Sunday, January 17, 2010

I think that I have been avoiding writing this little paragraph relating to the ending chapters of Artgirlz as we have grown to know and love it! MANY people have worked LONG hours to help us get things in and out of the doors. We have traveled far and wide...met amazing talented, funny, smart, irreverent, hardworking folks always willing to share, support, advise...and to all of you I am very grateful.

It seems like I was always exhausted quickly moving from one event onto the preparations for the next...designing and producing products, catalogs, dealing with import issues, pricing, shipping, websites, email, customer service issues, photographs, blogs, class proposals, class prep, class teaching, clean up and shlepping of materials...setting up booths, cc machines, cash registers, products, give always, business cards, membership cards, bags, props, price tags, samples, snacks, pens, accounting, money in money out...packing up booths and organizing the shipping of the goods back to world headquarters...filling out the paper for each box leaving on the pallet...airplanes, taxis, hotels, convention centers, bad food, too many snacks, no exercise, no oxygen...
Trying to stay emotionally stable...hoping, wishing, expecting, not getting, getting, trying another way...

So now that the decision has been made to close the business, I have been organizing and counting product that is left...Al has been working on a proposal to keep Artgirlz Charms out in the world...time will tell on that it seem like the next step is to put what we have on sale. What a perfect opportunity for the creatives of the world to add to their ever shifting pile of supplies!

Although we don't know exactly what we will be doing next, we will still be around doing our thing and keeping you posted right here! We will actually have "time" to do creative things...something that has been hard to come by!

Stay warm. Thanks for all of the support and love that we have received over the last 6 years!!!!
Stay Tuned!

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Magpie Sue said...

Waaaa! I LOVE your charms! I hope to heaven you can find a way to keep making them available to the creative public.

Such sad news.

folksmith said...

so sad to see you're going out of business. hopefully, you'll be able to relax, for just a while and then get back to creating.

take care.

Anonymous said...

Well, initially I was sad that you are going out of business....but then, I try to remember that as one door closes...another opens. You are both amazing!! All you have to do is walk through the door!!
Diane Quinlan

Rosie Rowe said...

You know, after reading your blog post, I am so glad you'll be getting some "you" time now. People often forget the price tag on success - myself included. Good luck for the future... I wish you guys all the very best!

mo said...

i'm sorry to see that you're closing your doors. you guys are so fun and creative. you'll be missed. hope that after you have some 'down' time that you'll find another outlet for your wonderful artsy creativity!


tim holtz said...

i love you artgirlz! i am truly a better person for knowing all 4 of you. you have touched my soul in unexpected ways. i wish you a lifetime of peace, love, and creative happiness. until our paths cross again my friends. miss you already...tim

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear this. My sister introduced me to ArtGirlz. I have loved all the neat things I ordered or picked up at Quilt Festival.

Jan said...

Where am I going to find the just right feet for tiny witches? Charms, doo-dads and baubles?
I wish you well in whatever you pursue.

Dylan said...

awwww babes...soooooo sad to hear. Peace in head and heart for everything you wish. Miss you.Was hoping to catch up at CHA. xxx

megan said...

I remember the first time I saw you at CHA. Bright, vibrant, NEW, kick ass, and funny. You girlz are one of a kind and that's why we like you so much! Thanks for sharing Vday with Cheryl and I a couple of years ago.

You'll be missed!

Megan and Cheryl

One Creative Queen said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. Where else can we get our Girlz fix?I'm with Magpie Sue...Waaa!!

Good luck - you guys deserve only the best!! xx

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear that you are closing your gals are so original, wacky, eccentric and quirky! The crafting industry was a better place because you were a part of it. You'll be missed. Enjoy your time to create.....i know there is a price to pay for success.....and sometimes it's the lack of time to do what you truly love. Enjoy!

Peace, Love and Joy,

Violette xo

Anne D said...

I am so going to miss you, and your wonderful creative supplies!

I do hope you can keep the charms going; they're unique and special.

Best wishes to all of you on your next creative adventure!

Anonymous said...

I met you a couple of years ago at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago. Your booth was next to my friend Julie McCullough from Magic Threads dolls. Meeting you gave me the courage to dye my hair purple (at age 60) and I want to thank you for that since I am known as the "Purple Lady" and wear everything purple. Sometimes we affect people's lives without even knowing. Enjoy your new-found free time to do whatever you have been dreaming about and enjoy this wonderful day that the Good Lord has given us to be creative. Blessings, Sue

Aimeslee said...

