"Anatomically Correct" Valentine's Day

9:37 AM

Chris and I are not your usual sweethearts on Valentine's Day, exchanging boxes of chocolate and roses for power tools....no, we go in for things that are just a little off-beat. We have also been on an anti-clutter campaign for quite a while now, so if we give each other "stuff" it better be some really kickin' waaaay cool "stuff!!"

With this in mind, I was pretty sure that Chris was going to be thrilled with getting a box of artificial eyes for Valentine's Day....

I distressed this with sepia ink and tore the corner off
to add to the look of antiquity
I overlapped the end pieces as if they were seals,
and then "broke" them as if the box had been open
a long, long time
Click to enlarge and read—it's pretty funny!
Is that not just wicked cool?!! I had the best fun making this from a piece of clip art I found over on the Graphic Fairy's blog (do check it out...Karen's got some really cool stuff!) and a wooden tea box that my sister-in-law sent to me because she knew something awesome could be made out of that box!

I spray-painted the box black and touched up a few areas with a black marker. I then measured all the surfaces and sized the art to fit. I had to put a black border around some of the pieces because it didn't quite work out to size. I printed the art on the back of some paper headed for the recycle bin. Once I cut down the art, I blackened the edges and "distressed" the pieces with some sepia ink. After gluing everything down, I went and found some antique glass marbles and put them inside for "sound effects!"

I wrapped it in an old paper box with lots of stuffing and bubble wrap to complete the "look." When Chris went to open it and the marbles clacked together, I cautioned Chris to be careful so as to not break anything! He was trying to figure out how to open the eye box (the lid slides open) when he realized what he was actually holding in his hands—the tea box. Too much fun!

He gave me an anatomically-correct squeeze heart.....
...with our initials written on it. He seems to think I may occasionally need some stress release......I'm not sure where he gets that idea from????

What did you get for Valentine's Day?!!

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  2. These gifts are hilarious. You two must have really been chuckling for quite awhile. What fun for you both.

    I received a beautiful bouquet of baby pink roses and I can't stop taking pictures of them - for cards or for references to paint from. Also, I got a cute new coffee mug (Starbucks) that looks like an envelope that went through the mail complete with envelope markings, stamp, and even sealing wax on the back side. Its addressed 'from your Secret Admirer'. They made me smile!

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  3. You two are just too funny! Looks like you had a blast making this for Chris. We are much more traditional - I got chocolate truffles, and even got to pick out what flavors I wanted. And I made Glen his favorite cookies.

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  4. OMG...that box of old eyeballs was very realistic...you got me on that one!!! You guys are funny, but it is a sweet way to celebrate...loads of fun!!!

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  5. Fantastic project--you two are made for each other, obviously!

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  6. Too funny!!! I loved the effort you put into Chris' gift, but his heart made me laugh out loud!

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  7. Hahaha! I had no idea what to expect when I came to visit today. I saw the title "anatomically correct" and "valentines" and thought anything could go! You are so clever. When I saw the photos I assumed you found them at an antique store...then I read you crafted the whole thing! Very cool...

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  8. This is hilarious. We exchanged cards. I also got tulips and lights for the garden. We don't need any "stuff" either.

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  9. You two are hilarious. So much fun here. Glad you both had a wonderful day.

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  10. Claire, that sounds adorable—would love to see a photo of the mug though I won't be surprised if it turns up in a piece of art!

    You're a lucky girl, Cheryl, if you get to pick out your own chocolate!!

    Yes, Grace, I guess it is...

    Julie, we had a lot of fun with it, that's for sure!

    After 18 years, I guess we are made for each other, KJ!

    Yes, Krista, he's a very funny guy, but a lot of folks don't get his humor at first.

    Thanks, Cris!

    Yay, glad you got the title, Kelly, I was wondering if anyone would.

    Lisa, stuff for the garden is good—means it's not in the house!

    Thanks, Toni, it was a fun day!

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  11. You two are a one-of-a-kind pair! What clever gifts.

    I got a gift certificate for a pound of See's Candies (they don't sell them here so I get them when I visit my daughter. I get to pick all my favorites.

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  12. You guys are a riot! These gifts are so much better than a box of calorie laden chocolates...well, maybe.

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  13. Starting to catch up on all my lost computer stuff. Fun valentine gifts! I am happy to have my computer back on!

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  14. I think this is just too funny! I totally get your sense of humor and love the box of fake eyes and the heart.

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