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Monday, August 25, 2014

Life Evolves, Grows, and Changes, but sometimes that can be bittersweet....

Hello Everyone!

This is by far the most exciting, yet bittersweet post I have every put up on my blog.  I've always been one to keep you all informed as to what's going on in my world because I think it makes everything "make more sense", if you know the back story.

As you all know Mike, my husband, has his own Etsy store, TupeloDesignsLLLC.  He started it out very small with just one item, his Ink Blending Tool he created.   It is a great little consistent seller.  For Mike it was a hobby at first.  He likes making them, and he could handle his one item store.  He handled 90% of the emails, made the Ink Blenders, and I mailed them out for him.  It worked out really well.  Then as most of you know we were approached by Zutter.  Originally they wanted to give me a Bow-it-All V2.0 since I had done a nice review video of the first Bow-it-All, but the relationship quickly turned in to Mike teaming up with the CEO to add a few of their items to the store.  Again, Mike was able to handle the emails, and working with Zutter to fill the orders.  The traffic on the store has continued to be consistent and Mike has enjoyed it

Stepping to the side a bit, many of you know Mike and I have a personal goal we were first tossing around, but have now decided it is a goal we want to achieve. We would like to sell our home, buy some land and build a tiny house.  We want to build a large pole barn for the cars, a craft studio for me, and about a 500 sqft home for us to live in.  Our vision is to achieve this within the next year. A key part to this goal is creating income for Mike so living outside the metro area is feasible.  Mike has gotten a good taste of what it's like and what it takes to operate his store and he's now ready to grow it.

I've spent most of the time I've been crafting promoting other stores and helping them grow, but it has now become time for me to stand by my husband and help him promote TupeloDesignsLLC.   He hasn't decided 100% yet what brands he intends to carry.  At this point I can tell you he's leaning toward starting out with Prima, but again, no final decisions have been made. He does plan to start out small, carry a variety of brands and items, and this will include some mixed media items because of my love for them, and because I love to do tutorials using them.  From a professional standpoint, it's only right that we don't create or take a chance on any conflicts of interest, so to ensure that, it requires I only promote stores that carry significantly different items, for example PunchPlacePlus who specializes in acrylic. Therefore, going forward I will not be able to design for Renea, or design for or promote any stores that carry items similar to what Mike will be selling.  It's simply a business decision I had to make to support my husband.

As decisions are made, brands are selected, items are chosen, I will be letting you all know.  I'm very excited for him.  This is a huge change for a man who has spent his life working very hard on his knees as a Tile Setter and Marble Mason.  He is now over 50 and his body is getting tired.  This is a change that needs to happen for multiple reasons, and I'm honored to stand by his side as he makes this transition.  I'm confident in his success because I've always believed in him.

I am lucky to have all of you who stand by me.  I know many of you care about me, but also care about my little family. I get so many notes that say, "say Hi to Mike and give Tupelo a belly rub for me".  So, I know you understand my decision.

I don't know how to thank you all for being my crafty family, I appreciate it at a level I can't find words for. I'm excited beyond words as well. This is huge for us. Mike is excited and nervous all at one time. I know he will have the support of all of you, in one fashion or another, and for that I am grateful, and so is he.

xx  Jane....vv08

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  1. Wishing you and mike much success as you make your dreams a reality.

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  2. He is blessed to have you as his wife. Praying yall have GREAT SUCCESS!!!

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    1. Aweee that is really sweet of you to say. I feel pretty blessed myself! Thanks so much!

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  3. Wishing you three because our Tupelo is part of this much success and happiness in your new adventure in life. We are all here with you and know that it will be a success. You have a wonderful little family and you will go far. We will all be praying for you! So excited for you all!!

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    1. Thank you Kathy, you are such an awesome support for us all, and right now it's much needed and appreciated as Mike takes this on. xx

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  4. Congratulations! That is very exciting news!

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    1. Thank you so much Anisa, I really appreciate it! x

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  5. What a wonderful opportunity for you and Mike and what greater thrill than to have dreams realized. All my best wishes for your success !

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    1. Thank you so much Cheryl, we're moving forward step by step! It's a really big deal for Mike to do this, but I believe he can do it and be successful! xx

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  6. That's fantastic news guys! I'm so happy for you both. I'm sure Mike will have great success with you & Tupelo standing by his side. Good luck & congratulations!

