Sunday, November 1, 2009

Roll Out the Red Carpet

Ces and her Oaks

"It's just squiggles and lines," she said dismissively.
"And Seurat just had dots, " I said.

I received several awards recently which mean so much to me. They each represent sisterhood. Two of them were created by my dearest sisterfriend Ces. Is there anything closer than a sisterfriend? If there is, she would be it. She offers me her hand, and it is always full, never asking, only giving. When my life took a difficult turn, she was there to gently nudge it back on course. Her squiggles and lines have intersected my squiggles and lines, and now they are inseparable, indistinguishable. She makes me laugh with her playfulness and cry with her generosity.

Ces created the following two awards:

The Deborah Award was created to honor a dear sisterfriend who is forever blowing kisses – “poet, friend, not just a mother but a soldier’s mother, too. Oh, the sleepless nights, the anxiety and worries, yet she is perpetually pleasant and cheerful, kind and gentle, diplomatic and tactful. She exudes courage, hope, and faith."

The Arija award was created to honor another sisterfriend: “a thinking, seeing, feeling, loving person who celebrates life every day. She is an artist, a photographer, a fascinating woman with great sense of humor, wise and thoughtful blogger and a loving and caring friend."

The Friendship Award was created by a new and wonderful friend, Kathi of Beautiful Mini Blessings. Kathi creates incredible miniatures and is in the process of renovating a dollhouse as masterfully as any craftsman-carpenter on This Old House. I am currently in the process of willing myself smaller so that I can live in one of her creations. On friendship, as she so gracefully put it, even though we may be far apart we are close at heart. This award is for someone who has inspired you or brought joy into your life.

I would like to share these awards with the following ladies who bring me joy and inspiration and who enrich my life. Thank you so much!


Ces said...

OMG! Your drawing is so beautiful on the screen but it is even more beautiful in person. Thank you! It is one of my favorite treasures. In fact all your drawings are my treasures.

You are generous in words just as you are generous in spirit and love.

If I were to ask myself why I spend so much time preparing posts in order to blog, all I have to say is that I have found you, and "wonderful" does not even give you due credit.

You inspire me. I could just draw for you and that will guarantee me happiness.

It is a thrill to see the Deborah and Arija awards making the rounds and seeing them awarded to gifted women.

This is what I like about blogging. Meeting women who share my interests and speak my language.

kathi said...

Dearest Bella,

You have brought so much laughter and joy into my life with your drawings! Thank you for the special one you did just for me! I absolutely love it and cherish your kindness!

You have also introduced me to Ces. Her "squiggles" are exquisite! Both of you have inspired me and spurned my creativity.

Creativity is what makes each of us unique. Thank you so much for being my friend and for these beautiful awards!


❦TattingChic said...

Oh, thank you very much for the lovely awards! I feel most honored and will gratefully accept them, dear friend!

Your drawing of Ces and her oaks is darling! She is an amazing artist, but then SO ARE YOU!

Sonia ;) said...

Very deserving of all those awards. The drawing is so serene.


Dusik said...

Bella!!! it is sooo very nice of you! thank you so much!

(grabbing the awards now :))

you are amazing! love, courage, friendship, creativity, humor, strength. all this is you. the real woman :)

thank you!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Bella,

I would be very honoured to receive these wonderful Awards. Thank you ever so much.
You are so talented, clever, arty,
strong, generous and such a beautiful Person and we are all lucky to have you here.
Love the drawing of Ces and her oaks!
You are an inspiration to all.

Have a happy week

caren said...

My dearest Bella ~ Can you hear me running around my house screaming, "I got an award....not just one but THREEEEEEEE"? I am so surprised and so honored. Coming from someone such as yourself, I feel as if I have won an Academy Award!!! This is my first!!!

I am not sure how long I have been reading your blog but I feel as if we have been friends forever - it seems that I knew you must be a kindred spirit. I have loved every one of your drawings.....have laughed along with you and cried for you when you posted about your dear husband.

