I'm travelling into a new way of working, a new country, a new language, and a new hobby which I'm passionate about. Come with me for some of the journey...

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Saying Goodbye...

Hello all.  I'm here with mixed feelings today... It's with a sad heart that I am saying farewell to my fellow team members at Country View Crafts - both the Challenge site and the Projects blog.  Life has simply become too busy and complicated to be able to give the DT work the attention it deserves.

On the other hand, I'm deeply sensible of the privilege and excitement of the work and travel still to come in this adventurous year, so I really can't complain.  If you hop over to the Country View Crafts Projects blog to take a look at my farewell journalling pages, I think you'll get that sense of positive anticipation.


It's been fantastic seeing the amazing projects entered into the challenges each month and, as always, I'm deeply grateful for all your wonderful support and comments both on the CVC blogs and here.  I know I've been pretty absent from Craftyblogland lately, but that doesn't mean I don't read every single one with great pleasure.

You'll see from the sneak peek that there's a favourite film star of mine involved in the pages, and I hope you'll be able to hop over to see the rest, but for today I'll leave her with the last word (and if you want to hear how it should be delivered, it's right here - at the one minute mark if you don't want to watch the whole clip, but I do recommend it!).

"You're Norma Desmond.  You used to be in silent pictures.  You used to be big."
"I am big.  It's the pictures that got small."
From Sunset Boulevard by Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett

41 comments:

Nikki Acton said...

Just stopping by here too to say what a wonderfully composed layout. Adore all your painty splatters. Will miss you at CVC! Xx

Clare Lloyd said...

Enjoy your fabulous sounding year. Super project

Monika Gulyas said...

We will miss you and your talent at CVC, Alison! You were a great teammate! Your project is fantastic!I love your collage with the most important questions in life! Hugs

Astrid Maclean said...

Wishing you all the very best on the next leg of your journey Alison!! We have been on so many teams together over the years....and now we seem to have reached a similar point in our crafting journeys again, though for different reasons.... I hope we will stay in touch as and when our paths coincide. This wonderful journal spread is a great final contribution for CVC!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

So sorry you are having to say goodbye to CVC Alison, they (and we!) are going to miss you terribly. Wishing you much success as you continue on your exciting new journey and thanks for the Sunset Boulevard clip, love that movie! Deb xo

Lys Scrap said...

Wonderful pages, Alison! They will miss you at CVC! My best wishes for your projects in every place of your busy journey!

craftytrog said...

Looks wonderful, off to see more!

Florence said...

Fantastic project. Just popped over to see all of the photos. Sounds like you have a busy and exciting year to come. Enjoy and have fun on your adventures.
Flo xx

Shirley Chillman said...

A fabulous final swan song piece Alison and I have enjoyed seeing all your DT makes on the blog. I am sure you are going to be missed.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
ShirlsCards.

chrissie said...

Terrific pages and wonderful that you feel sad and happy at the same time. I have loved seeing all your makes for the challenges at CVC but time is precious and your life is so busy with such interesting things.

Sunset Boulevard is brilliant.

Take Care

Love Chrissie xx

Cestina said...

Can you believe it? I have never seen Sunset Boulevard....

Loved the clip: "Words, words and more words....." Bit back to front for you?
xxx

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Fantastic pages, lovely collage, embossing, stamping and words are all your heart. Good luck for the rest of the year. xxx

Dorthe said...

I tried to watch Gloria, but could not !!
But your amazing pages, I studied for long,- you are always so inspirering, and always shows such beautiful finished projects !
I hope to see you, here and there Alison, -
Hugs,Dorthe

Sandy said...

They are really going to miss you Alison! But I am more excited for you with all your travels and the up and coming projects in your professional field. I know you must be very good!! Going over to see your last make for CVC right now.
sandy xx

Helen said...

my heart did a flip when I saw you were saying goodbye - so pleased it is "only" from CVC but I fully get why you need to.. off to check out the project now - it looks fantastic from here!

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous final piece for CCV, and I'm sure they will miss your creativity and inspiration. Sounds like you've a busy and exciting year ahead, Enjoy.
Avril xx

Sara Barker said...

Sad news, indeed,but I hope happy for YOU in the long run! I've been to see your amazing journal pages, and they speak volumes (and look darn good, too!). I do hope we will continue to see your inspiring work around blogland! Hugs!

Anita Houston said...

Gorgeous spread!!! Leaving is always hard, but life happens!

