Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Books, Books, Everywhere!

It's been 7 years and I'm not itchy at all!!! (get it, the 7 year itch??)

That's right it's been 7 years since we said I DO! And we are more in love than ever . . . well I am anyways . . . I don't want to speak for Lee but I think he'd agree!
I was down right spoiled rotten this year, usually we decide on a gift for both of us . . . almost exclusively it's something for the house. For 5 years it was our wood dining table (for the traditional wood gift) and 6 years it was our pots and pans organizer (iron is traditional so we did a spin on that). 7 years was copper or wool. I didn't want anything copper . . . but a warm wool blanket would be nice??? Cashmere is a type of wool . . . right??? hehe
We still haven't gotten around to purchasing our mutual gift but Lee did sneak in a couple of very sweet gifts for me!

The first was a stamp I've been wanting forever!
With so many books in our little library and so many friends and family members with similar reading tastes I'm always lending out books I wanted to make sure that our books get returned to us, so Lee picked me up a book stamp. It says Ex Libris (which is Latin for "from [the] books", which when used as a bookplate means "from [the] books [owner]") and in true anniversary style he chose "Mrs. Malinek".
It's perfect! I couldn't love it anymore! He gave it to me before he headed to work and came home to THIS:
(That top stack I'm staring at fell down on me seconds after this picture!)

I stamped every book in our library. I thought about only stamping the books that get lent out . . . but how do you know which books people are going to want to borrow?? and stamping a big MINE on a book, right in front of someone before they take it home just seems in poor taste! Kind of like, "I don't believe you'll return this to me so I'm going to make sure you don't forget!" So I just bit the bullet and stamped them all in one big go . . . although I still haven't made my way into the kitchen to stamp all the cookbooks!
I'll share my other two gifts tomorrow!!! All I can say now is Anthropologie! (and I still can't imagine Lee in that store all by himself!) haha

Ex Libris stamp is from Holmes Stamp . . . Lee said they were really helpful and even emailed a mock-up of the stamp so Lee could see how it looked before they made it!

23 comments:

  1. That is so awesome - romantic and practical - what a great guy to think of that! Love that stack of books, the after photos would've been funny to see :)

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  2. That is a fabulous gift! And, that is a darling picture of you. Can't wait to see what you got from Anthro.

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  3. There are some awesome library programs you can get for your computer that keep a list of all your books for insurance purposes and also email the person who borrowed your book if it isn't back in six months.... My thing I that I can never remember who has it, so Delicious Library does that part for me.

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  4. That's a man after my own heart! Haha! A book stamp is a wonderful gift idea! Happy Anniversary!

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  5. Happy Anniversary Ashli and Lee! Here's to many, many more.

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  6. I love it. And my wife will, too. Thanks! Or should I be thanking Lee? Happy Anniversary.

    (I did not intend to make a rhyme just then.)

    (Oops, I did it again.)

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  7. Happy Anniversary Ashli & Lee!! =)

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  8. great gift can't wait to see what else you got Happy Anniversary to you both and many more.

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  9. Do you remember what brand your pots/pans organizer was? I've been needing one forever...thanks!! Love your blog/ideas.

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    1. They were Rev A Shelf products!
      You can find them at Lowes or on Amazon!!!
      Hope that helps!
      Ashli

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  10. Happy Anniversary! We just celebrated our 8th (15 years together) and we aren't itchy yet. I guess we picked good ones eh?
    Congrats to you two!!!

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  11. Great idea... I love it! Happy Anniversary - I always find you have to get creative when going with the traditional anniversary theme... but it makes it so much fun! :)

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  12. Hey Ashli, congrats on your 7 years. It's huge I know, I been with my wife for 20 years ;-)

    Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I had emailed you about possibly interviewing you. Just wanted to make sure you got it.

    Thanks and again, congrats ;-)
    Joey

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  13. Very cute! This might be a gift to my friend who is a ferocious reader. Was your specific stamp design custom?

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    1. He said, No it wasn't specific! It was a design that was there already!
      Hope that helped!
      Ashli

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  14. I love it...good work Lee....I also have a list of who I loaned what and when because I always think I'll remember and I never do. I loaned my hairdresser a book about 2 months ago and I have no idea what book it was. Often I'll loan a book get it back and loan it straight out again and can't quite remember who to so it's the only way. It's not that I don't trust people to give it back and I'm not in a hurry to get things back so after a few months it's hard to remember what book or gadget went where so I find that's the only way. It's just an excel spreadsheet with the date, the item and who to. When it is returned the date if put in as returned but with my hairdresser I just loaned her the book and didn't update it so no idea...she has just moved house so hopefully it's not got lost with everything. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  15. Congratulations to 7 wonderful years and here's to many many more:) I love bookplates and use a stamp that says " this book belongs to Mrs.Solinger" for all my classroom books. ( I teach kindergarten)I've been on the lookout for a bookplate embosser for my personal books at home and your post has re-inspired me to narrow it down and finally find the perfect one!

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  16. Congratulations on your seven years of marriage!! The book stamp is a great idea :)

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  17. I love the stamp! I've always thought of doing book plates or the like, but never got around to it. Happy Anniversary!

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  18. I love the stamp Ashli! But I'm in LOVE with the ring you're wearing in the picture above!! I'm wondering where it's from?

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