Monday, February 8, 2010

5 Fun Love Day Ideas

Last week I had these plans for posting about this upcoming Valentine's Day and after some preparation and thought I went to take a few pictures for the post and NO BATTERY JUICE was left.  I went to grab the charger and it was MISSING!  It took me an entire week of cleaning and searching to find the silly thing and you wanna know where I found it...after a very sincere prayer of the first place I looked an entire week ago.  I think Heavenly Father might have been hinting to me that my home wasn't quite a home of order yet.  Needless to say I was an extremely happy bug when I realised that today I would get to finally post and maybe help you with your dreaded V-day gift idea needs.  So here is what I have done in the past and what I have planned for this year. 

1* If you are a scrapper or a lover of journals or you just need to get your story down for your future family then this one is for you.  Make your cute hubby his own "Love Story" with you as the star of course.

Go find those old pictures or journal entries. Use little love notes you have saved or cards you gave each other back then.   Have fun telling it the way you remember it or how somebody looking on might have remembered it.  You can be silly or gushy or romantic...whatever fits you best.  Talk about your first dates, the first time you held hands or kissed.    I started our book from the day we met until the day we got engaged but I hope to expand this...I still need to finish it all the way.  Mark loved it and your most special friend will too I'm sure!

Remember the mistletoe story of mine?  This is it and that is the actual mistletoe we kissed under 7 years ago. 

This book is now one of my favorite treasures, even though I made it for my Mark it feels like it's mine.

 2* When Payton was a baby, he's my 4 year old now, I dressed him up all cute and I did a little photoshot with him and took 3 seperate pictures of him holding 3 large paper hearts that read "I" "LOVE" "YOU." We framed it and gave it to him for his desk at work. It was pretty cute.

3* Last year I gave Mark a book; two books actually.  One was a neat little children's story called "The Gift of Nothing" by Patrick McDonnell (which you should all read) and a red journal with a small heart embossed on it.  Basically this journal became a place for me to write down things I loved about him or events that made me love him even more.  I have done this throughout the year and this heart day it'll be fun to pull it out when we are out to dinner or sitting together alone on the couch and read about the things that make me blush or the reasons I want to make his life easier.  Hopefully this will be something I keep up and will be a fun tradition for the two of us each year.

 This year I jumped onto the idea wagon early and I'm really excited about the results.

4*On the first Day of February the kids and I spent the day making a kabillion sugar cookies for daddy.  We made a huge delicious mess and even got into a few good flour and water fights in the process.  We cut out paper hearts and we wrote little notes on them and the plan began to evolve.  I had enough there for him to have two or three cookies a day for the next 14 days plus enough to make us a fun FHE treat for that night. 

(I just made these into sugar cookie icecream sandwitches and rolled the edges in sprinkles.  Really easy and super yummy!)

 I took a chance after decorating them and froze the cuties hoping theye would still taste good for two weeks.  Each day now we bag a few of them, attach a note with a pretty ribbon and we hide it somewhere Daddy will find it during the day.  I think he's caught on by now that it'll happen every day so the surprise is now in the note.  I love seeing him feel loved.  That's what this season is all about!  Sorry...I'm getting totally cheesy now!

5* One more thing...a quilt for each of my kids made out of their old baby clothes.

I have wanted to do this for a while now and I am only done with the top for Sadie's but I am so excited about this.  The entire process has been really neat and has only made me love her more.  I took each of her things (the one's that were stained or worn) and I cut them into squares being sure to save as much as possible, especially the little ruffles or the pretty trims.  I smelled every one of them and remembered back to when she had worn each one.
I then began to piece some of them together to create unique fun frilly blocks.  This was the best part. I wish I had had enough to do this for the entire quilt but maybe having only a handful is what makes these ones special.

 This is my very favorite square. The ruffle came from her 1st birthday outfit and the other was a favorite shirt of hers. I love the colors and the memories it stirs.  Makes me think of the word watermellon and how much she loves that stuff!

 I also used a pocket and some buttons. 

I hope she loves this one day and takes it with her to college.  If not then I know it has also become another favorite treasure of mine. Maybe by the end of the week I'll have the finished product to show you.  Maybe even one for Payton...but I doubt it.  That would be crazy!

Anyway...I hope this helps you think of ways you can show love this year.  It doesn't have to be much and it doesn't have to be fancy.  Sometimes simple things are the most beautiful.  What are some of the fun things you have done in the past?  What are you hoping to do this year?


  1. I am constantly in AWE of all your amazing talents, and your endless creativity. Oh, to be more like Jenni! :)

  2. You always have such fun, cute, sweet ideas! :) I love the quilt you did. I have seen that idea before too, to use old baby clothes. I have been thinking I want to make one too but I don't know if I can part with the clothes by cutting them up. But then again you get to keep them forever in form of a beautiful quilt. :)

  3. I mostly used the ones that had tiny stains on them and cut around the stain. I wouldn't have used them again...I saved my very favorites for a maybe baby girl #2.

  4. I, too, Jenni, am always amazed at your creative ideas. You seriously have such talent! I wish I could come up with half the things you come up with, and I know if I try any of these V-day ideas, they won't turn out even half as darling.

    My mom has an old quilt from her old high school dresses. My grandma made it for her. It's my absolute favorite, and you can tell where the fabrics were not as strong because there is a worn out square every so often with the same fabric throughout the quilt. Kinda cool. It's been loved and used well for years! I bet Sadie will love hers!

  5. I really love idea #3 to keep a record of all of the things about your husband that you love and appreciate about him all year and then to read them to him on Valentine's Day. I am going to do this and surprise him with it next year. All of your ideas are super cute. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Oh, I just now found you! What an amazing "Love Story" book.... this is JUST what I've been looking for. I am putting together ideas for how to write your "love story" to feature on my blog and I will definitely be featuring this one. Thanks for sharing! Glad to have found your blog!