Sunday, October 20, 2013

Feelings of Gratitude

Firstly I would like to heartfully thank all of
you wonderful bloggers who have left such supportive
and loving comments and sent emails
 as you stay with me on my journey with Andrea.
As I haven't been able to visit you all personally
I am using this post as a means of expressing my fullest appreciation!
Just "thank you so very very much"!


It is times like these that all I have to do is look around my studio

 and see just a few of the very beautiful creative gifts

given to me over the last couple of years

 both by dear blogging friends

as well as other wonderful friends from around the world

to remind me just how fortunate I am

and continue to be for having friends like yourselves
and also for the fact that I am gifted with this wonderful life
of creativity and a studio
where I can express my heart's desire!

These are a few embellished boxes

in which I store some goodies with which

to create different works such as these hearts

as well as framed collages

from particular images that I find so appealing. I feel so blessed!

I'm learning how to really appreciate

what the squeeze of a hand, a tiny  
gentle smile or even a change in breathing

with unspoken words really and truly mean!

How to be able to go for a short walk and collect
a few simple seed pods, a feather, a bird's nest, some stones and shells
and favorite bits of wood can bring simple joys -

the joys that mean more than words can express
as I continue to compile and create in my
 Friendship Collage Lace Book
to show you just how thoughtful friends can be I
received these most beautiful parcel of doilies this week
from a most generous Australian blogging friend, Judy
who thought I just may like to incorporate them.
Thank you "heaps" Judy - you are just so wonderful!

Some were stitched onto pretty papers

Oh these beautiful blue wrens too!

and so beautifully hand painted.  How gorgeous are these
Superb Blue Wrens

and these dear little Scrub Wrens!

This last piece is another collage I am creating
in the hope of bringing some new inspiration
and positive moments of relief
in lifting our spirits high
as onward we 

Thank you dear friends for just being there!
It means so much to me!

Much love and hugs,
Suzy ♥ 


  1. Hello dear Suzy
    You, Andrea and Jeff are in my thoughts on this part of the journey.
    It's in giving that we receive and I very much feel this is how it is for you now, your friendship and care will mean the world to Andrea.
    Your walks will be a comfort as Mother Nature reaches out in her soothing way.
    Sending you all warm smiles and gentle hugs.
    Much love

  2. Suzy that is such a beautiful post in words and pictures.

    The world is made so much more beautiful by the things you say and do.

  3. Dear Suzy.
    Many warm thoughts for you dear Suzy. It is so thought- provoking to read your lovely words - you are giving so much your self - I'm gratefulness to read your blog to day - thank you dear Suzy hugs Bettina

  4. chère Suzy
    je suis toujours bien présente
    auprès de toi
    tout ce que tu présentes est superbe-
    les petits oiseaux sont merveilleux
    je suis dans le chagrin également
    ma belle-soeur vient de se noyer
    en mer aux Iles Canaris
    c'est un vrai drame que j'ai du mal
    à surmonter , mon petit frère est complètement écroulé
    j'ai bien reçu le petit sac
    merci , il est superbe
    j'en suis très contente
    à bientôt
    edith (iris) France

  5. Thoughts and prayers to Andrea and you continue. Your gifts, along with your own projects are just so beautiful and I can understand the comfort and joy they bring, along with a walk and the gifts of nature too. Thank YOU for such a beautiful blog.

  6. Thank you for this beautiful, heart touching post Suzi. The unspoken word is honored in every photo.... the squeeze of a hand, a tiny
    gentle smile or even a change in breathing.... to gathering bits of nature.... immersed in gratitude.
    Sweetest of blessings to you.

  7. Ah, I have tears in my eyes reading your post sweetie. I am thankful for you!
    Keeping all of you in my healing thoughts and prayers.

  8. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time!!!
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful treasures and a part of yourself on your wonderful blog, it's always a joy visiting!!!
    Thanks Suzy!

