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How to…Crochet Your Own Cupcake Garland (DIY Tutorial by Twinkie Chan) + Giveaway!

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I have adored Twinkie Chan from afar for a long time. Her “Eat your cake… and wear it too!” motto kind of speaks to my sweet tooth-loving self you see! Her colourful and super kawaii blog has brought daily rays of sunshine into my life for quite a while now ad I’m pretty much jumping over rainbows with the excitement of sharing our little collaboration with you all today!

For those of you not familiar with Twinkie Chan, she is a crocheting marvel from San Francisco who has risen to fame with her cute and food inspired creations. She has made everything from scarf’s, hair accessories and other wearable goodies from wool and her designs literally fly off the shelves as soon as she posts them to her etsy store. In short, she makes crocheting cool again! She’s even released a tutorial book of some of her adorable creations, which got me thinking…

At the end of the year I was brainstorming some new ideas for the blog and, after seeing these adorable coffee cup cozies that she’s just relased (and yes I did get one!) I knew I had to get this lady on Rock n Roll Bride…somehow.

So I emailed the multi-coloured marvel (we are also pink hair twins…another reason to love her) to see if she’d be interested in creating a DIY tutorial for my readers. I assured her that even though my blog was a wedding-related one, that my readers like anything BUT the usual wedding fluff, and that one of her awesome crochet creations would certainly fit in over here.

Behold…the created-especially-for-Rock n Roll Bride – cute as hell, crochet cupcake garland tutorial!

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When Kat approached me to contribute a tutorial to Rock n Roll Bride, I was so honored, but also a bit confused about how I might translate a Twinkie Chan project into something fun for your wedding! With some brainstorming from the brilliant Kat, we decided to inspire you with some super cute cupcake garlands! Whether your special day is indoor or outdoor, these sweet little strings of sugar are sure to add a magical and personal touch to your wedding decorations. There are so many possibilities as far as color combinations and cupcake toppings that your garlands can range from quirky and goofy to charming and sweet. If you and your pals all know how to crochet, these garlands are a terrific way to meet up while creating something together for your wedding!

For the most part, you can crochet your cupcake garland using the same basic techniques in the Cupcake Scarf pattern in my book “Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies: 20 Yummy Treats to Wear.” However, we will be making a small change to the cake-bottom portion of the cupcakes in our garlands, not only to make them more light weight, but to also minimize any potential curling.

Pattern

You will need:

-An I hook (5.5mm)

-A ball of worsted weight yarn in your Frosting Color (FC)

-A ball of worsted weight yarn in your Cake Color (CC)

-A small amount of worsted weight yarn in Red for your cherries

-Optional: twine in roughly the same gauge as your yarn, for stringing your cupcakes

-An assortment of pom poms, beads, small bows, or cabochons, to decorate your cupcakes

In my sample garlands, I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarns as well as Red Heart Super Saver.

Abbreviations:

Ch(s): chain(s)

Dc: double crochet

Dec: decrease

Hdc: half double crochet

Sc: single crochet

Sl st: slip stitch

St(s): stitch(es)

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Serena & Brent’s Day of the Dead/Hello Kitty Themed Wedding

A Day of the Dead and a Hello Kitty themed wedding?! Could Serena & Brent’s wedding be more perfect for Rock n Roll Bride if it tried?!

The bad news is that I don’t have any further info on the wedding, but they photos were just too awesome to not share and I’m sure you can get some awesome DIY ideas just by looking at what they created. I am literally dying over the Hello Kitty in the bouquet and her Tarina Tarantino jewellery. Classic bridal style?! Screw that!

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Tommy & Katie’s Bunny Engagement

Photographer Lisa Devlin told me about her plans for this shoot when we met up to discuss my initial ideas for The Big Fat Wedding Blogger’s Photo Shoot. She was keen to use the Hasselblad that we’d been lent for the shoot with one of her couples, and Tommy & Katie (and their bunny suits!) were the obvious choice.

“I saw some pictures of these two on Facebook dressed in big fluffy bunny suits at a fancy dress party and that sparked the idea for this quirky shoot,” Lisa explained. “Tommy is the singer in the alternative rock band Slaves to Gravity and Katie is a gorgeous 50’s chick so we were aiming for something a bit vintage and a bit dark. We shot a day in the life of them as this fantasy bunny couple and had a lot of fun. Well, it is the Year of the Rabbit!”

How fun! You can also check out the behind-the-scenes goodness on Lisa’s blog here.

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The “By Appointment Only Design” Party at One Mayfair + Why This is the Central London Venue for YOU!

Three weeks ago I was invited to attend a party at One Mayfair hosted by by By Appointment Only Design.  As I’ve said a few times in similar posts to this one, I always feel a little unnerved and perplexed as to why I get invited along to these things…this party was being dubbed on the inter-webs as being the swankiest of all the swanky events, so I brought my friends Emma Case and  Shell de Mar (who took these fab pictures for us) along with me to hold my hand. I promised them a free cocktail or two so it didn’t take much persuasion!

