Farewell

by SianyKitty on December 31, 2013

in Uncategorized

When I read Anca’s email at the beginning of last month about her intention to retire in managing Handmade Europe, I asked to myself, do I have the capacity to continue this alone?

It was on Saturday morning when I received this email and during that weekend I tried to find the answer. To be honest I am so lost managing this group blog alone. A team blog is not a personal blog when you can just write about anything I want and different from a personal blog an ‘I had a beautiful day at the park’ topic isn’t going to make it. It would have been easier that way.  But on the other hand I also know that I don’t have a responsibility for certain big decisions.

On Monday morning I wrote an email to Estella asking her advice and we agreed on a couple of points, thus the decision to end this beautiful blog.
As the team gets bigger, we get so lost of our visions.  We aren’t sure where to project the future whether it is to create the blog to promote the handmade products throughout Europe or to support the crafter throughout Europe, as these both can carry to a completely different path.

Projecting to the future of our blog, with the lack of vision and in desperate need of dedicated people, I am afraid it’ll be a challenge for us to keep on standing.

Saying good bye is never easy. However, I prefer to this than to carry on without a direction.
This is not a definite goodbye but rather a see you later.

We’ll take a break, we’ll back up with a hope to come back with a clear mind and fresh ideas. This is why I am inviting you to write us your thought about our blog.

I am still here as well as Estella, Natalka, and Anca. And definitely our Etsy Team, with 7490(and counting) of you, we are still going strong.  Please feel free to drop us a line, here at the forum, via email, convo us individually here for the team leader or myself.  Even if it’s just a warm hello.
 
Lastly, The whole Handmade-Europe blog team wish you a memorable end of year and a brilliant new year with full of hope.
Until we meet again,
Siany

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Santa is just around the corner and winter, as well, so you might be having plans of treating yourself with something nice and warm and fluffy. This is your chance, since Foldi is offering for this year’s last giveaway a warm knitted cowl, in brown warm merino wool.

Foldi used a luxurious pure merino wool yarn to knit this single tube scarf. This is very soft and warm thanks to its volume and also has magnificent drape. Bea, the hands and mind behind Foldi, designed a double cable pattern to the upper border – the remaining of the cowl is ribbed. Its size makes this tube scarf perfect to warm your neck and shoulder.

knitted-cowl

Giveaway ends December 14th, midnight (GMT / UTC) and we will announce the winner the following day.

And now: head over to  Foldi and let us know your favorite item(s)!

**** Rules of the giveaway:

  • the giveaway is open to anyone
  • you can participate by picking your favorite item from the donator’s shop, and mention it in the comment box of this post
  • only one comment by each participant, so everyone will have equal chances – you can tweet, FB about it (would be great!) but it does not count as an extra chance for winning
  • donator picks the winner randomly and ships the gift to the winner
  • giveaway lasts for a week
  • winner will choose from the two products presented above
  • please check back here after the giveaway is over to see if you are the lucky winner

Good luck, everybody!

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Santa, who is the winner then? Let’s see… The lucky winner is … LucieTales. Congratulations!

winner Screen shot 2013-12-21 at 12.11.19 PM

Merry Christmas, everybody!

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Winter is almost here and the cold will make our ears red and freezing. But wait, there is one thing you can do against the bitter cold outside. Wear a cozy, warm, fashionable hat, one that you can win this month from Cloudberry Factory. What is even better, you can win the hat of your choice from her cute pompon hats, knitted with 50% wool yarn and with multiple ways of wearing.

hat

Giveaway ends November 25th, midnight (GMT / UTC) and we will announce the winner the following day.

And now: head over to  Cloudberry Factory and let us know your favorite item(s)!

**** Rules of the giveaway:

  • the giveaway is open to anyone
  • you can participate by picking your favorite item from the donator’s shop, and mention it in the comment box of this post
  • only one comment by each participant, so everyone will have equal chances – you can tweet, FB about it (would be great!) but it does not count as an extra chance for winning
  • donator picks the winner randomly and ships the gift to the winner
  • giveaway lasts for a week
  • winner will choose from the two products presented above
  • please check back here after the giveaway is over to see if you are the lucky winner

Good luck, everybody!

===== and the winner is… Erica. Congratulations!

winner winner

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