Updated Thursday, March 14, 2013
I am in the process of making some life changes. It's been a gradual process, but one a long time in the making. As you know, I do a fair amount of volunteering and fostering for our local animal shelter, Southern Pines Animal Shelter. My hours spent in that endeavor have continued to increase over the last few years, and I continue to feel tugged by this special organization, its volunteers, staff and of course the animals.
This week, I am putting in an application to become shelter manager (a position that was vacated about a month ago.) Last week, I filled in as interim shelter manager for the entire week. Although this job would bring new challenges, I feel invigorated by the possibility of a change and the feeling that I'd be making a big difference in my community for animals who so need help.
Parts of my web site are now almost 20 years old. I've been operating my business for 17 years, and in that time, I have made so many friends and met so many wonderful stitchers (in person and just online.) I've travelled around the country to teach and attend events and markets, I got to do a bunch of designing in two different styles, and really, I got to live my dream. What more could I ask?
I'm not planning on giving up on the industry entirely. In fact, I've been moving my inventory over to my Shakespeare's Peddler eBay store. There you can find bargains and new and fun needlework items, some new, some classic. Operating on eBay will allow me to continue to keep my toe in the water as eBay takes out a lot of the steps for me when filling an order. You can join my newsletter list through that eBay page to receive updates on what's new or on sale.
So, this isn't necessarily "good-bye." Your friendship, support, business, and all of your kind words over the last 17 years have been so fulfilling to me. This business allowed me to pick up my kids after school (and let them grow up at home, rather than in daycare.) And how nice is that?
I will let y'all know more as I know more. Wish me luck! -- Theresa