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October 9th, 2009

Do any of you guys follow the rules when it comes to Anniversary gifts?  And what I mean by rules is the “traditional” vs “modern” anniversary gift list.  Here is an abbreviated version I found on Wikapedia:

anniversary list

The reason I ask is because my 2nd Anniversary is right around the corner.  I always like to be extra creative with my gifts and after checking the LIST, I knew I was going to have my work cut out for me.

So the Traditional 2nd year gift is Cotton.  I mean who came up with this list? The owners of Bed Bath and Beyond? I was totally stumped.  Cotton?  All that came to mind was clothing, towels, a bath robe?

I was recently at my neighbor Karen’s house and was ooh-ing and aah-ing over a painting of her dogs that her God-Mother Dianne had done for her.  And then it came to me!  I have always wanted to have that kind of painting done of OUR dogs!!  And the big twist was to see if Dianne could use a COTTON canvas! I ran home and called her immediately.  She loved my idea of incorporating the cotton and she said to send on some photos and she would get started!

Here are some of the picture’s I sent to her.  Having never met my boys I thought she would need a few personality shots.




It was SO hard to get the boys side by side in a “cute”pose.  They were totally against it.  But Dianne made it work!

Here is the finished product!

DSC_0390I love how she really captured their personalities!



I was so exicited about how it turned out, I just couldn’t wait until the 13th to give it to Mr.vB.


If any of you are looking to have a portrait done I would HIGHLY recommend Dianne!  Drop me an email and I will send you her contact info!

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  1. Joette
    October 10th, 2009 at 08:00 | #1

    Love it! What a great idea! Shannon and I follow the traditional anniversary gifts. It’s fun to do it that way. He’s definitely been way more creative than I have about the anniversary gifts!

  2. Tara
    November 6th, 2009 at 12:59 | #2

    I just found out about your blog from the Young House Love bathroom makeover! It’s beautiful! On another note…my husband and I just two months ago adopted a black lab mix puppy. I’d love to get Dianne’s information–the painting is gorgeous!

  3. November 8th, 2009 at 06:50 | #3

    Email me and I will get you Dianne’s info!

  4. Carolyn
    January 27th, 2010 at 10:17 | #4

    I know Dianne from a painting class that I am taking – she is a fabulous artist! I love how she did your dogs and I am glad you are enjoying it so much!!!

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