*A revived, mini-series of Thankful Thursday is back through the month of November, in honor of Thanksgiving :-)
I am thankful for…
My friend Leslie Capizzi
I was living in Boulder at the time of the 2002 SNAG conference in Denver, Colorado and decided it was the perfect opportunity to experience my first conference since I could commute daily to and from Denver fairly easily. Even though it was an unforgettable learning experience for me, I met and talked with very few people at that conference as I was too shy to make much of a concerted effort to introduce myself. However, there was a woman sitting in front of me during one of the lectures who boldly turned around during a break and struck up a conversation by complimenting me on my necklace (the first 'hand necklace' I ever made) …that woman was Leslie Capizzi.
Leslie and I became fast friends after the conference. She lived in nearby Longmont, and we got together for frequent lunches and gallery outings, talking shop about jewelry making, etc. We had much in common, particularly our love of thrift stores. We shared many thrifting adventures, her and I. She was right there with me as I rummaged the toy aisle, accumulating mass amounts of discarded Barbie and Ken dolls. Since my move back to NY in 2004, I often pine for Colorado's amazing thrift stores, but it's those outings with Leslie which I've truly missed.
An incredibly talented jewelry artist herself (coupled with top notch sales experience and people skills) Leslie continues to build her business beautifully. Her recent work has an edgy "cityscape" feel to it that I'm really diggin'…
exactly what to look for and always sends perfectly salvaged Barbies. Results from her latest care package, received just last week: