This nerdy guy planned an elaborate proposal for his girlfriend using a tree he had chopped down as inspiration. The end result is actually quite cool.
We had recently chopped down some mesquite trees at my parents cabin.
That went so well I formed a plan for the proposal and set about making a treasure chest/Jewelery Box
The next part was harder than I thought too. I was originally going to shape each slat to groove into each other.
But of course I had to nerd it up. I bought and arduino, read some tutorials, added some RGB leds and speaker screen.
Bought this little guy of electronics123.com. Its a USB programable sound module with motion sensor activation.
The LEDS start when latch is flipped via a momentary pushbutton and the zelda chest opening music plays.
She isn't into diamonds, so I found the coolest gemstone I could (Alexandrite) and bought her a set of synthetic earrings.
I designed a custom ring based on her mom and grandmothers ring combined with what I hoped was her taste.
I wanted to go all alexandrite but christ that rock is pricy past half a carat. The center stone is a color shift sapphire.
She said yes! This was an amazingly fun project and truly a labor of love. I can't wait to make more stuff with the mesquite!