13 February 2022

Signing Off

 Hello Peeps

Well, my decision was sort of made for me. For a few months I have been wondering if I have the time to devote to this challenge page and if it should continue into 2022. I ended last year undecided.

However, the events of the new year have sort of made it irrelevant. I have had a funny start to the new year with a busy Christmas season, and family events intruding on our time. Then I got a frozen shoulder and could not use a keyboard. 

Some of you may know that my husband is not that well. He is actually physically better than he has been for a while but he has had a diagnosis of dementia. Sorting out the medical care, the legal and financial stuff and taking over the outside jobs and house maintenance, as well as my Uni commitments AND trying to craft was impossible. I am now my husband's Carer: luckily he has  qualified for a Federal Government Level 4 Aged Care plan which we now have nearly in place. One needs a tertiary degree to work all that out, I have decided. So hard to navigate.   Add in a few physical issues on my side and it all imploded. 

So... after all that, Unstampabelles will no longer continue for the time being. It is going into cold storage for the foreseeable future.  I know there are two outstanding winners to be sorted still. I will get to them in the next week. This is the first time I have sat at the computer to do anything other than play a game or scroll through facebook. 

Thank you for all the people who have contacted me with messages. I am OK and hopefully my neck will get better quicker too! Thank you to the people who read the posts and who entered the challenges too. 

A special BIG THANK YOU to my amazing Design Team. So patient and good. I am sorry ladies that this is the end of the team for the time being. Thank you for all your wishes and assistance. 

Everyone - keep safe and stay positive: craft up a storm and send out cards to all your friends!


  1. Wishing you all the best as you plough your way through life


  2. Hi Susan, sorry to hear this all, but you are very busy, hope your neck will sorted and hope you will better soon.
    Sorry to hear from your husband too.
    Hope to see you one day back. all the best for you and your family.
    Gr Karin

  3. So sad but your husband is priority sending lots of love and hugs xx

  4. Susan, I hope that you continue to mend and that your husband's health needs will be met. I am sorry your fun "no stamps" challenge will end but totally understand the pull on your time and talents. Good luck in the future! Wendy

  5. I have been wondering about you after I noticed there was no challenges. So sorry to read about your husband's diagnosis. I worry about mine after his stroke 3 years ago. His mind is still okay most of the time but he does struggle with several things; memory is a big one. Remember to take good care of yourself as it sounds like you have a lot on your plate. I always enjoyed your challenges but I don't craft as much as I used to, so I understand your decision. Maybe someday you will bring it back. Thinking about you and sending love and hugs from Canada.

  6. Hi Susan, hope things ease up for you soon. I will miss your unique challenge but life and family come first. I hope you feel better soon and you can get the help and support you need for your husband sorted out soon. Take care. Hope to see you around. HUGZ

  7. Hi Susan, so sorry to hear of yours & hubby's health issues. Prayers being sent your way!! Our health is always top priority. Hugs, Becca

  8. Family must come first! 8 years ago my husband had a terrible fall that left him with a traumatic brain injury. His income also stopped that day. I became a nurse, teacher as he had to learn to walk and talk again. I became the chief financial officer for or finances and the bread winner for our family. Thankfully kids were grown and we had just became grandparents at that time. Life became a bit unmanageable for a time, but all is well now. I know what you are dealing with. Now my crafting is my saving Grace and sanity!πŸ˜‚. Continued prayers for your family. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™ thank you for your challenges!!

  9. Susan, you've made the right decision. Health and family always come first. Look after yourself too. Thank you for the amazing crafting inspiration that you have shared over many years.

  10. Hi Susan,
    Your health and the health of your loved ones always take top priority so I'm glad you made the decision that you did. We will miss your lovely challenge, which stood out among the many challenges online these days, but I think you'll find that life always has other plans. Hoping that you can manage to get everything set up and that you are still able to take time for yourself from time to time. I did worry that you had unforeseen medical issues arise when I saw no new posts on the blog, and I wish you the best. Thanks for updating us on what's going on with you and your family. Hugs.

  11. Susan....
    So very sorry to hear about your hubby's health and all the challenges that is bringing to you, especially when you are also having medical problems! I can't imagine all you are going through. Sending prayers and hugs for grace and peace to manage it all.
    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photographs along with your interesting and fun challenges. The time you put into your posts was always much appreciated.
    Take care and stay strong. With God's grace you will see this through.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  12. Hi Susan
    So sorry to hear of all your problems and hope that they will be resolved somewhat very soon! I have enjoyed your challenges very much although I haven't done any crafting for quite a few months,,,,I have had Covid and since then have not had the inclination/energy to do much! I hope you will feel better very soon....take care of yourself and your husband...and rest! Hugs Jackie

  13. So sorru to hear that you and your hubby are in bad conditions. Hoping you'll be better in near future. Take care of you . Sending positive vibes your way from France

  14. Dropped by to see how you are and on reading your post my heart goes out to you...I hope things are much better now
    Cheers, Dr Sonia


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