I have already hinted that a big announcement was imminent but I am guessing that many of you will be surprised to hear what it is. Are you sitting down comfortably????? You may need to brace yourself for this one! There is no easy way to say it other than blurt it right out....so are you ready? ...........I am going to be retiring at the end of this year. Well, I say retiring, semi-retiring would be more accurate.
Basically, it has been 18 years since I started L.B.Crafts and I’m exhausted. I have loved every single minute of it, well every minute excluding the paperwork!!! I have made friends that will remain friends for life, I have taught hundreds of people over the years in my classes and many have become dear friends.....you guys know who you are.
It is not my intention to disappear from the face of the earth completely. Artsycrafts will continue as teaching is my passion, although it will be reduced to one event a year as it is my main aim to spend some quality time with my family. Leandra has a few things that I will be helping her with and I do intend to continue teaching my own classes although the venue for these is still to be confirmed.
My whole family, especially my fabulous husband Mark have all been beyond understanding about the amount of my life that I have dedicated to my addiction of crafting and now it is time to give something back to them. I have four beautiful grandchildren and it breaks my heart that I have not had the time to spend with them and this is the first thing on my agenda to put right. Mark will wonder what the heck has happened, a meal on the table when he gets home from work will be really nice......I hope......after all, I'm not a fantastic cook but I think he deserves a treat or two after everything he has sacrificed for me.
I have already told a few people about my plans and some have said how sad it is. Please do not think that I am sad about it, it is my choice and I am very excited at the prospect of a new beginning. I already have a few teaching things in the pipeline for next year and who knows where my new journey will take me. My only sadness about my decision is for Karen and Linda. I am sure that if you follow Linda on her blog, you will be able to keep up to date with her plans for the future and as for Karen, well, what can I say. I simply have not the words to express my gratitude to Karen. She has gone way beyond the call of duty in absolutely everything that she has done for me over the last few years and has also been very supportive of my decision to call it a day. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you to Karen, Linda (otherwise known as Julia or Sweet Pea) and all my faithful customers for the amazing support you have given me, I have been blown away by all of you.
The shop will actually close it’s doors a week before Christmas so keep your eye on this blog for details of bargains that will be up for grabs soon.
With my very best wishes and heartfelt thanks to all of you.