Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hearts and More Hearts

I realize that Valentine's Day is just a fond memory now, but I wanted to share one of the gifts my sweet, talented husband made for me.

It's a stepping stone for the garden! I just love it. We have been adding homemade stepping stones for a long time. We have some made by the boys when they were young. We added all kinds of things to the concrete: shells, marbles, old tools, fossils and rocks. Rick saves everything, and he had a jar of those flat marbles and put this together. I love those 3 blue ones.

Rick has been a maker his whole life. Even when he was a teacher he was carving wood in the evenings. He eventually went back to carpentry and now a handyman. So through the years I have gotten some beautiful handmade gifts. Here are a few of my Valentine's from other years:

This beautiful jewelry box is made from walnut. I can't remember when he made it, but it's been a long time. I use it to keep old pieces that I don't want to get rid of:)

This is from the front of an old coal furnace. (Don't you wish utilitarian things were made this decorative now?) He attached it to a wood base and hinge. Inside he etched a loving message. So sweet!

This heart flower planter is made from copper. You can see that he "sewed" it with copper wire. And then added some smaller hearts to decorate it. This usually hangs on a fence with some dried flowers in it. I love to display these expressions of love from Rick and smile when I see them.

In other news, I'm impatiently waiting for spring. We had to go to southern Indiana to help out some family over the weekend and got to see some crocuses blooming. It can't be long for us now! And I've seen my first robin for the spring!


Beatrice Euphemie said...

Aw! What a sweet Hubby! Such precious keepsakes! Home-made gifts are the best <3 Spring is around the corner....won't be long now. Hugs xo Karen

vivian said...

wow! great gifts and very creative husband! Hearts are always in style, it doesnt have to be valentines day to display and appreciate them.
have a great day!

Carol said...

Oh, Cindy, your heart gifts from your husband are oh-so-special! Just love each one and am a bit envious of your creative husband!! Mine doesn't have an ounce of creativity at all :(

The wooden keepsake box is wonderful--so beautifully carved, sanded, and finished!

Hoping Spring comes your way soon--we are probably at the same point as you here in Pittsburgh.

gillyflower said...

Hi Cindy, what a wonderful idea to make special stepping stones! You have a very clever and creative husband! all his makes are so inventive!
Hope you have some Spring weather soon!
Gill xx

Helen Philipps said...

What sweet and wonderful hearts your husband has made...he is so talented and creative! I love them all, especially the one with 'sewing' round it :) Happy (nearly) Spring Cindy!
Helen xox