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    1. Thank you so much Dawn, I appreciate the support and so does Mike!

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    1. Thank you Tammy, it is exciting times around our house!

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  8. I want to wish you the Best of Luck for both you in this endeavor!! Can't wait to see what he will be selling!

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    1. Thanks so much Donna, I know you are always on my side, and I know you will be supportive of Mike. Big Hugs!

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  9. Go for the dream, it is hard work, it is tiring and stressfull, but lfe is there to be lived and sometimes living means taking chances aiming high. I would love a little house with land, go for it xx

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    1. Thank you so much. You're right it's hard work and stressful, but if it were not, the rewards would not be so good, as it sounds like you know already. It's an exciting time.

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  10. oooo Jane!!! What exciting and great news fot Mike!!!! I hope it all going to work out just fine, but i am sure it will!!! You have build up a lot of friends here and i know they will order from tupelodesignllc!! If he is going to sell international and the shipping is not to expensive i will order from mike as well!! Because i should be honored to have products to work with from his store!!! And maybe when i show it on you tube, there will be more sellers from the Netherlands!! I think you two deserve all the best, and i think you are right that it is the right time to do it!! My husband has once owned his own buisiness, as a Carpenter, it didn't worked out after a few years. But you knwo we where so happy that we tried it! I think now you have to 'live without fear'!!! Go gor it!!!!!
    xxxx

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    1. Thank you sweetie, I love you to bits, you're always there for me. He will ship internationally, but of course I realize shipping can be an issue. I understand that. I know you will promote him any way you can and for that we are appreciative. You're right, he has to try this - we all have to live without fear around here. Tupelo did it when he moved in. He didn't know what a house was for the most part, but he fearlessly conquered stairs, hardwood floor, tile, and he's a happy pet now.
      Thank you for your friendship and support! :)

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  11. Congratulations! Tupelo designs LLC will be a huge success! It's wonderful that Mike can get off of his knees. I'm sure the tile industry will feel a vacuum for a while but for us (crafters) oh goodie!

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    1. Thank you Mary... they actually might feel a vacuum for a while. One year, in 2008, Mike's work was submitted for this big deal they had in the Brick Layers Union (that's his International Union), and he won "Best Tile Setter in the entire US". It was a big deal, he won a big trophy all engraved with the info, there was a big award ceremony at a historic place in St. Louis, it was cool. This is just one of many reasons I believe in him. :)

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  12. First I'm honoured to be classed as part of your crafting family. I haven't been a member for that long but I have grown very fond of you and your family and I wish you and Mike all the best in your endeavours, I believe in in you and just know you will both be successful. As I live in England I obviously won't be ordering that much from you but where I can I will as I want to be a part of it all :) Yes please give Tupelo and belly rub and please go round his ears as I know dogs love that. I lost my little dog a couple of months ago so will share the love with you both for Tupelo :))
    Sending love and big hugs ~ Anne xxx

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    1. Thank you Anne and you are part of my crafting family, I've noticed your lovely comments, have read each one, and they keep me encouraged. Thank you for your well wishes for Mike, this is a big deal for him. And..Tupelo, he's so lovable - he will get some extra rub downs today it looks like...:)

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  13. How exciting for you and your family..it's wonderful when you make your dreams a reality..

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  14. Awesome!!! Congratulations and I know everything will work out fine. The business will definitely be a success!!

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    1. Sheryl, thank you very much, I really appreciate it. I consider you one of my long time friends on here even though we may not chat often. I appreciate your confidence too, it means a lot! xx

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  15. Nice post to read this morning! I am super excited to see this grow and develop. Hurry up and get that Prima in the store! Been dying to get my hands on those new Finnabair products. Congrats!!!

