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Friday, March 8, 2013

With This Ring .. My First Wedding Design

Hello my dear friends,

I am sure I have mentioned before that my older daughter Ashleigh is getting married this September. I am so excited about it and also a bit nervous too ... my baby girl is all grown up now and ready to spread her wings.
She has asked me to create the ring pillow for her ceremony and also to decorate her bridal shoes too which is so neat and I can't wait to start. With the wedding getting closer and closer I am starting to try out different looks for the ring pillow first.

The ring pillow I am sharing with you today is just a small try~out one and not the one for the actual wedding just yet. I didn't use my daughters colors for it which are dark red, shades of purple/violet and ivory but instead the color of the roses I made recently in bark tan seam binding that I shared with you yesterday.

 I was very fortunate that I had a fabric in my chest that was perfect for this creation and after I finally made my mind up about whether to use a old doily or not and which one the design for the ring pillow was completed and not too long after that the actual creation was completed too. And this time I decided to hand sew more than with the machine and it was so much more fun for me but take a look for yourself ...



(I took many photos and again I couldn't choose which ones to share with you lovely bloggers so I am sharing them all. Some of them were taken in crisp bright light and others in the warmth of the morning sunshine which are the darker photographs. I truly am happy with those photos especially because they are unedited and have turned out very nicely.)

There is something special about these photos I would love to share with you.
Do you see the rings in my photos? ... They belonged to my Mom and Dad and it means so much to me that I have them.
I do like the look of it even though I can't make my mind up about the doily covering the heart so much. I am already thinking about my next try~out ring pillow. I think I am just going to  play with what ever I can find in my supplies and that looks nice together.

So ... do stop by soon and visit me here at Todolwen.

I hope you are well and life is treating you kind my dear friends.

Have a peaceful  and creative day,

Karen B. 


  1. How beautiful! I think you did a fantastic job for your first sample! I love the doily, and am anxious to see what you come up with next!

  2. This is beautiful and just in time for all those June Brides. How very special to have your mom and dad's rings. Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts...

  3. How very very special to be able to "use" your parents' rings as stand-ins. Whatever your daughter picks I'm sure it'll be the best you have to offer, and judging from all your beautiful creations I'll bet it won't be an easy task for her.

  4. Hi Karen, what wonderful memories for you to use your parent's rings. Your photos are beautiful, and I too like the early morning light with the play of shadows. Your first try at the ring-pillow is fantastic. I agree with an above comment, that whatever you create and use will be beautiful. You are so creative. Thanks for sharing. Blessings and smiles, Emilou :-)

  5. It's beautiful, Karen. The colors are wonderful and I love the ribbon roses. I'm sure the ring pillow for your daughter will be fabulous too.
    Have a great weekend!

  6. This is gorgeous Karen! I love your roses, and how you pulled it all together to make something so perfectly pretty! And I especially love the pictures taken in the early morning light - magical!

  7. So pretty, karen! i love the roses, makes me want to make something with them!

  8. Karen your heart is so fantastic. I love it!!!
    Have a nice Sunday
    Hugs Alexandra

  9. Congratulations, Karen! It's gorgeous! I'm sure your daughter will love it!!!!
    Best wishes,

  10. This is just lovely. Beautiful pictures too.
    Your first attempt is totally charming.