Tuesday, November 18

WHAT'S new

1. The big apple has come to  Melbourne with a fleet of authentic vintage yellow Checker Cabs available to  hire on your big day!
2. Belaire Rosé has launched in Australia. Produced in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, in the south of France using the perfect blend of three different grapes for a bubbly that is fruity and full of flavour. Belaire Rosé is available nationwide RRP$54.99
3. Make a splash with this stunning gatsby inspired wedding signature guest book of a cascading champagne tower. Guests sign inside a glass then you have a beautiful artwork to hang on your wall. $20 from i do it yourself.

4. Looking for the perfect wedding song? The McClymont have released  the beautiful ‘Forever Begins Tonight’, watch the video here.
5. emerald+ella have announcing a gorgeous new range of handmade ceramics from NZ. Many of the designs are moulded on vintage favourites like glass milk bottles and metal milkshakers.
6. i do it yourself have released a new range of reception thank you cards, most available as instant download so it couldn't be simpler the say thanks to your guests.

Tuesday, November 11

NOVEMBER fashion & beauty

1. PureTan Pure Bronze Ultra Light Feel Facial Tanner SPF 15, Gradual Everyday Body Tanning Moisturiser SPF 15 and RAPID TAN 1 Hour Tanning Lotion 
2. Fletcher and Grace Chloe Pearl Bead Bridal Hair Comb 
3. Lace Juliet Bridal Cap Wedding Veil from Veiled Beauty
4. Davroe Wellness Bible - includes Clarify Deep Cleansing Shampoo, Rebuilder Protein Reconstructor, Replenish Treatment, and Luxe Leave-in Masque.
5. Lanolips Limited Edition Ballerina Box
6. Kosmea Moisturising Lotion SPF 30

Tuesday, November 4

Melbourne Cup picks

It's that time of year again, the Melbourne Cup! And today we have what is becoming a bit of a tradition on the 'i do' it yourself blog, our cup picks - for hats, headbands and fascinators that is. Firm favourites for the races and weddings. We love putting this collection together, partly because of all the great designs we find and partly because we just like making racing puns. Im sure you're all chomping at the bit to see what we've found this year so without any further ado...

Percy Handmade - SONNET pearl bridal headpiece
Arturo Rios - Fuchsia Fasciantor  coktail hat
Sibo Designs - Heart's Desire bridal headband
Twigs & Honey - triple crystal loops headband
Creations by Liv Free - Crimson Red 'Taheerah' Rose Crystal Flower Crown Headdress

Sunday, November 2

WIN a Swarovski crystal pendant necklace with matching earrings

This month we have a stunning giveaway from Yoola. A beautiful drop shape pendant Swarovski crystal necklace in purple pastel. Embedded in a handmade wire crochet of fine silver, with matching earrings. Valued at $147.

Head on over to the Yoola website to see their amazing range of wire crochet jewellery, homewares and even DIY kits to you can have a go yourself!

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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

PRINTABLE stationery 

Pretty papel picado fluttering in the breeze is the focus for this beautiful printable wedding stationery range. Full of colour and fun, this design sets the scene perfectly for a fabulous fiesta wedding. Shown here in a mix of shocking pink, buttercup, crimson, pumpkin and candy pink - or pick your own colours from our huge selection. The Fiesta range is available from the 'i do' it yourself shop.

For even more Mexican themed invitations check out our sugar skulls design, Until Death Do Us Part, and our cute little burro piñata invite, great for kids.

REAL wedding 

Be inspired by Leesh and Sam's colourful Aussie fiesta wedding...
Pics: Angelica Peady Photography

STEAL that style 

If you loved the look of Leesh and Sam's fiesta wedding, here's how to get it...
1. Fiesta save the date from 'i do' it yourself 2.  Rainbow Wedding Paper Flower Boutonniere, $70 from Blooming Bridges 3. Gown by Sherri Hill 4. Papel picado set of three banners $78 from Ay Mujer 5. Red silk parasol $18 from Inspirasian Creations 6. Fiesta tissue paper flowers $13.80 from Princess Approved 7. Piñata burro $37 via Fishpond

Pic from Lovely Scribbles

DIY project 

Here's a gorgeous way to add a little fiesta feeling to your cake. This simple papel picado banner was made by punching some colourful paper to make the little flags, then they were threaded onto a string and tied to skewer sticks with a little ribbon. So easy!

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!

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