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Friday, May 4, 2012

Of Friendship and Blogs

C'est Moi :-D wearing an absolutely gorgeous necklace made by Erin at Elysian Studios. She made this for The Colors of Spring Blog Hop Hosted by Sally at The Studio Sublime. Sally also enameled all the beads for the Hop (check out Sally's Hop tomorrow called One Crayon Color Challenge. I couldn't sign up for it, but I can't wait to cruise all the sites on Monday over coffee). But back to the necklace and to Erin. Erin took Sally's beads and strung them with her own bright and beautiful polymer beads from her handmade Gypsy Trade Beads line. Then she continued the necklace with micro-macrame and seed beads and finished it off with a pretty handmade hook clasp that has another gypsy trade bead on it. Just stunning! There were two necklaces in that particular Hop that I wanted~that I quite literally drooled over. And this was one of them. So to have this gently and comfortably draped around my neck is a little dream come true :-) Erin's jewelry, handmade components, and paintings are something special and something beautiful and something you should go over and see. She has been such a positive influence in my life since we met in the blogging world. She is a friend and confidant and someone I can bounce ideas off of and rant to when I am frustrated, someone I can share stories with, laugh with, text when I am tipsy or just plain happy. Her being in my life has forced me to re-examine how I get work done and how I procrastinate and how to better utilize my time. And it has made me think differently about friendship. A couple years ago, I never would believe I could literally be friends with people I only knew from the internet. The people I mention in this post have become friends. I look forward to posts and comments and facebook updates and e-mails and texts from them. And miss them on the days when life is too hectic and there is silence out here in cyberspace.

A big shout out to Susan over at Windrock Studio(go over and look at her leather bags, mudhuts, fabric frames, and her husband's ceramics....so much talent and so much to love at Windrock!)...She has been wanting so see my grey hair. Hair it is. A bad hair day...High Humidity. I started out the day looking like the love child of Don King and the Heat Miser. It took a lot of mousse to get it tamed. But the Grey remains...always :-)

On a final note before I am out of here and caught up in the crazy chaos this weekend promises to bring~Therese from Therese's Treasures and I will be announcing a Blog Hop on Monday. I was very honored and surprised that Therese asked me to co-host the Hop with her. She is someone who I have gravitated toward since the moment we found each other out here. Just go over and take a look at her jewelry! Her execution is beautiful and her talent shines through in everything she makes. And she stays on task. I admire that. I think I have bead ADD and I look to disciplined people and wonder "HOW?!?" I want that focus! So Monday, please tune in to Therese's Blog or mine and we will give details for the Hop we are Co-Hosting.

Oh, one more final note (can you tell I am the reigning Queen of long goodbyes?!)...all these friendships and goodies and connections were made possible because Sally pushed and pushed and pushed me to start a Blog. I resisted for a year before I finally gave in. I am glad I allowed myself to jump on this ride. Thanks to all you ladies :-) Love you!!!

8 comments:

windrock studio said...

Ha Ha HA!!! This is total joy at seeing your beautiful hair (love the Don King reference so much!) and your gorgeous face with the light up my life smile! Thank you ~ oh, and the neck candy is awesome, too!

TesoriTrovati said...

That necklace looks like it was made for you! I don't think you could have a bad day wearing such juicy colors! Enjoy the day!
Erin

Therese's Treasures said...

Hello Beautiful! Your hair looks great and a gorgeous shade of gray. I love the necklace and it looks right at home on your neck. Thank you so much for the very kind words, they brought tears to my eyes. I am so excited to be co-hosting a blog hop challenge with you.
Therese

Erin Fickert-Rowland said...

YOU LOOK AMAZING!!! It looks just perfect on you- Oh, I am just so very very thrilled! And you are too, kind, my friend- you know I feel exactly the same way! xoxo

Penny Neville said...

Christine, you are such a kind and wonderful soul!! It is so nice to see you sharing the love but that people feel the exact same way about you!! Reading this and seeing the lovely picture of you is my something good today!! Much love,
Penny

kimmykats said...

Ha Ha I have baby fine hair with "white" hi-lights as I call them...humid days it just goes limp!! I thank the day I decided to jump in the blog pool...so many wonderful people out here to meet. When you need help they are just a message away! I have learned so much from the kindness of my blogger friends.

Sally Russick said...

You are beaming in that necklace! From the phone calls to the coffee shop, I am so thankful for your friendship! And fortunate enough to live close enough to see Erin's necklace to person!!

You already know I will be signing up for the hop!

It was gentle nudging! ;) But so glad you took the leap because that gentle nudging was about to turn to full blown shoving!!!

Karen Williams said...

Great post! And I am so delighted to finally put a face to one of my favorite online people! You and your new necklace both look so incredibly happy together! :)

And I agree with you - it is amazing the online friendships that can develop. I'd never expected that when I started blogging and truly apreciate them.

I will definitely keep an eye out for your hop! :)