I wasn't sure whether to share this little craft project or not as while I think it's super lovely, it's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. And it didn't photograph very well either. But then I thought that even imperfect projects in bad lighting can maybe spark someone else to have a better idea and go on to create something even lovelier. Not everything has to be 'just right', right? Inspiration can come from imperfection, too.
I always think that with any big life event, it's tempting to want to hang on to absolutely everything to do with it. Blurred photographs from university, cards from all the guests at your wedding, the bill from the meal to celebrate your 30th birthday, doctor's notes from pregnancy, and absolutely everything to do with your first child. But, in reality, most of it is just 'stuff'. Stuff that gathers dust or gets put in a box and pushed to the back of the cupboard. And then when you do stumble across it, maybe when you're packing up to move house, you can't really remember why you held on to half of it in the first place.
A few weeks ago, my brother got married and when they jetted off on their honeymoon, I stole his lovely wife's bouquet from my mother's clutches. While admiring it on the sideboard in my living room, it seemed like the ideal opportunity to try out my new flower press. I thought that if I chose a couple of the flowers and cut some of the ribbon and beads holding them all together, they would look lovely in a small glass frame. A little momento of the day to hang on the wall rather than put in a box and push to the back of a cupboard.
It was the first time that I've ever pressed flowers, and I wish I'd opened up the violet one before pressing it flat so that you could see the actual flower rather than the stem. The gypsophila turned out really well, though.
It's not perfect, I know. I'm kicking myself about not pressing the flowers properly. I'd also be tempted to switch the ribbon that came with the frame for perhaps one matching the colour of the bridesmaid's dresses to make it even more personal. But hopefully, by sharing this, if you do want to attempt something similar, you can put right what I got wrong. Now to hand it over to the bride and groom!