Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Valentine's Gift for the MAN

Valentine's Day is such a girly day.
I really like buying stuff for the whosband, but it usually just ends up being for me.
That is until last year when I bought him an XOXO coffee mug from Pier1. 
He loved it! 

He drinks an abundant amount of coffee, so this is just the perfect gift for him.

I wanted to do something similar this year, but I just didn't know what it was I was exactly going to do.
Then I found this coffee mug tree at the thrift store.



Do you see the two price tags? 
That's right discounted at the thrift store.
So I paid my 99 cents, but I knew it wasn't so cute.

Red is the color of Valentine's Day. 
It is also the color of my oh so retro kitchen.
So I knew I had to run and get some red spray paint. 
I picked up Krylon Chili Pepper.
I also grabbed a clear coat because it is going in the kitchen.

This is what it looked like after some paint.



I knew that I didn't want to just stop there.
Then I was doing some cleaning in my office one night and found this wine stopper. 

My mom brought it home as a wedding favor. 
She thought I'd like it.
Well, we don't drink a ton of wine so it's been sitting in my office.
I figured I take it to the kitchen and put it in the drawer. 
As I was about to do this I saw the painted mug tree and thought,
"Darn this cute heart can't go on top. It'd be the perfect V-Day addition."

Then I realized that the heart was removable.
SWELL!!!!

All I needed to do was drill a hole in the top and screw it in.

So here's the hole.


I still wasn't done yet.
I knew that I wanted to go ahead and take a stab at using vinyl. 
I recently bought some for my Cricut using a gift card that I had.

All I needed was a saying that was about both coffee and love.
To the computer I went.
I typed in "coffee quotes" on google and the first one that came up was:

Coffee and love are best served hot

Seriously, it was that easy. 
All I needed to do now was to cut the vinyl. 

First I cut the words out on paper to make sure that they fit.
After I had an arrangement I got out the vinyl, took a deep breath, and I went for it.

VOILA!!!! 
Fonts used: Hello Kitty font/love word & heart from New Arrival cartridge
Do you love it? 
I do. The "v" on love got a little wonky, but I am overall satisfied with the outcome.

Okay. Now for the full reveal.



Oh yes, and doesn't it look even better with this AMAZING mug I picked up for him the other day at Anthropologie. 

It was only $6. It may be the least expensive thing in the entire store. 
I know that he will love both pieces.
(He's actually seen the tree, except for the typography. That's a surprise.)

Okay, so what "manly" gifts are you going to give?
Creativity has made this years V-Day way more fun!!!

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10 comments:

  1. That is the cutest idea! It turned out really great!

    Not sure how you did the lettering but I love it!

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  2. I absolutely love it. What a lucky man!

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  3. I think it turned out great! I need to head to my thrift store and get some spray paint. It looks fun ;)

    I got the hubby an d I shirts from Union28 that say "I Love My Wife" and "I Love My Husband". Cheesy,I know, but he will love it.

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  4. Oh my gosh! That came out SOOOOO cute!!! Love love love it! Making me want to start refurbishing some items again...I always get that itch come Spring!


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  5. Wow! What a transformation. I think it turned out great. Thanks for linking up to our Friday Flair!

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  6. What a great idea! I always see these stands at my thrift stores. I'll have to try this :)

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  7. So cute!!! I've painted these things before and sold them on Etsy, but I never thought to change out the top with a knob of something! Thanks for sharing.

    I'd love to have you over to link up for Favorite Things Friday. It's open until Weds.

    http://thespeckleddog.blogspot.com/2011/02/favorite-things-friday-no-10.html

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  8. I love how you added the extra touches with the coffee phrase and the heart bling on top! Great project!

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  9. this is such a great idea!! I actually have one of these mini coat hanger things!! I got it at the thrift store too haha I think I might just copy your craft idea for my kitchen:) Thanks!

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  10. Adorable project and I love that coffee pot too!!

    Stopping by via Sunday Showcase :))

    Come on over to my blog and leave a comment for a chance to win a tarnished silver creamer~~~

    Kay Ellen

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