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How to Make Lace Tealight Holders

Here we are, 4 days to go before our big day, and time to pull our socks up in terms of getting you guys some lovely interesting content to read. We’ve had bit of a month of it, for many reasons, but it’s time to get organised and start looking forward to our new life together. It sounds a bit cheesey, I know, but I really am the happiest I have ever been. So please accept our apologies!

Wedding Rings
As for a quick update on how the house is progressing, well we very nearly have an intact kitchen, the electrics have been tested and approved, and Charles is whipping the water people into shape. My office is good to go, with the carpet for the upstairs due to arrive next week along with the boiler. We have so many hard working guys who are pulling out the stops to get the project finished, so saying thank you feels a little weak!

Building a kitchen
While Charles has been busy working 14 hour days to get us into our home, I’ve been pottering around making things for the wedding, organising thank you cards and generally keeping my fingers crossed that nothing has been forgotten. We didn’t really want a theme for our wedding, but we have had an overriding ideal that as much as possible should be reusable and good value for money. For my part, I was keen to make as much as possible, both because I enjoy crafts, and because it’ll help to keep things as personal as possible. One of the easiest projects I took on was these little lace tealight holders which cost about £1 each all in all, despite going for £5 each on Etsy. 

Lace Tealight Holders
To make these you will need:

Glass tealight holders, available from craft shops like Hobbycraft

Lace, enough to encircle the glasses, 15cm for each in my case, again, purchased from Hobbycraft

A gluegun (available for £5 from, guess where….)

Plain white tealights 

A dressmakers’ measuring tape (flexible)

How to Make Lace Tealight Holders

1. Use the measuring tape to measure around the glass at the point you’ll be wrapping your lace around. I decided the lace for these ones should sit just above the bases to let the lace hide the tealight as far as possible. You should measure to allow a small overlap and a margin for error to hide the glue line. 

Using a Glue Gun

2. Cut the lace to size and plug in the glue gun to hear up, making sure there’s a glue stick plugged into the back, and that the glue gun is propped up over an old magazine or newspaper in case of dripping. 

Handmade wedding decorations

3. When the glue gun is ready, you should be able to test it out by squeezing the trigger. If hot glue comes out easily, you’re golden. Squeeze a small line of glue onto the tealight holder and rapidly stick down one end of the lace. Be very careful not to burn yourself as the glue is really hot but will set very quickly. 

Once the first line of glue has set, pipe another line of glue just behind the first to avoid the dried glue being too bulky. Stick down the other end of the lace, being careful to match the line and scallop and to pull it right but not too tight. Let the set and trim off any excess lace. 

Handmade Tealight Holders
Pop a tealight in and you’re good to go. As we’re using these for our wedding, I bought 8 hour tealights which are deeper than the normal cheaper ones, but contain much more wax so they won’t run out of steam before the end of the evening. 

More foodie posts coming soon! 

Our Wedding Venue

Things are getting really exciting in the Campbell/Brooker camp at the moment. I posted our wedding invitations yesterday marking the eleven and a half week countdown and a year to the day since we got engaged. It really has been the most wonderful time in my life so far, but what’s to come is going to be so much better. Charles has been so busy trying to get our house finished in May, but he promises you will hear more from him once we’re installed in the house and he has a little more time on his hands.  

The view from our bedroom window
 

Our wedding venue was one of the more contentious issues at the start of the planning process – between me and my family, that is, Charles didn’t particularly want a white wedding at all – as I had my heart set on Loch Lomond but my mother was having none of it, claiming it was too far from home. I didn’t really understand the issue, but bulldozed I nevertheless was. So we looked at venues in the Scottish Borders and on my back door, but nothing fit the bill in terms of giving us what we wanted and doing so in budget.

Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond
 
Until we found Forbes of Kingennie. I was browsing the Scottish Wedding Directory and happened upon Forbes of Kingennie in Angus, North of Dundee – a place I had never heard of despite it being only 40 minutes up the road. It looked beautiful, suspended over fishing ponds with beautiful countryside scenery, golf and fishing onsite for the boys and exactly the type of catering packages we were looking for.  
Forbes of Kingennie
The reception venue
  

Forbes of Kingennie
The reception bar
  
Forbes of Kingennie
View from the reception venue
  
Forbes of Kingennie
The ceremony venue
 
We took a few more trips up there before we booked it, but it immediately felt like the relaxed sort of place we were looking for. Charles and I had a trip up to try the food and walk around the grounds and had a lovely day taking photos and chatting about the future. We’ll be going up for 3 days as there is a 3 night minimum stay for the self-catering accommodation but it’s reasonably priced so it doesn’t add too much to the budget. 
Forbes of Kingennie Weddings
View from the ceremony room
  
Forbes of Kingennie Weddings
The ceremony room
  
Forbes of Kingennie
The reception venue
  
Forbes of Kingennie
View from the reception venue
 

It also comes with the most incredible honeymoon suite – a self-contained boathouse with balconies over one of the fishing pools, known as the Leannan Boathouse.  

Forbes of Kingennie
The honeymoon suite
 

The main bar has just been refurbished, which is a stroke of luck and it looks beautiful, with the addition of panoramic picture windows and a lovely wood burning stove (although we’re hoping we won’t need to use that in May!). 

The public bar
 

I hope you all enjoyed this post; we did promise to share some more about our lives as well as our revipes so I’ll try to spend more time on posts like this if you like them.