Monday, September 28, 2009

happy birthday haylie bird...

today i am grateful for...

haylie 2
a sketchbook page from our screen-printing class, many moons ago at scad.

haylie 1
a gratitude list from this summer.

my friend haylie b. waring. i am so glad she moved to new york, even though we live in opposite parts of brooklyn. reasons to love haylie...

1. she has the ability to make you feel like you are already old friends, even if you are just meeting her for the first time.

2. she pronounces, "orange" like "or-inge", and it makes me smile every time.

3. she is incredibly clever and a renaissance woman when it comes to anything textiles. she can turn straw into gold.

4. she is incredibly humble, so if she happens to be reading this i know she will hem and haw and exclaim, "oh ginnybranch!" with a roll of her eyes. and probably claim i am exaggerating.

p.s i'm not.

5. she is 1/3 mainer, 1/3 floridian, and 1/3 land where characters like mary poppins hail from.

6. she creates the loveliest statuettes (amongst many other things). i want to buy everything she makes. no joke.

7. she has naturally silver streaks at the age of 25 and i could not be more jealous. there is nothing more beautiful to me than silver hair, baby skin, and pink cheeks. she has the golden trifecta.

8. here are a few of my favorite things i think of when i think of haylie bird...

pegboards. peach, baby blue, chocolate brown, pink, and red. moustaches and beards. liberty print. banjos and bluegrass. camping and girl scouts. canoes and fishing chenille. good-natured gossip. doughnuts not cupcakes. all-night art projects. honey bees. lunch sacks. alphabet flash cards. silhouettes. fast dancing. donkey spirit animal. old-school office supplies. stacks of books and magazines.

everyone loves haylie. she is the kind of friend everyone wants to have. she makes you feel funnier when you are with her. adventurous and naughty. kind-hearted and loyal. talented and inspiring.

haylie, i am so glad you were born.

11 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Where can you buy her stuff?

Elizabeth said...

Where can you buy her stuff?

Lila said...

i am smitten with all your doodles & mixed media sketchbooks...this sweet little tribute just made my day!

Emily said...

i couldn't agree more...well put. Actually, perfectly put. Happy Birthday to Our One and Only Haylie!

"hi, i'm ginnybranch stelling and i love love." said...

she needs her own store!

but i'm sure she is up for private comisssions too...i assume...

email her and ask!!!!

littlegypsy. said...

this is the sweetest thing! most people don't say things like that until it's too late. good for you for living in the moment and appreciating a great friend! :)

Elizabeth said...

what a wonderful tribute to a friend...and those drawings are so lovely and sweet!

Renee said...

Now your friend Haylie must be very pleased with that tribute.

Renee xoxo

hayliebird said...

Indeed, I am VERY PLEASED!
Thank you Ginny B. You certainly know how to make a girl feel special!! This made my day & I promise you- there was no eye rolling. I love you to pieces & I can't wait to be old lady friends together.
xo
P.S. the bust expansion is so very appropriate! what a couple of nuts we are.
P.P.S. i wrote a very similar comment on my birthday night, but it never showed up! how does that happen?

Paige Smith said...

SO true! Haylie is so incredibly wonderful! Every day is charmed when one is with her. What a lovely post Ginny!

nath said...

wow! she does indeed sound amazing. what a lovely celebration of friendship.

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