I am so glad you are back with us again so we can enjoy not only your drawings, your girls but mostly you!!!!!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh ho ho ho ho. You ladies are too much. This is supposed to be a celebration of YOU and the awards' creators and the people who inspired them. YOU deserve the accolades for the friendship you have shown to me. YOU have kept my spirits up through good times and bad. So I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.


Marie S said...

Beautifully said Bella! I wish I would have said that!!! ;-D
Have a great week.
Love and hugs

❦TattingChic said...

Hello Bella! My blog post about the awards is now up and running! Thank you so very much!


Oh, and you are awesome and deserve all your fabulous awards you always get...all the, award getter, you!

Deborah said...

Bella, this is so beautiful and so sweet...wee little Ces relaxing amoung her beloved oaks. Your words are also so sweet and true. I began blogging to find connection of the human spirit, and my dreams have been fulfilled abundantly because of women like you. All my love to you, Deb

The Original Drama Mama said...

I love the phrase, "Love is my compass..."

Wow, so many amazing women! So much fun to "meet" new friends and make wonderful new discoveries each day!

Your comment about Seurat and dots was the perfect response :P

Shirley said...

Beautifully written, and illustrated Bella! Such a wonderful post to such amazing people. You included..the illustration of Ces and her Oaks is divine! Thank you for your generous words..I am so honored.
By the way, is there a Fiesta dish lurking in the woods for Ces? : ) Ha!

Bella Sinclair said...

You all are awesome.

Hey, Shirley, dang! Maybe there's a Fiesta mug up there in the leaves. See, that's why Ces is the master. She can hide a million things in her work. Things like that just don't come to my mind fast enough.

Caroline said...

I love 'Ces and her Oaks' Bella - what a lovely tribute!! And those awards for you are of course so well deserved - I'm off to visit those you've nominated now.

Sarah said...

It is beautiful hon..just beautiful!! Congrats to all the award winners..and to you well deserved hon!! I adore both of your art!!
Have I said very glad I am that you are back! Hugs, Sarah

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

I will have to make time to come back and visit Aimee,
Dusik, Janine, Carolyn, Kathi, TattingChic, and Caren's blogs...I have bookmarked them and know how much I enjoy visiting yours...theirs will be just as warm, funny and enlightening, I am sure.

caren said...

Bella ~ stop by my blog when you have a minute - OK?

Cheryl Lynn said...

Bella, I can't think of anyone more deserving of these awards more than you. The drawing of Ces among the Oaks is just beautiful.

I hope you have a wonderful week. You, your words, and your art are most inspiring. I'm glad I know you.

Love and Kisses!

Renee said...

Bella the drawing is so wonderful and you are a true friend.

Now as far as Ces' wrist goes, if she won't listen to you, she won't listen to anyone.

Great picture dear one.

Love Renee xoxo

Ces said...

Thank you for the concern my dearest sisterfriend. It's no big deal. I knew how I did it last night. I was terribly reckless and lazy last night. It was not even the drawing. So chill out. You know I need my hands for other things like eating peach ice cream!

Ces said...

Sorry I just lied. I was not lazy. I was obssessed. I can't help it. Hahahahaha!

Just kidding. Everything is fine.

laughingwolf said...

beauty and grats, bella... so well deserved :)

Ces said...

Ooooh! I am spreading my ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ all over the place!

Deborah said...

I taught Ces how to ♥
and I ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ you too!

Ces said...

Join our ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ FEST!

Deborah said...

Bella, you left off the semicolon.
& hearts ; no spaces between them! But thank you for the ♥ felt intentions! **blows kisses** Deb

Ces said...

Come on, do it! Give me some love!

aimee said...

you are such a delight, bella - thank you! you could not have chosen more suitable words to describe ces. they describe you, too, you know. thanks for making my world better with your beautiful drawings, thoughts and words. xo

Silke said...

