Friday, April 9, 2010

i'm retiring

I’m retiring from Flickr. Although I’ve had a lot of fun and truly cherish the real relationships that I have been blessed to have formed through the communities I help establish…I have been increasingly dishearten by the lack of grace given back to one another from what I believed ( naively enough ) was a community of giving crafters. When this journey started… all I was looking for was a little group of honest, kind, generous crafters to have a place to come together and be able to share their crafts in a social setting of true support… instead I found deep politics, rivalry, unkind gossip, and a lack of grace. Now… of course where there is bad there is good… ( and you all know who you are! ), but just simply… not enough for me to continue putting in the effort that Kerri and I have done this past year trying to bring more beauty into our community. I will continue with my current obligations… but I will no longer be administration of any of my groups. Kerri has generously said that she would continue are groups and I do hope that she won’t allow the unkindness of the virtual world to force her hand as well… it would be quite a shame. I know this may come as a shock to many of you who felt I was some kind of glory seeking, wanna be crafting celebrity, ruler of the quilting Flickr world… but you pegged me all wrong… all the time… that’s not my game or how I roll. I’m the quite opposite of all those assumptions and my leaving is the only way I can prove my true intentions to this community and myself. Thanks… it’s been quite a ride! Xo, Heather

103 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about those rotten apples that spoiled your flickr-ing. Just wanted to let you know that I throughly enjoyed being part of the Pillow Talk Swap II and feel so lucky to have been able to participate. And to let you know, those thoughts about you had never even remotely crossed my mind, so poooy on anyone who was thinking that.

    thanks a million and one for all the great crafting inspiration!!

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  2. Very sorry to see you leave Heather, I've only ever seen a HUGE amount of kindness from you! Since being invited to join the groups you have hosted I have been opened up to SO many new quilting/crafting ideas and will be forever grateful! My to-do list has grown abundantly, lol! Wishing you nothing but the best! =D

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  3. WTH? I just signed into google reader and yours was the first to pop up!! Not good news at all my friend:(

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  4. Heather, this is one of the saddest days for me!! You are my partner in crime and I have LOVED the hours upon hours of working on all our groups with.

    I know the bad you talk about and completely support you 100%. You have done so much for the community, and am also saddened by all the politics and unkindness that has gone on.

    I shall miss you my friend. I hope you come back soon!!

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  5. April fools was last week silly :) This makes me really sad bc I love all the groups you admin on flickr. I hope you change your mind, if not thanks for all you have done.

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  6. oh heather.
    I'm sorry to hear that others have not generously given to you as you have generously given to all of us.
    Your creativity is an inspiration. Of that you can be sure and proud.
    I do hope that you leave feeling that you did accomplish some amazing things for those of us that truly want to create beauty.
    Kelly
    P.s. my package will be in my hands as of next weekend and I feel truly blessed. thank you.

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  7. I am so so sorry Heather. I don't know you well but I have never felt anything but kindness coming from you.

    I hope you feel that you do have a solid group of quilting buddies that would love to see you come back to flickr.

    take care of yourself.

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  8. I am so sorry to hear this!
    Please know that so many of us have really and truly enjoyed and appreciated your efforts and fun participation in the groups!
    you will be missed! I hope to still see your awesome projects here on your blog!

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  9. ugh. what a drag. I don't know the situation, but it sounds like it sucks, and that's no fun. I'll miss you on flickr, but at least I can find you here! :)

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  10. Hi Heather,
    I know we don't know each other very well at all, but this news is a complete shocker to me! Although I don't have any idea what it is you're referring to, what I do know about you is that you do spread joy on flickr and you're a wonderful source of inspiration. I really do hope that buck up spirit I believe you have in you wells up and says "enough". Seriously, don't let the negative people in the world drag you down to their level. There will always be someone that will try and step in and steal your wind for whatever reason. Just smile, say a prayer for them and move on. Ok, I'll step off the box now. :)

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  11. Heck. No. Really? Flickr will be a worse place without you. I mean that honestly and truly.

