Valentines day is a wonderful days for all you single lovers out there. But when you are parents it’s really hard to get around grand gestures of love. Here is a neat little DIY project I managed to create between work and diaper changing.

You’ll need:

1. a cross stitching hoop

2. piece of fabric

3. cross stitch pattern (I used this one)

4. pen

5. needle

6. Embroidery thread

 

DIY cross stich heart

 

 

Place your fabric securely inside the wooden hoop.

Place over the cross stitch pattern and trace the stitches with a pen (be sure to use a light color that won’t show on the other side).

Stitch along the pattern of the heart.

Remove the excess fabric with scissors.

Give to your Valentine.

Happy Valentines Day!

 

Valentines day is coming up and  I hope that all of you  are starting to think about gifts for your loved ones. I know it seems far away, but trust me, it’s just around the corner.

In order to help you get started, I made some free gift tags for you to print. You are

Valentines-day

Feel free to download them at the following link: Valentines day

 

Among other properties, color is a key element in choosing a gift. Therefore, the success of the gift may depend on that alone. This is why, when facing the challenge of finding a gift for a certain someone, I would advise you to find out which colors this person likes or more importantly dislikes. In order to find out which color’s one prefers, you should notice which colors s/he likes to wear, which colors s/he use for accessories and which color’s they decorate their home. Then coordinate the gift accordingly when buying cloths accessories or home decor. Soon enough you would find out that most people dress in black, the majority do it since it is the easiest most slimming effortless solution for cloths, other’s simply love black. In either case, when in doubt both black and white are the safe option.

Here are some B&W options I rounded up for you…

  1. Rebecca Minkoff ‘Striped Diamond’ Canvas Tote
  2. Hounds-tooth Check Lace up Brogues
  3. Tuxedo Cat Black & White Cat Stud Earrings
  4. Enhanced Black and White Diamond Bow Ring in 10K White Gold
  5. Black and White Clutch Handbag
  6. Polka dot Sunglasses Case
  7. Herve Lerger Bandage Dress Black
  8. Printable Cat Card Cat Art Black and White

 

Happy Valentines Day everybody,

Valentines Day is always very special to me since it’s the day I asked my spouse out. Our first date took place a few days later, however, if I hadn’t made the move on that day, nine years ago, I wouldn’t be in the state I ‘m in today.

 

 

I don’t know why I haven’t shared this yet… Blogging is still a new territory for me and I’m not always sure when to share personal things and when to keep them to myself. So forgive me dear reader for waiting until three weeks before my dew date, in order to share that I’m pregnant.

This Valentine’s my thoughts are with the new love that will soon enter our lives, the perfect gift of all…

I can’t believe that almost a year passed since I started this blog. I am bringing this up since I remember that when I uploaded the blog on March 6th, I had a Valentine’s Day idea in my mind and I knew that I would have to wait for almost a full year before I can post it. Back then I didn’t even know if I would be able to keep a blog at all… I wasn’t sure that I would be able to persist, writing every week seemed like a huge task I wasn’t sure I would be able to pursue. However, almost a year later, I am proud to say that I was able to keep this blog alive, long enough to supply my readers with this next gift idea. I hope that you agree that it was worth the wait…

 

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“Surely you know what a kiss is?” she asked, aghast.

“I shall know when you give it to me,” he replied stiffly, and not to hurt his feeling she gave him a thimble.

“Now,” said he, “shall I give you a kiss?” and she replied with a slight primness, “If you please.” She made herself rather cheap by inclining her face toward him, but he merely dropped an acorn button into her hand, so she slowly returned her face to where it had been before, and said nicely that she would wear his kiss on the chain around her neck. It was lucky that she did put it on that chain, for it was afterwards to save her life.

– J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

I’ve always been captivated by the story of Peter Pan for many different reasons, the adventures, the romance and the notion of not having to grow up. I was especially fascinated by the idea of the kiss as a small token that holds a great power. Surly the concept of the kiss as a powerful thing exists in many fairytales such as “The Sleeping Beauty”, “Snow White” and “Beauty and the Beast”, but in these tales, the kiss exists in its original manor whilst in Peter Pan the kiss wears the physical form of an acorn or a thimble. This turns every little acorn and thimble into precious kiss that may be given to your loved one, and in contrast to a real kiss, this one stays with you at all times.

 

 

 

Thanks to my Google Reader, I get to see all the fun Valentin’s Day idea’s People come up with! I just had to share this simple, super cute DIY idea by Woman’sDay, A lovely heart candy ring (I already expressed my affection to those). If you are proposing on Valentine’s Day, make sure you have a real wedding ring in your pocket as well… As much as a candy ring is cute, it won’t last long… If you can’t afford a ring, this ring is a thoughtful substitute until you are able to afford a real one.

Valentines Day is about three weeks away and it is time to start planing your Valentines gifts, especially if you want to order something online. It’s been a while since I wrote a top 5 on Etsy piece and what a great opportunity this is to share some of my Etsy choices with you. I love browsing Etsy and finding all sorts of stuff there… it’s the perfect place to browse for gifts since many of the vendors offer personalized gift options.

