If there is one thing our bride loves, it is a monogram. She was fortunate enough that one of her bridesmaids has a graphic designer for a mother in law. She designed a custom monogram for the couple. We used it in so many places; the menu cards, the napkins for the place settings, and even the center of the dance floor. I had it digitized in order to use it for some other reception accessories.
Pinterest can be a wonderful thing or the bane of your existence. Depends on the day and the perspective. The bride and I had found a monogrammed table runner on Pinterest for the cake table that she loved. It seemed like something we could run with. The reception was a mix of ivory, cream, whites, and silver. I chose ecru dupioni and a darker ecru thread color for the monogram. I also wanted it to be something she could use on her own dining table after the wedding. It is two layers of dupioni with a medium weight interfacing sandwiched between. I monogrammed both ends.
Since I was on a roll with the monogram and had enough dupioni left, I decided to to cover a hat box with the dupioni to use as a card box. After the wedding it can be used as a keepsake box for the cards, invitations and other mementos of their wedding day.
I used a paper mache box from Hobby Lobby that was a whopping $5.99. I did flub up a teeny bit and the monogram is a bit lower than I intended but I ran with it. It was easier to trace the bottom of the box onto the silk, add a seam allowance and stitch a cover instead of trying to snip, tuck and glue it on. On the inside it is adhered with double sided tape. I repeated the procedure for the lid. I was going to cut a slit in the top for the cards but decided against it. I felt like the longevity of the box's use would be better served in leaving the lid whole.
I hope all is well with you faithful reader. Life here is good, I still haven't brought order back to this house. I told a friend today that it looked as if King Kong had picked the house up, shook it real hard and set it back down. The place is a disaster.
Until next time, we will be rooting for these guys tomorrow. Let's hope they can repeat the magical performance of the 2011 playoffs.