Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Seawashed Gift On My Shore

 The Artist: Calm, Pacific, Seawashed.

I read every one of your comments of comfort following the blaze that destroyed my unfinished home and the death of my marriage.  I learn I am not alone in this sort of loss...many of you shared how you made it through the same heartbreak.  

Your heartfelt sentiments will help me heal.  My gratitude is...boundless.

Whenever I get "too much" in my eyes from staying online, I turn to my friend and fellow blogger Kerrie Sanderson's Seawashed.  Her natural materials and palette reflect the beauty of the Pacific.  But the lovely thing is you really feel serenity, calm, patience...a baptism by the eternal sea and all it can teach.

This is something I knew years ago, and though the Atlantic is a 15 minute drive away I never make the time to get there more than 2 – 3 times a summer.

Her reply to my letter of thanks was:

" I hope it brings you some calm in the midst of the debris you are wading through from the storm."

Visit Kerrie at her Etsy and Facebook to experience the art resulting from her meditations with the sea.

Until next time, stay shabby!

Sharing with:

White Wednesday at Faded Charm

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants

Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine's Corner

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of scars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

                                                                                      W.H. Davies

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Susan said...

I'm a fairly new follower to Kerrie's blog(s), but I feel like I've gotten to know her in the past few months, and she seems like such a sweetheart. I am glad that the blogging community is rallying around you, it sounds like you can use all the thoughts and prayers that we can offer you.

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

What a lovely post! Kerrie has such a serene & beautiful blog. Happy to hear that the blogosphere has helped you to heal during this difficult time. :) You are both such wonderful people - it's been a pleasure getting to know the both of you through blogging within the last few months. :)

Many hugs from here,

NanaDiana said...

I absolutely ADORE Kerrie. She is a sea of calm in the midst of life's storms. Although I am sure that she has her own share of storms in her life..she rises above them and projects an aura of sweet peace to all that visit her. I am so glad she blessed you. Love to you, sweet Sandy- xo Diana

High Heeled Life said...

Just read your post of Jan. 8th... I wish I find the words to help you.. but I don't think there are any that could even begin to chip at the emotional detour life is taking you on.

Know that all we go through (especially the really hard and crappy stuff)is part of HIS big plan. I tell myself this each time I find myself longing the life and the me I was pre-accident. Sometimes it helps, I hope it helps you along the detour. peace and blessings..xo HHL

Debby said...

What a beautiful blog. Such peaceful art work. Hoping you have a little peace in your heart. Thinking of you.


Oh Sandy,

I have been out of touch for a while trying to do my own "stuff" at my house. I'm so sorry about your troubles. It breaks my heart, but as they say, when God closes a door, he opens a window. I'm sure this will be the case for you my sweet friend.

I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Hugs across the miles,

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Your kind words bring tears to my eyes. Your brokenness is near me because I too have known brokeness. I have needed the calm as much as anyone else, for I have been in my own storms and heartbreak. I have learned that I am not alone, that we are fragile and that we need to be gentle with one another. ox

Rhonda said...

What a sweet post, Sandy. Make each day count and move forwar. Keep your head up and while you are moving ahead with your new life, I know you will find the beauty in each day.

Kerrie's blog is beautiful, thank you for sharing with us.
Sending a warm hug, Rhonda

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Enjoyed your post--what a sweet gift. It is a true blessing to have true friends. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers--from one Sandy to another

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

The nice thing is that you know you are not alone, that most everyone has had periods of sadness and struggle. It is inspiring to find peace and calm where ever you can and the ocean is a healer for sure.

Ginger said...

Sandy, I am so sorry for your pain. I have also been through divorce and know all the lost, empty feelings, but there is happiness on the other side of this present pain which will show itself little by little. You will find that happiness and it is my prayer you will have an even more magical life to come. Stay strong, you have so many friends out here.

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Oh Sandy, I did not know that you hadn't been to my Sea Cottage blog. It is my home original blog of five years. So glad you found me. ox

Posy and Co. said...

I have thought of you so often over the past month or so. To know that you have a circle of loving, strong, compassionate women walking with you arm in arm through this troublesome time, is reassuring. Happy thoughts to you and Kerrie. Much love, Lisa

à la parisienne said...


What a wonderful name for a blog and a beautiful concept. Thank yuou for sharing, and I do hope that you have found some peace over the last couple of weeks.

Take care,

A Cottage Muse said...

Kerrie is so thoughtful and am glad to know her kindness brought you a bit of happiness!

Cindy said...

Awwwwww, Kerrie is such a sweetie, she's wonderful and everything she makes has magic in it... what a sweet gift, can you feel the energy from your gift?


Heaven's Walk said...

Hey Sandy - Leave it to sweet Kerrie to lift you up with her seawashed love. ♥ She is such a dearheart and is always there with a warm embrace with her words and art. She is a true blessing to the blogging community. Know that we are all here for you....and are keeping you in our prayers.

xoxo laurie

Nina i Paradiset said...

It's the trouble and the adversity that makes you strong, and the only way when you reach the bottom, is up....
I was married earlier, but I ended it before we lost our house. Money was like drug....
When everything was dark, I met my new boyfriend, became happy with myself and made most of my dreams for real.
Think nice thoughts, and be good to the once you love, and everything will be good. Much better the you hoped for.

Kjærlig hilsen Nina,-on the other side of the Atlantic.

Katherines Corner said...

What a beautiful expression of her friendship. I have been a follower of her blog for a while now. She lives my dream ( a cottage by the sea).
Thinking of you sweet soul and sending lots of hugs!!! xo

Dreams Come True said...

lovely pictures of lovely things on your blog! thanks for hosting

Linda said...

Hello Sandy,
Thinking of you and sending up prayers. I have every faith that you will be just fine in time. Wishing you beautiful thoughts..
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

Cat & Cricket said...

Sandy,,, you don't know how much your post touched me... years back i had another blog... (but during the dying periods of my was deleted by him).. I used to go onto Kerrie's original blog..and most of the time never comment.... just go...for peace. Solitude. Over a year later I think I finally told her how grateful I was to have a "pitstop" for serenity purposes....
We all come into each other lives for a purpose.. I don't think anything is by 'accident'.... Kerrie has and still brings me my "peace" bc my hell ride is far from over.... For you my new friend... I am sending huge prayers and good energy....
In the end... we will all be A Ok!
Gypsea Nurse

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

Wow...that's a powerful story. And not the only one.

Kerrie's really touched us all.

Thank you for the encouragement...and I wish you "seawashed".



wendy said...

I have been following your blog for quite awhile (but have never left a comment)
I even saw you on the Nate Berkus show and I hollered "hey, I know her blog".
It is tragic to hear of all your losses as of late. I do not seem to have to words to mend the wounds you are feeling.

but you sound like a Strong lady.
The sea/ocean is calming for sure and what a lovely gift to get from your friend. Very thoughtful of her.
Only 15 min. from the Atlantic...I have never been to the east coast, but I can see myself always wanting to get over there when I could.

I hope and pray "calm" is finding you. The poem was lovely.

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