Meet my new friend

by arianne

I read her story, a special needs mom, and it so resonated.  I knew the struggles of her heart, because they are my struggles too.  Even though our kids have different issues, the mom result is mostly the same.  Not giving up, persevering, constant priority checks.

I emailed her, to just say “I know.“  To say hi officially, to introduce myself, to tell her I loved her work and her words.

We bonded over emails, understanding and family.  It’s how so many friendships start out these days.  {Aren’t we all so blessed?}

Soon she asked if she could send me a special necklace.  I told her my story, about Mabel Love, and she prayed for me. A few days later this piece of beauty arrived in my mailbox:


If you look closely, it says “love”.  It’s my new Mabel necklace, a sweet reminder that I wear constantly.  Touching it when I want to feel close, holding on to it when I pray.  My own special reminder of what we’ve lost.

I’m talking about Lisa Leonard, the designer and artist who makes all those stunning sterling silver necklaces you may have seen here and there around the web.  She is my new friend, and she inspires me daily.  With not only her magnificent work, but her soul touching blog.  She shares stories of her family, touches on special needs issues, posts beautiful photography and little snippets of whimsy. It’s a daily read for me.

Lisa wants to reach out to you, to get to know you too.  You can follow her on Twitter to see what she’s up to each day.

Lisa also wants to give one of you with one or two things from her shop — isn’t she generous?  I can’t wait to add to my collection of Lisa Leonard designs, myself.  Maybe you’d like the banner necklace that I have, maybe you’d like a string of charms with each of your babies’ names like this one.  I bought this leather cuff for a special someone, and I wouldn’t mind one for myself.  It’s unisex and simple and depending on what you have stamped on it — powerful and inspirational.

Take a look at Lisa’s shop, what do you like?  If you leave a comment below telling me your fav item from Lisa’s work, you’ll be entered to win a $75 gift certificate to get your own handmade pretties. {Like I said, SO generous!}

I always love to give you extra chances to win, so after you leave the required comment, here are other ways to enter {leave a separate comment for each entry}:

  • Follow Lisa on Twitter – @lisaleonard
  • Tweet/RT about this giveaway – can be done maximum of once per day.  Include @Tothink {me} and link to this giveaway in the tweet
  • Facebook or Blog about the giveaway
  • Email friends about the giveaway (bcc me on the email arianne [at] tothinkistocreate [dot] com)
  • Subscribe to my blog via email or RSS
  • Anything else?  Any other way you’d like credit for spreading the word about the giveaway, leave a comment telling me about your creative prowess and I’ll include it in the entries.

I’d really like to get the word out about Lisa and her amazing work, she’s blessed so many and deserves a little {lot} of love.  Even if you’re not interested in winning because you already have one of her pretties, will you consider blessing her by spreading the word?  Please leave me a comment to let me know you did so I can come visit you. Contest ends next Tuesday March 9th at Noon EST, winner will be announced here and linked to as well (if applicable).

Thanks and be blessed!

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