Birthday Sweetness

My birthday was on Saturday. I wouldn’t normally write a recap of what Brandon got for me (3 books, a Lego set, and a necklace), but he presented everything in such a sweet, clever way that I wanted to share. The gifts were numbered, to be opened in order, and he created a little booklet of explanations to go along with each. This is what he wrote.

Birthday Gift

  1. Vintage Cakes

  2. The Wallpaper Book

  3. Lego Architecture Farnsworth House

  4. Wonderful Life with the Elements (this is my favorite of the gifts!)

  5. Lemon Zest Confetti Necklace

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  • Laurendy
    September 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    your hubby is kinda awesome

  • patricia
    September 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Happy Birthday belated Nicole! I loved all your gifts. WOW your husband is so thoughtful and sweet! You are incredibly lucky!

  • Kelsie
    September 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    If you didn’t tear up, no worries-I just did it for you. :)

  • Giulia
    September 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    awwww, how sweet. Happy belated birthday!

  • Focipresley
    September 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I have to say, that is overall the best present I’ve heard of in a while. You’re pretty lucky too Nicole!

  • Joy | Frock Files
    September 24, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    This is the sweetest. I love thoughtful gifts, and I especially love when they demonstrate one partner’s genuine appreciation and love of the other. Thanks for sharing this with us — a good reminder of what love looks like.

  • Preciously Me
    September 24, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Happy Birthday to you!!!
    Thank you so much for making our day more lovely ♥
    All the best for you ;)

  • patricia
    September 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    That is SO sweet. Happy belated birthday! :)

  • Jessica
    September 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I am pretty sure he should be giving lessons. And I know I would pay for them. ;-)

  • Danielle
    September 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    How sweet – and clever! Happy belated birthday!

  • Evelyn W
    September 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    awwwwwwwwwwwww!!! he has good taste too!

  • Meg W.
    September 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I definitely just emailed a link to this to my husband and said “In case you ever need any ideas”. So sweet!

  • Jenn Kemper | Blue Goose Celebrations
    September 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Way to go, Brandon! I love thoughtful gifts like these. I’ve always been a pretty good gift-giver, but my husband always seems to do so much better. He not only finds things I love, but it’s usually even unexpected, which is amazing. I might even have to get the periodic elements book for him. He’d love it.

  • Erika
    September 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Oh that is sooo sweet! How wonderful to have a man that can express himself so well.

  • amyks
    September 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    LOVE this!!!

  • Caitlin @ Desert Domicile
    September 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Awww, how sweet! Happy Belated Birthday!

  • Gretchen
    September 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    de-lurking to tell you happy birthday, from another mother of an August (I take it yours is always August, never Gus?) Putting the elements book on the xmas list for my 11 year old!

    • Making it Lovely
      September 24, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      Nah, we call him Gus pretty often.

      • Gretchen
        September 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm

        gotcha. I’d say we have about a 60/40 Gus/August split around here.

  • Brianne Joy
    September 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    This is so darn sweet!! Happy (late) Birthday, Nicole!

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  • Lisa
    September 24, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Happy birthday! What a thoughtful gift. :) Men everywhere need to take notes.

  • Danielle
    September 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Can Brandon please teach classes to other husbands on how to give a gift?

    Happy Birthday!

  • TieDye64
    September 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Awwww, that is just the sweetest! Happy belated Birthday.

  • lea
    September 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Happy Birthday! Those are some sweet gifts and you have an even sweeter life partner :)

  • Didi
    September 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Happy belated bday! You are one lucky girl w/ the best gift being your hubby. I think he needs to start a blog to give other hubbies lessons on how to make their wives feel special. Seriously!

  • Becca :: Making Room in Sicily
    September 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    They make Architecture Lego sets?!

  • Natalie
    September 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    How sweet and thoughtful!

    Happy belated Birthday! :)

  • ellen patton
    September 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I want a Brandon!

  • Miss B.
    September 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Happy birthday, wishing you a beautiful year ahead! And what a sweet, sweet, thoughtful (and creative ) husband you have!

  • Jay V
    September 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Awwww….. Brandon is very thoughtful. THAT is something that money can’t buy. Happy Birthday Nicole.

  • MJ
    September 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Happy belated birthday, Nicole! I know you will enjoy the Farnsworth House set! It was a neat place to visit and a sweet little reminder of my time there (my husband got the Legos for me last year and I have it sitting in my office along with Lego Fallingwater). How sweet of your husband!

  • jbhat
    September 24, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Wonderful gifts and wonderful gift-giving. Way to go, Brandon. And happy birthday, Nicole.


  • Azra
    September 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    He is so sweet and clever. Happy birthday to you!

  • Kerry
    September 24, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    That is an amazingly thoughtful gift. You are a lucky woman.

  • eskimo*rose
    September 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Oh man, that is sooooo cute -there’s nothing better than a thoughtful guy … I think I’m gonna leave this post open on my computer so my hubby will find it (wink wink)!!!

  • kate
    September 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Happy B-day! Wow- you really have a keeper there!

  • kim
    September 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Well, he’s a keeper, isn’t he? ;) (And, we bought the Farnsworth House Lego on the weekend too!)

  • Jan
    September 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Awwww!!!! He is one sweet husband.

  • Amanda
    September 24, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Aww what a sweet and clever presentation of some really special gifts. Thanks for sharing this piece of your home life with us. And happy belated birthday!

  • Eileen
    September 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Gosh, I think he likes you … probably, you should marry him :) Sweet.

  • Carol
    September 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    How sweet is he?! Feliz cumpleaños!

  • Jules
    September 24, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Hold on. Let me imagine my husband putting in the same effort.



  • Sarah Walker from The Curated House
    September 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    And with that, your husband wrote the handbook for how to give loving gifts that will make your wife fall in love all over again! Delightful. xo

  • Sarah D'Imperio
    September 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    amazing! Now I love your husband almost as much as I love you! (in a healthy, admiring from afar way!!)

    Sarah in NYC!

  • Ali T. of Dualiti
    September 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    This post made me happy even post-breakup. What a lovely guy who clearly knows he’s got a good thing going;)