Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Happy Birthday, Ces!


you make me so very


Happy birthday to a most darling Sisterfriend whose depth of passion, intelligence, talent, and generosity are among the greatest known to humankind! Thank you for not getting a restraining order against me. Thank you for letting me push your beautiful buttons. Thank you for your pen lines that have traveled to the moon and back a hundred times over. But thank you, most of all, for your loyal friendship and love.

I love you!!!!


Ces said...

It's June 2nd here and I was just about to go to bed after I spent the last three hours drawing acorns for my daughter's teacher.

And so, just as it has always been my habit, I wake up to your blog and end my day with it.

Tonight, I am overwhelmed, overjoyed and absolutely most grateful for this wonderful, beautiful, fantastic, incredible, brilliant, loving artwork that you dedicate to me, once again, on my birthday. Growing up I thought I had the most incredible birthdays but I am finding that there are more bests, because you are in my life.

This is the second year in a row that you have done this for me and just as I was gifted with a most blessed gesture from you last year, so it goes again.

Bella, my body is in shock from all the excitement starting this afternoon when I opened the most beautiful gifts from you, my most beloved best sisterfriend, and this...

Thank you very much.

I love you.

Thank you for including our beloved Renee. She would have been up tonight pushing our buttons if she was here.

Thank you darling Bella.

I love you.

P.S. You have to change the date of this post later. Hahahaha!


Ces said...

Hah! I hope you don't mind. I put this on my sidebar! Tsup!

Mónica said...

¡¡Happy Birthday for Ces!!! have a special day. Beautiful present for him :) i lie very much this nice illustration. Hugs and enjoy this party :D

Amalia K said...

Awww, Bells! I'm melting!! I was never wrong about you... The first time I read your comment on my blog I knew you were THAT SWEET!

This is such a loving birthday kiss for Ces. It's so wonderful that you have each other. Well, HUGE HUGS from me to both of you! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CES!! oxoxoxoxox

Arija said...

Bella, only you and Cec could dream up something so lovely for a special birthday girl! It is worth getting older to be the recipient of so much beauty.

You two girls are just so special, I dearly love you both.

rachel awes said...

you are a twin!
oh i doodly doo dance
around you two
in celebration
of a love so true!
& i adore your illustration,
but then again,
what is new?
(i always do!!).
happy birthday! xox

cindy said...

ces is the luckiest girl in the world. i can't imagine a better present unless you delivered it to her yourself. happy birthday, ces!

laughingwolf said...

happy b'day, ces :)

laughingwolf said...

furgot... agin: that's yet another superb graphic, bella!

Ces said...

I think
I am the luckiEST girl in the world,
if not the luckiEST,
at least I am the happiEST,
if not the happiEST,
at least MOST blessed.
That I am not denying.
You are in my life,
and if you were not,
I'd just be blessed
If you don't make my adjective
superlative with EST
At least you make my adverb MOST!
Thank you again my
dearest best darling sisterfriend!!!

Deborah said...

First, I am an idiot and did not realize it was Ces' BD. DUH.

Bella, this is AMAZING! How did you do it? The tiny drawings, the lighting on the bushes??? Unbelievable. Then there is the idea of sweet. You are a brilliant artist. Lovely tribute to Ces. Every word is true. Now I must go kiss up to her. **kisskiss** Deb

Lori ann said...

SO beautiful, so sweet, Happy Birthday Dear Ces. What a treat to wake up to Bella, you are both so amazing.
I have such a warm feeling inside me now, i'm not even going to mind my run on the beach this cold drizzly foggy morning, almost not ;)
Have a wonderful day you two!!

k.h.whitaker said...

Bella!!!!! This is so very cool. I love Ces's illustrations on the line, the little cup houses, well I just love all of it! Sooooooooo cute, so sweet, and how lucky Ces is to be honored with not one but two birthday illustrations.

Marie S said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Bella another wonerful piece for a wonderful sisterfriend!


Well done Bella!!!

JooJoo said...

Oh! So lovely! Happy Birthday to your friend! I really love your illustration! It's so sweet and full of cute details. That banner is just perfect and you have a wonderful handwriting my friend!

Hugs!! xoxo

Shirley said...

Bella, you most absolutely definitely ROCK, sister! Look at all of the details. I showed my little ones this, and they said, "awwwwwww!" with their sweet smiling faces. You know how to touch people!
This is magical, and such a sweet tribute to your friendship. I know Ces is beside herself, right Ces? Happy BDAY!!!! Just love this illustration, Bella. Love it! : )

Maria Bogade said...

This is soooo beautiful! I had to stare at it for a while just na't take my eyes of it! And your words towards your friend are so warm and loving! You leave me speechless ....

Diana Evans said...

oh so sweet of you !!! Wishing Ces the greatest birthday ever...she will love this!!!

tera said...

What a wonderful and perfect drawing! I am forever jealous :)

Happy Happy Happy Birthday to Ces!
I do believe you are both blessed.

AtelierBrigitte said...

What a great and wonderful present for such a good friend!

Bimbimbie said...

I can hear their giggles, it's beautifully infectious, as is your art Bella*!*

audrey said...

