I am trying to write this without bursting into tears. Oh. Too late. Here they come...
Rose and I "met" in June 2010 after she emailed me in regards to my internship - the only problem - she lived in New Zealand! There was just something about the message she sent me and her sweet blog that made me feel like there could be something there. Since then she has assisted me from afar and we got to know one another through postcards, packages and Skype.
At the beginning of this year she told me that she and her boyfriend, Scott, were "keen" on coming to Lancaster so she could work in the studio with me. WHAT?! I felt so overwhelmed by the idea. It seemed too generous. Too big. She was willing to travel across this world to sit in my little studio? She said she was. So she came! And I will never be the same.
Rose just lit up my heart with her cheerfulness every morning and passion for her craft and MaeMae. With hers and Katie's help we have finished the wedding collection and a little social stationery collection (launch next month!). But not only did we get a lot of beautiful work done these last 6 weeks (I am just bursting to show you all!) but I learned so much from Rose about what it means to be passionate, risk everything for your dreams, and how to be a superb friend. She is a gem and I miss her immensely. I have found a kindred spirit in her and am so excited for her as she pursues design full time when she returns home. I could go on and on about how lovely and fabulous Rose is but I will end up like last night when I had to say goodbye to her - crying in bed and then consuming an entire loaf of French bread with a stick of butter.
Rose - you have forever changed me and the way I view the world. Can't wait until we are reunited. Thank you for everything. I am taking good care of the basil plant, Wally, and still polishing off the Hello Dollys.
All my love,
TOTAL MAJ MOMENT. xx