Thursday, 24 March 2011


I've been such a bad blogger lately, and have not been writing about any of the many things that I have to share with you. So I have decided that it is time to do a giveaway! I've been meaning to do one since I started this blog! Better late than never, eh? I am also so excited to introduce you to my latest creations!

Here is George the lion

Ivory the elephant:

And finally Bella, the ballerina bear

They are all available for adoption now. I hope that you love them!

And now for the giveaway!

I openened by first Etsy shop, Blushing Dove Boutique, about a year ago now. It's been so much fun to create all of the pieces that I've added, and the lovely feedback I've received has been so encouraging!

I am so grateful to the beautiful girls who have modelled my pieces. I aim to create jewellery and accessories that make the wearer feel every bit as beautiful as she is.
Above you can see my vintage-inspired lace earrings. 

I also wanted the items that I make to be fun. I am a weight-conscious girl, and designed my measuring-tape headband (above) with the intention of making light of this hapless mindset. I abhor taking my own measurements! Seeing as the forehead is completely incapable of gaining weight, I thought it was the safest place for a tape-measure!
 I feel that I should mention that I think curvy girls are beautiful! I am one myself, and am gradually learning to love my curves!

All of the wonderful people I've met through Etsy have inspired and encouraged me to branch out and try new mediums. I have enjoyed crocheting (above) and working with Polymer clay (below) to create some of my favourite pieces in my shop.

And on to the Prize! I am giving away one of my daisy chain forehead bands! It has been my best seller, and so I would love for you to have it!

To enter: you must:
  • Follow my blog
  • Visit my shop(s): Blushing Dove Boutique and Teacup Teddies, choose your favourite item and leave a post here telling me what it is (please include your email address in your post)
For additional entires:
  • Purchase something from one of my shops (3 entires)
  • Follow me on facebook (1 entry)
  • Follow me on Twitter. My username is: BlushingDove1 (1 entry)
  • Blog, Stumble, Tweet, etc about this giveaway (1 entry)
Good Luck, I can't wait to hear what your favourite items are!!!

Friday, 11 March 2011

Wedding Memories

Although I had in mind to dedicate this blog mainly to creative things, I would like to share something a bit more personal this time. My husband and I have been married for almost two years, and have only just got our wedding pictures back! Yes, it is true that we are extremely unorganised- but how exciting it is to re-live those wonderful wedding memories all of these months later. I would like to share some of the pictures we received with you. I hope that in sharing my own memories of the most special day of my life, I will both remind you wives of how wonderful your own day was, and excite all of you brides-to-be who are planning your own 'Big Day'.

Here are my little flower-girls

My dress was by Maggie Sottero. Brides-to-be be warned: her dresses are stunning!

I really loved my Swarovski crystal wedding jewellery, and it didn't cost the earth either! I found a necklace that I loved for about £80 in the bridal shop (and, may I add, it was not even excellent quality. These shops just see you coming!). I didn't want to spend so much, so I looked around and found a Japanese lady in town who made beautiful crystal jewellery for a fraction of the price in the bridal shop. I think the necklace cost me just £25! So I would encourage you to look around too- there are some wonderful sellers on Etsy!

Our personalised wedding-cake topper was soo cute! I can't remember which site I brought it from, but oh how I wish I had discovered Etsy when planning our wedding! Ours was embarrassingly pricey, but you can find very similar ones on Etsy for much less! Happy Bead Day has some very similar to ours. If you don't have a high budget for such novelties, then Proverbial Daisies has some beautiful cake-toppers that won't break the bank!

I hope that you have enjoyed viewing our pictures! :-)

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

My Little Sugar: Box Opening

Oh how excited I was when, earlier this week, a Parcelforce van pulled up outside my house. Could it be a delivery for me? Surely not - Fairyland had only confirmed that my order had been dispatched at the beginning of the week! But, lo and behold, it was the box that contained my long awaited pukipuki Sugar!

It was much lighter than I expected, and I was overjoyed that it had sailed straight through customs!

The first thing I saw inside the box was this beautiful Fairyland calendar- what a lovely surprise!

Almost there...
              I ordered this little girl back in December, so finally getting her was really exciting!

Here is the beautiful 'Story Book' box that she came in :-)

                                                 Here she is after her long journey- better get some clothes on quick!

Her name is Ava and she's very girlie- just like me!

Ava fits right in with my little critters XD