My husband and I have been talking over the last couple of weeks and have come to an important, yet tough decision. That decision is to close down
My husband has been in the military for nearly 21 years (that 21 year mark will be in April) and he has said that he will probably retire between 24 and 26 years (those dates change depending on if anyone ticked him off at work, usually). I've decided at this time, that when he does retire and we move back home, I need to be able to contribute better financially in case I need to and have thus chosen to return to school to get a nursing degree. (Those of you who've been around the forum know I had recently being pursuing an IT degree to help with my website. However, before that I was doing a pre-vet degree, which is the same as a pre-med degree here. I have always loved medicine and feel that this is where I need to be.) I'm hoping this will allow me to be able to get a job nearly anywhere, should the need arise.
I will, however, be shifting my efforts from Enchanted Fabrics to my ONS called Stitchsanity. This way I can still be a part of the stitching community. Since Enchanted Fabrics requires so much time to produce each piece of each order, I'm hoping that Stitchsanity will allow me more time to finish my degree and still be able to fill orders after school/work are over.
Enchanted Fabrics will remain closed until after my husband returns home from deployment. This allows me some extra time to get some things done that need to be completed before he gets home with the kids back at school for less interruptions. It also allows me to spend time with my husband uninterrupted and without the stress of knowing there are orders awaiting my return. When he goes back to work, I will re-open Enchanted Fabrics for at least a 2 week period so that everyone may place their last orders. This will allow anyone who has been waiting for the new colors to be released or anyone who wants to stock up to do so. Once that time period is over, I will shut it down and take down the shopping cart.
I'm hoping that working the Stitchsanity side of things will allow me to build it up to be a B&M store someday. Hopefully the economy will be better and should my hubby get some fabulous job when he he hangs up his uniform, I can continue on with it and perhaps even bring EF back again. However, I need to also be reasonable and logical and be able to have another option to fall back on in case I need to.
I know many will be disappointed and I am sorry for that. I need to do what's best for me and my family at this time though and I hope you can understand!