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Monday August 28th, 2006 10:24 AM
Farewell to Getcrafty

For the last ten years, getcrafty has been on my mind. First it was just an inkling to create a punk rock version of Martha Stewart Living. Then with the help of many, many people along the way, the site emerged, and the community started up. There were great joys and happiness and a book (a book!) was created. And over the years the little web site slowly became what it is today -- a crazy-big, exuberant, written-about, impactful, joyous, online ďspaceĒ which runs and exists with an identity all its own. During this time, a lot has changed for me. I went from being a crafty lady with a job as an Internet producer with evenings and weekends free, to a working writer and mother of two with uncombed hair and excess stomach weight. Suffice to say Iím tired.

After selling last spring to the Canadian-based Point of Impact, I thought limiting my involvement to editorial duties would allow me something I needed. Peace, less stress, more creative freedom Ė all the usual suspects. After trying it out for a few months, Iíve found that itís no enough; I need to hang up the proverbial glue gun. So Iím handing over the editorial ropes to Point of Impact, to do as they please.

Iíll still post now and again to my blog and visit the boards, but Iím no longer the go-to gal.

The inspiration and thoughtfulness that I have experienced from you all has been significant. I thank you for all youíve given me.


comment by joy
Monday August 28th, 2006 05:18 PM
I was really surprised to see this post! I haven's been on here for so long (many problems with illness) and I now log on and see your saying good bye?

You were the first person I encountered on getcrafty and I so admired you and how much you contributed!

I've read your book (yes Jean I did buy it) I sure did try to win in in the contest you held (smile)

I will miss all of your wisdom and great insight....

Enjoy your babies and spend the time you need on you because it goes by fast.

Don't be the kind of woman who looks back with regrets and a frown....

Be the woman with the smile on her face and knowing her life was well spent!

Be well and thanks again,

comment by woolenpjs
Monday August 28th, 2006 05:48 PM
I have only just discovered Get Crafty earlier this year and I thank you for your idea that has bloomed into a varied and beautiful garden. I have met some incredibly crafty folk via this website that have inspired me, moved me and have made me a happier more contributing member of the village of global crafters. Thank you Jean for that and more. May the future of Get Crafty be as wondrous.
comment by djeneen
Monday August 28th, 2006 06:36 PM
Thank you Jean! Peace be with you :)
comment by violet
Monday August 28th, 2006 08:44 PM
i've been a get crafty member since near the begining (although i ended up having to reregister) and you've always been a constant source of inspiration, as was glitter when it was located here.

your book is one of my favorites, and i've gotten it for nearly all ofmy friends.

thank you for making this all possible and best of luck with everything!

<3 violet
comment by pudding
Tuesday August 29th, 2006 07:43 AM
Jean, I've tried to write this message probably 10 times! I keep erasing it. I'm tongue-tied. I love getcrafty, thank you for it. I wish you the very best and much happiness.

comment by Defarge
Tuesday August 29th, 2006 09:12 AM
Oh Jean, this is so sad.
I've made some of the best friendsI've ever had via getcrafty and it helped me through several bouts of depression.That was as well as giving me great craft ideas and always entertaining me via the boards, the book and the crafts themselves.

Thank you so much for having such a big part in making me who I am today.

comment by lance
Tuesday August 29th, 2006 03:41 PM
Hi Jean,

We are very sad to see you leave too. Youíve done so much work to make this the best craft site on the web, and we are so proud to be involved with it.

We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Demetri, Dave, Lance and the rest of the Point of Impact staff.
comment by becca_13
Tuesday August 29th, 2006 04:11 PM
Thank you so much for all the years of hard work and dedication. I have met some amazing people because of your board, and it has been a huge part of my life.

Enjoy your new found freedom and check in with us!

I will always think fondly of the old pink and brown!
comment by janaka
Tuesday August 29th, 2006 09:50 PM
boo. hiss.

thanks :) i dunno what i would do without get crafty and my fellow craftistas
comment by lindastar
Tuesday August 29th, 2006 11:35 PM
thanks so much for all of what getcrafty has been and will be. i remember gushing with excitement 9 years ago (nine years?!?!?) about finding it with my neighbor, and i made my very first friends in new york through the site. today i am able to offer work to some of them for their crafty skills. i wouldn't be doing what i am today with Adorn if i'd never popped in to this site. best of luck with all of your endeavors- you deserve the best!
comment by craftyfingers
Wednesday August 30th, 2006 12:00 PM
Jean, thank you so much for all you have done. I can't tell you how much this site has inspired me and changed my world. Best wishes! mary
comment by girlsavage
Wednesday August 30th, 2006 06:42 PM
I thank you for all youíve given me, Jean! Getcrafty has been such a wonderful place to come everyday. It seems to be in very good hands w/ the Point of Inpact crew.
You deserve this! Now go enjoy those kids!! :)
I won't say farewell, just see ya later!
comment by punkinpie_prod
Thursday August 31st, 2006 01:14 PM
I'll miss you. Getcrafty now almosts feel like I'm wandering around someone's home while they aren't at there. I'm sure your presence will always be here! Sending my best on your great things to come.
comment by kari-star
Friday September 01st, 2006 11:08 AM
shoot, jean - getcrafty has changed my life. I've made so many wonderful, solid, smart girlfriends through the boards over time and even though I don't have time to post much now, the concept of getcrafty challenges me every day to make more and to consume less and to wear my feminism with pride. xo and thanks very very much.
comment by for_esme
Friday September 01st, 2006 02:02 PM
Jean, you will be missed so much. Good luck in all that you do and THANK YOU for the inspiration!
comment by for_esme
Friday September 01st, 2006 02:03 PM
Jean, you will be missed so much. Good luck in all that you do and THANK YOU for the inspiration!
comment by xuli
Monday September 04th, 2006 04:02 PM
Thanks for everything you've done here.
comment by chase
Thursday September 07th, 2006 10:21 AM
dear Jean,
I wish you all the best in continuing to combine craftiness with motherliness. I only have one toddler, and I'm already tired! Good luck, and thank you for your fabulous and inspirational book. (My husband adores it too!)
comment by Dawn
Monday September 11th, 2006 11:41 AM

Best of luck to you and thank you so much for the community that you have created here. Thanks to, I have a wonderful circle of crafty friends to make stuff with on a regular basis.
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