2.17.2009

Niceness IS priceless.

Guess what?

I'm doing another giveaway! This time, it is all due to the awesome (in so many ways) Melissa from Operation Nice.

Remember Melissa? She designed our adorable "we've moved" announcements this past summer. THEN, she came up with this great idea and launched Operation NICE. She's all kinds of fancy pants now and has all kinds of great press about her NICE website - Decor8, Daily Candy, Good Morning America, the list goes on and on.

Melissa has so kindly offered to donate one print from her OperationNICE etsy shop to one of my readers!
The winner can choose from this vibrant "Put the "KIND" in Mankind":



Or this adorable "Niceness is Priceless" one!

I loved both of them so much I ordered one of each for myself this afternoon! I'm going to put the orange and red one in my office and the blue and gray one in my craft room. I have to admit that the Niceness is Priceless one is my favorite. All those little girls holding hands reminds me of all my wonderful girlfriends and our support for one another has gotten all of us through some really tough times.

If you want to enter to win one of these great prints, just post a comment about a time where your friends were there for you!

The contest will end Monday, February 23rd, at 5 p.m., Memphis time. I hope lots of you enter! And even if you don't win, check out OperationNICE's shop...the prints are super reasonable, and I can personally vouch for its owner's warmth, kindness, and awesomeness!

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70 comments:

Meg said...

Artsy Fartsy (Erica), I haven't commented in a really long time (though I still read religiously!) but this theme is so near and dear to my heart that I just had to! I adore my friends, and I'm very lucky to be adored by them, so I would have like a million jillion stories to tell if there were time!

However, because you asked so nicely, I will share my favoritest story from the past year. I have this dear friend who has been my best friend for over 15 years now, and she and my favorite ex-boyfriend started writing letters to each other (at my urging) while he was in basic training. They developed feelings for each other, but neither of them wanted to act on them because of their friendships with me. So they each broached the possibility of them getting together with me (separately), and I realized that there was nothing more "nice" than two of my best friends finding happiness together. They're now married, and I love them as a couple and as individual friends. It really was the nicest thing that could have happened to them, and I was so honored that they cared about my feelings enough to be so careful about getting together.

penny lane designs said...

So cute! Melissa is very talented. She has such a clean, crisp style and I love it!

I adore all of my friends, but I would have to say that when we found out we were pregnant in December I have never loved all of them more! That positive pregnancy test was a shocker and really threw me for a loop. Luckily my girlfriends were there to be excited for me when I wasn't and to encourage me along. I love all of them dearly!

NINA said...

I would love to enter!! I love the "niceness is priceless." My friends are always there for me no matter what BUT the most recent was Mandy talked to me on the phone for hours about this tough situation that I'm going to have to stick up for myself to a family member and I'm having a hard time doing it because I know the end result won't be good. She will talk to me on the phone for hours!!
Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway! xx Nina

Lindsay said...

Recently, my husband left for a long work trip. He'll be away for over two months, and my friend and neighbor, Laurie, knew how bummed I would be on that first day (her husband is often away for work, too). As soon as I got home from dropping Hubby off, she invited me over for breakfast, lounging, and TV watching. It was great to know that I still have someone to lean on when Hubby isn't around!

Jen said...

Hi there! I came across your blog from my friend Nina's (according to Nina) and I just wanted to stop by and enter your great giveaway. I am blessed with a lot of wonderful friends but believe it or not, my mom is probably my best friend. Her and I can tell each other anything and we are both always there to listen. We can also tell each other like it is and not get mad at one another, which is actually a pretty rare thing. I would actually give this gift to her if I win (even though I will secretly try to steal it back at a later time. haha!)
By the way, I am having a giveaway on my blog as well...something from my mom's new Etsy shop. Stop by if you want! http://littlebabyaddison.blogspot.com.

The Lavender Lily said...

I love those prints! Especially the little girls holding hands...too sweet.

I meet with three of my friends every Monday night for coffee and deep talk. It's a time to share what's on our hearts and encourage each other through the week. This past week, I had a lot on my mind, but told my friends that I wasn't ready to talk about it. They didn't press the issue at all, which I so appreciated, but they each called or texted me the next day to let me know that they were there for me whenever I was ready to talk.

I know this is a super simple story, but this is just one of the many reasons I love my friends!

Joanne said...

I love the niceness is priceless print, it's so cute!

