It's the little things............

50's 50 style table - Icecream soda's anyone? lol
Regina, Saskatchewan
March 11, 2010 1:06pm CST
........that can make or break a day's enjoyment. Today, I'm in seventh heaven. It's the hubs birthday soon and he and I are into all things retro, I had ordered, quite some time ago, a retro style table for our kitchen. IT'S HERE! IT'S HERE! I opened the package, took a look at the instructions for putting the legs on and thought "Well it's a good thing it's a woman putting it together, because these instructions are useless!" lol Took me ten minutes and an allen key, and voila! Pic attached. The pic is from the net, but the table is exactly the same and so are my chairs, which are black instead of blue, but you get the idea. I'm absolutely thrilled with it, and I know the hubs is going to be over the moon and literally gobsmacked when he sees it. He had no idea it was coming. It might be a little sticky explaining where I got the money, lol, but I'm counting on him being too happy with it to threaten to cut off my credit card! LOL And anyway, I got a real deal on it right? Of course I did! So when was the last time you surprised your better half, or anyone else with a gift that left them speechless.........and what was the gift cause I need ideas for our wedding anniversary which is coming up soon!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
11 Mar 10
tELL HUBS I SAID HAPPY BIRTHDAY. wHAT A NEAT GIFE. i LOVE SURPRISES & SUEPRISING PEOPLE. I don't do much shopping anymore so i haven't surprised anyone lately. I did give the kids some money to go on the cruise last week & my grandson gave me a big ol' hug for that.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
11 Mar 10
I love hugs.Take all i can get.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Mar 10
(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((JO)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) There you go Jo. That should keep you warm and fuzzy for awhile! lol
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
12 Mar 10
WOW!! Thanks for all the hugs. Did hubs like the table??
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
11 Mar 10
Which anniversary is it? The last time I surprised Hubby was 5 years ago when we gave him a surprise birthday party, people came from all over to attend this and he didn't have a clue. It was his 70th.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
11 Mar 10
Ok, don't quote me, but I'm pretty sure it's our 5th wedding anniversary. lol The hubs birthday will make him 56. We're still youngsters compared to your hubs! LOL
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
11 Mar 10
Considering your retro table and chairs I think the perfect thing to go with it is an old ice cream shake maker. I don't know where that idea came from but it was the first thing that entered my head.
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• Canada
12 Mar 10
I remember using one of those as a youngster in one of the first restaurants I worked in. Made the most awesome shakes, too. The owner kept telling me that I put too much ice cream in it, so it cost too much, so I just waited till he wasn't looking and people would flock there to get my shakes so thick your spoon would stand in it.
• United States
11 Mar 10
If you get any good ideas let me know! My husbands birthday is in 13 days and I have NO IDEA what to get him. I never do. He doesn't like to celebrate his birthdays and doesn't want a big deal made out of it. I usually just cook him one of his favorite dinners and we go see a movie or something. I surprised him with Jeff Dunham tickets for Christmas but that has been the only time in almost 4 years that he didn't figure out or flat out tell me what to get him as a gift.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Mar 10
I'm kinda leaning towards a blow up doll, cause he spends waaaaaaaaaaaaay too much time on his own in the RV when he's away working! LOL He won't see THAT one coming either! ROFL
• Canada
12 Mar 10
I would like to see what shade of red, or even purple his face turns when he opens THAT one.
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@tessah (6621)
• United States
11 Mar 10
long long time ago.. my friend shayla had been eyeballing this really beautiful faery doll in the store.. and decided that she just coulodnt afford to spend that sort of money on something so very frivolous. after wed left and shed gone home from our little shopping trip, i ran back to the store, and grabbed the doll. her birthday is day after xmas and shes always always getting gipped on her birthday. it was at that time.. may LOL she ,later called me up, said shed gone back to the store to get the doll, but it was gone and she was sooo sad. i attempted to comfort her all the while keeping the secret of the doll being neatly and safely tucked up into my closet. the months passed.. xmas day rolled around and i gave her the xmas gift id bought. cant remember what it was now.. a set of hand weights i think.. its irrelavent.. then i pulled out another box.. wrapped in pretty birthday paper all done up in bow, and told her happy birthday. hehe was she speachless? no.. but you couldnt understand a damned word she said through all the crying and blubbering that went on LOL i LOVE surprising people like that *giggles* this doesnt exactly help you figger out an anniversary gift unless yer hubs like faeries.. but its a cute story nonetheless and i felt like sharing it with you =oP happy birthday to the man, early anniversary grats, and loves all over you
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Mar 10
I'm just glad the hubs isn't a fairy! ROFL (slaps self upside head!) I loved your story. Moments like that when she first opened it, are wonderful and rare and the memory lasts for ever. So you gave her another gift too by giving her that moment. Lovely!
