DIY: Fifty Things

Friday, January 27, 2012

Our budget was pretty tight around Christmastime this past year, so Carl and I exchanged small presents, and gave our friends and family homemade gifts. Actually, I ended up making the gift I gave to Carl, too. I know what you're thinking, "A Christmas gift post?! Isn't it a little late for that!?" Well, yes. But somehow this post is so late that it's actually early (or right in time?)...for Valentine's Day!

I saw the idea on Pinterest and knew immediately it was something I'd like to make for Carl, but with the rush of the holidays, I ended up having just a few hours to put it together. It was really all I needed.

50 Things I Love About You

  • A deck of playing cards
  • Scissors
  • A glue stick
  • Paper
  • A marker (or computer ink)

I was lucky to have this pretty deck (with Van Gogh's Starry Night for card backs) at home and I chose a fun font for the cover, then moved to the real fun part...thinking of 50 things I love about my partner, best friend and baby-daddy, Carl.
I found that once I start going, and just starting thinking about the course of our days, I had to actually reign myself in because there are just so many things I love about many things that are special and unique to who he is that I could have easily done another fifty (but that seemed excessive).
I typed each reason out and printed then cut each line, positioning and securing one reason on each card with a glue stick (in retrospect maybe ModgePodge would have been more durable). Easypeasy.

Then I gathered the cards and tied a ribbon around the deck, hid it in my luggage and revealed it to Carl on Christmas morning. According to Carl, it was the best gift he had ever received :)

*The Fooch = Lily


  1. Love this idea! I'm so inspired. I'm going to make one for Phil!!


  2. Hi Cassandra, My name is Lisa and I'm working on the Mama and Baby Expo with Salli Gonzalez. I saw that you were interested in helping with our flier. I would love to have your input! Can you email your email address to mine? lisakathleen515 at yahoo dot com

    Thanks so much! This blog is the only way I saw to get in touch with you! :)


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