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Second Anniversary: Unique “Cotton” Themed Gifts

Tomorrow is our second anniversary. (Woot!)

Last year I posted about our Weekend Trip to Cape Cod. I’m not sure what we’re doing yet this year (it’s his turn to plan!) but there will certainly be celebrating!

Anniversary gifts are a funny thing. We don’t usually do large gifts, but I do like to follow the “traditional gift themes”. It makes it more interesting! Last year was “paper”, and together we bought several pieces of art for the kitchen.

This year is cotton.

The suggested gift ideas are things like “towels”, “fancy bedsheets” or “robes”. Now, those are all great things, but I think the grand listmaker seems to have forgotten that only two years ago we were blessed with many, many such items at our wedding and certainly are in no need of more.

Therefore, my mission today is to come up with few non-traditional cotton-themed gift ideas!


Like the Pawleys Island Presidential Rope Hammock from Hammock Company.  Everyone needs a cozy hammock to snooze the afternoon away in. We have one just like this in our basement waiting to be hung in a tree.


How about a cute Boat & Tote Bag from L.L.Bean? I’d love to have one with my monogram on it. Use it at the market, the library the gym or the beach! The possibilities (as are the design combinations) are endless!

I have always wanted to learn how to use a Letterpress, but since cotton, and not iron, is the theme, consider a letterpress poster on cotton paper.

Like this beauty from by Ursula K Le Guin.


Or if you are looking for some floor decor, I love these fun accent cotton rugs! The colors and prints are so cute!


Coincidentally, we bought couches this week! (Love that tax-free holiday!) Technically they aren’t made of cotton, but that’s pretty darn close. If you’re looking for a piece of cotton themed upholstered furniture look for something smaller like a reading chair or ottoman.


If none of those ideas are up your alley, pair a box of coffee filters (yep, cotton!) with your favorite beans. Heck, I’d even settle for some dollar bills (also cotton!) and go on a mini shopping spree.

I’d also settle for that bathrobe as long as it came with a promise of a renovated bathroom! : )

Happy Anniversary to my Handyman! (Brought to you my James Taylor – who we saw in concert last month and was AWESOME!!!)



Gift Wrap for Dad’s Day

Disclaimer: Sorry Dad! This is actually an old idea. These aren’t presents for you. : (


Does anyone else feel like Father’s Day is a really hard gift-choosing day? All the “store recommended” options are so lame. Dad probably doesn’t need another tie, personalized golf tees or tool set.

But this post is not about what is inside the box. Today I’m going to show you how I would gift wrap it. (Sorry, I have no in-process pictures, as this is an older project I’m bringing back to life!)

I bought this cute window-style wrapping paper at Target and thought it looked just like a dress shirt pattern.

I cute out triangles from plain old printer paper (no fancy schmancy stuff here folks) and taped them on at an angle and slightly overlapping to look like a shirt collar.

I cut the tie out of some scrapbook paper. You could also use construction paper, another kind of wrapping paper or draw your own tie on plain paper. I folded the sides a bit so the knot of the tie was slightly raised.

I also created a card shirt pocket.

To do this I laid my card on top of a new piece of wrapping paper. I cut a rectangle wide enough to fit the card underneath  and angled the bottom to get it to look like a pocket. I just taped it right on top. Easy peasy. If you’re really ambitious you could draw on stitching.

And if you really feel like getting fancy you could try a bow tie package.

To make the bow tie I cut out a rectangle with rounded corners.

Then I cut a longer thinner rectangle for the knot and taped it around, curling the edges of the bow tie up in the middle.

Then I cut out a few circles and drew on buttons holes.


(For size reference I believe the bow tie package was a DVD.)

Happy Almost Father’s Day!


Distressed Photo Canvas: The Perfect Gift!

One of my best friends gave me this belated Christmas gift about a month ago, and I’m only just getting to posting about it now. It’s a distressed photo canvas! This is a photo from my wedding which she took and created this amazing work of art!

She is a fellow blog-reader and spotted this amazing project on another blog, Delia Creates. The how-to project is detailed here: http://deliacreates.blogspot.com/2010/03/distressed-picture-canvases.html

I can’t wait to try this out for myself! It’s a great gift idea or fun to do just for yourself. I love the textural results!

My brain is exploding with ideas! Distressed signs are very trendy right now – I could make my own! I love that bits of the image rub right off leaving exposed canvas throughout bits of the piece. The colors get a watery gradient going through them as well, so it almost feels like a watercolor painting.

For now, we have a great keepsake of a wonderful day. I love this photo. It was taken right after our wedding ceremony and looking at this picture takes me right back!

Delia Creates shows several examples of projects she has done so you guys can see a few more examples. I love that you can use this project for photos or artwork.


Have you made photo canvases before?