Marriage is the best thing in my life. When we openly and privately express our love for each other it only serves to strengthen our relationships. When I am actively thinking of ways to tell my husband how much I love him, it makes me love him more. I realize how happy he makes me and I appreciate everything about him. I see things and think, "How can I use that object to tell him I love him?" This makes me think of him all the time. It makes our marriage stronger and it makes us both happier.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Valentine Swag

I have this swag hanging in my kitchen window. To make one like it, using a disappearing ink marking pen, draw a variety of different sized hearts (2 to 4 inches in diameter) on the right side of different pieces of Valentine fabric. Sandwich a piece of "Warm and Natural" between the piece of fabric with the patterns drawn on it, and another piece of Valentine fabric. It can be the same or a contrasting fabric. Stitch on the outline of the hearts you drew. Cut around the stitching with pinking sheers. Attach a piece of ribbon 12 to 15 inches long to the top of the heart. Tie the other end in a little bow to another piece of ribbon. Repeat with the other hearts. It can be as long as you want your swag to be. Leave enough ribbon at the ends to attach the swag to the window frame or a banister or wherever you want to hang it.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Strawberry Ice Water

Tonight we had New Beginnings at church. We served ice water with the refreshments. But instead of putting lemons in the water, we sliced strawberries. It looked very pretty and the water had a slight strawberry flavor. It was really very good. We used pebbled ice, instead of cubes. Pebbled ice is often available in the meat department at the grocery store if they don't sell it with the regular ice. It's also available at Sonic drive ins.

Sorry the picture isn't the best. It really was pretty.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sometimes You Just Need A Sense of Humor

The sentiment on this pillow isn't very romantic. It isn't even true. I really do care if my husband loves me. But when I saw it, it made me laugh. It made my husband laugh, too.

It says:

He loves me
He loves me not
It doesn't matter
I'm all he's got.

It was designed by Lindsey Ready for "Stars-n-Stitches". If you want to get the pattern, her her etsy store is here. She has several other really cute patterns as well. What a creative lady.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I Have To Say "I Love You" In A Song

Give your Valentine a CD with your favorite love songs. Or, make a playlist of them and put it on their iPod or mp3 player. Choose songs that mean something to both of you. Make sure you either own the original CD or that you download them from a legal website like ITunes, Walmart or Amazon. You can download songs from them for 99 cents to $1.29 each. Burn the collection onto a CD and make a cute label for it. Or if you don't have any favorites, just make a CD of songs that say I Love You. Here is a list of songs that have the words "I Love You" or some variation of them. It is a long list but I'm sure it is far from complete. Some of these songs are pretty recent. Some are really old. Some are kids songs and some are just plain dumb. Most of them are available on ITunes or Walmart. If you can think of any others, let me know in the comments.

