11.15.2010

a labor of love.

Please forgive the poor lighting on these photos, as it's currently 2am and there's no natural light to be found!

After several hours scheming + shopping, plus a few nights wrapping, I've nearly completed the advent calendar care package for my love. Luck of all luck, I also found a manageable-size Christmas tree for just a few dollars. I am so elated!

Each little numbered package is a fun treat or something usable, with an itty-bitty note inside which sweetly ties the trinket to a reason he holds my heart. (Some are silly, some are saucy, some are truly-heartfelt. I'd give a few example, but the boy reads my posts regularly, and I don't want to give it all away!) Seven of the twenty-five days are actually numbered DIY ornaments on the tree into which I slipped a small love note with a favorite memory from our time together.


As a creative type, the quickest way to my heart is acknowledgement and true appreciation of my creative efforts, something that has typically fallen flat in my past relationships. But not this time. Gabriel is such an appreciative guy and I consider myself a lucky lady. I cannot count how many times he's thanked me for this package (although it's still stateside!), or let me know that he loves the creative time and energy I spend on things like this..down to the ridiculous felt flowers and coordinating ribbon. Isn' t it the best when your guy notices your artistic efforts?

Now, I can barely wait to get this enormous box in the mail and will hold my breath until I know it's found it's way to the sweetest guy in Baghdad!

21 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness this looks amazing. I am so impressed with what you have put together, no doubt he is a lucky guy.

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  2. You are too cute! He is a lucky guy and you're a lucky lady indeed. Very cute gift idea!

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  3. This is so wonderful and beautiful! I think your guy will just love the effort you put into this. He will have a wonderful Christmas (even though you guys can't be together).

    You are so creative!

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  4. AWWWW!
    This post will set the tone for my day - thanks.

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  5. i LOVE! it's picture perfect...even at 2am. it should be the centerfold of martha stewart christmas edition.

    never apologize for your lighting. your photos are all dreamy no matter what.

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  6. Ahh, he is so blessed to have you! Just the picture of his treasures put me in a happy mood-- I'm sure he'll just love it!

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  7. Love it!!! You are such a thoughtful gal and I'm thrilled he notices & appreciates that about you. Too often those qualities are taken for granted.

    I'm so touched at how much you adore him and how you made it a priority to make this a special time for him even though he's a gazillion miles away. He's a lucky guy indeed.

    The bottom picture in the post looks like something straight out of Real Simple :-)

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  8. gorgeous! I love the decorations and wrapping! what a memorable Christmas for you two!.

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  9. wow. that is really stunning! seriously, your photo looks magazine-worthy! you will definitely get credit as the best girlfriend ever. i'm sure you had fun doing it, and he will be that much more grateful for the effort you took. so sweet.

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  10. Wow, Bethany! This is just so amazing and completely gorgeous! Best. Advent. Calendar. EVER!

    He is going to love it. And no wonder he loves you...

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  11. That. Is. Amazing. Your guy will feel so special opening his little gifts each day.

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  12. A true labor of love - absolutely gorgeous! So glad you found someone who deserves and appreciates such time and love.

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  13. I love the packaging with the number tags! Isn't it great having a man appreciate your craftiness? I love the picture it makes me crave Christmas even more than I already am!

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  14. wow... what a beautiful gift to the one you love and how much MORE special will it be that it's going to him, a hero in my eyes, in baghdad. He will be the envious guy at mail call ;)

    i love that you included useful things AND saucy ones.

    and btw-- if your pics look like this without natural light... lord, i need a lesson or two! ;)

    xoxo

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  15. Oh wow! What a sweet idea, and it all looks so lovely! Gabe is one lucky guy!

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  16. What an amazing, thoughtful gift you are sending. I hope it is super well packed and speedy delivery and arrives safe and sound with him very soon.

    Your attention to the details is incredible and so special.
    xx

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  17. you are amazing my dear...truly amazing. Lucky guy!

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  18. What a lucky guy. It shows how much you care about him. Very cute idea--love the tree!

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  19. Awesome gift! Can't wait for "Baghdad Boy" to get it!!! He's gonna love all that TLC inside!

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  20. this is such a great gift, it's beautiful.

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  21. this is stunning, stunning, stunning and i'm going to bookmark it and for NeXT year with my two kiddlets!!!!

    i found you from marta writes who linked to swell life who linked to you!

    :)

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