I have recently returned to fulltime office work but still manage to pop into the lovely antiques/candles store (where I have worked on and off for the past 6 years) once a month to dress the store and re-do the displays for the owner.
I also keep myself busy maintaining two primitive themed websites ...for which I both handcraft and import merchandise.
In my spare time (lol) I am a wife to a wonderfully patient husband and having never been blessed with children of our own we are "parents" to a 13 year old "furr baby"....or "hairy human" as we call her! and proud Aunty/Uncle and also God Parents to a couple of lovely little neices.
On top of all of that we also own our own Signage company so our time is never boring.
Days off are few and far between and are mostly spent with our family or with dear friends.....
A lot of you regular bloggers and followers of my websites would probably know that for the past 3 or so years I have been running The Chocolate Crow Trader - an online marketplace for Aussie crafters that all up has been running for about 6 years.
Well.......it is with much regret and sadness that I write this post……
Unfortunately the time has come where, with only a handful of ladies still participating, The Chocolate Crow Trader appears that it may have run it’s natural course…
Numbers have been steadily dwindling over the past 12-18 months, which is totally understandable in the current economic/retail environment. Many girls have left due to the need to return to full time work /increasing family/work commitments. Due to the downturn in retail since the GFC …sales are also fewer than they were earlier on, which also has a downward effect with members .
All of these situations are totally out of my control and I see no “quick fix” until things settle down financially. This has lead me to make the decision (that truthfully I have been putting off for quite some time)…..and in this regard I am afraid to say that that the April Issue will be the the last for TCCT for the time being.
This very difficult decision was only made after a lot of soul-searching and much thought and I am very sorry to see it end this way, however, I am certain that you will all agree that TCCT would seem to have experienced it’s “Hey Day” and it is time for it to bow out gracefully, as it so justfully deserves, ….as I am sure Bev (it’s original founder) would also want.
Who knows…when things pick up again I may resurrect it but for the time being it is the end of the road for now.
I would personally like to thank all of you....the readers, the current and past members and our loyal customers for your support over the past 6 or so years. I will hang onto the mailout list and should we reinstate it…y’all will be the first to know.
So its bye for now to The Chocolate Crow Trader.........I have thouroughly enjoyed my five years as a member including the past 3 as it's principal and hope one day to start it up again when things look a bit brighter on the economic front. I would like to take this opportunity to also say how blessed I am to have made the fabulous friends that I have through my dealings with TCCT and pass on a special thanks to Jackie and Pam who have always been there to offer their support, encouragement and many times donated their time and items for giveaways etc whenever I needed their help...thanks guys xxx
Here's a few pics of my old girl "Dusty" and the "old man"..(hee hee) doing it tough on the lounge!
She loves nothing better than to force herself in between his legs on the lounge (she makes room when there is none...kinda like forcing a hard boiled egg into the top of a bottle...you get the picture???) and then it takes all of about 10 seconds for her to fall asleep with her head (and feet) on his lap....and oh the snoring!!!
I can only snap pics of her when she's asleep as she is scred of the camera and long gone when she spots it...so I have to wait for moments like these...when she's resting (lol)...not that she's spoiled or anything.....
I only just got away with the top one before she high-tailed it outa there..
Hello friends and future friends ....and welcome to my BLOG!.......The one thing I said I was NEVER going to do...but here I am...doing it!!!..lol
Well.... I am not sure how I will go about finding the time to keep it interesting but I am sure that some of my "ponderings" and "words of wisdom (hah!) will be of interest to somebody????....anybody????....
So ...join me in my journey into unknown territory if you are game......as I explore the many thoughts and forgotten "snippets" that I have stored "inside my head"
...a frightening place as sometimes even I am not sure what will come spilling out!!!...lol
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