Two summers ago, I had a mini breakdown at the volleyball court. I and my friends (both girls and guys) played volleyball almost every day that summer. I remember feeling pretty down about my relationship situation at the time. Basically I needed to get over someone who was totally breaking my heart. For some reason, my rationale took over one day at the volleyball court and I decided that it would be over right then. I cried and while the boys and everyone else were confused, my girlfriends came and hugged me and told me that everything would be okay. It's nice for them to see through me and comfort me without me asking them to.

Thanks for having this nice giveaway!

Christopher said...

What a great giveaway - I'm a big fan of Melissa's blog.

When were my friends there for me? The most poignant time was when I was in the Army - the first 4 months in boot camp and advanced training. I was so alone and cut off from the world, but my true friends wrote to me constantly and sent me pictures. It kept me sane and gave me a smile when I needed it most.

I still treasure those letters a decade later!

Jess(ica) said...

I can't really think of a specific time when my friends were there for me because they are always there for me! They are there for talking me through life's struggles and struggling to fit a bookshelf in the back of a Buick. :P You know, every day!

Nicki said...

actually when are they NOT there for me...
Just yesterday my friend brought me a coffee and scone because I have been stuck in the house all week with sick boys :-)

Anna See said...

I just had lunch with an old friend at her house. She knows I've been busy having gone back to work, so she helped me carve out an hour to just catch up.

Sunny said...

I found your blog through TYH -- very neat! I love the "Niceness is Priceless" print, so cute! I guess a time when my friends were there for me most was when I was planning my wedding. I was going to school full time and working several jobs just to make it through... and with planning a wedding at the same time, I was struggling to juggle it all! My friends were there for me every step of the way, always volunteering to help out with whatever they could if it would help me out. I really am blessed with wonderful friends... and bridesmaids!

Sarah said...

Wow, I love those! My friends are always there for me, but I would say the transition to college was rough and I had to talk to my friends a lot to get over the slump.

jamie said...

My friends were there for me after a rough divorce. They did not judge me for my mistake and they still love me for me.

Melissa said...

Wow! I think a better question would have been what have your friends not done for you because I could put "nothing" since they have done soooo sooo many things for me it is hard to pick just one.

My nearest and dearest friends have been there for me through everything. The biggest is when my husband was deployed overseas and I was pregnant with our daughter. They were there when I was sick and when I was feeling lonely. All it took was a call at 1AM in the morning and they would have been over in a heartbeat. They pretty much rock!

Lynn said...

When my father died during my sophomore year of college, my friends didn't even ask me about the funeral. They called my other relatives and just appeared without hesitation. They were amazing.

LilyHaven said...

Love these prints! I love the Niceness is Priceless one.

My friends were there for me after we had some wildfires by our house and were evacuated for over 3 weeks. Some friends watched our dogs, and some friends let us stay in their homes. It was wonderful to feel so loved.

Shannon

Elizabeth said...

My friends were there for me when my little sister was diagnosed with Leukemia. They sent us an amazing care package that brightened our day!

lhitb said...

I love these prints.

My sister is my best friend and she is always there for me whenever I need to talk.

Beth said...

My friends are friends that I have had for over 18 years and I am only 32...no matter where we are or whats going on we keep in touch and are ALWAYS there for one another.

Friends like these are Priceless indeed!

Beth

sammyw said...

mu hubby is my best friend & is there for me always, i'm so so thankful for him :)

E @ Oh! Apostrophe said...

When aren't my friends there for me? I can't choose just one! :)

Stephanie said...

I love them! Friends are always there for me. I love after so many years even if we only talk 2 times a year its like no time has passed.

isla schmidt said...

I have friends, but it's my best friend who, although we are thousands of miles apart, is always there for me to share, cry, laugh, converse and just plain old reminisce about anything and everything. We share a blog, just the two of us, and it's one of the most special, therapeutic processes i've ever experienced...
Love the art! xo

rebeka said...

These prints are super cute! I love the "niceness is priceless" print. I'm an Air Force wife so I'm practically married to my friends. When I went into labor with my second child my friend took me to the hospital while more friends stayed with my son. A few months later when I had a kidney stone the same friend drove me to the hospital while my other friends got to feed my poor baby formula for the first time. They said he screamed for an hour. Now they've moved all over the world and I miss them terribly but we're still there for eachother in anyway we can be.

rebeka

live a colorful life said...

Both the prints are so great. And my friends are always there for me. And you know who your real friends are when things are the worst.

Heather said...

my friends were they for me when i was recovering from surgery and having a hard time in my relationship...btw those prints are adorable...
xo-

Rachel Rambach said...

So cute! These would look FAB in my brand-new office.