As blessed as we all are to know you and Ces, you and she are super-blessed to have each other! The artwork that you do for each other and the bond that you share is so special. This illustration is adorable and spectacular, and I'm sure Ces is overwhelmed with feelings of love and appreciation.
♥ audrey

Tammie Lee said...

ah, how lovely that you are honoring Ces and your lovely friendship with her! Happy Birthday Ces!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Bella,

What a sweet card for Ces, wishing her... the very happiest birthday!

Have a very happy week, Bella

Soph said...

Aw this is so sweet and beautiful!! Such a wonderful birthday wish for Ces! Happy Birthday Ces! :)

aimee said...

yay ces!! happy birthday! love this drawing of you two!

Manon Doyle said...

Awe..... This is so sweet!! Omg.... I love it!! You both are so lucky to have each other!! xoxoxo

Karin Bartimole said...

A fantabulous birthday celebration here for Ces the birthday queen ;-) This is an adorable display of your love, Bella!!

Liv @ Choosing Beauty said...

What an amazing way to honor your friendship, companionship, kinship. What you created for Ces is stunning - as is the love between the two of you. Awe-inspiring!

P.S. You made my day, too - just posted about it on my blog. You just might be the kindest person on the planet, Bella!

justdoodleit said...

Adorable card and such colorful pulleys to transport goodies :)

Amalia K said...

Heheheee...My bells are still in the workshop today after I dropped them the other day.

Hope I didn't scare you?? (^O^)

encaracolada said...

Happy Birthday Ces!!! What a great gift!

yoborobo said...

Happy Birthday, Ces! Bella, this is just an adorable picture. I bet Ces did a headstand when she saw it. :) xo - Pam

theartofpuro said...

Happy Birthday Ces!Bella your drawing is amazing as your heart!

Amalia K said...

DING, DONGGGG....!!! There. I came and rang your bell in my ladylike manner. So is the water boiling, then? I'd fancy a cup of tea if you don't mind. And maybe a biscuit or two? (^_*)

Amalia K said...

Eclairs?? Really?? YUM! Ooo, can I have one of those strawberry shortcakes? Or maybe a slice of cheesecake?? Dang! Now I'm REALLY hungry!

By the way, just so you know, my new girls shall have shiny complexion and great hair all year long!! Lizards' tongue or no. Hahahaaa..!

Giuseppe Bianco said...

Ces is so lucky. What a great gift. Your characters always make me smile.

Ces said...

Thank you to your friends for their Happy Birthday wishes.

Thank you again to you dearest darling Bella for making my birthday very special!


Robyn said...
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Robyn said...

happy bthdy ces and how lucky you are to have the love and friendship of the bella Bella ;)

Awesome illustration as always

xx robyn

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...


Ces *ordered* me here...yes, ORDERED. (and I don't want to make her mad......heehee!!!)
You do beautiful work and I have to say in a healthy way I envy your charming illustration style. It is delightful and I have enjoyed your drawings on Ces's blog!
Please tell Her I reported in... ;)


Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

OOh shoot! Now you got me all wet in face with happy tears! How awesome is the illustration and I can feel the love and I'm overwhelmed by it all. Oh Bella , You put your foot in it this time. How magnificent!!!! This is so wonderful and dreamy! Having you two for friends is the bestest thing in the world. Truly it is. I know that Ces must be on cloud nine! What a very special birthday gift and wish. Oh by the way, is my butt ready now??? It's been awfully hard to sit and you know what without it! Oh might I be able to get a Brazilian butt lift too? I'd like Jennifer Lopez's butt if possible. Can you look into that for me??? Love you so much it hurts!

Faruffa said...

Another delightful work, it's very beautiful and cute!
Happy belated birthday Ces :o)

Ces said...

I came back here to enjoy this beautiful drawing again and give praise to my blessing and gift, that is having you as my beloved sisterfriend!


Ces said...

This is the coolest drawing, ever!

grete said...

Bella -

I’m new to this your corner of Blogland, but ahhhh, what adorable artwork. I scroll and come upon one lovely post after another. In one you write - I started drawing again two years ago..... Really? Wow....


Ces said...

Hahahahaha! it's too early in the morning and I already heard you are performing a butt-lift procedure on one sisterfriend called Vanessa! Do you need a scrub nurse? Good morning!

EMILY said...

awwwww another cute illustration!!

Loove the composition and the texture of the leaves on the background, really looks amazing :)


Amalia K said...

Knock, knock! Hey! Your doorbell's not working, you know? Better get that fixed, otherwise I'd be tempted to use my tommy gun again. Hahahaaa..!!

Shirley said...

You CRACK ME UP, Bella! You are is how it seems sometimes with little office is in the same room as our TV, so when the kids get some "break time" after homework and all, guess who's yellin', "turn it down!"...(me, sigh). Oh, but that's not all of the time, they're really quite busy girls who still know how to make-believe. I love it. Hope your two weeks of freedom are wonderful and that summer is even better for you and your little ones. Happy weekend!

anil ks said...

..this is one of the best birthday present i have ever seen..great work bella..happy birthday to your friend..