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    1. Thanks so much my friend, I really appreciate it, and I sure do appreciate our chat yesterday! xx

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  16. Jane, this is exciting news for you both. I'm very happy to hear you will be buying some land, building your little house, barn for the cars, and a craft studio for you. But it sounds like Mike will be needing a workshop/warehouse for his little business. It's very exciting to hear Mike will be stepping down from the hard and physical job he currently has, and joining the crafting community. All of this will take time and patient, but it will be so worth it in the end. I couldn't be happier for you both. You and Mike are a great team and I know you will suceed. Please tell Mike he has my support. I know it's a big step but I believe he will do great. Big hugs to you both and a big belly rub for Tupelo! xx

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    1. Thank you so much Jen, I agree, this will all take some time and patience, but I think it's possible and we both want to go for it. I know I have a lot of support in the crafting community and that means the world to us! xx

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  17. This is fantastic news, Jane! I am sure you and Mike will make a huge success out of this endeavor and that you will achieve all your dreams! Good luck to you both, may all your dreams come true!!!

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    1. Thank you so very much, from both of us, we really appreciate it! xx

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  18. I wish you y'all success in this endeavor. Good luck to you both!

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    1. Thank you so much, we both really appreciate it! xx

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  19. Jane, Mike and Tupelo you are my family across the pond well at least that's how it feels, I'm sooo happy that you have made this decison and I will support you all in any way I can. The future us bright and grand for you all I can see that in my heart. Hugs to you all.

    Gareth a.k.a teddy bear

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    1. Hey my Teddy Bear, you are our family over the pond, and how nice is that! Thanks for everything Gareth, your friendship, the fun in having you be the crafting "Teddy Bear" (and you rolling with it). It's really be great becoming your friend. xx

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  20. What an exciting and scary time this must be!! My husband built our 2,688 square foot home single handed. It has concrete walls and basement floor, a regular roof and the basement is finished for extra living space. It took him from March 2012 until July 2013 to build it. He did EVERYTHING himself. We have friends and family members who are licensed electricians and plumbers so they came over when he was done those parts to verify that it was done right. What an amazing adventure it was! We designed it ourselves so that we got exactly what we wanted. We moved in on July 6, 2013 and I had open heart surgery on the 11th of July.
    I am sorry to hear that you won't be working with Reneabouquets any more as I love her stuff but I understand the whys of the decision. Would love it if you were to carry Graphic 45 also at some time. I am addicted to them and have EVERY single collection they ever released. Good luck on your new adventure and may your road be paved and smooth sailing all the way! <3

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    1. Wow, I'm sure your husband was so pleased and you were so proud. That's amazing. We are very excited, we have a lot to work on, but we will get there! Thanks for all of the support and encouragement you have showing Barbara! xx

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    2. While he was building it he was also there to support me through some major health issues that often put me in the ICU! He would make the two hour round trip to the hospital to visit with me and then come home and work until the wee hours of the morning on the house. He also worked a 60+ hour a week job. He is AMAZING!

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  21. Hi Jane and Mike!!!
    I think y'all are the most inspirational and brave people I can say I (kinda) know....lol
    I think it's phenomenal what you're doing.
    It takes a lot of love and heart to support each other's choices and decisions so unconditionally.
    I wish you the best and a smooth transition into making your goals and dreams come true.
    I wish you luck and much happiness!!!
    I look forward to hearing about it all on your blog and YT channel as things progress!!!
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    SmOOches to Tupelo...��

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    1. You are such a sweetie, I will be thinking about you every day this winter when I wrap that cowl scarf around my neck. Thank you for your support, encouragement and friendship! xx

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  22. I just read your reply to a comment that Mike won the Best Tile Setter in the US! WOW! What an amazing accomplishment! I know his store will take off like a rocket and continue to be a hit!! Belly rubs and a cookie for Tupelo!

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  23. Im so proud of you and Mike on making this leap in faith to do what makes you guys happy. I cant wait to see all the new goodies Mike will carry in his shop. I have faith that everything will turn out right for the both of you. I wish the both of you the best of luck.
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    1. Thank you Char and thanks for the faith in us. Like you, Mike's ready to work hard for what we want. I of course can do things to help him, but I am already about as busy as I can handle. It will be wonderful when he is able to leave his full time job! H&L Jane

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    2. Thank you for much Charity. You know how rewarding it can be to work hard for something and have it pay off. I think Mike can make this work so it can become his full time job if we need less income. We have to try and give it our best shot. Thanks for the friendship it means a lot! H&L Jane

