Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Easy, Cheesy Valentines Day Gifts

Other than coming up with a Halloween costume, I find that Valentines Day is the next best holiday for creativity, and I gladly accept the challenge of coming up with a homemade gift to show Blake how much I care about him. They are usually really cheesy but fortunately, he appreciates the thought and effort.

Here are some past favorites:
  1. An army of loveI got this idea from Cher at Love Actually. I bought a package of army men, attached small notes with things I love about him and placed them all in a container with a label reading Army of Love. It was perfect for my former soilder.

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  2. Thinking about you white board
    This is really easy. I just took a photo, added a thought bubble with photo-editing software such as Photoshop and put the image in an inexpensive frame. You simply add messages with a dry erase markers. (Note: Make sure the frame has a glass covering. Dry erase markers will not always wipe off on plastic.)

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  3. Date of the Month ClubI liked this so much that Blake is getting this for a second year in a row. All you have to do is make a card detailing a date for each month of the year. The dates don't need to be extravagant. We went on bike rides, carved pumpkins and homemade pizza.

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    If you need some ideas, check out lovingyou.com. Also, I created the cards below for this year's Date of the Month Club, feel free to print them out and use them for your own Date of the Month Club.

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Proposal: A Snapshot of Our Relationship

Blake decided not to propose on Christmas because he wanted our engagement to be special. He waited until this past weekend, and he likely had a plan that involved wine, getting dressed up and popping the question in a park illuminated with Christmas light-draped trees along the Mississippi.

Instead, I got sick, so we made dinner at home, drank Kool-Aid and played Skip-Bo before Blake rubbed by shoulders, tucked me into bed and opened a ring box with my grandma's wedding ring. Blake asked me to marry him despite the fact that I had been blowing my nose all day, had not showered and had not even bothered change out of my pajamas.

While not impressive, it represents our relationship. Our first Christmas together, we broke down in Washington D.C. and spent our two-hour ride back to Maryland listening to the tow-truck driver promote arranged marriages. The first time Blake cooked me dinner my fire alarms went off. Nearly every vacation we've taken has included rain and unseasonably cold temperatures.

But those mishaps continually seem to make things memorable and special, so it is only fitting that our engagement be the same.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Blog Anniversary Giveaway

Sue, a potter, blogger and former co-worker, is celebrating her third blogging anniversary by giving away the mug below.  I have a few of Sue's pieces and can tell you that they are amazing. I always get asked about them. So, if you have a chance to get a piece for free, you cannot pass it up!

Check out Sue Pariseau Pottery for the details.


Sue mentions that it would be great for hot chocolate.  On that thought, I'm off to my kitchen to get my Sue Pariseau mug and make a peppermint patty (hot chocolate + peppermint schnapps)

Monday, January 3, 2011

4 Ways to Use Old Calendars

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Okay, so your calendar may not have turned you into an ultra-organized multitasker, but it probably wasn't a complete waste. Maybe its jokes made you smile, or perhaps it served as the only cheerfully colored accessory in your normally drab work cubical. So, instead of just simply tossing it in the trash, here are some ways to give your 2010 calendar another chance.

1. Wrapping paper: Use the colorful pages to wrap small gifts.

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2. Decorate canisters: A calendar page took an old Cheetos canister I had from this:

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To this:
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3. Envelopes: This is a great idea if you plan to give money or a gift card as a gift. I simply unfolded an envelope I already had, traced it out on a calendar page and assembled.

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4. Puzzle: A great way to add some color and fun to the otherwise colorless, boring winter months! I cut my calendar page to 8.5x11, attached it to a piece of card stock paper and clipped it into pieces.

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