Tuesday, October 21

♥ ♥ ♥ FIESTA ♥ ♥ ♥

Grab your maracas and get ready for a fabulous fiesta with some beautiful DIY Mexican inspired wedding ideas. Pretty lapel picado fluttering in the breeze, bright colours and a margarita or two.

Credits: Mexican paper flags make the perfect decorations, pic by Jamie Meares. A beautiful Frida Kahlo inspired bride from Seattle Bride Magazine photographed by Zee Wendell. A vibrant bouquet of handmade paper flowers. Photo by Joielala Photography via Green Wedding Shoes. A street decorated with pretty paper picado banners, by Emilano Rodriguez. Cute party packs for take home treats via Martha Stewart. Margaritas are a must! Try this Strawberry version from Mix Shake and Pour. Pretty painted Mexican lanterns make great table decorations, pic via Camillestyles. Mexican paper roses from All Pop and don't forget your maracas!

GET the look... 

Get all the colour and pattern of a Mexcian fiesta!
1. Fiesta wedding invitation from 'i do' it yourself 2. Hot pink skill plant holder, $30 Hodi Home Decor 3. One of a kind multi coloured handbag, $173 from Casa Otomi 4. Papel picado throw pillows, from $42 by Natalie Baca Studio 2 5. Hand painted Mexican pattern wedge wedding shoes $310,  Norakaren 6. Day of the Dead silver bracelet $350 from Taylors Eclectic 

DIY project 

Pics: Wedding of M and M and Dress My Party

Papel picado is a beautiful Mexican folk art tradition of cutting elaborate designs into colourful tissue paper, it basically means 'perforated paper'. Using a small hammer and chisel an artist can create as many as 50 banners at a time but there are plenty of ideas for a DIY bride armed with a pair of scissors.

You will need:
scissors (normal and decorative edged)
coloured tissue paper
sticky tape
an iron

Step 1. Cut your tissue paper into rectangles roughly the size of a normal sheet of paper (about 21 x 30cm)
Step 2. Fold the first piece of paper like an accordion four to size times
Step 3. Cut small shapes and patterns into the folded paper, its just like making a snow flake when you were a kid! Use some decorative edge scissors to cut along the ends of the folded paper to finish.
Step 4. Unfold your design and repeat with the rest of the tissue paper sheets.
Step 5. When you have cut out all your panels, smooth out the creases with a cool iron and stick each one to a long piece of string with a little sticky tape.

For very simple versions there is also a cute tutorial on Green Wedding Shoes.

And here is a great cheat version - just use rectangular doilies! Cut them in half, fold a little flap over the top of some string and fix with sticky tape.

DIY papel picado cheat

Monday, October 13

We've had a makeover!

You might have noticed a change to our look lately. Not only have we got a new logo - we have a completely new website too! It seemed about time for a freshen up.

I do it yourself has been operating since 2009 and we're about to take our 10,000th custom order! Wow, that's a lot of brides, babies and birthdays. We know how important these occasions are to you and it's such a privilidge to play a tiny part in these life changing events. So thanks to all of our customers for making the last 5years so enjoyable.

We're just bursting at the seems with ideas for new designs, there just never seems enough hours in the day. One down side to being a small family run business - wow our little man turns one next month already - is there really aren't enough hours in the day and a new website is a pretty mammoth task. So please bear with us as we add back in all of our 100s of designs. If you don't see something just get in touch and we'll do our best to load it back onto the new site.

But it doesn't stop there. Along with the changes to the look, we have a gorgeous new colour palette to play with too. So now custom designed orders have 90 colour options to choose from. Some of my favourits are mint and a beautiful faux rose gold. 

So head on over to idoityourself.com.au and take a look around. There will be more and more products added every day. For now you might like to check out our very popular fingerprint and signature guest book ideas, or our Halloween instant downloads for any last minute spooky plans. Enjoy.

Monday, October 6

OCTOBER fashion & beauty

1. Label M Colour Spray Collection Mini Quad Pack, $35.95
2. Giorgio Armani Si Eau De Parfum Intense, $110
3. Elaine Gown from the new resort 14 collection by Rachel Gilbert
4. Trend alert! Shimmer and body glitter for the bride from Julien Macdonald's Spring Summer 2015 collection
5. Blush Terrybly by Terry, $99
6. Karl Lagerfeld has teamed up with beauty brand Shu Uemura for Shupette - inspired by Karls cat!

Thursday, October 2

win a cocktail dress

This month we have a stunning giveaway thanks to Rosa Novias, who make beautiful wedding dresses and special occasion gowns. Enter below for your chance to win this one shoulder knee-length pretty pink satin cocktail dress in a US size 6. (UK 8 Europe 36) With a glittery sequin shoulder it's perfectly timed to help you shine for the party season!

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, September 15

♥ ♥ ♥ SOFT spot ♥ ♥ ♥

Ahhhh ombré. It's hard to resist the dreamy look that graduated shades can create. Of course you don't want to go ombre overboard! But there are so many beautiful ways to incorporate a gradient into your wedding design and decoration, it's hard to not to pick them all. This month we're teaming the gradient, watercolour effect with pretty sparkles of bokeh to create soft spot...

