The Gallery – Friendship & 10 Happy Arty Things

The Gallery


What a lovely topic for this week’s Gallery – Friendship! Lots of photos instantly popped into my head! But then I remembered that not everyone “likes” to be on the internet! So all those lovely photos of laughing and being together “are no good”.

Then I remembered this ring! A fabulous example of friendship! I took the photo today in the glorious sunshine.

We bought it when we were around 15/ 16 years old. Being at an international school, people always came and went. One of us had moved back to Austria and the other three had come to visit. On the spur of the moment, we bought 4 simple thin silver rings, one each. Our friendship rings! (Girls, was it at the jewellers in Purkersdorf?! Or was it in Vienna? I think it was Purkersdorf)

Out of the 4 friends, one of them is God Mother to Red Ted. One of them will be God Mother to Pip Squeak. The third, I sadly don’t speak to any more. I think we will be friends again one day, but it will take time. We shall see. I am so pleased to still have the other two in my life!

I know that Pip Squeak’s God Mother will see this straight away – she subscribes to the blog and I know that Red Ted’s God Mother will see sometime this week, as she regularly dips in and out. I suspect that Nr 3 MAY see it, as she does like to know what everyone is upto…

What I also want to say about this ring, is that about 8 years ago, we were burgled and pretty much all my jewellery was stolen – precious items with huge sentimental value. No idea why this ring remained. It was meant to be I guess!

I would also like to link this up with Jenny Matlock  X for Xenophile – “love foreigners” – to all my lovely “foreign” readers that are becoming my friends!

Other Gallery Posts:

Self Portrait by Red Ted

(My) Men

Enchanted Woods


7 Sins – Pride

Joy – Spring 

Ugly – These should be in a Tim Burton film 

Outside my front door 

 – Me 

Colour (Red Ted’s Bunny)

10 (arty) things that make me happy!

It is 2-for1 week again. This time I am combining The Gallery with a “Happy meme” (in the bloggy world, meme’s are “sharing games” that also help you connect in the bloggy world).  I am ashamed to say, that a while back (!) I received a “what makes me happy” meme from Jumbly Mummy, because she thought I could share 10 Arty things with you! What a lovely arty challenge! Sorry that it has taken SOOOO long to do this! Funnily enough, I also got tagged by Christine at Thinly Spread too… so now I can reply to you both!

The rules: mention & link who tagged you, write your stuff (10 happy things) and then tag another 10 bloggers.

1) I am simply chuffed to bits when Pip Squeak is crying, then sees her Penguins and starts smiling. Makes me all warm and fuzzy. What a cutie.

2) It makes me happy when someone says “I can’t” and then “does” – especially when it is art related.. many people THINK they can’t… but give it a go and surprise yourself!

3) I got a letter from one of the little girls on summer camp (where I did voluntary work), telling me about the scarf she knitted for her sister – having learned how to knit from me that year on camp! That made me feel all warm and fuzzy!

4) Seeing Red Ted get stuck in (see an example of my stART posts). Again and again and again. Or Red Ted shouting “mummy draw!” or “Red Ted do it” or “Rooooaaaar” with accompanying hand movements when he sees the outline for one of my lion paintings. Bless.

5) When my 3 Pop Art Teds raised £350 for Childline in their silent Auction – not only was that a great fundraising effort, but also someone lovely out there really appreciated my work.

6) When I stumble across a sculpture (e.g. Boy & Dolphin) or when somewhere like Tate Britain does someting “cool” like colour all it’s pillars in different colours! Or the giant plug in Soho.

7) When I see a really good photo that friends have taken (check out Barefoot in the Kitchen or Dieuwke)or when I am successful with one of my own photos! I quite like my ring above, as well as “Outside my front door” and “Ugly“! Especially since I have a “more or less” bog standard camera and don’t know how to edit my photos properly!

8 ) When I receive a testimonial from someone who bought a painting for their little one – especially if it includes a photo of them getting excited. So sweet!!!

9) When I start a craft project with Red Ted without really knowing exactly how I am going to do it and it turns out well! (see the chick or the footprint post)

10) When people are genuinely inspired by my crafts and have a go! AND then let me know – these lovely ladies made their own bunting!! How lovely! Ellie and Snaffles Mummy.

