Thursday, November 18, 2010

News... Endings & New Beginnings!

I know that I've been absent on my blog for quite a while now.  It has all been for very good reason if that is any consolation.  There's been a lot of things happening in my life with some things coming to an end while other things are just beginning.  It is a good transitional time for myself and my family.

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First of all, I will be closing my ArtFire shop some time soon after Thanksgiving.  I've already closed both of my Etsy shops.  I've had a great run selling online with almost 1,000 items sold over the past few years.  I've enjoyed every minute of creating handmade products, selling online and at craft shows, and communicating with customers.  I feel very blessed for such good success, but I know that it is time to move on to other things.

Now on to some of those other things...
Some of you may remember a while back when I posted about a wonderful crafty job at Reader's Digest Association.  I had been contacted by the talent manager there asking if I would advertise the position on my Midwest Fiber Crafts blog, and I went ahead and posted it on that blog as well as this one.  I also checked out the position description and decided to apply myself.  Although I wasn't actively looking for a job, I didn't want to miss such a once in a lifetime opportunity.   Well, to make a long story much shorter, I got the job!  I am the new Associate Editor of Crafts for Reader's Digest Association's branch in Greendale, Wisconsin.  I will mainly be working on Country Woman magazine along with some Taste of Home books and other special interest publications. 

My husband and I are now working hard to pack up our possessions for our upcoming move to Wisconsin.  We've found a wonderful little townhouse to rent and will be relocating in the next few weeks so that I can start my new job.  It is a little chaotic in the short-term, but I know that it will all be worth it in the long-term.  My husband is just as excited as I am about moving.  We both like the area and the nature and weather up there.  He's going to be stay-at-home-daddy for a little while as he searches for a job.  I think that he's excited about spending that time with our daughter.

Well, there you have it.  Closing shop, relocating to Wisconsin, and starting a brand new job.  It is certainly a transitional time for us in the Frisby household, but we are thrilled about it all.  Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers during our busy time.  I very much appreciate everyone who takes the time to follow my blog.  I have gotten to know quite a few of you over the years and consider you friends :)

Here's a photo of  myself and my daughter from a trip to Missouri Town a while back... just thought that you might like to see the redheaded duo...


  1. Oh how exciting! I'm so happy for you, sounds like a dream job. Congratulations!!!

  2. Congratulations! The new job sounds exciting. What a busy time for you and your young family. I wish you all the best with your transition and the new job!

  3. Congratulations Shalana. That is super exciting news. I hope you find time to keep us updated on your Wisconsin adventures. Much happiness to you and your family.

  4. Best of luck sweetie. Keep in touch on facebook. x

  5. Wishing you much success in your fantastic new job...You're a natural for this and are going to be great. Your daughter is a sweetie. Love the red hair. Much happiness to you and your family.


  6. That is an awesome opportunity! I wish you luck in your new adventure!

  7. Wow, Shalana!!! You sure do some exciting things while you're taking a blogging break!!
    (...and here, I've been thinking that you were just busy with school!)
    Congratulations on the job and the move!!! I know you will be wonderful in your new position, and your husband will get the chance to know your daughter in a new and special way, too!

  8. Wow, what a great time for you and I will miss you and hope you keep some type of blog going. Be sure to let me know if you get any articles about fiber and felting and maybe a magazine giveaway.LOL You and your daughter are darling and I love the red hair :) My grandson is 8 months now and we are thrilled about his first Christmas. God Bless and good luck to you and yours :)

  9. THAT, is just fabulous! What more can I say except congratulations and lots of happiness ahead. I am excited for you.

  10. I was wondering what happened to you. Sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime! I can understand why you're closing shop, but don't give up the fiber art entirely. It's in your blood girl. It will be fun just to do things on a non-production line basis when your little one grows up a bit (those years fly me). Good luck and keep us posted on what's happening every now and then here on your blog. XO...Elise

  11. Good luck and Godspeed! I'm sure you'll be very successful continue to leave your imprint in the crafting world. Give that little baby a hug, too!

  12. Oh Shalana i couldnt be more pleased for you, What a Fantastic Opportunity and i know you'll be so happy with your new life.
    Good on you for going for it and i wish you all the best for your new beginnings. Isnt it funny where life takes us
    Happy Days Shalana Your Definitely in my thoughts
    Karen xoxoxo

  13. A BIG thanks to everyone! Your encouraging words mean so much to me!!

    Heather, I have been busy with school too - will my first semester of grad school classes in December. Fortunately, I am taking them online so I can continue with them one or two at a time while I'm working :)

    Elise, I won't ever completely stop felting or my fiber art endeavors :)

    Linda, I'll be sure to remember you and keep in touch. You've always been so very good to me and my funkyfelter business :) Have a wonderful Christmas with your grandbaby.

    I apologize for not addressing everyone individually. I do sincerely appreciate each one of you though! I am not planning to drop off the face of the planet and hope to post occasionally and continue to read everyone else's blogs to keep up to date :O)

  14. Sad to hear the shop is closing - but I totally understand! Congrats on a great shop and I would have never found your blog without it.

  15. Shalana, I am so excited for you! What huge blessings God has given you. New adventures all over the place! Congratulation and huge success as you move forward and upward. This is so cool! When you get a moment, willyou contact me privately. I know you are busy.
    many hugs dear one, many hugs! I am WI often. Maybe we'll finally get to meet?

  16. Congrats on the new job that's so cool! This is drumchick99 on etsy, and fellow KCEtsy team member :)

    I'm still making stamps and I always thought your stamps were so cute! I'm still trying to figure out alternative methods, still trying to find a manufacturer, but also trying some small manufacturing on my own as well.

    Best of luck!!!!!

  17. Thinking of you, Shalana, and wondering how your move went.
    (I moved several times with young children, and it's a challenge, to say the least!) :)

  18. Congratulations, Shalana! What an exciting opportunity for you and your family!! You bring so much to your new job :-)

    Very best wishes,


  19. shalana, i haven't checked in on you in awhile... so many exciting changes for you and your family. congratulations on the new job and the move! (and, love the sweet pic of the redheads... awwww!) wishing you the best with everything... and hope to see you online again in the near future! <3

  20. Congratulations on your new job and your move to a new part of the country. Woo hoo!


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