Old Friends Inspiration

The telephone rang and when I answered, my friend Elizabeth was on the other end.  She said that she was in Washington DC visiting her daughter and planning to visit Manhattan for the weekend.  Would I be available to meet her and her husband, Howard and stay overnight for two nights.

It took me about five seconds to say yes.

Elizabeth and I met in Hong Kong when I had an art show at the Hong Kong Visual Art Centre in 1995.  The exhibit and art show was part of a group I belonged to called Artists Abroad.  We soon became great friends, and she welcomed me into an amazing group of female artists.

Here we all are at my going away party at the China Club in Hong Kong.

Elizabeth lives in Hong Kong with her husband, Howard.  The last time I met with Elizabeth was when I lived in Toronto.  It had been about eleven years since then, and we had lost track of each other.  I had searched the Internet, but I couldn't find Elizabeth.  Until earlier this year when I received a telephone call from Elizabeth.  I bet you could hear my squeal all the way to Hong Kong.

You might be familiar with my teapot that I put into so many of my designs.  This was a going away gift from Elizabeth and my most cherished possession.

We stayed in the loveliest hotels on Central Park West and had a wonderful time. I was their guest at the Trump International Hotel.

We visited galleries all over town.  This one was in Chelsea. Wolf Kahn Oil paintings were on exhibit at the Thomas Segal Gallery.

A trip to the Guggenheim and then onto the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  We loved seeing our favorite artists there, and the current Punk Rock Fashion exhibit was really fun.

We found the most amazing restaurants and caught up on news of our families and what is going on in Hong Kong today.

On Saturday, after lunch, I just had to take Elizabeth to my favorite shop, The Tinsel Trading Company.

We had an amazing time together, and as I waved goodbye and they continued on to their jouney back to Washington D.C. I missed them already.

Thank you Elizabeth and Howard for such a beautiful weekend.  Until next time.

I am linking today to Mosaic Monday, a lovely inspiration hosted by Mary from Little Red House blog.

D. Jean Quarles said...

Friends are such a blessing. So great you could connect and enjoy.

Art and Sand said...

Those special days are what we live for.

I LOVE NYC and would enjoy spending a day exactly as you did. I have never had the pleasure of a day at Tinsel Trading Company.

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely time, meeting up with your friend. NYC is an exciting place to meet, so many wonderful places to visit. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

What a wonderful way to spend a few days with an old friend.

Beverly said...

Karen, I am so happy for you. Your time together makes for even more sweet memories.

Vee said...

Oh the light in your beautiful eyes, Karen... now that is what friendship does for us... Lovely to have this time with a dear, old friend and here's hoping that it won't be eleven years until the next time!

Still Woods Farmhouse said...

Good Morning Karen,
I am a first time visitor from Mosaic Monday and have enjoyed visiting everyone. How nice to have a weekend to spend with friends. From the photos, it appears you packed quite a bit into the weekend. I am new follower to your blog and am interested in learning more about the fabrics. I hope you get a chance to stop by Still Woods Farmhouse for a visit. I would be honored to have you as a guest.
Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hello Karen,
What a wonderful time you two had. I'm so happy for you. That is how I feel about Sherry. Friends are A Blessing and it looks like you have one for life. I loved all your photos. I love to see people having a great time.
Take care,
XXOO Marie Antoinette

Kathleen Grace said...

How lovely! Not only to catch up with an old friend, but to be able to go to all those wonderful museums and Tinsel trading:>) I am so glad for you Karen.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful time!

Lisa Oceandreamer Swifka said...

All I can say is "how wonderful" from beginning to end.

Dolores said...

How wonderful to have the re-connection of special friends and memories. I'm so glad you had this time away.....
Looks like so much fun!!!