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  12. I'm very sorry to hear this. I only just 'met' you but I do enjoy all the flickr groups you have formed. Hope you will change your mind one day and not let a few bad peeps ruin your day. You will be missed

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  13. I just became acquainted with you because URBAN Home Goods swap and I am already so thankful to you for being one of the swap coordinators. Sorry to hear that drama is making you leave the flickr community with which I have only recently been acquainted.

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  14. Well, this is a true shame! I was just getting to know you so I hope you will still at least share what you are working on because everything you make is just beautiful. I have had a few run-ins with internet bullies (or the other b word) ;) and it's always sad when people hide behind a computer to be especially mean.

    I hope you will be able to gain some peace through this decision.

    Jennifer :)

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  15. I am relatively new to your blog, and so sorry to read this post. I always hope for the best in people, but they sure can sour things! I have seen you cheerlead so many wonderful crafty groups, so it makes me feel bad that people would be nasty. Keep your chin up and keep smiling, knowing that the rest of us appreciate your creativity and contributions!

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  16. Oh, no! I have never seen it, but I don't admin. If all your effort for us all brought you this kind of grief, then there is certainly no point in continuing.

    You and Kerri are just super! Thank you so much.

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  17. This is a bummer! I'm on the outskirts of Flickr, so I don't know about the drama you're talking about, but I hate to hear it. You had some really fun groups, and I always liked to see your cheerful little face on posts!

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  18. Though I have not participated in any of your groups, your blog and Flickr groups inspire me. Know that it takes a lot of effort and time to administrate and educate participants in the rules of the road. I'm well outside the politics of these groups, thank goodness. Making quilts and sewing is fun. Thank you for helping me, a stranger, through your work. Perhaps retiring will allow you to feel that "fun" in a new way. Thank you.

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  19. Ahh, Heather. Thank you for your honesty and for the countless hours you have spent coordinating the flickr groups. I have not participated in any of them, but I have enjoyed viewing the beautiful crafts made by their participants. You and Kerri have done a wonderful job. Thank you!

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  20. no, no, no Heather! Reconsider...ignore the nay sayers! When something delightful that you are organically passionate about is upon, it kinda takes the joy out of it : ( I get it.
    Your sense of humor and style rock girl...regardless.

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  21. I have to admit that I have not been very active in the flickr groups, so I have no idea what you are talking about. But, I have always appreciated you for making me feel included in all your groups. I think it is awesome how many groups you have created and how many communities you have helped grow. If you enjoy it, I say don't listen to the bad apples. I know it is hard, but it is obviously a part of who you are why would you give that up for a few? Good luck, and I will continue to look forward to your blog posts. Thank you for everything that you have done for the community.

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  22. Really sorry to hear this. You single handedly invited me to join into so many fun groups, which I have really appreciated and enjoyed. Of course I respect your decision and will miss you on flickr but will follow all of your crafty goodness here!!

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  23. Well I hope you will reconsider because a few rotten people do not make up the supportive craft and quilting community on flickr. You helped me get started on flickr in so many groups and I enjoy seeing the invites I get from you for new groups even though I don't always get to participate in them 100% I think others do not know how much time and effort it takes to administer a group or even multiple groups on flickr and I am saddened that you are experiencing negativity....it does not represent the 100's of us who enjoy your creativity and respect you! I hope you will enjoy the flickr love again soon because there is lots of it!

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  24. Heather, I'm relatively new to your blog. I've never flickered before (I guess I should be embarrassed about that). I never quite knew how it worked, but I do quilt and blog alot. I'm sorry for the negativity that has been going on for you. I don't know any of the details, but it is too bad. My grandma taught me to quilt about 11 years ago. When she first taught me about quilting, she told me about how quilters are the most kind, positive, honest people you'll ever meet. I took that to mean that when we're at a quilt guild meeting (or whatever) they will never say anything negative about your show and tell. They will only encourage and compliment. Some people think we show off if we do show and tell or blog about our projects. I just look at it like we're showing ideas, techniques, etc. I love to look at other people's ideas to get inspiration. It gives me joy. If I can do that for others too then I don't think it's a bad thing.

