Friday, November 12, 2010

A Sweet Messenger

Today this blog is hooking up with Friday Show and Tell at Cindy's "My Romantic Home" and  "Junkin" at Linda's "A La Carte."  Both of these parties are so much fun. Check them out at addresses listed below!

A sweet girl has joined our household.

Several years ago, when I had to leave my home in the southwest, the most difficult part was saying goodbye to my best friend. We hugged and cried, then hugged and cried some more. At last the day came when I got on the plane and left that part of the country for good.

Of course there would be visits and vacations, but no more living in the desert.  My friend and I immediately began to exchange greeting cards.  She'd send me a "thinking of you" card and I'd return it with a "special friendship" card. This wonderful exchange continues to this day, eight years later.

Because I love the kinds of cards my friend picks out, as well as love  her, it is impossible to throw them out. I keep them in a hinged box that is close to overflowing.

Once, a card she sent showed a sweet little girl carrying a bouquet of my favorite flowers, pink roses.  She had blonde, wavy hair and an adorable smile on her darling face.  In her hand she held a letter of some kind, just like the ones that often accompany the cards by my friend sends.

While perusing a yard sale this fall, imagine my delight when my eyes spotted a framed replica of the exact same little girl on the card that I loved!  There she was in her little pink strapped shoes, holding the pink roses in one hand and a letter in the other.  She has a sash of fabric around her waist and wears an almost ankle length dress. 

There is no artist's signature on the print so it is impossible to give credit where credit is due. Many thanks to whoever painted this piece.

When I looked at the price tag of the gold framed darling, it added to my happiness---one sweet dollar!

I hung her on the wall in the downstairs bathroom, next to a very pretty crocheted heart my sister made.  It has pink ribbons, pink silk rosebuds, and goes beautifully with my "new" piece of art.

Some days are just too good to be true.


Hope you check out Cindy's enchanting blog, My Romantic Home,  to see some of the other entries for Show and Tell Friday. Her blog button is in the sidebar to the right. Click on it and, just like a magic carpet, it will take you to Cindy's blog!

Linda's A La Carte is a fun blog, too. Check it out at


LDH said...

Sweet story of friendship! So happy you found the framed piece just like the card from your friend! :)

Debbie~ said...

What a bittersweet story! Your heart must be singing with joy for finding this treasure! I looove when out of the blue something this incredible happens! Thanks so much for shariing your story with us! Also, thanks for visiting my blog and your kind words, I really appreciate your thoughtfulness! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

diane stetson said...

Very pretty face on this girl. I have a heart like that pink one hanging on your wall. Mom made it for me one year.

Linda O'Connell said...

I also have a crocheted heart like yours. You do find the treasures! Your friendship is one to treasure, for sure.

Abounding Treasures said...

What a sweet story! I have that very same piece of art and have always loved it :o)

Suzann said...

That is a sweet find, how lucky for you.
And also for a friendship that is still cherished after so many years.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Just stopping by from Junkin Party!! Oh now that isn't junk at all! She is adorable and means so much more than a dolar's worth to you!! What a wonderful story!

Andrea said...

What a beautiful picture! Great find!

Dayle said...

Susan, that is the sweetest painting, and such a great story behind it. How wonderful to find such a print. And the price, well .... just wow!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Ah what a adorable print! I love it and too think you had the card from your dear friend and now found this. Wonderful. It looks great with the heart. Thank you for joining Junking Finds Friday!!


(I have a button for the party now!)

Rebecca said...

I've got that picture too-and she really is sweet!

Karen Lange said...

She's lovely! So sweet, and so pretty in that frame.
Happy weekend,

BECKY said...

Oh, Susan! What a fabulous find!! And what a difficult move for you, to leave the southwest and head to New England....(although both beautiful areas!)Talk about two different worlds! I had to leave a wonderful girlfriend when I left Germany many years ago, so I can kind of understand how you felt. Those kinds of friendships never fade! Hugs to you!

Chatty Crone said...

I love that too - and the heart you have next to it goes so well. It just dawned on me that you moved from the desert to the east. Was that a big change for you? Did it take you time to adjust?

I received two cards from friends yesterday out of the blue and that meant a lot to me.


Mimi said...

Cute print and story of your friendship in the desert.

Susan said...

Good morning, Susan,
That is such a wonderful story. I cried for you when you had to leave your home and friend in the Southwest. It's wonderful that the two of you have stayed in contact these eight years.

The print is just lovely and I gave the exact same one to my sister. It hangs in her home in California, all the way on the other side of the states from me. The print is called Love Letter and it's by an artist named Charles Trevor Garland. I love this print too, and I'm so happy you found it and that it has so much meaning for you.

I hope you have yourself a very blessed day,
Susan @ CluckleBees

Anonymous said...

That story is incredible. If that wasn't a hug from God, I don't know what would be! What a blessing. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoBB

Anonymous said...

I found a frame print of this same little girl today at an estate sale. I paid a bit more than your $1.00, unfortunately, ($25) but I just love it ! I can see an artist initials on mine - they say TCG, I assume since they are written one on top of the other like the ATM way, then it says 1889.

eilerman said...

My husband and i love going to antique malls. One day i went without him and spotted the same painting and thought of my twin girls who have blonde curly hair. Didn't think too much about it. My husband took me back a week later and came by the painting and said that little girl looks like our twin girls. Again we didnt give it another thought but we both said we liked it. That same night we were sitting in bed watching tv and started watching " My ghost story " on the biography channel. Not too long into the show the painting shows up when telling a story about a little girl who is a ghost at the Pride House in Jefferson TX. My husband and i just looked at each other saying thats the painting we saw today. The next day it was bugging me. I wanted to find out who painted it and whats the background. I searched the internet and couldn't find anything. So we decided to go back and look to see if there was a name in the corner. We didnt find anything but i was torn on if i should buy it. The price was no where near what i would pay and has i place it back on the way a man walks up to me saying if i wanted it then it was mine. I was so excited. Still wamting to know more i asked where he had gotten it and all he said was his wife bought it. The painting is now hanging on my bedroom wall and its going to be there a long time. To my husband and i we feel it was ment to be in our home. Still would love to know who painted it.

Jessica Shobe said...

My grandmother found this picture for me because it looks identical to my oldest daughter ( kieleighs) who is 6 but it came as two prints one of the little girl and one of a little boy both in the same style and kind of frame. If any one ever finds out who did it I would love to know

Carey Gould said...

I would love to tell you that I know a bit about the lovely card that your friend sent you . This is actually a picture that was painted of my great grandmother. My grandfather used to have the orginal, however it got damaged. One day my Mom found this card to her surprise. It is such a beautiful picture .

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