Monday, 17 October 2011

Dear Friends...

As you may know, life for me has changed quite a bit lately with the girls now being home schooled.  Well, things just aren't the same any longer.  It's not longer 'Just About!'  So I've decided to say goodbye to my blog.  Yes I'm afraid it's time for a group hug my dears. 

But first I must say a huge thank you to all of you, for your friendship and time you have taken to write all those treasured and very lovely comments on each of my posts. 
Thank you very much for teaching me so much and for introducing me to the likes of old fashioned doilies!  Hubby doesn't thank you for that one sadly but No.4 does.

Thank you for getting me into quilting so I could make all my girls' quilts and pretty wall hangings.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to make and give gifts for the Queensland flood victims. 

Thank you for always having such nice things to say about what I had to show and tell about.  Thank you for all the wonderful swaps too!

Thank you for being there at all our birthdays and sending birthday wishes to us all.

Thank you for teaching me how to crochet and encouraging me when it all went badly.  I have since found out that crochet isn't my thing, but I do have a big crochet blanket to show for my efforts. 

Thank you to all my friends who I have met on here (and sometimes for real) and have been such wonderful company.  May we still keep in touch.

Thank you for all the gifts you sent when I called out for help for the Christchurch Earthquake families.

Thank you for putting colour and homemade goodness into our home. 

I've had such a lovely time getting to know you all and spending time with you.  I will still be popping by your blogs and perhaps writing the odd message - although I find I can't with many of your blogs since getting a laptop.  Must be the settings or something, but it's very frustrating. 

Thank you for everything!!!!  I feel a bit sad about this but it must be done.  Who knows, I might be back one day.  Big hugs to you all.  xxx


sallgood said...

A time and a season for everything! Wishing you all the best with your's what matters most. :D

Cat said...

Missing you already my dear - and I hear you and see the message to me !! !!
xxx We WILL Keep In Touch xxx
Love you lots my precious friend xxx

Lara said...

Dear Sarah,

I completely understand :) I think you are wonder woman! Good luck with home schooling the girls! I hope to catch up with you again soon!!

Much love,

Me xx

Bev C said...

Good luck Sarah.
happy days.

**Anne** said...

Wishing you all the best Sarah.
Anne xx

Serenata said...

Will miss reading your posts, but quite understand. Just don't delete your never know one day you might want to come back to it and also it is a good resource to look back on and all you achieved etc...

Was hoping to see you again in Feb/March, but it is looking like I may have to delay my trip due to surgery in January. Keeping options open at the moment...I am sure if necessary I can always book the trip at the last moment. Was going to say keeping an 'open mind' but that was too close for comfort.

Much love and hugs...will try to be a better friend and email more often.


Michelle said...

Totally understand where you are coming from being a home schooling Mum myself... it does take a lot of time and commitment and can be a juggling act at times... I hope you still find time to do a bit of crafting for yourself though... it is important to find a little 'Me' time!
Maybe you could use your blog to record home schooling adventures! Whatever you do enjoy and have fun!

Fruitful Fusion said...

Wishing you the very best Sarah. It's amazing the connections we make via modern technology! It's sad to see you go but you know, you can always pop back when you feel like it and have the time. I take my hat off to you though on the homeschooling! I'm in love with the idea of homeschooling my kids. Take care.

VintageVicki said...

Don't delete your blog - even if you only post occasionally its a lovely record to have.

Wishing you all the best with your home schooling - I know from friends who do it how much dedication is required :)

Crafty Mermaid said...

Sorry to hear that you need to step back - hope this new step is fruitful and all the best with what must be a rewarding but time consuming endeavour!

Floss said...

Oh Sarah, this makes sense but we will miss you! I have your wall hanging and your lovely cushion (whit doiley, of course) to remember you by, but I do hope we'll still keep in touch. Is there any chance that the commenting problem is caused by being on internet explorere rather than firefox? That causes me loads of problems when I borrow my son's computer.

Very best wishes with your lovely family,


Miss Holly said...

I agree...don't delete.....pop by once a year....but most of so respect people who commit to home schooling. is a big deal!!!! The best of luck to you and your wonderful kids....well done you!

Jodie said...

Sarah, I will miss seeing that little elephant around blogland. I am guilty of not commenting here enough - but I wanted to thank you , for all that you shared in blogland.
Enjoy this new adventure

LissyLou said...


I love your blog, it was one of my first i followed.

Don't go for good, come back every now and then and let us know whats going on.

Take care hun xxx

RebeccaMom said...

I'm so excited for you (and sad a bit for me). We homeschool too, and it is a big responsibility and challenge, but the VERY best investment of my time right now!! I don't blog as much as I would like now either. Someday... I wish you all the best (and I still think of you every time I see Red Gingham LOL). Sending many blessings!!! And just in case you can't find me, here is my URL:

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

There are only so many hours in the day - we all understand but we will all miss you! Best of luck with homeschooling and I hope you find pockets of spare time where you can continue to craft. I'm sure we'll see you back here one day! x x
P.S. I am a crochet numpty too.

