Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Moving on... {Good and Sad News!}

Sorry, I have been absent lately...so much has happened in the past couple of weeks. We have purchased a new home and are now in the process of selling this one. And I'm sure those of you who have sold/purchased a house, know what a daunting task it is! I am usually pretty easy going and always trying to think positive, but all of this has drove me crazy! While, it is a great time for us, and we are very happy, it is also very stressful! Always keeping the house sparkling clean, just in case, a prospective buyer may stop by! Not easy when you have an active 3 yr old running around and moving boxes everywhere! But none the less, we are truly blessed and happy! But here is the sad news, I have had to resign from all my design teams, temporarily! It was a very hard decision for me to make! I have worked so hard to get where I was and to have to resign was not easy. But like I said, it will only be temporary. I just couldn't do it all. It was getting too overwhelming not to mention I have had to pack up most of my supplies. But I will be back!

I will still post things on here, in between the move and I will let you all know how we are progressing. I have enjoyed posting here and reading all your sweet comments and I couldn't stay away from you all for long. So I will still be around here when I can. I still have one last project I have to do for Shimmerz Paints! There will be a release of some new colors on the 21st! Can anyone say Vintage!! Oh yeah! I also may have one last giveaway before I move. So stay tuned for that! :)

Before I leave you today, I just want to show you a couple of projects I made for the June Dirty Dozen gallery over at SCS. The theme was called "In the Beginning" So we could do something for a new baby, new home, new car, etc. My FAVORITE theme!!

This is a Godiva Chocolate box that I altered to give as a little welcome gift to a new neighbor. It uses some Clear Dollar and Lizzie Anne stamps, a wooden birdhouse, Shimmerz Paints and some papers by Pink Paislee, Basic Grey and October Afternoon.
This card was made using a stamp by Magenta, simply called Baby Carriage. Isn't it precious? I love that stamp!
And finally, this button tree. I think it would be a perfect centerpiece for a baby shower. I would also make a fun game. Can you guess how many buttons were used to make this??!
I will be back shortly, with a few more things from this fun theme. You all are the BEST! Thank you so much for all your support, sweet comments and friendship! I cherish every one of you! ;)

Hugs...

60 comments:

Moni said...

So fab project, love them all. Sorry to hear about resigning and great about the house! Hugs,moni

Craftyanny said...

oh Melissa I don't know which of those I like more. Stunning projects, each of them!!!
Good luck with your move, been there done that etc. Hope you get a sale soon:)
Anne x

Love the Decor! said...

What great ideas! You are one talented lady!
Hang in there with the move It is so hard but it will all work out :))

Daniella said...

Melissa, don´t stress out, we´ll be here waiting for you and your amazing work. Hugs & kisses

Penny said...

omgosh that chocolate box is absolutely GORGEOUS!

Shelley said...

Congratulations o your new adventure. I love looking at all the cards and altered projects you have made in the past. good luck in the sale of the old house, and have an easy move. looking forward to reading your blog.

Lilacanglia said...

Fantastic projects and card,
Sorry to hear that you have to resign short term, look forward to you coming back,
Hope you have a successful move,
Hugs
Angie

Ann said...

Just fabulous projects. I will keep you in my following so that when you are back blogging regular I'll know.

HOpe all goes well with the move. Don't envy you with a little one too but it will be worth it in the end.

Ann xxx

Carrie said...

Great projects. I love them! Good Luck with the move. I understand what a HUGE task that is and I'm sorry that you had to resign from your design teams for a short time. I hope your house sells quickly. Best of Luck!

Christi said...

We are in the process of buying our first house so I know exactly what you mean! I've even thought about dropping my DT's as well but am waiting to see how much I can handle once we know that we're moving. I know that you will definitely be missed but I'm sure once things settle down you will be back. Hope the house sells quickly and your project is amazing!!!

Crafty Dawn said...

You are amazing and you created these FABBY projects while sellin home move house etc talk about organised wow loving the baby carage stamp and it must of taken ages to make the other darling projects!

Love Dawn xx

lastivka said...

Melissa, fabulous card and projects!!! I'm speechless :)))) About 200 buttons for your button tree or not? :)

Queenie said...

