When you’re planning a mostly DIY wedding, it helps that your future mother-in-law is one of the craftiest people you know.
This is Susie, Thomas’ mom. She is amazingly creative and crazy talented at all things arts and crafts. Show her a beautiful yet overpriced wedding-related item (ahem, I am talking to you, BHLDN) – she’ll just take one glance at it, then say without hesitation, “Oh yeah, I can totally do that.”
She is awesome.
Thomas’ parents invited us over to their lovely home in Toms Brook for an afternoon of wedding craft making. This was just the first of what I’m sure will be several this summer, and it was quite productive – we designed and made a rubber stamp, sewed fabric pennants, dyed tablecloths, folded origami, and cut out a sample book vase (for the centerpieces).
Susie brought up something in one of our conversations today, that I had not yet thought about. She told me that she loves the emphasis on DIY for the wedding – and not just because it will save us money, or even that it will allow us to be really creative. But that it’s an excuse for our family and friends to gather well before the wedding and bond by rolling up our sleeves a bit and getting to work. Sure, it’s not the easiest and fastest way to do things. But it’s fun! And I imagine how great it must feel to see the fruits of our labor on our actual wedding day.
Surprise! A neighbor caught one of the groundhogs that have been terrorizing their gardens, right before we went into the yard for a bit to dye the tablecloths. Groundhogs are a little bit creepy, but kind of cute, yes?
We’ll be back in Toms Brook soon for another day of crafts. I hear there’s going to be a band saw involved.