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  24. I am soooo happy for you and Mike and wish you both the most success! How exciting for ya'll!!! I would for sure stand by my husband as well and I think with you helping promote it will only become even more a success...I wish you both the best of luck! Can't wait to see Mike's store expand greatly! Hugs! Melissa (Dollipop Productions)

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    1. Thank you Melissa, there's definitely a lot of work to be done and he's going to take it slow so it doesn't become overwhelming and he can adjust as it goes along. I think it will work and I do believe in him! Thanks again! xx

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  25. wow Jane I am so happy for you both!!I sure hope it will be all you and Mike dream of. You two (sorry 3) deserve it. I think you will both be pleased to be working as a team. Good luck with all! Tell Mike I am sure he will be a success and rub that bell for me (tupelo's not Mikes... unless he likes it too) lol. HUGZ~

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    1. Thanks sweetie, I will be reading all these comments to Mike and I know he will appreciate them. xx

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  26. I wish you both much success! I look forward to shopping with you ! :-)

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    1. Lori, thank you for that support! It really means a lot to us! xx

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  27. Hi my Love Jane, First and foremost, congratulations to you, Mike and Tupelo on working towards such an amazing dream. I will definitely keep you-all in my prayers as this endeavor moves foraward. Secondly, I'm sorry for Renea, she is losing an awesome team member. Take care, Love ya' Patricia

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    1. Thank you so much Patricia, you've been supporting me for the long haul and I know you will in every way you can, you're always so sweet. Thanks again! xx

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  28. Great news for you & hubby Mike! Best of luck in your new venture & your new home. Hope the three of you will be very happy. Tere

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    1. Thank you so much Tere, this is a big deal and we're in the process of setting up all the details, but it won't be log and some items will start popping up in the store. We appreciate the support! xx

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  29. Oh that's brilliant news! You and Mike are both kind beautiful souls and deserve all you would wish for. Life's too short! Go for it! I'm excited for you both and wish you every success in both endeavours. Hugs. Donna

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    1. Donna, thank you, you've always been supportive, we really appreciate it! xx

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  30. I'm so happy for you and Mike to be making your dreams a reality! I think what you are doing is going to be a good thing, and I'm sure everyone will understand the choices you've made.
    I've been a bit absent because the last couple of weeks, my family came first. We've had my mother-in-law staying with us and she needs constant care, being 87 with age illnesses. She went home today, but will be coming back often because she enjoyed her time with us so much. It does take away from my hobby & business, but I love having her with us.
    I'm excited for you and Mike, and I know you'll make a success of your new venture.
    Debbie :)

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    1. Thank you so much Debbie, both Mike and I appreciate it. As you know, life is short, if we are not going to do things like this that are our dreams - when are we? Now's the time. Thanks again! xx

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  31. How exciting for you and Mike and even tupelo! I wish you guys nothing but the best and I can't wait to shop and do shout outs for you ;-) much love and hugs!

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    1. Thanks Amy, you're the best when it comes to all of those shout outs! We do appreciate it! xx

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  32. Wow, what exciting changes are on your horizon. I know Mike will do well with you by his side. Happy for you. Dee

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    1. Thanks so much Dee, we both really appreciate the confidence in us! xx

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  33. AWESOME Jane and Mike - I wish you well in this endeavour. Scott and I are working hard on our place to get it ready for the market as well and are leaning toward having a Deltec home built on our 10 acres in the country with separate hobby spaces. May we all reach our destinations!

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    1. Thank you Becky! That sounds very exciting, and yes, may we both reach our goals! xx

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  34. Congratulations on your new endeavor! It's wonderful to see a couple devoted to each other and working together. May all your dreams come true! God Bless.

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    1. Thanks so much Marji, we have a ways to go, and this is quite the change for Mike, but I believe whole heartily in him! xx

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  35. So Fun for both of you, good luck !!!

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    1. Thank you so much sweetie, I hope you are doing well! xx

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  36. Congratulations on your new venture! I'm very happy for you and will be looking forward to hearing about the products you will carry in your store (maybe maja paper). Best wishes for happiness and success.

