Saturday, August 24, 2019

~Out With The Old and In With The New~

Hello, dear friends!!! 
Hope you are enjoying a relaxing weekend and doing something creative and fun!

Here in Arizona, we are dealing with some higher humidity and some toasty days,
but that doesn't stop us from dreaming about the cooler temperatures of fall!
I sure can't wait for the changes that the seasons bring!
I truly do have thoughts of autumn on my mind!!!

Life has been busy as usual, and there are so many days when I feel like
I have a list a mile long!!!  Does anyone else feel like that??

I have enjoyed creating some new pieces recently and wanted to share them with you!
The first is a design my Notforgotten Farm called Hester!!

Here she is, all punched and ready for Halloween!
She really is a sweet kitty and promises
No Tricks
 but loves Treats, please!!
Such a sweet pattern by the very talented Lori Brechlin!

Another design I recently finished is a wonderful pattern by Doreen Frost
of Vermont Harvest Folk Art!
 This one is actually for harvest/Thanksgiving
but November will be here before you know it, so it is never too early!!

Love the colors of this one and it just takes me to a cooler place filled with
changing leaves, wood smoke, and all things harvest!!! 
That is especially helpful when the thermometer reads 102 degrees today!!!


Many of you have been following me for quite some time and I am so deeply grateful for all of your
friendships, kindness, and support over the years!!!  It has been a fun journey together!

Sometimes though, we go through changes and need to make choices to be able to move forward!
Many times change can be hard, but it is a time for real growth and challenge and that is always good to grow!!

After much thought and prayer, and with the encouragement of my husband and daughter, I made the decision to close my Picture Trail Shop where I sold my hand made creations under the name 
My Primitive Heart!!
 So many of you have become my friends through that and it was so sad for me to say goodbye to it after 13 years!!  If you have tried to visit it recently, you will see it is no longer there! Very sad but it was time!

Lest you feel like I am leaving, please know that just as I am saying goodbye, I am also going to start something new and am happy to announce that I have now opened an Etsy Shop, called 
My Primitive Heart Shop! 
You can visit it HERE

You can also visit my shop by clicking on the pictures on my side bar
of my blog!
 I hope you will stop by for a visit and let me know you were there!!
My husband Jeff is really the one who is making it happen and he truly is my biggest support and hero!!  I am just not a technical person and thankfully, he is, so we truly are partners in this new venture!  I hope to bring you the same quality pieces I have made in the past and also hope to be able to add more new things as well!!!  It will be a challenge for me but I am ready to move forward and embrace "the New!"

Sometimes it is hard to let go of the "old and familiar" but we are never too old to learn something new (or, at least I tell myself that!) and I am excited to start this new chapter!!!
Hope you will join me along this new journey!!! 

Wishing you Growth and Joy with each new challenge that you may face, my friends~

Julie xo


Saundra said...

Julie, I know what you are going thru because I gave up vending on location to sell my wares. Yes I've still a few of my items which I occasionally sell when going to a rug camp. But in all honesty, I'm happier being home and making things which makes me happy.

I've made Christmas and Birthday gifts but mostly just hook rugs which I get personal pleasure in. If they sell down the road, fine. If not my son and DIL will have to deal with my treasures.

Saundra said...

OH!!!!!! Forgot to mention I love your needle punch and I also hooked Hester and LOVED HIM!!!!!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Saundra,
Yes, changes can be hard at times, but I know this is the right time to move forward! I love being able to be home and do the things I love!! I'm so happy you love the punch needle pieces, too! I do remember your rug and really loved it!! Such a fun design!!!
Hope you are doing well and have a great week, my friend!
Heart Hugs~
Julie xo

The Eveningstitcher said...

I'm so happy that you are going to Etsy, Julie! It is a great venue for selling your beautiful wares! Change is hard, but I think this is a really good move for you! I love your needle punch, Hester! Have a wonderful's a lot cooler here in Michigan now. That heat just about killed me...LOL!! I"m not a hot weather person!!

moosecraft said...

Your shop looks awesome! You will do well with it! :-)

Mugwump Woolies said...

