Saturday, January 12, 2013

Memories & Thanks Blog Hop

My friend and I have much in common, as well as, many fundamental differences.  We can talk for hours on end, or sit quietly together & say nothing at all.  I found this lovely poem before the holidays that kind of summarizes how I feel about my friend, Yvonne.  I could not have said it better myself.

A Friend's Greeting

"I'd like to be the sort of friend
     that you have been to me;
I'd like to be the help that you've been
     always glad to be;
I'd like to mean as much to you
     each minute of the day
As you have meant, old friend of mine,
     to me along the way.

I'd like to do the big things
     and the splendid things for you,
To brush the gray out of your skies
     and leave them only blue;
I'd like to say the kindly things
     that I so oft have heard,
And feel that I could rouse your soul
     the way that mine you've stirred.

I'd like to give back the joy
     that you have given me,
Yet that were wishing you a need
     I hope will never be;
I'd like to make you feel
     as rich as I, who travel on
Undaunted in the darkest hours
     with you to lean upon.

I'm wishing at this Christmas time
     that I could but repay
A portion of the gladness
     that you've strewn along the way;
And could I have one wish this year,
     this only would it be:
I'd like to be the sort of friend
     that you have been to me."

from Collected Verse of Edgar Guest
NY:Buccaneer Books, 1976, pg. 16

Here is the necklace that I created with her in mind.  Yes, she likes purple...a lot.  *smile*  That is why I chose the amethyst focal and nugget beads for this project.  Even the glass spacers are purple. This no-frills design perfectly suits her personality. She has no need for fancy trimmings or excessive glitz & glam. She shines in her own right.

Amethyst Focal Bead

Button Loop Clasp

Thank you, Yvonne, for being my friend.

To read more about the inspiration for this blog hop, click here.  Please take time to check out the designs of some of the other participants by visiting the link below.


  1. I love the combination of purple and gold in this piece - and you're right, it is simple and elegant.

  2. Bonnie, this is such a lovely post: a great thank for a good friend and a beautiful piece! Yes, no-frills is elegant and perfect - love it :)

  3. Great job on your necklace. I liked the poem. It does express the sentiment very well.

  4. Wonderful tribute to your friend...lovely necklace

  5. Bonnie, love the poem. You sound like a wonderful friend to me! I really adore amethyst in all of it's forms. I love this necklace in it's simplicity is strength and elegance!

  6. My tastes are very much like Yvonne's, and I would LOVE this long necklace. Perfect for us minimalists. The poem is so beautiful - I've copied it and am passing it on to my best friend, Carol (who is definitely a glitz and glam girl!)

  7. Beautiful poem! What a lovely way to thank your dear friend. Thank you for sharing! Enjoy the day! Erin

  8. What a delight to have such a dear friend. Using the amethyst since she loves purple was an excellent way to go. The golden button clasp is another beautiful choice. Enjoy the hop.
    Terri G.

  9. Beautiful necklace, I love the clasp. Thank you for posting that poem, it is perfect.

  10. Simple and elegant. Loved your post!
    Peace and Love~

  11. It is wonderful to have such a friendship, which I am sure has and will endure for many years to come. The necklace is elegantly simple and just how I would envision it for such a true friend.

  12. I like your choice of a one of a kind amethyst focal bead for a one of a kind friend.

  13. Your amethyst necklace is lovely! Thanks for sharing the beautiful poem!

  14. Thank you so much for sharing the poem. It perfectly sums up some of my friendships. And the necklace is lovely. It is so something that I would wear.

  15. I love the poem and your no frills necklace is gorgeous.

  16. I very lovely necklace .
    m.e. :)

  17. everything about this wonderful tribute to your dear friend Yvonne is very very beautiful. xox jean

  18. Lovely necklace; lovely tribute to a good friend. I also am blessed to have a friend like this in my life...and I never, ever take her for granted!

  19. Beautiful tribute, necklace, and poem for your wonderful friend!

  20. I LOVE the poem. A beautiful, elegant necklace for a wonderful friend. Thanks for sharing.

  21. What a wonderful way to honor you friend. Purple is one of my favorite colors as well.

  22. A Gorgeous necklace!! Purple is my favorite color as well! You did a beautiful job of honoring your friend! I loved the poem. Thank you for sharing it!

  23. Such a lovely way to pay tribute to your friendship!

  24. I love the poem you shared - thank you for posting it. Your necklace is beautiful, and a wonderful expression of thanks to an amazing friend.

  25. Love the richness of the colours and you clearly know what your friend likes best, a lovely tribute

  26. A gorgeous necklace, and an excellent tribute to your friend - what a nice way to say 'thank you' :)

  27. Oh, love! I'm sure she cherishes it, as well as your friendship :)

  28. Very pretty necklace for such a lucky friend.


  29. Very nice, I love amythist too! It's beautiful how you put beads in between and the clasp is nice!

  30. Isn't it nice our differences can be such a complement to each other? I love the necklace as amethyst is my 2nd favorite stone (it's my sister's birth stone) my favorite being *my* birth stone (garnet). What a lovely friendship you two must have.

  31. I found this through the blog hop - amethyst is my favorite for malas as well - there's something so calming - it helps me focus and reminds me of the purple of dawn and new beginnings :)

  32. Lovely necklace! Who wouldn't love an elegant purple necklace!

  33. What a beautiful necklace for your friend. That clasp is gorgeous!

  34. Love the stones and its simple elegance!

  35. You created a perfect necklace for a dear friend. I have such a friend, too, and your story and necklace made me think of her just now! She's always in my thoughts even though we have moved miles apart. She's like your friend, doesn't need glitz and glamour to be the beautiful person she is, so I just love your necklace! It shines in it's own special way for a very special lady! Thanks for sharing and thank you for your kind comments on my jewelry. Sorry so late in hopping, but we have a senior daughter who is playing basketball and boy have we been in the road! Fun times for us right now! Have a great week and best of luck to you in the 7th BSBP and your online business! :)