I know we’re only 2 weeks into October and I said I wouldn’t be back until November but these last 6 weeks have been enough to show me what my new “norm” looks like now that I’m a full time educator/full time mom. And well...I hope you’re all sitting down for this because I know a lot of you aren’t going to like what I’m about to say...
First of all, I’ve gotta tell you, I am in LOVE with my new role. It is exhausting and fun, draining and rewarding, difficult and demanding, crazy and beautiful and everything in between all at once. It’s where I’ve been meant to be all along. It’s also enough. It’s enough for me to handle. It’s ALL that I can handle. I guess what I’m trying to say is, it’s time for me to bid this little small business of mine farewell.
I KNOW, I KNOW! You’re devastated. I said I’d be back to make for you because making’s what I do. And it is. But it’s time for what started out as a hobby to return to just that, a hobby. A hobby, by definition, is an activity done in one’s free time (something I have very little of these days) for pleasure. As much as I’ve loved creating for you all over the years, the truth is, over the last month and a half I’ve received enough orders (via my Etsy Shop) to realize that this little hobby of mine has become less of a hobby and more like a chore and that’s just not fair to anyone involved, including my customers. I need to get back to crafting on MY terms so that it can go back to being an enjoyable, almost therapeutic experience. Between work and sports most of my days are 11 hour days. I leave the house before 8 in the morning and am lucky if I’m home by 7 at night. I’m not complaining because I love this life I’ve made and wouldn’t have it any other way. But it doesn’t leave much time for “other stuff” so it’s important I make sure that “other stuff” is the good stuff. Stuff like enjoying time with my family and friends. And taking care of myself. Making what I feel like making when I feel like making it.
These last few years have been WONDERFUL. I’ve met some amazing people, had friends become customers and customers become friends, and been overwhelmed with support on a pretty much daily basis. My husband and I even BOUGHT A HOUSE thanks in part to Sugar & Spice. But, it’s true what they say, all good things must come to an end. Between now and Christmas I will be making and selling the rest of my stock. Ready to ship items will be posted as they become available and I’ll even be doing one or two craft fairs over the holidays so there will still be opportunities to get your hands on some gifts before the shop closes it’s doors for good. Please know I WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTING CUSTOM ORDERS and all items posted will be available in LIMITED QUANTITIES so once they’re gone THEY.ARE.GONE. I appreciate all of your understanding and patience during this time and just cannot thank you enough for all the love and support you’ve shown me over the last several years. It’s been one hell of a ride 😘