And I've never missed a year since. Ten ties down. Many more to go. Matt is the simplest man around. A no frills kind of guy. That is why this tradition sounded so intriguing. Every year he complains that he can't possibly wear this year's tie. It's too funky. It's too colorful. It's too weird. And every year I tell him he must. He smiles and then puts it on. He wears it all day, even to the Father's Day picnic at the park. And I am never more excited or proud to see it on his tall 6' 6" frame with his handsome face. Seriously never more proud of the dad he is to my daughters. And every year, I get more and more free with my creative concept. Last year was my favorite so far. But I think this year's will win the new favorite title. Some years I buy a tie to decorate and some years I start from scratch.
This week I'll be posting a couple pictures every day of ties I've made in the past. Today I'll begin with the 2001 & 2002 editions. Then on Monday, I will post the 2011 edition. I've been dreaming it up for a couple weeks. I usually end up staying up half the night finishing it. I'm such a procrastinator.
This was a handmade canvas tie I made the next year in 2002, The Salt Lake City Olympic Year and the just a couple weeks before June was born (july 2). I freehand machine stitched all our names around the pictures. I took clear vinyl and sewed around to protect the photos. I just can't get the great color using those stupid iron on laser jet sheets. He wears it one day, so it doesn't need to be super functional. I've gotten pretty resourceful with my materials as you will see over the next few days.
What will you put on yours this year?