Shira Sela’s illustrations each tell a lovely story all on their own, and when stitched together one after another like this, they help me tell an emotional tale that I’m having a hard time expressing. Please bear with me while I muddle through … (I deleted the mushy version for all our sakes!)
“blossom” art print by Shira Sela
Since January of 2007, I have happily poured my heart & soul into Scoutie Girl…treasure hunting near & far for fabulous, handmade items and bringing them back here for your viewing pleasure. With each post and the addition of 8 a-m-a-a-a-zing guest posters, the beauty of the blog grew & grew and attracted an appreciative audience, who let me know by commenting, sending personal notes, linking back to Scoutie Girl and, best of all, purchasing & supporting handmade with their dollars! Thank you!!
A few examples… (yes, I saved them all)
Tending to my own indie business, Daisy Janie, proved challenging and often took a backseat b/c I was fiercely committed to making the blog look pretty (of course), giving props to new, incredible artists as well as generating click-through traffic for Scoutie Girl advertisers. Yes, these are commitments I chose willingly day-in and day-out – but over time, burning the candle at both ends took a toll on my family, my health and my social life.
“free spirit” art print by Shira Sela
Something had to give – I had to find a way to grow beauty back into my own ‘real’ life – the ‘virtual’ beauty I publish on this blog that I love so damn much isn’t paying the big bills or taking my organic fabrics to the next level or kicking soccer balls with my son or taking the doggies for walks or having a beer with my husband at the end of the day. I wish, but it doesn’t seem to be working out that way!
After some brutally honest soul-searching, I decided Scoutie Girl must go on without me. But how? I dreaded thinking about it, when suddenly a unique opportunity for me to pass the blog onto someone else came my way. All I kept thinking was, “Carpe Diem woman! What are the chances?!” I was so ready – and she was, too!
As of Monday, July 13th, Tara Gentile will be the new owner of Scoutie Girl – Tara currently writes the “One to Watch” series here on Scoutie Girl, so you may already be familiar with her! She is passionate about handmade, capable of running the site and respectful of the blog’s readers, format and history. And she lives so darn close to me I felt like I was letting her borrow a cup of sugar moreso than handing over 2-1/2 years’ worth of relationships, hard work and a piece of my heart. I’ll still be sharing the collabo series with Jena every other Wed – and may be popping in as a guest poster once in a while! (The regular guest posters will be sticking around with Tara, too!!)
“looking forward” by Shira Sela
It’s very surreal to be disconnecting from this blog. It’s a big world out there! I’m anxious & teary-eyed, but I’m also thrilled to be free to rediscover, reconnect and relax!
My organic fabrics are about to be featured in a sorta major sewing mag, and it’s tremendous for me to be on the verge of raising the bar in this fabric category alongside some of my peers – who feel as passionately about handmade as they do about eco-friendly choices and production. We are a pioneering bunch – and I am so lucky to be starting the next phase of my career while making an important contribution to the world of handmade-at-large! I’ll be blabbing about it on my other blog, Daisy Janie.
What really hit home in the few short weeks since this decision regarding Scoutie Girl was set into motion is that the beauty in my life was always there; I just wasn’t seeing it or appreciating it nearly enough. My life is rich, full & waiting…waiting for me to jump in without tired eyes, half-listening ears or deadlines looming. Yahooooo!
I hope you all have as much ‘real’ beauty in your own lives as you do on-line – there’s no shortage of it out on the www, but the real deal is is beyond comparison. Go get yourself some!
(I’ll post my contact info on Friday!)