I've tried to add her blog link here, but I am having trouble, her blog is Harmony Road Studios, you can see the link on the right side of my blog.
Here's a little history of how I met Lesley. Over 10 years ago I stumbled upon a craft site that had a message board, I was looking for a certain pattern and decided to ask about it there. I had NEVER posted on a message board before and Lesley responded to me saying she had the pattern and she would gladly let me borrow it. Now she didn't know me from Adam and we lived in two different countries! She sent the magazine to me to borrow, just saying send it back when you are finished. And a friendship was born. we talked through emails almost every day and then we found out we had lots in common, both loved to paint, both loved cats, both loved sunflowers and Seinfeld!.
We met other girls, Linda, Cathy, Kathy, Patti, and Marie that were painters and all formed very strong friend ships, like sisters actually. We all met up on two different occasions for a mini vacation, once going to Canada, where Les is from. Here is a picture of all of us in front of Marie's shop. Les is in the middle, it looks like she is getting ready to do a little dance, and truth be told she probably would have! The other girls are from left, Linda, Kathy K, Lesley,Marie, me and Cathy, Patti was missing this trip. this was in 2007. We were all so excieted to finally be able to meet in person after many years of chatting online with each other.
The next trip we took was to Cathy's house.(next to me) We had a blast and made lots of memories and lots of laughs. Here's a picture of all of us, just Marie is missing. From left to right, Kathy, me, my husband, Scott, Linda, Patti, Cathy's husband, John, Lesley, Cathy, and Patti's husband, Mike.
I look all over my house and see reminders of you, things you have sent me, things you have made me, I will always treasure them. Rest in peace my dear, sweet, friend, one day we will see each other again, I am sure of that. It will be one of the best reuniouns one could ask for, Keep painting my friend, when I see a beautiful sunset or rainbow, I will know you have been busily painting away. My deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends.
This was posted to Lesley's facebook page on behalf of her husband, John.. "To all of Lesley’s facebook/blog friends; it is with great sadness and heaviness of heart that I have been asked on behalf of her beloved husband John to let you all know of her passing last evening. Lesley touched so many hearts with her love of life, beautiful smile and generous spirit. She always lived life to the fullest never taking anything for granted which was shared through her talented works of art and her everyday life. . We will always treasure every moment spent with you and you will be greatly missed. May you finally rest in peace Les……
“You have fought the good fight, you have finished your course, you have kept the faith” 2 Timothy 4:7"