Tuesday, 1 December 2015

The Decision To Say Goodbye.......















To be honest......I'm not really sure how I feel about writing this post. All kinds of emotions. Blogging has been a part of me for a fair few years now. In the past I have had my bloggy wobbles, wondering what on earth I am doing here, blabbering in a little corner of the internet. I'm a quiet, and incredibly shy person, and the wobbles usually come when I'm going through a period of deep thought. If it passes and I think of it less, then I seem to be fine to waffle away and chat about my ordinary little life and makes.

Over the past six months or so, the feeling of reflection has stayed with me, and there has been this constant battle in my head about whether it is time to say goodbye to my little space here. It was about whether I felt I had anything to say, or worth showing/recording. I kept waiting for the moment to pass, so as not to make any decisions I would regret, but it hasn't really.

I started this blog at a point in my life where I realised that I didn't know.....remember.....who I was. I had slipped into so many other roles, that there was nothing I did that was just for me, or that was a reflection of just me.

I stumbled upon the world of blogging by chance one day, and suddenly became aware of lots of other people who were in the same position as me (mums to young children, who had a passion for craftiness). It opened up a whole new world to me. As I read posts of tales of parenting, crafty exploits and inspiration abound, I knew that this was something that would almost 'save' me.

And I guess it did. I became part of a community that had just as much passion for making and creating as I did. I could be totally me, yet be at a distance that helped with my shyness.

In the early years, my little old space here grew, and I began to realise that I was quite uncomfortable with being 'noticed'. Although flattered to be asked, the thought of book deals, magazine spreads and promoting myself, absolutely horrified me. To someone who has spent her life doing everything to be invisible, stuff like this didn't make my heart beat with excitement like it would to others. I battled with people telling me I was stupid for not seizing opportunities or jumping out of my comfort zone. So I tentatively tried with small things.....and I HATED it. So I retreated from my blog. If I wasn't on it, then people wouldn't ask me to do stuff.

Instagram, was little known at the time and I started to be on my blog less to run away from it all, but use that instead to channel any creativeness. When I realised Instagram was becoming more successful than blogging to bloggers, my natural instinct was to go back to blogging, where there would be less people reading what I had to say.

I always thought that returning 'full time' back to blogging, I would be quite clear in what I wanted with my space. I didn't want it to 'grow'. I just wanted to record stuff for myself. I love taking pictures, and am a very visual person, so any little pockets of 'happy' in my house or day I wanted to capture. Believe me, when you're a girly girl living with messy males, you feel like you want to record pretty and girly; so when you look back over the years, you are reminded that it wasn't all used socks all over the house, wrappers stuffed down the sides of beds and food plates left here, there and everywhere. I would lay my life down without question for my Bears, but by gum, their mess knows no bounds!

So that's what I wanted from this little space. Being a people pleaser, I feld kinda selfish saying 'no' to this that and the other, but it got a little easier. I guess, over the last few months I have been wondering if I really need this space to speak. I'm not really sure what I have to say is at all interesting, and if I'm honest, really honest, to look back at these posts in years to come, I won't be reading the posts, I'll only be looking at the pictures and remembering. I love to take photos, but I have Flickr to record those. I love making stuff, but I have Ravelry to record those. So I guess I have been asking myself for the last 6 months, 'Do I need this space here?'

Blogging has changed over the last few years. I was going through my blog roll, and so many blogs have been abandoned in favour of Instagram now. And even the bloggers left, post less frequently.

Don't get me wrong. I think Blogging still has a valuable place in crafty society.....it's just I feel that it's time for me to retreat into invisibility again.

So, I have made the decision to blog for the next couple of weeks in the the run up until Christmas, with anything crafty that I can muster. I shall then have a couple of weeks enjoying Christmas with the Bears, and end my blog at the end of this year.

