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Farewell For Now…

Yes, We're Closing

Guess what? I suck at multi-tasking. There. I said it out loud. Too many pots on the fire and I run and hide. Even those who know me in “real life” may be surprised to know this revelation about me, only those closest to me know it. Β After all, my life is very full of activity revolving around the large family that I am blessed with. I mean, who in the world has 5 kids and can’t effectively multi-task? Well…me.

This has been a growing struggle for a long time. My super squishy oh-so-squeezy and much loved baby #5 has backed me into a self-evaluating corner, though. Since his birth in early August I have been forced to switch gears from so much of my focus on LilyGiggle back to my focus being on my family. Another confession? My kids are SO much happier and so am I. I had not realized how much more of me they truly needed until I was giving them that much more. As I have watched this energy in our home go from more chaos to more peace there has been a nagging little thought that has continually crept up in the back of my mind. At first, I completely squashed this thought, pushing it aside and making excuses for it. It was a silly idea, completely impossible, totally unreasonable and downright out of the question. Darn if that tiny thought didn’t just grow bigger and bolder and more convincing, though.

owenWhat was that thought that drove me crazy and made me lose more sleep than my newborn did? The thought that it was time to choose. It was time to own up to my strengths and weaknesses. It was time to be brave and listen to that still, small voice. It was time to stop making excuses and start doing what I know is right for MY family (not anyone else’s). I do believe there are women out there that are fully able to run the show I’ve been running. I’m just not cut from the same cloth. I have lots of strengths. This isn’t a pity party, by any means. There comes a time, though, when we all have to face ourselves and make sure that we are being honest with ourselves. For me, this is that time and, for me, my truth is that I am doing more than I can handle effectively and it’s time to pull in the reigns.

So, what is that choice I have had to make? For me, it was choosing between being the pattern designer I want to be and being the mom I want to be. It was just that cut and dry. For others it is not and I totally respect that. I never want to come across that you can’t run a a business and be a great mom because I don’t believe that. We are all different. For me, it was obvious that I couldn’t do both right now. It doesn’t mean I believe that I never can. In order to do both the best that I can I need to spend some time re-evaluating, re-structuring and working on my weaknesses until they are strong enough to do this thing right.

Finally, a decision has been made. A line drawn in the sand. Peace in my spirit. I’m taking a break from LilyGiggle.

What does that mean exactly? Well, for you all that have helped me make this business so successful it means a big sale. A very, very big sale. I’m really excited to offer it to you because I think it’s going to make you giddy. πŸ™‚ I’m clearing out the old and shutting down…hopefully, temporarily…but nonetheless totally closing up shop for a few months. I plan to spend this time making sure I’m not missing any of this one precious baby year that little man is blessing us with, reconnecting with my 3 year old who is not having the easiest time transitioning into big sisterhood, making sure that I’m equipping my 8 year old and 11 year old with all they need to move from little kids to tweens and to just breathe. Secondly, I plan to work on a realistic plan for my business, finish up the oodles of patterns that are already in some state of completeness and set myself up to re-launch when my life is ready to take it on again.

LilyGiggle will be closing on November 30. Our patterns will no longer be available for purchase after that until we re-launch sometime next year.You will still be able to log into our website to download the patterns you have purchased via our website previously. After November 30, you will no longer be able to purchase LilyGiggle patterns anywhere. Many of the patterns will be completely discontinued forever. When I do come back I want to put out something fresh. A spare few patterns may resurface along with the new LilyGiggle but they won’t be the same. New refreshed designer…new refreshed work…that’s the plan.

Thank you TONS for all the support you have given me and my family these past few years. Thank you, in advance, for your support as we take this leap of faith into our new phase of life. It’s scary but I believe that doing the right thing usually is.

Now for the sale details.

Beginning tomorrow morning, November 11 until November 30 all of our single patterns will be marked down 30% on our website and whole master collections will be $30!!! Yes, you read that right. You can download all 30 LilyGiggle patterns for $30…a dollar a pattern. Buying them right here on our site will mean that you will continue to have access to them even while we are on hiatus. You can simply sign in to your account and download them whenever you need them. They’ll be nice and safe in one place. I told you it would make you giddy…a crazy sale! You all have been awesome and we want to make it easy for you to have all those patterns you may have wanted but never got around to purchasing. We also want you all to have access to them while we are gone. Hope you feel the love…we appreciate you all so much.

xoxo.

Beth

 

19 Responses to Farewell For Now…

  1. Caroline November 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm #

    well done you for making this difficult decision! Your family must come first and who would want to miss a minute of those gorgeous smiles πŸ™‚ Congratulations and I wish you all the best in the future.

  2. raedene November 10, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    Beth… all the best with those kiddos.. I totally get it. I feel the same most day! Enjoy your time as a mom the most important job in the world! I respect you for making such a difficult decision. You will be missed but we can’t wait to see what you will come back with!! So have a great “vacation”!!!!

    Luv, Raedene

  3. Kristi Hales November 10, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    What a wonderful woman you are Beth, and a great example of motherhood. You are wonderful to set your priorities in things not of the world but of family and there is no greater blessing than being a mother and a family.. I support you 100 %.

