Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Giveaway and A Good Story.

This story is a good one. It's a real one. It's a story about love and growing up to become who I am meant to be. I was in the thick of getting divorced and I sent an email out through the universe to a total stranger, Leigh of Curly Girl Design. I had no idea it would lead to a whole string of amazing events, true life twists and turns and a beautiful friendship.

I was 15 years old when I fell in love with Greg. I was a Sophomore in high school and he was a much older Junior. We met in French class. He sat in the front row and knew all the right answers and I sat in the back with my girl friends and was more consumed with giggling about Greg than learning verbs.


Well I certainly look busy in this picture (I'm the one looking down).
Greg is front and center and you may recognize Kristin and Katy in there too.


He noticed me too. A hundred butterflies set up camp in my belly and our journey began as we decided to "go together." We grew in love and we grew up. 5 years and some months later we married in our hometown church and appropriately honeymooned in Paris. It was magical.

After 12 years together we decided to divorce. I don't think that anyone ever gets married expecting to get divorced but this was not supposed to be us. We grew up together and then apart so much so that we no longer shared the same dreams and goals and we were holding each other back. We both knew that to become who we were meant to be we needed to continue on without each other. With much sadness we made the hard decision and dreaded telling our family and friends.

So I sent an email to Leigh. I'd first seen her work at the Yoga Journal conference and the spirit of it resonated so profoundly in me. It was sparkly and shiny and full of love and whimsy (still is). Every piece I saw I said to myself, "yes, that is so true, omg! yes, so right, who is this girl, we could totally be friends!" I wanted something to tell my people that it was going to be ok, that I was going to be ok, that the spirit mends and I was still strong, loving, hopeful, optimistic, silly me just without the & Greg attached.

To my surprise she responded! She very lovingly explained that she didn't do custom work but that she'd keep my story in mind when she went into the studio to create. Almost a month to the day later I opened my email to find MY card!


Sitting in my cubicle of death (corporate America was worse than pants two sizes too small after Thanksgiving dinner for me) I cried. She had nailed it. With grace and love and that Leigh spirit, she had nailed it! I DID have a song in my heart and I HAD remembered the words and I WAS going to be singing again so very soon! With one email my healing was well underway.

I ordered the cards and started writing a letter to go with them. I enclosed the letter in the cards and invited the recipients to pass the card along to another woman who needed to remember the song in her heart.

Today Greg and I are quite grown up and quite in love with other people and all is right in the world.

And that's how I first met the lovely Leigh. The second and third verses of my Leigh story only get better involving Boston, my surgery, my job helping to create Soula, our mutual love and respect for Rolf and Mariam Gates, our Artfest adventure... oh how I could go on and on and I am certain there are many more verses to come.

Chances are you've seen her work, purchased a card or even received one from me. Upon reading just one line it's apparent that the creative behind the design is one amazing women but spend 5 minutes with her and you'll be a fan for life. She's luminous, she's hilarious, she's the kind of friend you've always wanted to have (well she's the kind of friend I've always wanted to have anyway). She loves well, she lives with passion, she laughs every day (just like me) :). She's THE curly girl and I am so proud to say that she's my friend.

Curly girls on the windy beach in Port Townsend

Leigh "ART-ing" on the last night at Artfest


In celebration of great adventures, friendship and laughter here's the giveaway!

Drum roll please... One lucky winner will receive 3 oh-so-adorable cards from Curly Girl Design and one of their brand spanking new necklaces!




To enter please leave a comment here and on the Curly Girl fan page.
Winner will be chosen next Wednesday.

Bonne chance and thank you for being a part of my story!
Lacy

101 comments:

katy said...

Well -- I am equal parts thrilled by the beauty and honesty of this post... and horrified by that picture. It looks like I'm cheating off your paper?!

I have loved finding "Curly Girl," thanks to you!

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elisa said...

Your story was so beautiful. I love that you would be so honest, and willing to share with everyone.
The card she made was perfect. What a gem.

