I have been debating a decision for the last month and a bit, and have finally decided on the best course of action.
All of my helpers have been fabulous and wonderful! I couldn't have kept SFS going without them over the last year!! This decision is in no part because of them or a lack of them. This is a purely personal decision on my behalf.
If you haven't figured it out yet I am closing Stitch from Stash. I am finding it overwhelming these days to try and keep up each month (even with the help of my awesome volunteers). It has been a wonderful road to get to know so many people, manage the group, work through the growing pains and to learn a lot about my own spending habits (what I really learned is I'm awful with spending as expected, lol). However my role at my office is increasing (which is a good thing but involves a lot more effort and energy), my anxiety disorder is creeping up (slowly but surely) and tasks that have timelines add to my anxiety, and lastly my hands are sore a lot more often. Therefore I need to decrease some of my repetitive actions (like typing) in order to keep doing those I love (like stitching) and preserve my hands for as long as possible.
I know this will disappoint many and for that I am very, very sorry. I feel that I'm letting you all down by not being able to finish the year out but each month (for the last couple) that I come to deal with SFS month end I am feeling more and more stressed and anxious about it. Obviously that is just silly as it should be fun! And I promise you it was. I've had a wonderful time running this group. It's just that now is the time for me to let go.
I have considered passing the group onto someone and decided that in it's current form I'd like to retire it. However if someone would like to start their own I'd be happy to promote it on my blog so that everyone will be aware.
Again, thank you so much to everyone that has been a part of the group. And please understand that I am sorry to close the group down at this time but it is the right thing to do. My DH thanks you all for helping me to save money, and supporting the group (so he didn't have to, lol).
As a part of stepping away from SFS I'm going to try and re-engage whenever I can in the blog community. I have been passive for the last year and missed so many updates from all of you about your stitching. I miss that. And of course try to update my own blog a bit more often or at least twice a month. (I hope!)
Thank you again for being a part of this wonderful group and journey we have gone on. And don't ever forget to Stitch From Stash! :)