Yorick and I are to be married next August, and to celebrate we will build a barn…in three days!

We’ve never really been the marrying type. The whole concept has always mystified me and, to be honest, the perceived freedom of not being married has suited us both very well. We’re with each other because we want to be. However, sixteen years on and two lovely boys later we have decided that the time is right to have a grand party and profess our love to the world. We also reckon it’s a great way to launch our relationship in to this next chapter of our lives…the building chapter.

The other day, while talking to a friend about this she asked whether we had rings. I was a bit taken a back. I’d completely forgotten about the ring thing or maybe I had subconsciously buried the thought ever since an impulse engagement to a Brazilian X in my youth. We were working in a community in wales…word spread just as I was suspecting I had made a very wrong decision. A Brazilian meal was organised for that evening and as I stirred the rice my badly fitting ring fell into it. It was later furtively retrieved but badly stained. I can’t remember what happened to it after that but the relationship went the same way as the ring…hot, then sticky, then lost!

So now I’m thinking rings and have been browsing etsy for rather a long time trying to find something that we could wear happily for EVER. Something distinctive but simple, that reflects what we are to ourselves and to each other.

OK…I’m going to show you my favourites. No decision yet though.

This one is titanium with wood, just a bit that the wood might not cope too well with manure digging and washing dishes
This one is titanium with wood from an inspired company called Boomering. just a bit concerned that the wood might not cope too well with my life of manure, mud and dish washing.
I really love the drama of this one, dark wood and silver set in to titanium. But is it very manly?
OK, so it's not exacly practical but this ring from Ruth Tomlinson is so exquisitely grunge bling!
Again titanium. I love the simplicity but there's a delicacy to the lines which appeals.
Again titanium. I love the simplicity and there's a delicacy in the cream lines which softens the bulk.
I adore the combination of wood stone and silver in these rings by Adele Brererton. But will they last a lifetime? and do they look a little like boxing gloves? Could be handy.
OK, so it's not a ring but browsing through the Origin exhibitor list I came across this beautiful work by Grace Girvan No web site but I'll get in touch and see whether she makes rings. I love these textures and remember chatting to her at Origin 2007 about where we collected pebbles from.
OK, so it's not a ring, but I'm going to contact Grace and see if she makes them. I remember swapping beach locations for good pebble finds at Origin 2007

Well, there’s a wee selection for you. Who knows where this creative journey will take me but three materials keep jumping out at me: wood, stone and silver.

Posted by:mogwaii

Born: 13th March 1969 in Edinburgh Star sign: Pisces Where do I live? An beautiful island called Lismore Who with? I live with my gorgeous man - Yorick, and my beautiful boys Ruben (currently 14) and Tom (10) and we also have cat poppy, cat Bashy and cat Spyro. What do I do there? Water veggies in the polytunnel, loads of mopping up, picking up clothes, cooking and washing dishes. The rest of the time I'm in a blissfull state in my studio making things out of wool and designing the next must have (in my head!) and a lot of cycling to and fro My favourite Books: Right now...empowerment books like "The power of now" and "The Secret", but also John Fowles "The Magus" and "The kite runner" and I love the "Tao of Poo" My Favourite films: Babettes feast, Wings of desire and The colour of Pomegranites. My favourite music: Bach cello suites for designing, Dolly parton for making (especially her album Little Sparrow), Teddy Thompson and loads of other stuff! What did I do before moving to Lismore? * Went to school in Edinburgh (South Morningside primary then St. Mary's music school and then George Watson's) * Went to Brazil for a year, fell in love, learnt Portuguese and spun a lot of wool * Studied foundation in visual arts in Manchester poly and then went on to study BA Hons in textiles at Goldsmith's college * Made felt hats, sold them at Camden market and then eventualy Liberties and had Ruben in the midst of it all - moved to Pathhead * Tom came along and I stopped making hats. sung lots of Jazz, taught Brazilian and samba singing, recorded an album and started singing with La Boum * Tom went to school and I set up Mogwaii * Moved here in 2006 There you go!! xx Sarah (from left) Ruben, me and Tom (from left) Ruben, me and Tom

4 replies on “Wedding ring

  1. These are lovely! How exciting for you guys! Congratulations!!! I didn’t even know you guys weren’t married. I’ll be excited to see the rings and the planning and everything!

  2. Hi Sarah,

    I’ve been admiring your blog for a while now and thought I would say hi!

    I married my lovely hubby in August this year, and we opted for white gold bands inlaid with Whitby jet. This is a very tricky process, given that jet is fossilised tree and is quite brittle. We have to take good care of the rings – not let them get too wet or take too many knocks – but we really like this, as it reminds us on a daily basis that we also have to take take of our marriage. I know it might sound cheesy, but it means so much more to us than a pair of rings that we just wear and forget about.

    I would imagine that a ring with wood included in it would need a similar amount of care and attention, so would serve as a reminder to you in the same way.

    Have fun with the wedding planning – I loved it!

    Tracy x

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