Monday, October 1, 2012

Super Sleuth Surprises.....

Hello girls, thanks for popping by for a visit.....

I want to tell you about a wonderful surprise that was waiting for me when I arrived home last Friday
I knew there was  a 'little something' winging it's way to my letter box.....

Have you ever had one of those moments when you are so completely overwhelmed by someones generosity that you are speechless?

Well, that's how I felt as I opened up the parcel.
I was gobsmacked and the tears started welling up I can tell you.

The wonderfully talented and generous Karen over at

has been putting her super sleuth skills to work and
keeping a secret dossier on me, hehe......

Check this out girls......

Yep, it's No.1 and our Tigger having a cuddle.....

How gorgeous is that?

The detail is amazing.....

Alot of hours have gone into this artwork.

Along with the actual painting, Karen has  personalised this portrait with embroidery and song lyrics.....

Beautiful, bright Zinnias on the left  a 'No. 1 ribbon' and a rooster and chickens.....

Song lyrics from the Doobies, she knows I love them....

"thanks for the joy that you're giving me
I want you to know I believe in your song 
Rhythm,rhyme and harmony
You've helped me along making me strong, 
Oh, give me the beat boys to soothe my soul, 
I wanna get lost in your rock and roll
and drift away"

Very appropriate....
Now I'm not sure when I posted the photo of Rich and Tig, but the likeness is amazing and apparently Karen has had this little project bubbling away in the background for some time.

I already own some of Karen's artwork....

Here's one gorgeous English Robin
along with Batman

And a lovable Gnome
 whose sentiments I will happily agree with..

"Be it ever so humble there's no place like home...."

This painting is now framed and hanging on the wall, where we can all admire it ....
Rich is just thrilled with it and Mr. SBL is pretty impressed too.
Karen and I stuck up a friendship through our blogs and she has been very supportive of Rich and his music. Over the past couple of years we have emailed, keeping up to date with what life has been dealing out.
 Without going into detail Karen has had alot 'on her plate' throughout this time and the strength she has shown has been amazing......

Still shaking my head in wonderment at her generosity and how blogging can bring you into contact with so many great people, that you would never 'meet' otherwise.

So Karen,


If you haven't visited  her blog before girls, take the link
and pop over for a visit and while you're there check out her etsy shop it's choc full of her fab makes.

As well as being talented with a paintbrush and needle and thread, she has a wicked sense of humour which will have you in stitches!!

This surprise has made my home coming all the more enjoyable and I'm looking forward to what the rest of the week has in store.....

Claire X
at home 


  1. *sniff*...well that's just turned me into snivvling wreck! :)
    Thank YOU for EVERYTHING!

  2. You have a true friend there! What an amazing, beautiful gift and so personal to you! Sounds like you have been a good support to each other! Worth coming home for! Ada :)

  3. THere is so much sensitivity in her work, I love the expression on your son's face, the cat is just a weeper,
    its gorgeous. Such an amazing and generous gift

  4. Wow, that's so beautiful - I feel a little tearful myself :) You're so lucky to have such a lovely, personal artwork - Welcome back BTW!
    Alison x

  5. That is an amazing piece of art! Heading over to that blog immediately!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  6. Absolutely stunning and what a talented lady. I was very much in awe of her brave strokes and know I could never be that brave. What a wonderful home-coming surprise.

  7. Incredibly beautiful. What a talented and generous lady (rather like you, come to think of it).

    I LOVE the "dinna ninna ninna" on the robin pillow. That's exactly how the theme music sounded.


  8. That is just where did I put the hankie.

  9. Yes Claire, I can understand exactly how gobsmacked you must be feeling. What an extraordinarily talented person Karen is, and a generous soul to boot.
    A beautiful surprise for your homecoming too :D)

  10. That is just amazing. How very beautiful. Just love it.

  11. Wow Claire, that is really beautiful, such a likeness, I can imagine how amazed you must feel, such a thoughtful and personal gift. Such a talented artist, very clever indeed. It's amazing what friendships can pop up through the humble art of blogging! Have a great day, Julie :)
    PS I really enjoyed all your NewYork posts, just didn't have much time to comment!

  12. Claire what a wonderful homecoming for you. The artwork is stunning and having met Rich, the likeness is incredible. Tigger looks especially handsome too.
    Anne xx

  13. Some people are just so talented and generous too! Love it!

  14. Oh Claire, that is beautiful. What a very sweet and talented and generous friend you have. Such an incredibly lovely thing to come home to.

  15. What a wonderful gift and quite the likeness!

  16. A beautiful gift and how wonderful that you met through your blogs like that! I already follow Mimilove and it was through her page that I found you!

  17. I would have welled up too; it's an amazing piece of artwork and so personal to you.


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