Sunday, May 15, 2011

Anniversary Memories…

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Hello, dear friends!

What a beautiful morning!  It rained here all night—which hardly EVER happens in our area this time of year—such a fresh, lovely surprise!

Had a lazy Saturday yesterday…garage saling (is that a word?!) all morning with my good friend Barb—and we introduced my daughter Sarah to the joys of junkin’-- I think she’s been smitten!

Oh my goodness, I found some wonderful things!  Here’s just one of the beautiful finds…

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…isn’t she lovely?  An old song…sheet music from 1909…the year one set of my great-grandparents were married…

The elderly lady I bought it from (for $1!), said her grandmother had it displayed next to her old Victrola in her living room, with a beautiful old lamp nearby, softly illuminating it…

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…she spoke of the remembered scene so lovingly, so nostalgically…that I couldn’t believe she wanted to let it go…but go, it did…to another very loving home.

Last weekend marked our 23rd wedding anniversary…seems like just yesterday—and yet so much has happened in those 23 years!

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{Just after our wedding ceremony…May 7, 1988}

A page made this week to mark the occasion…it will soon be placed in my heritage scrapbook…one more generation finds it’s place…

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I pulled so many elements together for this page…took me a while to get it where I felt happy with it!  Sometimes a work of love takes a bit of effort, though, doesn’t it?   (Just like marriage, I guess!)

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A favorite poem, typed in a vintage-style font for the focal point…the first two stanzas of Robert Browning’s beautiful poem, “Rabbi Ben Ezra”…

“Grow old along with me!

The best is yet to be…”

…such lovely, hope-filled words…

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Beautiful, ornate photo corners on all for corners of the poem—courtesy of Crafty Secrets’ fabulous new “Photo Studio” stamp set…

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1988…the year we began our lives together…I love these vintage number stamps from Crafty Secrets’ “Sexy Little Number” stamp set…

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An old charm I purchased years ago, now given new life with a framing of sparkly crystal rhinestones…hung in the middle of some beautiful, creamy seam binding…

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A gorgeous vintage floral design in one corner, stamped with Crafty Secrets’ new “Floral Art” stamp set…

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Rosettes made with some wonderful, old muslin…perfect for shabby little flowers…just a touch of gold Glimmer Mist added to give them a bit of color and sparkle…

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Here we are again…a portrait taken of us just this last summer…not quite as young as we once were…a little more weather-beaten, (MUCH different hairstyles for both of us!)…but many experiences shared—some hard, most joyful…three beautiful daughters we’re so proud of…and much, much love…

DSC03186_edited-1 {saying taken from Crafty Secrets’ “Vintage Photos” Creative Scraps”}

“Love makes the world a beautiful place”…I couldn’t have said it better myself…

If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing…

Thank-you, honey, for 23 wonderful years…Looking forward to an eternity more…

Julie