This is the second of a trio of Asymmetric Log Cabin Quilt Block Trivets. The first two were wedding gifts from a sister to siblings, and the last was turnabout Gifting the Gifter from one of the recipients. Shades of eggplant purple and navy blue were some of the most challenging to find. These colors tend to either look black or have too much pastel tint. Some colors are elusive.
One of the most rewarding aspects of creating art is having it become part of a family’s traditions. In November, Nutmeg Designs received a message requesting a thoughtful commission.
. . .I am writing to you because the gifting of your beautiful your Mosaic Trivets have become a sweet and meaningful tradition in our family! My sister Lauren found your site, and commissioned a Log Cabin Mosaic Trivet for my wedding in our wedding colors, and just a few months ago did the same for my brother when he got married! So now she and her husband are the only ones without a trivet of their own, and I would love to gift them with one of your trivets for Christmas if that is possible. . .
A very grateful recipient of a Nutmeg gift
The brother requested his sister’s wedding colors and sent photos of the shades of moss green, coral orange and sand. It was a delight to bring it full circle to Lauren, who ordered the first two trivets. The first is below, in oranges and reds.
My sister moved to South Africa in 2010 to live with her love and to work in her field of English as a Foreign Language, and the first weekend of January 2013 was the 3 day wedding celebration. My mother and step-father(who officiated at the ceremony), and my father and step-mother all made the 17 hour plane ride to Johannesburg shortly after Christmas. Although Stratoz and I couldn’t be there, my mother commissioned a wedding gift for Cate and Sello, and it went with her onto the plane, and we were thrilled to create a plaque commemorating their union. We used wood so that it wouldn’t weigh down the luggage. I managed to remember from my Canadian youth that the rest of the world puts the day first and then the month. Unfortunately, there was a bit of tangled communication as to which day of the 3 was the actual ceremony, which turned out to be the 5th not the 6th. Cate told me it would make for a funny story. I am grateful she values a good story! And as Stratoz says, everyone in the US will think she was married June 1st anyway. I chose colors that reminded me of some African fabric Sello was wearing in one of his photos, and which is expressed our joy upon Cate and Sello’s marriage. I also know that Cate loves orange, which is another part of our sisterly bond!
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!