Vintage Wedding Inspiration

Vintage wedding inspiration is still very much sought after, both with bride and grooms currently having to postpone their special days until 2021 due to the current COVID crisis and those planning further ahead. So I thought I’d take the time to share one of my favourite commissions that were part of an incredible vintage wedding a couple of years ago.

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As I’m sure you can imagine from the picture above, I was so excited when Lauren sent me pictures of her dress and her husband-to-be’s suit! I couldn’t wait to get started on them. They looked super on their cake on their big day!

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Photo courtesy of Kate Richards Photography

Firstly, I drew out the details onto the wooden dolls, before woodburning the linework to make it permenant.

Lauren’s vintage wedding dress was gorgeous. I loved working on all the tiny details, which called for the use of the tiniest brush. My favourite brush to use for tiny details is one that I’ve plucked almost all the hairs from to make it as thin as possible! It’s now even thinner than in this picture!

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The delicate polkadot netting around the top of the dress and sleeves was so fun to recreate. I love me a polkadot and this was no exception. I also tried to capture the layers and folds in the fabric around the upper bodice. The navy waistband really makes a gorgeous impact.

The wedding flowers were also totally gorgeous. The bride’s bouquet was a lovely, loose arrangement which is quickly becoming one of my favourite looks to be asked to draw.

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The groom was also a bit gorgeous!

I can’t tell you how much I loved creating his amazing boater jacket. I love it when I get to create something totally different. The stripes were labour-intensive but very much worth the effort!

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Lauren kindly shared some beautiful images of their wedding day with me. I love seeing my wooden cake toppers in action!

Photo courtesy of Kate Richards Photography

Aside from their amazing outfits, how much vintage wedding inspiration is in these photos?! All those gorgeous details – the lace doily under the cake, the cut crystal glass holding the cottage garden flowers and the classic macarons. Beautiful.

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Photo courtesy of Kate Richards Photography
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Whether you’ve had to put your wedding plans on hold, or have a date set for the next couple of years, if I can help create a unique wedding cake topper for you that you can treasure forever, take a look at our Wedding Cake Toppers page here, and get in touch!

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Free Thank You Postie Stickers

Yesterday I quickly made some Thank You Postie stickers to pop on my parcels, thanking the Royal Mail workers who will handle it for all their hard work to keep us all connected at the moment.

I’ve been sitting at home wondering what I can do to play a little part in the current crisis, much like everyone else, I’m sure.

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Well, as I was sticking it to my parcel, it occurred to me maybe someone else would like to use them too – so I’ve added my free Thank You Postie stickers to download add to your parcels.

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I’m not claiming that they are fancy or swish, but it if saves you making your own you’re very welcome to them!

It’s an A4 sheet that is set up for labels sized 63mm x 33mm (compatible with Avery L7159). You can print them as they are in colour to catch the Royal Mail workers attention, or black and white if you prefer.

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It will be nice to bring a smile to their hard working faces, as well as the face of the recipient of your parcel!

To download the Free Thank You Postie stickers just click HERE!

I was going to end this post with some fun facts about everyone’s favourite Postie….Postman Pat! However, I stumbled across this conspiracy theory that had passed me by at the time. Proceed with caution if you don’t want your childhood ruined, but it made me giggle anyway!!!!

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Easter decoration and gift ideas without chocolate

It can be hard to find Easter decoration and gift ideas without chocolate, but here at Doli Dwt we’ve got you covered!

Following the success of my robin and penguin baubles over the last two years, I decided to bring a bit of that bird-based love to Easter, by creating these cute little Easter Chick baubles!

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They make a great alternative to chocolate as a little gift for Easter. They will last a lot longer too! If would like to gift them to someone outside of your own home, I can send them straight to your recipient, with a personalised note, to try to help those who are social distancing or in isolation this year.

They are perfect for hanging from an Easter tree. Alternatively, you could pop them onto an indoor Easter wreath, or string them along your mantelpiece or a shelf. How about popping them around a napkin as a pretty place setting for you Easter lunch?

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Each little Easter decoration has, as always at Doli Dwt, been through my unique process. Wood burning and colouring by hand using pencil and a spot of paint is at the heart of each and every one of my creations.

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Each one sports a bow tie or hair bow in a pretty pastel shade. The little chicks are peeking out of cracked shells that are decorated with pastel polka dots. Hanging from pretty bakers twine, they are the perfect addition for your Easter decorations or spring decor.

I also have a few of my Easter bunny peg dolls in stock too. Again, they are a perfect alternative gift to chocolate. Both these and the chick decorations are available in the web shop.

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If you’re looking for other decorating ideas for Easter time, or for some crafts for yourself and your family, following my Easter Pinterest board might give you some inspiration! I’ve also pinned a few other Easter decoration and gift ideas, without chocolate, too! Enjoy!

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Wedding Table Centrepieces

I cleared my timetable in January to undertake a really special commission for a special set of wedding table centrepieces. It was a welcome break to work on something so personal after the madness of Christmas. However, it was also a bit daunting, as I was tasked to working with wooden dolls around three times bigger than what I am used to!

You may remember this post from a couple of years ago, where a set of my peg dolls was used as part of the romantic wedding proposal of two of my friends.

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Both of them are fans of graphic novels and the superhero movie genre, so naturally they decided to continue both the superhero and peg doll theme throughout their wedding. They asked if I could make their cake toppers, several gifts for family and friends and their table centrepieces.

I’ll save the toppers and gifts for another post, but if you have 3 minutes to spare, here’s a video of the giant peg doll wedding table centrepieces. Enjoy!

If you enjoyed this, then make sure to pop directly to my YouTube channel for more, similar videos. I am gradually building a little library of videos of the techniques and processes I use to create my peg dolls. This gives you a great insight into the work and love that goes into the details of every tiny doll that I create.

Until next time,

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Christmas Fairs 2019

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Are you looking for unique Christmas gift ideas? We will have our beautiful Christmas wooden peg dolls on sale at these amazing and beautiful Christmas fairs dotted around South Wales . Come see us at one of the three big Christmas fairs this year, for more details keep reading.

Starting with the three day festive fair at the beautiful national trust location of Dinefwr, LLandeilo. Allow carol singers, choirs and brass bands to provide the soundtrack to your day as you sip on a luxury hot chocolate or a glass of mulled wine against the backdrop of Dinefwr Park in all its winter glory. We will be attending between the 22nd and 24th of November. Read more here: Dinefwr

Then we will be attending the amazing craft fayre organised by one of my dearest friends! at Dwr y Felin comprehensive school, Neath on the 28th November. The Fayre is in its fifth year! This year there will be 40 high quality stalls ready for you, selling beautiful, hand crafted items. Check out the event on Facebook: Dwr y Felin

And Last but not least we will be spending 2 days selling our unique Christmas gift ideas at the Etsy Made Local Winter Fair at the Pati Pavilion, Swansea, on the 30th November and 1st of December. Back for it’s second year in an even more perfect venue, Etsy made local Swansea promises to be bigger and better than before. Find out more here: Etsy Made Local

Come find unique Christmas gift ideas at any of these amazing fairs! come support local business.

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We have been working really hard this year to increase our stock, we have been listening to your feedback and brought back your favourites such as the red robin and penguin baubles, the nativity figures and Mr & Mrs Santa with their helpers. Looking forward to seeing you there and having a chat!

Nadolig Llawen pawb!