One door closes and another one opens….

There has been so much that’s happened over the last 6 weeks. Unfortunately blogging took a backseat while I sorted everything out…..

So I took a much needed vacation in the middle of March with my sister & took part in the Crafty Chica cruise. We had the most incredible time, met the most amazing people and actually relaxed. We loved every minute of the trip! I almost forgot to mention the desserts at dinner every nite on the ship – I had the molten chocolate cake each night. Yep, you read that correctly…..and yes, it was that good that I had to have it each night!

I’ll post some of the pics of the stuff I made in a separate post. The projects were a lot of fun after I got over my initial melt-down & realized I needed to let go of the control freak in me. I was a little intimidated the first day by how easily the “art process” came to so many of the participants. These people are all incredibly talented & I felt like such a hack. My sister helped me snap out of it! I usually work differently & plan everything out, including sketching out my designs before-hand, but it taught me how to be resourceful & use the materials that were available. It was waaaaay out of my comfort zone, but I ended up learning so much about myself and that I’m not just a stamper, but an actual Mixed Media Artist! Go figure! :)

We stayed a few extra days in California. It was our first time there & everything was so beautiful. We stopped at Zuma Beach, drove thru Topanga Canyon, saw Grauman’s Chinese Theater, walked on Hollywood Blvd & the Walk of Fame. We even got to see Kat Von D’s tattoo shop! We took a so many pictures. I still can’t believe how much I loved Cali. Everyone we encountered were so nice! We’ll definitely go back. We’re considering signing up for next year’s Craft Chica cruise.

About a week after we returned, I was informed by my employer’s CEO that my position had been eliminated. So please pardon my short melt-down…… It took me about a week to really wrap my brain around the news. I went thru all of the emotions…….”Why me? Why? Why? Why? What the heck am I going to do now?” Once I picked up my shattered ego off the floor, I pulled myself together. So this is my last week at work and I’m wrapping up the final details. I’ve been busy over the last few weeks working out the hand-off of my responsibilities, prepping training documents/manuals, training some staff & attending a bunch of meetings.

Last week, my fave stamp store Stampology Chicago announced they’re looking for a new owner. If they aren’t able to find the right owner, then they will close the shop. This is a complete bummer. Jeez, so much bad news in a month. On the other hand, one door closes and another one opens…….!

Let’s see what the next month brings. I think things are about to change in a really positive way for me. I have a really good feeling about what’s going to happen next! :)

2 thoughts on “One door closes and another one opens….

  1. It was nice to finally meet you and welcome to the “dark side” of mixed-media (e.g., adding craft stamps & white glue into the mix)!

    p.s. Skelekitty says “HI!”

  2. So glad you had a vacation BEFORE you found out about the work thing and your favorite store. Times are tough here, too. Sometimes we wonder what else could happen? And then, instead of disaster, something wonderful happens. Not always, but enough to keep going.

    I’m wishing something wonderful for you, too!

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