(maybe for a certain husband looking for some birthday inspiration?)
Now, I would hope this blog post doesn't need any qualifying...I hope it is received as it was written, since you all should know me pretty well by now. But just in case: here goes with a written disclaimer.
This exercise in covetousness is merely for fun and fancy. I don't think that presents equal love and that possessions equal happiness. I *do* think that presents can be a FRUIT of love, just like 'works' are a 'FRUIT' of faith. Meaning: You love a person, you love to GIVE to them, surprise them, make them happy. You love to ACT UPON that love. And like any good Fruit-partaker, the best part of sharing someones' fruit is not the sweet taste of apple on your tongue but the proof that, for a moment, a person was thinking solely about pleasing you and such thoughts drove them to give part of themselves. The sweet part.
There. That's done. You already knew that. RIGHT?
Now-let's get to the good stuff!
1* a love note
2* a fruit tree
3* a tart pan with a removable bottom. For making these.
4* a picnic table for the yard
5* Alicia Paulson's book: Embroidery Companion
6* a bouquet of lilacs (Seeing as Andrew takes daily trips to the bushes for progress updates, I think this one might be a shoo-in!)
7* Money earmarked for a swimming suit that I do not loathe
8* a Matt-made square cutting board large enough to slice a pizza on
9* Rogers and Hammerstein Songbook CD Soundtrack
10* a day of flea marketing sans children
11* Little Dorrit, the movie. Particularly this one. It is pretty great.
12* a date with my Darling
13* Stroopwafels and De Ruijter Hail (especially the fruit kind!) from the Dutch Store. (It's food, for you non-Dutchies.)
14* a trip to the theatre
15* a pretty little owl seal
16* or a bee one.
17* a weed whacker
18* a dress. Not too short. Not too tight. Not too low cut. Just pretty and flattering and comfortable. Something I feel PRETTY in. IS THIS TOO MUCH TO ASK?!?!?
19* a note in the mail
20* For Matt to install the dishwasher recently gifted to us.
21* Another book: Crafting a Meaningful Home. What can I say-it has projects like this in it:
22* A basket. (or TWO!) I kinda really love baskets.
23* a cheesecake-preferably with chocolate. Or caramel. Or---better still....BOTH!
24* something (ANYTHING!) sparkly
26* And okay-since we are talking books. This one too.
27* pretty stationary for my letter writing. This set is gorgeousness, boxed.
28* A parmesan cheese grater (like at Olive Garden!). Mine broke. :-(
29* Matt taking me to a local karaoke night and singing me this: Now THAT would be FUN!
30* And hey, while I am dreaming I might as well throw in a new Canon. One that doesn't freeze up on me or have battle scars or need a tune-up. With a big, turnable LCD screen and that has video capabilities. You know, something small-ish like that.