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The Fabric of Friendship

Added May 14, 2012

by domestic-div...

Orange County, C...






Ever wonder about the warp and woof of the fibers that hold a friendship together?
It’s a curious thing which sometimes defies description or explanation.

I recently had the good fortune to take a cruise through the Panama canal. After more than a two year online Burda friendship with Adriana Orozco, I discovered I would be sailing to her rain forest in Costa Rica. She and I exchanged several emails and made arrangements to meet in person for the first time. While my participation only required walking down the ship’s gang plank, Adriana had to face a drive of many miles to reach me, and an even longer drive home in a rain storm.

Few opportunities are as rewarding as coming face- to-face with someone you’ve admired only through the ether. Spending a day with Adriana in the rainforest is one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had in recent years, maybe more memorable than the cruise. We shared sewing ideas, creative thoughts and I got to know this woman of grace in a much more intimate way. Her personality sparkles like the sequins and beads on her gowns, and her welcome is as warm as the love she puts into all her designs.

Creativity seeps from her pores and there’s no doubt about her devotion to her artistry which is evident in the pins and needles collecting above her car visor.

With this visit, the fabric of the friendship between Adriana and I has become more tightly knit, yet woven loosely enough to span the miles between us, and styled to remain in fashion for many years to come. What is impressive about this amazing friendship is the thought that it would never have come about if we had not seen each others work on this Burda website.

Technology. Don’t you just love the opportunities it offers?

Thank you Burda!

Material Notes

Love, respect, admiration




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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    Jul 7, 2012, 05.30 PMby brisehuus

    I love, love, love this story It must have been great for both of you to meet :-))

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      Jul 11, 2012, 06.35 PMby domestic-divaonline

      It was a very special experience. Weeks later I’m still affected by it! Thank you for your comment.

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    May 19, 2012, 05.10 PMby zaarissima

    How beautiful that you could meet each other! Thank you and Adriana for the beautiful photos and the story round about your Holiday together! I think it is so great and I have a smile on my face!

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      May 20, 2012, 06.12 PMby domestic-divaonline

      Thank you Zaarissima! The meeting certainly put a smile on both of our faces!

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    May 16, 2012, 05.38 PMby libra-s

    It is fantastic to see two creative members of this online community in one photo! God bless burdastyle :)

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      May 16, 2012, 06.23 PMby domestic-divaonline

      Yes, this kind of photo is probably rare here! Thank you for commenting.

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    May 16, 2012, 06.11 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    dearest gloria! you did, what most of us have only dreamed about so far: spend a day with our fantastic mistress of the high-fashion, our dear adriana. i am very sure, that in the near future, my husband and i will try to come and see her too!

    internet and technology are two wonderful things, if you are able to use them, the way the two of you (and we all) do!

    these pictures are just great!!!

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      May 16, 2012, 06.22 PMby domestic-divaonline

      Thank you my dear friend. I only wish Adriana and I had time on this trip to do some creative projects together. I’m sure I would learn a great deal. If you ever have this opportunity, please share your experience with us.

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    May 16, 2012, 04.04 AMby Deborah Carr

    I am so happy, Gloria, that you had the chance to meet your friend during your Panama Canal cruise. It is wonderful to actually meet someone whom you have only known through the internet … and have it turn out so well. I’m sure the experience will enrich both of your creative minds!

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      May 16, 2012, 06.17 PMby domestic-divaonline

      Thanks Deb! Of course you and I know exactly how great this experience is. We just didn’t have to travel that far to meet in person! Doesn’t matter if it’s 5 thousand miles or 10, it’s very rewarding to watch friendships grow that began with only a few keystrokes.

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    May 15, 2012, 04.27 PMby lienepien

    Lovely! You two always make the most beautiful things! Great to see that you both met each other in real life instead only through the ether.

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    May 15, 2012, 02.55 PMby orchiddream

    The warmth and talent of you both always shows in your projects and posts. How exciting to meet! I am new to Burda, but I already feel a sense of community and mutual admiration that I haven’t found in my work until now. Worldwide. Thanks to you, and thanks to Burda!

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      May 16, 2012, 06.12 PMby domestic-divaonline

      I appreciate your comments very much and welcome you to Burda. Your observation is correct, this is a warm community where members are always willing to help each other and share ideas. Enjoy!

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    May 15, 2012, 11.52 AMby freakusbzzz

    OMG!! I am almost in tears.. how sweet and utterly stupendous that two such amazing women could meet up!

    I am unbelievably jealous.

    And I can’t stop thinking. HOW BIG ARE THOSE SHIPS!!

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      May 16, 2012, 06.08 PMby domestic-divaonline

      Thank you! I hope you’ll have a similar experience in the future. It’s indescribable. And the ships – 900 feet long! : )

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    May 15, 2012, 09.28 AMby Adrienne Hendrix

    I am very happy for two of my favorite Burda friends to have had the rare opportunity to actually meet in person. I cannot wait to see the wonderful creations from both of you as you inspire me greatly!

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      May 16, 2012, 06.05 PMby domestic-divaonline

      Thank you for commenting Adrienne. We all truly do inspire each other.

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    May 15, 2012, 08.39 AMby dottty

    Wow thats wonderfull, i have tears in my eyes (with happiness for you both) jj:)x

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      May 16, 2012, 06.04 PMby domestic-divaonline

      The fact that you and otheres can share our happiness is proof of the quality people on this site.

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    May 15, 2012, 04.08 AMby schnui

    Gloria, thank-you for this beautiful post of the day you truly meet Adriana. I think there are many of us here on the Burda website who would love to meet Adriana. She inspires us with her beautiful creations as well as sharing so generously her skills and techniques and I also believe we begin to know the essence of this beautiful lady. You too inspire me and I am sure many others. I am so thrilled that you and Adriana had a day to remember and cherish forever.

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      May 16, 2012, 06.03 PMby domestic-divaonline

      I appreciate your generous comments Schnui. This is one memory that will never fade.

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    May 15, 2012, 03.48 AMby smallone

    Well will you look at you two….how great is that!!

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    May 15, 2012, 01.46 AMby mojo elgin

    This is a wonderful post! I smiled through my tears. Now I know that dreams CAN come true. :):):)

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      May 16, 2012, 06.01 PMby domestic-divaonline

      Thank you Mojo! it’s good to be back among the friendships of this wonderful community.

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    May 15, 2012, 12.49 AMby Vanessa Velasquez

    What a wonderful post…. I hope to get that chance someday too, it will be wonderful to meet you, Adriana, and some many more ladies that i admire for having a passion for sewing. some talented gals from all over the world… isn’t is the best part of this virtual community?

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      May 16, 2012, 06.00 PMby domestic-divaonline

      Thanks Vanessa! Yes, this international community has no virtual boundaries.

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    May 14, 2012, 11.09 PMby Adriana Orozco

    My dear friend Gloria!!! I have no words…..only tears as I read you, and I thank God for this wonderfull experience, and for now allow us to have a tight knit frienship!! much love

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    May 14, 2012, 10.42 PMby milkyway

    Oh dearrrrrrrrrrrrr what a great encounter!!! that is so cool!! beautiful experience!!

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      May 16, 2012, 05.57 PMby domestic-divaonline

      We almost missed this encounter when the ship decided to dock at a different port. Luckily I was able to get the ship to send her an email to notify her. Luck was on our side.

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    May 14, 2012, 10.03 PMby skeeler

    One of my favorite “fabrics” I’ve seen on this site! What a wonderful encounter!

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