Don't worry, My blog will remain here in cyber space. I shan't be taking it down. I shall still be taking as many pics as I always have done, I'll just be recording them on Flickr instead. If I make anything crochet (or you never know....knitty) related, I'll record it up on my Ravelry page. Any questions, I'll still be contactable, so if any help is needed with any aspect of stuff I have made in the past, then I will always try and help. I'll still be reading blogs, and if I haven't forgotten my login details, I'll try and still comment on blogs when I can. I'll also still be as mad as a hatter on Pinterest too. I've never said 'never' to going back on Instagram, so you never know know, one day it might appeal again. But for now, invisibility appeals more.

I just wanted to explain my decision. I know there are many readers of this little space here who have followed my journey from the very beginning. I am so thankful to each and everyone of you, for thinking my posts worthy of taking a few minutes out of your precious time to read. I hope maybe something I have posted along the years has been of some inspiration in some way. Thank you also, to all of you who have left comments. Again, I am only too well aware of how precious time is these days, so to not only read here, but take the time to say 'hi' and chat for a bit......well.....it has always overwhelmed me really.


Thank you x



xxx

83 comments:

  1. Oh Vanessa, I feel quite teary! But I completely understand your decision and the invisibility thing too. I've only been blogging for a couple of years and Coco Rose Diaries was one of the first blogs I regularly followed - I still do, even though I might not always comment. I'm glad to see you will be popping up elsewhere in cyberspace and so I will visit you there; you have oodles of talent which is very evident in the things you create and in your photography and I have been much inspired by your blog. Thank you for sharing your 'girly' world and your thoughts - many of which have resonated here - and I look forward to catching up with you on pinterest, ravelry, etc. Love Jane xx

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  2. Goodnes, you will be missed! Can quite see where you are coming from tho'...blogging has changed so much now. A lot of people I followed went onto facebook and again, easy to see why if they are 'business' type posts. A couple of lines can get to thousands of people in no time at all. A blog post can take an age to create and then you hear very little. I don't like fb much, I don't tweet or intsagram tho' I do have a flickr a/c but don't use it. I like that on a blog you can write a background story to accompany your pictures.
    I love your blog and am so pleased to read that you won't be taking it down. If I'm feeling low, I find it a most uplifting place to visit. so, thank you for sharing, for introducing me to Greengates and Pip, and for almost inspiring me to have a go a crochet!
    Wishing you all the best, you wonderful lady.
    Zoe xx

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  3. You've been such an inspiration!
    http://soldenochedecocrochet.blogspot.com.ar/

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  4. I'll be sorry to see you go as blogs are my 'thing'. I have very much enjoyed reading your blogs but understand that you have to to what feel right for you. Wishing you all the best for future endeavours! Cheryl

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  5. Hi, I will be very sorry to see you go. I have enjoyed reading your blog for some time but I understand that you must do what feels right for you. I've never been tempted to Instagram or Flickr once I found my niche in blogland! Wishing you well for all that you do in the future!

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  6. I understand each and every word you have written....and lately I've been dealing with the very same thoughts. Just know, that you (and your photos!!!) will be sorely missed. I'm not much of a crocheter, which is probably the reason I don't comment quite as often as I could have--or should have---but I so much appreciate how you view life through your lens. You have been quite an inspiration to me (a granny!!!) and I've loved hearing all your 'bear' stories. My daughter is the sole female in her house of 'bears' and she relishes being around some of her nieces so she can get an occasional girly frilly fix. (She really was never a girly girl herself growing up, so she doesn't need this fix tooooo often, fortunately!) I really understand that, too. Be happy with your decision....life changes, and nothing is forever. But, I will miss you.

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  7. I shall be very sad not to read your snippets and lovely pics but totally understand. Have a great Xmas. Love Clare x

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  8. I'm really sad to read this, although I completely understand your reasons. I have enjoyed your makes, and your colourful photos, and my skin is grateful for telling us all about your new skin regime earlier this year - I'm now a convert to the products you mentioned!! I hope you continue to find happiness in the things you do x

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  9. I think your post reflects that people are often unable to take things as offered, but always want more! (you see it with children and animals, you give them a treat and then are they happy? no they plead and beg for more. So, often we feel the answer is not to give anymore which is a shame as we get pleasure from giving too.) I think in these days of 'celebrity' people are unable to understand that not everyone wants that. People are also all too readily willing and able to follow enmasse, regardless of what is being offered. There are blogs that really have gone over to commercialism and really do seem to want to exploit their readership, and the readers are only too willing to be that person who has to have, buy or do everything a blogger says. I find it all very bewildering at times, this game of following the leader.

