Friday, May 14, 2010

Very Sweet Surprises


A lovely gift was given to me for Mother’s Day! My dear friend – no, more like big sister – Miss Jean presented me this adorable little painting that she had made specifically for me. Do you recognize the sweet pair on the bench? It is none other than Mr. Duhgall Piper and Miss Fiona Jordyn. **gasp!** Look at that little red roofed cottage, the yellow butterflies, shamrocks and the mail box!!!! I believe my Scotties are dressed in their Sunday finery, too!

Did I cry when I opened it?

Why yes, yes I did!

I will have you know that Jean has had this up her sleeve for two months and not a hint was given that she was up to no good! *snickers*

She is a good keeper of secrets!!

P1010015a Do any of you recognize the artwork? I know that many of you do as it is that of the creative genius, Diane Duda.

Diane has a lovely blog and also sells her charming paintings on ETSY (you can click HERE to take you to her ETSY shop). You can read about this painting on her blog, too.

Diane, you are brilliant!


Thank you, Jean – and thank you Diane!

A treasure for a lifetime!! Duhgall and Fiona love it, too. Of course, they had to sniff it and check it out. They gave their lick of approval.


This beautiful bouquet of tulips were left on my front steps on Mother’s Day. We had come home from having brunch at Jean and Mr. In The Garden’s home and was surprised to see this little bundle sitting there. No card and no idea where they came from.

Lovely buttery yellow tulips…..who brought you here?

Thank you……………whoever you are………..

Many of you were on my mind on Mother’s Day. I just want you to know that many of us are walking the same walk and my heart is with each of you. You know who you are……just know that I love you and we are breathing now for our children. Our babies….always and forever our babies they will be.


The weekend is here! This week sure flew right on by for me. Did it for you, too?

I’ll share the guest room transformation with y’all soon.

Till the next post, be sweet and be blessed!


....Post script.....Oh dear.....I am so blind without my glasses and deleted 12 sweet comments tonight. I am so sorry girls! Know I love each of you and thank you for your prayers sent my way last Sunday! LeAnn, Becky, Liz, Nancy, Denise....just to name a you!!


BrendaS said...

What a sweet sweet picture. So very thoughtful of your "big" sister. I'm sure your babies thought they were pretty special too.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss Jean said...

I'm so glad you love it! I hope it's something you will treasure for years to come. I treasure our friendship, sis!

Brenda said...

What beautiful friends! I love the painting-so sweet!

Happy Mother's Day to you!

Sinta Renee said...

Tresures, not only the sweet little painting but the flowers, the thoughts and the love! Beautiful post!

fiberdoodles said...

The picture is just cute, cute, CUTE! What a precious new treasure and one I know you will enjoy forever. Aren't friends just the greatest!.....

Enjoy your day :0)

Susan Freeman said...

Adorable painting of Duhgall and Fiona and a lovely surprise as well!! Have a great weekend!

Susan and Bentley

Anonymous said...

As cute as the painting is... it brought tears to my eyes. How completely giving of her to send this to you.

Love it!

Linda said...

How darling and a very sweet thoughtful gift.. that Miss Jean! Of course the puppies are especially dapper in their spring finery. Compliments to Diane Duda. A cheery part of my day...thanks.

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

That Miss Jean is sure a sweetheart, isn't she? What a cute painting.

And beautiful tulips.

Hope you had a fantastic Mother's Day.


Julie said...

I love it. Oh too sweet. That is indeed a treasure of the heart from a dear friend to another dear friend....One that I can tell putso much thought into it. NO wonder you cried... Beautiful art.Thanks for sharing the story. Hugs...

WinnibriggsHouse said...

What lovely surprises and what great friends.
Have a good weekend.

Judy said...

Oh! So beautiful!

And I am so glad to know that flowers can be delivered from Heaven.

Linda said...

What a wonderful friend, and what a sweet picture! You are very blessed. Love your blog!

Lululiz said...

The painting is just too cute for words, what a wonderful present.

ScrapsofMe said...

That's adorable. I can't wait to see how cleverly you display it.

Pam and Bonnie the wee Scottie

addie373 said...

Oh Becky!

How sweet! The painting is adorable. And what a sweet and thoughtful friend (Big Sister) you have in Miss Jean.
So much love and thought was put in this painting down to the smallest details. The yellow butterfly, Wow, I remember your post about the yellow butterfly. And the red roof cottage... Miss Jean know's what's in your heart. Beautiful! post Becky.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Donna said...