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  25. This just makes me really sad. Even though I don't contribute a lot on Flickr - you have always included me - and for that I am so grateful. I can only hope that you will eventually come back.

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  26. this is bullshit.
    what the heck heather?

    give me some names.
    i'm not afraid to knock some teeth out.

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  27. But, but, but! Oh so sad. I just adore seeing all your works posted and you are clearly talented! and generous, and funny! ....sniffle. I think you are a Fabric Rock Star!, (only the positive aspects of rockstardome!) I don't know the situation(s) but don't let those meanies bring you down sista!

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  28. oh, no. and i am just finding you and appreciating the care and thought you put into those groups and relationships. i am sorry to hear this.

    And I kind of hope, if it is possible, you are able to be gently nudged back as sewtakeahike says.

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  29. Heather, It is truly unfortunate that the dark side of human nature has taken your seeds of joy and your giving efforts within the community of crafters and quilters.Please know what you have done is appreciated far and wide. You are to be admired for taking care of yourself and knowing your limits of tolerance. I hope those who have been less than mature adults have learned something here. I wish you well in all you do. You will be missed.

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  30. Aww man really!?! That stinks! I love the groups that you and Kerri have started up and I know that you have been a real inspiration for many!!

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  31. lol Heather! between my prayer suggestion and jaybirds knocking teeth out, I think we got you covered Heather!

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  32. Oh Heather, I'm so sorry that a few bad apples have ruined the barrel on this. I've followed your blog for some time (and I do hope you continue to share with us here!), and have been privileged to be included in the Urban swap. The crafting community on flickr will be be lesser without your generosity, time, and creativity.

    Personally, I'd tell the nay-sayers to stick it and do as you damn well please. But that's just me. :)

    Thank you for your impact on my crafty confidence--I'd never have been willing to try so many new things without your example to follow. Chin up.

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  33. Heather, you will be missed. This is a true shame and I feel sick about it. For reals.

    Can we still be pals, and share our work and projects together? And can we still hang out in Portland this summer?

    And I'm with Julie. Name names. Expose the haters. The rest of us will take care of them! : )

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  34. I only just found you a few days/weeks ago, and can already see the influence you have on others. I hope for nothing but the best for you, and hope that your decision brings you the relief you seek. I will still follow you on your blog ...

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  35. oh my. :(

    i've only "flickr known" you for a few weeks now. but i already got a pretty good idea of how much inspiration you've been providing by bringing people together.
    people like you are like the glue of the planet! and the thought of someone being rude and not appreciative of such effort just saddens and upsets me.

    you will be missed so very much and i do (very selfishly, yes) hope that you will at some point feel like coming back to the community.

    however, protecting your heart comes first! flickr is not worth having your mood ruined and beautiful shiny bright creative light dimmed.

    i'll keep following you in blogland and trusting that karma will get those evil meanies. grrrr.

    much love to you and nothing but the very best.

    <3

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  36. :(
    You're not giving up blogging though I hope!

    :( :( :(

    Politics. :P

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  37. I hate to see you let the bad people win. :( I think you should stick it out and let us help out. It's just ridiculous that other people have to behave in a manner that makes people want to quit doing what they're obviously so gifted at doing. Personally, I think you should reconsider. I've got your back! :)

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  38. I have been so impressed with your blog and your willingness to show all the cool things you are doing. The cathedral window tutorial is my fav.! Thanks.

    I am sure you have thought a lot about your decision, but really whoever was saying that, just got what they wanted by you stepping down. (AND, ya know they were just driven by jealousy.)

    Hope you're doing okay.

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  39. Yesterday another blogger wrote about a truly nasty comment she had received. It was really awful. Really.Awful. And today....this.

    How sad that people feel compelled to share their nastiness to those who are offering creative inspiration.

    I'm a real newbie to the world of flickr and was getting ready to make more of a presence. I'll miss you. But you'll still be here, right?

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  40. I am so sorry to here this. Those pools are so inspirational!

    I guess I am naive as well... I never once thought about the motivations suggested by others. I agree with the others, name names if you facts are 100% accurate, everyone should be held accountable for their actions and you should not have to change your direct due to the poor behavior of others.

