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December 9, 2008

Change in Direction

I just wanted to let you know there will be no more challenges.  I was excited to try them - they failed - and I have other things I can and should be devoting my time to than the hours spent finding/posting/creating/photographing/consolidating/posting again for the Combat Boot Challenges that no one is able to take part in.  Thanks to those of you who did participate!

Also, you will soon see that I am posting less frequently on here.  I am trying to prioritize, and blogging - while very rewarding when I actually am told that something is appreciated or enjoyed - is not as important as my family is.  So...I'm going to post things I make - probably entirely SU! creations since my DT time is coming to an end and I'm not applying to anymore - when I can.  I'm returning to my beloved SU! roots (lets just hope that I can stay a SU! demo - I've always said the first time I have to buy my own stuff to meet my minimum sales requirement as a demo, I will drop, and finally having moved here to DE has caught up - no new customers and the old ones are "moving on" without me).  I will be super sad because I LOVE SU! and I absolutely decided to be a demo for only two reasons - to share that love by teaching others about stamping, and to enjoy the 20% discount.  I did not sign up to "have" to buy product every three months - just as needed.  Anyway, due to the less frequent posting, another plug here for subscribing via Feedblitz/Feedburner/Google Reader, etc.

Thank you to those of you who check in on me - I greatly appreciate it, especially when the hubby is gone for weeks at a time.  Sometimes your comments and my replies to them are the only adult "conversation" and/or interaction I have in my day!  I appreciate each of you so much.

I hope everyone has a very happy holiday - whatever it is that you celebrate - and I myself will definitely enjoy this Christmas season and the special Spirit that is brought into my home and to those around me.  I just love that part of this holiday!!!

Take care!!!


  1. :-(
    You sound disheartened, and that makes me sad.
    Please remember that I'm used to "spouse away" conversations... my brother is in Iraq, and my SIL has been at home with their twins (born Nov. 2007) since he left in Feb. (Well, she HAS left the house, but you know what I mean... ;-D) Contact me WHENEVER you need to. I'm here for ya!
    Kelly in Ohio

  2. Awww Marie!
    It makes me sad that the challenges are gonna go away... I really liked them! Unfortunately, I couldn't always participate.
    Well... I know how much family is important to both of us.
    I look forward to seeing your posts with SU! only products... that's a challenge in itself! LOL

  3. p.s.
    Thank you for all the inspiration you provide to me!
    I thought that because of all your inspiration, you deserve an award… so check out my blog for more details and your award!

  4. :oP I'm pouting, and sticking my tounge out at you at the same time. I hear ya girl, and I understand. If you need five minutes to have an adult conversation, you can call me. I don't get it either, and I totally understand....you know that. Hang in there girl!

  5. Marie:
    You are appreciated! You've been a wonderful resource for me. Keep on going - it's worth it!

  6. Ah MAN! I missed them all. My feedblitz thing wasn't working. I haven't been getting ANY of them for awhile. Apparently my feedblitz account got blocked somehow. Now I am playing catch up!

  7. I'm afraid I'm not very good at "inspirational photo" challenges - I can't quite make the leap to translate the images I see into a card. I'm sorry I wasn't able to participate.
    I do look forward to seeing your cards, even if there are fewer posts. You do such lovely work!


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Marie :)