Friday, February 15, 2008

Valentine's Day--A PERFECT Gift!

I have the perfect husband! (sigh!) He left today around noon for Atlantic, Iowa for the weekend. Yesterday he had to go to Cedar Rapids on some business, and he had this all planned beforehand. A month or so ago, I asked Louie to please not send me flowers anymore, for any occasion. I hated seeing $45-$50 being spent on something beautiful, but perishable, and even though I RARELY buy quilt shop fabric, not because I don't love it, but because I am a thrift-a-holic, at those prices, I could have a LOT of NICE fabric, even from the quilt shop. As you all know, I am the 'Queen of Thrift', and I have a really hard time spending any considerable amount of money on myself. I told him that for $50, that would be a nice day out on the motorcycle, or a wonderful day 'Thrift Shopping', or a nice meal and a movie....oh, the list goes on. I told him if he wanted to get me any kind of 'bouquet', make it silk, so I can look at it forever, or a 'fabric bouquet'. (I have been known to recreate previous real bouquets, by having them made up into silk, so I can enjoy the gift and remember the giver(s) for years to come.) I guess he listened to me.

First, he went to Goodwill, and he found this basket. He also found the flowers in the center there. He also found the fabric that you see on the very bottom crumpled up...also Goodwill. It is actually a piece of heavier fabric, like drapery or upholstery almost, but not quite that heavy. Now before some of you cringe, most of my 'stash' came from Goodwill, in the form of curtain panels, valances, tablecloths, and ALL of the backs of my quilts are sheets.

He then went to the Cottage Rose Quilt Shop, http://www.cottagerosequiltshop.com/and told them he wanted fabrics to match the flowers, as those were the colors I loved. He helped them pick the fabrics, and he bought 16 fat quarters, and a quilt kit. He did not buy the book that goes with it, because he did not know if I had it, or even wanted it, and from looking at the book on the internet, I don't think I would, but I do like the fabrics. Some of them are flannel, and some are cotton. He just bought the kit, because the colors were right, and he knew that I would love them. While he was in the shop and the gal working there was helping him, a woman around our age came in and started admiring what was going on. She asked Louie, "Is that a valentine gift?" He said that it was. She then asked the clerk, "Did he pick those out by himself?" The clerk said, "Yes, he did." She just looked at him so amazed, and said, "You have restored my faith in men! My husband is down at Planet Audio, and he would no more walk in a quilt shop than anything. Why, I would just die if someone would buy me a gift certificate!" Louie then said, "So I've lost my curley tail?" (laughter.....)

SOooooooo for those of you that know me, you know what I do with fabric gift baskets, or any other kind of gift baskets, and gifts, for that matter. This 'Fabric Bouquet' will probably be a long time centerpiece on my coffee table, because it was put together with such LOVE by the love of my life, and my very best friend. He is a gift from God that I will ALWAYS cherish!

Here are a few more pictures so hopefully, you can see the fabrics from all the way around.

Happy Valentine's Day, Louie.

I love you!

9 comments:

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

Oh, that is just the sweetest thing. I am so happy for you. Sometimes these men just amaze us. I too am married to my best friend, nothing compares to that....
Regina in MI

Moneik said...

What an amazing gift that is! What I wouldn't do for a man who would go to the quilt shop and pick out fabrics he knew I would love. That's just an awesome man for you.

Michele said...

Wow, wow, wow. How sweet...and he did a GREAT job picking out the colors.

May Britt said...

You got a wonderful husband bying this georgius basket for you. What a lovely valentine present.

Carla said...

What a guy! My husband has ordered fabric online for me that he's picked out (and nicely, too!) but never has done the prentation like that! He sounds like such a caring person.

Gina said...

Mal's quite happy going into a quilt shop with or without me. many a time I've phoned him when he's working near my LQS and he's popped in and picked something up for me.The girls in the shop hear his works truck coming and put the kettle on for him and make him a cup of tea. He likes to get involved in my quilt making and helps withthe designing aswell.

love and hugs xxx

jillquilts said...

How wonderful! Louie is such a great guy and you are very lucky! If only I could find someone as interested in making me happy as he is in making you happy! I would consider myself lucky!

Jen said...

I think it's so awesome that he made this basket for you. Julie would be so proud of him!!!

sissypootwre said...

Way to go Louie!!!!! You are such a awesome husband/friend to my sister! Thats why I feel so blessed to have you in my life also!
I Luv you Sissy!

Nancy

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