Stand-in engagement rings

It’s been a pretty hectic month and I apologize for being so absent! Trying to launch a camera handbag business, planning a wedding, finding a new home (and now learning about renovation) has certainly made life a little… different, for lack of a better word.

But one thing that has been following me around on occasion is my stand-in engagement ring. What’s that again?  There’s probably a better term for it but that’s what I’ve been calling it for now :)

This is the one I decided on from LulisPlace on Etsy:

LulisPlace knot engagement ring | micheleng.com

I love how it’s a different type of knot in a simple but classic type of way. It was the only one I couldn’t stop thinking about after searching through countless product pages!

Lulu, the shop owner, was also really patient and prompt in answering my questions about international ring sizes, nickel allergies and having it shipped to Singapore. It even came with a polishing cloth. A month of bashing it about and it’s still perfect. I highly recommend her and her shop! :)

Here’s the full story of how it came about:

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Make a wedding card box

One of the best parts of planning a wedding has definitely got to be the DIY craft projects!

The project for today was a wedding card box (also known as an ang bao/ “red packet” box in Singapore).

make a wedding card or angbao box | micheleng.com

As people usually place money inside cards or red packets, I decided that a box would be better than an open case. Just for safety reasons, as cautioned by the wiser, older folks ;)

Read on to find out how to make one:

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Make potpourri from flowers

Have you ever gotten flowers from a loved one but aren’t too sure what to do with them after? (Perfect for valentines day or any other special occasion…)

This time, I was determined to do something more with the flowers that Dan proposed with (find out more here). I’m not a fan of dried flowers lying around the room collecting dust, but I’m a huge fan of rooms smelling nice. So what better than to make potpourri! :)

I decided to use the rose petals only instead of the eustomas as they dry better and my fave potpourri scent is rose. I tried searching for directions but most required a lot more work and items I didn’t have, so here goes a simpler version that I concocted:

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Here’s how:

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Save the date!

Things have been a crazy whirlwind and it’ll probably be even crazier over the next few months. But the good news is that the date for our big day is set!

There’ll be even more DIY projects to come as we prepare for our wedding and I’m excited to share them with you. :)

First up, a brief version of our save the date card design:

save the date | micheleng.com

(I’ve removed some details for privacy but you get the general idea.)

More about the design

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