Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Gifts from the Heart

In June I took a novel writing class. It was sooooooo much fun as I love to write. While taking this class, I made a new friend. Her name is Donna French. I can't tell you why, but I knew just from the start that she was a really good person and I knew we would be friends. Not only is Donna a great writer, but she is also an incredible artist.

After months of us trying to get together for a visit, we finally got together last week. That's when Donna presented me with this.

She drew this beautiful picture of Sugie with my beloved Razzy boy that I lost in July. She captured them both so perfectly. Plus, the simplicity and beauty of a pencil drawing is something that I just adore! I have framed it and put it in my living room. I will treasure it always! Thank you so very much for this beautiful gift. Donna doesn't have a blog yet, but I want to encourage her!!! hint, hint, hint ;)

Then, in the mail, came a gift from my dear blogging friend, Di. Di is one of the sweetest blogging friends I have. She has had a really hard year with the loss of some of her close friends, health and family issues and yet, she still sent me presents.

Di knew I would go crazy over the scrolly stickers and she was right! She also made me a beautiful white ornament for my tree. Perfect! Plus, I have been curious about those schnibble patterns ever since I saw them on her blog. Too fun! I'm also a chronic list maker, so the note pad will come in extra handy. Thanks so much Di! I love everything!

My childhood was pretty crappy and there were many Christmases that I didn't get anything. Yet, I always enjoyed the giving, even if it was only something I could afford from my leaf raking job. I always believe that gifts from the heart are best as they are the true gifts.

All of you that follow me, leave me comments, send me emails and brighten my day with your blogs, are gifts from the heart. I treasure each and every one of you!

But, like I said, I enjoy giving so don't forget to register for my giveaway. I'll pick the winner tomorrow. Until then, thanks so much Donna and Di for your thoughtful, heartfelt gifts. I am spoiled indeed!

Happy Christmas everyone!
xx, shell, sugie and harrington


CHRIS said...

Beautiful drawing I love the simplicity of pencil. Lucky girl to receive such a lovely personal gift. Love reading your blog and like to see your tree if youve had time to do one. Thanks for being a blogger friend and Christmas Blessings to you & Yours Chrisb xxx

Jessica @BeforeTheDawn said...

Donna's drawing is absolutely beautiful. And Di is such a thoughtful friend. Friends are true treasures! :)

Merry Christmas!!

April Mechelle said...

Beautiful Drawing! Fits your decor to a T... Love the ornament. Hope you have a Merry Christmas !!

Allie said...

Oh Shell what lovely, lovely gifts. So heartfelt. What special ladies indeed!

Jade said...

What a lovely drawing and what nice gifts! I love getting gifts, but I love giving even more. :)

Speaking of which, your Christmas gifts from me and Mr. Mick were sent out this afternoon, so I'm hoping they arrive just in time for Christmas.

Barb said...

That drawing is amazing and goes so wonderfully in your home.

I am envious of those that can draw, paint, etc....

I agree, I would much rather give than get...well...getting is fun too...HA!! gotta be honest here but well...you know!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Such a precious gift, Shell...I know you must be so touched, and it will always be treasured.
She is so talented!

Maggey and Jim said...

You are right about the drawing, it is awesomw, just gives you this incredible feeling of having Razzy right there again. The gifts are so special and I love those snibbles.. I have one yet to do but Paulette says they are so easy.. Have a great day
Bunny Hugs,

Hef's Mom said...

As soon as I saw that drawing I was like "Oh, its Razzy!" How sweet. We treasure you too Shell!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Sweet Michelle - you are so right that giving is the best fun ever. You're going to love that pattern - I love all of hers! blessings, marlene

The Fab Furs said...

Life is what you make of it and you're doing a good job.

Jules Woolford said...

What a lovely, lovley post - you deserve all the good things sweetie.xxx

Annie Louise said...

What an amazing drawing. Such good friends, wonderful way to celebrate this time of year. Blessings to you,

Whimsey Creations said...

What wonderful gifts. The drawing is amazing and what a precious gift for you. Merry Christmas Shell!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Shell,

It was great to catch up with what you have been up to. Sorry I have not been around for a while.
I love your sweet bunny photo and how precious that Razzy is there with you.
You got some lovely gifts.
Merry Christmas, dear friend and wishing you much joy, love and peace.


Tamsin said...

That's gorgeous! What a lovely surprise.

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas :)

Lisa said...

Such Lovely gifts!!! The portrait made me tear up

. You're such a strong, beautiful, thoughtful person and I/we are so lucky to get to konw you.

Gari said...

Merry Christmas Michelle. And give a big, soft hug to those two adorable bunnies.

Phyllis said...

What a treasure that drawing is. Di is certainly very talented. I can appreciate what went into that gift for you.


Hi Shell--what an awesome drawing--think I will be an artist in my next life!!!! glad you enjoyed your gifts--sometimes it is hard to know what to send to "people" you only know through the internet!!!
but then -- sometimes it is easier that family--if you know what I mean!!
well miss gracie wants me to tell you to give Sugie and Sir Harrington an extra hug on Christmas from her and her Mom!!!
Hugs, Di

Brenda Kula said...

I remember years ago when I was making things to give people for presents. It wasn't "cool" back then. Now we seem to really appreciate things people do for us with their time. The rabbits are beautiful! Couldn't be a more heartfelt gift for you than that!

Julia H. said...

Such a beautiful post. This time of the year is always so busy and everyone is trying to do more than humanly possible. Then along comes you and your wonderful blog. Thanks for putting things in perspective.

Merry CHRISTmas, Shell. Thank you for being my friend.

quiltmom said...

Thanks for the kind words about our decorations and family photo. It is always nice to get comments on the blog.
I just won your last giveaway so it wouldn't feel right to win the next one too...
Wishing you and yours a fabulous holiday season.
I love the drawing of your beloved bunny. She captured his essence beautifully.
Warmest regards,

Rabbits' Guy said...

Oh My - that is a nice picture.

Like the new heading too.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Oh - what is the name of the novel?

Katie :o) said...

Beautiful post! I hate to think of you as a little one with no presents at Christmas, though! You are such a sweet, ultra-generous person! As always, I enjoy following your news! Hugs to you!