I got the unspeakably sad news this morning from our AREtsy team leader: Our friend Julie Anne Stillwell passed away yesterday.
Julie Anne was known on Etsy as Diamondmeenuh. Remember my remarks about the adorable "bird lady" who sewed her products totally by hand and donated handmade games to the Art YaYas' Jennifer Project? Who wrote epic novels from the point of view of her five bird "children"? Who was always upbeat and cheerful and the first to offer help to AREtsy newbies or anyone else who needed a boost?
Julie Anne dealt with a cascade of health problems with optimism and determination, but pneumonia got her anyway. I can't say everything I want to say here this morning. I'm profoundly sad, and the words won't come. Maybe I'll be able to say more later. Or maybe you could take a look at Julie Anne's site and see just how remarkable she was. (The link to her blog is in the right-hand column of this page.)
So long, precious Julie Anne. Today, you're out of that damn wheelchair, running and laughing and breathing deep. Today, you're flying like the birds you love so much. Godspeed.