    As a new quilter, I was always so flattered to get an invite for the flickr groups that you felt I had something worthy to contribute.

    Stop the groups if that is what you truly want, you will be supported but if you don't want to, then DON'T...and you will be supported still.

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  41. i'm with the many!! i'd be happy to head up the attack!! ;) i know the names!! hee hee!!

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  42. wtf. This is crap. Anyone that doesn't see that you're just a kind, happy, inspiring person and feels the need to talk crap about you is just .... well, I'll keep it clean, but SHEESH! I'm so sorry. :( And I'll miss you!

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  43. Heather I am very selfishly going to ask you to reconsider. Or at least give me some names. I really hope you can just go on a little vacation to clear your head. Please don't let a few rotten bitches ruin all our fun!

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  44. Heather, be blessed. Good for you doing what you need to do to stay healthy; although I'm very sorry you're having to do it. *Hugs*! :)

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  45. oh no!!! this really upsets me. please DO name names. I want to know who's the meanie behind this.

    *hugs*

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  46. Heather!! Say it isn't so! I just love and adore you. There is no one sweeter than you. You are one of the most giving, unselfish people I have ever known. Please don't leave. I hope you will reconsider. All of those mean people don't matter. They are insecure and get off on making other people feel badly. The have the balls to assume you are someone that clearly you are not. We all LOVE you Heather. xoxoxo

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  47. Heather,
    I am so grateful for our friendship and for everything you have introduced me to. You truly are a wonderful person and a kind friend. Having the weight of "admin" and having to feel like opinions are formed of you because you are looking out for your peeps isn't fair. You have an open heart and please don't forget that I stand by you whatever you choose to do and hope we can get together soon!

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  48. Oh Heather,

    May all of these wonderful comments be a testiment to who you really are...a gifted, inspiring, talented and wonderful person. Don't let people who are just jealous of your talents and chemistry with the online community ruin a good thing for all of us! :-)

    Those who are jealous and envious don't like to see others succeed so when you are successful at something you are always going to have certain people who want to bring you down...don't let'em I tell ya!

    I don't know any of the details but I am sorry that you have to deal with this. Be strong...be strong! :-)

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  49. Oh dear. I don't know what happened, but I'm so, so sorry. You are delightful, and have been nothing but welcoming and supportive. Please come back, and don't worry about whoever the petty, mean spirited people are.

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  50. i am so sad to read your story...it is a shame people are not kinder.

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  51. I'm new to Flickr, I just signed up for a couple of virtual bees after seeing your awesome Urban Home Goods swap and wanting more experience so I could join the next one! I've always been hesitant about navigating Flickr, and I'm really sorry that there's been a backlash against you. I can't imagine why, but maybe that's because I have the exact same naive hopes that you did when you started your groups. I'll still be following your blog!

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  52. I am really sorry to hear about this. I feel sick that you have been subjected to this. I love your Flickr groups. You were my first contact! I was so excited. I firmly believe 'what goes around comes around'. They will have their day. I hope reading through the comments will give you some comfort on how much you are appreciated and loved in blogland.

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  53. I'm very sorry to hear that this has been something other than a rewarding journey for you Heather. Haters always seem to have a way of spoiling the fun but I do hope that the rewarding bits win out in the end. There are so many of us that appreciate what you have done for the online crafting community. I have been frustrated at times by the school girl antics that I have witnessed in this crafting community but at the end of the day am very grateful for all that you and Kerri have done to promote a healthy and friendly craft community.
    Hopefully these comments will help to boost your self esteem and get you back on track with keeping all of our creative juices flowing.

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  54. it never seizes to amaze me how the negativity and selfishness of others can impact those who only have kind intentions. I will never understand why some people let their lives be dominated by ugliness and why they constantly want to push that ugliness on others. As I tell my kids all the time...never base who you are or what you do on the actions of others, be who you are no matter what the world throws at you....and in the end you will prevail! Those who know you, love you...thats what matters. Stay strong my friend and remember that you ROCK!!