Oh, wow, Bella! What a drawing!!! It looks like you AND Ces! You are both such amazing women and I am so glad to have met you!! You are as gifted with your art as you are with your words - you paint my world beautiful!! Love, Silke

yoon see said...

Congrats to all winners and I am so happy for you all:)

Marie S said...

I didn't eat the candy, I wouldn't do that.
I do hope that someone does though, I would rather Madi doesn't have any.
I am sure there is a law for it. there is a law for everything. ;-D
Have a great week,
Love and hugs!

Diana Evans said...

oh my heavens!!! your piece is amazing...and you so deserve all these wonderful awards!!! bless you and your wonderful gift of friendship!!!

I will be hosting some weekly giveaways so pop by and tell all your friends too!!! you have so many wonderful visitors here!!!


deepazartz said...

Beautiful Drawing as usual!!!

Congrats to all the Award winners:)

Gabriele Pasqualino said...

magnifique :O

Faruffa said...

it is splendid, your works are always so beautiful, monochromatic ones are superlatives such as "Wacky Wednesday" that remained indelible in my memory !!!
... thanks for your encouragement words on my blog :o)))

theartofpuro said...

The illustration is fantastic,your lines are perfect!
About awards you merit them all:)

Indigene said...

Oh gracious me, what a lovely genuine lovefest here! I have taken the time to read all the posts and to feel the energy circulating here and I am loving it! Bella, you are so deserving of all of this love! I just wanted to add my love to you and to Ces! Wow, what a woman, what a woman! Have a wonderful day. Peace to your thoughts.

Renee said...

Bella my dear friend you give me such comfort.

I hear all that you say and I understand.

You know the funny thing is with the cancer I have never felt like a victim. Never. But loser, well that I struggle with. Almost as if life is this big sideshow and I have been put to sit on the sidelines. Weird I know.

And yet, if anyone thought they were a loser because of an illness I would be like that is crazy.

And to you dear one and on this blog where I state my truth never fear that I will say fine. That won't happen.

And to be honest, maybe saying to people fine is a way for me to shut the conversation down with them too.

I love you and you always know what to say to me.

Love Renee

p.s. I love you more than Ces.

Renee said...

That must have been a freudian slip as I wanted to tease Ces and say I love you more than Ces does.


Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

How absolutely WONDERFUL!!! I'm just sitting here taking all of this in. You ladies are so awesome and how great it is to build such wonderful relationships. This is what it's all about honestly and sharing like this really goes straight to the heart. Woman need woman 'nough said!! We really do. I love the laughter and the comments and the art and love and respect and honor! It is filled with wit and hilarious humor and life! I can't thank you all enough for sharing your worlds and hearts with all of us. It's so amazing and oh so delicious! I love you girly keep letting your beautiful light shine!

Ces said...

The truth will always come out!

Kathiesbirds said...

Wonderful awards all. Congrats! I love the drawing of Ces and Her Oaks!

Amy C said...

this is such an incredibly beautiful drawing Bella, WOW, you never cease to inspire all who are fortunate enough to visit your blog.

Manon Doyle said...

Hey Bella,

What a beautiful drawing!! WOW! You deserve all these awards girlfriend!! What a wonderful community we are in. Everyday I feel blessed to be among all of you!!

BTW.... I seriously had a dream last night that I walked into a book store and saw an illustrated book by Bella Sinclair! Am I seeing into the future? lol

Ces said...

Waaah! What a day! And it's not over. I need a friend!

Ribbon said...

Beautiful and congratulations...
I very much enjoy all that you share.

best wishes

Amy C said...

Dear Bella, it goes without saying that of course you are invited to Happy World, all new citizens get to wear a tiara and Mr Chicken Dude will present you with a canister of worms!

justdoodleit said...

Sweet drawing & sweeter post :)

Janine said...

Oh Bella, I havent been online for the last two weeks and now I find this.
Thank you so much. I feel so honoured.
I am so glad to met you (virtually at least)and I am thankful for your friendship.
By the way, the painting of Ces and her trees is wonderful.
Hugs Janine