Friends are Friends Forever

By Theresa Calderini on March 2nd, 2013 »

Friends Box 1

C.S. Lewis said “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

Friendships are so wonderful to have and for some, they are life long relationships which become a precious part of our lives.

I was commissioned to create a special gift for my friend Joy which she was giving to her friend as a keepsake. Joy and her family are moving and with that, I’m sure, comes mixed emotions. You are excited for what lies ahead but also go through a bit of grieving for relationships that change because of the miles that will be between you. Joy mentioned that her friend was a support and encouragement to her when she had her daughter and they developed a close bond over time.

Friends Box 2

Joy wanted to give her a shadow box of some kind with a quote that she felt spoke to the importance of their friendship. She described her friend as being “natural” and said she’d like something that was handmade for her to remember her by. Those were my only instructions, but it was enough to get creative and make a shadow box that would remind her friend how special their relationship was.

Friends Box 3

This shadow box was perfect for this layout which is 8″ x 8″. The soft blues and browns blend so beautifully together and compliment the quote that is the focal point of the layout. With many (many!) rolled flowers that rest on top of hand punched leafs and layers of die cuts, it is elegant, classy and yet also natural……just what her friend would enjoy!

When making this, I remembered the song by Michael W. Smith titled “Friends are Friends Forever”, the chorus is especially fitting for these two ladies:

And friends are friends forever
If the Lord’s the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
‘Cause the welcome will not end
Though it’s hard to let you go
In the Father’s hands we know
That a lifetime’s not too long
To live as friends

Friends Box 6

For me, I appreciated the opportunity to create something that would bring a smile to its recipients face for years to come and remind her of the special friend she would always have in Joy, no matter what the distance was between them!

My mind is thinking a class for creating a shadow box is in the near future, I’m sure many would enjoy making one of these for themselves or to gift a special person in their life!


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One Response

  1. Maggie S. says:

    What a fabulously gorgeous creation! Love all the beautiful, delicate die cuts and the gorgeous flowers. I’m sure your friend and her friend will just love it and it will bring much joy in the future.

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