Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Meet-Up in NYC

Many of you know me from Craftster (I'm Leslieshappyheart there); and many of you also know my swap co-organizer Susan (she's susanab on Craftster). I've mentioned Susan MANY times on this blog; she's the one who got me interested in Craftster, and she's the one who encouraged me to start a blog. After knowing her on-line for several years, we finally met in person!

Last Sunday my husband and I travelled to New York City for BlytheCon 2013, a gathering of Blythe doll collectors and enthusiasts. Since Susan lives in New Jersey and works in NYC, it was easy for her to meet up with us there for lunch. We had planned to meet at the Panera Bread restaurant that is less than a block from Penn Station (we came into that station on the train), but Susan texted me to say she was waiting for us outside the station. When we came out onto the street the crowd was thick, and I stood in the middle of it, craning my neck left and right, looking for a small, dark-haired woman; then I heard "LESLIE!" and suddenly Susan was right in front of me! We gave each other a big hug, and started talking a mile a minute. The three of us made our way to Panera Bread (which was surprisingly quiet when we walked in), got our lunches, and sat down for good food and good conversation. Bill took these pictures of us as we sat across from him.

We had a bit less than two hours before I had to be at BlytheCon to watch a demonstration, so after a little eating and much talking (my voice was actually getting hoarse!) we reluctantly said goodbye. It was wonderful to meet Susan; she felt like a familiar friend, and our first meeting was so fun that I know we will see each other again.


Anonymous said...

That's so neat that you two could meet in person after this long!! I've met up with one Craftster member so far and I know it's fun!

wendiek said...

Great to see the two of you having fun!
How nice to finally meet each other in person.

I would love to meet a Craftster member, but there are not that many in the Netherlands and I don't know one I would like to meet!

Anyway, I miss you around Craftster lately Leslie, but reading your blog keeps me in touch with you.


Unknown said...

It was so so nice to meet Leslie and her hub Bill! It really was as if we had been school pals from way back, catching up. We were so lucky to have this opportunity--thank you Blythes!

Kay said...

How lovely for you both. I am so glad for you. There are people I would love to see from the blogging world. The blogging world is such a lovely place to be, I have learned so much in the last 2 years that I have been sewing and reading blogs. Glad to see you posting again.

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