The next secret project

Another friends-only series of posts about an embroidery project, because this is another one intended for someone who I know reads my diary.

I’ll admit the colour choice of the fabric was partly inspired by the fact that I already had it in my fabric stash (and I was feeling much too impatient to get started to want to wait until Tuesday when Hands will be open again to look for something different), but I actually think it will give a really interesting effect to the finished picture. I just hope it will also turn out to be an attractive effect!!!

As for the subject matter of the picture, I’ll leave that as a guessing game for now 😉

Wedding of the Year

They say that rain on a wedding day is a portent of a good marriage. If so, awhina and MrAwhina should live happily ever after, because it was bucketing down yesterday morning.

Lytteltonwitch, MrPloppy and I arrived at the church early, because we were in charge of creating a booktree. Awhina had left a box of books at the church for us, plus we’d brought a couple of bagfuls ourself, so we had probably 90 books to hang from the tree. In the pouring rain.

The books were ok, because they were all protected in plastic bags (tied with ribbon and lace to make them look suitably wedding-y), but we were all dressed up in our good clothes, and although we did think to bring an umbrella, the problem was that the tree was very wet, so every time you reached up to hang a book, the movement would shake all the water off the tree and down your arms. So by the time we’d finished the tree we were all rather damp (well, lytteltonwitch and I were – MrPloppy had sensibly opted for the job of holding the umbrella while we hung books, so he’d stayed completely dry!)

It looked great though, and once the rain eased off later in the day was popular with the kids (pity we didn’t think to hang more children’s books – most of them were Mills & Boons):

All the books were suitably wedding themed. My contribution was:

The wedding itself was a pretty traditional church ceremony. Awhina looked lovely, as did the two girls, who were the flower girls. One nice touch to the ceremony was that after the vows were exchanged the minister asked the four of them to each light a taper, and then they brought them together to light a candle together to symbolise their new family. It was a really lovely way to involve the girls in the ceremony, I thought.

I didn’t take very many photos during the ceremony (sorry Rarsberry, but I was brought up not to take photos in church, so I felt a bit uncomfortable doing it (even though there was an official photographer snapping away the whole time), and we were sitting a bit too far back to get decent photos anyway), but here’s the happy couple (sorry about the terrible quality):

And here’s another of the whole wedding party taken while the official photos were being done:

(again, not great quality, because they had to do the photos inside because of the rain, so the lighting wasn’t ideal, and I was standing way back to keep out of the official photographer’s way)

Here’s a bit better one of the new family taken later on:

We didn’t really know anyone else at the wedding, apart from awhina’s parents, so things got pretty boring while we were waiting for the photos to be taken. MrPloppy isn’t good with large groups of people at the best of times, and the standing around for ages not knowing what to do just made it worse, so eventually he decided to go home. Lytteltonwitch was kind enough to give him a lift home so he didn’t have to walk home in the rain (which of course left me there on my own with nobody to talk to and feeling very wallflowery, but I entertained myself by watching the photographer work and trying to pick up a few tips), and by the time she got back the photos were over finally and they were opening the door to the adjoining hall where the reception was being held.

Because the wedding started at 9.30, the wedding breakfast actually was breakfast, with mini-bagels and croissants. The Ken doll that lytteltonwitch had presented to them for their engagement was decorating the wedding cake, joined by a Barbie, but for some reason they were sitting down. We learned why during the speeches, when the bridesmaid told us that awhina had been trying to pose the dolls the night before with Ken kneeling at Barbie’s feet, and when he wouldn’t cooperate she broke his leg! (Awhina later claimed it was an accident, but we think it was a warning to the real Ken ;-))

Now that I don’t have to keep it friends-only, I can post a picture of the cross-stitch I gave them as a wedding present, in its finished and framed state:

It almost didn’t make it to the wedding, because when MrPloppy went to pick it up from the framers on Thursday it wasn’t ready! He reminded them that we’d said we needed it for first thing Saturday morning (i.e. before the framers were open), and of course all the shops would be shut on Good Friday, so we’d specifically said we’d have to pick it up on Thursday… Anyway, they did manage to get it finished off before they shut for the night, so we got it in time – just.

Of course, it wasn’t until Friday when I came to wrap it up that I remembered I’d completely forgotten to buy a card to go with it! Luckily I had a few empty card blanks left over from another project, so I quickly searched through all my embroidery books for a suitable pattern to fit the card. I couldn’t find a wedding design of the right size (and didn’t have time to design my own), but I found one for an Easter card which I thought could serve a dual purpose, so used that, and after a marathon sewing session (not helped by the fact that I decided to be creative and add some gold blending filament to part of the design, to match the gold fleck in the fabric – when will I remember how fiddly and slow sewing with blending filament is???) got it finished late on Friday night:

Awhina was suitably impressed by the present, anyway, and made the photographer take a picture of me holding it 🙂