Thursday, May 10, 2012

Met a fellow blogger!

Tina and I have been trying to set up a lunch date for quite some time now and yesterday was the day we finally got to meet.
She and her husband have relocated for the time being in our home town and so how convenient is that???
We met at a wonderful restaurant and had a great visit.  Tina is as sweet as she looks and we exchanged gifts too – I had something special I wanted to do for her but didn’t have the items I needed but she liked what I made for her regardless and she gifted me with an adorable Pillow Tuck she had made especially for me that morning…what a lady!
Now I’m sure most of you know Tina from her blog:  and author of An Early Christmas…of which I have her book and I know many of you do too.  She’s working on a new one right now – and I am so anxious to see what it will be – but it will be awhile yet she said.  Best of luck Tina – we’ll all be waiting again.

This wasn’t my best photo day….I didn’t feel all that well so is probably shows in my face – my back was hurting like crazy but I kept going…I didn’t tell Tina this as I didn’t want to cancel the visit – so I took a pain pill on the way there and could sit pretty still during lunch.

Tina Karen

Could this be any sweeter???  And the Red is perfect…my signature color too…how did she know?
Pillow from Tina

After lunch I went to visit my aunt…she’s failing fast…my heart hurts for her – she is a fighter and I know she knows she doesn’t have long…my guess is a week possibly a tad more but only God knows for sure…I just pray he doesn’t let her have pain in the end.

I also went to Sam’s Club and they had the most beautiful potted arrangements for little money – not as expensive as the garden center that I normally buy mine from so I picked up a large potted and a hanging one.

The potted one isn’t showing up the flowers very well but there is lots of color in it like the hanging one.
Hanging plant

potted plant

Blessings to all and I’ve so enjoyed reading your blogs this week – thanks for being such faithful blogger friends.



  1. Karen you look wonderful in the photo, what a nice pic of you and your new pal. I may have to check out our Sam's! Sorry about your aunt, it's sad. Take care of yourself and get better, my friend.

  2. Karen~ Praying your Aunt goes peacefully...So wonderful to get to meet up with a blogging friend.You both look Blessings!~Amy

  3. Hi Karen! Back pain is just the worst--Al struggles with it every day--hope you feel better soon. What a sweet tuck Tina gifted you! --nice rememberance of your meeting. I'm so sorry about your's so difficult watching them fail and not be able to help. When Al's dad was failing, I just prayed he would drift away in his sleep..and he did. I hope your aunt passes gently.--Jan

  4. Two beautiful & talented ladies for sure! Thank you for sharing Tina with us, i have admired her blog, talent & home for quite some time. It is sweet to now associate her works with her smile.
    I am sorry for your aunts was very touching to read in your post that for a moment she was tattling on her sister...(plates outside)cute!I hope that when the end is near i will have collected enough sillies to carry me through the pain...I think your mom was also visiting your aunt that day.
    Your planter is gorgeous!

  5. Hi Karen, I have been wondering about how your back has been. So sorry it is still aching up.
    How fun to meet Tina. I think I read that she once lived in OH. I have her book as well and love it.
    The flowers are beautiful. Have a good day.

  6. Good Morning Karen. So Sorry to hear about your Aunt. Prayers going out to you. What a nice photo of you and Tina. Glad to hear you had a good time. Love the pillow tuck. Have a wonderful day my Friend!

  7. Karen,
    I'm so glad you and Tina were able to meet. She is one of the sweetest people I know! Not to mention a very talented artist. Your Pinkeep is wonderful and so special since she made it especially for you. You are two pretty ladies and I enjoyed seeing the picture of you together. I'm sorry you weren't feeling well. I hope your back is better. Back pain is the worst! I'm thinking of you and your dear aunt. Lori

  8. Oh...I bet you girls had fun! Hope you will be feeling better soon.

  9. Good morning! How nice that the two of you got to meet for lunch! I admire Tina's work and love her Christmas book! The pillow tuck is so lovely, and a nice reminder of the day you had....

    So very sorry about your aunt, and I will pray for her.... I do hope she passes peacefully....

    My husband has back troubles, and even with surgery he still hurts.... I hope you get some relief soon.... I see how difficult it is to do just about anything.....

    Pretty flowers.... have a happy Thursday!

  10. Wow...that is great you got to meet Tina. The pinkeep is wonderful. Hope your back feels better soon.

  11. Glad you had a nice lunch with Tina. Hope your back stops hurting. I'm sorry about your aunt. It is so difficult when you know they don't have long to live. Keep encouraged Karen. Your flowers are beautiful.


  12. HI Karen, What a nice pic of you, both looks beautiful. The pinkeep is gorgeous. Hope you feel better soon.Prayers for your aunt. Hugs, Eve

  13. Oh Karen, you're a real trooper dealing with your pain and keeping on track with friends. You'll have more visits with Tina. I think you looked mahvelous in your photo :)
    My prayers for your Aunt a painless ending. She has lived a good long life.
    I love your flowers and need to get some myself soon. We're back to the cold nights again so we'll have to wait a little longer.

