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Thursday, August 5, 2010

My Friend M.E.

Today I thought I would share with you the sweet artist that painted my headboard picture. Mary Ellen Shipnes was a dear friend of mine and a gifted artist.
To all her friends and family she insisted in being simply called M.E.
Meeting M.E. changed my life forever.
She opened my eyes to all the beauty surrounding us in everyday life. After knowing her I always looked at everything in color. No more black and white in my life.
Her home here in the country was definitely M.E.  Every room was painted in bright colors and just like most of her paintings.
This painting of hers hung in the dining area notice the bright wall.
The Mermaid above this was a chandelier that hung in a sun room off of the kitchen.

This was the side door leading into her beautiful kitchen.
These flowers were always my favorite. Her gardens were as colorful as her home.

Here is M.E. wearing her favorite colors.

The reason I wanted you to meet M.E. beside the fact that I loved her dearly but she introduced in to the world of Mola's.  My giveaway tomorrow is one of the Mola's that she and I picked out together and I know that M.E. would want one of you to have it.  If she were here with us today she would be thanking all of you herself for the kindness that you have shown her friend Maggie.
Mola's are handmade by the Kuna Indians in Panama.
The fabric panels are most popularly used as wall hangings, eye catching pillows, skirts, men's shorts and hair bands. Like M.E. just use your colorful imagination in using yours.
Be sure and enter to win one of these Mola's the giveaway ends tomorrow.
Just click on the Mola on my sidebar and it will take you to the post to enter the giveaway.
Also while your clicking on giveaways on the side bar be sure and check out all the others I have of my friends that are having their giveaways. I just added Susan's last night from Art of Mine. This is her first giveaway and I can not tell you how excited Susan is about this giveaway. So be sure and go by and pay her a visit.
Before I go I wanted to also show you a few things I have gotten from my lovely friends out here who wanted to send me some get well wishes.
Lisa at The Davis Dialogues made this for me. I carry it everywhere I go in my purse. Isn't it just the cutest little bag you have ever seen. Thank you honey for sending me this I love it.
Marydon the sweetie from Blushing Rose sent me this lovely tea cup and special tea bags with some beautiful sachets. Now who can not get well sippping tea out of this pretty set and thinking of all of you.
Thanks Marydon for thinking of me. I really love my gift.

I have to tell all of you how sorry I am for being so behind in my visit's to your sites. I hope in the near future I can get back to blogging the way I use to. This past week after my two procedures I have been sick not sure if they left one of their camera's in me or what they did but besides the pain in my neck and back I don't feel like Maggie. Strange Ms. Pearl has not come out in a while. Maybe she is to afraid to since Maggie does not feel good. lol
Dan sent me his email for tweaking my kitchen and I will have to share that with soon. He is such a sweetheart.
Also how can I ever thank all of you for your response to my son's letter about our darling Kaci. Your kindness and understanding has truly meant the world to me.
Some of you have left comments about me writing something funny. I promise I will do my best to get over whatever it is I have caught and get back to Ms. Pearl or someone soon.
As always
Love to All,


Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Please don't leave a comment to enter my contest on this post. All entries will be taken off of the Giveaway post.
Thanks and I appreciate all of you

Mumsy said...

What a lovely lady M.E. was. Thank you, for sharing her lovely gift of art.

Sure sorry to hear that you are not feeling yourself and I sure hope that you will be back to sweet Maggie or Ms. Pearl very soon. I love them both. :)

You and your family are always in my prayers. Love and hugs!

Karen Whittal said...

It is a gift from God, that these special angels are sent to be in our lives....... I have a few amazing friends, without whom my live would never have been so rich...... I think it is a case of birds of a feather flock together?? Keep well my friend

Marilyn said...

Isn't it amazing how bloggers reach out to each other in their own ways??? I always knew there was a reason that I do it!
p.s. You asked me about the old post where I had pics of my retro kitchen. I deleted all the old posts but I am going to do another kitchen post soon......

Diane at Crafty Passions said...

Some people are special !
I hope your feeling better soon, you have been through so much.
Thinking of you

Nezzy said...

What a beautifully colorful person M.E. is , thank you so much for the introduction.

You just take care of yourself sweetie, don't ya worry about makin' us first then ya can bring on the humor.

God bless ya and have a terrific day!!!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

M.E. was beautiful. What a truly gorgeous and talented lady. I love her colorful artwork, particularly the garden flowers. I think that you kind of remind me of M.E. too, Maggie! You probably had a lot in common with her.

I hope that you feel better very soon. I think about you often and how your life abruptly had to change due to your injury. What I find amazing is your delightful attitude and perspectives. Surely, it's not just the drugs!

I pray you feel better very soon, and I also pray that if I am ever in a situation like you have found yourself, that I can cope with the situation as bravely and with as much personality as you have!

stefanie said...

what a sweetie!!! I hope you are feeling better, cause it sucks not feeling well!!!

sissie said...

Hi Maggie,
Ms. M.E. sounds like a very special lady. I'm glad that she inspired you so much. We all need friends like that.

I love your sweet gifts. I think about you often and pray for your recovery. We miss your funny stories.


Sharon said...

Prayers for you again today.
I hope that you are feeling better.
I enjoyed reading about M.E. she is a very talented lady.

Debby said...

I was getting worried as I hadn't seen a post from you. Sorry the tests stirred things up. I hope that passes and you get back to where you were before the tests. M.E. looks and sounds like she was a special person. I bet you miss her. Continue to improve. ((((HUGS))))

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Maggie,

What a special and beautiful Lady ME is and love all the bright colour. Thank you for sharing this special person with us.
I really hope that you will feel better soon, and back to your Ms Pearl again!
Many thanks for visiting me and your kind words.

