When Lesley’s daughter Angela contacted me to see if I had availability to style and provide an afternoon tea for her Mum’s 6oth Birthday I was thrilled to see I had the date free. The date was actually only a couple of weeks away so we very quickly messaged back and forward and agreed on a plan.The party was to be a relaxed intimate affair at another of Lesley’s daughter’s, Jacqueline’s home. Her home is a beautiful millhouse in the rural Ayrshire countryside and when I arrived Jacqueline had been out in her garden and along the hedgerows collecting beautiful blossom branches and other foliage to decorate her dining room – Just my kind of thing! On her pale blue front door she had placed a gorgeous daffodil wreath she had made to welcome the guests.Having requested a few pics of the dining room in advance, I set the colour scheme to be pale blue and pastel pink to match Jacqueline’s decor..I used pretty pink Vintage China tea-sets placed onto lace and floral tablecloths and added pretty blue floral Happy Birthday napkins and vintage tea knives. My sister made me a pretty Happy Birthday bunting many years ago from Cath Kidston fabrics and this was also just right for the theme. Along a mirror shelf I placed some little heart jars filled with pretty pink blooms.I baked the scones, pancakes , meringues, mini lemon drizzle cakes, ginger fudge and shot glass desserts at home and ordered freshly made platters of sandwiches and brioche filled rolls from my local baker that I collected on the way to Jacqueline’s.Blue glass bottles and little jars filled with pink flowers were placed on the tables and around the room together with some happy birthday banners and pretty pink pinwheels. I also made a “Lesley is 60” canvas to be placed where Lesley would see it when she arrived.The food was set onto tiered cake stands and I made little personalised menu boards to enable the guests to see what was what. Some little final touches were things like popping the sugar tongs into the vintage bowls of sugar lumps and ensuring the clotted cream was in place for the scones.When I returned to collect my things Jacqueline said the day had been a great success and that her Mum had loved it…she had known she was having a little get together, she just didn’t realise how much planning the girls had been doing in the background to ensure the day was simply special for their Mum.Happy Birthday Lesley! And wishing you many happy returns.Thanks to Angela and her sisters for booking me for this event and to Jacqueline for being so welcoming of me into her home.Much LoveJoanna XX
Lauren was one of my brides from a few years ago so when her sister in law Tracey told me Lauren was expecting a baby and would I help her style a surprise baby shower I was absolutely delighted.
It was to be a light brunch for Lauren and her girls held in a private dining room in a local establishment in Kilmarnock.
I used a few key pieces to decorate the large dresser and opposite wall. On the long table I set out some jars for Tracey to pop in some fresh flowers; coordinating gold tealights along the length of the lunch table together with some alternating pink and blue gingham napkins completed the look.
Tracey and her daughter Kate went on a little shopping trip and found some pink & blue wrapped sweeties to fill my little prams. The twinkle twinkle little star cake was so cute and Tracey had bought a co-ordinating balloon to place beside the cake.
I made a personalised baby shower sign and this with a few tealights were popped behind the cake and that was the room all ready for Lauren to arrive.
This was not the only surprise for Lauren as her sister who lives in Qatar made the journey over to surprise Lauren on her special day.
I’d just like to thank Tracey for asking me to style the baby shower and also like to offer my congratulations to Lauren and Gareth on their lovely news and I’m looking forward to hearing all about when baby Hardy arrives.
When Jennifer contacted me through Instagram to see if I could help style her wedding at one of my all time favourite local venues Enterkine House I was delighted to discover that I had her date available. She then went on to tell me that Jennifer and Thomas are both Scottish but live in Australia and so all the planning had to be done online via photos, ideas and messages.
As I have been working at this venue for many years now I was able to immediately see Jennifer’s vision whenever she made a suggestion and although we never met in person until the day before the wedding we had an instant mutual understanding of how the day should look. The wedding date was the end of June and the style was to be completely laid back and rustic – Jennifer and Thomas wanted to really enjoy their day as part of a visit home with their family and friends and so the planning began.
As one would expect ( or hope) for this time of year in Scotland, the weather was absolutely glorious and the ceremony was held outdoors in the gardens of the hotel with the reception moving into the large marquee.
The photos captured by Tommy from Tom Cairns Photography just show how relaxed and perfect the day was – I absolutely love his style and he has a fantastic natural way of just “getting the shots” while making everyone feel at ease.
In Jennifer’s own words… “Joanna helped us plan our wedding in Scotland from Australia. After a few short emails she just got it and helped our vision come to life. So lovely to work with and great communication throughout. I would highly recommend any bride get in tough with Joanna to help plan your perfect day. Thank you so much!”
I would just like to thank the happy couple, Mr @& Mrs Conroy for choosing me to help style their day and also for the amazingly yummy cupcakes Jennifer sent me as a thankyou via https://www.rachaelskitchen.co.uk/ – so thoughtful and kind and they were absolutely delicious! Thanks again Jennifer ❤
Many Thanks also to Tom Cairns Photography for providing the professional images used in this post.
Jennifer’s Gown – Paddington Weddings
Bridesmaids Dresses – Oleg Cassini
Hair by – Maddison Scott Styling, Ayr
Makeup by – Rae Mathieson
Bridal Flowers – Kirsties Flowers
Gent’s Kilts – Slaters Menswear
Celebrant – Ross Wright
Photographer – Tom Cairns Photography
Videography – Erin Rose Films
Piper – Billy Kenny
Ceilidh Band – Revolution 7
Childcare by Practically Perfect
Favours by Wildflower Wedding Favours
Wedding Invites by K Burnett Design
Kezia and Steven’s wedding was a beautifully laid back whimsical day. It started off in the stunning St Leonards Church in the seaside town of Ayr for a lovely personal ceremony with Kezia’s uncle being the marriage celebrant. Kez knew from the outset the day was to be so relaxed and had so many ideas and plans in her head and just came to me to help tie them all together and make her dream become a reality for them to remember forever. She also knew that as much as humanly possible that she would be involved in setting up the venue…so the day before the wedding, we met at the reception venue of Dalduff where when on arrival I found that Kez was already flower arranging and fairy light hanging!