I love the painting! It is so cute and depicts your babies so well!
I had a sad Mother's Day missing my sweet Amber but she will forever be in my heart!
Blessings & Hugs,

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Jean is a sweetheart! That painting is so adorable and I know it will be just perfect in your Sweet Cottage!


What a nice surprise and so so sweet of her (;

Elsie said...

OMG!!! Becky,I love that painting.
It is wonderful and looks just like
two little pups we all have grown
to know and love. What did they
think about their painting. What
I really want to know is when did
they go for a sitting and you never
knew it.hummm!!! She did a wonderful job portraying them. I
learned of her work through Tina.
I love her work,she is truly a
talented lady. I am so glad your
day went well,I thought of you all
day Sunday.:O)

jane and the happy crow said...

What a lovely surprise for you, such a sweet little gift. Jane xx

Mimi Sue said...

Adorable picture! Looks just like them. Beautiful tulips too. Glad you had a great mother's day. Mimi

trish said...

Oh Becky. What a special gift! And how perfect - Miss Fiona and Mr. Duggall look adorable on the bench. :o)
Have a wonderful weekend.
Sincerely ~ Tricia

Patina said...

So...cute Becky, what a sweet friend.
What a fun surprise to find on you front steps, tulips!!!

Vee said...

Now what a sweet gift! Such thought involved and so very personal to you. Wonderful!

Molly the Airedale said...

What an ADORABLE painting and the tulips are just lovely! Such thoughtful friends you have!

Deborah said...

Your blog made me smile with delight when I saw that you are a scottie-lover!
Me too!
We have 2 scotties, a westie, and at the moment we have 3 scottie puppies!
Yours are soooooooo cute!
Please come and visit me at
I have 3 blogs now!
Ive been blogging since January and I love it!!
Im following you..and my name under my photo is purehunnybee

Come and see me and my dogs!

Diane Duda said...

I wish I had you around to photograph all of my artwork. You make it look better than I do.
I'm so happy that you like it. Miss Jean said you would. :)
It was a pleasure to create.


Joanne Kennedy said...

That is such a darling painting. I would have teared up too. What a dear friend you have.

I was just at TJ Maxx today and I thought of you! They have these darling little plates with dogs that look like your dogs on them. They are so cute. Do you have a TJ Maxx near you? If not, I would be happy to go get them for you.


Anonymous said...

Sweet little picture! What a thoughtful and wonderful friend Jean is. You are blessed!

Neighbor to Becky Up the Hill

Kathleen Grace said...

What a perfectly darling painting! So thoughtful of your dear friend. Thinking of you.

Kathy said...

absolutely gorgeous! Rachael:)

Jocelyn said...

Such an adorable picture. What a very sweet gift. Enjoy your weekend!


MomWaldsPlace said...

Delightful! Thank you for sharing the love with us.

Anonymous said...

Oh, the most precious little painting - and it's just for you! Look at those precious little fuzzy faces! LOL I love this stuff!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

ChaChaneen said...

Oh my stars that is sooo darling! Simply the best in thoughtfulness of Miss Jean! That sounds like something she would do!

Esther Sunday said...

Soooo super sweet!!!! That Jean is one precious critter.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How sweet! I love her art and this is really special! ♥

Elyse said...

hi becky,

that gift was so sweet and thoughtful, i could cry. the painting is completely adorable!



Sandy said...

Doing a little Sunday morning blog surfing. Great way to spend a quite day. What a lovely gift, and such a great friend.

Brenda said...

What a great picture and such a thoughtful gift from Miis Jean.I sure you will treasure it always.

The Green Pea said...

Becky, Sister Jean is a loyal friend.
She knows your heart. The sweet picture has all of the wonderful things near and dear to you. It is so thoughtful and shows her love for you. Be Blessed, sandi

Imagery by Kimberly said...

oooooooooooooh..... how special and perfect your painting from talented Diane is! Love it! Sweet Sweet Jean!!! What a love - and Miss Becky you are SO deserving. You give all of us so much - your heart is as huge as the universe. We all love you to pieces.

What a heartwarming post.

I love you Beckers,

Lallee said...

That painting is sooooo adorable!!!! Bless Miss Jean's sweet, sweet heart. Diane did such a beautiful job. Tears as soon as I saw the yellow butterfly. I know this will be a real treasure to you, Becky. Bless the heart of the tulip bringer too.