Despite all my apprehension, Tiddler was an absolute star on Saturday at our friends marriage ceremony and celebrations. She wore the dress. She wore the shoes. She carried the little wandy thing and the flowers. She allowed people who didn’t know she was clearly dressed up in a king’s costume, to describe her a flower girl without any ill effect. She danced with the bride and groom, and made friends with the other little children. She held hands with the bride and groom while they said their vows. She ‘might’ have looked a bit stroppy in a few of the photos, but it was beautifully sunny and the atrium space where many of the photos were taken was indeed making most of us a little hot and bothered. We can’t be perfect all of the time, but she certainly made her very best attempt.
This skinflinting post is not really about the wedding, but about one of the gifts we gave. The bride and groom chose not to have a set gift list, which means far more flexibility, but also far greater dilemmas over what would be suitable to give them to commemorate the day. We knew that hedgehogs are a sort of theme for our bride and groom, so we decided to create a thrifty, personal, and hopefully significant token from us to them.
This is how it pans out.
<text message> Digger, have you packed all the super glue off to my parent’s house or is there still some here?
<text reply> There should be some in that black tool box in the shed I think
<second text to me> What do you need superglue for? (I can ‘hear’ the suspicion in his text)
<text message> Just got a brilliant idea for a wedding present. Is it the red one?
<reply> no that’s araldite. It’s little tubes probably underneath. Remember what happened last time? (uh-oh, here it comes)
<reply> I don’t want you sticking your fingers together like last time. Wait till I come home.
Now that makes me sound completely incapable. Which is most definitely not true. Just perhaps with superglue. He is right I do have a poor record on that front.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, and having rummaged around the craft junk box I had held on to for the last few days thinking it would keep Tiddler occupied, and then waited till Mr Superglue was home to supervise, we came up with the following.
Note the superglue in the backdrop of this picture- safely away from me I hasten to add. I still felt it needed a last finish touch, just so we know which one is the bride.
Cost to me on the day- the tube of glue. All the rest were scrap and bits we had around the house anyway.
Verdict from the bride and groom? Thumbs up.