@tessah (6621)
• United States
12 Mar 10
feh try bein married to a closet fa..err "fairy" yeahhh thats what u meant to type =ox its a memory over the course of my friendship with shay that ive always treasured.. so i gave myself a gift that day too.. the look on her face =o)
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Mar 10
That's the best kind of gift........the one that makes the giver and the receiver smile at the memory for years to come.
• United States
11 Mar 10
I like it... definitely 50's... the blue and white makes it seem like it would make for an excellent seaside patio or dining room theme, and would fit well and fine with the scenery out here. I don't know if that's my specific style, but I have always been fond of old, antique or thrift store furniture and decoration. I used to hit one up every week, if not more, to find little knick knacks or get a steal on some amazing piece of furniture that you'd never see anywhere else. I always liked wooden, earthy things, or kind of tribal and tropical stuff, and if I ever saw wooden carved animals or statues I would buy them immediately. lol my apartments always had to look like a sophisticated Japanese witch doctor lived there. Nowadays, it's bare bones minimalism, but if I get settled into a place again, I will definitely express myself by thematically beautifying my surroundings like you are.
• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Mar 10
Hello T, and welcome to my friend's list! Hope to see a lot of you! For years before I married my current hubs (5 years ago now) I lived for thrift shops, auctions, garage sales and the like. They were treasure troves of all kinds of things for myself and my decorating clients. Always something unusual and wonderful to find. I miss those treasure hunting days! Never had a client whose place had to look like a sophisticated Japanese witch doctor lived there though! LOL How original!
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• United States
12 Mar 10
Treasure hunting... exactly. You should make a show called that, or something like that specifically for this if they haven't already. Wow, you're a professional interior decorator? That must be fun (aside from the tasteless people heh)... I used to be a hairstylist, and can no longer do my profession, but that was always something I thought I would like doing as well. I always just liked African art and Japanese culture, and it just comes out in my other likes... I think because I'm a big fan of that rap group called the Wu-Tang Clan haha I like little homey, cottage kind of looks too.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Mar 10
I had my own decorating business for nearly 20 years. I miss it. We have our house up for sale right now, and when the Real Estate Broker came to take pics of the interior for the online listing, she got about three feet inside the front door looked into the open living room/kitchen space and said "Wonderful, you've had home stager here already". She had to apologize when she was told that I had done it all myself. lol I think you'd like my house. It's not all retro. It's more of a retro/updated look, not obviously 50's. My plates are china not melmac! lol My hubs and I made a conscious choice to change our regular decor when we finished renovating this house, but in my office I still have remnants of oriental touches everywhere as they make wonderful decorative accents in almost any decor. A touch of the exotic is always a pleasant surprise.
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• Canada
12 Mar 10
I wouldn't like them for my house. I prefer wood, you know that. You are more adventurous than I am, for sure. Surprizes, I've done quite a few. The first time I organized a birthday party for my hubby, because over 50 ppl showed up, and he said he DID NOT want a party. But he had a blast!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Mar 10
Actually Annie, a retro set of table and chairs would look perfect in your kitchen. They are not all round you know. But yeah, I am more adventerous than you. LOL Hard to believe..............As for your hubs. He can make a party and have a blast all by himself don't you know! ROFL (ok, you can slap me upside the head now!)
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
12 Mar 10
Birthday parties with different themes each time can be a very fun idea..
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• Canada
12 Mar 10
FWAP!
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
12 Mar 10
awq so glad you got it and its all togetrher ! yeah! woman power lololol I most always got hubby clothes and a couple of rinds one had his initial on another one was NAtive Indian hand made one woith turquoise in it and the youngest son got him one that had dad on it.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Mar 10
One of the advantages of being part of a distinctive culture is the beauty of their 'art' in any form. Lucky you Lakota. My hubs shirts are Harry Rosen ordinary. lol But you've given me a great idea for a change of pace this year. Wonder if the hubs will wear a fringe? LOL
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
12 Mar 10
Dont need to have fringe but a western styled shirts are good looking on men! Last one I got hubby was black with red roses embroidered on it he loved it
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Mar 10
Sounds like a plan! Thanks sweets.
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
12 Mar 10
You are a very sweet wife and a very creative one at that too.. If you ask me, just having a nice dinner, home-made style or just having a nice picnic lunch by the beach is romantic. Go for a night walk, looking at the stars, whispering sweet nothings, whew... romantic settings.. goosebumps for you. Go all the way, sweets..
• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Mar 10
I only go all the way with the hubs handsome. lol But I'd share a picnic by the beach and a walk under the night stars with you any time! LOL Now, I'm the one with goosebumps! Wowza!
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
12 Mar 10
Let's do some tango too..
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Mar 10
You bring the rose and I'll wear the slit skirt! LOL
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@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
11 Mar 10
I just don't get it. I looked as they say Hi and Low for a retro table and chairs. I made one phone call after the other and Yes I did locate them but I was told they would not ship to Canada. I Love it and Good For You Guys.... I'm envious lol
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• Canada
13 Mar 10
AWWW Man could I go shopping here. Thank You so much and Yes my Soda Shoppe dinette set is here. I love that table and chair set. Big thanks my friend.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Mar 10
You're more than welcome. Be sure to sign up for their email alerts. That's how I found the unit for my bathroom I've been looking for all over the place, and I got it at half the price, shipping included.
@celticeagle (121072)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Mar 10
Well, I was going to tell you about the last time I recall surprising my better half BUT I didn't want to bum you out cause it didn't turn out well. You sound so very happy and it all turned out so perfect for you. I am truly happy for you! And, I am sure that with your imagination and as well as you seem to know your better half you will concoct some simply wonderful idea for your anniversary. Happy days!!
• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Mar 10
Hey sweets, I'm sorry your last event didn't turn out well. I've had plenty of those too. lol I remember one Valentine's Day in particular...........never mind! LOL
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@celticeagle (121072)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Mar 10
Yes, I am so glad I don't live in that world anymore!!
@jerzgirl (8058)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
11 Mar 10
Very nice, Sparx. I like that table!! A lot! As for gifts that left my now-ex speechless, there weren't any. He never appreciated much of anything I ever gave him. But, there was one gift that I gave him, I think for his birthday one year, that he not only liked, but he still uses to this day, some 25+ years later and that is a locking toolbox on wheels. His brother kept helping himself to his tools and then claiming they were his, not my ex's. When the tools he helped himself to and claimed had my DAD'S name etched into them, it was a little hard for him to explain! So, I ordered the lockable toolbox so that when he wasn't in his workshop, he could keep his tools locked up. I have to assume it was a gift well-appreciated for him to still be using it to this day.
• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Mar 10
What a great idea Jerz! After we get moved and the hubs can stop working in the oilfields, he wants to get his reno business going again, and something like this is just perfect. I'll get it for him for father's day when he'll be ready to use it. He won't see this coming either, as it's related to tools and I'm just a girl right? LOL Thanks for the great idea!
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@jerzgirl (8058)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
12 Mar 10
Good deal!
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@moondancer (7434)
• United States
12 Mar 10
I love the table and like you I would prefer the black on the chairs that would look so much better and really make the look of the table pop. I have bought many things that surprise people. Well you for one with the music box, lol. I got my mom her first laptop which she loves and uses everyday. I got my grand-daughter her first pair of gold and diamond earrings. I bought my son-in-law a drill with the auger attachments for putting holes in the ground for planting or fence poles. My daughter-in-law got a beautiful ring with a green gemstone in it as she loves green anything...it was an antique setting and absolutely beautiful...for her birthday. I built a room onto the house where the back porch use to be for my husband to have a nice smoking room...I got him a really nice glider rocker with a foot stool(he had been wanting one of these for quite a few years) the one I got from an older man and I looked online to get one to match it and they cost over $300. so needless to say he only has one in his room...lol. I just got my youngest son a recliner rocker and several things for his new place. I got my grandson for his birthday a membership to builders club for things he can make...it came with a few tools and will come with all that is needed every month for each project. I got a similar thing for my grand-daughter but it is crafts that she can do. I think that is enough for now. lol Have a wonderful Anniversary dear...
