Thursday, June 30, 2011

These are a Few of My Favorite Collections .....and the hardest post I have ever written...... :):):)

Hi everyone....

Today our challenge is a bitter sweet one... today, FAVE THINGS is two years old, but it is also our very last challenge.... I have decided to 'close' down shop..... This was the hardest decision I have ever had to make.  I can not even begin to thank EVERYONE involved in this challenge blog for the past two years, my past and present DT members, my Guest DT members, our sponsors, our players, Scrap Street Magazine for doing a feature article on us last year...everyone! :):):):):) Sadly though, life has gotten in the way.  It has just become too hard for me to keep up the challenges and the demand of another blog.... I hope you all understand.....

I never dreamed that this blog would become what it has been. I have truly enjoyed seeing all that have played along.... I have been touched by everyone's take on our challenges... I only hoped that me and the DT members would inspire you all to scrap about your FAVE THINGS... and I hope that we have accomplished that.....I love you all that have played along with us for the past two years....

I am going to leave this blog live for everyone to still visit and get inspiration from though... I promise not to delete it :):):):):)

We do have one last challenge for everyone to play along with! :):):):):):):)

These are a Few of My Favorite Collections!! Do you collect paper (hehehehe! I think that is most scrappers! lol!), teddy bears, dolls, vintage goodies???? Whatever you collect, we want t see it! :):):):):):):):):)

Here is what our DT created for you! :)

From Stacy, our June GDT! :):):):) Stacy collects ALPHAS!! Love it! :):):):) Here is what Stacy says about her 'collection!' "I am an alpha junkie!!!  Love those letters...any size, shape, color, style...I gotta have them!!    So speaking of alpha stickers...well that is what my favorite collection is all about.  Like I said I'm an alpha junkie, so I took a pic of SOME of my alphas.  I couldn't show you all of them or you would think I was out of my mind!!" hehehehehe...tooooo cute Stacy! :)



And Diana is sharing her son's FAVE COLLECTION...his hats!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! Here is what Diana says about her layout: "Nate loves to collect hats. And ever since he got a hat rack for his door, he's even more aware of his collection—rarely going a day without a hat on his head." :):):):):)


From Melissa, her FAVE COLLECTION is her Scrapbook papers!! lol! I can relate to that! :):):):) I just love this Melissa! :):):):):):):)


And Jenneke didn't make a layout about her FAVE COLLECTION, instead she made a layout to say "Thank you" to me... and when I saw it, the tears started pouring down my face... because not only do I loveeeeeeee this... but I also can not thank Jenneke and the rest of my team for what they have done for ME these past two years!! These girls with all my heart... they are my second family!! Thank you all...and thank you Jenneke for making this for me! :):):):):):):):):):):)


Wendy's FAVE COLLECTION is her DVD's!!! I can honestly say that me and Hubby have quite a collection of these too!! LOL!! AWESOME lo Wendy! :):):):):):)


Michelle took this challenge and went in a different direction (which I LOVE!) ... here is what Michelle says about her layout: "I went a different direction for this challenge... and made my collection a wish... if I could, I would collect every giggle... every joyful chuckle... every belly filled laugh Rainee shares... because her laughter brightens every day... and fills every moment with such delight... I can never get enough of it.".... *sigh* how BEAUTIFUL is that?!?!?!?! LOVE IT! :):):):):):):):):):):)


And Erika also made a tribute to FAVE THINGS and me!! *sigh* these girls are gonna make me cry... :):):)  Erika included the words to our theme song..."These are a Few of My Favorite Things"... I love this Erika... thank you my dearest! :):):):):):):):):):):)



And my FAVE COLLECTION is my collection of Vintage Kodak cameras! I loveeeeee them, and have them all displayed in my room! I only get Kodak ones... and I am always on the lookout for them! :):):):):):):):):)



So, even though this is our last challenge... I hope you will all play along!! I am again offering a gift certificate (for $25.00) to Scrapbook.com this time...  all you have to do is leave us a link with a card, a layout or an altered item sharing your FAVE COLLECTION! :):):):):) Your project is due by 9PM EST on July 13th...and I will be back one more time to announce our winner on July 14th! :):):):):):):)


Thanks for stopping by....and thank you all ... for everything! :):):):):):):):) 



 

30 comments:

scrapinbabygal said...

Hi. Julie I am sad to here this challenge going away, but I completely understand- you seem to be wonder woman!!! And I just LOVE LOVE all the inspiration your DT gave!! Such a great challenge!! Sabrina

scrappygal said...

Julie you are an amazing gal and I have always been so impressed with all that you do. You know what is best for you and you should follow that path. We all love you and love how much you have inpsired us. Just wow girl. Hugs to you! much love!

Miss Jaster said...

sad sad you are closing down, but now I'll finally have time to go back and DO all the challenges I missed! :)

Love Erika's ode to "fave things" I love all the little things she made from the song... SO CUTE.

sarah said...

you've created such an inspirational place for everyone julie... it will be missed... but life will be life. :)

heart you, julie!

Leanne said...

Thank you Julie for everything. You are such an amazing woman and I am going to miss this blog so so much. Do you have a personal blog we can all follow?

Love to you and hopefully we will get to meet in real life in October.

Leanne xxxx

Jenneke said...

The last one.....
It makes me sad but I completely understand, Julie!!
Thanks again for everything you did for this challengeblog!
Bye Boss!

BIG HUG!!

XXXJenneke

Sandra said...

