November 29, 2011

A Creative Friend


I am lucky to have some wonderful girlfriends. Some I see often, some I know only from this blog and hope to meet one day and some that don't live close by that I get to only see occassionally. My friend Melissa is one of those. I originally met her at the Silver Bella art retreat in 2008. We became fast friends. Lucky for me she only lives a few hours away and this past year we have been better about scheduling visits.


She came to see me in June for 5 days. She slept in the studio. This is what it looked like before she arrived.  Neat huh? Tidy? That first picture is of a tin of goodies I put together to welcome her.


We shopped, played and ate. It was so much fun, like a grown up slumber party but better because you can legally drink. She put up with my family and my Sweet Hubby's messy fried egg sandwiches. I put up with her staying up sewing until the wee hours and going running in the mornings presumably just to make me look bad.


I also put up with her trashing the studio. I mean, Holy bad house guest! Okay. Maybe I was just as much to blame as she was. Plus I was able to leave it at night to sleep in a tidy bedroom. No wonder she was up half the night.


 I'm going to visit her in a week and a half for a few days and I'm especially excited about a craft brunch she is hosting. Also I want to see if her family is as weird as mine. Probably not. Here is Emma trying on her clothes. Aren't those legs ridiculous? They are about a mile long these days.


Recently Melissa requested that I knit a wrap for her after seeing a picture of one she liked. Believe me, it will look much more chic on her than it did on me when I tried it on while I was racing around trying to get ready for my Thanksgiving company.


I suggested that rather than give me money, she pay me with a Christmas throw quilt she made a few years ago which I have been smitten with since I first laid eyes upon it. That's way more fun, don't you think?


Now it's mine and I will cherish it almost as much as I cherish her friendship. A truly good friend is a hard thing to come by.

18 comments:

  1. How fun! Lucky you, enjoy your visit.

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  2. I am just swooning over both the quilt and the wrap!

    My Emma's legs are getting too long too! I think pretty soon we'll be sharing shoes :)

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  3. SO wonderful to have such a creative and "comfy" friend. I LOVE the wrap...I want to learn to knit badly...think an "old chick" can learn? It is just lovely. Hope you have a wonderful visit (and looking forward to when you share that with us here)
    Mare

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  4. The wrap turned out amazing....AMAZING! Well done!!!

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  5. Enjoy your time. Love the scarf and the throw....and Emma looks cute:)

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  6. Love them so pretty-and SO love your desk-work station ..SO CUTE..
    Karryann

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  7. how FUN!

    ooh -- that reminds me ... i'm off to get those plates to email you ...

    xo
    elyse

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  8. Jen- What a fun friend to have...well, except for the running part- you should just ignore her when she does that- you don't want to encourage THAT kind of behavior do you?;>)

    I love that piece you made for her and I LOVE the quilt. Lucky girls, both of you- xo Diana

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  9. Sounds like a wonderful time....I want to come and stay at your house in the studio as well.

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  10. ps

    i swear that whenever i assemble goodies for blog friends, i always include a pink wish ticket and a ballerina cup cake topper. i keep doing a double-take at your thumbnail, thinking it's a photo that i took.

    {hope that made sense!}

    xo
    elyse

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  11. Emma looks cute modeling her clothes! I am having a giveaway...be sure to check it out! Would love to see you enter!
    Daisy~

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  12. How lucky you are to have a creative friend to play with. That has been one of the nicest things about blogging...meeting like minded women. It seems Emma is never far off when your creating. The next generation of artists! Have a great day. Patty

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  13. the wrap is amazing. love it. enjoy the special time with your friend.

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  14. All fabulous, JJ! The friend, the mess, your studio, the trade. What a fun time. (Although the running part could possibly have been a deal breaker for me.)
    That Emma! How much has she grown in the last year?
    Goodness gracious.

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  15. What a great thing you have a friend to share laughs and things in common with.Thanks for sharing.

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  16. You are sooo sweet! It was so fun to relive our fun times from June, while looking at the pictures you took:) I am really looking forward to your visit next weekend. You are such a treasured friend!

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  17. You have MAD knitting skillz! Holy Shmoley, Jen! Way impressed. And that quilt is TDF. And I dig Melissa's hot pink shoes and whatever those denim britches are that she's wearing.

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