The Blessing of Friendship!

Greetings Friends!  I hope you've had a relaxing weekend. I've had a wonderful week celebrating the gift of friendship!  It began when Cecilia, from The B Farm came to visit.  Here we are enjoying dinner at Rails, a restored 1915 train depot with delicious food.  

Blogging Besties

I met Cecilia a little over a year ago, through blogging. We discovered we have much in common besides our name and age and made plans to get together.  Our birthdays are just a few weeks apart, so we celebrated together.  Cecilia is a talented artist and I was thrilled that she painted this pretty little canvas for me! 

Art by Cecilia Bramhall

It's perfect in my living room and is just one of the thoughtful gifts she gave me--I'll be sharing more on the others soon.  Check out her beautiful work here!

Art and tray vignette

Cecilia opens my gift to her--organic herbs from my garden. 

Blogger birthday celebration

 The next day we made the rounds to my favorite thrift stores. You can see Cecilia's finds here. I'll be sharing mine on Friday.  Cecilia was smitten with this gorgeous piece from Finds

Vintage dental cabinet

It was an unusual piece; a compact chest with shallow drawers in mint condition. We hadn't seen anything similar before.  Any ideas on its original function?

Vintage dental cabinet

Audrey, from Timeless Treasures thought it may have been a jewelry maker's chest.  Audrey and I live in the same city so she met us for lunch--Blogging Besties!  

Blogger lunch

After lunch, Cecilia and I drove over to Comfort, a nearby small town known for its antiques. These adorable pugs at Blackbird Antiques have their own beds and actually jumped on to pose as their owner, Karen instructed!

Pampered Pugs

These pups also have their own living room, 

Comfort, Texas

complete with an art gallery and piano! 

Comfort, Texas

On Friday, my sweet friend Carly and I spent the day shopping in San Antonio. Since she is a retail manager, and the mother of an eight year old getting away for the day is a rare treat! We met Dianne who treated us to a celebratory lunch at Cheesecake Factory.  Dianne and I have been friends for over twenty years! She mentored me through one of the most difficult seasons in my life. We have remained close friend ever since and I dedicated my book to her.  

Birthday lunch

The perfect end to our delightful lunch--Godiva chocolate cheesecake! 

Godiva chocolate cheesecake

Thank you to all of my friends for your gift of friendship and for making my birthday special! Remember, there's still time to link your vintage and repurposed posts at the Vintage Charm party





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20 comments:

  1. What great times, celebrating YOU and friends, Cecilia. First of all, Happy Birthday to you! I love how you spent your time with friends, leisurely shopping and just enjoying each other with food and conversation.
    I agree that the chest looks to be a jeweler's (or watchmaker's chest), or it could even be a chest from a dentist's office. Beautiful piece.
    Rita

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  2. Happy Birthday, what a wonderful way to celebrate! :)

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  3. Cecilia ... so happy I got to enjoy a little part of your birthday celebration with you and Cecilia B. (the other Cecilia). Thank you for including me. I remember the time I got your email addresses mixed up and sent her an email meant for you. She was kind enough to let me know and signed it "the other Cecilia". I was a little embarrassed but she was very understanding. Meeting Cecilia B. was a special treat too as I have been following her Blog for a long time and I love her paintings.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  4. Cecilia, it was a treat for me too! I wish I would have bought that chest...it would be perfect in my someday art studio! Thank you for the sweet comments about my artwork! I'm so glad you like your little painting! It was wonderful meeting Audrey too. Looks like your other celebration was fun also. The cheesecake looks yummy!
    Thank you for being a wonderful hostess!
    Hugs,
    Cecilia

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  5. Happy birthday! Mine was last Oct. 20th too! It's so nice to do shopping and to have tea with friends, like bloggy pal Cecilia and Audrey as well.I treasure any time spent like this.
    That pretty piece I think it's for storing your sterling flatware back in the day.

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  6. Ohhh...pugs are my fav kind of doggie. I had one for almost 134 years and I still miss him after 4 years. I pinned it.
    FABBY

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  7. What a fun way to spend the day, it's always a real treat to meet up with blogging friends.

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  8. What a fun way to spend the day, it's always a real treat to meet up with blogging friends.

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  9. Happy belated Birthday, Cecilia! Wishing you health, happiness and lots of joyful moments. It looks like you had a great time celebrating with your friends.
    Have a wonderful week :)!
    Julia

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  10. Happy Birthday! I love when birthday celebrations go on and on and on! It makes you feel so special, as it looks like you were!

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  11. Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a great week! The gifts, the lunches, the shopping, oh my! :)xoKathleen

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  12. Nice find on the antique Dental Cabinet! Was it reasonably priced? Check out the prices on similar ones on ebay! http://www.ebay.com/bhp/antique-dental-cabinet

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  13. I'm so glad you and Cecilia had a wonderful time together! It is always great to go shopping and treasure hunting with a kindred spirit! Hope you had a wonderful birthday celebration! Hugs!!

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  14. Those pugs are just too stinkin' cute!!! Looks like you've had a great birthday week! Happy Belated, btw! :) Love the canvas Cecilia gifted to you, very pretty! ~Rhonda

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  15. What sweet friends, looks like you had a great time!! Happy belated Birthday!!

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  16. Happy Birthday. Looks like you girls had a delightful time together.
    I love to shop in Comfort! The pugs at Blackbird Antiques are adorable with their own living quarters. I've taken lots of photos thinking I'd feature them in a post, but never have. Glad you shared their precious home.

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  17. How fun to meet with like minded creative and encouraging women! Thank you for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

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  18. Cecilia, how fun to meet up with friends! I love meeting blog friends as well. Looks like you had a fun junkin day. Love that piece with the small drawers. Hope you gals had a wonderful birthday! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Wanted to let you know that I will post the ''Creative Christmas' announcement on SYC tomorrow. Please hop over and copy it and add it to your sidebar. Just add a link back to your blog. Would love if you shared it in a post and encourage others to post it on their blog.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  19. This is so lovely, love that piece you all found - it's such a joy to make friendships through blogging,
    I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  20. What great friendships you have made...it sounds like you and Cecelia and the other ladies enjoyed your day together.

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