3.17.2013

One Of The Best Things About Blogging

 Gail was one of my blog's 
first followers and is a dear friend now.
Recently, she and I shopped for blue and white china.  She bought the 
bowl on the mantel and is going to add a plant or moss to it and a couple more jars.
At lunch, she gave me this prettily wrapped present. 
Inside was a framed water color 
that she painted of our dog, Rocky.   
Rocky died a couple of months ago in his sleep of old age.  Gail copied his face from a photo on my blog and researched images of younger Boston Terriers to take him back to his prime.
I love this painting.

I helped Gail with the décor of her blue and white living room  
and posted about it HERE.
She personally refinished the bamboo chair, 
darkened the round mirror and 
even monogrammed the "S" on the chair herself.  
Gail did the finish on this piece, too.

All this and she is an artist, too! 
I want her to start her own blog. 
(Thank you and happy birthday, Gail!)

Friendship...one of the best things about blogging.

43 comments:

  1. Wow, she is talented! The painitng of your doggie is fabulous and I'm sure just like him. I'm so sorry for his passing, it's still fresh and sad. Our 13 year old pug-Ben died from a kidney problem derived from old age too..around 2 1/2 years ago and I miss him til now! I also have a painting I had done of Ben, by a famous artist and friend from around here. I love your pretty mantel and vignettes. Have a happy week.
    FABBY

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  2. Gail definitely needs to start her own bolg. She is really talented, and obviously sweet. I love her home, and the portrait of your dog.

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  3. Mary Ann I agree your friend Gail is very talented. What a sweet, thoughtful gift. I can only imagine how wonderful that image of Roxy makes you feel every time you look at it. Gail did an amazing job. If I have a vote, I think Gail should be a blogger too, it sounds as if she has a lot to share. Friendships made in blogland are so hard for those that don't blog to understand. It is like being in a huge room full of like minded people, people that never get tired of talking about design and beauty. Who knew there were so many of us!!?
    Happy St. Patricks Day,
    xo Kathysue

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  4. What a sweet thing for Gail to do give you a picture of someone you loved Rocky looks amazing. Gail's home looks wonderful too and how brave of her to go after a piece of furniture and make it her own. She's so talented she should start a blog!

    XXX
    Debra~

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  5. Wow Gail is one talented lady!! Is there anything she can't do? I love personal gifts like the beautifully wrapped gift she gave you, how thoughtful! You know she put a lot of love and thought into such a gift.

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  6. I'm so sorry about Rocky, but for him to have passed in his sleep from old age is a true blessing. He lived a great life. We have a 14-year-old dog with a tumor that isn't affecting her health or happiness right now, but we know what lies ahead and we're dreading it. The painting Gail did is amazing, and what a beautiful gift from the heart. Just lovely! Yes, she should start her own blog, for sure.
    Claudia

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  7. That is a great painting and such a special gift.

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  8. I loved the picture of Rocky. I lost my beloved Boston, Sophie, a yr ago. I still have my Boston,Rosie, who was born blind. She is a loving and wonderful companion.

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  9. What a great gift! And I love Gail's room too!

    Have a great day.
    Pam

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  10. Mary Ann,

    What a precious gift to give you and Gail is extremely talented...yes, she should start a blog. :)

    Her home is looking really good!

    Linda in S.D.

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  11. I've made great local friends through blogging too! It really is amazing. Love that painting.

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  12. My heart brakes about your dog. What a great gift that painting is. I've made some great friends through blogging to it really is amazing. And her living room is gorgeous. Love what you guys have done.

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  13. Agreed! I never would have thought I could become so close to people I've never met in the flesh. So sorry to hear about your dog. The watercolor is a beautiful piece and a lovely tribute.

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  14. Ahh, how sweet. I love the painting of your cute little doggie. What a nice way to remember your beloved pet.
    Love her mantle to and her decor style.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  15. Aw Mary Ann what a sweet painting and what a thoughtful friend. I remember Gail's living room makeover...it was beautiful and she and her husband are so talented! How lucky to have such a sweet friend.

    And you're so right...I've only been blogging a few months and I've already become friends with some awesome ladies.

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  16. What a special remembrance and such a thoughtful gift! And what talent! The decoration of the room is also lovely. :)

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  17. So sorry about Rocky ... I have three dogs and I know full well how special they are! Blog friendships are wonderful. My husband calls us "modern day pen pals!" he might have a point. My blogging has been fun, inspirational, and the ability to connect with like minds and different minds ... to create a wonderful circle of friends!! xo

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  18. What a sweet and beautiful and so thoughtful gift...blogging really has made the world seem smaller. We would have never met had it not been our blogs even though we lived (until last year) only about 30 minutes apart. Love all the details in her home....I think Gail does need a blog!
    xo
    annie

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  19. What a lovely painting and sweet gesture. You are lucky to have one another. I am thankful for the blog friends I've made, too. It really brightens my day! Her mantle is gorgeous.
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  20. Sooo sweet! Such a beautiful painting, how special!!!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  21. What an unbelievable touching and thoughtful gift. Gail is very talented and, apparently, a very good friend. Happy birthday to Gail.
    Best...Victoria

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  22. Hi Mary Ann,
    We had to put our sick dog down recently and I know that must have been so hard to lose your dear companion. It's friends like Gail that make all the difference in life. Friends and family. What a talented friend, and a sweet reminder of Roxy
    Take care,
    Barbara

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  23. Such a beautiful gift, and one I'm sure you'll always treasure. Gail is a truly talented artist and great decorator. I can see why the two of you are such good friends!
    ~ Wendi

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  24. Beautiful sentiments. Gail seems like a treasure, but like attracts like;)

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  26. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift! She's a good friend!

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  27. Your right about that....I have meet so many wonderful people through blogging...She is such a talented artist and so thoughtful!

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  28. I couldn't agree with you more! So many wonderful friendships through blogging. Hope we can finally meet one day in person, too!

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  29. What a talent - love the painting!! Isn't blogging amazing?!

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  30. Gail does need to start her own blog and Etsy shop...she is very talented!

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  31. Awwwww....Mary Ann, you are SO sweet. Thank you for the b'day wishes and thank you everyone for the lovely comments. Wow.....you sure know how to boost ones ego!!!! But I am the lucky one to have found a dear friend in you, Mary Ann! Now I'll have to seriously consider this "blog" thing!! Bug Hug...Gail

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  32. Gail- I would love to have you paint my dog! Contact me!

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  33. What a nice gift. I love anything personalized like that, and the way it was wrapped was so pretty too. Don't you love having talented friends.

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  34. She's as thoughtful as she is talented!! How fortunate that your paths crossed, and yes she certainly needs a blog! :)

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  35. What a sweet friend! Love how sentimental that painting is to you and how thoughtful she is! :)

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  36. Friends in blog-land are amazing. I have met several myself and have several that are phone pals. What a sweet portrait of your puppy.

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  37. I just love your portrait of Rocky - what an incredibly thoughtful gift. It's amazing the power of the blogosphere!!

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  38. Mary Ann,
    What a sweet gift, I imagine it warms your heart each time you see your sweet dog's face. I remember your post about Gail's house, it looks great. She does a wonderful job of refinishing furniture.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Karen

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  39. What a wonderful tribute to your friend. Great post!
    Susan
    simplymodernhome.com

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  40. I couldn't agree more! What a fantastic artist Gail is, and how lovely that you two have created this friendship through blogging!

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  41. I have tears, that is the sweetest gift ever!

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  42. Finding gifts for old people can be difficult. I was lucky to discover Gramps Gifts recently, where they have a lot of cool gifts for old folks!

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