Friday, June 15, 2012

Special Announcement


Suzanne and I started The Paper Variety almost 2 years ago and it's time for us to take a break. Our lil challenge blog here will be on vacation for at least the duration of the summer. We'll be back in September, most likely, to assess and go from there at that time.

Our most sincere apologies to those who applied for our design team. This decision to break was made just a week or two ago, a few weeks after the call was posted. Suzanne and I feel bad for those who made the effort to apply, but we hope you understand.

Suzanne and her husband are in the process of adopting a little one to complete their loving family. As they get closer to the final stages, the process and preparation takes a lot of Suzanne's time and attention. She and her husband are completely devoted to making this happen.

In May, I decided to provide a healthier lifestyle for myself. I've been overweight all of my life and at almost 40 y/o, I'm way past due in taking care of myself. I've been learning about nutrition and I now exercise daily. I've lost weight and I feel great with more energy, I'm out of the house a lot more and I stay active. I'm doing well but I have a long road ahead of me. I've also started dating again after a few years of being single, and I'm enjoying that wonderful feeling of having companionship again.

For these reasons (plus a few more unmentioned), Suzanne and I do not have the time to keep TPV open for the summer. Arranging and posting challenges, seeking and emailing sponsors, the projects, the tutorials.. it all takes a lot of time at home in front of the computer. It was a hard decision, but a much needed one. 

We'll be back in a few months and decide what we're going to do from there. We may keep our format/schedule the same with twice monthly challenges, or we may go to a monthly one. We honestly don't know yet, it all depends on where our lives have led us at that time and what time we have open to us. Those who sent in DT apps recently, we may invite you to join us in the Fall, if you're still available. 

Right now, things are up in the air with our future plans for TPV, but one thing is for certain.. we are not closing. We just need a break and refocus our priorities as our personal lives are changing. We hope you understand.

Please follow us here and on our Facebook page (if you haven't already) so you don't miss any of our news in the future. When we reopen, we'd really love to have you back with us.

Have a great summer, everyone!

38 comments:

  1. Abby & Suzanne, I can tell how much thought you've put into this decision and I know how much you both need a break. All of TPV's followers will definitely understand so don't worry yourselves at all!! ;)

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  2. have a great and fabulous vacation ladies, and hope we seen you back in a couple of months.

    greetings karin

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  3. The best luck with your personal projects!! Thanks for all the time yuu dedicated to TPV and us, the followers. See you on fall lafies! Hugs!

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  4. It's always best to do what you need to do & regroup later. Good luck to both of you!

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  5. Awww...that is a lot of upcoming excitement. Take a break! You will have followers waiting for you when you return! Enjoy all the time you take and be happy!
    :O)
    Jessica S

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  6. You girls have done such an awesome job with this challenge blog and your time and effort are appreciated so very much! Best wishes to both of you on the exciting changes coming in your lives! I'll be keeping you in prayer and will be here to greet you with open arms when you return!

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  7. Sounds like you gals have a ton going on! Congratulations on your impending adoption and losing weight! Enjoy your Summer :)

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  8. have a wonderful break you too and enjoy! life is great and wonderful best to enjoy them. :)

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  9. You deserve a break and even more so to be happy! Enjoy your time away and best of luck on your new ventures ! <3


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  10. Abby and Suz, I'm so happy to hear the wonderful news! Please take your time and comeback when you feel ok to do so, we'll be here so we can play along with paper again, big hugs!

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  11. Wonderful news all around! Of course, TPV will be missed! Have a great summer!

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  12. Abby and Suzanne, everyone deserves a break once in a while. Congrats on your upcoming adoption Suzanne!! Good luck with your weight loss goal Abby. I hope you both have a great summer!!

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  13. Enjoy the summer and your break, you both definitely deserve it! :) See you this fall!

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  14. you definitely deserve a break. I wish you both all the best, and can't wait to see the new challenges in the fall! :)

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  15. Best wishes to you both!!!!! :-) Big hugs,

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  16. thanks for the update, you will be missed, but go enjoy life and we'll see you back here in the fall!

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  17. I completely understand. Hope you both have a great summer - you deserve it. Hope to see you back in the Fall :-)

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  18. Have a great summer ladies! We will miss you!

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  19. Hope you have a fabulous summer and that you decide to come back in the fall. Take care.

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  20. A little break is usually a good thing, once you come back rejuvenated I bet you will be all ready with new ideas to share here.
    I love the site and was actually ready to look for the new challenge yesterday but didn't see anything so back now and saw the news posted.

    Good Luck Suzanne on the adoption, Good Luck Abby on your goals and the dating scene.

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  21. Good luck to the both of you and THANK YOU for hosting such fun challenges! Enjoy your time!

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  22. I appreciate all the work that you do to run a challenge. It's lots of fun to play along and I love crafting but it is not all the life is about. It sounds like you all have some wonderful things happening that deserve to be the center of attention. Enjoy your summers, I hope all your dreams come true.
    See you in September,

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