Happy weekend and look after yourself.

someplace in thyme said...

Bloggers are the best. M.E. is quite a talent, beautiful colors and patterns. Feel better soon, Char

Shelly said...


Ackk! I have been MIA in blogland....busy, busy! No excuse I know!

I thought of you yesterday when I met a Blogger friend, Debi for the first time. We were in Mt Vernon, Washington state not the OTHER one! And I saw souvenirs in there from Texas??? Whatta? I even bought a fun shoe pin cushion,,,that just said "I'm HAPPY! Buy me!"

I love this post about your friend M.E.! She seems like she was a delight! (Just like YOU!)

LOL,,,I didn't shut my music off so Im' getting a "remix" at the moment of Andre' and Lady Gaga! Love 'em both!

Love YOU more! Hugs and Pieces,

Auntie Cake said...

Hello Grandma Yellow Hair!
I finally got my computer fixed, I know, it was two whole months. Way too long...

I hope you are all healed from that nasty fall and not suffering from any ill effects anymore. And how is that lovely ranch that you are in charge of?

I will have to catch up sometime, I can seem to get an idea for a post of my own. Nothing exciting happening here, that's good!

Beedeebabee said...

Hi Maggie! Thank you so much for your sweet visit! I've been so busy, and very bad with my bloggy visits lately, and I've missed out on sooo much!... Gosh, I so hope you're feeling better, and back to your old self again real soon...I enjoyed reading about your lovely friend M.E. Her artwork is so wonderful...I love that kitchen door! The gifts from your friends are so, so sweet too! Keeping you in my thoughts, dear friend...feel better! Sending lots of hugs, Paulette xoxo

Cherrie said...

Give yourself a few days! Then you will be good as new!

Marydon said...

G'eve, sweetie ~ So glad to see it all arrived intact. You needed a perk me up ... & deserve all the pretties you receive.

You will never know the joy, laughter & fun you bring to our lives, as does Miss Pearl.

Take good care, think of me ... with each cup of tea.

Love you, my friend. ~ Marydon

Always Nesting said...

I hope you get to feeling better soon. If you cough and out come pictures, well, I think you know your camera is still working fine. However, if you have to potty (#2) and the toilet lights up from the flash continually going off, then you know the camera might be a bit "behind" in its ability to "eliminate" the "crappy" photos still "floating around" inside. :)

Annesphamily said...

M.E. is a wonderful lady. Thanks for sharing her tonight. Feel better soon and thanks for sharing with us. Hugs Anne

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Maggie! It's so nice to 'meet' you. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a's always such a pleasure meeting others. Your friend M.E. sounds like she was a wonderful person...and talented to boot! She certainly wasn't afraid of colors and I think that says a lot about a person. I'm sorry to learn that you haven't been feeling well...I hope things are looking up and you're back to your usual self in no time. Have a wonderful Friday...take care. Maura :)

Arkansas Patti said...

What a lovely and talented person M.E. was. You were lucky to have her in your life and now have her in your memory.
I hate that you have taken a backslide. I'm sure they cranked you around a bit with those proceedures. Do hope you let the docs know how your are feeling get yourself checked out. Be well lady.

Shirley said...

Hi Maggie, I love M E's bright colors. She is so talented. As for you my friend, I keep praying that you get to feeling better. I have to run got to go to work. Take care. Your Missouri Friend.

Beth at Aunties said...


What a delight person M E is and I think we can all take a page from her book and look at life through more color.
I have been so out of it and want to send you a huge love and tender hug with wishes for a complete recovery. We want the Miss Pearl back feeling great!

With so much happening in our lives I have been a slacker in keeping up with my dear cyber friends and I was touched and saddened going back and seeing what you have been up to. Oh my word!
Kaci touched my heart deeply! What a wonderful, brave and strong child. This disease has also hit our family and my cute niece who we helped raise. Her own daughter was diagnosed at age 5. She is 7 now and the oldest of 4 little ones. She is the oldest flower girl standing by my sister at her grandma's wedding. The post is on my blog right now. It is incredible what these little ones go through and how BRAVE they become and teach us so much.
BIG KUDOS to Kaci. I hoped raised lots of money for the cure. Parker is now on a pump and is trying to get stablized.
Please continue to get better so you can be back on top again! I laughed out loud when I saw the cartoon.

sjmcdowell said...

My Dear Friend Maggie,

You are such a dear lady and great friend.
I am so blessed to have you in my life.
I think of you daily and pray for you always.

I love the story about ME she sounded like a remarkable lady and you were blessed to know
her and she you!!!

I will talk to you soon!!!

Love and hugs,


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a lovely tribute to your dear friend! And no wonder you were friends, sounds like it was quite mutual!
Sorry you are not yourself. I said a little prayer for you.

yaya said...

I admire artists so much and just wish I had the vision to see color in everyday life like they do!Your friend M.E. certainly did.. I often think there's an artist deep inside me and someday it's gonna leap out! Hope you're feeling up to par soon. Don't worry about writing anything funny or witty now..I don't know if it's possible to read a twinkle in one's eye, but I think I can feel the one you must always have in yours...even when you don't feel good. Have a better feeling weekend!

artangel said...

I love that you felt M.E. "opened my eyes to all the beauty surrounding us in everyday life". What a wonderful gift to have given as well as to receive! I think the sign of a true artist is that they can make us see things differently and appreciate the beauty all around us.

debbie said...


Jennifer Richardson said...

Look at all I've missed out on!!! Catching up with my visits, too, and sending you huge heartfelt HOPE that you'll feel the tender love that surrounds you with every particle of your lovely heart. Sad or upbeat, funny or quiet, feeling very un-Maggie or altogether're still very much loved and cherished and "gotten". Sending prayers for healing and happy surprises your way.