Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Sad Farewell...

Hello, friends!

It's been a while since I've been here, I know. My job and my family have taken much of my time over the last few months, and creative time is at a minimum. I have decided to step away from stamping and blogging for now. That also means I had to make the very difficult decision to resign from the MFT Creative Team. I can't even tell you how much it makes me sad to leave Kim and all my amazing friends there. But they deserve more than I can give right now. :(

Stamping and blogging have been such an important part of my life for several years. I am so thankful that this "hobby" has brought me so much happiness and has allowed some of my best friends to enter my life. I have had an amazing ride as a designer -- when I started stamping, I never dreamed I'd have the opportunities with which I've been blessed!

And you, my friends and readers -- you have made it all SO worth it! You all understand this obsession we call stamping, and you share in my joys and inspire me to keep creating. THANK YOU!

As I told the MFT team, I will not consider this a "good bye," just a "see you later." After this first year of teaching is behind me, and Megan finishes her senior year of high school, I'm hoping to be back doing what I really love, with all the time I need to do it well. I hope you'll be back when that time comes!

I'll still be lurking around in blogland or over at SCS, and I hope to carve out the occasional time to get inky, so I won't let the cobwebs settle on this blog. :)

Thanks again to all of you for sharing this part of my life with me -- big hugs to you all!

Until later...

Christina

27 comments:

Nancy Thomas said...

Hi Christine - just wanted to pop in and let you know how much I will miss seeing your MFT projects. I hope you have a great year!

Misti said...

Although I am sad to hear this, I am somewhat relieved as well. In that, I mean that sometimes I feel like I'm the only one that has had to step away for a while! I feel "left out" and hate that I don't have time for my crafting as I once did. It's nice to know it happens to everyone at some point or another. I wish you joy while you attend to your family and their needs. We WILL meet again in the crafting community! I keep telling myself that one day, yes ONE DAY it will happen again, I will be able to create as I used to!!!

Bonnie said...

Oh my dear Christina! What a sad post....I will miss you my friend and your upbeat posts and your MFT projects for sure.......hope to see you back posting if things ever settle down.....*hugs*

Carolyn King said...

Hmmm...I left a comment and it got eaten. Enjoy your time with your dd and I, and so many others, will be here when you have a moment of crafty time. Miss you!!! Enjoy your time off...everyone needs to unplug sometimes. B right here when you come back. LOVE and much huggery! C

Tammy Hershberger said...

Have been wondering how things were going with the new job, etc. and heard this sad news from a little birdie last weekend. :) I'm sorry you're having to step back, but know myself that it's all for the very best reasons! HUGS to you, girlfriend! Keep in touch!

Deborah Anton said...

I can relate and it's ok. It is hard to give up what you enjoy, but you have to do what you know is right. You will be missed for sure!! Big Hugs and we really should get together soon!! xoxox

JoAnn said...

I will miss your posts, but definitely understand. Family comes first. Take care and will be here when you are able to post.

Lu said...

Dear Christina,

As a wannabe craffter, I can't tell you how much you will be missed-but sometimes a break is good. Do not stay away too long. You are so talented and I always looked forward to your contributions. Blessings

Kim said...

Hugs my friend - and know you're not rid of me that easily!

texasjodylynn said...

HUGS, Christina. Hope you have time to relax a little in between everything else you need to do. You'll be missed.

Buddy said...

You and your creativity WILL be missed!

Susie said...

God bless you, Christina. You're very special to all of us that know you. Sending big hugs.

Susie said...

God bless you, Christina. You're very special to all of us that know you. Sending big hugs.

Tracey said...

Such sad news Christina!! I will miss seeing all of your MFT creations of course, but I understand your decision. Sometimes family & life have to come before crafting! You do what you have to do and we will be here waiting when you get a chance to be crafty! All the best to you!!! xx

Michelle Single said...

I'll be right here waiting for you when you get back :) Good luck to you as you sort out this massive change for you! If you need anyone to "hold" your MFT stuff for you, I'm happy to help out :D

Michele Boyer said...

{{{{{Christina}}}}}

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

I am SO going to miss you sweet girl!!! I hope life gets less hectic for you and we get to see some of your creative genius on your blogaroo every now and again! HUGS!

carole (TruCarMa) said...

Even Hot Pockets need to turn down the heat every once in a while! :) Believe me, I can relate to wanting to do it all, but with only so many hours in a day, and kiddos aging in the blink of an eye... we have to prioritize. I'll miss your regular creations, but I'll look forward to your occasional ones. Big hugs, gf.

g said...

{{GIANT HUGS}} we're all so going to miss you & your fab creations! sending all my best wishes & hope you'll post from time to time so we know what you're up to!

Kelli Hull said...

I'm just now able to post to you Christina... read your post AGAIN and STILL teared up... I SO don't think stamping (me) comes before your family and career, but SERIOUSLY??? You are LEAVING ME??? Oh Christina!!!! :*( You KNOW you are MY Mentor/Coach/FRIEND!!! LOL!

I will be RIGHT here tappin my toes waiting for your return!!!

LOVE YOU DEARLY!!!!! Take care and Love on that GREAT Family of yours that shared you with us!!!!

Dawn Easton said...

Christina, I'm sorry to see you have to leave BUT I totally understand where you are coming from. I cut back a LOT this past year too. Work and family need your time. I do hope you are enjoying teaching again full time and I can only imagine how much your students ADORE you! You are one of the sweetest people I have known over the years. Best of luck to you!!!
Miss you already :(

Janneke said...

I am sorry to see you leave the MFT dt ;o) And blogging too, but I know I will see you later ...Hope you join your time for now and please do not be a stranger darling ...

Hugs, Janneke XO

Lisa H. said...

miss you! lets get together soon....drop me a note or give me a call.

pradeepstainless said...

What beautiful pictures, they are so lucky to have a friend like you who does such great work.by Rp

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Who am I going to KopyKat now? lol. I have so enjoyed your work and have missed seeing your fabulous cards on the blog hops. So I hope you can find time once in a while to do this still.

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