I love proposal stories (and would love to hear yours). It’s fascinating how every proposal always seems completely appropriate for the couple, from popping the question on the couch at home to surprise sea plane flights to secret beaches with a fine dining table for two.
Gordon proposed to me on a boat on the beautiful Milford Sound, one of our favourite places in the world.
The lovely man that he is got down on bended knee and asked, ‘Will you marry me?’ ‘Are you serious?’ I asked. ‘Yes, yes, I’m not kneeling down here for no reason.’ ‘Oh, yes, yes, of course,’ I said and hugged the life out of him. Given my response, I’m amazed he persisted, but somehow it captured us perfectly: the romantic and the mad scientist.
The engagement notebook
A couple of my friends recently got engaged and I wanted to give them something homemade and useful. When you’re preparing for a wedding it’s really handy to have a notebook to jot down ideas as they strike, pin fabric samples and paper swatches, particularly if it’s small enough to fit in your handbag.
I thought it would be fun to play around with the saying, Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Apparently, the advice was to help ward off the Evil Eye and it’s nasty habit of leaving brides barren. So, I might ignore that bit and focus on the fact it’s a cute saying.
Something old – a page from a pulp romance novel seemed perfect Something new – the notebook Something borrowed – the retro library card Something blue – the bookmark ribbon
Ingredients for engagement gift book
Notebook Calico or fabric for cover Craft glue Thick needle and thread Ribbon Yellow envelope White card Page from romance novel Stamp or permanent marker Scissors Ruler Pencil or tailor’s chalk
How to make engagement book
1. Using a ruler, mark up about one inch around the edges of the notebook. 2. Cut the fabric along the mark up lines and snip the corners on the diagonal to make folding easier. 3. Fold fabric to conceal edges, run glue along the edges of the book cover, press the fabric down on to glue and slide fingers along the edge to flatten the finish. 4. Attach the ribbon to the back cover of the book with glue (or stitch on). 5. Using a ruler to measure, mark the stitch points and stitch. 6. Glue book pages to the front page of the book, pressing down hard. 7. Cut one edge off the yellow envelope and glue to inside cover. Trim and insert white cardboard into envelope. 8. Stamp or write book ‘title’ on cover.
Cybele Masterman (Bele) trained as a beauty therapist, aromatherapist and journalist. After working as all of the above has found herself on a quest for a beautiful and meaningful life that doesn't cost the earth. Follow on google: +blahblahmagazine twitter: @blahblahzine or Instagram: BlahBlahMagazine