    When you write a blog, your privacy is indeed compromised and some people are less comfortable with that than others. I wouldn't care for it myself. A book is nice but there is no anonymity for authors these days. It is also very hard work for apparently not that much gain (except more attention) and you lose autonomy. So I do understand your reluctance to take up the very many offers you must have had. If it is not for you, then people must respect that. I fully understand your reasons why. It is no longer just your work that our money buys but it seems to me that some people seem to think we are entitled to a part of that persons soul too. I have at times seen just how very demanding people are, wanting personal replies, patterns adjusted just for them etc. Give people an inch and they take a mile.

    I am very sad to see you go. I must admit that your words have counted for me every bit as much as your pictures, perhaps more. Pictures need explanations! I have enjoyed reading your blog, and you are always so polite and considerate of other people and take time to respond to them. Sadly, some bloggers just advertise their wares and seemingly barely care about their vast readerships. You are one of the 'old school' of bloggers, the ones who unfortunately have all but disappeared (or changed) in our cynical and pushy world. That makes your decision to stop blogging even more of a loss; I do respect that choice though.

    Instagram is only really assessable to those who have smart phones, which I don't. Many accounts are closed to me as I don't have my own account, and in any event reading some posts it seems very cliquey and only for people whose faces fit. The friendly happy days when people just shared something they made seem to be over, with people just wanting to push products at us. So often social media posting is with ulterior motive now. A leisurely blog read was a joy, the snappy snap, quick quick quick of posting now is something that pales by comparison.

    Good for you for remaining someone with integrity, who remains true to yourself. I will selfishly hope that you will return but otherwise I do hope to see your makes sometimes in the places you mention. You are extremely talented and we have been so fortunate that you have shared all that you have. Wishing you well and hoping you carry on making and doing.

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  10. For me, a light will go out in Blogland without you in it.

    I'll miss you but completely understand.

    Much love. xxxx

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  11. Your posts are worthy of reading, yes! The pictures, the words are of such of a kindness and so sweets that is a shame never to have them again.
    But your decision as you explained, is a personal decision and if is the better for you is the right for all of us. Thank you for sharing with us for so long and be happy!!

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  12. I am so sorry to hear this Vanessa, but I can completely appreciate your honesty and your reasons. At the end of the day you have to do what is best and what is right for you.
    I can tell you that you will be greatly missed. I always love to read what you have to say and sit and admire your beautiful photos of the lovely little corners in your home.
    I know you have thought about this whole blogging journey for some time now so I hope that it brings you relief to know it is not something you need to spend time thinking about any longer.
    Lots of love Gem x x

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  13. i wish you luck and happiness. It will be sad not to see your beautiful photos appear in my blog roll anymore, but I understand. When you fall out of love, so to speak with blogging, then its time for a break. It will always be there if you want to revisit it.

    I must admit, I tend to blog very much for me ... I love my little corner on the internet but I have taken time out sometimes as keeping up with blog reading is difficult.

    I wish you happiness

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  14. You will be missed, but having dipped my toe in and out of blogging I can understand your reasons for not blogging. Sending you virtual hugs and I look forward to keeping up with your makes on Ravelry. Carole xXx

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  15. Vanessa, I fully understand your decision and I respect that!
    You do what your heart tells you. If now is not the time to blog,
    not put energy here! I hope you're happy and men in your house does not give you many headaches!
    if you one day come back we wait for you!
    I've noticed that people who write blogs are all sensible people.
    Many are those temporarily abandon the site. I think we all understand your decision.
    Good luck, my dear! be happy! and live life! and never never, never stop making beautiful things!
    a big, big hug Vanessa!

