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Day 9: Crafting for men & 9/11 Memorial

This is one day I was not necessarily looking forward to. Today's topic is to talk about who your favorite crafter is or craft something for a man. Like some of the other challenge participants, I don't really have a crafter I look up to. But I'm also not in the mood to craft so I'm going to share some past things I've made for Drew.

I've showed the iPad pillow before…

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But I've never shared the bow ties I made him last Christmas. I've been trying to get him to wear bow ties for the past year. He is tall and skinny, the perfect body type to pull a bow tie off. Now this was my first attempt at sewing these, so I knew he would never wear them but I hoped it would encourage him to buy some. It hasn't yet.

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I also wanted to blog about what Drew and I did today! We went to the 9/11 Memorial in New York. We can see the new Freedom Tower from our apartment, but it is just so beautiful close up.

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Then we walked around looking for my Grandma's Brother's name. He was in the north tower when the plane hit.

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If you ever have the opportunity to go to the memorial, go. It is so beautiful.

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everything looks cuter in felt.

My boyfriend is an accountant. Boring. He likes to talk about boring things and purchase things that I can't justify buying. One of those objects is an iPad. He had absolutely no reason to buy one….so I talked him out of it, because I had this up my sleeve. An iPad pillow! It may not be able to log into facebook, but it does look pretty cute in his room. 

iPad Pillow: Mini Pip

It is so difficult to buy for a guy. It is also difficult to craft for a guy. He just passed the CPA exam and I kinda missed getting something for his birthday so, I thought this was a pretty clever gift.

iPad Pillow: Mini Pip
iPad Pillow: Mini Pip

It came together pretty easily. Each "app" was a 2×2 square, all as close to the actual design as possible. (The second picture is for size reference).

iPad Pillow: Mini Pip
iPad Pillow: Mini Pip

Each app was sewn onto a large piece of off-white felt. Then I attached the black band (which even has a "power button"!) The back of the pillow would have been black, but I didn't have enough, so I went with his favorite color instead.

I tried to make the simple apps, ones with not too much detail but also added ones that mean something to us as a couple. Since we don't live close, we facetime quite a bit and the calendar has #8 for our anniversary (so now he won't forget =p). 

iPad Pillow: Mini Pip
iPad Pillow: Mini Pip

Photobooth even flips up! The final touch was putting it in a white box with the apple logo on the front. Sometimes I get carried away with details.

The recipient was very happy with it, and he was so sweet when he said he couldn't believe I took the time out of my sewing to make something for him. I love when people appreciate what you do for them!

iPad Pillow: Mini Pip

iPad Pillow: Mini Pip