Friday, November 5, 2010

Leaving the Gum Trees…

Life is a series of chapters - forever changing - but always bringing with it new experiences and opportunities.


I have had the most amazing experiences over the past 15 months thanks to belonging to the wonderful group of women that you and I both know as the Gum Tree Designers.


And what a lovely bunch of women they are too! Supportive, sharing and caring, not to mention ‘giving’ which is what the Gum Trees is all about! I’d like to take this opportunity to publically thank each and every Gum Tree Designer for their friendship, and for mentoring and supporting my creative growth. Thank you, girls!!! xxx


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I have been burning the candle at both ends this past year and have needed to take some time out to re-focus on my priorities in life. Motherhood is, and always will be my main priority; and family matters of late have meant that I’ve been unable to fully commit to my role in the Gum Trees. So it is time to step aside and now be a spectator of the wonderful charitable work that these ladies perform.


A balancing act!


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One of the biggest lessons I have learned over the past year is that when one has too many things in life to balance, they can’t give 100 per cent to everything. And I yearn to give one hundred per cent!


So, whilst family life remains my number one priority, it is closely followed by persuing my dream of developing my business.


Creating cute and quirky creations for SEW Useful Designs fills me with inspiration and enthusiasm, served up on a lovely bright platter of fulfilment! I don’t know about you but with creativity as the main course - I’m ready for second servings!! LOL!! :-) And I’m looking forward to sharing my platter of patterns with you as we all enjoy the next chapters in our lives…


…Until next time – Hugs! Vikki x :-)

23 comments:

Joy said...

Darling Vikki, we'll miss your sparkle so much in the Gumtrees, but on the plus side - we've fomed a beautiful friendship that will remain with us as the years go by!! I wish you nothing but the very best with your gawjus family and with your wonderful designs - you are such a talented lady.
Love you to bits sweet Theresa Green!!!!
Love n hugs,
Ethel xxxxx *mwah* xxxxxxxx

Sue said...

Good luck Vikki, we'll miss you but of course you'll still be here and part of our bloggy lives. A girl's gotta do what feels right.

Maria said...

Have fun spending time with the family and doing your lovely designs.Best of luck with your venture. Looking forward to seeing what you are up on your blog Vikki.

BubzRugz said...

All the best as you move into this next chapter of your life - it has been wonderful sharing your Gumtree chapter and will continue to read you at Sew Useful..... I know you will enjoy having that extra memory building time with your family...
Hugz

clare's craftroom said...

Hello ! I'm sure that was a very difficult decision for you sweetheart but now you've made it .. onwards and up !

Lizzie said...

Good luck Vikki, I know you'll succeed and grow....
Lizzie
xxx

Vicki ♥ said...

All the very best sweet Vik with your future and I have enjoyed our friendship and will enjoy our future friendship too. Only a phone call away and always enjoy being your friend :) Hugs Vicki xxx

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Oh my sweet little sis, I miss you already, and even though we'll always be close and in touch, you have left a hole among the Gum Trees...but we love you and you have been so wise to make this decision. Putting family first is *the* most important thing a wife and mother can do, and your decision is testament to how blessed your family are to have you. {{{{hugs}}}} Can't wait to see how Sew Useful Designs blooms in the coming years! :-)
Love you,
Jenny
xxxx

Simone de Klerk said...

This must have been a huge decision for you, Vikki! But it is good to find a balance in your life that suits you. It will give you much more energy!
Good friends are forever!

Nina Morelli said...

Sweet Vikki...we will be here with u...for sure.
Good luck.
But just one thing...keep ur lovely smile, it is enough to heat our lives.
God bless u profusely.
With love,
Nina

Dawn said...

Dearest Vik... how you'll be missed Among the Trees.. but distance is not much on the phone...LOL...your lovely fresh designs will be delightful to see and make I'm sure.
Lots Of sweet Cinnamon-y Hugs Dawn x x

Cyndi said...

Vikki, I know this was a difficult decision for you, but you are so right in that family should always come first. I know you have made some wonderful friendships with the other ladies in the "Gum Trees" and that's something that will last forever. Just take the time you need to concentrate on your family and I wish you much success in building up your business. And we'll all be right here eagerly awaiting to see what you're up to and what new things you've come up with.

Lots of love and blessings,

Cyndi

Robyn G. said...

All the very best Vikki, you go girl!!
Balance is the essence of life :-)

Allie said...

Dear sweet girl, you're going to be missed under the Gum Tree - but you need to keep your priorities in order, and you have a very wise head on your shoulders. Beautiful AND smart. Family always comes first.

I know you're going to go as far as you want to with your business. You've certainly got the talent. And I'll be here, watching as you blossom.

Elyte said...

It is always difficult to make big decisions but you go with the best wishes of your peers. Good luck in your future pursuits.

Little Green Doll said...

Good luck in this new chapter of your life!!!

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

Hi Vikki,
I know you've had a wonderful time with the Gumtrees and its always hard to leave when that's the case. The good thing is that you won't worry about letting anyone down. The friendships you have made will also remain strong. Family is the most important thing :). Lots of love to you and your family.
Good luck gorgeous,
Hugs, Sharon

Robyn said...

Good luck Vikki. Family time missed can never be caught up so enjoy them and enjoy yourself.

mandapanda said...

Good on you Vikki, for doing what's best for you. Sad to see you go, but family is the most important thing. We look forward to seeing what you'll create for your own business!

Jo in TAS said...

New chapters are always exciting Sweetie! All the best for an exciting future!
Hugs
Jo

Kerryanne English said...

Just like a good book, we must turn the pages to reveal the next exciting instalment. Vikki, I can't wait to see what wonderful things await in the next chapter of SUD's. You deserve every success that is coming your way Vik.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Pam said...

Thanks Vikki and good luck with everything you do in the future. I'm sure there'll be lots of exciting things in store.

KaHolly said...

Vikki, as a Gumtree girl, you will be sorely missed, but what experience you gained! Thank you for being part of it and sharing so much of yourself. I have enjoyed your posts and look forward to seeing what's new at SewUsefulDesigns in the future.

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