Friday, March 5, 2010

Can-Cans

When I first spoke with MJ in 2001, we talked on the phone for hours and hours. After we became a couple in 2003, we kept on talking.

For our 7th anniversary as boyfriend/girlfriend, I made her these Communication Can-Cans:


Here is MJ can-can-communicating with me:


Honestly, I'm not much of a talker. MJ is good at talking and I'm good at listening. MJ says: "Before you paint yourself as a saint, mention that you're also good at pretending to listen." Ah well, communication doesn't guarantee agreement:




Our years together are filled with chatty goodness, even in a world of electronic distractions. The Can-Cans lack wireless Bluetooth® technology, so I created a wired solution:


For my anniversary gift, MJ painted a portrait of me in green (her favourite colour) and in orange (my favourite colour). I love handmade gifts, and her heartfelt creation was touching beyond words:


A lasting relationship requires good communication, both spoken and unspoken. Can MJ & I keep talking our talk as we walk our walk into the future together?

Yes we can-can!

29 comments:

  1. Aww - that is so cute! Love the 'can cans'... we totally need some of those at our house.

    Awesome art work to!

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  2. Love the can-cans! You two look so great together. Happy Anniversary!

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  3. You guys are adorable together, and you get along with each other's mothers... that's the real test right there. Congrats on your anniversary (is she hinting for a ring yet?).

    As usual I love your design... You have such a creative mind (OK.. a little twisted too, but that's a good thing). I think our house needs several... call it our intercan system.

    Meanwhile, Ive got to figure out the curve on a cheese doodle.

    Youre friend, the Candian trapped in the American's body,
    Amy

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  4. Your post is terribly funny :D
    Great idea and amazing gift ;)
    This year it will be our 7th birthday of love with my boyfriend...I'have to find a thing. But could I be so inventive as you were.............

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  5. That is great. Congrats on your long-standing relationship! The both of you are quite creative.

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  6. What fantastic anniversary presents! Many congratulations :)

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  7. Happy anniversary you guys! Handmade gifts are the best especially by you!

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  8. So cute! Congrats on your 7th anniversary. :o)

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  9. Oh those photos are so cute, you & MJ are as adorable as your amigurumis! And she's quite talented, too!

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  10. Hopefully someday you will propose....and you can crochet her a beautiful huge diamond ring. ;)

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  11. Congratulations! Adorable and supercute!! :)

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  12. PaisleyJade: Oh yes, a household Can-Can system would be harmonious for any family, except for the occasional tripping over the wires. Ah well, family communication is worth that small risk ;) Thanks!

    Annette: Thanks! I'm glad you think we look good together :) MJ's co-workers say we look alike, even though she's a recent copycat with the hair colouring hehe

    lilmimi: We do get along with each other's moms, as you figured! No, MJ hasn't hinted at a ring... We like to say that she gets all the onion rings she wants when we're together :D

    "Intercan system", I like it! Thanks, Amy :) Good luck with that pesky cheese doodle!

    Jills: Thanks, fellow-crocheter :)

    Christelle: Happy synchronized 7th Anniversary for you and your boyfriend! I'm sure you'll crochet a beautiful and personalized creation for him :) I hope you'll include it on your blog :)

    Melissa: Thanks for the congrats! MJ doesn't draw/paint often, so her creations are like rare treasure. It's fascinating to see the art that's created by people we know!

    Jessica: Thank you! I can't wait to see what amazing gifts your son will crochet in the future. It looks like he is destined to be a major fibre-arts talent ;)

    Ritapizza: Yes, I treasure handmade gifts too because they're the gift of a someone's time :) Thanks, Rita!

    Ascasewwen: Thanks for your congrats! 7 years isn't as impressive as 70 years, but it is a fun achievement :)

    KelleBelle: hehe Thanks for the amigurumi comparison! We're made of mostly fiber-filling too :) I hope you're enjoying your sunshiny BC weekend!

    Jennifer: hehe For MJ, I'll always provide her with a limitless supply of rings made from yarn! Not as durable as diamonds, but far more plushy ;)

    manchurina: Thank you for your supercute congrats! :)

    Riechan: Merci :)

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  13. what a great post! and encouraging too. thank you :)
    ps. keep up the crochet!!

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  14. Awww...this is lovely! I adore the gifts you gave each other! Congratulations!

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  16. Rachel Kate: Thanks so much, and congratulations on your recent marriage! Your wedding photos are lovely :)

    Speaking of photos, this post's photos of MJ&me were taken by my talented mom. Thanks, Mom!

    lauracruz: Thanks for the well wishes, Laura! It's so rewarding to make gifts for loved ones, as you know. Better than a toaster, at least? :)

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  17. Loving your unique ideas. I smile every time I come for a visit so you have an award on my blog.

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  18. Those can-cans are so cute, and great photos :)

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  19. you're the cutest people EVER. :)

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  20. You guys are sooo cute together! Love the cans, brilliant creation, and her artwork is adorable. I wish you many more happy anniversaries and fun/sweet gifts to come. :-)

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  21. Jackie: I'm glad you like the can-cans and photos! My mom did a great job of composing and taking the photos, so I'll pass your compliments on to her too :)

    Crys :D: hehe Don't pinch our cheeks tooo much :D Thanks!

    Zu: Thank you for all the sweet wishes! I wish you and your sons a fun-filled & yarny Spring :) And Happy UK Mother's Day!

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  22. Happy belated anniversary, Howie and MJ!! You guys make such a great couple!

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  23. Aw, you two are adorable! Happy belated anniversary!

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  24. TADA's Revolution: Thanks for the anniversary wishes! :))

    AniDoll: Those are our super powers ;) Merci!

    myra: Thanks for the belated goodness :)

    worksofhands: Kind of you to say, Vincent! Your beautiful embroidery is proof of your artistry too :)

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  25. Congratulations! this is absolutely sweet! and great advise too :)

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