Monday, June 1, 2009

One of the Best Gifts I've Ever Received....

came from someone I've never "met". I became acquainted with Cathy Edgar, my guest designer for my March "A Charmed Life" set, online through blogging over the past year and a shared love of Gina K Designs. At the end of that month, a package arrived at my house from Cathy. I thought it might be a card she made with the set; to my complete amazement it was this beautiful charm bracelet she had someone make especially for me as a thank you for having her guest design!


I really cried picking through the charms and seeing so many reminders of my journey illustrating for Gina in this piece of wearable art that she had so carefully, thoughtfully and cleverly chosen: spelling out my name (and I happen to be a huge Scrabble fan!), including animals from my sets (giraffes and zebras to represent "Just So Hippy" and "Jumping for Joy", several of which are decoupaged on the tile backs), a little silver flamingo charm for "Cuddles and Hugs", a wine glass and bottle and die for "A Charmed life" , a shoe for "The Best Things in Life", a rose for "A Year of Flowers", a butterfly for "Little Tees", a little hole keyhole heart charm stamped "Made with Love" and even the Gina K logo, complete with a little piece of trimmed rubber on the side, so inspired!! I can't even capture the beauty of it in one picture because several are hidden under the others or have pictures on the back.


It is one of the most personal and creative presents I've gotten, but a gift just as great was feeling like someone completely "gets me", you know? It was the kind of thing you'd expect to receive from your mom or best friend, and I was SO touched this came from an admirer of my stamps. Thank you Cathy, I will treasure it forever! (I can already imagine grandchildren sitting on my knee as I tell them the stories that each charm represents!) You are so talented and your heart is HUGE, you are as beautiful as your work!


This piece of jewelry was made by artist Lynn Stevens, with Cathy's suggestions. You can see more amazing samples of Lynn's work on her blog here, and if you want to really make someone feel special, maybe you can get her to help design some custom bracelets for you!!


Hope this inspires! Have a beautiful day! Thank you for visiting! and thank you to all of you I "know" through your comments, emails and stories, it is so wonderful to be acqauinted with you this way! :)

16 comments:

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Oh, Melanie! What a beautiful bracelet! How incredibly meaningful and creative on Cathy's part! Thanks for sharing it with us! And thanks, as always, for your non-stop inspiration!

Lynn Mercurio said...

What a wonderful post Melanie. How fortunate you are to have such a treasure, not only in your awesome bracelet, but in a newfound friend.

Chris said...

What a wonderful gift of her true friendship -giving from the heart!

msfreida said...

This even brings tears to my eyes! What a thoughtful and genuine gift! Yes, she has you pegged! It's a beautiful keepsake, just like you!

Hugs

Jennie said...

How precious that is! What a wonderful thing she did that you will treasure always! your stamps are a blessing to us all...and we get you! :o)) We love, we want, we buy! Repeatedly!!

Yvonne Jackson said...

Wow, its fantastic. You deserve it. I, aswell as hundreds of stampers get inspiration from your blog and your wonderful stamps you design. Thank you.

Stampin' Pam said...

Wow Mel - how amazing and special is that!! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful gift. You deserve it!!! :-)

reeree62 said...

Wow, Melanie, how wonderful!!!!

Theresa said...

Oh, it's beautiful! How perfect. That Cathy is such a sweetie!

Rusha said...

What a great gift! Isn't it nice to find friends that just get you? Enjoy!

lisa808 said...

What a special gift. Cathy is such a wonderful person, as are you.

Casmiles said...

What an extraordinary gift - totally from the heart. That is so special, Melanie. I know you will treaure it.

NinaB said...

What a sweet story and amazing gift indeed! Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift with us.

catdidit said...

OMG, what a treasure! not only the bracelet but Cathy! She is such a giving and wonderful person, one I'd love to meet IRL!

buggin2stamp said...

What a super sweet way for a fan to say thank you. The bracelet is just the coolest thing ever. Thanks for sharing this story. Hugs.
Melissa

Mary said...

My gosh! What a lovely bracelet. Now that is what I call a very thoughtful gift.

Mary