Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Friendship and inspired designs



Let me introduce you to Kerryanne.




Isn't she gorgeous?




Yes she is - both inside and out!




If her almost-teenage daughter, Aimee, is reading this she will be saying "Oh, go get a room!"


LOL...he he he...



I had the great pleasure of meeting Kerryanne about a year ago, you can read all about it here. Kerryanne is a treasured and valued friend, and (until very recently) was my painting tutor as well. In fact - all of the lovely ladies from Kerryanne's painting class are valued friends and wonderful people - how blessed am I? :-)



Here we all are pictured last night at a restaurant in town. From Left to Right: Andrea, Karen, Marisa, Anne, Kerryanne and me.


The occasion? I wouldn't call it a "farewell party", but more of a "celebration" for Kerryanne, as she is about to fulfill one of her dreams and relocate her family and home for a new life in the beautiful coastal town of Port Macquarie.




Of course, gifts go hand-in-hand with celebrations!


Us "painting girls" all contributed to a leaving gift for Kerryanne... and here she is opening the first part of it...




I designed and made this bag for Kerryanne so that when she heads off for a beach walk in Port, she can carry her sketchpad, pens and brushes with her in a purpose-made tote.






My inspiration came from this picture posted on Kerryanne's blog, last week. It is a vista from Lighthouse Beach in Port Macquarie. Isn't it beautiful? Her favourite colour is blue, which was ideal for the look I wanted to create.




Then when Kerryanne opens her bag to retrieve her sketchbook she will always be reminded that she is living her dream... and that her friends are so proud of her and always wish her well!



The stitchery on the inside of the bag reads: "May the sun always shine on your dreams".



Kerryanne - I am going to miss you like crazy! But I have no doubt that we will see each other again and that our friendship will continue to blossom!


As for your future... I have no doubt that it will be a bright one! You deserve every happiness in the world!


Until next time - let's all remember to live our dreams!!


Hugs! Vikki x

22 comments:

Linda said...

Such a gorgeous tote Vikki, I think perhaps we have another budding pattern designer in the works:))

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

OMG what a thoughtful and beautiful gift for such a treasured friend. I love how it portrays the place she is heading too - she will be able to remember her friends on her Sea Change.

Dolores said...

Vikki, that bag is simply beautiful. You added wonderful touches to make the bag so unique. Well done!

Handmade by Mai said...

What a beautifull bag you have made. It's gorgeous. It is the perfect design for your friend.

Sharon said...

My God Vikki, that bag is both gorgeous and practical. Perfectly expressing your friendship and well wishes for the future. I love how you've captured the image of where Kerryanne is going by using a photo that she herself liked.
All I can say is WOW.
love & hugs

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

What a lovely bog Vikki.
You are a treasure and the bag you made was perfect. The colours suit your friend wonderfully.

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Vikki,
Oh, Ah, I was told about this gorgeous bag yesterday by Kerryanne. She described it to perfection.

Yes, we will miss seeing her pretty face as often as we'd like too, however we won't loose
her friendship, only to distance.
Hugs,
Anna

Jo in TAS said...

Sad to hear Kerryanne is moving away but wonderful that she's following her dreams, I wish her all the best. Now the tote you made is an absolutely gorgeous, thoughtful and practical gift. I bet Kerryanne loved it and will treasure it and your friendship always!
Hugs
Jo

Lizzie said...

Beautiful bag Vikki, I'm sure your friend will always remember you each time she uses it. Well done.
Lizzie
XXX

Tozz said...

You are very thoughtful Vikki and your bag is really great and I am sure kerryanne will treasure it always.

Kaaren said...

What an awesome keepsake for an awesome friend from an awesome lady.

Great job, Vikki! I'm sure it will be something that she will treasure for a lifetime.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Vikki, you SUPER, SUPER, SUPER talented girl!!!!!
What a gorgeous and fun bag you created - and the love that you have for your departing friend just enhanced every step of the design process I bet!
You go girl - you are amazing!!!

Kerryanne English said...

Hello sweetie,
I soooooo love my special bag. I will treasure it always and think of you every time I use it. You did an amazing job of making and designing it and I can't believe you actually captured the look of the beach in your patchwork design - absolutely brilliant!!

I'll miss you and our weekly get togethers more than you will ever know.
Love Kerryanne xx

Shiree said...

what a wonderful bag, such a georgeous design, and so so thoughtful of you, I am sure she will remember you every time she uses this bag,

clare's craftroom said...

You are both so lucky to have found a special friend in each other . You may just need to take lots of "port" holidays now . Vikki that bag you made is gorgeous , I love it !

Stephanie said...

What an amazingly beautiful and thoughtful gift. GORGEOUS too and I can't imagine a more sentimetal gift. Love the colors, design, well I just love it all.

Deb said...

Hun, the bag you made KerryAnne is beautiful and she so loved it, you can tell. So very special. It was so nice to see you smiling and relaxing in your photos, it would have been a much needed outing for you. You're a very talented lady.

Joy McD said...

You are so creative! I love the tote bag! I've also downloaded your cute pattern and will have to try to make it soon :) Thanks for sharing it with us.
lv,
Joy

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Vikki! I may not have met Kerryanne in person yet, but after LOTS of emails, blogging comments and the odd phone chat, I can't wait to meet up in person so we can get into mischief together! Oops! Did I say that out loud?!?! :0) And although she's moving away from you, she'll be a bit closer to me, within roadtrip distance, so hopefully we'll get our play date soon. Love the gorgeous bag you designed and made - what a clever clogs you are!! I know she'll love it! Bear Hugs! KRIS

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Vikki! I may not have met Kerryanne in person yet, but after LOTS of emails, blogging comments and the odd phone chat, I can't wait to meet up in person so we can get into mischief together! Oops! Did I say that out loud?!?! :0) And although she's moving away from you, she'll be a bit closer to me, within roadtrip distance, so hopefully we'll get our play date soon. Love the gorgeous bag you designed and made - what a clever clogs you are!! I know she'll love it! Bear Hugs! KRIS

marisa said...

Dear Vikki
Hi, it is a miracle, i am a blogger! Dont fall over. Have a nice day love Marisa xoxoxo

Judith Tetley said...

Wow...what a beautiful bag Vikki...you have interpreted the Port MacQuarie area so nicely. I pop up there often so know it quite well. Well done! Kerryanne has an original treasure...keep up the designing you have a lot to offer the industry.
Kind Regards
Judith
http://creativestudio10.blogspot.com

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