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  16. Oh I will so miss reading your blog and seeing your lovely photos....your little space on here is beautiful....keep making beautiful things and be happy but you will be missed x

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  17. Although I don't always comment in you little space I followed you for a few years now and I completely understand where you are coming from. I loved my first blog I used to write like you it was in a period of my life when I was mum to 2 young boys it gave me confidence and inspiration and almost gave me a purpose in life as a single mum, After deleting it over night after being harassed I left blogland for a while and realised that lots of blogs I had enjoyed had stopped writing but I made some lovely friends and we are now connected through facebook and meet up at different times in the year. I am not only flicker or instagram but see that's the route many are taking. Writing does take up more time but I think you need to enjoy it when it becomes a chore then its maybe time to stop. You will be very much missed I have loved reading and seeing you pretty posts even though I haven't always commented. Best wishes to you and enjoy the new moments where ever life now takes you. dee x

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  18. You never owe any explanation, but it is nice of you to let us know that you will be moving on to pastures new rather than disappearing, so thank you! Thank you too for your blog and all that you have shared, you are very inspiring, whether you intended to be or not! Thank you for that. I hope that whatever life brings your way that you enjoy it and that all will be good. Perhaps our paths will cross again someday and if they do I will be glad about that! Have a fun last month of blogging in whatever form that is and have a great Christmas too. Hugs and all good wishes to you for the future! xxxx

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  19. I completely understand.....my personality is very similiar to yours...wishing you a peaceful Christmas season and a continued joyous life. Go out and continue to do good in the world!

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  20. You will be missed!! I love your blog, but I respect your decision. If you think it is time stop, you must do so.
    I wish you all the luck in your life and be happy!!!

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  21. I'll miss your blog posts and your beautiful photos and makes. You're right to do whats good for you though. It's no good to be made to feel uncomfortable on your blog or with promoting etc. I'll keep up with your makes on ravelry. Look after and enjoy your retreat from blogland. :)

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  22. Dear Vanessa, I'm really saddened about your decision, though I thoroughly understand the desire to stay invisible sometmes.
    I love your blog and got lots of inspiration from your creations.
    Hope you'll feel better and more comfortable soon.

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  23. I will miss your words, your beautiful pics, the way you look at life, your colors, everything....you've been an inspiration and not having your posts in my feed makes me sad today but I respect your decision...
    Kisses
    Angie from le monde de Sucrette

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  24. Thank you for letting us into your world. I've been following your blog for just a couple of years and I really loved what you put in it.
    I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas with your family and all the best to you and your family for the future.
    Helen

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  25. Oh no! Was my first, and selfish thought. After reading your post I completely understand and your reasons and integrity make you all the more special. This special is what shines in your posts. I have had some wobbly times and reading your posts and indulging in your photos have soothed and warmed me, so a very grateful thank you for leaving your blog here so that I can dip back in every Sunday, as I do. I too live in a male overload.ed world! and although I would give my back teeth for them, you are the girly treat in my life and I treasure your posts. So from me to you, a truly heartfelt thank you and wish you much peace and contentment, may you have a wonderful Christmas with your bears and enjoy all the good things that will surely come your way. Pamela.

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  26. I fill my lungs with air, hold it in for a second and then I let it out in a big sigh... Ok, I get it. The decision is made. I'll miss you. I'll find you. Thanks for all the prettiness you've shared through the years and all the babbles. Until we meet again my friend... Au Revoir.
    Bizous
    Xxx
    Annette

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  27. I'll really miss your posts, Vanessa, but quite understand. My blog has been gathering dust since March, but there is always something else needing doing. I'll keep tabs on your crafty lovelies via Pinterest and Ravelry (never mastered Instagram or Twitter) and, who knows, you might find your way back here some time - if so, I'll be one of your first readers. Take care, and have a lovely Christmas with the Bears xx

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  28. Hello, I have regularly looked at your blog over the last couple of years, but never commented before. It has been my favourite-I love your pictures, which are inspiring, beautiful and make me feel relaxed and happy! I have to say that you have lovely taste and I adore your combinations of colours. I will miss my peeks into CocoRose, and wish you all the very best! Michelle

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  29. I will miss you too. I have enjoyed following your blog and few others these past few years. I was so impressed I started my own blog a couple years ago. Good luck with your new and continued creative outlets. I will keep you on my list of favs in case you decide to pop back once in a while with an update. Cheers and good luck.

