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« on: September 06, 2009 12:06:03 PM »

My boyfriend deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year and I wanted to give him a very special present/memento to keep his spirits up while he's over there!  I wanted something light so he could keep it with him and small enough to fit in his pocket soooo naturally altoid tin!

To fill it I cut heavy cardboard to size and spray-glued a light canvas so it would fold accordion style.  On each panel I put things important to him.  

He's a photographer so I cut out photos he's taken from a contact sheet and collaged them, I put a quote that says "I think we dream so we don't have to be apart so long.  If we're in each others dreams, we can play together all night."  The next panel I painted a can of sprite, he calls me his "cold sprite on a hot day" hehe.  Next is a picture of us in NYC on our first date, and the last is a two-bit painting of a camera.  On the otherside I wrote him a note and I filled the box with wallet sized photos of his friends, family and us.

He says he takes it out everyday when he is feeling sad or down and it instantly makes him feel better!  While he's over there he's filling it with different things like a pressed tree leaf.

Anyway thanks for looking!  This is my very first post!

Oh and I'm sorry about the lame pic, it was taken on deployment day...
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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2009 12:24:36 PM »

I think this is really neat and I like the story behind it. I especially like the painting of the camera.
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2009 12:42:28 PM »

This is a great idea!  My thoughts are with him and you for his safety and quick return.

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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2009 01:08:02 PM »

super-cute idea! my husband's deployed too & they really do like mushy stuff like that when they're gone!! it's all about good memories & carrying around a little bit of home.
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2009 05:24:29 PM »

thanks guys for your encouraging words and your compliments!  he just told me that they're coming home early!  so high spirits!
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2009 07:53:03 PM »

That is so nice. I bet it makes him feel great. Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2009 09:34:16 PM »

That is so thoughtful and awesome!  It kinda made me get all teary-eyed just reading about it!

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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2009 03:33:45 AM »

What a lovely gift! I love how each part of the tin(s) contains something different and special. Fantastic work!

I'm very happy to hear that he is coming home! Smiley
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2009 09:44:38 AM »

Made me a little teary-eyed too.  This is so very sweet.

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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2009 11:39:51 AM »

Very sweet idea!

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