Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Hard Decision - Wee Memories Challenge

Hi Everyone! Happy Wednesday! Hope you all are having a great week!

I have made a hard decision regarding the WEE MEMORIES CHALLENGE. Now that I am illustrating I am finding it so hard to keep up with the challenge each week.  It's become more of a job than fun for me and it takes allot of time away from my family.  After 2 GREAT years its time for it to come to an end.

This economy has made it really hard to get new sponsors and keep the regular sponsors as well.  Everyone is doing budget cuts in these tough economic times. Plus the added cost of mailing prizes keeps going up and international postage costs are very expensive for me because I pay them out of my own money. 

I just feel like the challenge has run its course after 2 years. I am having such a hard time keeping up especially because I work full time, have a family and illustrate now plus my design team commitments. I also can never submit to magazines cause I dont ever have time and I would really like to start doing that too. 2012  brings new goals for me and letting go of Wee Memories was the toughest ever!

January 28th will be our final challenge as we say goodbye. Please know this wasn't easy for me at all, but I must think of my health and my family. I prayed and thought about this long and hard and talked to some friends about it too and I just think it is whats best. I really need to focus on my health as well, with the Anemia and my back issues, I really want to get myself healthy again.I really really HOPE you all understand the need for my decision. 

And I want to say a BIG, HUGE THANK YOU to my Design Team for their amazing creations and hard work each week. They are an AMAZING group of ladies!! :) :) And I love each of you!!

I WILL STILL BE DOING LOTS OF GIVEAWAYS from my sponsors and my stamps still so I hope you will continue to follow me and stick around for the AMAZING things coming SOON!

Thank you all for your support of Wee Memories and making it such a great challenge! My girls and I will miss it so much! But I am looking forward to a great future with my Blog!!

HUGS and LOVE to you all!!
Thank you for understanding and your support!


Jenny Suchin

30 comments:

RSM said...

We will all miss the challenge, but we will all love seeing your wonderful designs. Thanks for a fabulous 2 years and of course we will still follow you and be inspired by you! XOXO

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Take care and good luck with your future endeavors!

charli said...

Congratulations on getting your illustrating off the ground and enjoy your next chapter!

stylesplenty said...

We will all miss the challenges, please take care of yourself and your family and good luck with your future endeavors!

Tami said...

there is a season for everything! Love that you had the guts to make that hard decision!

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

You really did have a hard decision to make, but as you said health & family are a top priority. I didn't participate in all the challenges but have enjoyed jumping in when I can! I look forward to seeing your new illustrations, and wish you all the best! HUGS!

sharon g said...

How in the world have you done if for so long, working full time, with a family, etc? Suuuuper Womannnnn! Yikes. Anyway, I totally support your decision, and hope that your sciatica goes away completely. I think of you when my sciatica gets worse. Enjoy your added hours in each day, and I look forward to still seeing you on the web.... Sharon Gullikson

Samantha Mann said...

aw! of course everyone will miss the challenges, but you're health is number 1! plus your crafty-handiwork is so amazing, of course we'll all still follow you! :)

Monika Wright said...

Best Wishes for an absolutely wonderful future in all your artistic endeavors!

~amy~ said...

You know we all support you:)

Julie E said...

When it stops being fun it is time to stop! I am so happy to see you designing, so keep on doing what you love :>)

Judy1223 said...

I wish you all the best, Jenny...you do so much and you do it well. Thanks for a great two years...I've only played along a few times but it was great fun. Good luck in all your future endeavors!

Romaine said...

Love your illustrations and will continue to follow! Good luck- I cannot wait to see more of your illustrations!

April said...

I'm sad to hear this Jenny because I know how much it means to you, but it is SO totally understandable!! I'm sure that everyone will uget where you're coming from and will continue to follow you because of your amazing work and designs, so don't worry at all! :)
- April W

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH MAN! One of my goals this year was to get back into playing along with challenges! I haven't had time to play along. I understand why you had to make this decision. Best of luck!!!

Riette said...

I really admire someone who can prioritise their lives and just say No :D. I love looking at the new designs and hopefully one day I can save up to buy some. Keep up the fantastic work.

Tiffany said...

Totally understand, you must do what is best for you and the time limitations that we all have! Good for you, we always fear our choices we make in life, but I think in our hearts it is the best! I would love to see your work in print too, so I do hope this will give you time to submit, yay! Hugs!

Karin (PeppermintPatty) said...

I totally understand you - you are doing the right thing - prioritizing the most important thing - your family.
BUT I will miss the challenges VERY much and all the GREAT inspiration from you and your wonderful design team.

Laurel said...

You've got a lifetime follower in me! I so enjoyed being on the DT with you this past year! I am proud of you for making this difficult decision. I know it was hard for you! XOXO

Kelly said...

Tough decision for sure. This has been one of my favorite challenges over the last year or so since I found you! I appreciate all the work you have done to make it such an inspiring place to be for so long. I can't wait to see more of your designs and I wish you happiness and good health during this next year!

Liz said...

So sad this blog is coming to a close. It is one of my favs! You and the design team make some of the best cards out there! I hope you continue to post on FB. Maybe share your own blog so I can continue to be inpired by you! Hope your health and family are great in the new year and you will be missed!

Annette said...

Sorry to see the blog go but I wish you much luck in all you do...

Lisa said...

Wishing you all the best Jenny! Sad to see the challenge go; but you're doing what's best for you. Thanks to you and your DT for all of the WONDERFUL inspiration!!!

Lisa said...

So sad to hear that my very favorite challenge is going away!! I will certainly miss it, but it was so much fun while it lasted :)
I wish you continued success, much happiness and improved health!!
Be good to yourself and take care, Jenny!!

Angela said...

Best of luck to you; I can't wait to see your future designs!

Katy said...

We will miss the challenges too! But I'm so happy that you are doing what is right for you and your family. Feel better and I look forward to seeing your creations! Best of luck :) Ya'll picked out my construction birthday tags for a Hoo la la and that meant a lot to me :) Thank you again! *hugs*

Nina said...

Hi Jenny, thank you and the DT girls for the fun challenges! I will be coming back often for your woderful creations! Have a healthy and fun 2012! Hugs and blessings, Nina

*щурчо* said...

jenny, I know that it is hard decision for you..Your post is so...touching. Yes, your challenges will miss us, but I believe that the most important thing for you is to have time enough for you and your family. Please take care of yourself and your family and good luck with your new plans. Of course we will still follow you and be inspired by you!have a healthy and happy 2012! Krassi

cardcreationsnz said...

I have enjoyed taking part in your challenges and will miss it greatly, but I understand the decision you have made. I respect and admire you for what you have decided to do. Your health and family are very important. I still look forward to following you and hope wish you all the best for 2012.

Karen McAlpine said...

Thanks for all the fun challenges! Sometimes something has to give. Totally understand how much time you put into the challenges.