My friends are amazing...in particular, my best friend. When I got married, she was the best maid of honor a girl could ask for. She planned an amazing bachelorette trip to Vegas, bridal shower, and was there for me the entire week leading up to my wedding. Her toast at the reception knocked everyone's socks off, and she was the last person to leave the party. I love her!

Anonymous said...

19 years ago I rented a house. When I arrived to move in, I was delighted to find fresh flowers waiting for me from the landlords who lived next door. I eventually ended up buying the house from them and they become dear friends and part of my family. One small kindness led to many years of friendship.

Jamie said...

I love these prints!

I have lots of stories, but the one that jumps to mind is my college roommate always being there when my dad was diagnoised with and died from leukemia. She came to my apartment to be there with me when my mom called to tell me the news, threw me a going away party (I was in college and moved home to take care of him), was tested to see if she was a bone marrow match, started giving blood to the blood bank whenever she could, drove 5 hours to be at the funeral....okay, I need to go email her right now!

J said...

These are so cute!

I think my friends were really there for me when I bought my first house and they really pulled together resources to help me paint, move in and set up house!

Kate said...

I just had my 28th birthday yesterday, and I was starting to feel a little old. But, by the end of the day, all of my good friends from high school, college and New York City had called to wish me a happy birthday! I realized that it's so wonderful to get older because I've collected (and continue to collect) such amazing, thoughtful friends over the years.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

With three sick kids this past week, and a husband working crazy hours, my friends were totally there for me. One took over my carpool duty, one brought me dinner, and one brought DVDs and magazines! it's the little things that make me feel loved!

lmb said...

My apartment building burned down a few months ago and my friends were there for me to help me put my life back together!

Marika Athens said...

Most recently - I have been home sick with the flu the past few days. Friends have come by to walk the dog, bring me meds, drinks, food, and gossip magazines. Really, their going out of their way to help me was probably even better for me than the actual items they brought.

cm photography. said...

I had some incredible friends standing behind me when I lost my step-father 4 years ago. They were THE BEST!

P.S. These prints are a better alternative to all of the "Like For Ever" & "Keep Calm & Carry On."

Aimee said...

I found your blog just a few minutes ago through This Young House and I must say it's now on my list of bookmarks to read through every morning!

A time when my friends were most there for me had to be when I was planning a wedding, while having a long distance relationship, going to college full time, having two jobs, a family member with health issues, and an imminent move immediately after the wedding as we would be a military family! Phew! It was quite stressful, but my friends (and family) pulled me through it and I am forever grateful for their friendship!

20-Something Superhero said...

My friends are ALWAYS there for me... that's why we're friends. They were there for me through the disasterous stage when I was single, and are still supportive now, that I'm settling down and starting a new life, and don't always have time to see them as often!

Artsy Fartsy said...

All of your comments are so great, everyone! Keep 'em coming! I have to say, this is the most traffic my little old blog has ever received. It makes me so happy to read about all of your wonderful friends.

CM Photography - I totally agree with you! While I do like those other prints, they are WAY better. So happy and crisp!

Amy said...

Cute prints!

I had a great friend there for me during Hurricane Ike. Luckily, I had no damage, but I was without power for a few weeks. I was able to stay with a friend who had power for a few days.

Rachel said...

Love these! I have a great friend who always knows how to cheer me up. Even if she just buys me a card or a coffee, it's always exactly when I need a little pick-me-up! She doesn't even expect anything in return and just gets a kick outing of doing little things for other people.

Abbie said...

Love both of those!

When I decided to leave my job of 6 years, my friends whole-heartedly supported my decision. Then, when the new grass-is-greener job fell through two months later, those friends never said told-you-so and all went to work to help me find a new job. They cooked us dinner and had me drowning in wine. I've never felt so supported before in my life!

Alisha said...

Hello!

My friends are amazing! Especially my girlfriends. They are supportive and kind and funny. I think the time we all came together the most was during our friend Erica's fight with cancer. And we will continue to get together and have great girl times to honour Erica's memory.

Meredith said...

Those are gorgeous!

One favorite story of my husband is how we moved to our house in less than two hours. A ton of our friends showed up and really got things going. We were so thankful! It's really nice to be able to depend on people when you need it.

kiddlebug said...

When I was in my late 20's, I ended a 7 year relationship and my girlfriends sure helped me move on. I had the most fun with them going on crazy road trips and getting together on weekends. I will always think back to those great times.

Jessica Ranjbari said...

I LOVE these! I'm so thankful to have great girlfriends that have been there for me when I needed them... they were such a big help with all the preparation for my wedding and I don't think I could have done it without them!

Nina Marie said...