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  55. Heather, so sad to hear this!! i hope it is not for long..
    thanks for all the great inspiration and for the top-organizing you did in all your groups - that´s so amazing!
    you go girl, don´t let them get you!!
    Claudia

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  56. Keep Calm and Carry On
    Keep Calm and Carry On
    Keep Calm and Carry On
    Keep Calm and Carry On
    Keep Calm and Carry On
    Keep Calm and Carry On

    loves to you

    xxx

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  57. Oh no! I wish you would reconsider but of course I'll support whatever you decide. I don't know what's happened but I'm sorry that you've had to deal with it. :( I'm going to hold out hope that you'll rejoin us when you're feeling better. xoxo

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  58. Oh Heather, no! People totally suck and I can't believe that anyone would ever think you started any of the groups to make yourself "famous" or whatever...obviously these people have nothing better to do than be jerks. That's exactly what they are - jerks!

    You know I love you and that's what matters! I'll take over full administration of the "library" if you want!

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  59. oh dear, so sorry to hear you're going. It's hard to give up something that meant so much, but best to leave behind things that bring so much stress needlessly.

    Thanks for all you've shared.

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  60. Wow. I didn't know that existed but I'm in my own world anyhow...

    I have always loved anything I have seen from you. I'm one of the good that just appreciates looking at beautiful crafts. I don't know all that exists out there be yep, you are right there's good and bad. I hope I don't find the bad.

    I just want you to know I admire what you do and think you are beyond talented.

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  61. I feel terrible... I just "Met" you through Julie's (Jaybird's) blog... literally a few days ago. I am sorry that you have seen negativity I must be oblivious because I haven't seen it. I hope that you continue to blog and we still get to hear from you. I think you are incredibly talented.

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  62. What a bummer! I just joined your new hex group the other day. Seeing everyone's gorgeous work really keeps me motivated to finish mine now that I'm in the mid-stage "will this ever end?" phase.

    I'm so sorry Flickr hasn't been a pleasant place for you lately, from the sounds of it. These nasty, rude people ought to be ashamed of themselves.

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  63. Like you needed flickr to "make you famous." Heck, you made flickr famous in my book. Sure we don't know each other, but your stuff is downright amazing, and I've been lurking for months. Shame on the haters. I hope you'll be able to continue with your blog because you have a devoted following.

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  64. I'm so sorry to see you go, but I know how hearltess some community forums can be, (the veil of anonimity is a nasy one) I have left some behind as well. but I want you to know you have left behind alot of people who are better crafters because you were there.
    I will miss your posts, your photos, your fun and your being. but I will still find you here. as you're the first tag on my favorites list.
    keep crafting, keep posting and we'll keep reading and loving it all.
    you rock.

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  65. heather, i will miss you on flickr. your posts have always been so inspiring to me! i wish i had stumbled upon you sooner than i did.... i will keep up on your blog and hope you will keep up with mine so that we can stay in touch. i'm so sorry that you've come across some unfortunate circumstances thru flickr but i hope you've come away with some great relationships and ideas that you can hang on to for a long time to come! please keep posting here and please keep in touch! keep being crafty and awesome! XOXOXOXO

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  66. Wow, I am new to Flikr and the blogiverse but This is a sad day.I hope you can find a way to do what makes you happy without having to deal with other peoples insecurities ruining that for you. Stuff them all, I say!
    Keep smiling and thankyou for being you!
    Kelli
    xxx

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  67. Bummer! I have just found my way into the Flickr crafty world. I must tell you how much I appreciated your inclusiveness and generousity. I don't know what unkind things were said, but I'm sorry that they have upset you. I hope that in time you will reconsider. The internet (and more specifically Flickr) offers people from all over the world with similar interests to come together and inspire. It also allows a few crazies through. Thank you for all of the efforts that you (and Kerri) have made to unite some creative people together. I have drawn much inspiration from your efforts.

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  68. Oh no! I'm sad to read this when I've only just been getting to know you. :-( I love your photos, and I hope you'll come back one day. The internet can be weird, and sometimes it seems to bring out the worst in people who would never be so rude in real life.

