I met friends Amy and Jenny for dinner and a movie last week for a belated celebration of my late December birthday. We've done it for a few years now, and always have fun eating, catching up, and seeing whatever movie might be out at the time. This year we saw the movie Big Eyes (the link takes you to a video of director Tim Burton and stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz discussing making the movie). We all gave it a thumbs up. My very favorite part was after the movie was over, there is a photo of the real Margaret Keane, well into her 80's, with the actress portraying her, Amy Adams, (the third photo here) and she looks so very delighted and it says she still paints every day. That photo with those words made me tear up. Go Margaret!
Pardon the blurry phone photos, but I just had to share these two and their shenanigans. They thought they were soooo funny, arranging to have the dreaded birthday song sung post dinner. It took me by such surprise, I literally jumped. But not to worry, Jenny has a birthday soon...I'm thinking a singing telegram or something equally as obnoxious. ;)
Pretty girls up to no good!
They spoiled me with gifts and I truly love them all. Jenny gave me a necklace and her self published book (available on Amazon and her etsy) which is so sweet and good, and also wrapped beautifully- I love thoughtful packaging.
That above is where the AND charm fits in...
And Amy spoiled us both with Valentine presents:
I adore this necklace and keep trying to get her to make some of her one of a kind charms for sale. She's teaching these charms, chain links, connections (like how the arrow is attached above etc.) at Studio Crescendoh soon. I'm going to be there creating away. Seeing hers gives me endless ideas. Last time we had a play date, she was preparing for another upcoming class, and I got to make all sorts of fun charms and my own jump rings:
This time in class I plan to focus on making my own links and chains. But the list of my plan-to-make is ever growing...;) And I've seen some of the behind the scenes things she's been creating and kitting, and as always, she's planning to spoil the students...if you've ever taken one of her classes, you know what I mean. Fun, fun.
One of my birthday gifts from her was this Lemon Head man necklace. I love every bit of it, from the ring chain she made, the little inspire charm, the beautiful ruby and the Lemon Head man with the xo that she somehow placed on his chest!!! The Lemon Head charm has special meaning; once, when we were in France together she found one and I loved it so and even looked for one when in Paris over this past Christmas with no luck...so for her to have found one and made a necklace really surprised me and touched me both.
It was such a nice night and a good reminder that I need to remember to say yes on occasion when my natural tendancy is to want to say no and stay home. To participate, be it a night out with friends, a class, jumping in the photobooth, or trying a new creative venture...one can end up feeling both inspired and spoiled, happily.