Me, Leslie Hanna, and Lisa (Papergrace Designs)
Some of my best friends are those that I have met through blogging…and I consider many of you readers dear friends that have not met in person…yet :) I started blogging because my best friend, Tracy, encouraged me to give it a try. My very first dear bloggie friend (2007) is Lauren, who I finally had the pleasure of meeting in person in 2015. In 2008, Lauren and I "met" Leslie Hanna. I was in the good fortune to live only an hour+ away from Leslie. My only LSS was half-way between our homes, so we frequently met there. Leslie did not like to be photographed, but the picture above was one of those rare photo-ops that she allowed.
In 2010 Lauren and Stef started the Jingle Belles blog, and Leslie and I were very loyal participators.
If you have visited Leslie's blog, she was a delightful read. So witty and kind…and she disliked the color pink. Whenever she used any pink, or even just had to type the word, she wrote "gah-pink."
Imagine my delight when I was on the Shopping Our Stash (SOS) DT with both Lauren and Leslie! I stayed only six months because we were in the process of moving and I had to let a few things go at the time. Later Leslie took over running the SOS blog. Leslie suddenly passed away on December 25th. Her children, Max and Alex, have given their blessing to keep the SOS blog up and running. This week's challenge at SOS is Color Me Monochromatic (or Pink) in honor of Leslie. I think this challenge would make her smile.I am also entering my card at Jingle Belles Something Old/Something New challenge. My MFT Die-namics snow drifts die is new, but the Echo Park pink papers and Stampin' Up scallop punch, SU circle punch, and SU rub-ons have been in my stash for at least a few years.
Leslie was so well-loved by so many crafters. She and I both have a fondness for cats. I recall when she had to put her cat Koshka to sleep and she was there for me when I had to put my furry girl (Skeeziks) to sleep. Then she adopted Bobra ("Bob-ruh") and they made a fabulous pair; he looks amazingly like Barbra Streisand, but he is a boy, hence "Bobra." Then I adopted two furry boys that I named Cadfael and Llywelyn, after two of my favorite characters in historical fiction novels. Leslie also enjoyed reading historical fiction, and she was very generous in giving me her books when she finished reading them. I am ever so grateful for Leslie's friendship.