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Mar 10
You are the best gift giver in the world Moonbeam. I still get a thrill every time I look at my music box. I finally had to stop playing it so often though cause the tune kept running around my head and distracting me! lol Now I just play it in the morning after my shower while I'm getting dressed so I start the day with a smile, or sometimes when I just need a lift! My own black chairs sure do make the table pop. In fact the whole ensemble makes the entire kitchen pop now. I have some pics and will send them to you when I get off my lazy butt and transfer them to my computer. Hugs and much love sweets.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
12 Mar 10
I love your new table and chairs! I really like that retro style, in fact I have the perfect area in my house that would suit that table...Uhmmm. I better not! (LOL)! The last time we bought something, secretly put it together in the dark was when we bought our daughter a cubby which, as you can imagine she absolutely loved! We had to wait until she was asleep so we could set it up in the porch. The following morning I kept finding excuses why the blinds were drawn as I was waiting for my husband to get up so he too could see the joy in her little face! Hope hubby loved the new table and chairs, mad if he didn’t!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Mar 10
My chairs are black with white piping and studwork around the edge on the back. The padding is thicker too which makes them heaven to sit in. The hubs won't be home for another two weeks, so I don't have to keep the blinds down. lol But it's going to be hard not to tell him one of the times he calls me which is about a dozen times a day! LOL
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@hofferp (4739)
• United States
12 Mar 10
My 25-year-old nephew decorated his apartment in retro, he calls it "mid-century modern modest", and he would love your table and chairs. I can't think of any gifts I've gotten people that really surprised them...speechless. Must not be too creative anymore or I'm just getting old and have forgotten what I've given people in the past.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Mar 10
Heck I can't even remember what went into my latest dinner! LOL So you're in good company hofferp!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
12 Mar 10
That is so cool!!! I hope your hubs is as thrilled with it as you are. I haven't been able to surprise mine with anything because, if he wants anything, he buys it. However, I am about to surprise his niece who is getting married on May 1st with a gift she won't see coming. And this gift is coming from WalMart of all places! I was in there earlier this week at the photo center and noticed a really cool display. They have differently shaped glass, inside of which a photo is etched, right in the middle! One of them is actually 3-D which totally floored me. Anyway, they have a heart-shaped piece of glass that sits on top of a lighted base which highlights the etched photo. I've picked that out and found the perfect picture of my husband's niece and her fiance and have sent it in to be etched. These things are absolutely gorgeous! I wanted to get them something they'd have forever (assuming the marriage lasts that long and it should since they've already been together for six years and are still deeply in love). She has her "wish lists" from a few stores but everything she had picked is so ordinary: dinnerware, flatware, serving set, stuff like that. I hope she'll cherish this gift forever. I know that if I received a gift like that, it would have me in tears. You think your hubs would appreciate something like that?
• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Mar 10
Oh sweets, this is a great idea! They just built a brand new state of the art WalMart in Regina that is to die for! lol I've been in it, but not the photo shop, and you betcha I'll be checking it out the next time I'm in the city. What a wonderful gift, and I agree that something like this will be much more appreciated and a real surprise than the same old, same old from the bride's list. Thanks so much for the info. Hugs.
11 Mar 10
Hi sparky, I do love the table and chairs, you are so clever doing that all by yourself, mind you, you do a lot all by yourself, lol! these chairs are lovely and I am just seeing them in black, it will go with any colours, just great. Love and hugs. Tamara xxxx
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
12 Mar 10
We;ve had our black chairs for some time and they are fabulously comfy and I adore them. Getting the table to match them was such a treat. The table brings out the chrome in the legs of the chairs and the white piping around them and they look brand new again against the table. Can you tell I'm thrilled? LOL
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Mar 10
Gift that left him speechless, hm, been a lot of years. His ring maybe.... Nice table!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
11 Mar 10
I saw the most gorgeous men's ring the last time I was in the city, but with the kind of work the hubs does, he never wears rings.....not even his wedding ring, sob! When I get off my lazy butt I'll take a pic of our new table in situ and post it...
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Mar 10
some jobs you just can't - the Father-in-law never wore his either - auto mechanic...
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
11 Mar 10
Peek a boo dawn, I see you! LOL Great avvy pic! The hubs works in the oil fields with dangerous fluids/chemicals. No metal allowed. Any rings would corrode in no time.
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• Philippines
13 Mar 10
Wow, congratulations . .. It is really a satisfaction and fulfillment on us women when surprise our spouses. I am also fond of surprising my husband although it is not at all times that he gets a nod at my surprises. Well, it's part of the surprise. . .
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Mar 10
LOL, I hear ya. Two Valentine's Days ago I surprised my hubs with some rather intense flirting and he flicked me off like I was some kind of fly! LOL Guess we were out of practice. ROFL
@rmuxagirl (7561)
• United States
13 Mar 10
I havent given it to my boyfriend yet, but he wanted a fireman puzzle to add to his room (hes a fireman) so I am working on a puzzle of him infront of his fire truck and one of the fire trucks in his department. He will absolutely love it when i get it finished and get to give it to him. I can't wait.
• Regina, Saskatchewan
14 Mar 10
What a wonderful idea! Isn't it nice when our better halfs, have a built in 'theme' in their lives we can think of gifts for? LOL
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
21 Mar 10
Hi Sparks I guess the Surprise worked lol and he did not threaten to cut of the Credit Card either lol He can't as you need it for September lol but again maybe he should ask you to leave it at home