And I am tagging:

Sarah from Cocoboat @cocoboat

Jon from Just A Typical Dad @jon_stead

Jax from Mummys Little Monkey @jax2000

36 responses to this post.

  1. I love your Gallery photo and the story behind it – I hope your number three friend see’s it and it’s a catalyst for your make up x x


  2. Posted by Scuttlebutter on May 23, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Saw the ring and recognised what it was instantly. Good to read the story confirming it though. Did we not get the rings in Richmond though, before RedTed’s godparent went away to live in Austria?


    • Posted by Red Ted Art on May 23, 2010 at 7:26 pm

      🙂 yay! I knew you would see this 🙂 To be honest, my memory is rubbish!!!! So, it could well have been Richmond too… maybe Red Ted’s godmother can confirm!! You are probably right though!! Hugs to you! x


  3. Posted by Tienda de Piropos on May 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I had not realised until now that I was not subscribed to your blog. ooops.

    We bought the rings in Purkersdorf. I remember we even had to have them adjusted (at least my fingers were too thin). Think I wore mine up until the day of my wedding…


    • Posted by Red Ted Art on May 25, 2010 at 7:57 pm

      😉 that resolves the mystery!! Scuttlebutter, your memory (for once) is worse than mine! I knew you would read this this week though! 🙂 am wearing mine now… (thought the “occassion” deserved it) xx


  4. What a lovely take on the theme! It would be special to me!


  5. What a lovely “friendship” story – and I hope you and your third friend put aside your differences at some point, no matter who is to blame xx


  6. What a lovely story. :0)


  7. Posted by christinemosler on May 26, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Lovely friendship story! Your photo of the ring is fab, it looks great with your blog background! Thanks for doing the meme, what a fabulous take on it, lovely stuff…well done!


  8. What a great story x


  9. Lovely post 😉 I am sorry you don’t talk to one of your best friends, but am sure you will one day. I had the same with one of my best friends ( both of us very stubborn people ) and when Isabelle was born ( which she found out from our mutual friend), she called me (after not talking for almost 1,5 years) and we cried and since then our relationship has been even stronger than before 😉


  10. Love your post and how you interpreted the prompt.


  11. What a lovely story and how nice you are all still in touch, I have everything crossed that number 3 comes round asap.
    Beautiful photo


  12. Love this interpretation of the prompt, I hope maybe someday you can get your friendship back with the third friend:) Jen.


  13. What a lovely post and picture. Very thoughtful of you. I hope friend 3 reads this and contacts you *crosses fingers*


  14. Drat, forgot to click on notify me of follow up comments button so now I have to comment again. *blushes*


    • Posted by Red Ted Art on May 26, 2010 at 7:54 pm

      Ah bless! thanks for coming back for replies!!! 🙂 Yes… we shall see. Maybe the other two can do some intermediations! She knows that the ball is well and truely in her court!!


  15. What a great story!


  16. What a lovely story. I hope you and #3 can sort things out one day. It’s great that you still have those two close friends though 😀


  17. I love the picture and the story! Two of our very good friends, one a Chilean another Austrian/Lebanese met at the International School in Austria and love live in London. Did you know a Paula Riobo or Hani Rizkallah?

    Maria x


  18. What a great story…thanks for sharing.


  19. Hello! Fancy seeing you at Alphabe! Great recycling! I love it when I can do that!


  20. What a charming story for our stop here on Alphabe-Thursday’s letter “X”!

    I like how you used this letter.

    And I love hearing about your friendships!

    You seem well blessed!

    And so are we to have you linking up to this meme. You really help to make it Xceptional!



    • Posted by Red Ted Art on July 2, 2010 at 6:48 pm

      Phew! Glad you approve!! I sometimes worry that people don’t like it when I “double up” posts, but I thought it really worked and I really wanted to use Xenophile!!! 🙂 xx


  21. smart take and have fun!


  22. I concur! Delightfully posted…and wonderfully welcoming for all those who are not within our borders 🙂
    A giant circle of bloggers! Very nice indeed….


  23. Great way to work X into your post! I love my bloggie friends!


  24. Posted by soulintention: signed .............bkm on July 3, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Very nice way to blend friendship into the X post —well done….bkm


  25. Posted by H on July 6, 2010 at 7:02 am

    It’s always sad to hear of friends who have split; especially if there is bad feeling.


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