Monday, August 23, 2010

My Swap with Karen

I have some dear friends in my life. Some like Kathy and Rose...I have known and loved for over 30 years. Then there are my "church" girlfriends...Candy and my sweet Misty....more than 10 years....and now I have my blog many I don't dare start to list them. But you all know that Marty and I went to California for a few days to spend with our friend Karen from Some Days are Diamonds.
Karen and I have only known each other a couple of years...but we have become close friends. We have the bond of OC, Ovarian Cancer. I am battling it, she saw her mom battle it. But we are more than that......we love to decorate, shop, find a great treasure, eat good food...craft and create.
Karen suggested we do a swap.....oh mercy. She is like the queen of this and I am a newbie.

So Marty and I went to Karen's home and I could not wait to spend time in her amazing studio. I was looking at all the goodies and I came upon something that was really to my LIKIN!!!
Karen, where did you find this? That is for you Ceekay...that is your swap!
I was speechless. I could feel the tears coming......It is soooo precious.

It is a little memory box with dividers....

Karen made the flower on the top and finish it with this vintage jewelry piece.

I know....I know....major hoarding here! It is filled with bits and bobs of lace and ribbons...

She shared some of her precious collection of old buttons. I vaguely remember her saying they were part of her mom's collection, which makes them even more precious.

She told me I needed to create with these watch pieces....well then Karen....don't make them look so cute on a tag.....!!!!

Always bits of orange, my fav color and teal, the color ribbon for OC.

The one little gift I didn't know what it was....

It is an old needle that!!!
You are too good to me is a treasure, just like your friendship!!


Shelia said...

Hi Ceekay!! Oh, what a wonderful swap from Karen!! She seems to know you pretty well! Isn't it wonderful to have such special friends? Like you, I consider my blog friends my 'real' friends too! You're one of them, Ceekay!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Love Bears All Things said...

That is so neat. I can tell the top is a window but what is the inside made from.
Mama Bear

Karen said...

It's all 'cause I just love you, love you, love you! I am so glad you enjoy it all. I had such fun with the search for the perfect things!
I am getting my post together for what you gave me . . . just a little behind after being sick and then away. The days are flying by!
Big luv and hugs!

Cyn said...

Oh Ceekay..adorable adorable adorable!!! Jealous yes I am lol. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful gift!

Barb said...

Ceekay, this post surely warms my heart. It is just precious!!!

Barb ♥

Nanette said...

Hi Ceekay,
Oh just perfect! She had you down to a T.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Ceekay, it is the most precious box and full of so many wonderful things. I just love it. I remember your face when she said that was yours. You lit up like a Christmas Tree. Precious and thoughtful gift. Hugs, Marty

Linda said...

Ceekay, this is such a precious treasure box from Karen. I love the way it's divided off and in each little section there is a sweetie...I don't think I'd ever get tired of play with all the trinkets and goods within it...hugs, Linda

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is so beautiful Ceekay!
What a treasure, that Karen is so talented!
And thanks for the b-day wishes my friend.

Melissa Miller said...

Ah Ceekay I'm crying reading this. What a sweet and thoughtful gift from Karen. She really is a true treasure and you too! Enjoy it! It is so beautifully made and full of pretty delicate details. Lovely!

Thanks for checking out my itty bitty powder room. The candle wall hanger came from Pier 1. The only thing is it is about 4 years old. I have no idea if they still carry them. I do hope you find one!

Have a great night sweet friend.
~Melissa :)

Roeckers said...

Love it!! I have a garage full of windows. THey aren't the four sectioned one, most are single and double sections (if that makes any sense). So none the the projects I want to do look right. This is the perfect idea!!! The sections can be inside rather than the actual window!
Thanks for the inspiration.
Thanks for dropping by and visiting me at

linda t said...

Oh my gosh, sooo lovely Ceekay!
Love the wooden needle holder... love vintage sewing anything!
And I love the photo collage in your bedroom post... pics of 25 years of you and your hubby. I may have to borrow the idea :)

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