Making this gift was a joy for me. This is not to say it was stress free, because I wanted it to be special and perfect and all, but I was so happy they asked me to be a small part of the BIG day. Anne asked in plenty of time and I have thought and searched and planned and rethought and bought supplies and drawn pictures for months. Sometimes you just cannot rush the process. I finally came up with a plan I liked and I had all the supplies I needed.
I took lots of pictures, OK? Here we go....
I almost never draw first, but this one had to be special.
And, yes, I have to wear my glasses for this kind of work now.
Flowers tacked in place.
Buttons added with the navy blue accent color. This is when I started to love it and be thrilled that what I saw in my mind's eye was becoming real.
Leaves. Can't really see the gauzy bits under a few of the flowers, but they add a little extra whimsy, in my opinion. Oh, wait I have a close up...
Both sides done-ish. Notice the difference?
Here they are with the ring pockets added and the stuffing done.
This side, with the most flowers;, the beautiful and blooming side, is the side that Emily's ring will go on to remind her to bring beauty and growth to the family.
This side, with the most leaves and vines, is the side that CJ's ring will go on to remind him to be all the support and strength that Emily needs to continue to bloom and grow.
One pocket says Love and the other has the date of the wedding.
SEe? Each pocket has a ribbon to tie the rings on with and then tuck them down into the pocket. This does not come without risks. When I got married, someone tied the rings on so well that my husband, the Boy Scout - always prepared, had to take out his pocket knife and cut them off during the ceremony!
I really wish you could see them in real life. I am so happy with the way the turned out. The mother of the bride was happy and now I am hoping the bride is happy.
As a bonus, while I was sewing, I prayed for these two sweet young people and the new life they are beginning.
Ain't love grand?
PS...Emily just called and she loves them, too! Oh, happy heart.