Al Green--I’m So In Love With You
All 4 One--I Can Love You Like That
All 4 One--I Swear
Anne Murray--You Are My Sunshine
The Archies--Sunshine
Back Street Boys--I Will Love You More
Barney--I Love You
The Beatles--I Love You
The Beatles--P.S. I Love You
Billy Joel--Just The Way You Are
Billy Joel--To Make You Feel My Love
Blackhawk--I’ll Always Love You
Brad Paisley--Then
Britney Spears--I Will Still Love You
Captain & Tennille--Love Will Keep Us Together
Chicago--Call On Me
Chicago--Color My World
Chicago--We Can Last Forever
Chicago--Will You Still Love Me
Celine Dion--I Love You
Dan Fogelberg--Longer
Delfonics--La La Means I Love You
Diamond Rio--One More Day
Dionne Warwick--I Say A Little Prayer
Dolly Parton--I Will Always Love You
Donna Lewis--I Love You Always and Forever
Doris Day--A Bushel and a Peck
Eddie Rabitt/Crystal Gayle--You and I
Elton John--Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
Elvis Presley--I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You
Elvis Presley--I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
Eric Clapton--Wonderful Tonight
Faith Hill--Please Say You Love Me To
Firefall--Just Remember I Love You
Frankie Valli--Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Harry Connick Jr.--All The Way
James Taylor--How Sweet It Is
James Taylor--You’re Smiling Face
Jason Mraz/Colbie Cailat--Lucky
Jeff Larson--Valentine Note
Jennifer Hudson--Love You, I Do
Jessica Simpson--I Think I’m In Love With You
Jim Brickman--You Are The Love Of My Life
Jim Croche--I Have To Say I Love You In A Song
John Lennon--Grow Old With Me
Keith Urban--Making Memories of Us
Landon Pigg--Falling In Love At a Coffee Shop
LeAnn Rimes--I Do Love You
Linda Ronstadt/Aaron Neville--Don't Know Much
Lionel Richie--Hello
Lionel Richie--Truly
Lobo--I Love You To Want Me
Madonna--True Blue
Mandy Gledhill - All About Your Heart
Marc Anthony--I Need You
Marc Anthony/Tena Arena--I Want To Spend My Lifetime Loving You
Mariah Carey--I'll aBe Lovin You Long Time
Mark Wills--Because I Love You
Martina McBride--I Love You
Michael Bolton--Said I Loved You...But I Lied
Michael Franti--Say Hey (ILove You)
Minnie Ripperton--Lovin’ You Is Easy
Minnutes--More To Luv
Mostly Sunny--More Than Anyone Else
Nat King Cole--L.O.V.E.
Norm Wooster Singers--I’m Lovin’ You Lots and Lots
Olivia Newton John--I Honestly Love You
Partridge FamilyI Think I Love You
Paul McCartney--Silly Love Songs
Peter Cetera--Glory of Love
Peter Frampton--Ooo, Baby I Love Your Way
Phil Collins--True Colors
Phil Vassar--That’s When I Love You
Plain White T’s--1,2,3,4 Queen--You’re My Best Friend
Randy Newman--We Belong Together
Reo Speedwagon--Keep On Lovin' You
Restless Heart--I’ll Still Be Loving You
Roberta Flack--The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Rolling Stones--Honest I Do
Rod Stewart--Have I Told You Lately
Ronan Keating--When You Say Nothin’ At All
Savage Garden--I Knew I Loved You
Savage Garden--Truly Madly Deeply
Selena--I Could Fall In Love With You
Shania Twain--Don’t Be Stupid, You Know I Love You
Sharon, Lois & Bram--Skinnamarink
Spiral Staircase--More Today Than Yesterday
Steve Earle--Every Part of Me
Steve Poltz--Everything About You
Stevie Wonder--I Just Called To Say I Love You
Sugarland--All I Want To Do
T Minus 5--I Love You
Taylor Dayne--I’ll Always Love You
Tevye (Fiddler On The Roof)--Do You Love Me?
Train--Marry Me
Van Morrison--Have I Told You Lately
Whitney Houston--I Will Always Love You
10CC--The Thing We Do For Love

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Valentine Mobile

I have this mobile hanging inside the front door of my house. I like it there because I see it often and am reminded that it is Valentine season. It helps me remember to be a little kinder to the people I love. It sort of drives my poor husband crazy though, because he is much taller than me and he bumps his head on it all the time. Oh well, at least it is soft so it doesn't hurt. (and, no, he doesn't need to be hit in the head to be reminded that Valentine's day is coming up).
Using a quilting pen (with disappearing ink), I traced different sized hearts on a variety valentine fabrics. I then stitched on the line, leaving a small space unstitched so I could stuff the hearts. Then I cut around the hearts, using pinking shears. I stuffed the hearts with fiberfill stuffing and stitched the opening closed. I attached the hearts to grosgrain ribbon and attached the top of the ribbon to an embroidery hoop. Then I wrapped the embroidery hoop with grosgrain ribbon, attached some more ribbon to hang it with and hung it up.

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