Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Letter From Julie


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Dearest Winnie & Walter Family,

These last two years have been an amazing adventure. Shay and I could never have dreamt that our little company would achieve so much in so little time. We know that this is due to our fabulous Design Team “The Talent” and to all of you, our wonderful w&w family. You all are truly a blessing to Shay and me.

After much thought and many tears, I have come to the conclusion that I must make some changes in my life. As much as I love Winnie & Walter, I have discussed with Shay that my role in the company is more than I can really continue, and I will no longer be the co-owner after December 31, 2015. Although I am leaving, I will never be too far away. I will be taking some time to address some health and family matters and re-imagining my role in the crafting community to better fit my current lifestyle and needs. One thing you should know is that my love and need for crafting will never subside. I am planning to join in from time to time, and will definitely be a w&w fan forever. I want to thank Shay for being my partner on this journey and for her support and understanding during this change in my personal life. Shay will be carrying on to keep growing the w&w company and I know the sky’s the limit with her vision.  I also want to thank our incredible design team, both past and present, for your talent and friendship.

Thank you again for your warm comments, fabulous creations, and loving support of Winnie & Walter. I will always treasure this time and all of you!

Sincerely,


Julie Mogford


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67 comments:

  1. Thank you for your beautiful stamps and dies they allow me to bring joy into my loved ones lives. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family, God Bless!

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words, Tracy. I'm so glad you enjoy the designs! God Bless you too!

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  2. Julie, you'll be missed. Good luck to you in whatever you do! Shay, best of luck to you as well...I can't wait to see what 2016 brings for W&W!

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    1. Thank you, Kimberly! Looking forward to 2016!

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  3. Julie, you will certainly be missed!

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    1. Thank you, Amy! I will miss all of you too!

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  4. Sad to see you go, Julie! You will be missed for sure! Wishing you and Shay all the best for the future and lots of continuing success for W&W!

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    1. Thank you, Anja! You never know what the future will bring. :)

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  5. You've inspired me so often and I am so grateful for that. You'll me greatly missed but you need your life to work for you, not the other way around. Wishing you all the best.

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    1. Conil, you are right. My health and loved ones are my priority. Many changes for me on the horizon. Thank you for the well wishes.

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  6. Winnie and Walter have been such an inspiration over the last couple of years and it has been amazing watching your company produce such wonderful products. I cant image how much pressure you both have been under with the company doing so well and wish you all the best Julie and Shay. I have enjoyed every stamp and die I have bought and look forward to buying many more. Hopefully we will see you posting in the future, take care.

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    1. Aileen, thank you so much for your support of Winnie & Walter. I'm so glad you enjoy our designs. You never know where you might find me popping up on the web in the future.

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  7. You will be missed Julia! I am a huge fan of your creations! :) Good luck in new adventures. <3
    Sabina

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    1. Thank you, Sabina! You are so kind and I thank you for your support!

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  8. I can't imagine how hard this decision must have been for you. Winnie and Walter certainly has gone from strength to strength in such a short time and I can imagine this popularity has also impacted on yours and Shay's lives a lot. Health and family always comes first so totally understand your decision, you certainly will be very much missed by everyone! Thank you so much for all your inspiration and for helping create a company that is loved by all!!!!

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    1. Shona, you are so right. It was a VERY difficult decision, but I am at peace with it. I will miss all of you, too. When I see the creations you all make with the designs we have produced, it blows me away every time. I feel very blessed.

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  9. That definitely sounds like a very difficult decision, but I hope that the break will give you what you need. Take care of yourself <3

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    1. Yes, it was very tough decision, Ruby. Thanks again for the goodies. Take care of yourself too.

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  10. I'm sure this was a very difficult decision for you, but your health and family come first. You will surely be missed, and I wish you all the best, Julie! Thank you for your inspiration, and for sharing all of your beautiful creations with us ~ God Bless,
    Barb G.

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    1. God Bless you too, Barb. It will be sad, but I know it is the right thing for me. It was my pleasure to share my creativity, and to watch you all creating with it was a dream come true. Can't wait to see what 2016 brings.

