Closing Time

Jonah’s been playing this rhythm game for the Nintendo DS where you strum along with pop songs. A lot.

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Consequently, we’ve been hearing a lot of Semisonic’s 1998 hit, “Closing Time” around here. It’s his favorite, and he quickly learned the words and croons along to his heart’s content. I feel like this song has been stuck in my head for weeks now.

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…”

It’s a time of transitions right now. There are changes on the horizon, new schedules and routines. Some changes are great opportunities, and some are bittersweet.

This month, we closed up our Handmade Boutique here in Eaton Rapids. We’ve had a great time over the last year and a half, but the extreme weather this Winter made it impossible to stay open (especially when a foot and a half of snow made it literally impossible to even open the door!) and ultimately, we couldn’t afford to keep renting the space.

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I loved running a boutique. It was an incredible experience and I learned a lot in the process. But the extra responsibilities always meant sacrificing something else. I found myself constantly pushing myself to the limit and taking on extra stress in order to run the shop and also find time to make things for PAPERCUTS. I knew I wasn’t able to do either as well as I wanted to… Ron Swanson offers good advice:

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We’ve spent the last week or so bringing things home from the shop, and reorganizing my home studio. I’m excited to focus on PAPERCUTS full time again. Not only will I have more time to actually MAKE Art Journals, but I’ll also be able to travel to more shows, more often, and put them into the hands of even more awesome creative people.

It’s very hard to close the doors to a dream. But I take comfort knowing that the end of one dream is the beginning of the next.

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