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  30. Ahh i,m sad to hear this as we all loooove your posts ,but you have to do what you feel is right for you ,take caremy friend and a merry xmas to you and your family x

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  31. Ahh i,m sad to hear this as we all loooove your posts ,but you have to do what you feel is right for you ,take caremy friend and a merry xmas to you and your family x

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  32. Dear Vanessa
    Dipping into your blog is such a visual treat - one that I will really miss. Thank you so much for sharing snippets of your life over these last few years - you have obviously inspired many many people with your beautiful makes and colour combinations. I confess I get more than a little excited when I see a new post by you knowing it will most likely send me off on another creative adventure my head full to bursting with ideas. Take care dearest Vanessa, I will be reading until the end and wish you and your boys every future happiness
    Much Love
    Vanessa Arran XXX

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  33. Thank you for sharing part of your world you have given me great pleasure, I will be sad to see the end but completely understand your reasons for doing so. You are a talented photographer and I am pleased that you continue to share your work xx

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  34. hi vanessa...respect your decision...i will be missing your thoughts and creativity...your words and time shared have been valued...thank you and all the best...take care...sally

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  35. I understand. I'm not going to make you regret this choice by saying I'll miss this blog ( though I will! ), I just say that I understand you about being invisible. You have to do what your heart is saying. It's that simple.
    Thank you for sharing all this time, you're a very good photographer who will always inspire me to make my own pictures better.
    Wishing you all the best, Sigrid

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  36. I've only discovered your blog in recent months, so I am a little sad that you have decided to stop. You have a an open, honest way of writing, as well as a great talent to create and record beautiful things. You're right to follow your heart though and move to space that's more comfortable for you. Best of luck! Holly

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  37. My thoughts while reading your post: you must be piscis; what a humble, sweet, sensitive and thoughtful person you are; I'm going to miss your blog... oh great I can still follow you on Flickr and Ravelry... your decision may have something to do with your dream in your favourite colours; thank you for sharing your pictures, they will continue to inspire me for a long long time. Ciao!

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  38. I have to say, my heart always did a little happy skip whenever I saw you had posted . I'll really miss your wonderful posts, gorgeous images and beautiful photography! I totally understand and respect your decision to go, and I'll still see you on Flickr and Ravelry.
    Thank you for sharing your moments with us Vanessa, I have appreciated all of them.
    Wishing you every future happiness
    Rachel xx

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  39. I have loved reading your posts, and your photos are sublime. So I will just have to track them down elsewhere on the Internet. I wish you all the best in your future and hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas xxx

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  40. I'm so sorry to see you go, but you must do what is right for you. I love your blog and will miss it greatly. I'm actually crying while I write this as it feels like losing a friend, like you have had a fight but you don't know what it's about and they won't talk to you to explain it.
    Take care and have a happy life, I shall be reading here until there is no more. xx

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  41. Gosh, you shall be missed. I have loved the peeks at your talented makes and lovely home, and your chatter too. Enjoy this festive time!

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  42. I'll be really sad to see you go (yours is the only blog I truly enjoy reading) but I follow you on pinterest so will happily keep up with you on there. Hey, I might even have to join flickr! Have a lovely Christmas xxx

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  43. I, too, have loved your blog and will miss you sharing your beautiful decorating and projects and cakes and etc. etc. etc.
    Best of luck.
    Thanks so much.
    Terri

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  44. I just started following your blog a few weeks ago, so this news makes me very sad!! BUT, after I started reading your blog, it dawned on me I'm already following you on pinterest, so, while I won't "see" you here, there are other places I'll catch you!