  4. Katie O November 10, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    Well God bless you for making such a hard decision. I have no doubt you are doing the right thing. I love & adore your patterns. I’m more giddy over what you’ll return with that your sale, but you take your time & soak up the time with your precious children. Thank you for the sale, your patterns & all the time you’ve put in to help us sew up super cute & awesome clothes :)))

  5. Kari Steiger November 10, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    Oh my goodness! I have recently just discovered your patterns and I love them! I will definitely be purchasing the master collection and will anxiously await your return. I wish you the best of luck and cherish the moments with your kids! These memories will last a lifetime! Much love and admiration for you….

  6. Janet Totty November 10, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    I say blessings to you for putting your family first…..always! I know people say it all the time, but trust me, these years will pass so quickly. There will be time down the road for you to do the things you like to do. πŸ™‚

    <3 Janet

  7. Danielle November 10, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

    Such a well-written post. I know the feeling (not a designer, but a maker). I have four little kids (six and under) and have recently had the same revelation. While I’m not closing, I have extended my turnaround time and am taking on way less orders. They’re only little once. πŸ™‚ Anyway, I understand how hard this probably was for you. Good job, though, Mama. Its a decision I doubt you’ll regret.

    Love your work, and I wish you love and happiness-
    Danielle

  8. Jen November 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    Big hugs Beth!!!! I can’t wait to see the new refreshed designs! You are amazing! and I’m so glad we got to know each other through testing the past few years πŸ™‚ Enjoy your kiddos! <3 !

  9. Shannon November 10, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    Good on you for being honest with yourself and following your gut. We’ll be here when you are ready.

  10. Dawn November 10, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    They really are only little once! Take a deep breath and focus on your family. We’ll all be here when you’re ready to come back. Love and blessings to you!

  11. Michelle November 11, 2013 at 3:20 am #

    Good for you for being honest with yourself and following through on your feelings! Many more of us should probably do the same πŸ™‚ .
    I would love to pattern test for you again when you get ready to do some new things- email me anytime!

  12. Scarlet November 11, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    enjoy this time with your family, it goes by so fast. Congratulations on your brave decision and thank you so much for the fab sale!! All the best

  13. Katie November 11, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    I applaud you for taking such a huge step for your family! Enjoy the time but know we will be excited for your return! Thank you for offering such a great sale!

  14. Tami November 11, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    You are making the wise choice to put your family first.

  15. gscowan@sbcglobal.net November 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    Bless you for putting your family first. The rewards will be well worth it. I love your patterns. I am in transition myself between working full time and looking for part time. I would love to test your patterns when you are ready for that again. Best of luck to you and your family. Steffi

  16. Susannah Amezquita November 11, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    For all things in life there is a season and a purpose. I feel so blessed to have been around during this time and have loved your patterns! You are a gifted artist, and we all have been blessed by your creations. I also completely understand your decision, as I am a mom too! Making decision for our family and children are never the wrong choice and I completely know too that those decisions look different for all people. I will look forward to a day when you return, but I would encourage you to take the time that you need for those precious gifts that you have as they are only young once and there will be many years for pattern making. I’m sure that as creative as you are you will use your creativity with your children and community. I will miss you, but support you 100%. I think I have most of your patterns, but wll have to make sure before the 30th! Thank you for that nice gift. God Bless you!!!

  17. Laurie November 11, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    I applaud you for your courage and determination! You have what sounds like a lovely family and believe me, who’s “baby” is 29, they grow up way toooo fast and we don’t get it back. I have fibromyalgia and it’s taken my almost six years to get my “give 110%” creativity to agree with my new body restrictions. You’ve been able to come to grips with it much faster! Good for you!! πŸ™‚

  18. Jessica November 12, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    Beth, I commend you for making this decision for your family. Being an excellent parent requires lots of personal sacrifice. While you may have to put your designing “baby” on the back burner for a while, you’ll never regret putting your real babies first. And your newest little man is just the cutest! Who wouldn’t want to devote all their time to smooching that cute little face?! Enjoy your vacation!

  19. Kristen Katula November 13, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Beth,
    Ok, I am tearing up and crying right now, and you may find that odd because I have never MET you!! πŸ™‚ I stumbled upon your patterns a few years back and love every.single.one (and so does my daughter) although embarassed to admit (I believe I own them all but have not made them all—makes me cringe at all the unopened patterns I have purchased but no time to use. I, like you (although having 2 less kids–i have 3.5 yr old twin boys and a 5 yr old daughter) struggle daily with pursuing a small biz or cherishing the time I have with my kiddos….you may have inspired me to take this leap too, and draw my line in the sand…and take a break from the biz. I really, really think you have. I remember a while back swapping email stories about wearing so many hats and not keeping up…I applaud you for making the difficult decision, doing this AND sharing your story with all of this. Let me tell you, my ears, eyes and my mind have been opened through your post. So I thank you—both for this post and for sharing your amazing designing talents with all of us over the years. Since I live in Winston-Salem, I really hope to meet you in person one day! Please look me up if you are over my way!!! I’ll buy you a coffee (or wine if preferred), maybe we could arrange a playdate for the little ones!!! ~All the best ~Kristen

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