This post is not for under 15 year olds. Adult content. May offend some.
This is part 11 of the series I'm writing in the lead up to our daughter's sweet 16 Venetian Masquerade baroque ball early next year. Please read the other 10 parts.
The park bench in our front yard needs renovation, the cats don’t seem to mind. It’s nice to admire our flowers from there. To offset any environmental issues with using paper napkins, I made the paper napkin rings completely reversible back to their component parts and reusable. Many of the buttons and earrings were secondhand too, I think, so already reused.
Curtain rings, the kind like key rings. (Or large keyrings.)
Buttons and /or clip on earrings.
I’d like to thank my Queensland Ebay friend for selling me the buttons and curtain rings. We had fun selecting the buttons from her extensive stash, and she was cheap to buy from, important as the budget has to stretch pretty thinly. For this baroque party I opted for metallic look, curly and often with heraldry on them. All were traditional designs.
This project was so quick and easy, I was able to get on with making the paper napkin rings, straight away without any special equipment or glues. I may glue on a cabochon on a couple of plainer ones, but that is optional. It probably took me 15 mins to make 55.
One of the best things about this method, is it’s completely reversible. Simply thread the curtain ring through the protrusion at the back of the button, as in the photo above. In the case of clip on earrings, I think it’s best to clip on after you put the napkin in the ring, but see how you go.
The iPad doesn’t capture sparkle, a shame as these were glittering in the sun.
“You look at me and I look at youI'm reachin' for your shirt what you want me to do?”
Copyright Runningonempty .
So let’s say, you’re having a dinner party, you’ve invited your new boss and his wife, but the budget is tight. You could get a glam look by removing some curtain rings from a spare room, and some fancy buttons from a dress in your closet , make your own napkin rings, and all can be put back after the evening. Net cost zero. That is if no one pinches one!
Starting a new job after a period out of work you put your best foot forward, get out the best china and glassware, polish the cutlery (flatware. ) The main course goes well, people are getting chatty on the wines. But what if your boss fingers your button while you’re in the kitchen? Putting your dress back to rights might be the least of your worries.
What do you do? Do you tell his wife? Do you tell Human Resources Department first thing tomorrow? Do you wait thirty years and tell a newspaper?
Feel free to debate in the comments.