Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Beginnings and Sad Farewells

I can't believe that a year has gone by.  It has been such a busy time for me and my family.  I've gone back to work part time at the Carriage House Inn, my husband and I finally took our postponed honeymoon, we moved to our dream home in Auburn Bay, and adopted our sweet little puppy Navi. All wonderful things that I'm so grateful for.

That being said, the toddlers have been so much work at this age that our day to day routine has felt more like a survival game than cherishing our time with each other.  Time to myself these days is my shift at work on Sunday evenings or doing chores while my mom has the boys on Tuesday afternoons.  So my scrapbooking hobby has found itself just behind the back burner. It absolutely breaks my heart to walk into my basement and see my supplies and half started projects.  Just tidying up the area is time that's hard to find.  Not to mention all the people who have asked me to do projects for them that I've sadly had to turn down.  There just aren't enough hours in the day.
Yesterday I received one of my subscribed e-newsletters from Scrapbooker's Paradise.  Most emails that I get from them I delete before I even open them because I know I won't make it in for any of their classes or to use the coupons they send out. Yesterdays email I decided to read.
It was an announcement that Scrapbooker's Paradise is closing their store.
My heart sank.
I knew the industry had been on the decline for a while.  With our tech devices and social media making images so easy to share, no one wants to print their photo's anymore, let alone spend hours decorating pages and albums for them.  I completely took for granted that the little local business that got me started in a hobby that I love, would just always be there.  And now as of August 16, they'll be gone and dearly missed.
I wish I had something crafty to share, but this time I just have a message.  Please support those little local businesses and entrepreneurs around you, they are the heart of our communities.  Here's a few of my favorites:
Please feel free to add links to your favorites or mention your own small business in the comments.