Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Different Kind of Tag Book...


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"May thy Birthdays be life's golden milestones"

Today was the birthday of one of my oldest friends. Let me rephrase that ~ she's not really my "oldest" friend, we've just been friends for a very LONG time. We've worked together, played together, laughed together, cried together, and have always been there for one another. She's that kind of friend.

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Together we've watched our children grow up and start their own lives and we've watched our parent(s) become ill and pass away. She is always putting me up on a pedestal and always there with a shoulder when I'm down for whatever reasons life has brought me. She's that kind of friend.

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She's old enough to be my mother, young enough at heart to keep me totally entertained. Crazy enough to make me laugh and wise enough to guide me and teach me. She's that kind of friend.

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We can tell each other anything and everything like..."Jodie, my birthday is coming up and I need some new earrings. Can you make me some more?" I just smiled and said "Sure...anything for you, friend." Then frantically last night (yes, I do tend to procrastinate & I work better under pressure ;)  I whip up these earrings and cards and will I wrap these for my special friend? Hmmm...they are too beautiful to wrap, how about I just punch a hole and tie them together for a different kind of tag book. If you've been visiting me here often, somehow I'm sure you know by now that I like to do things a little differently.

I have to say...she loved it  :) 

She's that kind of friend that just "gets me".

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I hope God has blessed you with a friend like that in your life. I am fortunate since He has blessed me with many...including you!


Debra@CommonGround said...

Jodie, these are wonderful. The earrings are gorgeous, but the tags just MAKE the presentation. What a dear friend you are, and are blessed to have!

Lori said...

Jodie, what a wonderful gift you made for your very special friend...that is so clever not to mention beautiful how you put together your earring cards...i know your friend was so touched by your kindness and her lovely gifts...

Anonymous said...

Oh what wonderful sights for the eyes on your blog. I am so glad for you to have a friend like that. My best friend is younger than I and still working. I am retired and older than dirt and miss her terrible. I could still be working at 71 but when they took my job 60 miles away into the city I decided not to go. She went. Now the work force is cut back so far she is overworked and over tired and can't even find time to spend with me. I still love her dearly. I can promise you your younger friend has learned much from you too.

Geralyn Gray said...

I love your tag book earring holder gift for your friend. She will love it!!!!! said...

Oh that is sooooo sweet and what beautiful ear rings.

After christmas for a switch will be great. I'll put it on my calendar.


trash talk said...

I am at a loss for words and you know that doesn't happen to me very often. This was just a beautiful post to read and I want to thank you first for sharing it. I hope I am included in the "yous" at the bottom because I would be honored to be.
Second, the earrings are wonderful, but it's the love you included that makes this gift stand out! You put so much thought into pleasing her. Your words put her on a pedestal too!
I am always amazed at your talent and creativity...especially from someone who doesn't use glitter!
P.S. That wasn't a riddle...just my lame attempt at being clever!

June said...

Jodie, I think that is is very lucky to have you as THIS kind of friend. These are just so beautiful.

Jessica Rodarte said...

The earrings and tags are breathtaking. To have a kind and generous friend like you, speaks volumes about her. I'm sure she is one in a million just like you.

Anonymous said...

SHAAA those are beautiful! Of coarse she luved them. Everything you touch is graceful and beautiful! Happy birthday Jodies friend!!! Big hugs


miss lynn said...

love. the earrings
are soooo pretty...
and everyone needs more
pretty! the tags are
so gor.geous!!! tell
us what you used, please!
happy day!

Patti's Artful Design said...

What a lovely post, Jodie. I am sure she loved the beautiful earrings, but this posting was the true gift.

Jane said...

I am positive that your friend would write the same about you!! Your earrings were beautiful and the tags.....I'n in awe...they were stunning. What a great idea to put them all together in a tag book. Thanks for sharing with use.

DeeDee said...

Awesome gift she is sure to love...Happy Birthday Jodie's Friend

zandra said...

You are a good friend and I know she would love anything you made her. She ask for a pair and you made her several. How sweet. It is great when we are bless with such a friend! I wish her many more! Hugz, Z

Tara said...

I'm sure the earrings will be loved and cherished! They are beautiful!

LiLi M. said...

Your words remember me of a teacher in high school, who told us that you really needed just one friend in life, one real friend. People might have a few hundred friends that are only 'hello'-sayers, but cherish this one real friend, he or she makes life!
I have 4 very special friends, one of them, my cousin, since she was born 14 days after me, one other since we were 3!
Happy birthday to your very special friend! You have made her some very special gifts that show her importance to you. So sweet!

Teacup Mosaics said...

Friendship is a true treasure I am happy that you both have each other. The tag book is a great idea and the earrings beautiful, I am trying to think how I would wear those wonderful tags from my ears too, they are sooooo pretty. You my dear, have the art of friendship!

Sandi said...

You constantly amaze me. I keep thinking I'm creating something good, but when I see something as wonderful and generous as this, I know I have a very long way to go. The cards are as beautiful, if not more, as the earrings. What a great gift for what sounds to me a great friend.

Your new friend
Impatient Cajun

Alison Gibbs said...

Jodie what a wonderful gift for your friend. I too have an older than me friend - about 15 years older and she sounds just like your friend. they are so special to us.

Pam @ Frippery said...

So creative as usual Jodie. I am sure she was thrilled with your gift! I have just started catching up with reading your blog. Blog time seems hard to find lately. I absolutely adored all the photos of your Texas trip. Wow! That is all I can say, wow! Did I say wow?! Looks like a lovely time. Hugs, Pam

A Fanciful Life said...

Oh my goodness. Just beautiful... exquisite cards and lovely earrings. What a clever idea!
Sharon :-)

Julie Pishny said...

My first visit to your blog brought lots of "I love that!" moments. What a great way to card up earrings - clever girl.... Thanks for sharing. xoxo Julie

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jodie,

What a lovely gift for your friend and what a beautiful friendship you must share with each other.
I love the sweet tags and the earrings.
Happy Birthday to your Friend and you have a wonderful Friday, my friend.


Robin Thomas said...

Awww, come on honey, let's me and you be that kind of friends. My birthday is in October........


Karen said...

That! is awesome.
I'm glad I'm a new "old" friend.

Hope Ellington said...

You are the best...that was so touching & heartfelt. I just love you!

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Cindy said...


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Angela Harris said...

There are so many of these beautiful tags on etsy. I can't wait to start seeing earrings sold on these tags. it's such a beautiful look! Brilliantly executed!
Thanks for the advice on life. Precious it is!

The Victorian Parlor said...


What a beautiful gift! I don't know which is more beautiful-the earrings, the cards, or your photography! You are so talented-I just love to see your work:).

Blessings dear friend,


Debby said...

Jodie, this is such a beautiful gift from the heart. You are a wonderful friend.


Becca said...

I Love it!!! I just started doing homemade tags for my knits, I bought 1000 blank manila tags from u-line, I guess you can say I'm ambitious :) They will never be as beautiful as yours!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

The thoughtfulness behind your gift and the lovely way in which you presented them is absolute perfection! :) Peace & blessings!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this I will try it out and see.