Hi Melissa sorry you had to resign but life happens and can understand. Your blog is an inspiration and look forward to hearing how things go for you and when you can seeing more of your gorgeous projects.
Wowwowwowwow totally mouthwatering stunning projects cant pick a favourite the are all so pretty.
I am a huge fan of buttons and you must have used loads,hundreds!!!
hugs
Tracy
xxx

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

I love the button tree! I need to make one of those just because! So cute! And the birdhouse box is to die for!

Juls said...

This is stunning! all of these creations are gorgeous!!

I love the first one. Love the little house and the owls are just too cute!!

WoW!! your just so talented.

sandra said...

I know how it is for you right now.
I was there a few years ago and don't want to go that again!
So fingers crossed that you get that with no problems!
You made some great stuff here!
I love all 3 projects!
Hugs!
Sandra!

Annette said...

Hi Melissa, wondered where you had been, house moving can be stressful, but it is also a new adventure, hope you have a buyer very soon.
Your projects are amazing, and I am sure you are going to be greatly missed from the DT teams. But you will be back!
If you get chance I left a little surprise for you last week.
Take CareX:)

Its So Very Cheri said...

Congrats on the new house.

My blog has just been growing like a crazy weed and I haven't been able to get by for as many visits. I miss all my blog friends.
Come for a visit and see both of my new parties for the week. They are up every week and I hope you will participate.

Cheri
Its So Very Cheri

craft_princess said...

Love the button tree! Is there a tutorial to follow on this somewhere? If so can you please reply on my blog.

http://craft-princess.blogspot.com/

Thanks!

scrappinmomto2girls said...

congrats on the new house!! I know that was a big decision for you to make!! I hope that things go smoothly for you and yours and that you are back to everything really soon!!

XOXO
Margaret

stephanie said...

Don't stress, you will get through this. Good luck with it all.
Love your projects as usual.
Steph

Rbarakat said...

Beautiful projects! Moving is hard work so it is totally understandable! You'll be back o top of things in no time!

kathy s said...

Sorry to hear about the stress level causing you to retire from DT's hope you settle down soon and once you've settled into your new home it will all fall into place- good luck. I vowed I would never move I couldn't stand the stress myself- so here I've been for 30+ years

Denise said...

Well I know the stress well of moving and house for sale. We have the house for sale 5 hours away from where we are at most of the time now. My biggest thing will be when it sells because it almost fully furnished and we will have to get rid of all the stuff there. Been doing this since January! Hope yours sells fast! Not any easier with teenagers in the house either!

Button tree, I say must be about 300 of those babies on there! I cxan only imagine how long that took!

Denise Wells
mamascollections@aol.com

Karen Wilson said...

Wow, all those projects are just stunning. How creative! Good luck with your move. My sister's in the same boat right now and trying to keep her house clean while running after a 6 and 3 yr old as well as look after the newest who's 4 mths! I don't envy her! LOL! Sorry to hear about you having to resign, but we'll look fwd to your return. Good luck with everything!

Colleen said...

I wondered what you had been up to lately, missed seeing all of your beautiful projects and these today are no exception.

I understand about the moving part and just keep remembering it is short term and we can survive anything short term. How far away will you be moving.

Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

Leanne said...

First let me say Congrats on the new house!! Second don't worry I'm not going anywhere will be waiting till you get everything back on track! I love all your creations! Your such a inspiration and I hope everything goes well with the sell of your home! These projects are awesome love every one of them!!

Kim. said...

Gorgeous project pieces, really sad to hear about your resigning but can totally understand as we are also in the middle of moving and it is a nightmare. Hope all goes well for you and really should not stress everything comes together in time.
Kim xXx

Janis said...

What fun and exciting times you live in. Hang in there.... it won't be long until you are settled in your new place. I just love all your creations! I think you should unpack the craft room first when you move. :)

Rebecca Ednie said...

I am Terrible about commenting often enough but I just HAD to today. What gorgeous projects. I hope you will post tutorials when your life settles, they are awesome.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Congrats on the new house :)

Here's to hoping everything is back to normal soon :)

Love the chocolate box house project btw!!! So cute!

Mrs. Fence said...

How exciting to be getting a new house! but I also know, moving stinks...I'm sorry you will have to stop designing for a while, but will look forward to hearing about your move and telling us you are back! Great projects this week! Love the baby carriage image...

designsfromwithinbycharlotte said...

Hi Melissa, beautiful projects as always...I enjoy coming to look at all your creations and these are just wonderful.
Don't stress over the move and the temporary resignations..you have to do what's best for you and your family and your loyal followers will be still be here when you return. Good luck with the move and congratulations on the new home!
Take care,
Hugs,
Charlotte
XXX

Julie.G said...