Amanda said...

Fabulous final piece, I love old movies so this is right up my street absolutely love it. Brilliant piece to say goodbye with.
Love
Amanda x

rachel said...

I feel totally privileged to have been on this team with you Alison - and will miss you but feel very excited for you - I know you will enjoy every opportunity! Beautiful work from a beautiful person - big hugs xx

Willy said...

What a great spread, thanks so much for the tutorial! What a pity you left the DT :( A brave dicision!

Chrissy said...

Fabulous journaling pages Alison..full of inspiration and anticipation while you are on your journey..Love the pockets and the old photos and all the textures and colours...gorgeous.

luv CHRISSYxx

Redanne said...

Such a sad day for CVC, but it is understandable given your hectic schedule! I cannot think about Sunset Boulevard without thinking about the wonderful William Holden too..... xxx

Meggymay said...

A fantastic final project, I'm sure they will miss you, But it sounds like there are many new adventures for you in store in the coming months.
Yvonne xx

Brenda Brown said...

Superb pages my friend, sad for CVC but wonderful for you to have such an exciting schedule, enjoy.
Hugs Brenda xxx

Sue C said...

A wonderful page Alison and what a wonderful feeling of anticipation of what's coming next for you. Good luck ! Sue C x

Gio said...

Looks so darn beautiful, Alison! I am sorry to see you leaving, we enjoyed so much your artworks for them, but it is ok, sometimes we cannot just handle everything. Have a nice Sunday :-)

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Alison, the blog just won't be the same without you!! Best wishes to all that you have in store for the coming year, I look forward to seeing your adventures and creations! hugs :)

Jackie P Neal said...

You can only take on so much, I know this myself...as long as you continue to create and share here dear Alison, I will be happy! xo
now off for a closer look!

Team Clark said...

Alison, I have so enjoyed your design posts, but do understand and wish you the best! You are a fabulous artist and hope that continues. Your inspiration thrills my artsy heart!!! <3 Hugs, Autumn

Margik said...

A wonderful page Alison! Good luck with your new adventure, I look forward to seeing your fabulous artworks.
Mar xx

Lynn Price said...

What an elegant farewell, Alison! Fabulous make, with so many memories for those of us who love the old movies! I am also a Gloria Swanson fan, along with many others! And LOVE to hear that your travels will continue.... I was so delighted to read about the Shakespeare run of the "Henriad" in the May 2 edition of the New Yorker magazine, as I can see from its schedule this appears to be what you have been an integral piece of during your travels. Safe travels, xxx Lynn

Julie Ann Lee said...

So sorry you're leaving CVC, Alison. Good Luck in all your forthcoming adventures. I'm hopping over to take a peek at your lovely journal pages right now! I love old movies, especially Sunset Boulevard! :) xx

Annie said...

Sorry to hear you are leaving the CVC DT team Alison but totally understand x You will be missed a you are such a lovely person whose projects are so inspiring..............thankfully we will still get to catch up with you on other blogs as well as your own.

Take care and best wishes............Annie xx............now I am off to get a closer look as this gorgeous sneak peek xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Sad news - but more travel sounds good - enjoy what crafting you can without pressure! This is a really good way to end on a high! Hugs Chrisx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Thank you so much for the info about Picasa - I will get onto the computer tomorrow and investigate! Hugs, Chrisx

A Pink said...

So sad that you have had to make what must have been a very difficult decision for you but as you say its made fo e the right reason and some very exciting times ahead . I hope your year of adventure is one of the very best and full of new discoveries .
Popping over to see your make now and from what I see here it looks mighty fab .......
xx

Paper Profusion said...

So sorry to see you leave CVC Alison but no wonder with so many demands on you. This looks wonderful - off for a better look. Hope all your new adventures are brilliant for you. Nicola x

Fliss said...

I absolutely love this vintage creation Alison and wish you all the best for your busy year.
Fliss xx

Coco said...

Amazing project for your last post for this DT Alison!!!! You have made a fabulous work for Country View Crafts, they will certainly miss you A LOT.
Though this is a bit sad for you at the moment to have to make choices, I know you will enter or re-enter many famous DTs in the future, no doubts about that... :)
Enjoy your time back at home quietly if you can, first!
Hugs, Coco xxx

Sue said...

I'm definitely going to miss you Alison, but I know you'll still be out there in blogland. This is a gorgeous farewell piece, now get out there and enjoy your new adventures! xx