Sunday, March 28, 2010


So I have finally got a couple of photos from the eagerly awaited family wedding I mentioned in earlier posts. The above shot has our darling Tessa and her Gran (my mother in law, the best that anyone could ask for). Tessa is wearing the dress I made for her, out of lovely and light white muslin with vintage ricrac and eyelet edging. The edging and ricrac is from my grandmother's sewing stash that I managed to get bits and pieces of from over the years, there is some wonderful bright coloured buttons and zips from the seventies which I am still figuring out what to create with.

This shot shows the Happy Couple, the Mother in Law and hubby and I. The bride looks stunning and the dress looks amazing. As you may have guessed I didn't manage to sew my own dress, but I would have loved to. Instead I had to spend a lot more than I would have liked on this lovely dress, the ties at the front can tied in many ways which makes it quite wearable. It is a New Zealand label, Kate Matheson.
The wedding was beautiful and the weather even held out, against family tradition. Including ours, the last four generations of weddings have had rain or flooding. It was wonderful coming back to this venue for the reception, we also had ours here two years ago. The owner does a brilliant job, grows all his own produce and carves the delicious ham, beef and serves my favorite scrumptious salmon at the buffet table. You can tell that he is proud of what he does.
Desert was a choice of three which were also very delicious, I chose the baileys cheesecake.

Friday, March 26, 2010


Sorry for the longish absence, I have been otherwise occupied and felt like I didn't have much to say. Anyway here are a couple of photos from the cooking I did to help with wedding (more about that next time). Above is Aunt Anne's decadent chocolate rum truffles, they turned out very scrumptious and were quite popular. And below is Alison Holist's christmas nut pies. Both were deceptively simple, as long as you followed the recipe well. I would make them again for another special occasion. A bonus is that both can made ahead and frozen till needed, ideal for someone that seems to under estimate how long everything will take.