Hi Julie...Congrats on your new store! I'm sure it will be a good fit for you and your wonderful goodies! It's hot here in Florida and will be for a couple more months...yuck. Annie and I stay close to home all week when it's this hot and the humidity is way up. Love your Hester!
Good luck with your new adventure, sweet friend.
Robyn xo

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Bobbie, Sharon, and Robyn,
You are all so very encouraging with your sweet comments!! Thanks, friends!
Hoping all goes well and we can figure out all the technical "stuff" that I just don't always understand! So happy for a smart husband!! lol
The weather can be so changeable for all of us and hoping for some relief from the heat as well, here in AZ!! Dreaming of fall!!
Take care and hope you all have a great week, my friends!!
Heart Hugs~
Julie xo

Rugs and Pugs said...

WHEW! I thought you were going to join so many others and announce that you will no longer be blogging. SO HAPPY that wasn't your big news. I'm sure you will do well in you Etsy shop. Your work is always perfection.
Your punch needle pieces are wonderful.

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Lauren,
Sorry for that anxious moment, my friend!! I am so happy you still want me around in blog land! LOL You are just TOO KIND and I truly appreciate your very generous words!! Hoping all goes well with this new chapter and change!
So happy I have a smart hubby!!
Take care and hope you are all healed up from your accident!!
Heart Hugs~
Julie xo

marly said...

I think your decision is great! You can list whatever you want when you want, reach many more people, and it's easy to shop on Etsy.

I know you're hot, but I'm NOT! We lost June and summer is very short this year. Can't believe - LABOR DAY! The official end for me.

Julia said...

Oh, Julie, I thought the same way as Lauren when I first started to read your blog. I'm relieved that you are not leaving us. I enjoy seeing all your beautiful creations and I admire your talent.
Good luck with your new venture. I'm sure it will be successful because your products are quality.

So many have stopped blogging and I miss all my good friends who used to leave comments on my blog. It was like chit-chatting with a good friend over the picket fence. Everything changes and that's how it is.

I must say you are so professional and always have your wares ready ahead of time for the Holidays and special occasions.

Take care and try to stay cool.
Hugs, Julia

Prims By The Water said...

OMG so glad you are closing down your blog. So many of my blogging friends have been doing that. So happy for you on your latest Etsy venture. I am sure it will be great for you as you are so very talented my friend! Janice

acorn hollow said...

I am with Lauren I thought you would stop blogging yikes. I will visit your etsy shop to see your wonderful things.

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Marly, Julia, Janice, and Cathy,
So nice of all of you to stop by and thank you for your kind words!!

Marly- Thank you for stopping by and for your encouragement on this new venture! It was quite a change for me after all this time, but think Etsy will be a good step and hope all goes well!! I'm so sorry you are having to deal with colder temps and BELIEVE ME, if it was possible I would send you ALL THE SUNSHINE AND HEAT YOU WANT in exchange for your cooler weather!! Sound good to you?? xo

Julia- Thank you so much for always being so very kind and generous with your comments and I truly appreciate them!! I am not going anywhere and plan to keep on blogging!! I try to offer the best my hands and heart can create and hope each person loves what they adopt from me! We will see how things go and hope for good things!!! Hope you are not too busy and are still enjoying the fruits of your garden!!! xo

Janice- Thank you for your concern and I'm so sorry that you and so many thought I was leaving!! It is nice to know that people still want you around!! lol I hope all goes well with Etsy, and it will definitely be a learning experience! So happy Jeff is my right hand man and tech wiz!! xo

Cathy- I feel so bad that so many of you thought I was leaving!! It is so nice to know that you all still want me around! lol
Thank you for your kind words and your visit!! Hoping all goes well with this new venture!! xo

Many thanks to all of you for your visit and encouragement!! I hope you all have a GREAT WEEK, my friends!!!
Heart Hugs~
Julie xo

HomeSpunPrims said...

Best wishes for many sales through your Etsy shop my friend! Sometimes we need a change and you will have great exposure for your wonderful hand~mades on there! Love and hugs, Lori

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Thanks SO MUCH, sweet Lori!! I hope things go well, too!! Change can be hard
but it is always an opportunity to grow!!
Hope you and Brian are doing well!!
Have a wonderful week, my friend!
Heart Hugs~
Julie xo