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Last week Thursday (June 11th, 2015), Aaron and I marked our tenth wedding anniversary.

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We celebrated with a special showing of Jurassic World at Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet in downtown Kansas City.

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We rode with raptors . . .

Jurassic World Photo Shoot from Alamo KC

. . . ate fearsome food . . .

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. . . and won tickets plus a bag of dinosaurs for impersonating a triceratops. Roar!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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