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  45. Aww.....totally understand and thank you for sharing your space with us. You are inspiring and we do love receiving your updates. But.....enjoy your life and thank you for including us in a little of it. Big virtual hug x

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  46. Dear Vanessa, I am sorry to hear this, but I also understand. Time is precious, and you should listen to yourself. But I will miss your posts very much!
    You trouly have inspired me to start my own little blog... Hugs❤️
    Ida

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  47. Vanessa, thank you so much for all the pleasure you have given me for so long. Along with most of the other posters, I understand very much why you are saying goodbye to us. I wish you and the bears all the best that life has to offer. You will be missed.

    Good bye from
    Carolyn in Texas

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  48. Good for you sweetie, I love your blog and looking through all your lovely pictures has cheered me up many times when my illness has kicked off, I'm so glad we'll all still be able to see your works on flickr, hopefully without it affecting you. much love and goos luck.xxx

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  49. Like others have to heartfully stated, I will miss your posts and your makes. I love your crocheting and YOUR makes are what inspired me to learn - how do I find you on Ravelry???
    Thank you in advance for the last few years of beautiful makes and beautiful pictures!!! Enjoy the holidays!!!

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  50. Vanessa, thank you for adding a little spot of girly and pretty to my own testosterone filled days. You've reminded me that the one female in the house needs to take time for femininity. You have also hit the nail on the head as to why I have such a hard time posting to my own blog so I totally understand your struggle. It has been delightful! Thank you!

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  51. Well now this is a very sad post indeed. :( I hear you when you say that blogging isn't the same anymore, I used to devour the blogs i read avidly, these days I don't really get much time for that it seems, but I do love popping in at least a couple of times a month to catch up on what's been going on. And your wee blog is one of my favourites. I shall miss you. <3

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  52. It has truly been a pleasure to spend a bit of my day here. So much enjoyment along the way. Thank you, for sharing what you have and I shall miss it. Wishing you the best in all that comes. x (See you on Flickr!)

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  53. Wishing you all the best for the future Vanessa, I have so enjoyed your gorgeous blog and your crochet will remain an inspiration to so many .sending big hugs xxx

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  54. I shall miss your posts so much, Vanessa. Your blog is my favourite of all and it has been so lovely to read your snippets of day-to-day life up there on the other end of the world. ☺Thank you for all you have shared. Best wishes for a bright and anxious-free future. I already follow you on Flickr so look forward to seeing your beautiful photos there. Xxx

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  55. It really has been a pleasure popping by to visit your beautiful blog over the years. You have been a great source of inspiration to me and I have ooohed and aaahed over so many of your gorgeous photos. Have a wonderful Christmas hon, and may your New Year without blog posts be filled with extra time to crochet, more time to hang out with your bears and hubby and in general, time to do what it is you love.

    Take care hon - and thank you again for all the colour you added to my life.

    Leah
    xx

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  56. Oh Vanesa, voy a extrañarte muchísimo.
    Sos una fuente de inspiración para mi,tus fotos son pura creatividad.
    Gracias por compartir tus dias con nosotras!
    Te entiendo.
    Gracias Vanesa!
    Beso enorme y aquí te esperaremos, por si decides regresar.

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  57. So many of us will miss your posts, you definitely have had something to say and given much inspiration. Xx

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  58. Chiming in with everyone else, I shall miss your blog. It was the one place I could be guaranteed to find pretty, pretty things that would brighten my day, for which I thank you. I completely understand your reasons, but I shall miss you. Thank you for sharing all your pretty things. Merry Christmas. x

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  59. Oh dear. I am inexplicably sad. I have two favorite blogs, Posie Gets Cozy and yours. I cannot even grasp not being able to come here to have a visit with you which is completely odd I'm sure. Yet, I can't help myself and completely understand as I have considered doing the same myself and to be honest, I only still blog for my family who loves to read it and because it really does serve as a journal for me. So, I will miss your blog, such a bright spot of happiness in my online world and send you peace and happiness in your new year and if you ever change your mind, I shall be the first one celebrating. I think I will plan to come back here after the first of the year and start at the beginning and re read all of your postings.

