Over the last month, since just before my son's wedding, I have been having some health issues and it has given me a lot of time to think. I realise that I'm spending more and more time making dolls clothes and not having any time for myself. I am finding myself stuck in front of my sewing machine for hours on end, cancelling outings or going out and generally not enjoying myself because of the feelings of 'guilt' that I should be home getting on with my commissions work.
For the last ten plus years I've been operating a 'commissions list' for all sorts of dolls and there has never been less than a six month wait for a person's name to come to the top of the list. I have mostly enjoyed sewing for other people's dolls and I have made some wonderful friends through the doll and doll seamstress hobby, and I cannot count the number of great friends I've made which began with an email or message that started something like "do you take commissions"....but there comes a time when it all gets too much....and unfortunately I have reached that time. I've always said that when my hobby becomes a chore, it is time for me to have a rethink. And that time has come. I'm sorry to say that I'm no longer able to start on or complete the orders I already have and am cancelling the list.
If I should find in the future that I want to make outfits to sell again, I will probably list them on my blog or my Sharon in Spain facebook page.
Once again I'm really sorry for disappointing anyone, I know that people have been waiting patiently on my list for a long time, but my health really does have to come first.....and, all being well, I'd really like to enjoy my own beautiful, but seriously neglected dolls.
Thanks so much for reading, for (hopefully) understanding, and for your continued friendship and support. And thank you also to two lovely ladies (you know who you are!) who helped me to put this difficult 'announcement' together.