January 2013 Sneak Peek #2

Happy Friday to you! I wanted to share another addition to the January 2013 release.

When I was in college, the design program I was in was really intense. It was a rigorous first year and a half of 'bootcamp' like basics classes that all led up to a 'review' process. The 'review' was a jury of your teachers and the A&D faculty who took a look at your 3 semesters of work and decided whether or not you should be allowed to continue in the program. Like, at all. It is a very stressful and nerve wrecking time. You put your work up, wait all day (some of us may have done some, ahem, 'liquid' waiting…)and then go back in to decide your fate. The day I went into mine, I will never forget. When they told me that I didn't pass, it was as if the whole world had stopped. I had worked so hard, and so long, and at the time, felt like this was the one thing I was good at. I was devastated. Crushed. Lost. I ran all the way back to my dorm room in the snow and just cried in the dark.

My college sweetheart, who was and is one of the best men I know, got wind of my terrible news. He ran from his apartment to my dorm room (there is a lot of running in this story…it was Kansas…it was big, and we didn't have cars…) he opened the door to my room, saw me curled up in a ball and not knowing what else to do just came over and with his whole body, laid right on top of me. Not in an inappropriate way, but in an all-encompassing way. A protective way, He wanted to just soak up all of what was hurting me and take it away.

That move has stayed with me for the rest of my life. At the time, though I appreciated it, and needed it, it seemed odd to me. Throughout the course of my life since then, I have grown to understand that feeling. The feeling of wanting so badly to take away all of what is hurting someone you love, that you just want to cover them like a blanket. Sometimes there are not words to describe that want, only an act.

Sadly, It is often not appropriate to lay on top of your friends and loved ones, so I have tried to encompass that feeling in this card. I know it falls short, but hopefully not by too much.

This one is for the moments when there is just nothing more to say. All you can do is be there for your people when they need you and let them know that you are there. This goes out to a few of my own people who have gone through/are going through things that I wish they didn't have to. My heart is with your heart.


P.S. I did eventually get into and finish the Vis. Com. Program at KU. It was hard to get into and hard to get out of, but I did it. I'd like to think they'd be proud…..with the appropriate amount of chagrin. 😉


  1. Rhonda says

    The sentiment is perfect. There are so many times words aren’t adequate and a card like this would be wonderful to share.

  2. Melissa says

    This is truly perfect.  The exact words I want for those times when there are just no other words to be said….

    Thank you so much and hopefully KU is truly embarrassed by their failure to recognize genius in the making!

  3. says

    Such a touching story! It is a wonderful thing to have someone care about you enough to want to take your hurt away. True blessings in our lives.

  4. Sheryl says

    seeing the card gave me a lump in my throat – it’s perfect.

    “It is often not appropriate to lay on top of your friends and loved ones” 🙂 I kind of want to take up cross stitch just to put that on a pillow.

    As always, thank you for your art and your insight into the human experience.

  5. Angie says

    So : “Sadly, It is often not appropriate to lay on top of your friends and loved ones”
    I see a t-shirt: maybe a magnet or two. Just saying.

  6. Wendy says

    This story, Leigh … I can just picture it!!  An amazing moment transferred to an amazing card.  LOVE

  7. says

    Hi Leigh,
    Your story brought tears to my eyes. I know just what you mean. This card is really something that is needed in the market place. Sometimes there are just no words and this card says it for us. Thanks. : )

  8. Emily says

    Beautiful.  I can think of several occasions where I wish I had these words and this card to send.

  9. Deb says

    I have practiced the all encompassing hug with all my beloved children. There is nothing like it. AND, this design reflects that feeling. AND, may KU know that no one before or likely after you, has encompassed such sparkling gifts and natural talent.

  10. Bea Jo says

    Loved hearing the story that inspired the card… thanks for sharing such a heartfelt story… and sometimes the best stories often involve quite a bit of “running.”!!!!

  11. Bea Jo says

    Read this thought today from one of Brene Brown’s book,
    “When we tell our stories, we change the world.”- I appreciate you telling your stories in your blog and through your art.

  12. says

    Leigh ~ I lost my mother a few weeks ago and when I saw your card, it simply touched me and by the time I finished reading your post, tears were streaming down my cheeks.
    Your card captures sentiment perfectly and will touch a number of lives.

  13. SusanG says

    This is a beautiful card.  There is a very special person in my life (my sister) who is going through something that is so heart breaking and all I want to do is be able to take away her pain.  If I could, I would give this card to her this very moment.  I know it would touch her deeply and help her feel better.  Thank you Leigh for sharing your heart with us.

  14. Tami says

    LOVE the story AND the card!!!Sorry that you had to go through that, but very grateful for the person you turned out to be in spite of, or perhaps in part, because of it! :)You are one awesome girl! Definitely moved by this one. Really plucked a few heartstrings!

  15. says

    This is so touching. I came to this page via facebook and you are 100% correct that these are beautiful words for the families in Newtown CT affected by such a horrific tragedy today. Thank you for this.

  16. Linda says

    Your story brought tears to my eyes.  What a tender and good man!  I know that feeling – I could use lots of these cards.  Maybe your best yet??

  17. Jen says

    Once again, your cards say what I don’t have the words for. I’ve never been a “card” person, but yours are amazing and I am just so very thrilled that you are still creating beautiful work. I hope you understand how much your art really does mean to people and how it is having a chance to impact lives for the better. What is better than that? 🙂

  18. Carolyn Preston says

    OMG, that is PERFECT for some times!!!!!  I have to tell you that I purchased a plaque for my niece (Pluck and cute pair of shoes). She just realized that she could not possibly attend post-secondary school away from home (after one semester of trying to do that very thing). Thank you so much for your brilliance.


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