Thursday, November 4, 2010


Forgive me... dear friends and readers.  Forgive me first for being such an awfully inconsistent and mostly absent blogger over the past couple of weeks... and forgive me second for this post not being craft-related at all.  If you'd like to stop reading now - please do - I won't be offended I promise!

The past couple of weeks have been chock full of highs and lows.

On a (very) high note, I have accepted a full-time job offer with Gilda's Club - a wonderful organization that works to provide support, resources, and programs to patients and family members dealing with cancer and/or grief.  I'll be working primarily in special event fundraising - which is my favorite area of development - and I couldn't be more excited to be a part of such a wonderful organization with a great mission and community presence.  It is humbling to be a part of such important work in the fight against Cancer.

On a much lower note, a dear friend of ours has been in the hospital all this week with complications from Myasthenia gravis and has been very sick.  We've been doing everything we can do help the family - and were thrilled to hear that he gets to come home late tonight.  Thoughts and prayers and good juju are most certainly appreciated as we hope for a speed recovery.

Another high is that we're celebrating the birth of my friend Cindy's son Beckett Paul Bylsma!  Beckett was born to proud parents Cindy and Dustin and big brother Caleb yesterday morning.  I look forward to visiting them in the hospital this afternoon and meeting the little guy.

With all of these events and more, I've been working my butt off trying to get as much work done on my thesis as possible (I didn't anticipate going back to work until AFTER my thesis was completed!) and finish up a number of freelance and home projects before I start at Gilda's Club.  Tomorrow is my first day - and I still have about a million and one things to do between now and then!

As a result of all of these changes in my life - I'm not sure how much blogging I'm going to be able to do in the next couple of months.  I really can't say!  I DO plan on continuing Ready, Set, Craft! - you just may have to live with continued inconsistency until we get through the holidays!  I do hope you understand!

For the time being, I am going to try to post a couple of times a week, and go from there.  Sometimes it may be more often, and some weeks I may not get to posting at all.  I'll have a much better idea once I get into a new routine and get ahold of my schedule.

I value you all so much - and am always thrilled to read your comments, get your e-mails, and see photos of your own projects you've completed that have been inspired by this blog.  What an honor to have all of you in my life.  Thank you!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Joanne  : )


Maiden Jane said...

Congratulations on your job! That is a great accomplishment but you also have a lot on your plate. Sorry about your friend's illness, too. I have no doubt that you are a wonderful support person. I love your blog and I'll miss your daily posts, but certainly understand. You're in my reader so I know when you have a new post up! Good luck on all that is going on these last few months of the year and I look forward to hearing about all the new happenings!

Carrie said...

Congrats on your new job! As for blogging, your wonderful blog will be here when you get your groove back. It's great to take a break now and again, and you'll return inspired and ready to go!

I'm sorry for the lows, here's hoping you'll find more highs in the next few weeks and months. Looking forward to your posts when you have time to do them!