I love you.

No, seriously.

It’s what everyone is talking about these days… Valentine’s Day.  I’ve always been conflicted about this day… possibly because of the lack of romance in my younger life and largly because I don’t think red and pink go together.  BUT, having a 3 year-old in preschool with parties and teachers and friends will make you tow the line a bit.

I didn’t make Ry a Halloween costume.  I didn’t document her life at Olan Mills at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months.  I’ve never plopped her on Santa’s lap.  I figure the least I can do is make her some Valentines… even though it’s *sigh* not quite my thing.

Funny thing is, the more I worked on them the more I realized this is totally a Katie Thing. It’s the designated day that bugs.  Random goofy cards? Presents for no reason?  Candy?  Care packages?  This was Katie 5 years ago… before dinner at 6pm and chickens and pregnancy and grown-up life.  Where did that Katie go?  Oh, wait.  She’s locked in her chicken coop.

SO.  I declare that the Random Gift of Kindness shall return.  It shall show up on your child’s pillow, waiting for a laugh after school.  It shall show up on your neighbor’s porch stoop, to brighten the Winter blahs.  It shall fly across the country for no other reason than to say, “Hi. I like you.”

I made some things for you.  Please be kind.  They’re meant to be simple and small and silly.  Here are your options:

1. Fish with the note: I’m hooked on you.  Fish also comes with its own fishing pole (read: small stick). Due to the very nature of fishing, your fish color will be a surprise.

2. Chicken with the note: I’d cross the road for you. OR I love you a bushel and a peck. Due to the sassy-ness that defines chickens, your chicken’s feather colors will be a surprise.

and, coming soon:

3. Birdie with the note: You’re tweet.

4. Owl with the note: Owl like/love you forever.

Each is hand-drawn, hand-cut, and hand-stuffed. All come specially gift-wrapped and ready to give.  Any day, any occasion.   It’s time to make people smile again. 

* * * * *

Here is Ry… doing her own photo shoot with Little Baby.  I wish you could have all been there.  It was quite the ordeal.

Have a great weekend, Folks!

[silly gifts can be purchased in the TexasNorth etsy shop]

About texasnorth

TexasNorth is a little farm in Western Michigan. It's home to 5 chickens, 25 longhorn cattle, a coonhound (Banjo), 1 barn cat, a husband, and 3 ridiculously funny children. The mom of this zoo has been known to mow the lawn in a skirt and roast marshmallows after dark. View all posts by texasnorth

13 responses to “I love you.

  • Jim

    Very ince, I’m sorry I don’t have a little one any more., although Chicken may have to come to the cottage to meet the ducks. And where did you get the 1/2 beck box….

  • jtp

    …you didn’t mention the underpants Ry is wearing!!!! Big step!!!! 🙂 Your goodies are fantastic- you will be the mom that the teachers say “yes! Ry’s in my room- her mom’s katie”…jealous!

    ps- I love the wall color- do you remember what color it is…the real name, not “gray”

    • texasnorth

      Yeah- Ry’s in the Afternoon Undies club. After school, after nap, she’s in undies. She’s doing great. We’re still months away from 100% all day, but hey. I’ll take it.

      Now the color- it’s my favorite thing ever, and I was shocked. It’s this blue ocean gray in certain lights denim in others… I heart it big time. It’s a Benjamin Moore Historical color. I’ll find it for you. It’s in our bedroom and then in Ry’s room/guest room downstairs.

  • Sunday Grant Photography

    oh my goodness those are SO cute. I also LOVE that 1/2 peck box!!!

  • Callie Baldwin

    RED AND PINK! Hallelujah, Sister! EXACTLY my thoughts for the last 30+ years!!! Although I see cuteness in kids clothes but personally, I. just. can’t. do. it.

    Cute stuff- as always!

  • beckyswann

    Those are so cute! I love all of it, the descriptions and explanations cracked me up! You are so funny, That Chicken sitting on the box made my day! 🙂

  • Wende

    What do I have to do to get the cute little kid in the last photo? 😀

  • Jessica Carr

    Pink panties are teh best!! right Sun….

    Love your work. Always.

  • Laura

    Oh my WORD. That ponytail. And the camera. It’s too much cute for one picture.

    Love this idea…just love it. After watching Julie & Julia I’ve been singing “I love you a bushel and a peck” to Josh quite often…I might have to consider this.

  • Lisa

    Heavens…I’m like 4 days behind in reading. I don’t know where my time goes anymore. Anyway, the one thing I want to say about these pictures (which are FAB-ulous, by the way), is:

    BOY HOWDY, are those big girl panties???????

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

    You are adorable, as always.


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