Thanks,
elisa

chelseybell. said...

wow--you have such an amazing story. thank you for sharing this, not only because it's honest and real, but because it has a better than the best outcome and really shows your positive nature.

oh, and all the cutesy curly girl stuff didn't hurt either ;).

amanda said...

i absolutely loved this. what a lovely story. i can't believe you know the original curly girl.... i have loved those cards for such a long time. i always feel like framing them when i get them from someone.. (and i should.)

from one curly girl to another... thanks for your honesty on this blog. it's refreshing. : )

Kate said...

great story. your honesty and willingness to share such a personal story is refreshing.

Curly girls rock!

xo,
kate

www.undeniablestyle.com

Christine (MiniMak) said...

Beautiful story and giveaway! Thanks for letting me know about it! I am glad to have the chance of winning this amazing prize! :)

Katburns said...

This story was just what I needed today! Inspiring and beautiful! For sure hit home for me. You are such a beautiful person =) Love you lots Lace!!!!

Sara said...

I love your story and love the cards!! I almost took French in hs... now I wish I would have - could have hung out with you awesome gals earlier :)

Mary said...

I like you even better without the "& Greg". :-)

Nice little post, Cutie Pie!

You can officially remove my name from the giveaway list. I am assuming that.... "Employees, directors and officers and their immediate families (spouses and siblings, parents and children and their spouses) and household members of LACYLIKE.COM and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, divisions, trustees, franchisees, participating vendors, distributors, advertising and promotion agencies and companies involved in the implementation and execution of the giveaway are not eligible." LOL

yours truly dear said...

i love this story! thanks for introducing me to curly girl, i have joined her fan page and i'm glad i did! i also love that online friends can turn real friends :]

Summer Says... said...

What a beautiful and insightful post! I received a Curly Girl print as part of a white elephant gift last Christmas and immediately recognized it as such from your introduction.

The cards are great and I adore the necklace!

babyluxdesign said...

Pick me, Pick me!!! HA...what a great story!!! I only got tidbits at artfest....love reading the entire story with pictures! xo

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Tammie said...

Of course I have heard a version of this story before, but it is still great. My card would say, "She can be seen dancing to the music in her head." I really do randomly, when a song pops into my mind. A friend of mine used to say (He loved Elvis.) "The King never dies, he just changes his hairstyle." (He liked to muse that the fanstastical tabloid claims that Elvis staged his death to quit showbusiness were true.)

spindelmaker said...

I am so glad I got to meet both you and Leigh at Artfest and in Portland! Thank you for sharing your story! AndI agree with you, Leigh has her own way of making a good point with a few words.

candice said...

I remember that picture! wow- everyone looks so different!
YAY Lacy and Curly Girl both.

Apple Ninny said...

so fun- i hope i win!

Carmen said...

So awesome!

Dawn D. Sokol said...

Count me in, please!

Lisa H said...

How generous of you! And, that picture looks like it could have been MY senior class at MY High School...LMAO.

Anna Fernando said...

What a beautiful story.

Alissa said...

What a great story! I will have to check "Curly Girl" out....I think I have seen her work in card shops before??

The picture is so funny, too. I remember looking at a BHS yearbook a few years ago and realizing that we must be old if the clothes we wore in high school are already incredibly outdated. Yikes!

brookiellen said...

its funny how a simple saying can just pick you up and make you realize that everything will be ok.

thanks for sharing :)

Laurie said...

I was already a fan of Curly Girl and I loved reading your story as to how one of my favorite cards came into being. It speaks to so many women. So glad you made a wonderful friend and that you have moved on in your life!

Rachel said...

I have been a fan of Curly Girl for some time... and your blog sums up why. Leigh is able to really capture a feeling or place in our lives. It never fails that I see a new card and think - yes! that's it exactly!
Thanks for sharing your story!

Katelyn said...

I love hearing stories like this! I discovered Curly Girl not too long ago (in the middle of a breakup, actually) and was amazed at how much I could relate to everything. I will never buy cards from a card store again...everything I send comes from Curly Girl! Thanks for sharing your story :)

sitting on the mood swing at the playground said...

