Tomorrow is our 8th wedding anniversary. We got married in winter and all our flowers were dried, with curly willow. The wedding invitations, thank you cards and favor bags were my very first gocco project ever. I remember every square inch of our teeny tiny Seattle apartment being covered with wet cards.
We try to exchange the traditional anniversary gifts every year, it's much more fun than trying to figure out another special gift after Christmas and Pete's birthday and valentines day all being so close. This year it's bronze or pottery. I'm not sure if bronze will make an appearance by tomorrow, but the pottery is on it's way, thanks to eBay. This coffee carafe (and 16 other pieces) is from the Denby pattern, Samarkand, and was the wedding pattern of my parents from 1968. Growing up, I thought there was nothing uglier than this pattern. I mean, I was actually astounded anything like this was ever made, especially in my middle school years. The pieces were put into storage and then went with my dad when he and mom got divorced. They were then lost, and my father passed away 3 years ago and I have been meaning to rebuild some of the collection ever since then but hadn't had the chance to until now.
I love this pattern so much. Yes, it still is ugly, but in the very best modern cool way ever and I love how hip my parents were to choose such a ballsy pattern. I know Denby was so popular then in the late 1960s, but not this pattern, this one was hard core, you know?
We have no other plans tomorrow-I have been really using up the babysitting vouchers for all this crazy stuff I have been working on, so I think we might just get some take out and then a watch a movie. And then when this coffee service comes, we'll have some extra dark coffee and some cake. Sounds pretty good to me.