I want to say it’s officially spring, but I don’t dare considering the horrendous weather of February and March! However, it is APRIL which marks the approach of my wedding anniversary (thankfully the weather was better back then!) When I got married, we didn’t have a great deal of money, so what I could do/make myself, I did and I thought I’d revisit those craftings for your blog-reading pleasure.
I did the usual things – invites, table settings – all the paper based stuff, myself. That was easy enough to do. I also decided I’d make my daughters’ bridesmaid dresses myself, which saved me a chunk of cash. They actually turned out really quite nice. There’s a photo of my eldest spinning around in hers (she was still quite little then), with her skirt flaring out – it’s really lovely, though my youngest was a much better poser with her flowers always held in the perfect place for every photo.
Anyway, memories aside, the biggest under-taking was the wedding favours. Early on in our relationship, we were out for a meal with friends and my partner started fiddling with the cork cage from a cheap bottle of fizz. After a few minutes he produced a tiny chair made from the wire! I started collecting them (he’s a fiddler), each with different style backs and arms, depending on what he felt like making. I asked him where he got the idea to do it. I don’t know if any of you have ever seen the movie The Fisher King – if you haven’t, you should – Robin Williams is wonderful. One scene involves his character making a chair in the same way during a dinner. We thought the wedding favours should be about both of us, so he made 60 of these chairs and I sat with teeny scraps of material and embroidered each person’s initials on them, which I turned into miniature seat cushions.
I had disposable cameras out for the guests – we sure did get some interesting photos of these favours in some odd places! It was probably the thing I liked the best about the final look of the room – these tiny chairs in front of the normal sized ones.
It was such a lovely day which went by far too fast. We like to celebrate our anniversary by giving thoughtful gifts – we’ve done craft courses and all sorts. This year, I’ve been working on the other insane project that I’ve mentioned in earlier blogs – yet another poncho! Just about got this finished in time, so hope it goes down well.