Every year I get a little more holiday-y. Last year my cousin and I made Sweethearts for each member of our families – and I haven’t ordered new vinyl for Nell’s name, so that decoration’s not coming out until I get that done – so in three or so years (insert reason #529 why it’s way more practical to find out if you’re having a boy or a girl and share the name before its born. But I’ve never been one to do the practical thing). So, this year, I made a paint chip garland.
A few weeks ago, when I had a few minutes to kill while both kids napped and I was all caught-up on my work for the week, I was combing through the archives of one of my favorite blogs – Jones Design Company – and came across Emily’s paint chip garland tutorial and was smitten. So I put it on my to-copy list.
While Nell and I were looking for a mirror at Lowes a few weeks ago, I swung by the paint chip aisle and grabbed a few red paint chips for valentine’s day – and a few gray ones for my future actual painting needs. I felt a little bit guilty about taking 5 red paint chips, but told myself that I buy enough paint from Lowes (and everywhere else) that they can probably handle me taking five paint chips every few years. I see a neutral colored one in my bulletin board’s future.
And then I threw this card that I gave to B into the frame that usually houses our wedding invitation. Our wedding invitation would be love-themed too and totally Valentine’s Day appropriate, but I was in the mood for a change for February.
I have the coldest hands and feet known to man (sorry to report, Tom and Nell seem to have inherited my cold extremities), and I always try to steal Mr. B’s foot heat when we’re tucked into bed at night. The card works on our mantle – B is my perfect complement: We’re so alike in many – important – ways, and so different in ways that make us grow and change and become better people together. Love that man and our family we’re raising together. That’s our Valentine’s Mantle 2013 edition.