So after a 3 year-long engagement, me and Richard finally got married at Stones Barn in the Cotswolds in November last year (2017). It was completely and utterly worth the wait, and the day itself was just amazing. We got our photos back from our amazing photographer Mary Anne, and I couldn’t be happier. So here’s our wedding day and sorry for the sheer amount of pictures to follow…I’ve tried to limit them..tried..

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So I don’t want to talk tons about all the pictures…because the post is already going to be mega long, but I will talk through a few things. So here is my dress. I was pretty adamant that I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a dress. 1. Because there were things we wanted for the wedding that weren’t going to be cheap. And 2. because I have a 2 year old who within the first few hours was likely to cover me with brownie or juice or dribble. Luckily I found my perfect dress for a very reasonable price from ASOS. Also my shoes were ASOS too! Then I got the cardigan from Zara. Do note this all came together about a 2 weeks before the wedding..

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My flower crown and bouquet came from The Electric Daisy Flower Farm.  Fiona the florist, is by far one of the most wonderful people I have ever met. I didn’t really have a colour scheme for the wedding, I just wanted a lot of colour, and she did the most beautiful arrangements for my crown and bouquet. We also order the mens button holes, and you can order buckets of flowers so you ca DIY some yourself. So I did the main arrangement for the top table, and I held a little DIY bouquet workshop with the my bridesmaids the night before the wedding. While that was all happening Zoe ( my assistant who I’ll talk a bit more about later)  and my mum did the rest of the table flowers. It was such a fun thing to do the night before, plus the smell of all the fresh flowers were just amazing.

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That’s my floral arrangement there..it’s the first time I’ve ever done something to this size, and not going to lie I winged it. Thankfully it all worked out. Our balloon banner came from The Pretty Little Party Shop,  and a big thanks to the Husband and his best man Chris and his wife Lizzy for putting it together!

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The bridesmaid dresses were from ASOS too (sensing a theme) and I actually managed to get them in the sale. We went for a nice peach coloured dress with a contrast light blue shoe…which I’ll tell you now took a LONG time to agree on.

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When it came to the gifts for the bridal party me and Richard decided to get each person a pin for them to wear on the day of something that reminds us of them. My sister above got a nutella one..she eats a lot of nutella..yup. Anyway. We also got the men handmade ties from the same place Richards suit came from, and the bridesmaid got a decorated bag each (DIY-ed by me) filled with a few little things. ( I’ll do a separate post on the gifts soon.)

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Sorry I will now actually put pics up of us at the wedding..

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Stones Barn really is just magical. We had decided that we only wanted the ceremony to be small…and short. So we only had immediate family and bridal party in there with us. Me and Richard aren’t the most comfortable being the centre of attention, and so this was a perfect solution. I walked down the aisle to Sigur Ros, Hoppipola, playing on our record player which was plugged into the amps. Let’s just say it sounded incredible and I had goosebumps the whole time.

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So here’s me in my dress..I have to say that even though the dress only cost a little, I really did feel amazing in it. I think no matter how much a dress costs. It could be second-hand or costs thousands, as long as it’s a dress you feel comfortable and beautiful in, it really doesn’t matter. And I honestly did. Even though I had a temperature and a chest infection. And even though it was raining. That dress was perfect for me. And I loved wearing it.

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I feel like the above picture, really sums up the day. And Mary Anne caught it beautifully. I wanted the day to be relaxed and fun. And me and my dad cracking up over him giving me away was just perfect.

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Look at these two. Richard decided pretty early on he wanted a blue tweed suit, and luckily we found the perfect place close by. The Vintage Suit Hire Company  are a family run business, they are such lovely people, and the suits are just to die for. So much so Richard decided to buy his suit. We even got a little waistcoat made for Archer out of the same material. The other groomsmen hired their suits from Coes. The idea was to have Richard standout.

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Didn’t take long for Arch to steal the show..

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Our bridal party were truly the best. The bridesmaid made hundreds of pom poms and tissue paper flowers, while the groomsmen (especially Chris the best man) kicked Richard into gear with the few tasks he was left to do!

I also can’t go without saying the day would never of happened without either of our parents..We both love you all!

