My best childhood friend got engaged! Super exciting news, right?!
After recently losing two very close family members, this is the happiest possible news that any of us could’ve wished for her. Plus, who doesn’t like a good love story? Sail away on an amazing vacation cruise and gaze out at the beauty of the stars only to catch, out of the corner of your eye, the glimpse of another sparkly, shining bit of perfection and the love of your life down on one knee… it’s almost as if it was a story pulled from a romance novel. But no, this is her life; her very real life, her amazingly smart and lucky man, and her own incredible story.
Now, of course, I’m not at mercy to spill her full life story for the masses but one thing I can say is how truly happy I am for her, for him, and for their impending nuptials. That being said, I cannot help but set my mind into all things wedding related. Oh how I despise you yet love you, oh dear Pinterest. Yes, you all know exactly what kind of love-hate relationship I’m talking about here.
That inevitable excitement to find and pin spectacular ideas, crafts, recipes, designs, and more only to realize that you’ve essentially wasted hours upon hours of your time. Yes, that. Add to that the excitement of a recent engagement (and our own new house) and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. As amazing as Pinterest is, this time around, it failed me. Oddly enough, that was a good thing. It got me racking my own mind and I ended up thinking of a pretty neat idea. Insert cliche light bulb nod here –>
Wanting to put together a classy little gift while still managing to keep it unique started off as a task much easier said than done. Of course, my little ones wanted in on the project, too, so keeping it kid friendly was making it a bit tricky. In the end, however, it was his proposal that rang the thinking bells – nautical themed! Of course, living by the shore for the majority of my life means that I have an infinite amount of beach themed crafts and goodies running through my mind at any given time. Once I decided on going that route, the rest was a breeze… or sea breeze!
This particular couple does a lot of travelling and I opted to tie that into the mix. Typically, when one goes on vacation, souvenirs are often brought home. Most of those, however, usually end up being goofy, odd items that get lost, misplaced, or tossed out over the course of time. I wanted to give them a way to hold on to these memories, those places, that adoration of travel, and this love for each other. Here are the basics:
- Two different sized glass vases
- Various seashells
- Extra decorative items of your choice (I kept it simple with ribbon and an initial)
I started by putting the smaller vase inside the larger of the two and I partially filled them with sand from our local beach. After decorating it with various seashells, starfish, sand dollars and similar beach themed items, my work was done but theirs is just beginning.
The idea behind it goes a little something like this… The local sand represents the foundation of their relationship and symbolizes that their life together began right here. Now, when I gift it to the couple, he will add a handful of sand (that he secretly brought home from their proposal vacation) to the center vase to signify their engagement and location thereof. From that point on, they can continually add in handful by handful of sand from each new venture they journey on together. And, one day, they can look back on a life well lived and the memories they’ve collected with each and every grain of sand.
Who would’ve thought that a little bit of dirt could, symbolically, mean so much?
Congratulations Kelly & Mark!
Best wishes, always!