Friday, August 06, 2010

Finishing Things



Lately, it seems that I have so many UNfinished projects lying around the house. Not just for the wedding, although there is a stack of those. Decorating and renovating are unending, but I can let those go for awhile. Wedding stuff, not so much.


But I have finished a few things. The veil, for instance. It's beaded, all 422 inches of the perimeter and looks very nice, if I do say so myself. No photos, tradition must be preserved you know.

Today I finished the "ring book." It's not a pillow, but it will be used for carrying the rings down the aisle by a cute little ringbearer.


I saw this idea quite awhile ago (sorry I can't remember where). We wanted a meaningful book, but one we were willing to cut up. I wouldn't use a Bible. Browsing around the thrift store recently I found this old hymnal and thought it might work. It was in pretty bad shape. I inserted new end papers, gluing ribbons behind them for tying the book shut, clamped the pages together and cut out a box with a ruler and my X-acto knife. I sealed the edges of the box with PVA glue and lightly glued the pages together. The pages are very soft, hence the fuzzy look in the corners. But they are all sealed up so they won't shed.

This afternoon I stitched a couple of silk flowers for the front - colours of the wedding, and secured the binding with book repair tape. Simple writing with a gold pen and voilĂ , a "ring box."


That's my own ring in the box. I think it looks quite pretty there after 33 years. The Bride-and-Groom-to-be have not yet seen this, and have to give final approval, but I hope they like it. I do.

I'm linking this post to Vintage Black, at the French Cupboard, and to Show and Share Day at Just a Girl, And Made by You Monday at Skip to my Lou.

21 comments:

Pondside said...

Wow - that is such a clever idea - who knows, perhaps I'll get to use it one day!

Brenda Leyland said...

I cannot imagine them not liking it. What a beautiful box! How very special.

Bernie said...

This box is adorable, they will love it......:-) Hugs

jeanne @ juNxtaposition said...

what a great idea !! i have never seen that done and i LOVE it !

Jill said...

Clever! I have a daughter getting married next summer--I need to catch up on your blog and see what you are up to!

Reflections said...

I've seen a book made of ceramic with a tiny satin pillow in the middle for the rings, but I like your creation much better!

Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to respond. This is all new to me and it is very encouraging to hear from people.

luluslovlies said...

Clever ring bearer book. Hope they love it, I sure do. Blessings for the happy couple!

Andi's English Attic said...

It looks so simply beautiful. What a lovely idea. xx

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

Love it! What a keepsake!!!!!

Jacque said...

Good Morning Lorrie!

It's been awhile--I've been super busy so I a too far behind to ever catch up. I wanted to see the progress of our move and the wedding, looks like you are fairing quite well! I do love that book and I know the couple will love it as well! So much thought, time, and creativity went into that, how could they not cherish it forever???

Best wishes for the days ahead, I will be checking back later on to see the progress.

Jacque said...

Good Morning Lorrie!

It's been awhile--I've been super busy so I a too far behind to ever catch up. I wanted to see the progress of our move and the wedding, looks like you are fairing quite well! I do love that book and I know the couple will love it as well! So much thought, time, and creativity went into that, how could they not cherish it forever???


Happy Anniversary! My hubbie and I just celebrated our 43rd!

Best wishes for the days ahead, I will be checking back later on to see the progress.

Charm and Grace said...

Lorrie, I appreciated your comment and especially considering all you have going on. This ring box is beautiful and so meaningful. I like it much better than a pillow. My brother was our ring-bearer (he was six and I was twenty-one) and was on crutches... not sure the ring box would have worked since we had to tie the ring to the pillow for him to crutch down the aisle with it...LOL. I can't wait to see the veil. Praying that all will go well with all that you're involved in just now.

Blessings,
Christi

Attila said...

What a wonderful idea....can we get married again..?

Vee said...

That is a very sweet idea and the hymnal is so meaningful. I'm sure that they will like it a lot.

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Oh, How I love this..how special!

I'm visiting for Vintage Black Friday...drop by! I'd love to have you visit.

Happy Day,
Stephanie ♥

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely fabulous Lorrie. Just beautiful.

Shirl

Sugar Bear said...

How could they not like it? It is beautiful. Such a wonderful addition for the ceremony. I'm sure the veil is just as fabulous.
Karla

Linda said...

Fabulous. Love the ring book! Can't wait to see the veil completed..and the bride in it!!

Bettyann said...

Lorrie, what a clever anad beautiful idea....

Kathleen Ellis said...

What a fabulous idea, Lorrie! I'm sure it will be a family keepsake!
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a beautiful weekend~
;-D Kathleen

Carole said...

This ring book is beautiful, what a good idea ! And the ribbon and flowers make it even prettier. Congrats !