Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A little pre-wedding fun...

In just a few weeks, my niece is getting married... in Norway... where my mother was born... and I am going to the wedding!!

She is having 2 overnight spa parties, at a hotel in Portland,
Oregon. One is for a very close friend, the other is for 4 of her closest friends.

I don't live in Oregon, so I am 'creating' in Texas and sending it to Oregon. My sister is getting fluffy robes monogrammed for one night and pj's for the other night. I've made a 'spa bucket and basket' for each friend. I've sent them to my sister and she will have them on the beds in the 'suite' for the girls, with her rolled up and ribboned robes and pj's!

These baskets and buckets were so much fun! And again... it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg... not when you have Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby & Michaels! They provided the basics, and then I did my own twist... a hot glue gun is a must! I added spa stuff, sponges, soft socks, soaps, and also chocolate truffles and pale pink Jelly Belly's, etc...

I also filled a tiny heart shaped glass ornament with some pearls and wrote the 'bride & groom's' names in a heart and attached them with little satin ribbons to the tulle bow, a keepsake to later hang on their trees at Christmas.

I just mailed our wedding gift today. It's a little unusual... a good friend of mine makes wedding garters from antique lace and ribbons, she actually did Jenna Bush's wedding garter. Her work is so beautiful, and she is a precious christian friend. She had one piece of hand knotted lace left from a descendant of Queen Victoria, which she saved for me...

Since our dad is in heaven and won't be here to marry them... I added to the garter, his wedding band and a tiny gold & pearl heart shaped necklace drop which he gave to my mother years ago. It kind of makes us all feel like they are 'with us' as we travel to Norway for the wedding day...

More on the Norway visit in the weeks ahead. For now... our love and congratulations to Mark & Romy!!


Just a little something from Judy said...

For a brief moment I thought I accidently went to Martha Stewart's blog. I am so excited to see you share your amazing creativity. You see, I have a daughter getting married in the next year, with family members from out of state coming. This is inspiring to me and gives me some wonderful ideas. You did a great job,and I know they will feel so very special. I do hope you share more of the wedding details with us. I am so thankful that you get to go.

Debbie Petras said...

Sonja, how special that you made the girls those cute buckets and baskets. You are very creative!

What a wonderful wedding gift for the bride and groom. I can understand why it would have been extra special if your dad was still alive to marry them.

I will be praying for the whole family as you journey to Norway. One of my blogging friends recenlty moved from Tromso to Alta. Talk about being way up north!

I love you!

Debbie (your other sister)

Rita said...

How wonderful that you will get to go to Norway for the wedding. I know that you are probably very excited. I know I would be. Great buckets that you fixed for the bride's spa party! A gift doesn't have to be expensive to be valuable! You did a good job! Be safe and have a great trip.

Felisol said...

I'm amazed, plain and simply, amazed.
I cannot even make an ordinary gift wrapping, and you present artistry not only to the bride and groom, but to four of her dearest friends.
You must be the bestest of all aunts.
I came over to wish you a happy and safe journey and also thank your sister, Carol Joy for her very friendly comments on my blog.
Now I hope you can take sunbaths in the midnight sun, and I'm also anxious to see the special church where the wedding is to be.
No need for uff da, only ja da, ja da this time.

Saleslady371 said...

Sonja, I just loved this. The guests are going to feel so loved when they get these. I would be very interested in hearing about the wedding in Norway. Any traditions that will be followed? Please write about the details and I'll be praying for your safe trip.


LisaShaw said...

WOW! What beauty, creativity and LOVE all wrapped up!! Love the photos and your heart for your niece. What an amazing gift she will receive from you as well.

Congratulations to your precious niece. May God's hand be with them both.

I have not been on blogs in over a week and had to visit with you. So glad that I did.

Love the swirly swirls blog design. Very warm and inviting JUST LIKE YOU!

Love you.

P.S. One day we have to phone chat. I'd love to "hear" the beauty of what I "see" in you my friend.

Anonymous said...

Lovely gifts! I know you must be so excited to return to Norway!!!

Runner Mom said...

How lovely! You are so creative! I love the sweet touches that you added to the garter. She will love it!So excited that you will be able to go to Norway.

Enjoy your day!!

Cindy said...

So pretty! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your time in Norway.

Kathleen said...

What an adventure you have ahead of you! I know it'll be memorable on many levels, and we'll be beneficiaries of all the great pictures, memories, and travel-logs.


Crown of Beauty said...

I loved looking at the pretty things you made, Sonja.

And somehow, I also felt the excitement in your words... especially that you are going back to Norway where you grew up!

Will be looking forward to what you have to share with us!

COngratulations to your niece and her husband to be!


beBOLDjen said...

Your description of the garter sounds absollutely lovely. What a special and treasured item that is sure to become!

Have a wonderful trip! And many blessings to the bride and groom!

Dianna said...

Looking forward to seeing pictures from this beautiful wedding that will be taking place in Norway soon!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

What fun you will have, both at the wedding and in your family's native homeland. Can't wait to hear more; I received my book today at my new address. I felt a little less "alone" because of it. Thank you so very much.