Credits: Ruffled gradient gown by Dominique Nadine, Pink Ombre Tassel Garland, $37 from Gen Woo, floral centerpiece from Martha Stewart, Jumbo pink ombre tissue pom pom, $8.80 from PomTree, Pink Ombre Candy Lollipop Wedding Favors, from $13 from Sweet Caroline Confections. Pink omber cake with swirl icing from Glorious Treats, Blackberry Thyme Sparklers via the Effortless Chic, ombre XO cookies shot by Liz Banfield via Style my Pretty, soft spot wedding invitation by 'i do' it yourself, Pink ombre stiletto court shoes by Anne Klein via My Lovely Big Feet, Ombré Wedding Aisle via Martha Stewart
Colour pallet: candy and almond

GET the look... 

Add the fashionable ombre look into your life in shades of pink
1. Soft spot printable wedding invitation from 'i do' it yourself 2. Ombre tights salmon - purple, $42 from virivee 3. Feather Fascinator, $1325 from Batcakes Couture 4. Pink graphic bokeh earrings $11 from Beans & Pepper 5. Pink and cream photo pillow, from $50, Irina Wardas Fine Art Photography 6. Paris Hand Painted Statement Necklace, $292 from Doloris Petunia 7. Watercolour and magnolia linen clutch, $32 from Sandrine Marsh Accessories

PRINTABLE stationery 

Got a soft spot for pretty designs? A beautiful bokeh photography effect of little sparkling lights is the ideal finishing touch to this ombré wedding stationery set. Here we have used a blend of candy pink to almond, or you can create hundreds of different looks by choosing from our big range of colours to mix and match. The soft spot range is available from 'i do' it yourself.

Other ombre ideas include a pretty glitter and chevron bridal shower invitationombre fingerprint guest book treesoft spot wedding vow art and romantic reception thank you card.

DIY project 

Add some pizzaz to the party with gorgeous glitter champagne bottles. Camp Makery has a fantastic step by step guide to sparkle up your own bottles with a glitter ombre effect everyone will love.

FREE download 

Time to get glittery with this months free party printable. These fun faux glitter party circles in a mix of different ombré shades is available to downloads from the 'i do' it yourself freebies section.

REAL wedding 

Be inspired by Angela and Dan's breathtaking ombré wedding...

Pictures by Elisabeth Millay Photography

STEAL that style 

If you loved the look of Angela and Dan's ombré wedding, here's how to get it...

1. Soft spot menu and order of service design from 'i do' it yourself 2. Ombre Bridesmaids Dresses from $123 from MJVO Couture 3. Grace by Monique Lhuillier sweetheart illusion neckline 4. Ribbon flower girl headband $43 from Blue Sugar Bridal 5. Kastehelmi glass plate € 28.95 from Droog 6. Lavender Stripe Paper Straws Pack of 100 $18 from Beve! 7. Purple Pink Ombre ribbon $23 from Cottage Crafts Online

VENUE view 
Half Moon Bay, California 
With the most amazing views of the Pacific, this Northern Californian wedding location is simply stunning. The Ritz-Carlton at Half Moon Bay has two breathtaking outdoor ceremony locations - the Ocean Lawn and the Bluff both with ocean views, and four reception venues including the The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom.

Pic: The Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Pic Bob and Dawn Davis Photography
Pic Bob and Dawn Davis Photography

DIY project 

Ombre yarn wrapped letters 
Monograms are a great personalised touch for a wedding. So impress your guests and make your own 3D versions in a beautiful ombre effect. All you will need is card or wooden letters available from most craft stores, wool in a few different shades and glue. My Sisters Suitcase has an easy to follow step by step for the process.

Pic My Sisters Suitcase


Bokeh. If you've ever wondered what that beautiful blurry light effect in photos is, its called bokeh. It's used to describe the out-of-focus areas of a picture and comes from the Japanese word meaning blur. There is a simple way to take your own romantic bokeh shots and all you need is a bit of black paper! Just cut a circle of card to cover your lens and make a hole in it the shape you want your little lights to be, like these cute little hearts. Check out this great step by step from Yellow Eleven Photography.

Theresas Thompson


Monday, September 8

SEPTEMBER fashion & beauty

What's hot in fashion and beauty this month...

1. Lanolips 101 Ointment Fruity Capsules Collection $15.95 each
2. Balmain Extatic $65
3. Abed Mahfouz Fall Winter 2014-2015 Couture Collection
4. Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Cheek Colour Balm, $42
5. Essie Wedding Collection 2014
6. Purple Ombre Glitter Heart Headband, US$16.75 from Beau xoxo
7. Valeur Absolue Sensualite, Harmonie and Joie-Eclat Parfum Elixir, $105 each

Thursday, September 4

CRAFT corner

The latest DIY craft project and products to try...

1. Ombre pom lantern DIY kit, US$14 from Pomtree
2. Ombre Shoes step by step from Martha Stewart
3. Petite Washi Tape rolls, $8.95 for a pack of five, from Paper Cotton Love
4. Tim Holtz® Distress Ink Minis in 48 different colours. Shown here Kit 7 with Old Paper, Weathered Wood, Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey $13.95 from Craftonline.com
5. Do it yourself colour rock dominoes project from The House that Lars Built
6. Gold glitter phrase thickets available mid September from Maggie Holmes
7. Flowers and lace starter kit cake decorating, $65 from flexi-craft moulds

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