What's that saying...life is what happens when you are making other plans??? Boy, it sure applies these days. So many plans have been pushed to the side these last several months and I'm doing things I never would have imagined at the start of the year. I sure would never have guessed that I'd be playing kindergarten teacher for my grandson Tyler at this point. Talk about trying to teach an old dog new tricks...that's a whole 'nother story.
Sometimes you know it's just the timing of your plans that's going to change. Other times you realize that you need to totally rethink your plans and decide what you really want. Sometimes you start out thinking that just the timing of things is going to change, but then you realize you really have to let go of that idea. Sometimes that's easy, sometimes it's hard.
Giving up cruise vacations was a no-brainer. Deciding what to do in the face of all the cancelled art shows has given me sleepless nights. I finally decided that I am going to retire from the art business. Needless to say I won't stop making art, I'm just going to stop trying to sell it. Other than a couple of stores that carry my free lace scarves, my sales are almost totally dependent on art fairs. Realistically I expect that it will be 2022, before the Covid-19 virus is under control enough that I would feel comfortable doing fairs again. That's just too far out there to keep it as a goal. It was great while it lasted, but now it's time for something else.
So what does this mean?
The primary change is that I will be shutting down our Etsy shop by year end. If there is something you want, order it soon. I will not be renewing the listings that expire so items will slowly disappear. At the end of the year I'll take down anything left and close it up. Until then, I'll leave pictures of expired items up on our website. If you happen to see something you want, but the link to Etsy doesn't work its listing has expired. In that case, send me an email we'll work out payment and shipping methods.
For the foreseeable future we will keep the Friends Fabric Art website and the blog so we'll have a means to keep in touch. Sonja and I will continue to post as the spirit moves us, sharing our most recent projects and updating ongoing efforts.
So once more Friends Fabric Art is changing with the times, hanging on in a new form. We are grateful for all the friends we've made over the years and anxious to keep those connections. We appreciate your support and always welcome your comments.
All my best,
And a PS - The collaborative project among Sonja, me and my sister Sue is still ongoing. Here's a sample of what's been completed recently. More are underway.
Mother & daughter, Ann Lee & Sonja Lee-Austin share their joys and struggles in their art and lives.