I love these!! My best friend is the most wonderful person to have around, she helped me through a bad breakup last year by bringing over girlie movies and bottles of wine!

Taryn said...

I love the girls.

My friend just took me out to lunch and a pedicure so we could talk because I had an awful day at work. It was so nice.

Sarah said...

Um, me wanty? Yes!!

Blayne said...

I have a few special friends who, although I do not get to talk to them or see them as much as I would like, when we do get together it is like we did not miss a minute. One of these friends drove 4 hours each way with me for my bachelorette party, after she had worked the night shift the night before, and we talked the whole way!

jdm said...

I love these posters and I love Operation Nice so much that my school has been using it for a month long celebration. It's been a blast.

Last spring, I spent a few weeks in Maine with my dad. He was in the end stages of lung cancer and it was very difficult time. My best friend from middle school and her husband took me out for dinner. As soon as we sat down, tears started to flow and I couldn't stop. It was a 50-napkin cry. They just listened and let me cry. Then we drank wine and ate dinner and laughed and then I cried some more. They didn't need to say a word, they were just there for me. I needed to spend time with people who knew my dad and would need no explanation. It was a very healing night.

embot9000 said...

Hello & thank you for the opportunity! What a lovely giveaway!

A time when my girlfriends were really there for me was when unfortunately i suffered a miscarriage. Although none of them had experienced the same pain they were all there for me in a special way! I will never forget their kind words, emails, & hugs. Even though at times you may feel so alone the kindness & love from your true friends truly can never be measured! I will never forget what they did for me & my heart will always have a special place for each one of them, Melissa, Laura, Christina, & Mom I love you!

~Emily B.

Amanda said...

Her work makes you smile, that's for sure! I think my best friends have always been there for me and me for them. But, as I moved across the country we've probably been closer than ever, as we have all split up (Arizona, Colorado, NYC, and 1 still in MI)... just supporting each other through life changes, moves, new jobs... they are amazing ladies!

Kevin Connetta (sometimes assisted by molto bene wife). said...

there was a time when it felt like I hadn't smiled in years. Life was grim and I felt beset by impossible problems. Then someone came along as a friend and offered help with simple things - a ride, help finding an apartment, a car etc. The first and best thing he did (as he drove me around on all of the errands) was make me laugh until it hurt. Started a beautiful friendship. Which turned into more. (now we are married).

Melissa said...

I got sick as a dog on my wedding day, and my best friend was there, from the minute I opened my eyes in the morning, looked at her sleeping in the bed across from mine in the hotel room and said, "I don't feel so good," to my departure from the reception, holding my new husband's hand and clutching a disposable lasagna pan from the caterers lest I upchuck in the limo. To this day, I tell people she's the one who held my veil back while I puked the day away...and never once complained.

Ashley said...

Such cute prints!

After a bad car accident, I didn;t know how I was going to get by. My husband was away on business and would not be able to care for me. For three week, a handful of my friends rotated taking care of me. They cleaned, cooked and carted my butt around on errands & to Dr's appointments. They kept me company, brought me books and basically were with me around the clock until my husband arrived home three weeks later. They were, and still are, my angels.

Kelly Annabella said...

love these!!!!
these would be perfect in my classroom!!!!!

i found out that my husband and i were pregnant about a month ago. we were thrilled, but parts of me still felt not ready, incapable. my two friends drove an hour and a half and spent a sunday afternoon with me eating fruit, reading pregnancy books, pumping me up and all in all, empowering me. i know that in the tough times of this transition, i'll look at their visit and feel stronger, more ready.

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Lindsey said...

This would be so cute in my classroom. I have had a hard time with some parents with my first year teaching. My sweet teacher mentor always reminds me you just have to be nice to people and it will all work out like it should. I have also taught my kids to compliment their friends, "I like it when you __". Niceness is priceless, and it starts with kids :)

Alison said...

I have been going through a rough time in my life right now with my roommate and boyfriend, but my cousin who lives 10 hours away has made it such a point to be present and there for me, even if it's just by phone. I feel so lucky to have someone who is always just a phone call away.

Jess said...

Wow, fantastic giveaway! My friends were there all throughout school when I needed them! Whenever I got a poor grade on something, they would always be there to help me through it and make my sad feelings go away! :)

jess^^^4002 [at] gmail [dot] com
(without the ^^^)

aimeewrites said...

Oh, I LOVE those...

My friends are my lifeline - every day. We met online when pregnant with our first kids, who were all due in June of 2000. Nine years later, we don't know how we would parent or stay sane without each other!

Lovely Little Nest said...