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  11. Julie, I'm SO SORRY to hear this! When I think "Winnie & Walter" I think "Julie & Shay", and I can't imagine the company without you! I do totally understand though how life challenges can sometimes get in the way of our dreams and plans. I wish you the best and pray that your health challenges will be resolved. As others have said family and health come first! I'm happy that Shay will be carrying on, I can't imagine the crafting community without Winnie & Walter!! (((HUGS))) Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane. It is tough, but I know it is right. Thank you for your well wishes, and I will still be coming around from time to time. Thank you for your creations too!

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  12. I am sorry to hear this Julie. We will miss your frequent contributions but look forward to seeing more when you can. Take care of yourself first and everything else will fall into place. All the very best to you in 2016

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    1. Thank you, Teresa. I think there is much in store for 2016, that is for sure. :)

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  13. Beautiful card, Julie. I wish you and your family the very best in your next chapter. You are making your health and family your priority and that's what we all have to do at times. We'll welcome you back to the crafting world if that is in your future. Take care.

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    1. Thank you for the compliments and your sweet words. I feel that I will always need a bit of crafting in my life. The health and family is a huge priority at any time, but it is especially so for me right now. I'll be watching from the wings. :) Take Care!

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  14. Hard decisions sometimes have to be made, and I will miss you, Julie. Wishing you all the best in the New Year and hoping to see you pop up often in blogland!

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    1. You are right about that, Lin. It is all for the best though. Have an amazing 2016, and I hope you hear from me soon too. :)

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  15. I'm sad to hear that you'll be stepping down from W&W, but I'm happy that you're taking care of YOU! Here's to an awesome New Year, and I know that I'll see you on FB and IG! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Donna! I'm sad too, but I know it is right. I hope you have a great year too, and yes, definitely will see you in social land. :)

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  16. I well imagine how challenging this decision was to make, but knowing it is ‘right’ for you and your family is ultimately what counts most. You have been an incredible source of inspiration for ever so many of us, with both your products and your creativity. W&W is a fresh face in the market, and I’ve delighted in watching you and Shay gain in popularity in a quick span of time. You will be missed – immensely and deeply – but as you said, we can anticipate that you will return, rejuvenated and refreshed, to the crafting community. Wishing you a most fabulous 2016, filled with health, happiness, love and, of course, plenty of creating and designing!
    Hugs~c (carol)

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    1. Carol, you are so sweet! Your support of w&w is wonderful and your compliments and wishes are so kind. Thank you so much! Happy 2016!

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  17. Julie, I think you are amazing and am so grateful for all you have contributed. Sending lots of hugs and wishing you the absolute best!!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Lindsey! The best to you, as well!

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  18. Dear Julie, it's totally understandable that you need to make changes as life is in a constant ebb and flow. You will be missed here. I wish you the very best in your future endeavor. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Virginia! Yes, everything around me seems to be changing. I will miss it and all of you too.

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  19. THANK YOU for ALL you have DESIGNED, CREATED and SHARED Julie!!!
    You will be missed and my heart goes out to you for having to make this decision. Family and your own health MUST be your highest priority. I am sorry that you are having to face new challenges and hope that 2016 is a great year, sending {{{HUGS}}} from Australia.

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    1. Thank you, Tracy for your compliments, and for the hugs from down under! I'm so glad you like the designs. All the best to you in 2016!

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  20. I am sad to hear that you will be taking a break from W & W but totally understand that health and family comes first .I love your designs and the your stamp and dies are one of the best I have ever used.Please take care and wishing you all the best for your future :)

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    1. Hussena, thank you so much for your support of w&w and your well wishes. Wishing you a wonderful 2016!

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  21. Tho you will be sorely missed here, I wish you all the best as you re-organize your life and prioritize. Crafting is only a small spice in the banquet of life a dash here and there will continue to perk you up as you give attention to your main course. As always, I will look forward to seeing your lovely creations - like this one - whenever you can drop in and share.

