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I knew that for proposal month I wanted to play with champagne popsicles, because what better way is there to celebrate? Imagine my distress when I realised pure champagne popsicles would actually be incredibly hard to freeze solid! Never fear, champagne actually works deliciously with lemon and fresh basil and our homemade simple syrup, (which is SO very easy)!!

Ingredients

For basil simple syrup:

Two cups of fine (caster) sugar

One cup of water

4-5 Fresh basil leaves

For popsicles

Fresh Basil Leaves

Champagne

One part lemon juice

One part basil simple syrup

One part champagne

Method

For basil simple syrup:

In a saucepan over low heat, combine water and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves and add basil leaves to the hot syrup. Leave to cool (and leave even longer for a stronger flavour)

For popsicles

  1. Combine simple syrup with lemon juice and champagne in a jug and stir well
  2. Place a few fresh basil leaves in the bottom of your moulds
  3. Top with your lemon champagne mixture
  4. Freeze

While a sweet ring pillow is traditionally used during the wedding ceremony, a handmade and rustic ring pillow can also be used during a proposal! If you like to DIY and getting crafty, this sewing tutorial is perfect for you – and can be customised to suit your every whim!

Once you have chosen your fabric and ribbon, this ring pillow will only take minutes to whip up. It will not only look professional, but is heartfelt too and can be embroidered with a special date or initials. Whether it is used for your proposal or for a sweet page boy to keep your wedding rings safe, this is an easy project that will bring a lot of heart to your big day!

 

What You Will Need:

  • Two pieces of square fabric, approximately 12cmx12cm (natural fibres tend to be easier to work with)
  • Approximately 30cm of your chosen ribbon
  • Hollowfibre stuffing
  • Fabric scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • A sewing machine (this can also be sewn by hand)

Step 1. Place one fabric square on top of the other, right sides out, and sew around 3 sides, leaving approximately 1.5cms as a hem. I have used a contrasting thread colour, you can use any colour, or choose one that blends in.

Step 2. Use the hollowfibre stuffing to fill your ring pillow. Pack it quite firmly so that it will keep its shape. Once it is full, press the wadding as far in the pillow as it will go, to make sewing easier.

Step 3. Pop the cushion back under the machine, and sew along the fourth edge. Trim threads and redistribute the stuffing for a nice, full ring pillow.

Step 4. Thread your needle with thread to match the ribbon, and place the ribbon on the cushion. I have placed it slightly above the centre to allow the rings to hang in the middle, but you can play with placement. Firmly hand stitch the ribbon on and add any embroidery you would like.

Step 5. Trim the top piece of fabric around the hem (approximately 0.5cm) to create a pretty detail, and neaten any loose threads. Trim the ends of the ribbon, and hey presto! You’ve just made a pretty and rustic ring pillow, ready for those lovely rings!

Ms Zebra Says: This is a great idea – so heartfelt and thoughtful! Plus, you can re-use it on the day of the wedding for extra sentiment.. thanks Ms Honeycomb for a great tutorial and making this look super easy!

About Ms Honeycomb: Hi, I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).

Images via The Duke of Wellington

The Duke’s Spellbound Smash

From its passionate red hue to its sweet flavour, from the garnish which commemorates this rare “thyme” in your lives to the warm, fuzzy feeling bourbon gives us, The Duke’s ‘Spellbound Smash’ cocktail encapsulates the occasion of the proposal in a glass.

Hopefully the object of your affection will feel just as spellbound by you as you are by them and say an immediate “yes!” Then, you’ll have the very best reason to toast to your intertwined futures with a couple of rounds of these cocktails.

The Duke have kindly shared their recipe below. Who knows? Perhaps their airy, new Melbourne rooftop is just the place to host up to 200 of your nearest and dearest at the fabulous engagement party that you’ll – fingers crossed – soon be planning together.

Ingredients

60ml bourbon

15ml sugar syrup

2 dash orange bitters

2 dash bitters

5 blackberries

½ lemon

1 sprig thyme

Method

  1. Muddle the blackberries and lemon in a shaker then
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients above.
  3. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over ice.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.