When I thought about how to write up this event, I felt strongly that I didn’t want this post to be the usual industry party report style – “Oh it was faaabulous daaarling, the cocktails were divine and I swooped around the room like a princess all night…blah blah blah” because let’s be honest, what are you – my loyal readers and brides-to-be going to get out of that!?  (for the record the event was bloody incredible in fact, and my breath literally was taken away as I walked into the pink lit – inside and out! – venue)

I am well aware that I’m exceptionally lucky to get invited to a soirée like this, but I’m also keen to make sure that the things I take away from them, and report back about, are relevant to you guys too.

I met with Alicia Barron, events manager of One Mayfair (as well as the sister venue, One Marylebone) for a coffee last week as I was keen to chat to her about how relevant a seemingly uber posh central London venue would be to Rock n Roll Bride readers…many of whom are on a tighter budget than the weddings they might typically host. However to my surprise Alicia was keen to point out that the venue was actually not as pricey to hire as one might expect, and that the bespoke service they offer is certainly worthy of such a stunning location. “One Mayfair is a Grade I listed de-consecrated church in the heart of Mayfair. Opened late 2009, the venue is certainly a bit of a hidden gem, tucked away on North Audley St in Mayfair. The venue is a constantly evolving space, and a roof top smoking courtyard currently being built” she explained.

Thursday Treats – 3rd March 2011 + Winner of the ‘Rock n Roll’ Ring Announced!

Credit: stOOpidgErL via f-yeah cute food. There’s no other reason for this photos than it makes me happieeeee! In fact it reminds me of the food in the food fight in Hook! YUM.

So it turns out that a Rock n Roll ring was just what you Rock n Roll Brides were in need of! With over 120 entries a random selection was really the only way to pick the winner and keep it fair. I’m delighted to announce that the winner is…

Congratulations Lou Liddy! I’ll be emailing you soon as to get your shipping info! If you weren’t lucky enough to win this fab ring but you’d still like to purchase some Memento Mori Jewellery, drop Simon an email to mementomori_jewellery@hotmail.com for a catalogue or call him on 07834 155289.

So…In need of more treats?

Margaret & Edi’s INCREDIBLE “Blows-Everything-Else-Out-of-the-Water” Gothic Alice in Wonderland Wedding

Yeah…so…um…speechless.

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Seriously people! Get a load of this sheeeeeit. OK, OK let me get myself together for a second…

Margaret sent me a sneak peek to her incredible wedding to Edi back in October and I had to wait until this week to see the rest of them. Do you know how hard that has been for me?! I actually teased the above photo on Twitter the other day and someone replied asking if it was a photograph of heaven…that’s a pretty accurate assumption I think!

The couple were legally married at Edi’s parent’s house and the reception took place in the fairytale setting of The Bali Room in the Kempinski Hotel, Jakarta and Margaret told me all about it.

“Our theme was Alice in Wonderland. I picked Alice for my theme, because I’ve loved it since I was a little kid and because my Mom’s name is Alice. The main colour was dark purple because purple represents magical and darkness in the same time. its so glamorous! Our family members wore purple shade outfits.”

“Look at the stage! It was like gothic Alice in Wonderland meets Avatar! The reception areas were full filled with the giant mushrooms and flowers and you felt so tiny when you entered the room because all the things were gigantic. Our party was one day after my birthday, so it was like the most amazing birthday gift for me, ever!”

“For my crown, I asked the craftsmen to made me a tiny tiara because it looks cute and propotional with the short dress (I had two dresses – a short one for the ceremony and a long one for the party.) Then and for the party I asked him to made me old-queen-era crown, like count dracula era. I love vampires.”

“For the wedding gift for the guests, we gave them a free shot for instant photos, and the decorator decorated the place and make it like a giant story book. It’s so cute and everyone loved it. We put the photos on the frame and gave them to the guests.”

“What makes me think that my wedding suits your blog? Well, because our wedding was MAD! It was not like the other weddings here in my country. FAR away from beautiful and pretty. It was more dark, twisted and full of imagination. I’ve never seen anything like this HERE, so I guess I’m the first one who did this and I hope the last one too.”

Margaret wore two dresses both custom made PhangSanny Couture. “The woman behind this label is Phang Sanny or we can call her Sanny , she’s so talented and actually her style is more like vintage romantic,” Margaret continued. “She loves beads and vintage look. I asked her to make two custom made dresses for me because I love her sweet sense of style and I don’t really like ordinary wedding dress.”

“My ceremony dress was short. I was dreaming to wear short ballerina-like dress for the ceremony and  reception, but when I told her about the Alice in Wonderland theme, she designed the second dress made from lots and lots of pink and white tulle (pink is my favorite colour) and red stones (inspired by the red queen.) The shape of the dress itself was inspired by Dita Von Teese’s wedding dress and I just fell in love with it!”

OK people, hold your breath and mentally prepare yourself for the rest of the amazing images after the ‘jump’

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