Sometimes necessity is the mother of craftiness--or a damn good excuse to break out the beads and fabric!
The last couple of weeks were very busy but created opportunities for me to make some things that have been on my list for a while.
My friend and her husband recently moved in to a new apartment. Her housewarming (or "apartment heating" as they called it) was the perfect occasion for me to make these drink markers as a housewarming gift.
The rings are meant to go around the stems of wine glasses so you know which one is yours.
The rings are cut from a coil of sterling silver wire. I bent the ends to form a hook and loop closure. The beads are metal, glass, and stone.
Covered Ceremony Book
I've used the same half-sized Avery binder for most of the ceremonies I've done in my 5+ years as a Life-Cycle Celebrant®. In fact the same sheet of paper has decorated the cover for most of that time.
I noticed before my my most recent wedding that my book was starting to show it's age. I'm trying to polish my professional image a bit. I plan on redoing my website. I just started revamping my ceremony wardrobe. So I knew the book needed to be dealt with. I have another one, but there is something wonderful about knowing all the couples I've married and babies I've welcomed all from that one book.
I decided to make a cover. I have lots of fabric samples. I folded one the same way I used to fold paper shopping bags to make book covers when I was kid. Instead of taping it, as I would have a paper cover, I hand sewed the cover onto the book.
This cover has pockets inside for my phone and reading glasses. Next time I make one, I'll take pictures of the work in progress. I have a larger book that I use for ceremony readings and for funerals--where I have podium and don't have to hold the book up. I'll be covering that too.