wedding ornament gone wild…

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I’ve just added a new Christmas ornament to my collection today…and I just love it…but it is funny, because it is not at ALL how I originally intended it to turn out. My original idea popped into my head as I was thinking about something that might make a good idea for a wedding ornament…and I had a very contemporary, black and white, evening-ish type of color scheme in mind. I was sitting in my “ornament room” really super late at night, and started making some flowers out of ivory and black satin. I made a bunch, and thought maybe I would just cover an entire ball with them (and I still might do that!) I even had the name “Tuxedo” in mind (since I’ve already got one named “Black Tie”)…but when I started pinning the flowers onto a styrofoam ball to see how it would look, that part of my brain that just seems to always pipe up without being asked, jumped in. Hmmmm…what if I wrapped ribbon around the ball first? I tried it with black satin ribbon…nope, way overkill. So I went through the whole thing again with ivory ribbon, but then I had a mummy ornament (Will have to file that idea away for Halloween next year!). After having spent the last hour weaving and wrapping ribbon, I just really wanted to see this idea through! I decided to try both the black and ivory in an alternating pattern, even though in my mind it seemed like it may turn out way too weird. And the truth is, it DID look weird. But also really awesome! In a weird kind of way. I knew at this point that my scatterbrained self was taking me off into a whole different direction, and that my wedding ornament idea would have to wait. It didn’t look like a tux anymore…it looked kind of…French…ish. It was almost looking a little like my Moulin Rouge inspired bedroom decor. I pinned a few flowers to the top, but something still wasn’t right. So I did what I always do when I get stuck…I sipped a glass of wine and sat there and stared at it for awhile, while the time I SHOULD have went to bed came and went. I do this pretty often…sometimes I have to look at something for forever, even walk away from it for a few days, before the right idea materializes in my head. Anyway, I happened to glance over at my bead stash and see a red pendant that I had originally bought to make myself a necklace with. I did not know how I would make it work, but I knew that THAT was what was going to make this black and ivory ribbon thing go from weird to perfect. Well, after a little more playing around, adding a chain, and changing up my flowers a little bit (“a little bit” = making all new ones, because the original set just wasn’t it anymore), my black and white evening wedding tuxedo looking ornament had its bachelor party at the Moulin Rouge, and ended up French inspired, vintage-y, chic, and totally girly and gorgeous…it’s very unique, and I just love it. I hope you will too. :D

Mademoiselle Ornament

Mademoiselle Ornament

Mademoiselle Ornament

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  • Benjamin
    April 21, 2011

    These satin ribbon ornaments are truly beautiful, and I’ve never seen ornaments quite like them. I’ve helped design hundreds of custom ornaments for customers, and have never had the experience of working with this medium. They look sophisticated and rich as heirloom quality ornaments should. Thanks for sharing the idea.

  • ornamentgirl
    April 21, 2011

    thank you :)

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