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  60. Oh.....I know you wrote something about this not long ago and as Im a shy person too I totally understand not wanting to be "the center of attention". I have found your little blog here not so long ago and have been looking at your Lovely makes and read quite some of the blogposts too and I love your pretty photos too so I must say I will miss your posts here when you quit.......but of course you sholud do what feels best for you! Thank you for sharing here even if I have not been here since the "beginning" I have liked it very much!
    I hope you will have a nice december and holiday and I will keep looking for as long as you are here!
    Thank you Vanessa! from Jeanette :)

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  61. I found your blog just a couple of months ago and I completely fell in love! But I really respect and admire your decision to do only what you think is right for you!

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  62. Oh no! Your blog is so special to me; I have started blogging a couple of years ago and you are on my blog roll from the beginning. Crochet helped through depression and your makes inspired me, encouraged me to keep crocheting, to keep going after all life is so full of pastel beautiful colours! I know what you mean when you say that you record things for yourself and not for anyone else… over these two years I’ve learned to love your pictures and your voice. I am glad you decided to leave it “on air” so we can visit when we miss you, and we can still see your world ... Thank you, Vanessa.

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  63. I have loved every moment of your blog will miss your inspiration but wish you luck for the future

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  64. When I found your blog it was so nice to see someone posting without trying to make a business or sell something to someone. It was simply a blog a log of your days, with gorgeous photographs and beautiful handmade projects. I am happy you are following your heart and did not buy into promoting your blog as a business. Money it seems is all people seem to focus on and notoriety which I find to be a shame as so many struggle these days with prices on the rise. I've been visiting your blog for many years, love the quietness, and peaceful yet cheery colors, in your photographs. I loved your words as I love words and they spoke to many as I read replies, sometimes people like to know there life is just as simply as someone else's, that they are not alone. Thank you for doing that... I am not a girly, girl yet your blog gave me a bit of that in my life. I wish you some joy and happiness in your heart for the future. Thank you again, as with all in life change is inevitable, embrace it.

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  65. Thank you for sharing. I've enjoyed your creativity and colour. An e-mail with a new blog post is always a treat.
    All the best, Jacqui x

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  66. I'm so sorry to see you go; I've so enjoyed your blog, particularly your gorgeous photos of your beautiful home and fabulous makes. I hope you never say never to returning to blogging in the future. Thanks again for all your wonderful inspiration and I wish you happiness and many more crafty makes xx

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  67. I think darling Miss Pink Milk said it best Vanessa. She's put my thoughts into words perfectly. xx

    S x

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  68. Oh no, I'm sad to read that you are saying goodbye. I have really enjoyed your blog and all your beautiful crochet. Thank you for inspiring me.
    Merry christmas. xo Julia from Denmark

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  69. So sorry that you are calling it a day. Your photos and colour sense are inspirational. I will really miss this lovely space and will try to follow you on ravelry.
    Have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for a lovely future

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  70. Oh lovely Vanessa! I will miss your gorgeous blog posts! But...I totally understand your reasons for not continuing with your blog and at the end of the day you must do what is right for you. Thank you for all the beautiful makes, pretties and inspiration you have shared in your beautiful photos and words. Wishing you all the very best for the future.
    Marianne xxx

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  71. Ditto to comments above. Over the years seeing you express your feminine side through your craft has encouraged me to throw a bit more pink and girlie things around in a male dominated home. All the best.

