Monday, June 1, 2009

A Very Special Day

*From my moleskine. Tree and birds by Ces.

Today, I celebrate the birth of an amazing human being. Her crackerjack wit makes me laugh until my sides feel like splitting. I will find myself giggling at inappropriate locations and inappropriate times, just remembering our sometimes-ribald conversations. She makes my brain light up like Christmas lights and undergo contortionistic feats, like a cerebral Cirque du Soleil. Her incredible art makes my eyes dance and my jaws succumb to gravity, and I have to reach for a paperbag to keep from hyperventilating. Sounds like quite a painful friendship, but I assure you, it is not. She elevates me and holds me up when I feel like crumbling and inspires me to reach new heights. Happy birthday, my dearest Ces and her Gemini twin sister. I celebrate you.

Ces, her Viking who loves to fish,
Epsilon 1 who caught a ginormous catfish,
and Epsilon 2 who starred in a musical production of Don't Rock the Boat.


Ces said...


Bella Sinclair said...

Thank you for sending over the elephant cloud.

Ces said...

I love you so much!
Thank you!
Thank you!

Bella Sinclair said...

No, darling, thank YOU!

Ces said...


Valerie said...

such lovely wishes for a dear friend. and beautiful drawings, as always. have a nice day!

MONICA said...

Ohh! adore these fish. great work Bella :) and happy birthday for Ces.
Hugs and regards from Spain.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

You two are such a wonderful bright stop out in here blog land! You Ladies are just awesome and so talented and HILARIOUS! Did I say, "HILARIOUS????" You both keep all of us in awesome wonderful and stitches to boot. This is just wonderful the illustration is fabulous! I know Ces got some where by herself and cried. I was moved. Yeah I know I'm a big cry baby these day. And it don't take much. I think it's the change you know??? he he he he!!! I can't be pregnant. Don't asK... he he he! I ain't hardly trying motherhood again at 46 hee hee hee! You are the best Bella!

deepazartz said...

So ADORABLE!! You share such a strong friendship...its so sweet! I wish I am with my friends too...I am reminded of each one of them:(

The artwork is incredible, Bella.

Many many happy returns of the day, Ces!

Happiness to both you and let your friendship remain fresh and alive all the while:)

Lisa M Griffin said...

What a lovely birthday tribute. Truly uplifting. Thanks for sharing. =)

Manon Doyle said...

Love the artwork Bella! I'll pop over and wish Ces Happy Birthday!

linda cardina said...

oooh bella! how the heck have u been? i really miss u and the"blog buddies". this is so special in every way! i wish i could have witnessed ces's cutie pie face when she first saw it. u are an amazing friend bella. xoxolinda

HanamiGallery said...

very nice! i dunno who ces is but she must be awesome to receive such awesome work!! so happy bday ces! great work as usual!! i like all the balloons!!

Owl Eng said...

What a sweet b'day greeting! i am very envious of Ces ;)

Björnik said...

Aaaawww.... I love the illustrations Bella, truly wonderful and inspiring. Only love can bring out such a beauty.

I love how you squeezed in Ces's rabbit too!

aimee said...

the perfect tribute to your friendship! happy birthday, ces!!

Renee said...

Bella they are both so wonderful but truly the one with the family.

I remember when Ces' son caught the catfish.

You are an amazing friend and Ces is an amzing friend right back.

Happy birthday Ces. You are everything Bella says you are and more.

Well played Bella.

Love Renee xoxo

Ribbon said...

these are beautiful

best wishes
Ribbon said...

What wonderful and amazing drawings and friendships! I'm in awe!

Janine said...

Dear Bella, who are obviously a great friend I suppose so is your friend Ces.
You made a wonderful painting for her.
It is so special and absolutly phantastic.

Nathanael Lark said...

Adorable imagery. Excellent job!

justdoodleit said...

Very charming drawings and a touching greeting!

Ces said...

Hello, I just want to take this opportunity, if my dearest sister friend Bella would please allow me, to thank all her sweet visitors and friends for wishing me a happy birthday.

Thank you very much!

I am deeply touched. With a friend like Bella, I have every reason to be happy. Isn’t she great!? She is magnificent, a brilliant artist and most loving friend.

Today, I declare I am the luckiest and most blessed woman to be surrounded by the most loving, beautiful, brilliant and gifted friends.

Thank you for this truly beautiful gift.


Nina Crittenden said...

Love that flying catfish! Ces sounds like an awesome friend!

yoon see said...

