After weeks - yes, WEEKS of agonizing over this, I've finally finished my friend's wedding bouquet. Gina is a librarian who used to work in my library system. I visited her branch in Fresno one day while I attended a professional meeting. There was a beautiful display of a book turning into a butterfly (the pages were ripped out and, one by one, looked more and more butterfly-like). I called the library later to find out who'd done the artwork and was given Gina's email address. From there, we've shared book art, funny library stories and I've followed her blog and some of her life. She's since moved on to greater library systems and is now getting hitched to a great guy.
We've never met in person.
When she asked me to do this, I accepted without thinking. And then, I thought about it and HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO DO. Text pages, map pages and purple. Oh, and gold. I made lots of little flowers to figure out what to make and decided on the simple spiral rose flower that looks so elegant.
She specifically asked for a handle on the bouquet that was wrapped in ribbons. How all this was going to work was what I worried about the longest. Finally I decided to use a Styrofoam ball (cut in half) so that I could put both the flowers on securely with pins and add a handle of wooden floral picks. Then I got an idea. A wonderful idea...
In the handle, I put a test tube with a cork. The test tube slides in and out, but provides stability while holding it. And you can hide secrets in there. I wanted Gina to have a place to put something special from her wedding day that she can open up on an anniversary or a rainy day, tip out onto the table and remember the best day of her life.
I'll show everyone how I made these later... :)