This post is a little overdue–but I just wanted to give a proper shout-out to a project from a while back. And a person that I have come to know over the past few years.
I met Elvie in the strangest of ways. I had a dear friend from college–someone that I met in England on my Junior-Year-Abroad program. I had lost touch with Lori over the years. But found here on Facebook in February, 2009.
(Lori. Me. Durham, England. 1989)
We had a fast friendship from our earliest meeting. A deep affection for one another, even though we had not been in contact. So once we reconnected, she came to visit me in LA. We spoke on the phone a lot and frantically messaged back and forth, trying to make up for lost time. This period of time was so painfully brief! Lori passed away that October. She had been struggling with some health problems, but it was still such a bitter, difficult blow.
Lori was such a special person and I felt very comforted and soothed through Facebook. Learning from the posts on her page, how much she was loved and appreciated and celebrated for her life. I connected with some of her friends and family. But one person, Elvie–really stood out to me.
Elvie was a childhood friend of Lori’s. Someone who had also shared an important piece of her life, but someone who was also missing her the way I was. With a regret that there was ever a reason to part in the first place, years ago. That made this new loss hard to bear. Elvie and I began to send messages back and forth and to form a friendship of our own.
She was the first one to make a purchase and support my old Etsy shop, Hooray4LaLa. She was always supportive of that endeavor and she also opened up a shop of her own. We have had much fun creating and trading items. Keeping up with each other in a friendly sort of way. Even though I have never actually met her.
Through Facebook, her Etsy shop, and her blog, it’s been a treat to get to know her. And her sister and her mom! I’ve loved getting to know someone who loves animals as much as I do! So–long story short–when I started making hats and was ready to get my own new Etsy shop open, I knew that I wanted to make something special for this most excellent Miss.
And, knowing her from these social platforms, it was easy to know what style, what look to go for. Elvie does like her some goth. some cute. some vampires. some skullies. She also lived in Miami for a long time. I knew that I wanted to go a little Mid-Century Modern. A little Lily Pulitzer-meets-Day of the Dead. And this is what I ended up with. One for Elvie.
Wear it in Peace, Love and Friendship, dear girl. XXX
PS: And in case you are wondering…I truly feel that Lori had a hand in all of this.
And I know that somewhere, somehow–she’s really enjoying this lemonade-from lemons bond.