Monday, September 12, 2011

The Milk of Human Kindness...

was so apparent this week.  As our nation marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies, the stories that kept unfolding were both heart wrenching  and inspirational.  I cannot imagine that we will ever forget.

My sweet friends ~ some old - some new, have poured out that milk of human kindness to me.  Lorraine is a dear woman whom I've known since high school.
lovely Lorraine

We weren't "friends" back then, just acquaintances, as we ran with different crowds.  We connected on Facebook and she's been a loyal Muse follower and a wonderful friend and support to me ever since.  She sent me these lovelies that belonged to her dear mom, thinking I could use them in my art...how thoughtful, giving, and loving...
The buttons in the second picture are from a Garden City policeman's uniform, which belonged to Lorraine's brother.  I love the thimble, and my friend's sense of humor!!



This past week I enjoyed dinner with my dear friend and neighbor, Debbie.  It's an occurrence that just doesn't happen often enough.  Debbie presented me with this gift, a beautiful pen she made, for no reason other than being her friend.  She hoped that it would remind me of the ocean waves that I love.  I was overwhelmed!
I belong to a monthly swap group where we exchange large matchboxes which we've altered.  The August theme was "Granny's Attic."  I never received mine and we (the group) are concerned and dismayed as my partner is not only a fabulous altered artist, but so very punctual and responsible.  A call went out and Cassie stepped forward and offered to make me a matchbox, even though she had already done this for her partner.  Here's what I received from the dear Cassie...
that's my mom, age 10, in the picture.




L-R: mom and Aunt Irma, brothers, me, Ron and me

L-R: my dad, maternal great grandad and paternal great grandad

a vintage Christening bonnet and the handmade photo album
 I've made and received more swaps, but will hold those for another blog...I really wanted you to get a peek at some of the blessings in my life called "friends."  You are all included in that circle...you support my blog, my work and my spirit.  You visit with me whenever you can.  You offer advice and insight into this world of blogging (Patty in MD).  Have a beautiful week, my friends, and thank you for being just that....my friends!

xoxo
Karen




6 comments:

Dezinaworld said...

Hi Karen, what a beautiful and inspirational post. I just love that you recieved these beautiful gifts and were kind enough to post them so we could share in the beauty of them. You have such lovely friends too.
hugs June xxxxx

~*~Patty S said...

Your post title says it all dear Karen...I feel so lucky to be connected to so many good and creative heARTs here in blogland!

Your post is full of eye candy and so uplifting.

Brightest of Blessings to you and yours always
oxo

Terri said...

Hello Karen,
You do have very dear and kind friends! All your gifts are lovely. Even in a world where awful things can happen, there is a wonderful side of kindheartedness!
Hugs,
Terri

Kasia said...

This is just the sweetest post! I am grateful for all my bloggy friends as well! The wonderful ladies that give me inspiration and encourage creative ideas!
We are blessed indeed! :) Thank you for sharing this!

Hugs,

Laurie said...

OMG - YOU were the one who received that amazing swap from Cassie! Lucky, lucky you! I saw it on the Flickr page -- it is swoon-worthy! Your other gifts are wonderful, too -- you're right, there are so many great and generous and GOOD people in the world! And so many of them are bloggers! Hugs!

Something Special said...

blogging friends are a blessing in my life. I love all these little treasures you were given to create with too.