Rare Bird Ltd – Gone,But Not Gone!
Last night my Rare Bird Ltd website ceased taking retail orders. For any of you waiting for your order, please be patient, there are quite a few to dispatch! You will still receive a Dispatch Notification when they have left the premises.
I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has used and supported my online retail business over the many years it has been in existence. As I have mentioned in earlier posts, I want to move into a new era of my life: A Post Breast Cancer era where I concentrate on the things that make me happy. Spending more time on creative things rather than shop keeping will make me happy!
However, I am aiming to bring a new product to market in the New Year, so you will still see me demonstrating and teaching and writing about the new product, as well as my monthly visits to Jewellery Maker TV. I can’t reveal any more just now, but it won’t be long before I can.
My remaining stock at Rare Bird will be sold off in the New Year, so if you are desperate for anything, you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can sort something out. However, please be aware that email@example.com will cease to be a valid email address in the next few weeks.
Wishing you well, sorry to see you disappear from crafting scene you were an inspiration
Thank you for your well wishes. I honestly won’t be disappearing from the craft scene, but I won’t be retailing any more. I will still be on line, demonstrating, involved with JM tv, teaching etc, and of course, blogging.
Fantastic show yesterday, some beautiful pieces of jewellery that have fuelled a lot of ideas. I am very much looking forward to seeing the new medium in the new year.
Enjoy doing those things that make you happy
Hugs, T x
That is so kind of you. I can’t wait to show you the new product either. You have a wonderful Christmas, and I will see you on the other side.
End of an era, start of another. I am so glad you will be able to immerse yourself in something you enjoy. Looking forward to reading about your adventures
Thank you Sue, I have so many things I want to do, and I just know I will need to share some of them!
Wishing you every happiness in your new venture and thank you for the joy you bring us with your wonderful creativeness and your lovely infectious smile. Happy Christmas and a wonderful happy New Year xx
Thank you Kathy, that is so kind of you.
I can soooo understand your wanting to give up on the retail side now, and concentrate on the things you love, Liz. Cancer is a wake up call and it makes you prioritise what is important in life, and it helps you re-evaluate who you are as a person. This is the beginning of your new life!
I got my cancer all-clear verdict on Monday, which is great news, but in this initial stage, I am having some problems processing it, and dealing with my rather complex emotional response to the news. Looking back over everything I have been through over the past year, it’s been extremely intense, and an emotional rollercoaster which is suddenly over, leaving quite a void. My creative mojo has vanished and I am feeling pretty low and mixed up, but I do know this will pass eventually – there are no rules, and I am trying to stop myself thinking what I ought to do or feel, but just going with the flow and let things sink in a bit.
Let’s wish us both a full and rich life from now on, with the cancer behind us! Sending you lots of love and hugs and wishing you all the best as you explore the things you want to do, now that you will have more time to do them.
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I am so pleased you have the all clear Shoshi, I had my mammogram on Tuesday and am waiting for the results. I can fully understand what you are saying though, sometimes there is such confusion in the head about everything : you get so caught up with what you should be feeling that it is hard to work out exactly how you really do feel. My very best advice would be to try a mindfulness course. If you can manage the practices then you will find it a wonderful tool for putting the crap behind you in your head. By concentrating on the present moment entirely for periods of 5 minutes to half an hour, (we used our breath as the anchor) as many times a day as you can manage, you will gradually notice that the confusing and painful thoughts are left behind at the beginning of each practice and are either much reduced or not present at the end of the practice. It is such a valuable tool. I faced up to my fears and the side swiping horrible thoughts by practicing Mindfulness. It was not easy, and required a lot of practice, but it has helped me hugely because I have now taken a bit more control over my own thought processes. It is not perfect, and I still have terrifying thoughts, but it has been one of the main reasons I got through the emotional roller coaster of breast cancer.
Your creative mojo will return, mine was gone for so long. It disappears whenever I have a particularly stressful emotional event in my life and I always worry it won’t come back, but it does. I helped it to return this time by starting to do creative things I had never tried before. I could not go back to the same things I had been doing before cancer, my brain would not go there! So why not try doing something gentle that you haven’t done before? For me it was Zentangle and journaling. The journaling was a brilliant way of getting some of the horrible thoughts out of my head and on to paper. It meant they were less intense in my head because I had got some of them out. The Zentangle was pretty much like a creative mindfulness session!
Sending you a massive virtual hug. Be kind to yourself, and maybe try one or two of the suggestions. A property mindfulness course worked for me, doing an on line one probably wouldn’t have. Mine was run by the Maggie’s Centre at our hospital. Good luck. Contact me any time you want, I will always be here to listen and support.