Generally here on The Magic Bean, I don't talk much about my personal life - I prefer to keep it crafty. However, there have been some big changes in my life that will mean some large and noticeable changes around here.
Some of you have already written to me, noticing some small changes and others have noticed that I've been selling off my original art dolls.
All these changes, small and large, have come about because 6 months ago my husband of 10 years decided to end our marraige. I don't want to go into detail about it, but it was a major shock for me. I've been doing my best to come to terms and make the best decisions for my future. One of those decisions has been to leave my beloved London to be with my family in Canada.
I also went back to working outside of making cloth dolls and teaching crafts which I will continue to need to do in order to keep my financial situation in order. So while I'll be keeping up my blog; teaching classes and creating new patterns may not be possible.
I've held off telling people generally because I find it very difficult. I hope you will forgive me that I won't write about this again or discuss it further via comments.
I'm due to leave London on June 12th. Due to the very little time I have left to get my life in London in order in preparation for my move, I may not even be able to reply to individual e-mails so I hope you will forgive that as well. I know how supportive my blog readers can be and I thank you in advance for all your thoughts and kindness.
One favour I would like to ask, is that I have 3 remaining original art dolls that I must sell before I go and I have just days to sell them. If you know of someone who is a doll collector that you think might like to own one of my original dolls, please could you pass on the link to the original art doll section of my Etsy shop. Update: All the original art dolls that I had to sell before leaving the UK have now sold. I do have a few more that I left behind in Canada and they may be on sale at some point in the future for those people who have written to me to ask.
And of course you can also buy my patterns and PDF tutorials via my Etsy shop which are all available for instant download.
One of the many good things about blogs, is that I won't lose contact with any of the people I've encountered in London or around the world. As I go through this change, I hope that you will come on this journey with me via my blog - wherever in the world we all are.
PS. As a final tip of my hat to London and the UK, I'll be participating in Pin It Forward UK to garner some support and excitement about Pinterest in the UK. I hope you'll be back on June 7th to read more about Pin It Forward UK.