I have decided to give my husband a “love note” for every day through February 14th. I still have to think of something grand for the big day besides the steak dinner he loves so much. I have health problems that prevent me from working so I was trying to think of something that my manly-man would appreciate and do it cheap. He doesn’t like all of the corny things people do on Valentine’s Day and really, I think he enjoys spoiling me more than anything. He is really special to me though and I want him to know it!
I have decided that my love notes will come in several different forms and I have thought of the first two so far. Some of them will be serious and some will be funny. I really hope he likes my love notes.
One thing I know he likes is to read. He especially likes to read about mid-evil times – so think castles and knights, dragons and even a hobbit or two. So I decided to make this love note look like a scroll. I’m sure he’s heard of the author too. This is part of a poem called Rabbi Ben Ezra by Robert Browning.
Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made
I used heavyweight parchment cardstock in pink. Holding it landscape (long ways) I used the edge of my counter to tear off a strip. Then I moved over about 3 inches and tore off another strip. I’m going to use the 3 inch piece with torn edges on both sides. I used a brown marker to write out the poem. If you know how to do calligraphy that would look really nice. I just wrote mine in my regular handwriting. Then, I used a brown stamp pad on the edges to make it look older. I used my wire cutters to cut two pieces (approx 4 inches each) from a bamboo skewer (for grilling). You could use lollipop sticks too which you can easily find in the candy making section at craft stores but I’m just using what I had on hand. I glued the skewer pieces to the top and bottom of the paper and rolled it up like a scroll. I just used a hot glue gun since that dries faster. I think it looks really cute. Uh-hum, I mean handsome. I’m going to leave it in the car for him to find in the morning.
I used some champagne colored crochet cotton (size 10) with a gold metallic thread wound in it to tie it together. I laid the scroll in the center of a length of thread and wound each side around two times each keeping it straight so it didn’t twist or overlap. I ended with each end in the back and then just tied it in a simple bow so it would untie easily. You know how impatient men can be!