  14. Karen ~~
    You & Tina look Beautiful,so glad you got together. Love the Pin Tuck she made,
    hope your back is feeling better.
    Prayers for your Aunt and the Family.
    Wishing You a Happy Mother's Day.
    Blessings & Hugs ~~ Connie xox

  15. Hello Karen...I have been busy stitching all morning and just took a break to check on my blog...I wish you had told me about your back, (Hope that you are feeling better today!!)but I am so happy that we finally got to meet in person!!! I wanted to post something on my blog this morning also, but hubby has my camera today.

    Take care, and so, so sorry about your sweet little aunt. Hugs and prayers to you all, Tina

  16. Hi Karen,
    Sorry to hear about your back...I've had back problems for about 23 years now and it is no fun at all. I hope you get feeling better real soon.
    Isn't meeting blogging friends just the best!! I've been so blessed to have met seven of them now.
    Have a great weekend and a Happy Mother's Day.

  17. Hi Karen, So glad you and Tina were able to meet,how awesome!!! I love the pinkeep and your beautiful hanging basket. Have a great eve. So sorry about your aunt. Hugs, Lecia

  18. Blessings to you and your family at this time. I hope your Aunt isn't in pain. It sounds like so much fun to meet up with a blogging friends. The pillow tuck she made you is beautiful. Isn't it amazing what our bodies can endure when we want to do someting so badly. You are a trooper. -Steph-

  19. That's so cool that you got to meet! Love her book and can't wait for more.

    Hope you feel better soon :)


  20. Praying for your dear aunt, Karen..
    Love your gift and flowers..
    God bless..

  21. Sounds like you had a lovely lunch. Love the hanging pots. Hope you are feeling better, I know exactly what it's like to have a sore back. xx

  22. Hi Karen,
    Your picture doesn't show that you are hurting. You both look beautiful! You always take good pics. How nice and how exciting that Tina is living so close. I am an admirer of her work and her home and I love her book. I'm so glad you got to meet.

  23. Back pain is the worst, so glad you were able to make your visit!! Great gift you got!! Love your flower baskets!!

  24. Karen, you always look wonderful.

    So glad you got to meet a blogger friend. I don't know Tina but will check her out. The tuck she made you is really nice, and personalized. Wow!

    I love flowers, too, and yours are a beautiful mix of colors.

    I am praying that you will experience a special release of pain right now at 6:16 on Friday morning.

    Do feel better.


  25. I'm so sorry about your aunt. I hope she passes without pain.

    How fun to meet a fellow blogger. I'll have to check out Tina's book (and blog).

    The pill must have helped because I don't see pain on your face. Back pain can be awful: my husband called in sick today because he couldn't walk, drive or sit properly anymore, after unloading the dishwasher. I should have done it myself.


  26. Hi from up north Karen!!! That looks like so much fun meeting tina! I loved that book, so excited to hear she's working on another! Does that mean she sold that wonderful salt box they had?
    So hope you back get better fast! mines been giving me a bit of grief up here too... happy mothers day! OLM

  27. Love your flowers and such a blessing to meet up with friends!
    I love red too!!!

    Feathers in the nest

  28. I have been reading your blog for some time now. You truly have a knack for this sort of thing. I enjoy all your photos and LOVE KMPRIMITIVES!

  29. Hi Karen,
    How neat to meet Tina! I love her first book. Isn't it wonderful how folks meet through the blogs? Beautiful photos on your blog....

  30. Hope you had a great Mothers day! Praying for your aunt. So sad. And praying for you. I hate pain so I feel for you.

  31. Love that sweet pillow. I'll have to check out Tina's book. I tell my husband that books are my first love. ha!

    Hate that pain for you!

  32. nice post thanks for sharing...looking for to visit more...blessings

  33. How fun to meet up with Tina! You sure can't tell you were hurting, you two look beautiful! What an adorable tuck Tina "whipped up" for you. My goodness, wish I had the talent to just whip things up like that, lol!

    Beautiful flowers! They can sure dress up a porch, can't they?

    Have a wonderful weekend~

  34. I think that's a beautiful photo - of two gorgeous and talented ladies.... ;o) So glad you got to meet Tina - she looks like a doll. And, really - she made that pillow tuck "that morning"??? Yikes. What's wrong with me?! (Please don't answer - it was rhetorical....) ;o) Love your flowers....Sam's you say? Hmmmmm - wonder if ours has them - I'm having a dickens of a time finding any decent ones. All the greenhouses are telling me I'm too late. Hey! We could still get frost up here! (And luckily it's raining or tonight could be the night!) Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin


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