So I made him this little (11x11 ish) pillow, with a phrase we've always said to one another.
I showed the start of it the other day, the backstitch lettering on a piece of cross stitch linen I had on hand. I used to cross stitch quite a bit, and have a nice supply of floss, a few unused pieces of linen, and the frames and whatnot.
I don't have much of a fabric stash, so I bought two fat quarters for the backing and binding. Remembering how to make and apply the bias tape was the most difficult part. I don't think I got the end finished off quite right, but I'm happy enough with it. I love the width I settled on. You can't really see it in the photo, but the back is an envelope, just two pieces of fabric that overlap, no closure.
The pillow itself I made from an old mattress pad whose elastic had died. I tend to save those, convinced they'd be good quilt batting should I ever take up quilting, which I think about.
I'm thinking that next I should make a little quilt for Trixie. Perhaps it would keep her from burrowing under my husband's pillows and messing up the bed. I like a neatly made bed. It increases my happiness factor enormously.