I'd love to give the boys boutonnieres, but didn't want to have anything stuffy or formal pinned to their outfits. I started to look for a cute alternative. First, I found ribbon badges all over the internet. My favorite came from the Wedding Bee message boards, but didn't have a source. I've combed the web, but haven't tracked the origin of this image down.
The button in the middle of the ribbon badge was cute, but not cute enough. I wanted something that little boys would like. I also hoped that it would be in some way related to the wedding. That's when I started looking for little golden retrievers. In my mind, I was thinking of boutonnieres like these from Fritts Rosenow:
Marc and I combed the scrapbook and jewelry sections of the craft store on Sunday completely expecting to find some little golden retrievers. We completely struck out. There were plenty of little dog paws, dog bones, and little cats, but no little dogs! I wasn't even being picky about breeds...any dog would be fine. No luck. We looked at the the Schleich animals and doll house figures at the toy store and didn't see anything there, either. I tracked down the tiny, porcelain animal figurines that one of my friends collected when we were little (the kind that came glued on a piece of white card stock...by Hagen-Renaker), but it might take a while to get four of the same figurine on Ebay.
I thought I'd come home and find what I needed online, but didn't have any luck finding the little dogs (I think they are called chipwood embellishments in the scrapbook worlds).
So, I had to change my strategy. I started looking for any sort of golden retriever and found two possible options. The first was a little golden retriever made out of polymer clay that I found on Etsy. I might be able to make these myself...
The second option was to use buttons with dogs on them, so the boutonnieres would look very similar to the ribbon badges at the top of my post. I found loads of cute buttons on Etsy. Here's one example:
I'm a little sad that I can't recreate one of those Fritts Rosenow boutonnieres with a dog on it. The big question now is whether I settle or keep searching for something that fits the image I have in my dead. What do you think?