Managing to get back home for midday, so grabbing a quick bite to eat before commencing the housework
  • Swearing at little under my breath as I struggled to single-handedly build the spare bed before the imminent arrival of my parents
  • Welcoming them and my excited puppy to the house, and chilling out with a cup of coffee and some biscuits
  • Taking the dog for a walk around the local area and taking advantage of the independent restaurants on my doorstep by making a booking for the evening
  • Devouring some amazing Dim Sum with my family, polishing off a bottle of wine with mum and finishing the evening with some coffee and good chat around the kitchen table
  • Turning in, and falling asleep as soon as my head it the pillow
  • Enjoying a small lie-in, but wishing it was longer! 
  • Taking the dog out for a12km run along the brook and my old stomping ground, and remembering how popular Sheffield is with runners
  • After a shower, nibbling on some leftover Christmas Quality street with a cup of coffee, radio 6 and some blog planning whilst the dog had a much needed nap
  • Getting some brunch with my parents before they drove home, and enjoying some strong Earl Grey
  • Knowing I'll miss them and the dog as I said goodbye, before driving them out of Sheffield as I popped back down the motorway to my old house again to sort out some more stuff. 
  • Getting home in time to whip together some fresh veggie 'slaw and roast sweet potatoes to go with some epic pulled pork I'd left in my slow cooker all day
  • Enjoying Sunday dinner with the boy, Netflix and an early night

16 February 2015

Monday Montage 16.02.15

Firstly a quick note to say new house + new job = not much time for blogging. Also, I have no Internet. Still. This sucks (Internet providers are you reading?! Get your act together). Anyway... here's my weekend in bullets and pictures:
  • Waking up early on Saturday morning. Feeling like a zombie whilst getting up and making my limbs work.
  • Making myself a bucket of coffee and getting started on painting my kitchen. 
  • Pausing for a brunch of blackberry bircher muesli and a flick through an old magazine
  • Listening to the rain hammering the windows, my radio chirping and the paint roller spraying me in a fine mist of  off-white.
  • Scrubbing off the paint smudges in the shower, before noticing the cloud clear and sun peer through.
  • Heading out on some errands and treating myself to some delicious teas and a cookie from the shops.
  • A few miles walked, resting my feet and slurping hot tea before planning my valentines dinner.
  • Picking up the boy from the station, and whipping up some chicken pies and veggies whilst he poured the fizz.
  • Swapping cards and a couple of token gifts, feeling very lucky and special.
  • Collapsing into bed, and sleeping long and hard until late on Sunday
  • Quickly dashing around the house on Sunday morning, sipping coffee, swearing at my internet provider under my breath, doing some quick tidying and catching 5 minutes to apply some make-up before a lovely friend from Twitter knocked on my door
  • Nipping out for some brunch and savouring my buttery crumpets and strong earl grey whilst we caught up, ranted and set the worlds to rights for far longer than we should have occupied the table
  • Catching up with the boy and stocking up with ingredients for dinner: ginger chicken and asparagus parcels with cauliflower and broccoli cheese and baked sweet potato. 
  • Snoozing in front of '47 Ronin' with a massive slice of cheesecake and glass of red wine. 
  • Feeling completely and utterly chilled out.

6 February 2015

30 before 30: #1 'Get my doctorate'

Well you guys... that's another one off the list!!

You may now call me Dr Laura.

You can see my whole '30 before 30' list here. 

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