Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wedding Shrine

I've been wanting to make a wedding shrine for Chris and I ever since I started making them a year or so ago but I was intimidated by the importance of the event and didn't want to do it wrong. So silly!

Then, a few months ago I thought up the theme that I wanted the shrine to have and it all came together.

I wanted to make a piece that spoke to the glamor of a wedding and the blissful utility of marriage. What better to represent blissful utility than an old well-used and truly worn cake pan? Cake, what we celebrate our occasions with, how we delight our children and fill our husbands stomachs? It was perfect.

So I scouted out the thrift shops until I found the perfect pan with the right amount of distress.

Then, employing paint stir sticks, an old wedding topper, skulls from a dollar store garland, Tim Holtz dangly sparkly expensive embellies and more hours then you'd ever imagine, I ended up with this:

Be still my beating heart!

This is a project I will treasure for the rest of my life. So pleased it came together.

Just an FYI, I have some extra architectural elements (the big plaster flourish) that I'm thinking about adding to my Etsy shop. Is that something any of you would be interested in?

Here's a picture of the plaster attached to the cake pan to give you an idea of how they look plain:

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grrlpup said...

It's beautiful!!

Sourkraut said...

LOVE this! The perfect mix of creepy cool and sentimental. I just might steal your idea of sticking skull heads on a plain old statue/wedding topper. Very cool.

Lisa - papergrace said...

Oh Nicole....that is amazing!! I love the significance of this from the cake pan to the wedding vows and the shrine. So incredibly beautiful. The flourish is stunning. I can see all the detail and time you put into it and it is PERFECT.

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

You have every right to treasure is amazing.

I love how you thought to use a cake pan. I love all the significance in this piece.


Carmen said...

You just get better and better - I'm just... shaking my head in awe at you missus!

LOVE it!

TwoThirtyFiveDesigns said...

AHHHmazing!! Love it!!
I came over after I read your comment on my blog, about the Geek Squad Birthday. I am your newest follower and would love the follow back ;)
I am totally digging your blog, well done!

Emily said...

That's beautiful! Thanks so much for linking it up with my first Whip it up Wednesday party. I appreciate it and look forward to seeing what you link up next week! :)

Emily from Nap Time Is My Time

BettyAnn Maki said...

I agree, a little creepy but beautiful.
Love you. mom

Rach H @ FamilyEverAfter said...

love. my hubby and i are big tim burton fans, and i'm sure he'd be proud!

I would LOVE for you to link this up at my link party, Once Upon a Weekend on my blog Family Ever After. The party just started!

♥Rach H at

Kei said...

That looks so amazing! Love it!

The New Witty's said...

I totaly dig your style ;) this shrine (while somewhat creepy) is totally rad...might consider something like this since our annv is in Oct. the 20th. And I love Dia de Los Muertos theme.

ferrellgraph-x said...

It's so creepy cool! I LOVE the plaster element! Awesome!
Kindest regards,

Ann said...

A true pleasure to visit your incredible blog. LOVED the Day of the Dead vibe. Thanks for the link. Best wishes.

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Probably one of the most original Halloween crafts I have ever seen...It's like Nightmare before Christmas meets the Crow. Love it.

Pinning you. Cuz I HAVE to.

In honor of all Hallow's eve...I'm throwing a party blog-style: Halloween Link Party @ momnivore's dilemma. Feel free to stop by anytime to link or get inspired...

Katie said...

Beautiful! I may have to make something similar for my boyfriend when we eventually get married... he loves Day of the Dead/skulls. He would go nuts over this!

Maureen said...

FABULOUS! Absolutely fabulous!

Jasmine said...

Just amazing! I LOVE the skeletons! This is a fantastic piece of work...{and I completely agree with your expensive comment!}