Today we are going to be making up a large batch of paper boutonnieres or buttonholes.  It reminded me of some we made a while ago.  We had 2 weddings with a similar colour theme, and used gentian violet to dye the paper.  

Gentian violet has a few medical and scientific applications, but did you know that it can be used in solving crimes too? More about that later…  

Gentian dyed lilac origami lily buttonholes

It’s always fun and a privilege to be part of the excitement of a wedding. We made up the musical origami lilies for the men at delightful Barbara’s wedding.  And then we had a batch of proteas for Jan’s wedding too. We’re looking forward to the pics from both.  [We so appreciate the brides who send us pics.] 

It was so rewarding to work with a solution of lovely gentian to dye the different papers.  In my search to see how others have used this liquid lavender, I was intrigued to find that it can be used to pick up latent finger prints.  So if you are a forensic investigator at heart, have a look here to see how it can be done!