You better keep a blog out here and update us on your journeys! I'm glad you will be able to live life more now. I know it was draining. And I'm praying for a *charmed* miracle and we get to continue to have those little artsy gems. xoxo

Anonymous said...

I also met you at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago a few years ago...will miss you two! Here is hoping that you pop up in the creative world in a new and less taxing way....we love ya!

Angie Pedersen said...

I completely understand your decision - the life on the road for the various craft shows in unforgiving and unrelenting. Perfect recipe for zapping the creative energy out of just about anyone.

I enjoyed working with you in the past, and wish the most brilliant of futures.

Anonymous said...

another reminder to never put things off...i've wanted to head your way for a creative vacation since meeting you in houston several years ago. always thought you would always be there! take heed....take this opportunity to do what you really want to do! my best to you!!!

Anonymous said...

So sad to hear you are closing. I just found you last year and have enjoyed your products. I do hope you keep selling them.
Enjoy your creative time!

The Crafty Chick said...

You guys have given us many laughs, fun times and great memories. We think of you often, and totally get how hard it has been of late. Can't wait to see what you do next once refreshed and your tanks are topped up! I know we will be in touch with you guys always! Leandra and Mr PA. Love you guys!

Kathleen In St. Louis said...

So sad for me, but so happy for you. Congrats on your big success and thanks for the many many good moments you gave me in my crafting. Please keep us all posted on "the next chapter" after you've had a good breather.

GardenDesigner said...

Good luck to you In the exciting future!!!

Life takes unexpected turns and if we celebrate them, it will usually include growth that is Needed and can feel like JOY!!!
~Keep smiling and know you both have touched the hearts of MANY!!


K Andrews said...

There are no words to express my wishes for your success and bright new future. Life holds many peaks and valleys; each with their own challenges and rewards. Embrace them, learn from them, and go forward... the possibilities are endless.

All my best to you from me on Angel's Wings...


Artistgirl's Muse said...

Hi Girlz!
I've always loved your charms and wonderful supplies! Please keep us posted on your next creative adventure!
Much Love & Happiness to you!
Debbie Tlach

JillB said...

I'll definitely miss Artgirlz. You were always my first stop at Quilt Festival in Chicago. But I don't think most of us realized how much work, effort, stress, etc go into keeping a business alive. Who knows, maybe this year you can go to Quilt Festival just to enjoy it!
Best wishes!

Lesley Riley said...

Of course I understand, now more than ever. Much love to all. I know the next page of your lives will be just as art-full and beautiful as the last.

JoTee said...

I truly understand, I really do, life is so very short, that we all must grab it & run with the moment or moments.

You two have always "colored the world with colors" that are vibrant, lush & joyous.

Oh pretty please always have a blog as I would so miss the wonderful lovely lush colors of the "Artgirlz"

Hugs from a far in New Mexico

Rosie C. said...

You are two awesome ladies and your creative supplies will be missed my the art community! I hope our paths cross again!
Much Peace and Love to you both.

Miz Rosie

MaryWig said...

Dang! Well, now we just got to think about the possibilities. This retail stuff is a drag but there's still a chance to do ARTGIRLZ: The Movie; ARTGIRLZ: the motivational speakers! ARTGIRLZ: on the Miracle-Gro label! ARTGIRLZ: the cable channel! THis is all to say this is a temporary shift, is all, and the next thing will appear. I have certainly enjoyed your ARTGIRLZ world while it lasted, and i'm sure there's more to come. Love & kisses, Mary

magpie said...

Well I met you at Away with the fairies retreat in the UK twice and did two workshops with you.
I'm sorry to see that you're closing your doors. you guys are so fun and creative. you'll be missed. hope that you will still be blogging.... I enjoyed what you did. Artgirlz, Tim Holtz, paper artsy and LB crafts are my fav....
You girls have my very bestest of wishes.....
Sharon xx

li said...

Bummer Art Girlz!
I so enjoyed your company at the Bernina Teachers Reunion last year! Keep making stuff, Keep gardening and I will see you again, I am sure, big fat arty blessings to you!
Li Hertzi

Artistic Artifacts said...

Being in business and the business is tough! I for one will help continue to keep Artgirlz Charms out and about! Love to all Judy

Nancy said...

I've always believed that when something becomes draining instead of full of excitement, that it is time for a change. As you start a new chapter, I wish you luck and joy. One request, please keep your blog. You are inspiring and infectious in your creativity. Have fun discovering your new path!

Cody Goodin said...

I met you at my first Wee FOlk in 2000 and was inspired by your spirits. I am sorry you have to let go of something you put lots of hard work into. But, as someone said when a door closes a new one opens to something even better. Keep the art world posted.

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