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    1. Hi Lida, thank you Mike and I are really excited.... and oh... don't think I haven't thought about the Maja paper... I'll have him working on that one! xx

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  37. What a great adventure Jane !! You,Mike and Tupelo will go far in this adventure :) It will be so nice to buy your supplies and you promoting something that benefits your family :) Awesome,Awesome news this morning !!
    My husband and I and our 9 year old son,with 2 dogs and a few kitties live in Northern Wisc. in the boonies in a small home on the river and we would not change it for nothing !! You will LOVE it too,it is so relaxing and NO worries of the city.How exciting of a adventure to get out of the city and Tupelo is going to love it so much,my dogs have never owned or seen a leash :)
    Many,Many blessing and love to you,Mike and Tupelo :)
    Hugs,Kelly

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    1. Wow, Kelly, thanks for sharing this part of your personal life with us, it's very encouraging. I feel it will be a wonderful thing for us. We are excited to say the least! I am torn when I read about the leash. Greyhounds can just never be off a leash; however, I would sure love to let him be. They are just not like normal dogs when it comes to their centuries of breeding for them to be runners. Not to mention their training before you get them. Tupelo is the sweetest pet, never barks, never even runs to the door if the doorbell rings, but, let a small while fluffy dog come in the picture (reminds him of the lure he was trained to run for and attack), he becomes a dog I don't even recognize.. Sadly I think he may never get off a leash.. that's a hard one for us. Much luv to you Kelly, thanks for your friendship!

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    2. Did you think about invisible fencing? We have 2 german shorthaired pointers, a male named Lou and a female named Wanda and they love to run. Wanda then swims in our pond when she gets hot. We have the fencing around all 3 1/2 acres and they are out all day without leashes. It keeps them in the yard, but unfortunately doesn't keep them from barking at everyone and everything. lol Just a suggestion for you.

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    3. Oh Jane I forgot Tupelo would LOVE those bunnies,LOL I have Lab's so BIG difference,BUT he will still by far LOVE the country !
      Like I have been told many times and will pass to Mike and you ...ALWAYS REACH FOR THE STARS..LIFE IS WAY TO SHORT !!
      Jane I THANK YOU for your friendship as you have taught me many things and just not about crafting but to keep pushing on through the pain of health issues.I too am divorced and re-married now for 10 years to the greatest guy in the world if it was not for him who knows what I would be doing.He is a saint when it comes to having to get me out of bed,make dinner,clean and the list goes on..PLUS he works a full time job.I think you have the greatest to too because he too would understand :) The two of you are going to go place's and be VERY successful at ALL your dreams !!!
      Thank you again my friend for just being you :) Many,Many Hugs Kelly

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    4. Thank you Kelly, I don't realize sometimes that I have any impact on people besides showing them a few new techniques. Then I get a message like yours and I get teared up. Thank you for making my day! x

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    5. Hi Lida, I know that is a good solution for most dogs, but not for a Greyhound. They are as a fast as a cheetah, and can run at speeds of up to 45mph. He would be through the electric fence before he realized he was shocked. They have amazing speed. You should see him in his own backyard when he decides to have his own personal dog races...lol it's something to see. Thanks for the idea though. xx

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  38. Congradulations to mike for taking this big goal He will do great jane with u by his side and he has all of us crafters behind him 100% I pray for u both that u find that dream home and have your own craft room Good Luck to both of u give tupelo a big hug im sure he will love whatever new home u find hugs to you all
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    1. Ann, thank you for such a sweet and encouraging comment, it is really appreciated. Mike is reading them all and it sure makes him feel good about the decisions he is making. xx

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  39. I have no doubt that it will work out for you and Mike Jane. You both are great people and this is a great opportunity for Mike. I know how hard tile setting is and I know how better it would be for his body if he could retire from that job. So I think you will both do great on this new adventure. I will wish you luck even though I don't really think you will need it. Hugs, Brenda

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    1. Thank you so much Brenda, I appreciate it so much, the confidence in us is helpful! xx

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  40. Good luck to Mike and to you, Jane with the new endeavor!! I just know it will be a great success !! Looking forward to seeing the products Mike will be carrying. GOOD LUCK ! xoxo

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  41. Hi Jane :) That's awesome news!! Congrats to u & Mike!! I'll support in any way I can (esp if my check book allows, LOL) . I wish u both all the luck in this business venture! I knw it will do great!!

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