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  69. So sad to read this news Heather! I think you are terrific, and are an integral part of the flickr crafting community - you will be sadly missed :(

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  70. I'm so sorry to hear this, Heather. I'm a bit of latecomer to the Flickr crafting scene, but I've marveled at your ability to assemble such wonderful inspiration all around. I hope we'll continue to see your beautiful work on your blog and flickr. Take care of yourself.

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  71. I am so sad, my english is very poor to describe what i want to say but i am really sad.
    Hugs

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  72. Heather, I join everyone in saying how sorry I am to see you are leaving! Your groups have been consistantly amazing and filled with people that I love to watch and learn from. I have been disappointed in many groups and left after one or two swaps, but I have stayed with yours because they were so professionally and so beautifully administed. I commend you on your high standards and all that you have done and although I haven't gotten to know you personally we will all miss your posts. I hope your groups go on and that someday you will return to flickr and the "good crafters" that are there and sharing their talents. wishing you all the best!

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  73. I am so sorry to hear this and hope you reconsider. You do a lot to create a more beautiful Flickr community. Sadly, I understand where you're coming from. I think Flickr politics, or any kind of blog politics can be awful, but you just have to keep doing your thing and not let it get to you. Remember that it's not your problem. For what it's worth, I think your projects are awesome and your enthusiasm is joyously catching.

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  74. Hi Heather

    I was just on flickr and heard you were leaving - I'm still in shock!

    Like sooooo many people have said, both here and on flickr, please reconsider! We are all misjudged everyday by people who don't know us and who project their own issues onto others, please don't let these people bring you down.

    If you truly must go (for now), then please know that you have helped to connect a lot of people in flickr and blog-land who may never have found each other otherwise. I love being a member of a number of your flickr groups, and altho my output sewing-wise has been minimal in recent times, I still find lots of inspiration from the groups and enjoy sharing my thoughts on stitching, reading, movies, yummy fabric and HR Keds (can you believe it)?

    Thank you for getting out there and doing it - you and Kerri really make a difference to so many of us. I hope to see you back on flickr soon, but I'll keep visiting you here.

    Big hugs from Australia (I wish I was close enough to give you one in person, but I know Kerri and others will hug you to pieces for all of us).
    Kelly :-)

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  75. I can't believe it Heather! I'm so sad, I love you on Flickr and your groups!

    Seriously, if people are giving you a hard time about Flickr groups or something, they must have no life and be a real loser! I mean seriously! I was just thinking of a new group I was going to bug you to make. :( Totally bummed out.

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  76. Hi Heather

    I was just on flickr and heard you were leaving - I'm still in shock!

    Like sooooo many people have said, both here and on flickr, please reconsider! We are all misjudged everyday by people who don't know us and who project their own issues onto others, please don't let these people bring you down.

    If you truly must go (for now), then please know that you have helped to connect a lot of people in flickr and blog-land who may never have found each other otherwise. I love being a member of a number of your flickr groups, and altho my output sewing-wise has been minimal in recent times, I still find lots of inspiration from the groups and enjoy sharing my thoughts on stitching, reading, movies, yummy fabric and HR Keds (can you believe it)?

    Thank you for getting out there and doing it - you and Kerri really make a difference to so many of us. I hope to see you back on flickr soon, but I'll keep visiting you here.

    Big hugs from Australia (I wish I was close enough to give you one in person, but I know Kerri and others will hug you to pieces for all of us).
    Kelly :-)

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  77. Heather, I feel sick and saddened about this. I haven't seen the words written that you refer to but I can't believe anyone would call you those things, as that has not at all been my experience with you and those thoughts have never even entered my mind!

    You are awesome and I have so enjoyed all of your contributions on flckr. You have always included me in any groups you start up and any correspondence I had with you has been so respectful and great.

    I'm with Julie and John, you need to expose these folks so we can deal with this!

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  78. First things first...

    ***HUGS***

    I haven't "known" you for very long but I can tell you what an inspiration you are to myself and many many others. It's so sad that others don't embrace that. Shame on them for taking away from what you are passionate about and are so willing to share with others. Something that you your self enjoy so much that you devote your own time, a lot of time, to help others grow and share in that same passion. This just makes me sad. That others could be so cruel.

