DIY Mini Pumpkin Place Setting

Mini Pumpkin Place Settings

This is a super simple little table setting for you to use through the Autumn season, when pumpkins, even these gorgeous mini ones, are easy to find in most food stores. I love how they look set up with a simple black and white card, alongside wood and paper, as well as some pops of gold. And it’s using the spray paint I bought for the gold letter magnets I did in July, so it didn’t even require me to buy new supplies besides the pumpkins – always a plus in my book. Here’s how it goes.


  • Mini pumpkins
  • Gold spray paint
  • A sharp knife
  • Black card
  • Scissors
  • White marker
  1. Take your pumpkins and spray paint into a well-ventilated area – I went in my back yard, which is always the best bet – and cover the area you’re working in.
  2. Spray the pumpkins with one coat of paint, leaving to dry for between 45 and 60 minutes, depending on the individual spray’s instructions.
  3. Use a sharp knife (be very careful) and make a slit on the top of each pumpkin, about a third of the way back.
  4. Cut a couple of small rectangles out of the black card (I used a credit card as a template) and write your names on with a white marker.
  5. Push the card into the slits on the pumpkins and display on your table.

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Five Words Friday

Five Words

I read a super interesting article over at A Cup of Jo last month, which mentioned a game that Nora Ephron would play at restaurants which involved writing down 5 words that would describe herself. She explains how that would change over the decades and I thought it was such an interesting concept so I thought I would dedicate a space to it here on this fine Friday. Obviously these things could change, depending on the kind of day you’re having, but I think they’re probably pretty solid at different times of your life and so I’m not going to let anything that might’ve happened today or this week describe me at this point in my life. Give this a go yourself if you fancy the challenge.

My words are:

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10 Reasons to Love Autumn

Favourite Things About Autumn

This is definitely one of my favourite times of the year – don’t get me wrong, I love the Summer and am always pretty sad when I have to hang up my warm weather clothes, but there’s just something so special about the Autumn and the exciting times that come with it. And don’t even get me started on the Christmas countdown! Here are just a few of my favourite things about this time of the year:

  • Pumpkin spice lattes
  • Cold, crisp mornings
  • Pumpkins
  • Soup
  • Boots and jumpers
  • Crunchy leaves
  • Christmas list making
  • The colours
  • Candles in the evening
  • Halloween

Honeymoon Planning

Honeymoon Planning

As I announced here, we booked our Orlando, Florida honeymoon in July and I’ve been getting into planning mode ever since. Today marks 371 days until we get on the plane (we’re going 122 days after our wedding, to ensure adequate saving/excitement time) and I’m already downloading apps, buying books and taking notes on the best way to do everything. Here are a few thoughts on how everything is going so far, just in case you too are planning a Florida vacation with your other half and want to know how others go about it.

Reading books and blogs

I’ve bought an unofficial guide and keep checking in on various blogs to see what’s going to be going on during our trip, as well as picking up tips for little-known things we can get up to while we’re there. It can be difficult to find specific advice for couples going on trips like this, as it can so often be geared towards families with kids, but I’m managing to find hidden treasures here and there (this one is especially useful) and I’m making a ton of notes on things we should be planning to see.

Planning non-theme park activities

There are a few activities which we want to book or do, that are unrelated to the theme parks, and I want to make sure they are as much of a priority as the theme park hopping we’ll be doing most of the trip. The Kennedy Space Centre, Mall of America and catching an Orlando Magic game are all high on the list for us, and I think it’s important for us to visit a couple of places which are a little different so we don’t get tired of the same thing over and over.

Saving money

The main thing for us and this trip is that it can’t break the bank. We know it’s going to be an expensive holiday, but at the same time, we don’t want to come back in debt because we got carried away whilst we were there and spent way too much money. We plan on eating outside of the theme park all but one or two evenings and have chosen a hotel that includes breakfast and a free shuttle service, so we are going to be saving money wherever we can and spending some needed time outside of theme parks. We’ll probably take extra money for souvenirs and for any extra quality activities we might want to do (those things which add a little extra to the experience), but bad, overpriced meals in the parks is always going to be hard to justify.

Making time for rest and relaxation

We know an Orlando theme park based holiday is tough – I’ve done it twice before myself – but we’ll definitely be making some time for a little R&R when we get overwhelmed by all of the hustle and bustle of the main attractions. A lazy shopping day, a trip to a spa, taking a walk at one of the resort beaches, we will be taking time out to spend quiet, relaxed time together as newlyweds, in between all the busy.

Downloading apps

WDW Lines and My Disney Experience are my go-to apps for anything Disney related, the official Universal Orlando app is great for information on their resort and Trip Advisor is always a great go-to for eating and activity recommendations, so I’m sure I’ll be spending lots of time on those leading up to and during our trip. I’ll probably find a few more along the way, and I suppose I’ll be all over my photography apps when we get out there, but this is where I am with them right now.

Makeup buys: Ruby Cosmetics

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As you may have read from Lucy’s post yesterday, last weekend we visited a wedding show in Birmingham. As well as the expected wedding dress, cake and flower exhibitions, they also had a couple of beauty stands that demonstrated some useful make-up tips that would be useful for any brides wedding day. One such stand was for Ruby Cosmetics which was giving advice on how to create the perfect eyebrow. I was really impressed with the demonstration the girl gave so I decided to take up the offer they had on the day and bought the items above for just £20. You can get hold of a similar offer on their website for £26.50 using promo code RUBYFBSEP. I’ve had a quick try of the products and really liked the look of them, but I will be using them properly on Saturday for my engagement party, which I’m really excited about.