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 andÂ diaperÂ changing.
1. a crossÂ stitchingÂ hoop
2. piece ofÂ fabric
3. cross stitchÂ pattern (I used this one)
6. Embroidery thread
Place your fabricÂ securelyÂ 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 theÂ excessÂ fabric with scissors.
Give to your Valentine.
Happy ValentinesÂ Day!
Valentines day is coming up and Â I hope that all of you Â 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 tagsÂ for you to print. You are
Feel free to download them at the following link:Â Valentines day
Among other properties, color is a key element in choosing a gift. Therefore, theÂ success of the gift may depend on that alone. This is why, when facing theÂ challengeÂ of finding a gift for a certain someone,Â I would advise you to find out which colors this person likes or more importantly dislikes. In order toÂ find out which color’s oneÂ 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’sÂ simplyÂ 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…
- Rebecca Minkoff ‘Striped Diamond’ Canvas Tote
- Hounds-tooth CheckÂ Lace upÂ Brogues
- Tuxedo Cat Black & WhiteÂ Cat Stud Earrings
- Enhanced Black and White DiamondÂ Bow RingÂ in 10K White Gold
- Black and WhiteÂ Clutch Handbag
- Polka dotÂ Sunglasses Case
- Herve Lerger Bandage Dress Black
- PrintableÂ Cat CardÂ 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 newÂ territoryÂ 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…
“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 intoÂ preciousÂ 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 GoogleÂ 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 byÂ 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 yourÂ pocketÂ 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 substituteÂ untilÂ you are able to afford a real one.
ValentinesÂ 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 EtsyÂ piece and what a great opportunity this is to share some of my EtsyÂ choicesÂ with you.Â I love browsing Etsy and finding all sorts of stuff there… it’s the perfect place to browse for gifts since many of theÂ vendorsÂ offerÂ personalizedÂ gift options.
Here are my top 5 choices:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 wellâ€¦
- 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.
- Heart candy always works for me! They are very nostalgic since when I was little my mom used to decorate birthday cakes with themâ€¦
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 justÂ Googled “anniversary gift for husband” and found a great gift on Etsy: The Eye Exam Chart Print.Â Â I like a simple design like this one, the idea is smart and strong, the concept is simpleÂ 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 theÂ sentence. You know how you use sentences differently with different people… Well, even though this sentence is Â 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 andÂ browseÂ the internet, I decided that the best way to give him this gift would be to leave it at his desk.Â 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, butÂ fortunatelyÂ he didn’t notice that something was different.
I forgot to mention an important fact that made this giftÂ extraÂ personal. My dear husband has a condition that requires eyeÂ physiotherapy, hence, he has to goÂ throughÂ the eye exam every few weeks in order to check if the treatment works. When he saw the frame at his desk in theÂ morning, he initially Â 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 rightÂ wording,Â this gift can work for almost anyÂ occasionÂ 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 Â gift idea. This beautifulÂ embroideredÂ geography love pillow by Erin from In Between Laundry,Â 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 pillowÂ representsÂ the well known story of boy meets girl, boy fallsÂ in loveÂ with girl, they live miles and miles away, have to fight aÂ communistÂ 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 inÂ Israel. As aÂ result,Â 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 wouldÂ celebrateÂ without them. Thinking about it, it never made me sad, since I always knew that they are always in my heart, and that they areÂ celebratingÂ 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 theÂ envelope. I have kept all these wonderful cards throughout the years, and I can’t wait to get this years card onÂ April.
When I saw this wonderful Idea byÂ Janae from The Letter 4Â I felt all fussy inside, since it really doesn’t matter how far you are from your loved ones, as long as your hearts areÂ entwined.
The idea is very simple:
You have an event toÂ celebrate with a distant loved one.
You want to let them know you areÂ celebratingÂ with them, even though you are miles away….
Send them a party in an envelope. Simply fill an envelope withÂ various party elements such as confetti,Â balloons, noisemakers etc… attach a card or a note and mail it to their whereabouts.
Simple, thoughtful, lovely!