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  72. My dear, I am sorry to hear this, though I do understand your reasons for wanting to step away. I thank you for sharing your beautiful work and lovely, light ways with us, and I will see you around Pinterest! :)

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  73. Will miss you. You're fab..Be happy. xx

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  74. I have loved your blog for its light and loveliness. Thank you for the time you have given to it, and may you find everything to make you feel happy and fulfilled. You've done such a beautiful job and you made a precious corner of the web for so many of us to come and enjoy. Best wishes for a gorgeous happy makey Christmas and New Year.
    Clare

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  75. I am sad and will miss all your inspiration but totally understand. Best wishes to you and thank you for sharing all your wonderful makes. Denise

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  76. So sorry to hear this news...will miss you in blogland, Vanessa...as I have told you in the past your blog is a favourite of mine....but I do understand how you feel and your reasons for stopping blogging and you must do what is right for you......wishing you happy times elsewhere and hope to catch up with you in other places :)
    Sending love
    Helen xox

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  77. helloooo lovely xxx you know i feel like ive had soooo much going on this last year or so my blog has taken a real back seat, like you i love taking photos, but im not so great at posts about my personal life anymore...im quite shy too. And ive always felt in tune with how you feel too on the instagram thing, i tried to do that too, but i just found it all a bit too clicky and samey. i do enjoy blogging but felt over the last few years with work and general life that i just didnt have so much time to post and started to feel 'lost' in blog land when lovely blogs i used to follow seemed to give up and move to instagram...and my posts have been half hearted at the best of times. And now i'm moving home and in a whirl wind on a new adventure~ lifes just been so full on. I hope i can keep blogging even if its just once a month...mainly, because when i decided to leave blog land a while ago i remember missing it...i think its more a time scale thing, making time to blog. i will miss your posts, i loved your words and wonderful pics...you have always been the light and joy in blog land and despite never meeting you i feel i know you in some kind of small way through your blog diaries. i wish you lots of happiness and love dear friend xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  78. Dear Vanessa, I really will miss you here! 'Bloggingworld' has changed but I alway's read yours. I love your 'cyber' world/place. The way you let us look into your world through the camera. You have a lovely way to make beautiful pics, it alway's inspired me! I keep on 'blogging'. Just when I feel like it, no pressure. When I think of the people who read it, I freeze... I do it all for me, my little world. Although it has become my work now, I still do things my way. Blogging, instagram both is a nice way to show your own creativity but also to get inspired! but it's nog 'real' life. It's in my life but nog completely my life, if you know what I mean. A lot of my life never shows here in the cyber world. Only 'nice' things because I think a lot of the world is not so nice. I like to stay focussed at the nice and beautiful things around us. I saw a lot of beauty in your pics. I will miss that. Have a beautiful life, xxx Claire

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  79. your blog pictures and words always lifted my spirits, I so enjoyed your little corner in this space, your such a talented inspirational woman, I wish you all the very best with your Bears, you will be so missed, but im sure you got that from all of the above!! take care dear Vanessa, and thank you for all your beautiful sharings!

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  80. Ufff
    I read your post the day you wrote it but I felt so sad that I couldn't write you a farewell. I'm really sorry you're leaving us. I even had your blog's button on my starter screen. I checked every day to see the last beauty that came out of your hands, either as a crochet work or a pic of your beautiful, and colourful, kitchen. It's not that we might have found some inspiration, all your works are so great I've copied many. I'm currently crochetting the popcorn blanket with some soft baby alpaca turquoise yarn. And with the cotton prepared to crochet some stool covers.
    I'm happy and really thankful that you decided to keep your blog open for us to check from time to time and to miss you.
    Hope you have a very happy life with your 'bears' even surrounded by used socks. And that you keep making such beautiful works of art.
    Love from Spain,
    Cristina

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  81. Hi Vanessa, thank you for sharing all your pretty crochet, your lovely shelves of beauty and the fact your boys shove wrappers down the side of furniture (that sure made me feel normal and relieved my son isn't the only one) I am so glad I've 'met' you in a virtual way and you will always be inspirational to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you for showing me your wonderful photography. Wishing you the best of luck in all that you do, take care of yourself, Sam xx

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  82. Not good news for us, readers, but I completely understand your decision. Just be lucky - this is important!

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  83. Your blog is very special, and even though I have discovered it just as you bring this chapter of your blogging life to a close ( which is perfectly understandable! )I am still enjoying discovering all the lovely things you have on here and have gathered over the years. Thank you.
    With love Xx
    Millymayamelia.com
    23millymay25.blogspot.co.uk

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