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So I’ll talk a few details then ill finish off with some mushy pictures! I had a very particular way, that the wedding was going to go. It was going to be fun, colourful and relaxed..

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I wanted a flower back drop, which my friend Alex and her partner Jon were really the masterminds behind, we had our Polaroid camera set up for the guest book.  Our guest book is full to the brim of great pics, funny (some drunken) ramblings and lots of lovely cards from all our guests. It will be something I think we both will cherish forever.

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We had a sweetie bar, a hot chocolate bar and smores as favours. I planned for everyone to go back home completely high on sugar. A big thank you to this guy Jamie, who did all my lovely signs, And Letty one half of my maid of honour, who well is just my general saviour.

And this beaut, my sister, the other half of my maid of honour who just keeps me in hysterics!

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This was our cake, made by two lovely ladies, who are just the best. Me and Richard had picked two cakes, which I had combined in a drawing to make this cake..and they made all this from a simple drawing I sent them. The flavours were bloody amazing too. Peanut butter, red velvet, chocolate, fun-fetti and gluten free lemon. Every flavour was to die for. It was all just perfect.

Sophie & Richard-35 Sophie & Richard-7 Sophie & Richard-3I’ll do a separate post on my DIY napkins, kids boxes and table numbers, but here just gives you an idea of how everything looked. Also the White vases were from Poundland and I spray painted them white…bargain no? These were the flowers my assistant Zoe and my mum did. Now I’ll mention Zoe, because she truly was a life saver. I can be quite the perfectionist sometimes, and so I decided early on I wanted someone there for the day who could make things run smoothly. In walks  Zoe. Not only did she make sure everything ran smoothly. She did my hair and my make up, and  bonded with everyone. She was loved by all and a bloody life saver! It meant I was relaxed the whole day knowing that there was someone checking times, re-filling sweets, manning the hot chocolate bar and generally making sure everything went smoothly. I should also mention that Clayton who worked with us at Stones Barn was bloody  remarkable too!

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I really can’t praise Mary Anne enough. She really was just amazing, She wasn’t intrusive, it was like she was part of the family, even more so as my dad backed into her car and dented it..even with that she made a laugh of it. She was the perfect choice for the day!


And lastly a shout out to the kids and the rest of our guests for really making our wedding day a one to remember!

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Especially this munchkin Thea who kindly shared her Second birthday with our wedding day, we got all the guests to sing to her, so hopefully its one she will remember!

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Was that too long….sorry.. It’s only a snippet of the amazing photographs. Don’t fret. I’ve ordered an album to put them all into, and I’ll be posting them on instagram for like the next billion years!


Hope I didn’t bore you all too much.


Mrs Sanders.



HELLO 2018


It’s another year, we are already a week in..its a gloomy cold day and in-between writing this I’m playing dinosaurs with Archer. How’s everyone’s resolutions going? I think this is the first year that lose weight hasn’t been one of mine. I think I’m tired of having an argument with my body and so decided this year just to make better choices and to be more organised..as always.

But let’s take a look at last year. Last year I barely blogged, I struggled with my mental health, I got diagnosed with Post natal depression early in the year,which has been a bit of a journey but I’m on the mend for sure.I had an exciting but tough year with Archer, can’t believe my little guy will be 3 this year.Richard injured himself at work, which meant he was off work for a couple of months. But. We did get married. And it was just amazing. Leading up to the wedding with Richards injury and generally all the wedding DIY’s I had decided to bite off, my time was just hectic. But it all came together and bar the fact I had a chest infection (what were the chances) the day was just a dream. And ill do a big post on it when I get the pictures back. I’ll also slowly do each of my DIY’s too.  But it was perfect.

Regarding Wooden Flamingo, I left my sponsored post company, as I decided the money wasn’t worth me doing post that didn’t fit with the brand or that I wasn’t interested in. It  was a big decision as that was my main income of money. But I still have the Etsy shop, and a big development happened with that when I realised I just wasn’t enjoying doing the signs. I wanted a more creative practice instead of doing the same sign every couple of weeks. So I started doing more patterns, and drawing and painting. Then I started playing around with shapes and I came up with my painted patterns on a plywood circle. Which actually got featured on Apartment Therapy! So that was pretty exciting! Sometimes you have to follow your heart guys, not the money.

