Tuesday, September 7, 2010

it's been beautiful here

As you may have noticed, I haven't posted here in what is now approaching a month.  And, if you follow me on facebook you may or may not have seen the quick note that I dropped a few weeks back alerting fans that I will be closing my zuzu girl handmade shop.  But then I just kept on posting all of my favorite pretty little things there like usual.

So what gives you may ask?

Well, life gives. 
And time. And money. And two glorious children. 

I've been trying to figure out what direction to take this shop for the past six months.  I've made great strides and had so much fun morphing from frilly princess props to classy accessories.  

I love to create.  And I honestly don't know how I'm going to NOT create.  But I just can't afford to continue running the business as I have been.  I have, quite simply, found myself short on the time, money and energy to give to the shop what it rightfully deserves.  

And so, another chapter must end.  

But, I haven't written the end of the story just yet.  Not even in outline form... so it's going to be a surprise to us all!  

I finished my last wholesale order on Monday and my last custom order this morning.  As of tonight I will no longer be adding any new merchandise to the line.  The shop will stay open for just a bit as I inventory and organize.  Much of the product will be picked up by a local retailer so I won't be marking any of it down in the shop.  Any remaining merchandise will, over time, be gifted to my favorite friends, customers & charities.
The question now is how to stay connected to the brilliant, supportive Etsy community that I have so embraced over the last two years.  Because, while I think I can manage to walk away from the Merchant role, I simply can't just walk away all together. 

And so I ponder.  How will you be best served by my passion?  And how will I best fill my innate desire to design, decorate, shop and share?  Should I resurrect my previous blog "it's beautiful here" and continue to bring you all the latest products, parties & people I'm lusting over?  Or should I just change the format here and just keep on keeping on?  Or, is there another retail adventure up my sleeve?  

Only time will tell.  

Would you like me to get to the point now?

Yup, figured so.

So first, if there is something you want in the shop get it now. Before it is gone. If you want multiple items and want to ask me for a bulk discount, go ahead, can't hurt!

And last... (nope, nothing in between) please don't bail on me yet.  I'll be here to entertain you one way or another.  And I'll be sure to let you know how and where... as soon as I do.

It's been simply beautiful.
Thank you for everything.


Waterrose said...

good luck with whatever you decide to do!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I totally understand your dilemma. Life, quite simply, does get in the way of this handmade domination style job. It's hard to balance (mostly because most of us are obsessive over it) this and home life. There comes a time when you are staring at a hard choice, and I believe you have come to a place of grace with it. Whatever you decide, I'll still check up on you!