1. “I pick you” Guitar pick  2. Red heart locket necklace  3. Human heart print  4.  3d hearts with song lyrics  5.  Candy hearts

Here are my top 5 choices:

  1. I used to date a musician and I think that this “I pick you” Guitar pick is a great gift if your other half plays the guitar… It’s a cute way to express your love with regards to your spouse’s occupation.
  2. A more romantic choice for your special lady. There is something so warm and nostalgic about lockets, whenever I open one, it’s like opening a secret. That’s why I find that receiving an empty locket is somewhat disappointing. This lovely locket with the heart embroidery is just the sort of surprising secret most lockets lack. Add a personal love note folded inside the locket and it would enhance the surprise element and give another boost to your gift.
  3. This one is for those of you who don’t really like celebrating Valentines. A crowed that usually divides in two: the pure romantics who don’t need Valentine’s Day as a reminder and the non-romantics who don’t celebrate Hallmarks. For the latter I recommend this beautiful heart print, it’s a more realist way of being romantic with a dash of humor. Works as a great gift for cardiologists as well…
  4. Here is an example for a romantic personalized gift. A heart shaped cutout of your first song with your initials and special date. I always encourage people to DIY, however, if you are not crafty you can purchase a beautifully custom made framed song on Etsy.
  5. Heart candy always works for me! They are very nostalgic since when I was little my mom used to decorate birthday cakes with them…

Yesterday I realized that today is our second anniversary!!! oops! I totally forgot about it and didn’t have anything ready… Some gift blogging wife am I! Thank god for the internet for quick solutions. I just Googled “anniversary gift for husband” and found a great gift on Etsy: The Eye Exam Chart Print.  I like a simple design like this one, the idea is smart and strong, the concept is simple enough: at first glance this looks like your average eye exam, but when you read into it you find a secret message hidden inside. Don’t you just love hidden messages???

Since I had no time whatsoever, I couldn’t order this online and had to make my own version. Luckily I had all the supplies. I needed a frame, colors, the print itself, (which you can DIY with Word, Power Point, Illustrator or Photoshop and print in black and white).

 

Making the gift myself gave me the freedom to check different text options, which was good since I wasn’t sure on how I wanted to phrase the sentence. You know how you use sentences differently with different people… Well, even though this sentence is  weirdly written, it is the outcome of the common language that my love and I share.

Since the first thing my husband does in the morning is sit by his desk and browse the internet, I decided that the best way to give him this gift would be to leave it at his desk. This way it is the first thing he will see in the morning. Since he wakes up before me I had to sneak it into his den at night and leave it for him to find. The surprise was almost revealed since he went to close the computer before we went to bed, but fortunately he didn’t notice that something was different.

I forgot to mention an important fact that made this gift extra personal. My dear husband has a condition that requires eye physiotherapy, hence, he has to go through the eye exam every few weeks in order to check if the treatment works. When he saw the frame at his desk in the morning, he initially  thought I was mocking him, but when he looked closely, and read the message, he realized that it was a loving gesture.

Keep in mind that I made this for our anniversary, but given the right wording, this gift can work for almost any occasion and anyone. Just use your imagination and personalize it any way you like.

 

It is not that often that I run into such a great gift idea, a beautiful personal story, that is translated into a moving  gift idea. This beautiful embroidered geography love pillow by Erin from In Between Laundry, makes such a remarkable gift idea.

 

The key to a great personal gift such as this one, is finding a way to break down a personal story into it’s core idea and then interpret this idea into an image. This pillow represents the well known story of boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, they live miles and miles away, have to fight a communist government in order to finally get married. I know, I know, this pillow doesn’t represent all of that, however, this idea is simple, lovely and heartwarming nonetheless.

 

My father immigrated from the states to Israel when he was in his 20’s, leaving his family in the U.S. and forming his own family in Israel. As a result, I grew up away from my beloved Grandparent’s, uncles, aunt and cousins. Growing up, I would see them every few years, which meant that there were many events that I would celebrate without them. Thinking about it, it never made me sad, since I always knew that they are always in my heart, and that they are celebrating with me, even if we are miles and miles away from each other.

Every year on my birthday, my grandmother would send me a birthday card with words of love. Every year I would wait for the mail to arrive a few days before my birthday, but I would always wait until my actual birthday to open the envelope. I have kept all these wonderful cards throughout the years, and I can’t wait to get this years card on April.

When I saw this wonderful Idea by Janae from The Letter 4 I felt all fussy inside, since it really doesn’t matter how far you are from your loved ones, as long as your hearts are entwined.

The idea is very simple:

You have an event to celebrate with a distant loved one.

You want to let them know you are celebrating with them, even though you are miles away….

Send them a party in an envelope. Simply fill an envelope with various party elements such as confetti, balloons, noisemakers etc… attach a card or a note and mail it to their whereabouts.

Simple, thoughtful, lovely!