In any case, Pat knew he would have to be creative if he wanted me to be at all surprised by his official proposal. Enter Jeff, our youth minister/matchmaker/friend.
After work one Saturday, Pat asked me if I would like to hang out and watch a movie. Of course I did! He cooked (out of a box, anyway) beef stroganoff, which was totally normal for us at that point. What wasn't normal was that he insisted on eating before we started the movie. I resisted, because I always prefer to read a book or watch TV while I eat. He won (for once), and we ate in the dining room, Pat trying to slow me down as I scarfed down my meal. I impatiently waited for him to finish so we could start the movie, having no idea why he was even slower than usual!
Eventually, Pat finished his stroganoff and agreed to start the movie. Poor guy, he must have been so nervous knowing that once we popped the movie in, the timer started counting down. No backing out now! Needless to say, I was confused, then surprised, then excited when our movie stopped about five minutes in.
And that is why The Princess Bride is such a special movie to us. I knew I wanted to reference it in some way on the frame wall, so when I saw this on Pinterest, I just had to make it my own.
For anyone who isn't familiar with the movie, my deepest apologies. Netflix it tonight, unless you cancelled your subscription like we did. : / In the meantime, you should know that "As you wish" is a famous line from the movie that the hero uses in lieu of "I love you". It's very
I didn't want to just print it off; I wanted it to feel very homemade and special. Then I remembered a small project I saw over on YHL a few weeks ago:
Sherry just used a marker to draw "x"s in the shape she wanted, so it would somewhat resemble a cross-stitched piece. I decided that this just might be perfect! Wanting to keep it simple, I just grabbed a sheet of paper off our printer and started drawing some "x"s with a black ballpoint pen, to get the layout the way I wanted it. I ended up liking the look of double rows. You may or may not be able to tell from this picture, but I also toyed with the idea of using "k"s and "p"s, then decided to stick with my "x"s. I outlined the basic shapes with a bright Sharpie so I could use this as a template, then put a new sheet of paper over the top and got to drawing.
large frame project. I used the book I was reading at the time (is it bad that I can't remember what it was, even though it was less than a week ago and I have a picture of the back?) to mark a rectangle on the cardboard, then cut it out with a box cutter. Patrick, for some reason, doesn't like for me to "play" with those things. Maybe it's because when I first started to cut the cardboard, I was using my lap as the solid surface, and I didn't see anything wrong with that until I felt the pressure of the blade? I wonder if they offer workman's comp for bloggers.
|Yes, I realize it's upside down. No, I'm not willing to flip it and then upload it again. Sorry!|