I’m just looking forward to a calm creative filled year!


Happy 2018 all.





There’s less than two months til the wedding..and I have so much stuff to do still…to give you an idea..I need to dye 100 napkins, sort the table plan, and write 100 name cards…yup…good times. No but I am getting rather excited and I can’ wait to show you all the crafts I have been up to the last year, after the wedding. Can’t give away the surprises yet can I! But let’s say once the wedding is done, the blog can become my main focus again.

My pattern this week came out as a fuke if I’m to behonest. I was playing with overlay and shapes, then before I knew it I had this. I like the idea of possibly adding a quote over it?? thoughts?

How is everyone’s week going?





I find this weekly pattern post also becomes a post for me to update you guys on my week and me…at the moment I am doing a 3 day juice cleanse..it’s not going too badly, though I was meant to start yesterday and ended up caving in to a piece of pizza. But so far so good for today. I’m not doing it as a weight loss, but more of a detox..it’s safe to say I have eaten a ton of crap the last few weeks, and have been feeling rather sluggish..so thought I’d give it a go..i’ll do a post on it if I find it beneficial..or if I manage to complete it. Send me good willpower vibes guys!

Anyway my pattern this week, is the digital version of a doodle I did a while back, and it’s one of my favourite to date… It just cheers me up!


Let me know what you guys think!


Happy wednesday all!




Here is my weekly pattern design, while its tipping it down here, I have been entertaining arch with bubbles, which is what inspired my pattern this week. Does anyone remember hubba bubba the strawberry flavour..I mean I’m sure you can still get it, but it’s just the memory I have of being young and buying packets and packets of bubble gum, drooling over the flavours and pretty colours. Oh to be a kid again when your only worry was what flavour gum to have.  I hope you are all having a creative filled Wednesday, or at least a fun one. Guess we are lucky that the weather was at least sunny during the bank holiday weekend. Though I must say, I do love sitting with a cup of tea, with the patio doors open listening to the sound of the rain. Happy Wednesday everyone x


use #wflovespattern to show me your own patterns..


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We managed to build a plywood floor from scratch for our living room on a very limited budget, we also painted it bright blue because why not? Anyway here’s the story behind it all and how easy it was to do to!

So first let me start off by saying that I have dreamt of having a blue floor since I pinned an image (one I can’t find anymore) about 3 years ago. It was of a blue floor in a kitchen, and it just looked super awesome. So as soon as me and Richard had an offer accepted on our house, we both went deep into research finding a way to build a blue floor.

I did tests using a few different paint choices, but ended up going with this one below which is Beach Blue from Cuprinol. We went with a 2 parts paint 1 part water in the end, to get the desired strength. I wanted the floors to be vibrant, but still be able to see the grain. This paint was so easy to work with, plus we ended up using 2 litres, so it came to £20 for the paint altogether.


When we moved in, we realised quickly there weren’t any wooden floor boards downstairs, plus we had another issue which was found by the carpet fitter…the previous owners had plummed some piping, but hadn’t piped deep enough. How did we find this out? well the carpet fitter went through a pipe while trying to fit some carpet. Cue water everywhere, and a panicked me calling Richard home. So this put a major issue in the plan. We now had to build a flooring from scratch and find a way to fit it without nailing it into the flooring below.

So here’s what we did.  We put in a wooden frame, using 25x50mm batons. This added height to the floor, but was a solution that kept all our pipes intact and something to attach the floor boards too. We left the underlay from the carpet to raise the wood off the concrete and stop it sucking any potential moisture out of the slab, and also give the floor some bounce, for when Archer decides to practise his diving off the sofa. This would only work with plywood as the alternating “plys” in its construction, stop the wood splitting when walking on and give it a dance hall style cushion. Using a set square, and a little jig (see below) we kept an even distance between batons.


