The Vine: July 10, 2013
I am a bridesmaid in a wedding at the end of the month. Unfortunately, I injured my finger three weeks ago and found out this week that it's a tendon injury that requires a splint for at least eight weeks, 24 hours a day.
I can't even take it off for a few hours. Pretty much, if my finger tip bends at all, it restarts the eight-week clock and may result in me needing surgery. So, I feel bad that I'm going to have an ugly splint on my finger for my friend's wedding. I've been Googling ways to decorate a splint, but everything I find are either covers that aren't that pretty or things for children. I was thinking that there would be no way that I'd figure something out, but then thought of the Vine. Maybe you and your readers have some ideas. We're wearing long, bright-pink dresses and silver jewelry and shoes, but I am open to pretty much any ideas. It doesn't have to cover the splint totally, just make it look a little prettier or not as obviously ugly.
Before you go crazy with the craft glitter, call the bride up and ask her what she thinks. "I feel terrible that this medical clonker is going to screw up the consistency of the bridesmaids — I'm so sorry. Would you prefer that I make/find a little cover for it, or just leave it be and put my arm behind my back in the photos?"
Chances are you care way more about how hideous you think it is than the bride does. I'm assuming, perhaps overly optimistically, that she'll be like, "Oh my God, I don't care at all, I'm just glad you're okay," and/or that she'll see this is one of those things that's much more obvious the more you try to hide it. My feeling is that any sleeve or cut-out sock or whatever that you fashion to dress it up is going to look budge. I speak from experience, having attempted to dress up a medical-supply cane for a performance. Better to let it be what it is. Bones break.
Unless. If you can get a wide, well-made fabric ribbon — quality satin or grosgrain — that matches or complements the dress, and a handy friend who can wrap the splint completely and securely and maybe top things off with a little bow, that could look cute. Do a test run beforehand to make sure it won't start unwinding during the ceremony, and doesn't get too grubby, but if you can make it look Martha instead of Regretsy, it's something you might consider.
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