Barbara said...

That's some birthday card, Bella! It certainly portrays your love for your friend.
And Happy Birthday to Ces! What fun to have such a dear, talented friend as Bella.

Janine said...

Happy Birthday for Ces and a warm hello to you Bella.
it´s quite a while since my last visit. And you made so many lovely paintings, just like this one and the one before and the one before that.
I am sorry for being a bad friend, but now I am back and I am so delighted by your wonderful war´mharted creations.
I hope you are well.
Have a great sunday dear Bella

Ces said...

This Ces, she must be some hot chick cool friend to deserve such marvelous birthday present from the hottest coolest friend!


Johanna Urban said...

Beautiful ART work :)


BT said...

What a wonderful illo and I love the Ha - ppy repeat! You're so clever Bella Boo. xxx

Raluca said...

heeejsa CES:HAPPY BIRTHDAY,may all your wishes come true!!

Ces said...

Well, I came back to admire my big round head! Thank you for giving me a nice big round head and thanks to your friends for the belated birthday wishes.

❦TattingChic said...

Happy Birthday to Ces! :)

Cheryl Lynn said...

What a wonderful birthday tribute to a wonderful artist and friend. She has inspired so many, including me, and she is just a regular hoot! Love you Ces, and happy belated Birthday!

yoon see said...

Happy belated birthday to Ces and this is a great heart warming message and dedication to Ces.
Yes Ces is so so happy and blessed to have you as friend Bella!

How I wish I have another good friend around.
Too bad Ces only selected a few good friends...and I am not qualify:(

Silke said...

Oh, what a wonderful drawing by a most wonderful woman for a most wonderful woman!! You two are a joy to know!! Much love, Silke

Lisa Holtzman said...

What a fantastic illustration and your post is so beautifully written! I'm so behind in my blogging : (
Happy belated bday to wonderful Ces!

Ces said...


Yoon See take it back! Take it back. You cannot say that!. Oh goodness. Your comment made so very sad. ACK! WTH!!! You cannot say that Play with me. I will make you smile. NOOOOOOO!!! I do not know the Ces you are talking about here!

Emily said...

Truly Ces is the luckiest gal on the interweb!
This illustration is delish!
I love the colors, theme...everything!


Ces said...

YES! I AM! I really am! Thank you!!! Tsup!!!

Ces said...

So what if I repeat myself? It's my birthday and I can repeat myself if I want to.

Ces said...

Oh yes. I love watching dubbed Japanese shows. They are masochists.

Ces said...

What did you do today? Did you do anything fun?

Anyone doing research on your blog will be totally confused.

Ces said...

Hmn... did I promise anything for 300?

Ces said...

Me too! I did a complete set of black and white pen and ink drawings of oak leaves!!!
You wanna see?

Ces said...

I will give the collage to you if you promise to be my friend even if I go insane.

Ces said...

Then you can claim: "That is Ces, my crazy friend."

Then I shall chop off my ear.

Ces said...

Sleep well. When you wake up, every old post of yours wil have 100 or more comments...


I am off duty. My first day of vacation.

I am glad to hear you had a relaxing day.

Ces said...

TSUP! TSUP! to you too but I will stay here for awhile until my cephalalgia disappears.

Ces said...

Thank you for recognizing me without my ear and preserving my chopped off ear in a collage or a pickle jar.

Ces said...

Oy, you are Sleeping Beauty!

Ces said...

The Seasons

I leave thee just
As seasons
Come and go
As Earth pleases
Hot, humid, dry, arid
The ground breaks
Tempers released
Drought brings
Breezy, chilly, dark, grey
Ablaze in colors
Fiery beauty
Silent death.
Frigid, cold, icy
So bleak yet white and pure
Sunny, bright, mellow
Washes away grim
An acorn pushes itself from the ground
A little oak tree
Buying time.
I love you.
I shall remain.

Ces said...

I will let you sleep. The comments are probably ringing your bell? Later,
TSUP! TSUP! Sleep tight. I think I will too.

Ces said...

Make it even at 80.

Ces said...

Hello! This is my official morning greeting from the East Coast.TSUP!

Ces Skye said...

Your friend Ces is the luckiest person in the world!

Skye Scraper said...

Dearest Bella, If you paint the pillars or my walls, I will no longer need a window!

Baldie said...


Baldie said...

Aaaaahhhh! getting me excited. I almost dropped my bowl of oatmeal! Good morning!

Baldie said...

Yes, I used a laptop and a desktop for the 1000 comment race because my Firefox was getting bogged down

The Virtuous Woman said...

Are you drawing? Do you know how many people are waiting with bated breath for your next post? Some of us just live to be able to comment on your beautiful and fun blog! Heheheh!


The Virtuous Woman said...

Bella! Help me! Manon and Anne are blaming me for their happiness.

Daisy said...

Wooof! Woooo-woooofff woof Oz wooof woff?

Ces said...

Do you know someone named Mafusa Watusi and Prostrate Toelicker? I am reading something they wrote a few months ago and they sound very familiar.

Ces said...

You are the white space when the blackness is overwhelming.