Those prints are too sweet - the niceness is priceless one is adorable!

One of the most important times my friends were there for me was last year, when my father passed away unexpectedly. Above all the rest, my best friend - now my husband - really shined through. He knew exactly when to talk to me and when to just sit there and hold me. My grandmother (my dad's mom) even said that he was "our rock" and that we couldn't have gotten through it without him.

I am so thankful for him and for the rest of my friends who were there with me during that difficult time.

emidala said...

My friends are there for me whenever I need them - or don't need them! I'd rather like to say a few words about an unexpected individual being there for me in a time of need. I'm an equestrian and spend long evenings in the barn. It's an ideal place to go after a long day of frustration at work; working with these majestic animals is truly cathartic. At one point during the fall I was going through a rough patch. My new boss was abusing me to within an inch of my life and there was nothing I could do about it. She wore me down, walked all over me and publicly humiliated me as often as she could. One day it was just too much. I stood in the barn aisle and felt that big knot of pain and horror in my stomach explode into a thousand fragments, and I started crying violently. My horse just stood there, patiently waiting for me to stop. I sat down on an upturned bucket and sobbed my heart out. I felt so horrible, I almost could not breathe. Suddenly I felt a soft warm breath on my hair, and then a careful nudge at my cheek. When I looked up, my horse had crawled out of his halter and come over to where I was sitting, just to make sure that I was ok. His little ears were anxiously flickling back and forth while he poked his muzzle into my face, sniffing the tears on my cheeks. I could see in his eyes that he was upset that I was upset. Then he carefully bumped his head against my shoulder so as if to say "cheer up! You've got me!" and made a little noise at the back of his throat. I got up from the bucket, wiped my tears and hugged his big head with my arms. Normally he does not like to cuddle but that day he stood completely still, breathing gently into my chest. I felt like he was breathing the force of life back into my heart.

My boss quit a few weeks later, and I have since bounced back from the insane abuse. My horse is back to his lazy, carefree old self, but I feel like we understand each other better now.

I am so thankful for him.

cecily_techuan said...

I love the niceness print. My friends were there for me when I had my first baby; bringing food and helping out around the house.

sarah said...

My friends have been there through so many tough times. Issues with parents' divorce, boy problems, family issues, scary diagnoses... the list goes on. Thank goodness for strong friends!

TD said...

I know this post is mostly about celebrating girl friends. But my best friendship story is with my best friend and husband who simply deserves a mention here. He stood by me while I lived through horrific episodes of depression and post traumatic stress disorder following certain events in my life, and even today I can't believe sometimes how he managed to love me enough to do that. If you are a friend of someone with depression, you know what I mean by the incredible factor here, and I would just like to say that "we appreciate you very much".

Heavens to Betsy said...

Have you ever bounced along happily in your life and then, boom - all of a sudden you hit a giant road block? You look up, and it is so tall the sun can't shine around it. You look down, and there is the same ground you were standing on, except it now looks strangely different under the veil of the giant shadow. You look left and right, and the impenetrable object stretches as far as you can see on both sides...leaving officially no way around the thing.
This happened to me not long ago. The strangest part was, I had no idea how I got there! I just knew I felt stuck and hopeless. I went on for 6 months having not the foggiest clue what to do, just knowing something was terribly wrong. I was so ashamed and afraid that my "stalling out" on the road of life was permanent, I felt that I had nowhere to turn. I functioned more and more slowly until I was finally just a sad little person moping through my daily life, lost as last year's Easter Egg.
One day, on the way back from a long road trip, I let it all go. It was unplanned, actually. Amid my sobs I finally admitted to my best friend (and myself - I swam right out of the "De-Nile" River that day) that I was failing miserably at this whole life thing. She calmly listened, reassured me over and over that I was, in fact, still sane, and gave me some great ideas on how to "get my groove back". I don't think I ever told her that she was my little angel, sent by God that day to pull me out of one of my darkest periods ever.
Since then, I have rebounded miraculously. Although I cannot put my finger on exactly what caused the whole debaucle, I have some pretty strong hunches as I sort it out in retrospect. Regardless, each morning I feel happy to be alive and grateful beyond belief for the friends who love me when I need it most. I just want to sing, and I think I just might, every day from here on out :) Thanks, AFS, for the thought-provoking giveaway challenge.

Daisy said...

Right now. I wouldn't be able to get through my mom's illness without my loving and supportive friends. I thank God for them every single day!

Ray Ray & Company said...

The support of my friends during the first week of my child's life (he was in the ICU) was phenomenal. Support of friends definitely carries you through the tough times!

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