What a sad, sad news... I really loved this blog. But I completly understand. I wish you all the best,Julie! You and your fantastic team made wonderfull things!Thank you for all your inspiration!

Sandra

Scrappi Sandi said...

Oh My!! Julie...what sad news!! I've not been playing along for a while owing to DT commitments & 'Life' just taking over, so I know just where you're coming from!

All the same I have been checking in regularly to peruse the challenge entries...such great inspiration!!!

Thank you for my first ever Guest DT spot back in February 2010! Thanks to you I have a whole album full of my 'Favourite Things' LO's to look back on!!

I will certainly be doing my utmost to play along with this final challenge! Wishing you all the very best for the future! {{Hugs}}

Diana Fisher said...

I *heart* you, you know that. Great final post. It is heart warming. So glad I got to be a part of this. :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Thank you to everyone for their kind words... and Leanne, yes, all of the DT members personal blogs are on the side bars ... just click on our photos and it will take you there! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

Erica said...

Julie,
I couldn't have asked for a better first ever Design Team to be a part of. This challenge blog was a gem of a find for me and I am grateful for the chance to have worked with such amazingly talented women while exploring MY fave things!! Hugs to you!
Erica M.

~amy~ said...

Oh Julie...soooo sorry to hear about closing shop...but you know we all know how stinkin' busy you are....fun challenge...I hope to get some scrapbooking done this weekend!

Jenna Ruth said...

Oh, how sad! :( I loved playing along, and being a GDT here last June was awesome!! This blog has been full of inspiration!!

Anne Pennington said...

Julie - I will be back if you resurrect this challenge! This has been my favorite blog ever! I love your prompts, they make me search myself and record what i love in life.I keep them I in a separate book so that my children and grandchildren will know me. I want to tell you that you most of all are appreciated! You are such a caring, generous person that this has been a safe and happy place to be! Kisses and hugs!

BlessedinTexas said...

Challenge blog or not, Julie I would venture to say that most if not all of the ladies who come here, come because of who you are as a person and because your heart is so full of love EVERYDAY even with your own life and its challenges. The challenges were the cherries on top to those who loved coming here for fun and inspiration. The way you give and touch other's lives are what real living is about....making the lives of others better just because you were given life today. I wanted to say too that this blog says so much about you and your family who supports you with your love and hobby allowing you to pursue your passion. THANKS FOR BEING YOU AND FOR FINDING TIME TO MAKE SO MANY LADIES FEEL IMPORTANT ANC CARED ABOUT EVERYDAY!!! PS - Have I ever told you how blessed my life has been since meeting you in 08 and how grateful I am that our paths crossed on SIStv and in Franklin. xoxoxo

Sara Zenger said...

I totally understand how life can be! You have done an AMAZING job with this challenge blog! THank you for having me as a Guest DT! I hope the very best of your Julie!

Michelle said...

Julie, I can completely understand why. You have had some amazing challenges on here. I am just sad that I just recently found you. Wishing you all the best.

Michelle said...

I recently did a LO of my daughters American Girl doll collection. She has quite an extensive collection. And the thing is, she works for it. She will save and work hard to buy some of them herself. Not to mention that all of her dolls are in pristine condition.

Marit said...

Sad to see you closing down this 'shop' Julie, but I totally understand! I loved coming here and - although I didn't play along much lately - I loved all the inspiration from you and the DT. I know where you are, so I see you again!!!!

sam said...

so sad to see the blog closing, I always loved reading the blogs and view all the amazing layouts! and sometimes I layed along :) Wishing you all all the best.

Theresa said...

Julie. so sad to hear of this. I know you made the best decision for you.. you gave us all tons of inspiration with your prompts.
Big Hugs..
xoxo

Michelle LaPoint Rydell said...

Thank you so much Julie for everything you have done for the scrapbooking community with this blog! I feel so very honored to have been part of your team. I love you!!!

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Awww so sad to hear this Julie. I so understand though about life getting busy. I truly loved the fun challenges here. Will join in on this last one for sure. Hugs! :)

Debbie said...

This is a sad post for me as I so enjoyed being a part of the great DT at Fave Things!!!! Thanks Julie for giving me the opportunity!!! It was a great pleasure to work with all of you talented ladies!!!

Jenna Ruth said...

I had to play along with the last challenge! :)

http://jennifermanis.blogspot.com/2011/07/paper.html

jacque4u2c said...

BOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!! I so understand though! This has been a wonderful run!!!!!!!!!

Amy Muffoletto said...

I loved being a part of this team... In honor of this last blog challenge... Everyone who plays along will get a prize..... Yep. Boy, I have a whole store to choose from now and without this team and the encouragement and inspiration I had from all my team members I would have never gone for my dreams. Julie you are amazing.... I love you with all my heart. You rocked this challenge blog and I will forever be grateful for our friendship.... Fave girls... You are the BESTEST. Big hugs to everyone!

Michelle H. said...

I will miss you!!
I have joined in with a few of your challenges and really enjoyed coming here and seeing what you and the DT challenges and inspiration are each month!
I wished I had more tiem that I could joined in on more challegnes!!!
Love what you have done here with at TAAFOOFT!!
Its been a blessing to get to know you and now since I can't visit you here I will have to become a follower!!
Hugs!!!

Blossom inch said...

that is a sad news but I totally understand...you have done a great job and I love this yummy blog which is always full with so many new entries and beautiful works. I wish you all the best and those layouts are just screaming beautiful Julie. Thanks for sharing!

Annesphamily said...

This is always going to be an inspiration for everyone who visits! Hugs Anne