    I am so sorry you have to deal with this and I'm sad to see you go, but you have to do what is right for you. We will miss you dearly but hope to still be able to see your bright sunshiny face here on your blog!

    Thank you for everything you have done!! You truly are a gem!!

    Now, where's Julie? We have some teeth to knock out! :)

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  79. I am so sorry that you are leaving the Flicker community! You have been such an inspiration to us crafters and I really have enjoyed you being a part of our SNTM VQB. I really hope you will continue blogging so we can see all of your wonderful work!

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  80. OMG! Wow, guess I'm naive as well because I never would have guessed that there was any kind of ugly gossip about you. You're one of a kind, girl friend, and I'm glad I first found you on Etsy, then Flickr, then your blog. Don't let nasty comments get you down...I, for one, have been glad to have been a participant in some of the many groups that both you and Kerri have started. You both make me feel like a part of one very big cool family. Big hugs, K.

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  81. Oh! I am so sad to see this :(. I just recently got into flickr a little more and you seem to be a very cheerful, welcoming and kind person to work with! You were so nice to me when I requested to be in a couple of your groups and even went as far as to invite me into some of the other groups you admin.ed or were a part of. I really appreciate your kind heart and I am very sad and sorry to see this :(. Thanks for your hard work and I hope that some day you will be able to come back to flickr, etc.

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  82. I am stunned. Literally with mouth hanging open! You are so friendly, kind, encouraging, generous, I could go on.... I am so, so sorry for whatever negativity/nastiness has come your way (and extremely surprised), and I understand you wanting to protect yourself from it, but I also hate, hate, hate to see bad guys win! This really sucks! I have to go think about this some more. I agree with Penny -- let's pray for this person/persons and then let Julie at 'em. Wow -- just unbelievable!

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  83. *Hugs* Heather, there will always be petty jerks where ever you go. The question is are you always going to let them stop you? I've just read through 81 amazing and supportive comments from people you obviously have inspired and welcomed with your warmth and bubbly excitement. Honestly. How many nay-sayers are we talking about? Certainly not 81. Flickr is a grand melting pot with sweet grannies and petty assholes. I believe that 99% of the time you attract what you put out there. Looks like you attract quite a nice crowd if you ask me :) It never hurts to take a step back and collect yourself. But it looks like quite a few people are rooting for you to get back on that horse. Myself included :)

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  84. Done, and DOne!!
    Here is looking at you kid, thanks for the long hours on the phone today glad you decided to come back!!!

    WE, are a team I support you 100%

    If you ever stress me out again enough to drink 3 glasses of wine in one conversation like tonight, I just might need a ride home!!!

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  85. You have been one of the kindest most helpful and generous person that I've met blogging and flickring. I'm really stunned and hope you reconsider. It would be a huge huge loss. Hugs to you.

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  86. I really hadn't thought much about your intentions or motives at all. I just really enjoy the flickr groups that you and Kerri have set up. They give me inspiration, make me smile and make me want to try harder with everything that I do.


    Rotten apples are everywhere which is why I haven't done markets in a long time. I hope whatever had got your down recently goes away.

    best and thanks.
    amy

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  87. WTF?! no, no, no!! This is how the haters win - stand your fabric strewn ground chickie, look at all the love here xxx. There will always be people who suck, but never forget;
    Those who matter
    don't mind
    and those who mind
    don't matter

    sew on with your bad self!!!

