Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Easter Engagement

As some of you know, I have been missing in action alot...(actually too much for my taste). I have been doing some big projects and would like to show you one today...My co-workers son was planning on getting engaged on Easter morning/afternoon. He and his girlfriend had come from the Chicago, IL area for the weekend and they spent Easter with my co-worker and her family. Well my co-workers son had called her a few weeks ago and told her about his plan....he had ordered white Nike tennis shoes and had her initials and her new married name embroidered on the back of them. (She wanted to wear white tennis shoes when she got married), my co-workers challenge was to find an egg to put them in....well the shoes were a size 8 ½ and had a small heel on them...she was having a hard time finding an egg big enough and came into my office and asked if I knew of anyplace she could purchase an egg to fit the shoes....Well, hmmmmm.....no...was my answer but I did offer to make a string egg for her...after all...I could make it rather big right??...or so I thought. I went to the local party store thinking I could get a balloon 16" or so....nope....12" was the biggest the next biggest was way more than 16" I believe it was a more like 24-36" ROUND....not an egg shape at all and 4.99 for one balloon not filled...well I purchased 2-12" balloons and one of the big ones to see if maybe my granddaughter and I could find a way to make it work...what a comedy.....I blew up the big balloon and tried to put rice in the bottom to weigh it down and make it take on more of an egg shape...IMPORTANT NEWS....do not blow up the balloon before inserting rice as you will have a "rice shower" and then a giggling match...(my granddaughter and I found that out first hand). After cleaning up the floor and re-doing the balloon we were on a roll....problem....the balloon was too big for me to reach around....sigh...so hubby rigged it up to my hanging light in the kitchen....meanwhile my grand daughter was blowing up the 12" balloon and letting it fly all over the house...hmmm....that looks like it might fit the shoes....so we measured...sure enough it was a definite possibility...down came the HUGE balloon with partial string hanging on it...into the garbage it went and off I went to work on the 12" balloon.....wow...much better. I put a roll of crochet string (dark purple like the stitching on the shoes), into fabric stiffening glue and started to wrap away....





This is what it looked like...I still wasn't pleased with how solid the egg was so I bought some fabric stiffener spray and sprayed it 3 more times to be sure...(the egg was going to be filled with heavy shoes and sit outside, I surely didn't want it to collapse....). Once this dried the fun began. I purchased some white flowers, rhinestones, white ribbon, iridescent grass and got to work...






Once I made the first cut and tried to get the shoes in....well lets just say I was praying I wouldn't have to re-do it...lol...I made the opening a tad bit bigger...inserted the shoes...knew they fit and finished decorating...for the base of the egg, I purchased a small plastic bowl at the $1.00 store and glued white lace on it to mimic a veil (you can't see this too well)...all in all it turned out ok...my co-worker was floored when she saw it as was the rest of her family....her daughter-in-law to be was surprised beyond words and did say "yes"..she also loved the egg...she came to my work to thank me and show me her beautiful diamond...fun, fun, fun....



I was honored to help make their day a bit more fun...

Thanks for stopping by...
Until next time,
Hugs,
Carol

9 comments:

Darlene said...

Well Carol, there you go again, proving that you are a creative genius!! And generous with your time too! But we already knew that, didn't we?! This egg is a treasure for sure, and I loved reading about you and Little Miss making it! How fun.

djones said...

OMGOODNESS!! How beautiful is this egg and the story. You are so talented my friend. I am thinking you need to open your own bridal shop! After all, there have been invitations, and now eggs...I am sure you could come up with much more. Beautiful job!

Barb said...

Carol--what a wonderful project--it is so cute! You are a very creative lady and I too think you need to open a shop! I will come and visit it--not for the wedding part, but to see you!

MiamiKel said...

Would you like at this beauty!! Carol, you are over the top creative - what an ingenious egg creation, so lovely in craftsmanship, color and more! So touching to hear the story of the newlyweds-to-be - and that you were part of it all :) What a blessing!

:: BlueInks :: said...

Holy smokes, Carol! You lost me at string egg! You are so creative. The project turned out perfect and I am sure that it was a hit. Great job!

~Paola~ said...

OHMYGOODNESS!!!
This project for sure is rocking the house down Carol!!!
Only YOU would think of such clever and wonderful solution!
And the result is absolutly AMAZING!!!!Honestly g/friend...You can do absolutly EVERYTHING and do it sooo STUNNINGLY!! what an amazinggggggggg 'bridal egg'!!
**KUDOSSSSSSSSSSSSSS**

April said...

Okay, now that I wiped the tears away - you surely are Da Bomb!! I sooo wish I lived closer to you!

This is an incr-EGG-ible project~ I love it and think I must steal the idea for Kyle next year - he never gets candy, so am always looking for something different on the holidays!!

kadie said...

Carol, this is seriously INCREDIBLE!! Woweee!! What an amazing project and incredible gift to make a special day even that much more perfect!! You're awesome!!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) A•Muse Consultant #1065 said...

Oh my word! Carol, this egg is so so darling... what a memory you created for the bride to be, her fiance, and yes, even you and your little miss! And look at that egg!! It is amazing!!!

I am in awe, my friend!