Last week Thursday (June 11th, 2015), Aaron and I marked our tenth wedding anniversary.
We celebrated with a special showing of Jurassic World at Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet in downtown Kansas City.
We rode with raptors . . .
. . . ate fearsome food . . .
. . . and won tickets plus a bag of dinosaurs for impersonating a triceratops. Roar!
Aaron gave me a multipurpose drafting table so I can paint and cut and collage without worrying about Godzilla cats or getting all creaky or spilling glue on the carpet. He chose one with a glass top and a clamp-on light so I can convert the surface into a giant light box whenever I wish. (Genius idea, right?) I adore my drafting table and look forward to many hours spent illustrating on it.
As for my gift to him . . .
In 2011, I made a cut paper collage in the shape of a heart as a wedding gift for my friend Tiffany. Every so often, Aaron would hint for a Love Machine of his own, and I would promise to make one.
Only I’d forget.
Well! I finally remembered.
I didn’t want Aaron to know what I was planning, so I worked during lunch breaks and while he was busy writing, and hid the materials out of sight. We are just awful at keeping secrets from each other, but this surprise I kept.
Here is Love Machine AP6115.
This collage is approximately 3” wide by 4” high, made from Tim Holtz idea-ology scrapbook papers, a Monet waterlilies print, metal gears, and glue. Its design is based on a medical illustration I found online. I set it in a shadowbox so Aaron can take it out from time to time and hold it in his hand.
Because this is our “tin” anniversary, my friends Alesha and Ashley suggested I wrap the frame in aluminium foil. I presented it to my loverly on anniversary morning.
I’m so happy he liked it!
Although . . .
I can’t imagine he likes it more than I like my new drafting table. Squeak!
Here’s to a lifetime more of memories with my favorite person.