Regarding our floorboards, Richard spent ages working out how to use the sheet of plywood efficiently so the wastage was minimal. He managed to get 9 floor boards out of a sheet of plywood. So with that info, and knowing the size of the room, we actually managed to order enough wood with just a little left over. We got our wood from a local timber merchant, who only charged us an extra £1 per a sheet for the cuts. Now we do have a table saw so we could have done this ourselves, but it would have taken us so much longer and we were on a tight schedule to get this done in a weekend while Archer was visiting his grandparents. It was totally worth it. So always look to your local merchants, as they are often much cheaper than the big stores.

We painted the wood outside board by board. This was more logical due to the size of the room and my rather pretty white walls (ha!)


This took me and Richard an evening to do as there were like 70 boards to paint, but it was a pretty quick process, as the wood absorbed the watered down paint quickly!

The next morning saw us laying out the boards to work out which ones had to be cut down to size..this is pretty much like a jig saw..trying to find a logical but practical way to fit 70 boards took a while but this is one step which shouldn’t be rushed. We realised that every row was two and almost exactly one half, we also had to space out the batons evenly and were one short on perfect symmetry. As the highest traffic area, the space in front of the sofa got the extra baton and the space below the planned “booth” lost one as it would get no walking traffic. So we mixed up where the half boards went, to keep a pattern which looked mixed up, but purposely so.


After we were happy, we fitted the boards, doing one long strip at a time. We picked gold screws to add a little bit of colour, and ended up screwing down the boards in a pretty efficient manner.


All in all it took us 2 days to fit the flooring down and we used 12 short of 1000 screws..yeah long! To finish it all off we used a poly based varnish, this one, which is used in areas like receptions of hotels. We did three coats, which gives it a clear shiny coating..and it still looks amazing even 8 months on! And all in all we were able to do all this for just under £300!


I’ve been on a bit of a social media hiatus recently, and a creative one too…you know when you have great ideas and they just don’t work…yeah thats been my month, lots of great ideas but rubbish execution of them. I was over stressing and over thinking so I decided to take a step back and just try to get some inspo without the pressure of trying to post and get likes etc..but I’m back hopefully, and I’ve worked out some kinks. I have so many plans for the blog and etsy shop over the next few months, I’m talking massive re-brand.. exciting stuff….if I am able to pull it off!

So here is my weekly pattern for you, let me know your thoughts and remember to tag your own patterns.



wedding-table-2-webI think it’s pretty obvious to you guys who come here on a regular basis (thanks for that by the way!) that I’m pretty in to colour, but I’m seeing a serious 80’s vibe wt my patterns…maybe subconsioualy im reverting back to my childhood of Fresh Prince and Mr Motivator and how life was simpler as a child? hmmm..the joys of adulthood.


Anyway happy Wednesday all!




Minimalist or maximalist. I’m not saying that when it comes to decor you fit into one of the two, there are many different notches of decor on the spectrum, but I do find these obviously being opposite ends that people tend to favour one (even if it’s subconsciously done). I definitely fall more into the maximalist. Every surface and wall space tends to be taken up by something, and I am into colour. Like big time.

There’s nothing wrong with filling your house with treasures, but this will tip you more on to a more maximalist level. If minimalism is what your after, which has become a way of life not just decor then you need more then just a deep clean to achieve this. You need to declutter your life and home. Minimalism  is about clean-cut straight lines and clean clear spaces with no clutter.

A living room with a few large Bramblecrest pieces and not too much clutter is a great way to instil a sense of minimalism. White or natural wood keeps the decor looking fresh and pristine. But there’s no need to shy away from colour. You could pick a colour that can feature in your home, with just pops showing through. A neon pink vase, on a structured bookcase, or even a pink throw for the living room. Having that little pops of one colour makes the room slightly less clinical but still minimal enough to calm your stress.

Having a minimal decor isn’t a boring solution, in fact I’d love to have a calm and uncluttered room in my house.  I think it’s a state of mind, but there’s no need for it to be boring, You can be minimal and creative at the same time.

