My Rosettes

A few weeks ago I blogged about potential ways of storing my rosettes now that they have been evicted from the picture rail of our smallest bedroom – Which you can read about here.

Anyway, I thought you’d be interested in my solution.

For the majority, I decided that jars would be the best option; so I asked my parents to have a look in their Aladdin’s Cave for any large jars with large necks. Unfortunately, the large neck part caused a problem and they could only provide an old chemistry jar with a homemade wooden lid. I managed to fill this jar with a couple of years worth of rosettes and some medals that I’d also won at the time.

After some research online, I popped to IKEA and bought two more jars. These have very wide necks and cork lids, but aren’t particularly tall. Anyway, they were sufficient for the rest of my “normal” rosettes.

I’m quite pleased with the result, and can place them around the house as I wish, and in a few years time I’ll be able to get them out and show them to my little person, who will hopefully enjoy reflecting on them with me.

I’m going to keep an eye out for suitable jars, perhaps in charity shops or Granny’s Aladdin’s Cave.

Next up, were my special rosettes. Namely Otis’s fancy rosette and sash for winning a Dressage Series. And of course Matt’s collection from the Dressage Championships. A friend gave me the idea of a memory box, so off I went to Hobbycraft to buy the biggest box frames they had. Then I spent a happy New Year’s Eve arranging, sewing, and sticking the rosettes and sashes into the frame.

With Otis’s, I took a Dressage photo I had from the time to add to the frame, and I think it looks pretty cool. In hindsight, I should have flattened the sash before framing it, but our heavy books were already flattening out an elephant poster print for the nursery. This arrangement of the sash shows the event and the year, so needs no other explanation.

Matt’s collection was more tricky. Really, the frame wasn’t big enough for two sashes and two large rosettes. Because we had a specific journey together, I also wanted to put his qualifier rosettes in the display too, and there was no way I could have fitted a photo in too. But I have plenty of photos of him and I won’t forget our championship story. I can put a label on the back of the frame stating the event, horse and year, for anyone else’s information.

It took me a while to find an arrangement I was happy with, and didn’t look too “busy”. Unfortunately I couldn’t get the writing on the sash into the picture, but that’s partly because of the amount of writing and the size of the font. As the rosettes state it anyway, I think that’s sufficient.

I’m pleased with the outcomes of both displays: a rectangular box frame might’ve been better for Matt’s sashes, but without going down the (expensive) specially made frame route, this looks great.

I used some small foam stickers to attach the rosettes to the backing card, and discreetly stitched the sashes into their shapes before using the foam stickers to secure them. The tails of the rosettes were folded behind the backing card. The idea is that I can take them out in the future and they are still intact.

What do you think of them?

Storing Rosettes

I’ve got a bit of a dilemma at the moment. My office is currently being turned back into a bedroom for bump, so I’m having to find new homes for everything. But what do I do with all my rosettes?

I’m reluctant to box them up because of the associated memories, but equally I don’t think they should stay strung up along the wall. Or maybe I should leave them to start encouraging the competitive spirit and eagerness to ride …

When I was younger I did a variety of things with rosettes. Hung them up on the wooden beams in my bedroom, hung them on the top of my curtains (pencil pleats, but they were forever falling off), and then finally I had a bamboo blind on the back of my door – which had two panes of glass so let a lot of light into my room. On a side note, I just remembered my teenage brother smashing one patterned pane in anger… and we were in so much trouble because the panes were a hundred year old so replacements weren’t exactly easy to find. I hung the rosettes on this, which I always liked, and it served the job of keeping the light from the landing out of my room.

How does everyone store their rosettes and sashes? I’ve seen cushions made from them, but I’m not sure I like that idea – it gets confusing as to what the ribbon is for. And I like being able to reminisce. All of my rosettes have the date, horse, competition level, location, and score scribbled on the back to help trigger memories.

After a quick google, I found a lot of cushions, wall hangers (which is fine for a small number), and glass jars.

Ideas on a postcard please, so I can get organised. The more creative or quirky, the better. And if anyone has any photos that would be even better!