Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Long time no post: Something old, something new, something borrowed,something blue bridal shower gift

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue Inspired Bridal Shower Gift. 
This tradition comes from an Old English rhyme ("Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe"), and the four objects that the bride adds to her wedding outfit or carries with her on the big day are just good luck charms. 

Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity, although this remains largely a British custom.

Using this poem/tradition, and representation of each word, I created this themed gift. Included with Each gift was a card with the front and inside as follows:
- Something Old (Front)...Continuity (Inside)
- Something New (Front)…Optimism and Hope (Inside)
- Something Borrowed (Front)...Borrowed Happiness (Inside)
- Something Blue (Front)...Purity, Love, and Fidelity (Inside)

Something Old- Continuity
The quality of something that does not change as time passes. Something that represents the past. 
You may have seen these boxes at Michael's before and may refer to them as photo boxes, as did I, but came to find out, at least at Michael's, they are called memory boxes. And thus, inspiration struck- Something Old, a memory box- a perfect place to hold onto old memories, moments from the past, and future perfect moments to come.

Something Borrowed- Borrowed Happiness
A little bottle/charm I found at Michaels on a small chain with a starfish (Beach wedding), for the bride to "borrow" some sand from the happiest day of her life. 

I attached the starfish like so. 

Something New- Optimism and Hope 
A little more of a literal take on the word new. I created a little frame ring holder for the bride to hang her ring on, to keep on her night stand, or vanity. See Below.

Something Blue- Purity, Love, and Fidelity
And again a little more of a literal take on the word blue. 


Read more to see how to make your own ring frame!

You will need:
- Small frame 
- Small amount of burlap or any fabric you would like to use
- Scissors 
- Wire
- Pillow fill
- Some type of hook, or as I used little key's I found in the Jewelry section of Michaels
- Wire cutters 
- Cardboard 
- Stapler

I cut the cardboard into the same size as the provided photo sheet that normally comes with a purchased frame. 

Then I used the same technique I would use to create a canvas like I did with My light bulb board (with a normal stapler instead of staple gun).

Here are the cool keys I was able to find.

I looped the wire through the hole of the key and twisted it, so that the key was firmly attached to the wire. Then I poked a hole into the cardboard/burlap piece and put the wire through, also continuing to twist the wire. As shown above and below. 

You may have to maneuver it various times, continue to twist, and tighten until you get it just right.

Then add the backing onto the frame. 

And there you have it a perfect place to leave your ring when putting lotion on or washing the dishes. 

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