I love it when brides match their decor to their venue rather than bridesmaids dress colours or grooms kilt as this ensures a timeless and elegant setup – I can never stress enough to girls to try to go with this as I know it always provides a perfectly understated elegant result – for the church, Kezia chose ivory silk flowers with mercury mirrored glass pieces and some tall candlesticks but at the barn it was all really rustic and both these themes worked equally well in their chosen surroundings.
Using rustic garden florals, plain glass bottles and lots and lots of candles, fairylights, paper pompoms and crystal garlands we set about accentuating the already gorgeous main barn building and little outhouses. Kez had made the table names & tableplan herself (wording which all contained “table” in them – she’s a genius of the English language) – the table plan looked perfect on my vintage mirror & easel with some paper rose garlands draped around the frame. Kezia had arranged posies in some glass jars and bottles which I sat onto log slices… the excess flowers and jars I dotted around the deep windowsills and antique dressers that sit in the barn.
While Kezia & Steven were off having some photos taken at the beach and in the gardens their guests were treated to some sweet treats and drinks and it was reported that a few guests did indeed have several trips to the sweet buffet – it was such a glorious warm sunshiney day so the mocktails station drinks dispensers also went down well!
After the speeches the guests enjoyed a truly delicious meal in the form of the Dalduff BBQ- Dalduff is locally renowned for the highest quality butcher’s meat, steak pies to-die-for and outstanding catering – there was no traditional wedding cake but instead an alternative cheesecake for all provided by another local supplier, the handmade cheesecake company. Fab idea and loved by all the guests!
For the evening reception, a traditional Scottish Ceilidh ensured any extra calories eaten throughout the day were well and truly burnt off for those who participated in the Scottish dancing – the band were great at getting the guests up on their feet and an amazing hearty time was had by all… at the interval a traditional hog roast was served together with lots of delicious home bakes provided by family and friends and outside a fire pit was lit for guests to warm their toes and toast marshmallows to make s’mores with the cookies provided by Kez & Steven! A truly magical day making memories to last a lifetime. Thanks so much for letting me be a part of this!
Much love, Joanna X
Gents Outfitters – Slaters Menswear
Bridal Gown – Maggie Sottero Designs
Bridesmaids Dresses – Ghost London
Florist – Sparrow & Rose, Glasgow
Cake – Handmade Cheesecake Company
Photographer – Fiona Reid Photography
Church – St Leonard’s Parish Church
Venue – Dalduff
Ceilidh Band – Stravaig Ceilidhs
Hair & Makeup – Lori Crawley at Urban Hair & Beauty
There’s nothing simpler than a quick half hour hack and using this stool from IKEA together with a fur cushion – this one from bm stores is perfect – makes for a perfectly pretty dressing table stool on a budget.
Firstly turn the cushion upside down and slit across the middle, then insert the stool seat part and sew back together
Mark out where the screw holes are, pierce through and then simply assemble the stool according to the ikea instructions with the cushion intact on top of the plastic seat part.
Turn upside down and there you have it.. a cute little stool on a total budget….
Stool cost £4
Cushion cost £6.99
Would love to hear if this is a little project you might try. Happy crafting…
Love Joanna X
A few months ago we took delivery of some new dining chairs. These were delivered on a massive wooden pallet and while I was signing for the delivery I was already planning in my head to make some little shelves using the timber slats! It came as no surprise to my husband when he was warned to leave it up the side of the house for me as I am always recycling or upcycling something/anything!
I firstly gave the boards a light sand then a couple of dry brush coats of Johnstone’s Satinwood paint that had been leftover from painting all our hall woodwork white. The first little shelf for under the stairs was simply two slats screwed into an IKEA bracket that was already there.
Next I wanted a pegrail opposite the shelf (not for coats but for seasonal styling aka faffing) so I marked out where I would position one slat as a little shelf above the pegs and marked where to drill and insert wooden dowels. Then I joined the two other boards together using a little metal plate.
Let the faffing commence!
Love Joanna X
These little hanging lanterns are the perfect Christmas craft for adults and children alike, only take a half an hour to make and would make a pretty but very affordable teacher gift. All you need is a jam jar, ball of jute string, scissors and a tealight or little bunch of seasonal greenery!
Start by taking a piece of string and measure from the top of the jar down underneath and back up to the top of the jar at the other side….then multiply this length by 10. Cut eight pieces of jute string to this length. Separate into 2 lots of 4 then set them across each other as in pic below.
Arrange these pieces into a lanyard knot as seen below.
Separate each piece of string out into a wheel shape and start by attaching each piece to its neighbour by tying a knot, work your way all around the wheel and once you have knotted each piece, start again, staggering the knots as seen below ..
Every so often, pop your jar in the centre to ensure the knots are close enough together to be a snug fit to the jar when you lift it.
Lastly, secure the string tightly around the top of your jar by tying the final knots and either twist or plait the remaining string into a length suitable for hanging the lantern.
Pop in some seasonal greenery if you are going to use it as a hanging vase or tealight for a lantern…I find it’s just such an easy and satisfying little piece to make!
Love Joanna X