What a great story. I love Curly Girl and am thrilled to have found your blog.

Karen Bower said...

That is SUCH a great story. I've felt the same way when viewing some of her cards. I see them and think oh my gosh! That card was MADE for ME. :)

Julia said...

I love Curly Girl Design BECAUSE of the bond it helps to create between women and the spirit it embraces. I received one of their cards when I became engaged to my now husband and was HOOKED. I have sent cards to girl friends, my mother, my sisters, and recently, some wall hangings to friends in need of uplifting. Curly girl is the best!

Beth said...

I was so lucky while I was "blogging" along one day to find your blog and Curly Girls.....they are the best and I just love, love, love Curly girls designs....WOW...and necklace's to boot! :-) Beth

Sarah said...

Curly Girl cards do the same for me. I can not get enough. It's amazing when a complete stranger can speak such truth about your own life. It is very powerful. Thank You <3

Anna said...

Your beautiful story resonated in my heart! The story line in my own life is only a little different than yours, and while I have yet to fall in love again, I am in the middle of remembering all the words to my own song.

A toast to the lovely, strong women who sing their songs with grace, humor, and a whole lot of love!

kdrecruits said...

I love Curly Girl and have 3 of your pictures on my office wall. Great story & great work!

Catherine said...

This story made my day... isn't it great how God brings people into our lives when we need it the most!

Trisha said...

Everyday I look for inspiration and today I found mine. Your story is heartwarming, sad, truthful, and everything that I have felt over the past 3 years. You put those feelings into words. I have Curly Girl pieces in every room in my house to bring a little inspiration, life, and sparkle to my everyday. I am a police officer who sees mostly the bad who is searching for the better and I need to once again find that sparkle in my life. I'm trying, and stories like yours inspire me to try harder. Thank you for sharing your self.

Leslie said...

Okay, that may be the coolest story EVER!! I don't know Leigh personally . . . but I sure do feel like she's peeked into my heart a few times!! (You mean YOUR card isn't MINE??) I have a few of her cards framed and proudly displayed in my studio . . . and my mom, husband, and best friends have all been the recipients of a few others! Thank you for sharing your story, and for the chance at such an awesome giveaway!

The Good Idea Girl said...

My mother purchased a canvas for me for mother's day in 2008. "She packed up her potential and she had learned, grabbed a Cute pair of shoes and headed out to change a few things" It hangs on my office wall and every morning I read it as I enjoy a cup of coffee and my morning emails. This was my intro to Curly Girl and I haven't stopped purchasing things since then. Thanks for sharing your story.

Bridget said...

I would just like to comment on the story you shared about how Leigh's work spoke to you, if you will. I, too, have found Leigh's Curly Girl artwork to be both meaningful and somehow inspirational during tough times. I recently was told by the person I loved with everything I have in me that he didn't share the same sentiment. It was astoundingly crushing, more so than I knew was possible. And I still love him, nonetheless. Time allegedly heals everything, but not quickly enough. My point in oversharing is that many of Leigh's writings have somehow resonated with me in ways that the words of most have not. There is something bewitchingly beautiful and hopeful in her whimsical phrases and designs that escapes most others who attempt the same feat. What she expresses is as gracious and loving as it is genuine. I am glad you found her work when you did. And I am happy you have reached where you are now. :)
-Bridget

*Sarah* said...

Lacy,

Your story struck such a chord withing my heart! It is so much like my own.. I met James when I was a Freshman in High School and he was a Junior.. We were married for 12 years as well, and had two beautiful daughters.. We also grew apart, and went our own ways.. He and I even managed a friendly Divorce..

It is a strange part of life when you go from "us" to She and Him, and slowly, you do find yourself again..

Your card was what made the tears come, not from sadness, but from finding a kindred sister.. Friends these days are a hard commodity to come by, and the telling of your story and friendship through your words and leigh's art, made my heart sing!

