Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby….


Young Peter Louis and Helen Mary got married on 10th April 1971, so on Sunday they celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary.

A bittersweet day and it was apt that I used Basic Grey Bittersweet papers to make the card my Dad asked me to make for Mum.


The ‘rough’ stitching was planned and looks better irl, you’ll just have to take my word for it.


Dad struggled with the writing and I was shocked at the spelling mistakes. Not like him at all.

Mum made a chocolate fudge cake and I made a topper to match. It was absolutely heavenly.



It was a lovely day and not too many tears until everyone went home.

Is it ok to inject some humour into a difficult time? You decide….I bought a card for the kiddlies to give them and I wasn’t paying attention to the sentiment. When I got home I realised it said ‘to many more happy years’. Hmmmm it is now an altered card.

We aren’t overly demonstrative or sentimental in our family and this quote may have seemed a bit daft to us in previous, ‘normal’ years. In fact he would have faced some ribbing for this but we thought it was about right for this one.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach, when feeling out of sight for the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of everyday’s most quiet need, by sun and candlelight. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right: I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love thee with the passion put to use in my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose with my lost saints. I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life!


  1. Oh Jen, that's so beautiful, the card, the cake, the sentiments. Love it all.
    Sue xxx

  2. Ha! You said exactly what I was going to say Sue. The card is lovely Jen and the sentiment, just perfect and the cake - well, we'll order one of those for our next retreat.

  3. aww yum yum to the cake and well done for making the matching topper. The card is utterly super and so appropriate and I love that saying too. Yes of course its fine to inject some humour Jen, its what makes you you, and its what sometimes keeps us going. I liked the story! That ruby card is superb.

  4. That's all fabulous, the card worked out perfectly.

    The cake looks pretty darn inviting too.



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