Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

When we came back from Florida (and Disney), I decided that I need to show our friends how much we care about them all year – not just at Christmastime or birthdays. This is just a little example of how I am showing some love to our friends this year.

Lucky Penny for St. Patrick's Day!

Lucky Penny for St. Patrick’s Day!

A treasure at the end of the rainbow

A treasure at the end of the rainbow

Magnetic pot of gold

Magnetic pot of gold

The cards are from a printable at Pumpkin Petunia’s blog and the magnetic tins were bought on sale at Michael’s.

Our Container of Love

This is our container of love.

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Over the next year, we are going to be putting mementos from our adventures together as a newly wed married couple into this container – movie tickets, wrist bands, silly little things. The only rule is that it has to be from what we did together. At the end of the year, we will pull everything out and remember good times & smiles. I can’t wait until New Year’s Eve to see what crazy things we put in here.

We have put in already:

  • A King Cake baby from our Sweet Love Bakery cake
  • Mardi Gras beads obtained at our favorite bar
  • Notes from Z’s Valentine’s presents

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FO: Hugs and Kisses Pacifier Clip

I finally finished one of my many projects this summer.

Xs and Os for some little bundle of joy

The Xs and Os are made from the Teeny Tiny Mochi Mochi book written by Anna Hrachovec .  After each individual X and O was made, they were sewn together.  The pacifier attachments were also knitted separately and then sewn to the final piece.

No one can beat this love

Ravelry Project Page

Yarn: Unknown stash yarn

Needles: Size 3 dpns

Valentines Day Recap

Ok, maybe I have different standards than other girls.  Quirky Valentines gift complete with puns make me the happiest girl in the world.  No gift of jewelry or flowers would make me feel like my guy understands me more than the gifts that Z finds.

I am not the type of person to begrudge anyone with presents (especially since I tend to go way overboard for my birthday) … but jewelry, roses/flowers, and candy are what everyone gives for Valentines Day.  I wish that someone had some originality.

How is that a meaningful gift when 50 other people are giving the same present to their loved one?  Exactly how much thought have these people put into their Valentines Gift?  Valentines Day is supposed to be a holiday of love, not mindlessly buying something stereotype just to give your loved one a present.

At this point, you are probably wondering what types of Valentines Day presents Z and I exchange.  A few years ago, I knitted a heart for Z which said “You stole my heart with our first kiss!” and he gave me a beanie baby flamingo!  (I really love flamingos!  Flamingos, giraffes, and tigers must always be seen at zoo visits.)

Knitted Heart ... Anatomically Correct

Last year, Z got a heart covered jar of pecans with a note that said “I’m Nuts About You!” and a DVD of Plan 9 From Outer Space.  Why those?  He loves pecans and loves Plan 9 … and I am nuts about him.   I got a new mixed cd that he had made me and a copy of a Massive Attack album that has special meaning to us.  (Plus, our traditional handmade cards!)

This year, was no different with a cross stitch card using pattern from andwabisabi on Etsy (He studied abroad in Austria and can speak a lil German), a working vintage Kodak Instamatic Camera, and a vintage typewriter tin.  All of the items (except the handmade card) were usable.  Z gave me a handmade card that made me laugh and smile, 2 robot bugs, and some chocolate eggs.  Plus, he decorated the apartment with red and pink streamers.  It was so much fun.

I love you cross stitched in German