I found Curly Girl in a hospital gift shop as my Mother recovered from surgery last year, (I think I covered her room in the cards that I found :-)

Keep up the good work Lacy & Leigh

CurlyGirl said...

Thank you so much for sharing your story - the story behind one of my favorite Curly Girl cards! Leigh's cards have inspired me and walked me through some tough times, and I've always wondered about the stories behind some of them. Thank you for sharing!

jen said...

i have curly girl designs in my office and at home. they surround me and as i read the quotes they bring me smiles. i have them displayed so my students can read them as they sit in my office. i've given them as gifts to friends who have welcomed birthdays and baby's.

i promote your work where ever i go because i know it will bring joy to others as it has been brought to me. thanks curly girl!

Chika said...

Sweet story...I suppose I never really thought about the inspiration for Leigh's work. I just assumed she was writing for me. In the process of finally growing up at 45, I've encountered a few snags. The Curly Girl art strategically placed on my tea cupboard and under my mirror in the master bath give me deeply meangingful affirmation.

Thank you Leigh for sharing your beautiful spirit.

Kate said...

this is why i read blogs, i'm sitting in happy tears in my office. what a cool story! your card was my first curly girl purchase, and now i'm hooked!

thanks SO much for sharing this. it was exactly what i needed to read.

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for sharing your story... it is a great reminder that no matter what we are in the thick of, all can be right with the world.

kelly rae said...

you two could be sisters and i love this story so much. i've learned so much by reading it here in this gorgeous space of yours!

Lanie said...

I have the same kindred love for all things Curly Girl and am extremely jealous that you two have become friends!

After I went through years of unhappiness, I moved back to my hometown. I bought myself the magnet of "Sometimes back where you started from is right where you belong" and "She packed up her potential..."

It was the best decision of my life!

Jennifer Moiles said...

Great story Lacy. Your blog always has something lovely to take in. I love Curly Girl designs. I hope I win the goods!

kelly@thebluemuse said...

A great story, one that many of us can relate to...and I love Curly Girl, her website is incredible!

~Tonya said...

Such a wonderful story. I enjoyed reading it and to know that - "all is right with the world" for you, is like a "cherry" on top!

I am sure so many can relate to your story...so much love and feelings went into your story and that beautiful card. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day.

Toodles,
~Tonya

Sarah Nora said...

Lovely story. I knew there had to be real people behind those cards, they're so true to life world over :-)

ie said...

I'm from upstate NY and have family in Northampton, MA. On one of my trips to FACES (a boutique downtown) I found Curly Girl's work and find that I can often relate to her pieces. Each time I visit MA, you best believe I'm leaving with a card or two!

I wish you the best Lacy, thanks for sharing your story.

Charity said...

Curly Girl was also introduced to me, by my sister, when I needed a loving boost and a sweet reminder that everything would be ok in 2006. I instantly jumped onto Leigh's website and fell in love with her artwork, her spirit, her attitude and her words of encouragement. I, now in return, give Curly Girl cards to everyone and stock up on them when I find them. Imagine my "little girl at Christmas delight" when I was shopping at a local boutique and met Leigh displaying and signing her art. I instantly bought a matted print and have it hanging in my own creative space!
Thank you for sharing your story! It's so nice to feel connections with others through creativity.
Charity

Ariana said...

I found Curly Girl Designs at a local department store and I wander in often JUST to look at her items and laugh. She'd given me many a much-needed chuckle to get through the dreary days!

TaraAnn said...

What an inspiring story and I am glad you shared it with us! I too love Curly Girl. I have bought so many cards, mugs, and now a pendant for so many of my friends and family. It's like every time I get something knew I have to show the world!

Carrie said...

WOW... what a great post, AND giveaway. Thanks for sharing this opportunity with us. I LOVE "Curly Girl", and am so glad to meet your blog. :)

michelle allen said...

pick me pick me! i love you and curly girl!!!!

Megan said...

i LOVE curly girl! and am a curly girl myself :) i found some of her cards in a small shop in Julian and loved them immediately! I am also a classmate of yours, in the indie biz! thanks for sharing! hope i win :)

Erin Bennett said...

