Will you be my Valentine?


Christopher is banned from my blog from today until Valentines, mostly because I’m too excited about his Valentine to wait. So if you read this, DON’T talk to Chris about it. He already knows too much.

I got this genius idea from a friend [although, she didn’t know it] who signed off an email with “the Tiddly Winkels”. It reminded me how much I love the nearly skill-less, almost pointless game of Tiddlywinks. I’m sure there’s skill involved, I just don’t have any. I got to thinking; revamping my old Tiddlywinks game would be PERFECT. The box was missing, no instructions, just the winks, mats and pot were left. I made the box, added an additional area for winks to land [the handhold, lobsters*, footsies and hugs areas], cut out [and embroidered a little heart] pink mats and made it all lovey-dovey.

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Here’s the genius of the game: you can make it whatever you want! You hit the winks into the pot to get points, add up the points for a kiss, lobsters, whatever. And, the scorecard I made, is fill in the blank, so at the beginning of each game the players can decide what action would occur at what points. Sweet? or Saucy? I have yet to play the game with Chris, so I don’t know how well it’ll work. I’ll report back as soon as I find out. You know what else I did? I made a free downloadable PDF for anyone else who wants to play this imaginative, couple’s game. Download HERE.

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I think it all turned out pretty nicely. I just entered it into a Craftzine V-day contest, so wish me luck!! By the way, did you hear Craft will no longer be in print? Bummer. At least they’ll keep the website going [unlike domino :( Blerg ].

*Lobsters are what Chris and I call backrubs. Don’t ask me why, but we like it that way.

*ALSO, I thought I was being all cute with a little tag saying “will you be my tiddlywink?” I just went on urbandictionary and looked up the term tiddlywink. LAME. LAME. LAME. I probably shouldn’t have entered those photos on the contest page. BLAST you awful slang!! Why do you have to ruin ALL of my fun?!? BLERG. I guess I’m going to have to re-shoot the box tomorrow, minus the inuendo.

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    1. Brooke says:

      I am always amazed that you not only make something incredible but then you share it with everyone else for them to enjoy as well.

      I saw what urbandictonary had to say. sick sick sick.

    2. Nicia says:

      hahahahaha! Tiddlywink. hahahahaha. Aside from the urbandictionary mishap, I think it’s a wonderful gift! Very very cute!

    3. Jenn says:

      Melissa, that looks amazing! You are so creative.

      Oh my gosh, I just looked up the word on urbandictionary. I’m sorry, but I can’t stop laughing. Who comes up with these things??

    4. stacy says:

      i am in awe. that is the most creative valentine’s gift i have ever seen! i love the juxtaposition of your game vs. chris’ construction paper magazine cut-out cards. and i mean that in a good way. it just shows that its the intent behind the gift that counts and i think both are so sweet.

    5. Andrea says:

      very very cute. you are amazing!

    6. linda says:

      I refuse to look up “tiddlywinks”in the urban dictionary. Sometimes it’s best
      not to know. However, I promise not to call somebody that, because they might have already looked it up.

    7. made sweet says:

      this is so fantastic! and i’m totally there with you on the slang and how it ruins everything! i’m clueless with stuff like that and i hate when my designs get ruined by someone pointing out stupid innuendos.

    8. eileensideways says:

      love it; absolutely adorable. haven’t seen tiddlywinks since i was a kid; jogged a great memory of sitting crosslegged on the floor playing with my sisters.

    9. Kozlowski says:

      its very nice and amazing

    10. Dolly says:

      Did you post the box that you made? I would love to make it as well and only saw the playing matt for download. Also, where did you get the yellow insert?

    11. Sove says:

      Great post.Thanks a lot.

    12. Marci says:

      Where did you get the yellow plastic circle that you shoot the winks into? Also,where did you get the tiny winks from? I am amazed!!

    13. This is a brilliant initiative. Thanks a bunch for sharing!

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    15. prekast cephe says:

      Nice design. Good job.

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