Thursday, July 12, 2007

Nearly 14 years ago



There must be some mistake. 14 years? In some ways if feels longer, then again like we just met and still trying to figure each other out. We're such kids, how could we be married 14 years already?? It feels like we grew up together since I was only 20 when we wed. I love you honey.

He loved my dress. I'll never forget that. I carefully composed the design and sewing of that treasure and it was very wonderful that he kept telling he loved it. Outside of children it's most precious thing I've ever made.

Well I am signing off once again cause we are beach bound baby! We head out tomorrow for the east coast and I cannot wait!! Like the rest of the kids, Jeff and I won't be able to sleep tonight because of the excitement. We'll celebrate our anniversary during our trip. Should be quite romantic in a beach house full of 10 rowdy, sandy sunburned cousins and 7 adults taking turns at running the blender and cooking dinner. Bliss nonetheless.



I made this Marriage Rules collage a few years ago after I had made the family rules for the kids. Jeff doesn't like rule number 3, or rather he doesn't like the phrasing. He thinks it should read "Wife, be on his side"....but us wives know thats not always possible, so I think sometimes you just need to say it. Just as important. They innately know the difference, which can be both angering and helpful. So be it. The last rule negates the doubts all the rest might produce.

I wrote up a project for this collage in this month's issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, and it follows an artist feature/interview they did on little ole me. So pick up a copy if you miss me and I'll be back soon!!

49 comments:

  1. Happy anniversary Anna & Jeff! Anna, I would LOVE to see more photos of your dress. It looks simply wonderful. Just gorgeous. And you look amazing in it.

    Wishing you a happy anniversary and a wonderful vacation.

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  2. Happy Anniversary to you both and I hope you enjoy your time away.

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  3. Happy anniversary and enjoy your trip!!

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  4. Happy anniversary to you! Enjoy your beach trip and celebrating your special day (and a happy birthday, too, IIRC)!

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  5. happy anniversary! you looked divine on your wedding day :)

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  6. Happy Anniversary!

    I'm a lurker, but had to come out of hiding to say I love the "Marriage Rules Collage"

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  7. Sounds like it will be a wonderful trip - enjoy! I really like the collage - and the family rules as well. Happy Anniversary

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  8. Ahhh, happy anniversary to BOTH OF YOU!!! How sweet. Ahhh yes, time does fly! You look so gorgeous in that beautiful dress! I made my dress myself, as well. It's so special isn't it! Have a happy, sunny, sandy time at the beach. Collect lots of seashells!!

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  9. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! Our 14th is this month too. And have fun at the beach. :-)

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  10. Happy Anniversary! Hope you have an equally wonderful vacation. You both deserve it all!

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  11. Anonymous9:15 PM

    Happy Anniversary!

    I would LOVE to see a front view
    of your dress, sometime. It looks
    beautiful.

    ~elaine~

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  12. Happy Anniversary!!

    Jen
    www.purlsoho.com

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  13. Jen-you and your poor foot!!!
    I hope you are feeling okay :)
    Sending you healing thoughts and hugs, xo,AM

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  14. Wishing you and Jeff a wonderful anniversary and have a great holiday at the beach.

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  15. so you have the best hubby, too?!
    your collage is great - not only does it look good, but it also has sense...
    have a fun holiday :)

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  16. Happy Anniversary! You were a gorgeous bride! Your dress is perfect, just lovely! You making it is so very special.

    Have a great trip! How fun - wish I was going! ;)

    That collage is great! If I see an issue I'll pick on up!

    Thanks!
    Jill

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  17. Happy Anniversary and have a great trip1

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  18. Happy anniversary! Your wedding dress is gorgeous, as is your blog - and your groom :) Great job on all three!

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  19. I've been a lurker on your blog for some time, but I just wanted to come out of the woodwork and say that I was SO excited to see your interview in Cloth Paper Scissors -- it was fantastic!

    Your work is so inspiring -- please keep it up.

    As for your wedding dress, it is absolutely lovely and what you've written about it (and about your husband and your marriage) is also very inspiring. Thank you.

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  20. Wow, what a beautiful couple the two of you are! I love that second photo. The dress is stunning.

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  21. Happy Anniversary!!!
    And have lots of fun at the beach!

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  22. Happy Anniversary!!!!
    I love the collage, I love the dress, you are beautiful, inside and out :D

    Enjoy your trip!

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  23. Karen H4:52 PM

    You looked absolutely beautiful on your wedding day. Your dress is amazing and I hope that your daughters will share the pleasure of wearing it one day. Have fun at the beach-- We live in Virginia and travel to Sandbridge Beach and Cherry Grove, SC. Where are you heading?

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  24. Karen, Anna Maria has already left I'm her Mom); they will be at Pawley's Island SC. Her Dad and I are going to be there a couple days during the week as well.

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  25. Another beautiful and inspiring post. You have a lovely way with words! Hope you have a very Happy Anniversary. Congratulations!

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  26. Happy anniversary and have a great trip to the beach!

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  27. Happy Anniversary. I can't wait until that issue of Cloth Paper Scissors makes it to NZ

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  28. Wow what a happy couple you look then and seem now have a great holiday
    Love your blog

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  29. Congratulations.

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  30. Wow! Great and happy annyversary, AnnaMaria :)))

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  31. oh my heavens... what a beautiful colorful home and designs.
    Where does the time go, I have been married 27 years and its flying right by.
    I love the marriage rules and would love to have one for my son and daughter in law. Their 3rd anniv is coming up. Do you sell them?
    catch me at pennythequeen.blogspot.com

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  32. happy aniversary! I remember the pride from making my own wedding dress. Your right, save for making children there's nothing much better than making ones own wedding dress. Enjoy the beach.

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  33. Congratulations on 14 years! We just celebrated our 17th anniversary on Saturday.
    I love your rules and your dress is beautiful!

    Have a wonderful trip/celebration. It kinda sounds like ours last year...except it was 9 cousins...5 adults...3 dogs...at the lake. Perfect!

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  34. Hi! I just found your blog yesterday - so lovely! Congratulations on your anniversary!

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  35. Happy Anniversary...you both look like models for the wedding cake topper. Darling website and congrats on your many accomplishments.

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  36. Damn it... I knew I should have unwrapped my subscription copy earlier... I'll have to go find it right away.

    I hope you guys have a grand time at the beach. I myself am taking some time off from blogging to do family things and renovations.

    Best Wishes,

    Ina

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  37. Happy Anniversary!!

    Regards,

    Sonnja

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  38. You made your wedding dress - oh, I am jealous and would love to see more pictures.

    I hope you are having a wonderful vacation and anniversary!

    Can't wait for your return as I miss your blogging inspiration!

    Tina

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  39. Hi Anna,

    I just joined the blogging world and have been joyously wandering the blogosphere of crafty women and stumbled upon your little gem. Wonderful! I am not married, but have been with my partner for almost 9 years and am even more in love with him than ever before! So, even though, I'm not married, I loved your post on marriage and also the collage you made. Love it!

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  40. Happy Anniversary. I love that collage you made ...and your dress (!!) beautiful. Have a great trip.

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  41. The "Marriage Rules Collage" totally made me cry - eeneh para polee oraya. It's very beautiful.

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  42. Everything is so lovely!! Good job! Ill visit you more often. :)

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  43. Beautifu bride and dress and couple.
    Congratulations.
    14 yrs!.
    First time comment.
    My brother was married in a Greek Orthodox rite in Greece.

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  44. so beautiful... so nice :)

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