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Thursday, January 6, 2011

A New Year, A New Life

I have been away far too long and I am glad to be back here. So much has happened since my last post! As most of you know, I have been a Caregiver for a very long time. Now, I am....a daughter. My Mom has Aides with her around the clock and should have something set in place permanently in the coming months. And me? I have moved......moved out of the area that I have lived in for over 35 years and into a much more Urban setting. I am an hour and a half South and in the Schenectady, NY area. I knew that I would miss my daughters and yes, those mountains, but they are never far and I visit every weekend.  


It has been a crazy ride. Moving, the Holidays and a 3 room makeover at the cozy little Cape that is now home. It's still somewhat crazy, but it is gaining a little every day. My days are busy settling in and getting the patterns back up and running. I did not realize how tired I was and how much stress was taking a toll on me. As difficult as it was to say, "I can't do it all", I am now seeing that it does not mean failure nor makes you less....it makes you better all the way around.




 I love that I can visit my Mom and enjoy her as a daughter. I have been able to bring her many of the Italian goodies that we would make before she was no longer able. It is my best hope that I can make them myself and carry on these traditions for my family. 


My girls are now young ladies. Bailey is loving Cosmetology and Jess has a special guy, which we have welcomed into the family. Bailey and Jess are enjoying life with their Grandparents. The big farmhouse on the hill, is often filled with their cousins and plenty of giggles. As much as I would love to have them here beside me, being a parent does mean listening  and doing what is best for them. They know I am beside them and love them...but we are doing things just a little different. In turn, they have been given opportunities and great memories to carry them forward. 




So what becomes of the Goode Wife?  Well, with the move and getting everything settled, I am not able to do a big show...yet. This month, I will be working on designs for patterns and licensing...along with my regular offerings. I'm thinking of having a web show soon and I do believe that it is time for a pattern sale on Etsy.  Last year was amazing for my wee folk. They were recognized both locally and internationally. My sculpted folk were well received and all have gone to wonderful homes. This year looks to be full of creating and is off to a great start already. I have lots of show requests to sort through and will be picking out at least one big show and then some area ones to include Vermont and Massachusetts. This new year and new life have a lot in store. 


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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can see from reading your blog that you have had some major changes in your life this past year. I hope this New Year brings you many blessings and prosperity.

Hugs XX
Barbara

The Rustic Victorian said...

Hi Stacey!
Happiest of New Years to you and your family. This sweet piggie is adorable.
Moving is hard even if it is next door. So many new considertions and changes. Across country was hardest move ever,, and after 3yr. I am still transitioning, but it is much easier now. I am glad you are a day drive away, my Mother is about an hour away. It will be ok, in time.I imagine your new cottage will be a real haven in no time.
do take care,,,lift with the legs!
Love
Marcie

kim said...

By the sound of this post the changes seem to be going well. I hope they only improve for you. Ms Pig in your header is lovely I hope maybe she will become a pattern. Would love to make one!
take care
Kim

Billies Primitives said...

Oh Please, make the pig, and the Mrs. Bennet chicken pattern, I love the dress on her!!!!!
Plus I clicked to get the pattern sale code, but nothing came up.
I love your patterns and have many of them. Want more, Billie

Stacey said...

Hi Billie~
You beat me to putting up the code is all! It's all set for you. I'd like to do the pig for a pattern, but at this time there are no plans for the Austen Series (Mrs. Bennet, Mrs. Goddard or Anne to be patterns)
Stacey