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    1. D.Ann, thank you so much. Yes, there will always need to be a little creativity in my life to keep me happy. So glad you liked the card. As with many of my projects, the idea started one way, and the finished result is different, and I think, even better. LOL

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  22. Julie! This could not have been an easy decision, but we all want the very best for you - take really good care of yourself, and your family. I look forward to your visits! I've loved every one of your cards ... but this one? Exceptionally beautiful!
    =] Michele

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    1. Oh, Michele! Thank you so much - wow special compliments and I'm a fan of yours as well! Yes, it was a tough decision! VERY!!! Take care, and happy 2016!

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  23. Arriving at such a difficult decision must have taken so much, Julie ... I applaud you for making such a tough choice. Thank you so much for all that you've done at Winnie & Walter (you know I'm a forever fan!) ... and in the wider crafting community ... your energy and enthusiasm will be sorely missed! Wishing you the very best as you address the health and family issues that press ... I hope it all goes smoothly, smoothly! Thank you for such a beautiful final card ... it's truly gorgeous! Hugs, Anita :)

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    1. It was difficult - but I know it was the right choice. Thank you for being a forever fan, and from the very beginning, too. Thank you for the sweet words about my card too. Sending you hugs!

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  24. Julie, you will be missed by all of us!! I understand it's a hard decision. Wish you all the very best in everything! Hope you will be able to resolve/address your issues smoothly. But please know that you will be missed and will always be in our thoughts. And hope someday you will be able to come back to W&W.
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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    1. Thank you, Berina! I will miss you all, but will check in from time to time. Wishing you well in the new year!

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  25. Julie- you are a wonderful part of an amazing company but am glad you've made a decision that takes care of you despite the fact we'll all miss you. Wishing you a really happy 2016 and hope you resolve your challenges really well. Saying goodbye ( even if for the moment) is never easy, but a big 'so long' from me xx

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    1. Hi Keren, I agree with you. Goodbye is too hard. I prefer 'so long, farewell' myself. Wishing you the best in 2016!

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  26. Oh wow!! Julie, I will miss your wonderful stamps and dies. You always brought such vision to the products. Thank you for all you have done for the crafting community. Best of luck!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Nora. That means so much. I feel certain you will enjoy the new products coming from w&w in the future, too. Wishing you the best in 2016!

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  27. You know how much I admire you girls and I have always loved your work. So happy and thankful to know you.This must be a tough decision but your health and family is way important than anything else. Wishing you all the very best and hope you won't give us chance to miss you too much. Love and hugs!!!

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    1. Thank you, Kinnari! I count myself so lucky that we had a chance to meet at CHA, and getting the chance to collaborate with you too. I'll be keeping up with you on FB, don't worry. Take care! Sending you hugs too - and you never know if we might catch up in Houston some time. :)

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  28. You will be missed Julie but you must do the best for yourself. I wish you all the best for the future. W&W has come such a long way

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    1. Hi Dawn! Thank you so much. Yes, Winnie & Walter have come a long way in such a short amount of time. I think 2016 will be a great year for w&w, for Shay and for me. You never know what will happen. Wishing you a great 2016 too.

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  29. Wishing you well Julie. Love W&W, and you and Shay have been such a wonderful team - will miss you. Get well and hope to see you back one day soon.

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    1. Thank you so much, Margaret! All the best to you!

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  30. Julie, I heart everything about you. You are an amazing person! I will miss you here!

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    1. I heart you too, Laurel! Thanks so much for your support of w&w and for me. :) HUGS!

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  31. Thank you for all of the inspiration and amazing products! Take care of yourself. Everything else will fall into perspective. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2016!

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    1. Thank you, Lucy for creating with our products and for your kind words! Wishing you the best in 2016!

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  32. There are times in life when we have to make tough decisions... Hope they are for the best, although I will miss seeing your lovely work at W&W. Wish you a Happy and Healthy 2016, and hope to see you again soon.
    Hugs

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  33. Dear Julie
    Thank you so much for everything you did! Your work for W&W was just awesome! I can only imagin, how many hours (days & nights) you and Shay worked for W&W. I will really miss you. 2016 seems to be a year of changes (also in my/our life) and I wish you from the bottom of my heart all the best for you, your health and your family! Big hugs - Marlene

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  34. Wishing you all the best Julie. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into Winnie and Walter. Your dedication and effort has paid off and I am so glad to experience the wonderful results each time I visit the blog.

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