  9. It is very difficult to be with a loved one during their final journey.I am so sorry this has happened to such a lovely friend.I'm glad you have been able to find some quiet peace as you make your lace book, and gain solace from your beautiful studio.
    Our thoughts are with you Suzy.
    Love Judy xx

  10. My dear sweet Suzy, I think of you and Andrea every day. She couldn't have a better friend to be with her during this time. Watching her spirits fading must be heart breaking. It's good that spending time in your studio, creating something beautiful and walks through your garden give you some pleasant moments. My thoughts are with you.
    Lots of hugs and love,

  11. Hugs to you, Sweet friend!

  12. Dear Suzy,
    A beautiful post.
    My thoughts are with you and your dear friend.


  13. Hello Suzy
    Reading a post from you is allways a great treasure. I can feel all your sensibility in it!
    Trust your art to help yourself in this so hard moment, and trust to nature to give you hope and strenghs!
    Hugs and kisses

  14. dear Suze.
    what a lovely post from you on monday morning.
    and such precious gifts you got from friends.
    i know you follow me but my blog url has changed from into
    hugs to you.

  15. Oh, Suzy, I have not been reading all my favourite blogs lately, as our daughter and granddaughter were here for a wonderfully long 6 1/2 week visit.
    I wish you strength as you and Jeff travel this path with Andrea. Bless you for this gift of love. Hugs

  16. Warm wishes of love and peace sent to you and your beloved friend and family. Such a lovely post filled with love and gratitude. May your journey be filled with even more love and special memories for all involved. May peace abound as you give of yourself, your time and especially of your love. Keeping you all in my prayers.

  17. thanks dear Suzy for the beautiful good for the heart blog today. It just warms my heart to see the pretties people have sent to you. this is such a loving community. Hugs and hugs and just a giant TEXAS hug for you. xoxox

  18. My dearest Suzy,
    Your post of love, is a beautiful statement that friends, and beautiful relationships mean the very most ,when in times like this. Both for Andrea, and for you...yes, all of us in such situations, my darling friend.
    Your photoes of amazing artpieces from friends and your own hands , shows how thankful we should all be (and are) for times in piece and good health, where we are able to create and feel happy.
    You are in my thoughts every day many times, my loved Suzy!
    Love and hugs

  19. Your post is heart warming. Hope that walking through your studio seeing those pretty things and your beautiful garden with all those flowers and trees wil give you some piece in mind in this hard times with Andrea.

    Love and hugs Yvonne

  20. Thank you for the pieces of Love you shared with us.

  21. What a beautiful, inspiring post and accompanying photos, dear Suzy. Your have the most amazing spirit, in your ability to see beauty in a world filled with so much sadness for you right now. My admiration for you is boundless, and I pray that God will continue to bless you with the gift of faith in the days and weeks to come.

    Of course, I continue to pray for Andrea and all her loved ones, too.

    Sending you many, many hugs and much love,

    Pat xoxo

  22. Suzy-
    Such beautiful gifts to bring you comfort and joy. Goodness every photo shows a gorgeous creation--and the linens are exquisite.

    You and Jeff are in my prayers - I know your heart must ache so right now.


  23. I'm sure your dear friend appreciates your presence so much and knows how blessed she is to have a friend like you to help ease her days.

  24. Hi Suzy! I just found your blog via Pinterest and became a subscriber right away! I love all kinds of fabric arts, crafts and mixed media so I'm sure I'll find a lot of interesting stuff in your blog.

    Sorry to hear you are having sad times in your life, and I wish you strenght in supporting your friend.

  25. It is heartwarming to see your post and know that you are able to balance your tremendous care and love of your friend and your amazing gifts of creativity you make and share. How sweet of dear Judy to gift you with lovely treasures. Blessings Dear Suzy as you and Jeff continue your journey with Andrea. Prayers continue...

  26. This shows just how much you are loved by everybody dear Suzy!
    The pieces you are working on are so lovely my friend.
    You have been in my thoughts so much and I am sending big hugs your way...


Thank you so very much for stopping here to say hello and to see what I have been creating. I really treasure each and everyone of you for your comments. It is so appreciated....Suzy

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