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Husband Points

12 Dec

Today is my 31st birthday, and last night Mr Monster presented me with an early gift. Check these babies out!

Birthday boots

At the weekend he heard me casually comment to a friend that I had always wanted a pair of Doc Martens, and that I wasn’t allowed patent shoes as a child. Connecting those things up as well as realising that I’m a colourful kind of gal, he bought me these amazing hot pink patent boots. I adore them and can’t wait to get out and about in them.

Unfortunately I’m a bit out of sorts at the moment. I’ve been ill for a few weeks now with coughs, colds, and muscular aches and pains. I finally relented to the insistence of friends and family telling me to see a doctor and am now on the road to feeling myself again thanks to some antibiotics and the order to rest.

Normal monstering action will resume shortly, but for now I just wanted to take the chance to thank my Mr Monster for all he’s done for me over the last little while. Besides my lovely birthday boots, he has had endless patience and compassion for me whilst I’ve been poorly and despite work going crazy for him this last couple of weeks he’s been racking up husband points galore. Going to the shops to get the food I fancy eating, sleeping on the sofa so I can have the bed to myself (although I suspect my incessant coughing has had something to do with that too), keeping everything going behind the scenes, and stroking my hair to sooth me when I get frustrated with the fact that my body feels like it’s falling apart. I’m a lucky little monkey to be able to call him my husband.

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Festive Fairies

3 Nov

Mr Monster and I had a most enjoyable and productive day today. I’ve been wanting to get some mini-Christmas fairy monster tree toppers done after the success of the star toppers last year, and the Mr wanted to get a fancy dress costume made. We shared the craft room and over copious cups of tea, we got creating. A succesful day was had by all. He is currently squeezing into a rather spectacular AT-ST costume (Star Wars roboty thing for the uninitiated!) and I have some lovely little fairy folk to show you.

I’ve discovered the joys of Jellyrolls. Bundles of coordinating fabric intended for patchwork, but the perfect size for making mini-monsters. I got a great roll yesterday of home-spun patterns in muted colours which I felt would be perfect for some tree-topping darlings. I managed two today and I am extremely proud of them. Take a little look

Perfect to tie on to the top of your tree!

I love the direction my work is taking at the moment. The mini-monsters are allowing me to create more rapidly and keep a coherent flow through my work. The collection is starting to look really good and I can’t wait to get them out there at a fair to see how people respond to them.

The Future’s Bright

13 Oct

A funny little coincidence happened on the wedding day.

While I was out trying on wedding dresses with mothers of the bride and groom way back in February, we took a shortcut through a bookshop. I have a bit of a thing for children’s picture books and am a sucker for a good title or a cute cover illustration. I was struck by both when I spotted this little gem by Rachel Bright

The story is about a little monster who above all things just wants to find someone to love. He searches high and low, and just as he is giving up hope and things are starting to get dark, he finds a lovely lady monster to be his partner. It really struck a chord with me and felt that it told the story of Mr Monster and I to a tee, so I bought a copy to give to him as a gift on the morning of the wedding, and also made reference to the story during my vows. I am reliably informed that he had a bit of a ‘moment’ whilst reading it (although he’ll hate me for telling you that!)

Unbeknownst to me, that morning one of the lady ushers had given Mr Monster a card in which she had written a poem by the same author. He liked it so much that he had it written into our ceremony and it was read by the friend we had roped in to officiating the blessing for us. It was just perfect and I really wanted to share it with you here. As part of our ceremony it made me laugh, and touched my heart in ways that only great poetry can. It would seem that Rachel Bright is on our wavelength!

A Wonderful Wedding Weekend – Part 2

12 Oct

So this is where I left you yesterday

Mr Monster and I had safely arrived at our reception for the festivities to begin. Unfortunately I don’t have many photos of the reception until the official photos arrive but I will fill you in as best I can.

We chose our local bowling alley which just happens to be on a retro theme with checked floors, rockabilly styling and the best alcoholic milkshakes I’ve ever had. We’ve had a lot of good times there throughout our relationship and when we approached them they were really excited about the idea of throwing a wedding.

The world over, Bristol is known for its graffiti. It’s not all about Banksy, we have so many talented artist who daub our city with colour and humour. Our reception venue is located on a street which every year is the focus of a festival called ‘See No Evil’, a massive celebration of street art where the walls and pavements are plastered in graffiti, some of it hundreds of metres high.

