Sunday, June 09, 2013

Bye my oldest, dearest friend

It is funny that this happened in the week that I started closing the Georgie store down, Georgie himself died last night.  I kind of had a sinking feeling it was coming - the last few nights he has really been trying to sleep next to me on the floor, he has been withdrawing otherwise from the family.  He was sitting outside in the sun for a few days being very low key, and yesterday morning I kept him with me in the warm as our other dog Suki went out to play and he just didn't move for hours.  Stayed completely still. 

He was outside by himself in the cold last night (very unusual) and I went outside to bring him in and laid him out on a wool rug in front of the fire.  He was drooling, which is not something he ever did.  I knew that time would be short from that point - I didn't think it would necessarily be that evening, but I laid down with him and gave him a big pat and scratch and told him that he had been my only family for so long, that if he needed to go, he could as things were different now, that we had come so far and look at where we were.  Kitty came in and curled up with him and I went in to the kitchen and Adam and I subconsciously or otherwise talked about George all night, we talked about all the funny George stories that we remembered.  And how he was the most beautiful dog for our girls to know growing up to never have a fear of dogs.  How patient he was with us and them, he let both girls ride him like a pony and dress him in beads, tiaras and hats.  We started getting read for bed and Adam called me out - Georgie had gone, eyes open but completely peaceful and warm in front of the fire.  We wrapped him up in the wool blanket and put him in the shed to find a place to bury him later today.  

When Ruby woke up this morning, the first thing she came in and asked was "Where is George?", a question that has never come from her before.  She maybe she knew too.

I haven't slept much for tears, but I know he was old and tired and had said goodbye to me in his own way, and I got to say goodbye and thank you too. It was his time, not that I would have ever been ready to say goodbye to my best and loveliest friend.  

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Hello Blogland,
I am writing to tell you with both sadness and relief that after 7 and a half years, I am going to be closing down Georgie Love in the next 4-6 weeks (hopefully to tie things up at the end of the financial year). I have been contemplating this decision for probably the last 2 or so years, but gave myself 12 months at the end of the last tax year to see if I felt differently. I don't.
Obviously my life has changed in ways I couldn't expect over the past 7.5 years - I had 2 children, moved to a small country town, and started full time work again at a place I love. I also didn't anticipate how much the handmade market would change - I was ecstatic to see it take off, be embraced by mainstram culture and absolutely bloom, but have also been extremely discouraged by how many people joined the market to make for profit instead of a love of craft/making. I feel like a bit of a fraud selling in a climate that I have become quite cynical about.
So yes, finally I am at a place where I am sad to leave something I have invested so much time and myself in, but relieved to be closing down and focusing 100% on where my life is at now (but still very much an advocate and supporter of handmade!).
I wanted to thank YOU so very much for helping me make Georgie Love what it is/was over the past 7 years, I am grateful for all the support, encouragement and friendship shown to me over this time.
FINALLY - to clear out stock and make my job far easier in a months time, I am letting everyone know of the code FINAL which will take 40% off everything in store.
Thanks again and may we keep in touch over our new adventures!  I am not sure if I will be back and blogging and in what form, but one of my mottos is definitely never say never.  :-)
Sal & Georgie