Puzzle 232 - Just Like Family

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Puzzle #232 - Just Like Family!
Custom Marriage Proposal Puzzle
Collage designed by the customer

Puzzle #232, Proposal Piece

In this puzzle, the proposal was contained within a single ordinary piece, the best way to keep "suspicion" down while the puzzle is being made!

Leon, the customer for whom this puzzle was made, kindly shared his proposal story and has given me permission to post his story here:

Leon's Story

Thanks again for your great work on my proposal puzzle. The evening couldn't have been more perfect.

As I mentioned in an earlier email, I had knee surgery a couple of weeks ago. This meant that I have spent most of my time flat on my back while Misty took care of the house and kids .... and me. I had ordered the ring several weeks ago [I had it custom made], and figured that I still had a couple of more weeks to recover from surgery before everything was ready. The jeweler called last week and said that the ring was ready. I sent my best friend to get the ring and started trying to figure out how to start the whole thing off without causing any suspicion. I figured that I needed to do it sooner rather than later since I still am not completely mobile and was worried about her discovering the puzzle and/or ring. As it turns out, Misty took care of that for me. Last Sunday night she looked at me and said, "I know your knee still hurts, but we need to have 'date night' again." [Date night is something that we have done quite often for the last year and half. We get the kids to bed, start a fire, put on some soft music and just spend time together. Sometimes we play cards, sometimes we talk, sometimes we just sit together ... in short, we have date, but we don't go anywhere.] Anyway, this was perfect - she suggested 'date night', so she wouldn't be suspicious.

So, last Friday night we had date night. I brought out the puzzle and a card and told her that I had a present for her. I hope that I never forget the look on her face when she opened the puzzle. We sat and looked at the pieces and remembered the pictures that they came from. Then we put the puzzle together ... except for the key piece and the ring which were conveniently hidden in the brace on my knee. She looked pretty worried when the puzzle got down to the last piece - she obviously thought that you had forgotten to put the last piece in the puzzle. When she turned to look in the box one more time, I place the proposal piece upside down on the table in front of her. The moment when she turned the piece over and read it was absolutely priceless. She said "yes" and we had a wonderful weekend together talking about wedding plans.

Thanks again for your great work ...

Leon, you are welcome, and thank you, wonderful story! "Date Night" is a great concept, and I'm so glad that it came up so conveniently for you!

Misty's Note

Misty later wrote to me and said:

I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful job you did on the puzzle Leon gave me. It was absolutely the most perfect way for him to propose to me and I know I will remember the evening forever. You did such a beautiful job; I really appreciate the time and effort you put into this project. Thanks again.

Anniversary follow up

After the couple was happily married, Leon later commissioned a one year anniversary puzzle! See Puzzle 508: One Love!

Just Like Family
Image provided by Customer
Date Completed
March 1, 2002
10" x 8"
Cutting Style
# Pieces
Color Line Cutting
Heart, Bottle, two Wine Glasses

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