I LOVE THIS STORY!! And I too have seen and ready Leigh's cards and just felt truly inspired by them. There are a few that I feel actually "speak to me"! I gave each of my bridesmaids a card that suited their personalities this past summer when I got married! They fell in love. In fact everyone that I share Curly Girl with falls in love just like I did. I have the cards glued on canvases that I bought at Hobby Lobby and they are hanging all over my office and some throughout my house. Very inspirational and they make me smile and think everytime I look at them! I'm glad to hear that this amazing talent belongs to such a wonderful person!!!

Angela said...

Beautiful story! Thanks for sharing.

I would LOVE LOVE to win! I'm a HUGE fan! I have one of her plaques sitting on my window sill in my home office. It says "I am fairly certain that given a cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world". It inspires me. I work way too much, have 3 kids and am a full time nursing student. I can save the world. :) Love LOVE her stuff!

Thanks for having this awesome giveaway and for sharing your beautiful story.

Best wishes -

Angie

Sara said...

Three cheers for strong-spirited curly girls!! ♥ My friend and I ordered the calendars just today because we're smitten with Leigh's work!

Kier's Serendipity said...

Wow, look how young we all are! And I have some long hair and a skinny body. Oh how times have changed. Anyway...

I was introduced to Curly Girl through you. I did not pass the card you sent along, but kept it for myself. It is hung with magnets on the hutch above my desk and I look at it every day. And every day, I think of you when I see it. And then I read the words. There have been so many days when those words mean so very much. So thank you for sending that to me and providing me with inspiration.

After I received the card, I immediately logged onto Curly Girl's website and perused, which of course, turned into buying. I have given Curly Girl as gifts and sent out some cards too. I have some that I can't seem to part with as I love what they have to say so much. I should just make a collage out of them!

Thank you for the inspiration and sharing your story. I think the world learned a whole lot about you today, a brave you too!

toni said...

What a fabulous card...a great inspiration for all women who may have momentarily forgotten the song in their heart...that it is still there!!

Laura said...

what an inspiring story! I love the cards and artwork!

Heath1214 said...

What a great story! I fell in love with Curly Girl design several years ago. It also touched something inside of me and inspired me to start art journaling. Along with you girls...I am also a curly girl! ha! Thanks for the story :)

syncopated soul said...

SO happy to read a story of strong women supporting one another and bringing positivity to the world!

And this give away is just lovely. If I could be so lucky as to win, I would surely share the curly girl love with the goddess friends I have been blessed with (who get Curly Girl Design goodies as cross country pick me ups whenever my meager student budget allows:)

Be well, pretty ladies! And thank you, thank you, thank you!

angel said...

what a great story to share about kindred souls and finding that song inside of you again! love it!

{eleise} said...

great story & what a great giveaway! I hope I win!

Paige said...

Everytime I read a "CurlyGirl" card, I am instantly lifted up and want to spread the word. Fantastic! Thanks for your story as well, I'm new not only to your blog, but also blogging in general, and I think this starts me off right!

Thanks,

Paige

Footin said...

Awesome story. It is beautiful and inspiring. So many more things too. It is refreshing to hear a story that has a happy continuing end. One that didn't just end. I heard about this giveaway from Freckled Nest. I had never heard of Curly Girl before but after browsing I love it.

Anzouya said...

This is an amazing story and so inspiring! Thanks for sharing! I love her creations, they are amazing!

Rachel said...

I very much love this story and am a huge fan of Curly Girl Design. Keep up the fabulous work ladies!!!

wanncrews said...

I am not quite sure when or how I stumbled across Curly Girl designs, but the Web site has become a lovely frequent of mine.
Every piece of art resounds with women at every stage of life and you are guaranteed to find the one (or two or three) that connects most with who you are and where you are.
I think what I love about Curly Girl and about this story is that it's real heartache turned into real blessing.
Thanks to both of you for sharing with us :)

Whitney

Mae said...