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  88. My first reaction to this post was one of real surprise - how could people be so petty? Your groups are amazing - I love getting invites from you, and really like the way you have developed focused groups that give measured bursts of inspiration! I am sad to know that negativity has made you leave, but glad you decided to tell us why you are going. I hope these blog comments help a little. It never entered my head that you were being anything but kind, generous, enthusiastic about the craft you love and willing to give up lots of your time. Take care and believe me - you are one of the good 'uns. xx

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  89. this makes my heart sad - I hate to see you go on flickr, you're admin work has been top notch and those groups; super inspiring! I too, have felt excited to receive a special invite - they have made my day. I will still enjoy visiting you over here, but will miss you on flickr. [also - it would be more than a little okay with me if you had a change of heart :]

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  90. this is SO SAD!!! I was just getting to know you!
    you have been so generous, and always included me in your groups, and the new groups you have just created are sooooo inspirational.
    i dont know who these people are, but I wouldnt leave, bcuz that is what they want you to do....dont let them win. I do hope you keep your blog though.
    so unfortunate that there have to be mean souls in the art and craft world :(

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  91. damn. that's all i can say. sending a virtual hug your way!

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  92. So sad to read about this Heather. I didn't realize there were issues (after the swap group crap from a while ago). Like many have said, the bad apples shouldn't get the last word. You have a tremendous amount of supportive people here (there are 85 comments here already!). Sending you a big hug.

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  93. Wow! So sad! I have really enjoying all the inspiration from all the groups that keep forming from your creativity. I had no idea there were so many meanies out there. Really, don't take it personally. They just don't get it.

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  94. Oh dear, I have just found you through Julie (you go girl). But its not the first time I've seen people hurt, disparaged and driven from their passion by the jealousy of others. I hope you find your joy again Heather, life is just to short to let the nasties win!

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  95. I only found you and the groups recently but I have to say I love them. It is difficult to remain in a situation when people you thought were kind turn out to be just the opposite. Those people exist everywhere and in every group, unfortunately! If it is something you like to do and feel you are getting something out of doing it you should not let the mean spirited people chase you away. Let their comments roll off your back and lead by example. Eventually they will get theirs and you will be much happier not letting them get to you. I hope you come back soon.

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  96. I don't know how I missed this post Heather... I'm sorry to hear you may be giving up flickr. I've also experienced a few instances of immature behavior and can say it has realy broken my quilting stride some days. Keep your chin up girl. You, Kerri and John are three of my closest online pals and it would make me sad to lose you. We need that Bahama's vaca pronto! Maybe some time with our feet in the sand will make all this cr@p roll off our backs!

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  97. I don't know you very well. But I was looking forward to getting to know throught he various groups that we were in together. Sorry to hear about this.
    Just wanted you to know that I have admired your work for a while and hope to some day be that good!! You are an inspiration.

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  98. Well, one thing's for sure...you've inspired many! I am sad I've been missing out! Whatever you start next will most likely be amazing...so keep me posted!!! :) I hope to quilt along with the "good guys"!!!

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  99. Hi Heather,
    I'm so sorry to hear that. I really enjoy your website and I aspire to be as crafty and clever as you. I'm glad you're still going to be here on your blog though. You are, right? Right? Good luck and don't let the bad apples bring you down.

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  100. Heather, I really am sad to hear this news today. I don't know the situation at all but I wanted to tell you that you have often inspired me to get crafting and be more creative. To stop thinking about all my prjects and do them! Each time we have done a swap, I have also made other things. The community on flickr has really been inspiring and I identify you with that. You are a great organizer and made it go so smooth. I have really enjoyed your posts, your groups and creativity. I am sorry you are dealing with negativity and please remember that so many people support you and hope to see you back again.
    Best, Liz

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  101. I'm sorry I missed this, I want to say that I have no idea about the drama but I think you're spectacular!

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  102. I love seeing your invites to all the Flickr groups in my inbox. I can't wait to see what fun groups you come up with next. Good luck with what ever you do and don't let one bad apple spoil all your fun!

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  103. Hi Heather,

    I just caught a glimpse of the post title in your sidebar and clicked to see out of curiousity and this made me so sad! I don't know what happened to make you feel this way, or why you (obviously, and thank goodness!) had a change of heart but I want you to know tha I am SO happy to have found this little world on flickr b/c my little on-line world disbanded last year, and I have really really missed the swaps, and the comradery that I had, even though I have made some life long friends out of it...

    so, anyways....(like get to the point already), is THANK YOU for sticking it out! You've made my little world feel a little more fun again...(-:
    Sandy

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