So let’s touch on maximalist decor just a little bit. I have lots of mini collections of things, I swear I’m a bit of a hoarder. I have jars and jars of confetti, tea cups enough to serve a hundred people, and so many clothes…so many. But I like it this way. I like colour I like pattern. I have a blue wooden floor in my living room. I have no boundaries when it comes to my decor, and life in some ways, which I think sums up the maximum look pretty well. Everything I tend to own has some kind of story, I don’t buy things to make them match, which just add’s to my rather mismatched decor. More is more in my eyes. I think I will just spend my life out growing houses..though I do need to tone it down maybe…I could probably learn a bit from trying a more minimalist approach…but where would I put all my weird nik naks? There’s two documentaries that have great examples of these way’s of life.  Iris (which I think is on Netflix) looks at Iris Apfel who is one of my style icons and who is a big believer sometimes more is better, and there’s also one on minimalism called Minimalism: a documentary about the important things. Both were really interesting ad will give you a view of different ends of th decor and life spectrum!





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Pinterest can be the best web surfing choice when you are looking for exotic bedroom décor. The images not only reveal the taste of the person but also their love, care, and attachment to the room. The good thing about Pinterest images is that they guide you fully to achieve the look without hiring an interior decorator. In fact, any of us who is creative and emotionally attached to his bedroom can utilize simple tricks and tips to turn their space into something more pleasing and charming. Decorating your bedroom is all about mixing big and small statement pieces in a way that look balanced and create harmony among them. Once you set up on the journey for decorating your bedroom and finding décor accessories, keep two basic things in mind i.e. focus on the big picture and give weightage to every minute detail. Once you are organized the end result would always be in your favor i.e. a dramatic and exotic room.


  1. Look out for things that inspire you

Some people are creative enough to style their own room, but others need to gather inspiration to make things work out. Look out for images on Pinterest or your favorite blogs and magazines and start collecting them. Once you have gathered your inspiration go through the pictures and start listing down the things that you like about the pictures and then collect them by looking at your stuff first and then if something needs to be bought get it. But keep in mind that you don’t have to spend a fortune to decorate your bedroom. Be creative and look for ways to update your furniture and accessories according to the images that inspire you.

  1. Decide wall paint or wall paper

The next step is to decide what you want for the walls of your room. Do you want to paint it to follow a color scheme of your choice or do you want to use patterned wall paper to give a bold look to your bedroom? Choosing the color scheme through wall paper or paint will keep you motivated to get the rest of the work done.


  1. Play with color, pattern, and texture

This is the perfect time to play with colors, textures, and patterns when it comes to fiber décor as it lifts the décor of your room and makes it more lively and refreshing to the eye. Get creative with vibrant color schemes as it adds more drama to your décor. If you are young at heart splash the color scheme in your interior. However, most of us are not comfortable with dark color schemes such people can stick with a limited palette to keep it soothing and sober. Textures can work as a central theme for your bedroom décor. Get creative with throw pillows, comforters, blankets and rugs to add the element of interest to your space.


  1. Create a furniture plan

Before creating a furniture plan work out the measurements of the room first. If you have a spacious room, then you can furnish it with king size bed but if your bedroom is small in size then don’t clutter it by filling too many furniture pieces. The best way to plant the furniture layout is to draw the arrangement on a paper and choose the style that looks spacious and pleasing to the eye.


  1. Accessorize

Accessories give a finishing touch to your bedroom décor. Fill the gaps of your room with accessories to give it a luxurious and sophisticated look. Look out for mirrors, paintings, pictures, lamps and flower pots to give a refreshing and welcoming final touch to your bedroom.

Author Bio:

This post is written by Julie Austin. She loves traveling, home decorating and hanging out with her friends. She regularly blogs at http://mybedcomforter.com/






It has been a hectic few weeks, my baby turned two (how do I have a two-year old?) and aswell as other friends parties, I’ve had some family stuff going on. I am someone who is completely run by emotions. When something isn’t going right in life, I find it very hard to concentrate on anything else. I went running on Monday, for the first time in a couple of weeks, it was like there was a weird block that was stopping me going…you know? Anyway I have so many posts lined up, so hopefully August will go a little smoother..

Anyway to pattern play, I actually saw a scene in one of Archer’s books of bright coloured simple square house, which is what inspired this pattern..I am also dreaming of a city escape soon..