The Best Things in Life Are Free

David and I decided not to exchange Christmas presents this year- instead, we gave each other our fabulous little November road trip to Seattle, Vancouver, Northern California and San Francisco.

But, of course, as Christmas day drew near, we got a little nostalgic and decided that we wanted to be able to wrap something up for each other to put under the tree this year. You know, more fun, less Grinch. So we decided to give gifts, but with a caveat: any gift we gave to each other had to be F.R.E.E. And no, not like re-gifting free, but more like "I made this for you because I love you very much" kind of free.

(cue awwwwws)

I made David a 2011 calendar, complete with adorable little inside jokes for each month.

But, as cute as my calendar was, David totally won in the awesome gift department. He apparently was paying attention when I was drooling over all of those fabulous coffee table trays I've seen out in blog land.

And so... he made me one!

Well, two actually! With *free* pieces of scrap wood that he found in our basement, David put his woodworking skillz to work and made me these two beautiful trays! Aren't they great?

Last weekend, while David and Nathan were busy with our bathroom renovation, I grabbed a can of
spray paint and decided to bring a new life to one of my beautiful new trays.

I'm loving the punch of color that it brings to our living room, as it sits on our coffee table.

Pretty adorable, isn't it? Thanks again, honey!! :)

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  1. These are so nice and so very thoughtful of your hubby!

  2. What a nice hubby! I got new carharts for the garage! Best GIFT ever!

  3. This is SO sweet! I really like the way they look. My boyfriend and I don't do gifts for Christmas either...both our birthdays are really close to Christmas so we go all out and get huge presents for birthdays (like, huge--last year he took me to Santa Barbara for a week! Sigh...wishing I were there now!)

  4. Aww, adorable and so special. Wishing my hubby could pick up a tool, any tool!

  5. how adorable! they look amazing! he did a great job! i think i have to show my hubby this... do you think he'll take the hint? haha :)

  6. Love them! What a fantastic gift!! Oh, and make sure he signs the bottom.

  7. So neat, love the color, looks great on your coffee table! He's a keeper!

  8. It's beautiful! He is very talented, and I love the color you sprayed it.

    ps - I have the yellow Moorish Tile rug in my dressing room, don't you just LOVE it?

  9. That is so sweet! Lucky you to have a hubby that can MAKE something!

  10. These are so cute and I love the blue color - your husband is pretty darn handy! :)

  11. Those are too cute! And how SWEET?!? :)

    Love the blue color too!

    - Lauren

  12. It's gorgeous!! What an awesome craft :) Love your bloggy too hehe xo

  13. I just became a follower. I saw your post on Tatortots & Jello. I am currently sans coffee table but would love to try something like this as soon as I find an inexpensive coffee table :)

  14. That is so sweet! I love the blue color you chose. I want to see the calendar you made him too!

  15. I like it! it's fresh!

    starting every monday over at there will be giveaways and linky parties! so come and join in for some fun and inspiration!

    -The tootsie wootsie

  16. Great job! I love the color. Would love for you to come visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made With Love Monday! The party will be open all week if you'd like to link up multiple projects. Have a great day!

  17. I love all of this - the beadboard bottom, the color combo, the sentiment, all of it!

  18. those are so pretty! I LOVE the color! If you have a chance come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings :)

  19. Hey there! I'm a new follower! I love this little tray, its too cute!

    Anestazia <3

  20. Hi Michelle, These trays are simply adorable. Love the beadboard and color. Thanks so much for linking up to The Sunday showcase party - I have featured this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  21. What a fabulous idea for scraps. And what a great husband. Score!

    Love the color you chose, too. I'm new here, but can't wait to look around.

  22. Stumbled across you thanks to "Under The Table & Dreaming".
    This tray is precious!


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