Ten years ago next week...we got maaaaaarried. The sun shone, the sky was blue. It was ace.
We don't normally do anniversary presents, but since 10 years is such an impressive round number we decided we would.
"How about a VERY silly home made present?" I said.
"...(Awkward pause)...um...okay" he said.
I'm sure his retiscence was just for show, because he secretly loves all my silly craft activities. We sure have a lot of laughs about them.
I wanted, needed, to make a wonderfully literal cross stitch motif of one of his favourite hobbies and put it on a T-shirt. Explaining why I needed to do this is like explaining a joke. Either you get it or you don't, and if you don't, an explanation will kill it anyway. I fully acknowledge that it is extremely unlikely this T-shirt will ever be worn in public. It may well end up being one of those things that only gets worn when all his other clothes are dirty and even then under a jersey. But did that stop me? No sir. This motif, man on bike, was just so hilarious that it had to be stitched.
It's from this book, and there are a suite of other fabulous designs of every day items and activities. There's even one of a woman frying an egg. Great, isn't it?
So this is the final gift: Cross stitched motif on cotton embroidery fabric using three strands of DMC cotton in assorted colours. The motif was pressed onto vleisofix and then ironed onto a plain T-shirt ($15 at Hallensteins). I pressed woven interfacing onto the back side of the T-shirt front and then edged the motif using a very wide, small-length zig-zag stitch.
Ten years, it sounds like a long time, doesn't it? It doesn't feel like it though. He has seen me at my fattest, my thinnest, my happiest, my darkest and moodiest, and he loves me anyway. What a sweet heart he has. Happy anniversary Darling.