Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Anniversary

Joe and I are celebrating our first anniversary today!  Although we agreed not to buy each other gifts, I decided to take this opportunity to create something sentimental for the guy I love.  My goal was to not spend any money, and to create something semi-masculine. 
I searched "anniversary gifts" on pinterest, and was initially drawn to this set of playing cards which were altered, then bound into a little book.  Each card features a different "reason why I love you". Cute, but when it comes down to it, I felt it was a little too feminine for my guy.
I decided to stick with the card/"reasons I love you" idea, but adapted it so that the finished product would create a nice pieces of wall art, rather than a book.  I started by aging a full deck of playing cards, then collaged them on the face side stating a different reason why I love Joe. Some are sentimental and some are funny, but all of them make me happy. 
Once the cards were dry and embellished I hid them throughout the house and waited for Joe to catch on. When he found the first card and figured out what I was up to a thorough search ensued. It was so much fun to watch and I think he really loved the sentiment as well as search! 
I did decide to spend some money on a frame that is big enough to display each of the 52 playing cards. I spaced them out evenly and used a straight-pin as  "hooks".  As Joe found each card throughout the day he was able to hang it it the frame and watch the collection grow!  I love the masculine appearance of this gift that is actually all about feeling and love- such a great juxtaposition. 

I'll be back tomorrow with a step-by-step tutorial on how I created this piece :)  I hope you get inspired, or try it yourself sometime. It's cheap, simple, and can be adapted to so many different occasions!


Sue (Vintage Rescue) said...

Awesome! I can't wait to see them all facing front. What a great idea.

Kathy Barrick said...

How incredibly brilliant!!!! You are too creative for words!!

fancylinda said...

That's so nice and thoughtful!

Laurie said...

Happy anniversary! That was a super wonderful idea you had. I love how you told us how you came to it. You should publish this!

Debbie said...

Happy Anniversary and congratulations! What a clevery idea!! You have some amazing ideas!!

Carmen Sutton & Jean Hohulin said...

what a great idea it sounds like you had a wonderful anniversary! I need some of your energy and creative ideas.

Frances said...

So sweet! I'll bet he enjoyed his gift as much as you enjoyed making it!

Louise said...

How romantic!


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