We were excited to use the street art as the backdrop for our formal photos to really capture the spirit of our city. We have to wait a few weeks for our professional photos but we have one as a taster (top of the next batch), and I’ve managed to round up a few others taken by guests whilst we were posing.

Mr Monster and The Monsters in-law

Mummy and Daddy Monster

Best Man and Father of the Groom

Formal photos done, it was time to have some fun. A toast of sparkling cider (we are in the West Country after all), a buffet of burgers, and time to get bowling. We had all the lanes open for free for the night, table football, pool tables and a karaoke room, all of which were well used throughout the evening and it was lovely to see guests who had never met before teaming up and getting some competitive spirit going.

We had beautiful cakes on stands made by my mum, and card and advice boxes made by the mother of the groom, both of which I’ll show you in another post.

The speeches were heartfelt and funny, everything a good speech should be, and there were quite a few damp eyes around the place by the time Mr Monster took to the stage to perform ‘our song’ for me. We didn’t really fancy the idea of a first dance and instead decided to do a first song. Mr Monster is a talented musician, I however…am not. We only decided which song to sing four days before the ceremony, so our rendition of ‘You’re my best friend’ by Queen was not without its flaws but I like to think that it had a certain charm about it!

Happy to make way for the real musicians, Mr Monster’s band SplinterBox wowed the guests for a bit with some original songs, before the band we saw the night we got engaged hit the stage with some filthy jazz. To round the night off, a friend and his band played us out until the wee small hours. The bowling lanes were busy until the very end, the delicious barbecue went down a storm and I’m sure that everyone had a good time.

Exhausted but elated, Mr Monster and I checked into the honeymoon suite, popped a bottle of champagne and collapsed into the jacuzzi bath. We had pulled off the wedding which on paper could have been a disaster, but in reality was a personal, emotional, and exhilarating rollercoaster of a day. It was perfect for us, and will be a day we will never, ever forget.

A Wonderful Wedding Weekend – Part 1

11 Oct

Mr Monster and I have had the most amazing, exhausting, and beautiful few days. I have so much I want to show you, and over the next week or so the wedding posts will be coming thick and fast. For now thought, I want to tell you the story of our wedding weekend.

We got engaged in December last year and knew that despite neither of us being Bristol natives, there was nowhere else in the world that we wanted to get married. One slight problem we encountered was that as Bristol only has a few venues licenced to carry out a wedding ceremony, they are all extremely pricey and to be honest, none of them really felt like us. It was a good friend who also got married this year who came up with a solution….

Our nuptials began on Friday with a very small, intimate and emotional ceremony at the local registry office. We booked their smallest room and had with us just Mummy and Daddy Monster, and Monster Mummy and Daddy-in-law (married 40 years and 36 years respectively). We left the registry office legally wed under a cloud of confetti

And so, the deed was done, and the extended Monster family were free to celebrate with a few bottles of wine and a lovely meal.

But this wasn’t enough for us, just one wedding dress? PAH! So two days later we had planned a blessing ceremony where all of our family and friends could join us in celebrating the commitment we had made. We approached the pub that we were in when we got engaged. A very well-respected jazz venue in Bristol and they could not have been more accommodating. They closed their doors for a few hours in the morning in order that we could use their stage to conduct our ceremony. Local acapella group Chicapella sang me down the aisle, and a good friend of Mr Monster’s kitted up in top-hat, white bow-tie, and vintage tails to officiate our blessing. We exchanged rings, and recited vows which we had written ourselves. Tears were shed both on stage and off, and the cheer that went up during the ‘you may now kiss the bride’ moment was overwhelming.

For our reception venue, we had chosen our local vintage bowling alley, complete with free bowling and karaoke for the guests all evening, a buffet of pizzas and burgers and a barbecue in the evening as we danced the night away to lots of live music.

But how would we get there? One evening, possibly after a few glasses of wine, we decided that it might be a good idea if the Mr rode his fancy chrome low-rider bike, with me hanging onto the back on roller skates. When it came to it, I wasn’t so sure, but it actually turned out to be one of the most fun parts of the day. We literally stopped traffic, made a lot of people smile, and even had open-topped city tour buses cheering us on!

That last one was the ‘We made it without falling over’ kiss.

And so we were ready for an evening of fun, but I will leave all that for another post!

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