All this crazy ass weather has entirely derailed my well intentioned plans to bring people Valentines Day joy. What should’ve been a two/three day mailing has stretched out over the week. Jeff is the first recipient–of his mega Valentines Day package. Ok, maybe not mega, but definitely well wrapped. (see above)
I had a lot of fun putting this package together. Though Jeff and I have been together for a while, this is the first year we’ve made a big “to-do” about Valentine’s Day. (Although last year, I did send Jeff a hefty box of decadent champagne brownies that I made using this fabulous recipe.) The design on the t-shirt was a piece of Japanese clip art that came with my gocco. (I have a PG-5 which is the Japanese equivalent of the PG-6 which is much more common in the U.S.). I have no idea what the Japanese text says but there’s a crane and a turtle underneath–turtle saying “I am Kame” and crane saying “I am Suru.” What that all means, who knows?? The cat boxers started as a joke in a Joann’s fabric store in MD. Jeff was graciously allowing me to take a little detour to buy some fabrics during my last visit. I asked him to pick out a flannel so I could make him PJ pants. There was a good selection of prints there but then Jeff came across this (what I think is) hideous cat flannel print and was just dumbfounded. Dumbfounded that such fabrics exist and that the bolt was almost empty–there was just a scant yard left. After we both recovered from healthy laughter–in the knowledge that there are several yards of the fabric out there in use somewhere–Jeff insisted that I buy the last yard and claiming that he would wear almost anything I’d make for him using that fabric. As it turns out, a yard is not enough to make PJ pants but I did manage to crank out a very handsome pair of cat boxers. These were my first sewn boxers and I was quite pleased with the way I turned out–minus the wacky tesselating cat pattern. Incidentally, the cats on the fabric resemble Jeff’s two cats–Shirley and Otis. The pad I included in the package says “Things You Must Do to Make Me Happy” and has a long checklist of things you can mark for your special someone.
The boxes in the back contain truffles that I made last weekend. Extremely labor intensive and messy process but I had a lot of fun making them. I made six flavors–chili pepper, lemon pepper, coconut, brown sugar bourbon, fleur de sel, and espresso bean. I had a couple of friends over before I mailed them out to taste test. All flavors passed with flying colors although everyone had their favorites. Alas, we were all so greedy that I didn’t get a picture of any of the truffles but boy were they tastey. The flavors are definitely a keeper going forward although i will likely cut back on the cayenne and get a good candy thermometer so I can do a better job tempering my chocolate.
Coincidentally, Jeff got me truffles, although I won’t fault him for not making them himself. The rest of his present shan’t be discussed here. 😉
I will post more pics from the pink and brown swap after I know that Kristine’s got the package. I also have another crafty project that’s been on the back burner that I finally finished. I like the end product but would definitely go about a little differently the next time around. It’s a very cute and handy purse so I forsee making another one in the near future.