I was thinking about handmade gifts, and how my favorite wedding gift was a pottery plate with our names and hand painted flowers. I was thrilled to have such a personal gift, and that our friend special ordered this just for us. I don’t know who made the plate. The only clue is an M within a circle on the back. It has survived 5 moves!
Our goal was to have a wedding under $100. We almost made it! We commissioned our rings from a local silversmith in Eugene, OR, and then fortunately, my mother bought my dress, and the flowers. One of Wayne’s grad school classmates offered her back yard for a potluck reception. I was moved that she made such a lovely space for us to celebrate. Another friend, who was a witness at our traffic court wedding, provided the “something borrowed” since we forgot to bring any money to pay the judge’s fee. Another classmate was dating a cake decorator, and he drove a cake in from Corvallis, as the icing started to slide down the sides! But it was chocolate, so how can you go wrong?? Did I mention we got married during finals week, right before graduation? We were a bit wild and crazy then.
I have been honored to be commissioned to make wedding mosaics. I completed a Celtic Cross for a couple, commissioned by a good friend of theirs, who brought them into the process and we all had a wonderful time choosing colors and beginning the seed of the finished project.
What is your favorite handmade gift, either that you have received or given? I’d love to hear about them, or see photos!