Good luck with the move...thats a big job...the worst part is packing up all your supplies...the fun part...unpacking all your supplies...you find things you didn't know you had...lol...Enjoy your new place...

Anonymous said...

We are sure your very excited about the big move, We saw that your home your in now is listed good luck with the sale, Hope you can get what your looking for out of it. We wish you all much happiness in your new home. sent e-mails didn't hear back.
~ God Bless ~
Hugs :o)
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
XOXOXO
We ♥ You !

Shawna said...

OH yea, been there........moving is so stressful. Looking forward to more inspiration and gorgeous projects once you are all settled in. Will miss you!

TanishaRenee said...

Hope the moves gets better!

Beautiful projects! You know we've been on the shimmerz team together for a while and I just realized that you were a fellow Jerseyan! Small world...

Cheryl said...

Wonderful projects. I look forward to you being back. Hope that your stress is soon relived.

thefrugalcrafter said...

Take your time and get settled in ad we will welcome you back with open arms when you are ready;)

JenRaff said...

Congratulations on your new home! Moving can be very stressful but it will be worth it. Sorry to hear about your resigning from the DT's. Can't wait till your ready to come back. :)

cheekyradish said...

Very Clever projects! Good luck to you!!

Angele said...

Good luck with your moves. I'm sure you'll be back on the design teams before you know it.

Shemaine Smith said...

Good luck with everything. i KNOW how stressful moving can be. Let us know how you are doing. We'll miss you!

lotsa scrap said...

Best wishes for a smooth move. I will miss seeing your beautiful creations. You are so talented and inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with your move Melissa, your work is beautiful and I will definitely miss it :( The box is too adorable for words, hopefully things will get back to normal and we will see you back on a semi full time basis :)

Karen

Laurinda said...

That is so cute and appropriate as I am planning a baby shower. I love this idea. TFS

Laurinda (Cricut MB)

Kathleen Summers said...

Oh, I totally understand! We have had to move twice in the last ten months. There's a reason moving is in the Top 5 of all-time stressful things in life!

And I know it was hard to resign from your teams. But you will come back refreshed and inspired. The break will be good.

xoxoxo

SCRAPGIRL : PATTY TANUZ said...

I love all!!!! wowow!!!! Kisses from a mexican scrapper!!!!!

Nancy L. said...

very beautiful!!

Betty said...

noooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Priscilla said...

Hi Melissa, how are you? I hope all is well. I just wanted to leave you a quick comment. I am doing a hugh contest giveaway and thought you would like to get in on it :)
Priscilla
http://priscillastyles.blobspot.com

Cheri Wenger said...

Wow! You are leaving us with such great inspiration. Good Luck with the move and can't wait til you can inspire us again. Your gift box and tree are A-MAZE-ING!!! HANG IN THERE...boy, do I know all about moving.

Diana said...

WOWZERS! This is some spectacular stuff.

Drea said...

Hey Melissa! I know how life can overwhelm any of us. Buying a house is probably one of the MOST stressful things I have ever done!

We will miss seeing your gorgeous creations but when you get everything back in order.....come see us!!

HUGGING YA TIGHT!!

Drea

Phyllis said...

A move is always stressful but all will be worth it in the long run as they say "This too shall pass". I am a realtor and see people everyday struggle with problems of moving saying farewell to old neighbors, but I also see them when they are in the new home and very happy and enjoying their new residence. Getting a new lease on life, meeting new neighbors and learning about the workings of the neighborhood, schools, churches, and shops nearby. Best wishes to you and your family!! You are a talanted card maker and before you know it you will be back full speed ahead!! We will be looking for your speedy return.

Hugs,
Phyllis MMDesign Team

Sarah said...

OOhhh, I completely adore the button tree! God's blessings to you during this busy time, Sarah :D

mamia said...

I have moved many times so I know how stressful it can be. These are some great projects, thanks for sharing!

Taija said...

Wow!! That is just ADORABLE! So cute! I am so ezcited that I found your site! You are very talented, I love it!

Anonymous said...

Freakin' Amazing, I seriously have to remind myself to come and check on your blog more often (I don't regularly check blogs)

Karen M

kanishk said...

Good luck with your move, been there done that etc. Hope you get a sale soon:)

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