Bragging Rights - Lesley

fan work interviews

We love bragging about you. That's why we've started an interview series where we feature some of our biggest fans. We want everyone to get a peek at the amazing work they're doing and be inspired, because they're seriously some of the coolest people we've ever met.

Today we're bragging about Lesley (@lulubellestitching).

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I'm a stay at home mom with 5 kids, ages ranging from 20 to 8. We're a home schooling family, making that decision when our eldest was in elementary school and we found his needs were not being met in traditional public school. It's been a pretty amazing journey so far. I'm active in our home education community, I've recently joined the board of the Nova Scotia Home Educators Association as second chair. The home ed community here is very supportive and I'm excited to get back to working with NSHEA (I had been on the board a few years ago). 
I'm a knitter, been knitting for 14 years, and I also sew. The crafty hobbies come in handy in another aspect of my life: I'm a belly dancer in a local troupe called UberWench Belly Dance and we make a lot of our own costumes. Dancing with my wenches has been amazing, both physically and mentally, and we're a very close knit group. I also enjoy gardening and have plans this spring for a witchy herbal garden to use in my kitchen and in my spiritual practice. 
It's a pretty busy life but it's also really awesome. 

What is your hidden talent?

I wouldn't call it hidden, but I seem to be really sensitive to pregnancy. Like, I've known several times before I was told that someone I know was pregnant, and more than once I've greeted the news with mild confusion because I was pretty sure the person had already told me. 

What is the coolest (or weirdest) thing you have ever done?

I used to volunteer with Hope for Wildlife, a wildlife rehab center here in Nova Scotia (they have a TV show) and I would catch injured wildlife and help out around the farm. I once drove through rush hour traffic while trying to keep a starling from escaping their box, and another time drove a box full of very squeaky baby raccoons. I've caught feisty seagulls and badly injured pigeons, and helped care for baby raccoons, including bathing them after their early attempts to feed themselves. (They wore more than they ate, lol.) It was a very rewarding experience.

The song that's currently in your head?

Phil Collins' "Groovy Kind Of Love"

The book you share with all your friends?

Most recently it's been "The Marrow Thieves" by Cherie Dimaline. It's one of those books that I'm envious of people who get to experience it for the first time. So good!! (You can find a link to the book on GoodReads HERE.)

What superlative would you give yourself? (ex. Most Likely to Become a Crazy Cat Lady)

Most likely to Mom the Shit Out of You. (Come here for a hug. Did you get enough to eat today?)

What embroidery project are you most proud of?

Over the holiday I free-handed a few small gifts and I'm super pleased with the way one of them turned out. It's a small cactus with a string of lights and it's one of the few times the finished project looked exactly how I pictured it in my head. And the recipient loved it too.   

Inspired by Lesley's interview? You can follow her on Instagram (@lulubellestitching).

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