While this community meant a lot to me before I became a bee, becoming a bee has helped to shape my planning process so so much. You guys rock, really.
Thus, like many of my fellow bees, I have chosen to carry a few things with me so I can have the hive with me on the big day.
|via Mrs. Pain Au Chocolat / Photo by Heather Fowler Photography|
I’m so excited to carry the bee charms. I really love how it connects all of us together. In addition to the bee charms though, I also wanted something that represents a more personal connection to the hive. Long before I became a bee, I fell in love with the idea of having my moniker charm attached to my bouquet like many, many other bees ahead of me.
You have no idea how seriously jealous I was of those cute adorable charms. I desperately wanted to be a bee, but I was sure that by the time I was able to apply, they would have ran out of adorable icon ideas, and I would be stuck with something awful, like Miss Pimple.
Thus, when the current generation came out, I was so excited that I might get a cute animal as my moniker (thanks Mrs. Bunting!)
Like most other details in this wedding, I had to make it myself, half because I’m stubborn and cheap, and half because I really couldn’t find anything I liked on Etsy.
I took a bit of the leftover clay from my plate project and rolled it into a ball. I attached limbs, a tail, and sculpted a face. I made a little bamboo stick for my little panda to hold. I bent a pin in half to make the loop.
|Ffinally, a use for my biology textbook.|
Of course, often times after you make something, you keep looking at it and looking at it and the weirder it looked every time. Well, I kept looking at it and more and more, it started to look a little alien like.
I have so much admiration for people who make these gorgeous charms. It’s definitely not as easy as it looks.
I ultimately created an army of little pandas trying to get something that I like. The left one was a disaster from the get go. The second he came out of the oven, his head fell off…it was pretty horrifying. So after I super-glued his head back on (and managed to glue my fingers together in the process), I added eyes and a mouth with a marker and really hated it, ugh. Apparently eyes are really hard to make look correctly, it’s really easy to make it look like Derpy Hooves.
The one in the middle is the current iteration. I’m still not 100% happy with it, but it’s close. You can’t tell from this angle, but he’s really weird shaped, and his back is covered in black clay marks.
They aren’t nearly as tiny as Mrs. Pain au Chocolat’s, but I still like it. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to glaze it to make sure the individual parts stay together, but I do like it a lot. I can’t wait to carry her on the big day. So, what do you think?