Congrats to you Bella and Ces, the birthday girl!
Wow! What a masterpiece- a birthday dedication from a good friend to another.
I sincerely wish ces and you all the best, happy birthday as you all share the joy of a mutual friendship!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Bella,

Wonderful birthday drawings and love the friendship you have for each other.

Wishing you the happiest of birthday's Ces!


Cheryl Lynn said...

What a lovely sentiment between friends. So touching. Happy birthday, Ces. Hope you have a wonderful day. I appreciate the relationship the two of you have, it's both inspiring and encouraging.

Kudos and Kisses!

BT said...

Wonderful Bella. You are sooo clever.

Loni Edwards said...

These are so lovely!

laughingwolf said...

happy b'day, ces! :)

Shawna said...

I love the first picture, and your description of Ces :) Definitely a very eloquent and unique way of describing a friendship!

Shawna's Study Abroad

Renee said...

'Hi Mom.' "Hi"

'You got a package from Japan.'

"I will be right home."

I run home and Nathan shows me a package that came from Japan.

I never even thought of what it could be.

Bella, I love it. You know I love the flower girls. When I turned to the last page and saw you, Ces and me. I totally got choked. And I mean really choked.

The tears dripped and burnt my face in a very good way.

Bella, I love it, I just love it. Thank you so much.

There are no two women I would rather be dancing with.

Bella, I adore it. Thank you so much.

Thank you also for the cutest fork and spoon for Josephine.

But the book, well, I am over the moon with the book.

Love Renee xoxox

Renee said...

Bella I just returned from Heaven where I danced the night and day around with my dear friends.

I love you.

Renee xoxo

Renee said...

Bella I thought you might need to know that the stars in the sky may not shine tonight....

I know that is upsetting.

But when I went to Heaven on the last page of the book and found my dancing friends. And we started dancing.

Well, the stars were kind of looking at us funny, but I didn't pay them any attention.

But one whispered to me on the way down while I was closing the pages that the other stars were kind of pissed off and to pay us back for dancing better than them, they have refused to shine.

I think God may get pulled into the argument. So if you don't see any stars tonight, you will know why.

Okay, I am going back to Heaven on the last page.



Renee said...

Bella, I just asked Ces when your birthday was and she said she can't tell me basically on pain of death. She would be banished from you and that would be like a death.

Okay, fine, I won't harrass her.

But Bella, please could you just tell Ces it is okay to tell me and she can email me the date. I don't need a year, just the month and day.

Also, I will not mention it on your blog or anywhere.

Love you.

Renee xoxoxo

Ces said...

I am easily bribed...but I am sooooo afraid to get the silent treatment, I dare not tell. I tried and it burnt my tongue I tried to SCREAM RENEE AND BELLAS ARE ARRRRGGGHQ...ACKRGH...ACKRK...I cn stand pain but Bella's silent treatment = DEATH!

Renee said...

Bella are you still sleeping.

I want you to know I am going crazy over my book.

I love it.


Ces said...

My favorite is the page with the three dancing girls. The girl bowing her head has beautiful eyes!

Renee said...

Bella everyone loves it. One of my sisters cried because she loved it so much.

Are the stars out. I think they should be, they are loving and not jealous after all.

Bella that was one of the nicest things that has ever been done for me.

Thank you.

Love Renee xoxo

Renee said...

Bella I actually use to have really beautiful eyes and I bow to my two dancing partners.


TattingChic said...

That is very sweet! How precious! Happy Birthday to your friend, Ces! What a wonderful gift! You're so talented, Bella! :)

Diana Evans said...

WOW Bella!!! these are so amazing...and all for a wonderful lady!!! Ces is the sweetest and most deserving!!!

You are such an amazing friend indeed!!!!

AMAZING!!! I think you made her day!!!!


Arija said...

Bella, your birthday post for Ces pure LOVE. Between you, Ces and Renee there is love pure and simple, the kind that makes God, wherever She is, smile, throw cartwheels and make rainbows stand on their heads. You three girls are tops in my book too.

Tammie Lee said...

Such a wonderful celebration in art and words... good friends are so precious!

theartofpuro said...

You are a great friend for them,and your art is the better way to express your friendship.They are very lucky
Wonderful illustrations:)

Ces said...

I agree with Arija. I feel nothing but love LOVE LOVE!

worms? - what the heck! (word verif)

Marie S said...

Wow!! I missed so much.
Both pictures are so wonderful.
I love the first one because you and Ces did it together. Those are so special.
But the bottom one is outstanding.
I love to see when love for someone comes out in someone's art for them, it is paltable.
Well done you!

Ces said...

The huge phone bill is because I bought three new phones :(

Happy Birthday to me two years ago!!!