Tuesday, 17 April 2012

It is time to come back...



HELLO DEAR FOLLOWERS,

Where have you been I hear you cry? Not a word since October...

The break was not planned but it was needed.

Over the past few months, I've had to take a step back from work, blogging and other interests to devote extra time to other more pressing and important matters. My daughter being one of them, she has been going through a number of emotional and personal difficulties, including high levels of anxiety and sleeping problems. 
Hard for an 11 year to deal with. 

There is also a close member of my family who is very ill and that has had a strong impact on me. This person is a fighter, never complains and has endured a lot. It is so hard to see a loved one having to go through that. I have so much love, respect and admiration for this person. The past couple of years have been an emotional rollercoaster, especially over the past 9 months.

Two months ago, I closed the unit which I was renting and for now have put fairs on hold.  I admit that I was very disappointed as I had put so much work into the new shop which was about to be launched online but I just couldn't do it all and give Miss P the time and support she needed and still needs. No question about it, Miss P comes first!

When things have settled then I will start again little by little...

One of the reasons I didn't continue with my blog is that during these past few months life has felt very serious and I didn't want my blog posts to reflect that. Talking about vintage pretties seemed so trivial, my heart wasn't in it. Besides, no one wants to read about moaning and feeling low. 
I have always wanted my blog to be a happy one, filled with inspiration, escapism, travel and optimism. I know, real life is not like that though...

Having said I felt I owed all my devoted followers an explanation for simply disappearing without a word...

I think that it will do me good to go back to blogging, I am in need of a bit of fun /distraction and to reconnect with all you lovely people out there!

I strongly believe in the power of prayer and would ask you to pray for my relative please. Thank you


Thank you to those of you wishing me well and asking after me. It was lovely for me to know that despite me not blogging your thoughts were with me. 

Just a little note to say that The Vintage Bazaar Fair will be on at the Cheese and Grain in Frome, Somerset on Saturday 21st April 2012. Be sure to be there, it is one of the best vintage fairs. The standard is always very high! I won't have a stall there this time but I will be going to visit.




30 comments:

KC'sCourt! said...

Its really lovely to see you back. Family especially children always come first. I have missed you.
Julie xxxxxxxx

Hesta Nesta said...

Hi Isabelle
I am so sorry to hear that both your daughter and relative have been enduring a terrible time. As someone who suffers from anxiety, panic attacks and depression I can understand how hard it must be for an 11 year old to cope with. You are right, your family comes first but you must remember to take care of your own health too. I will be thinking of you all and please come and see me at the VB on Saturday.
Much Love
Jo xx

Country Rabbit said...

hellooo lovely, i so enjoyed your photography!...I was sad to read you have been dealing with a lot lately- i hope miss p feels better and gets good rest/sleep. Its hard when your little ones get down- best wishes.
And a prayer for your family too x

Sometimes its good to have a break- Re-charge batteries and so on...

take care of yourself Isabelle x

Bleudelavande said...

Hi Isabelle welcome back my dear!!!!!
I'm sooooo sorry to hear your daughter and relative have had problems!!!! I'll pray for them!!!!
Take care.
Big and warm hugs

Liz said...

So glad you are back. Hope family matters improve.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Vintage Jane said...

It is so lovely to have you back. There is so much pressure on young girls these days - I do hope Miss P improves. With your love and support I am sure she will. Thinking of you and yours. M

ted and bunny said...

xx

Rosetta said...

Bentornata!Bloggare aiuta tanto!Rosetta

Andi's English Attic said...

((hugs))

Fleur Cotton said...

Lovely to hear from you and sorry to hear that life has been difficult recently... 'Family' has to come first but hope you will have the chance to visit blogland from time to time.

Fleur xx

Florence and Mary said...

Lovely to hear from you although sorry to hear things have difficult for you of late.

Thoughts are with you.

Victoria xx

Florence and Mary said...

Lovely to hear from you although sorry to hear things have difficult for you of late.

Thoughts are with you.

Victoria xx

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Isabelle,
My heart goes out to your daughter, eleven seems so young to worry and be burdened with anxiety. I am sure with all your constant love and care all will be well, also Godspeed to your ailing relative and do hope you are able to recharge at times yourself.
take care
xx
julie

Carol said...

Welcome back Isabelle, sorry to read things have been so difficult for you.
Sending prayers for the recovery of your relative.
Carol xx

Purpletreebird said...

I'm happy to see you back and I hope all the serious worry will all be behind you soon. :)
Jess xx

Amanda said...

Life gets like that at times and its good to know you're missed. Take care and hugs to Miss P, not an easy situation.

It's me said...

I am so glad to hear from you....welcome back......and i hope everything will be alright for you and your familly...love from me....xxx..

Lisa said...

Very sorry to hear you have been having to deal with such difficult issues in your life. Really hope life turns the corner for the better very soon for all those you love.
Lisa x

Annie said...

It's great to have you back to so sorry to hear your news. I really hope things start to improve for you soon and Miss P gets through this difficult period feeing stronger. It's awful when your children are hurting but I am sure things will turn a corner and start to get better again.
Ann x

June said...

I will certainly pray for your dear family member Isabelle. I will pray for you too, to have the strength you will need to get through it all. You have been so missed and it was wonderful to get an update on how you are. Bless you and your sweet little girl who needs your strength and love right now.
sending hugs...

lemonade kitty said...

So glad you're back, life doesn't always run smoothly does it. but there's always sunshine after the rain, keep smiling, Lucey x PS I've said a prayer for your relative. x

W. theAntiquesLovers said...

I was Missing your blog a lot! But i'm happy to know you are back!! my though and prayers to you & your family!!

Betty said...

Glad you are back and sending healing thoughts to you, little Miss P and your poorly relative. Betty

donna baker said...

All the best to you and yours! Sometimes we all need to take a break or step back and see what is really important. Hope you will keep us posted occassionally.

Country Style Living said...

Glad to have you back! Sending positve thoughts to you and your loved ones, especially your daughter.....

Mary said...

I feel so connected to you, Isabelle. Many times I have searched for a new blog posting, hoping that for whatever reasons you may have had for not contributing might have passed or those reasons to write/post again became stronger for your own health and this morning, a new posting! As it turns out, your return to the blogosphere was on the day my Mother would have celebrated another birthday (had she still been alive).
Each of us has had so many issues that have creeped/burst into our lives that I can certainly attest that life always seems to be challenging as of lately.
Maybe I will be able to get my daughter's retro dress sewn with the retro buckle I purchased from another online source (I originally had hoped to purchase one from you, remember?). She has a few other items that are also in the queue for me to sew, now. One is simply replacing buttons on a jacket she obtained at our local thrift store. She is a very conscientious gal, as I am sure your Miss P is. They need us and we need them. When you took a leave of absence I knew that there were some extenuating circumstances. Women seem to know... My prayers and thoughts have been for you for some time.

Welcome back. I missed you.

Mary in Oregon

Minerva Black said...

Very sad to read about your trouble. Sometimes we must step back in order to go forward. Your blog has been a joy to read and know you and your loved ones are in our thoughts. All the best for a bright future. x

Monica said...

Always remember you and your family member in my prayers, Isabelle. So glad you're back.

Monica said...

Hope your sweet girl is doing better! xo

Josephine said...

Dear Isabelle,
You already know how sorry I am that life has been a bit of a trial for you and your family lately. Your followers of your Blog will always be there for you when you have the energy to blog. Sending you big love and good vibes. When times are tough I always turn to poetry. There is always great comfort for me in poetry and art. xx