One of my employees is getting married and moving away in a few weeks. She has lived on her own before, so I decided to go “off registry” (what so many brides HATE, I know) and get her something unique. Seeing as how we work at a jewelry store and monograms are somewhat popular in our line of work, I thought about doing something with her new monogram.
In comes my husband. He knows someone from HIS job that does embroidery. Duh – I could totally have her embroider a large monogram and I could put it in a frame (or on a pillow, whatever). I bought linen and trucked it over to the embroidery lady’s house. I can safely say that after visiting her, I wanted an embroidery machine like nobody’s business! All I need is one more hobby.
As usual, I procrastinated. I got busy with work and put everything else on the back burner. Yep. Remembered last night that I was supposed to give it to her today. Went to Target really early to look for a frame (because the usual suspects weren’t open yet – Joann/Michaels/Kohl’s) and found one.
I got home and started to put it together. One snag: I didn’t have anything to “wrap” the linen around in the frame. Normally, when I frame cross-stitch pieces, I use foamboard cut to size – but I didn’t happen to have a 15×18 piece just hanging around. I was officially out of time. I finally said “screw it” and used packing tape (don’t judge) and pulled it as tightly as I could around the backing of the frame. Yeah, it looked like crap.
I debated – no one will ever see the back except for her. Who cares what it looks like, right? The front looks good. However, I don’t want to be *that* person that gives a halfass gift either. I just couldn’t do it.
I sat and thought. I didn’t have any paper that was large enough to cover the whole back of the frame. Nada. Then I had a lightbulb moment – the paper that comes inside the frame! I flipped it so the plain side faced out (instead of the side with the picture of the happy fake couple) and wrote a message on it for my employee, and attached it with – you guessed it – packing tape. It ended up looking just fine! She may never know the trouble I had with it, at least unless she happens to read my blog…
She LOVED it, and was so surprised – I even got a hug. She’s not the huggy type (at least with me) so I take that as a huge compliment!
Next time I do this – and there will be a next time, probably for myself – I will figure out how to do it better. For now, though, I’m pretty proud of my McGyver-like skills.
If you are married, what was your favorite gift? I like personal gifts that actually had thought put into them. One of my very favorite gifts from MY wedding was from an employee (funny how that works, isn’t it?). She drew my new monogram by hand and filled it in with silver leaf. I love it to this day and it has been over 8 years!