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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Bee Mine

Today I have been married to my wonderful husband for 31 years.  (I could get really corny here and refer to him as my 'honey').  Anniversaries are a celebration of the blessings of another year together; and the sharing of love and devotion.  Lavish gifts are not a requisite, but rather the expression of a mutual deep affection for one another.

I made Larry an explosion box as a token of that affection.  Have you seen one before? Have a look inside mine.

Explosion boxes are a blast to make and equally fun to give.  The concept involves layering pretty papers and loading the pages with special things of significance

I used a combination of scrap booking embellishments, old photos (which I resized, copied and cut), and favorite quotes from our dating days.

Scrapbook and craft stores feature so many cute add-ons like this.

I must say, at the risk of boasting, that the box is adorable and Larry loves it.  Larry is a very practical sort (educated as a Mechanical Engineer).  He rarely comes home with a frilly gift unless I am pretty forthcoming about my wants.  I was pretty tickled when he made a special trip to Tuesday Morning, just to grab one of these~

YES! An electric pressure washer!  And in addition, a ROKU has been shipped.  What a romantic devil. For our first Christmas he bought me a glue gun.  Woo Hoo! Is our life beginning to sound a little like the old sitcom,  Tool Time?

But let me conclude by saying with all sincerity that Larry has made all of my dreams come true for 31 years and I'm sure he forever will.  I am a very blessed woman.

Thanks for stopping by~

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  1. The best gifts are the ones that take time and effort, Im sure your hubby loved the box. Heres to another 31 years of happiness :)

  2. Many congratulations to you and Larry! Your explosion box is amazing! I love your ideas!

  3. Happy Anniversary! I love this because he took the time to listen and go buy it! I LOVE your Explosion box! I have never seen one of these! Wow! I think this is so unique and so special because you made it! It's a great reminder of your love for each other! Just look at that pointed toe! You must be a dancer! :-) Congratulations!

  4. Happy Anniversary! What a charming gift the explosion box is! I've never heard of it before. Love that it is so unique and personal. You go girl!

    1. Thanks Vicki! Hope your life is going well. Larry sure enjoys being in touch with you. Come and see us!

  5. So creative, Dana! Is the box going to be a craft day project down the road?
    Oh, and i can just imagine Larry's excitement over a new pressure washer- if i ever get that fiberglass boat under my parents' deck out to finish, i might have to borrow the new toy...

  6. Hi Dana,
    Love your explosion box, the love you showed in hand crafting it, and the years of love it represents! Hope you & Larry had a great anniversary.

  7. Congrats. 31 years is a long time. It's nice to know couples can still stay together happily for so long.

    -Zane of ontario honey