What an an amazing story of how two people connecting and caring can make a difference in each others lives!!! Very serendipitous that I would end up from Curly Girl to your page, I had just sent a newly divorcing friend a different card, and now I stumble upon your page and realize I must forward the whole story of hope!!

Thanks to both of you for sharing and making a difference!!

Mae

Skooks said...

What an awesome story. I was so glad to hear that you encouraged others to give the cards away to keep the blessings going.

Thank you for sharing.

Mother, Housewife & Other said...

I loved the story. So honest and inspirational. It just shows that everything does happen for a reason and that for every one bad thing that can happen within our lives many good things can evolve from it!
Love to you both and I adore the cards and necklace what a wonderful giveaway xx

Tara Ross Studios said...

I love the card she sent to you. That sort of says it all. As I sit here in my death cube too. I should be teaching, full time teaching,,,, and making art happen. I think I have the best of both worlds.

xoxo,
Tara

Karen said...

loved your blog...so happy to know some of curly girls fans...she is the best..very inspiring story...stay happy!!!

Debra@ShopLaMuse.com said...

I came to you from Leigh's Facebook page. Good stuff! I've been selling Curly Girl for over three years and thank my lucky stars for Leigh's work. It rocks! Thank you for the story. -d

Marizee said...

Hey sweet sis! What an amazing collection of comments from such a heartfelt, genuine group. What a powerful energy of positivity and love!

I love you!

rachel awes said...

so lovely to find your blog...
moving story & gorgeous, moving cards (adore them!!). thank you for this giveaway chance.
best blooms your way! x

CassJustCurious said...

I found you from your interview with Carmen - found myself just buzzing with good energy and popped over for a visit. I'll be back :-)

Natasha said...

What an honest sharing of truth and a stunning giveaway.

Sarah said...

I just love curly girl! So much hope in her messages!

soveryvicki said...

Holy cow! I just posted (today!)about a Curly Girl print I picked up a few years ago. I am a devoted fan of the Gurly Girl line. She always manages to speak to my heart. Thank you for sharing your story.

cydders said...

I *lovelovelove* your *love* story! how perfect. that card was just lovely! i'm a curly headed girl too! we should unite and take over the world! with curly goodness! ;)

thanks for the chance.

Cydne Palmer

Dixie said...

What an inspiring story. What a great giveaway.

Jingle said...

This is an amazing story! Thank you so much for sharing it today! Her work is truly beautiful!

Ellamum said...

Sometimes growth sucks - it hurts, it happens when you least expect it, it's scary - but your post illustrated how it can be done with grace. Beautiful! I love love love Curly Girl, have for quite sometime and often give her magnets and cards to friends - how neat you are friends with THE Curly Girl!!! :)

Meg said...

what a beautiful story -- thanks for sharing!

Darling Petunia said...

Too stinkin' cute!

Hearthandmade said...

Im in love with the top image! I also love your post :) what a random series of events that became so rewarding. Ive made some very good friends through swapping - from all over the world and who are incredibly creative and are kindred spirits. Its wonderful to find someone like that!

Miss Anne said...

Thank you for sharing this.. isn't life's journey just amazing? Every twist, turn, discovery, inspiration etc? :)

Love "Curly Girl" too!

Laura Wynn said...

That is the coolest story ever. What an inspiration!!
Thanks!

cindy said...

I applaud you the strength to take this next step without so much as a bit of anger and what seems like blame. That to me is inspiring and refreshing.

Good luck! <3

Trish said...

I love all of her products! I want one of everything!!

alyssa johns said...

lovely story and card!

amazonham said...

Thanks for introducing me to Curly Girl. I see a lot of her artwork that I would love to own!!

Heather

Tillie said...

Oh my goodness, What a beautiful story, and what a BEAUTIFUL giveaway! I hope the gods of giveaways are shining down on me Its sUCH A BEAUTIFUL ONE! luck LUCK LUCK!!

shewaitsforwhispers[at]ymail[dot]com

love tillie xox