Old & New Friends

It’s the essence of life:  loving on people.  Sometimes we get lucky and that love is turned into a beautiful friendship.

This weekend we packed up friends who are off on a new adventure and phase in their lives.  It’s bittersweet.  We love them and have the brightest, highest hopes in mind.  Vincent and Katrina will be missed, but our lives are very much better off for having known them.  And on the plus side, they are only moving 6 hours away to the mountains.  So, you know we will be planning some camping trips!

Then, on the very day we said goodbye, we were able to say “hello” to a friend who was passing through for the night.  Someone we’ve  known for many years and haven’t seen for many years.  Ironically, he too is moving to the same area as our other friends. What a nice visit!

Then of course there are the new friends.  Friends that move into our lives and we love them immediately because of their character.  They are the sparkle and laughter at a party.  They have “that thing” you just can’t quite put your finger on, but their smile’s so big and their heart so full it overflows.

Allow me to introduce you to that friend: Marianne.  You won’t recognize her perhaps by her name, but she is the girl who traveled around the globe to 11 countries in 11 months and spread love to the far corners of the earth.  She is the Marianne that this notebook was made for:

journal cover_title_marrianne

So she came back from her World Race trip and said, “Amber, I am trying to take action in my life and try things I’ve always been interested in.  I’ve always wanted to learn how to sew.  Will you teach me?”  How could I say no?

Marianne

So…a new friendship and a new experience is underway.

She wanted to make a headband.  That’s a simple project that was easy to start with.  She was hesitant at first, but caught on fast.  I taught her basics, like using the rotary cutter (quilting is on the agenda eventually) and how to thread the machine.

Lesson 1

By the end of the afternoon she had a new headband to add to her collection!

Headband

Guess what the next project was?  A pillow of course!  She had her mom’s machine, so we figured out how to use it (the internet is GREAT for troubleshooting, fyi) and she set about choosing fabrics (I have a rather large stash…).  Her sense of color is FANTASTIC and I loved what she ended up with!

Pillow 1

Pillow

pillow detail

She has been busily sewing at home on her own now (when she’s not blogging: http://mariannecayce.wordpress.com/ ), but I am looking forward to those quilting lessons 🙂

Yes’m, old friends is always best, ‘less you can catch a new one that’s fit to make an old one out of.”

  ~Sarah Orne Jewett

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