Lululiz said...

Thats very sad news indeed, Sarah, but of course family life has to come first. Sigh. You had better make sure you stay in touch by email, madam, or else! Oh, and don't delete your blog, you may just miss us so much that you want to share a little bit of your life with us after all.

Scented Sweetpeas said...

So sad to see you leave us for a while but want to wish you lots of luck on your wonderful home school journey. Take care and thanks for sharing all your lovely creations and posts with us in the past. xxx

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

You were one of the first blogs I read as well! (And received comments from!)

Take care, you are turning your full attention to a most worthy cause.

Hope to see you soon again!

The Rose Room said...

Crikey! What did I miss! Obviously a lot! lol Good for you home schooling, I couldn't do it - we would kill each other Lol however give me a classroom! Gonna miss your posts! We should still do coffee one day! lol Take Care - Rachael xo

Annemiek said...

I'll miss you for sure. And I agree with the others saying: don't delete! Your blog has lots of things people'd want to read again.
Wishing you all the best, big hug!!

sweet emmelie said...

Totally understandable. and yes don't delete your blog, we all like to come back and have a nosey. Enjoy your decision and relax, putting all your time into your kids. Youre a very brave woman, I could never home school. Good on ya!

Melissa said...

So sad to hear, but I admire your decision and your heart for your kids. I have been tossing the idea of home schooling around quite a bit. My daughter is in 1st and my son will start kinder next year. It's overwhelming for me every time I think about it...I give you so much respect for taking on that challenge.

I will miss your seeing your beautiful quilting and being a part of your life.

Hope to see you back one day.

Enjoy the time with your girls

Lisa said...

Well I have tears in my eyes.. It has been great getting to know you. Im sure we will see each other and keep in touch over email. I totally understand why you are doing this. Homeschooling is a very selflish thing to do and it takes up alot of time but with my experience it builds up a wonderful bond with your children that you will be truly blessed by. Big hugs

polkadotpeticoat said...

I miss you already.....your amazing!
Its so hard to do it all and do it well I so understand!

Country Nanny said...

Oh...I'm really sorry. We will miss you so much :(
Wishing you and your family all the best, a big hug,

Anonymous said...

Sarah - you were one of the very first blogs I read. I hope your homeschooling journey is rewarding in all ways. Thanks for your inspiration and generosity.

Angela said...

Bless you Sarah - I shall continue to remember you whenever I use my little red gingham jam skirt! God bless you richly in the days ahead x said...

Oh no!!!! I just popped back to see how you are, and you are leaving! At least I have had the chance to catch up with your beautiful blog once more! You were always in my list of most loved blogs! Your creations are gorgeous.. like the creator! Big hugs to you! Suzie xxx

Anneke said...

what a lovely blog and work you have created.
each one of them is unique.
greetings from the netherlands

Sarah said...

All the best with the homeschooling Sarah, what a fantastic adventure!

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Naturally Carol said...

Thanks for all your inspiration Sarah..your work is always beautifully made and presented. I wish you all the best in your homeschooling journey.

A garden just outside Venice said...

Gosh Sarah, I'm having a bloggy break and reading this only now and I'm very sad :(
Good luck to your girls with home schooling, sending you a big hug!
Michela x

A garden just outside Venice said...

Sarah, sorry for not replying to your email earlier, have just spotted it into my mailbox among a lot of spam, will do it when i get a chance for a more relaxed reply, in the meanwhile I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year!
Michela xxx

Summer Flies said...

I hope you enjoy your endeavours and may you blog again sometime. Yours is a lovely blog.

Rebecca said...

Hi Sarah, I have just discovered your blog (what a treat for the new year!) and I love it! I must show the gorgeous sewing machine cake to my Mother - adorable! Becks x

Squirrelhaus said...

Wishing you all the best!!!! Most of all enjoy those children of yours!!!
God Bless You on your new adventure of home schooling!
Chris :o)

Posie Patchwork said...

Love a mummy who knows her priorities, come back any time, please, love your work & your 4 sweethearts, love Posie

A garden just outside Venice said...

Hey you, Mrs Red Gingham!
Thank you for taking the time to visit my almost dead blog, you're welcome in Venice at anytime :-)
I hope all is well with you and your misses!
Michela x

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Cat said...

I miss your blog posts
I think about you often
Especially when I was in Christchurch last month xxx

suzie jay sroka said...

Oh Sarah, just as I came back! Just popped in to see how you were, and you are going! Good luck for the future! Are you on FB? Shall look and see. Suzie xxx

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