Hello and good morning! First, I really need to get the important news out. If you can please bear with me, I will try to make it as concise as possible.
It is with a little sadness, but at the same time much relief, that I am announcing a bit of a sabbatical from new product releases. I will have some new products for you today, February 17 and on February 24th, and then I will back off drawing new products for an undetermined amount of time.
HOWEVER, there may be a new product here and there, sporadically as I become inspired for a holiday or other occasion. And you will want to remain on the email list or blog reader list since I am planning to have crafting posts instead and, who knows, I may offer something free every once in a while. When I don't have a schedule to follow, I tend to get generous, because it's FUN! ;o)
PLEASE continue to check the blog, as we are still sponsoring challenges, we will still have our own challenge, and of course the store is going to remain open and active with everything that is still there. We are not going away!
(Please, feel free to skip down to the new releases if this personal stuff doesn't interest you, I will totally understand! But for those who want to know...)
There are several reasons for making this choice.
I have been spending all my time on the computer drawing and designing new products for the past 2 years that I have not had time for actually making cards or gifts, which is actually what I really want to do. Those of you who have followed me 2 or more years, remember when I actually posted cards and coloring tutorials and crafted things? I really miss that! And with this change, I will actually get to do that again.
1. Most importantly, I have lacked on my family/home and lacked on God whom gives me life and the creative gifts I have. It is time that I switch my focus! I need to use my gifts for service within our church family and also being better at keeping my house clean and spending time with my kids. I really should have made this choice a long time ago. I hope to also pick up my violin to start playing again.
If you have read this far and are still reading, I thank you from my heart because that means you actually care. I see every order that has come in to the shop personally, and I recognize those who repeatedly return to shop, whether with a gift coupon, or spending money or not, I am glad you found something that you can use to brighten another persons day. I know your names and you have made me smile many times with your sweet comments, and also just for your support. If you were standing here and I could connect your face with your email/google name or account name, I'd give you a great big hug! Your support to Doodle Pantry over the past few years has really encouraged me, inspired me to draw more, and helped my family during the time when my husband didn't have a job. I'm not sure if I ever announced that, so you might not have known. Without the Doodle Pantry sales during that time, we wouldn't have made it. We were so thankful that we were able to scrape by and never got behind on any bills, nor had to resort to rely on or be a government statistic. We trusted God would provide for us, and He did that partly through your continued support for Doodle Pantry. You had no idea that your shopping would mean so much to me during our time of need. You also likely might not have known that when I see your name pop up every month on an order or a blog comment, that I think about you and appreciate your loyal support, and I hope and pray that you are blessed each time you create with Doodle Pantry products.
2. With my changes on releases, I actually will have time to get CRAFTY! Oh man, I can't wait to get started. I have a Card Ministry box that I am starting for my church... it will be mostly for spiritually encouraging and condolence cards. But who knows where that will lead? I will be able to actually make posts about creative things instead of just new releases! I hope you'll stay in tuned on the blog as I begin to get crafty again... although it may take a few weeks to feel like I have my mojo again.
3. And finally there is a LAST reason for taking a break from new products. Doodle Pantry REALLY needs a new shop platform. I certainly don't have time to switch it out while continuing new products. So a NEW Doodle Pantry shop is on the horizon. It might take me 4-6 months, but it IS coming! YIPPEE! I already have a few things started on that process. I think it will be a MUCH better shopping experience, easier for me, easier for you. And you can pretty much count on a big grand opening hoopla sale when it finally happens, so I hope you will continue to stay in touch either on this blog, or the facebook page, or with a newsletter subscription. I will certainly be keeping everyone updated on happenings.
>>--NOW FOR OUR NEW PRODUCTS TODAY!!--<<
Remember these 5 are marked down 25% today and tomorrow ONLY!
DP0757 - CARGO PANTS - I needed the pants without ants, too! This gal must have lots of options.
DP0754 - MONKEY BARREL - I've only got 2 kids, but some days it seems like 5. Who can relate?
DP0758 - MONKEY PEEPS - Ok, so you see my fetish of must having more options. In case 5 monkeys in a barrel wasn't enough, I had to make a few peeping monkeys to use with the Monkey Barrel or other Monkey sets. The more monkeys, the merrier the headache, right?
DP0755 - FINE FEATHERY FRIENDS - Short of bird images? Not me, but I needed more. My personal favorite in this set is the Pelican. And I don't know why as I am not much of a beach bum. I guess I just think he is cute with that big beak and starfish friend.
DP0756 - LUCKY CLEMENTINE - Clementine returns for a solo debut with her lucky clover find. And some professionally applied red lipstick. Pucker up you cow lovers. Moo's the word!
In case you skipped the personal stuff, TO SUM UP: