Artsy Happenings

An Artsy Farewell.. For Now

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

The Closing Time lyrics kept running through my head last night, ya’ll. Today is a bittersweet milestone for me. You see, Thursday evening, I accepted a full time position and started my new job today! Our dream of living in Seattle permanently is actually happening! I’ll be taking a professional step in this new direction I’ve been pursuing these last two years. I have a chance to gain invaluable experience, add to my skills and make a difference in this company’s future.

But with all this joy and excitement, comes some sadness. The new gig is a great opportunity but will require very long hours. As in 10 hour days plus a hour and a half spent commuting by bus each day ( yikes! ). Which will leave me precious little free time. And that will be spent on Mr. Forager! I adore you all, but our little family of two is my highest priority, forever and always.


What does that mean for the future of Artsy Forager? In the long term, I’m not quite sure. In the short term, I’ll be taking a hiatus from Artsy blogging. Artsy Forager will be put on hold for a while. How long? I have no idea. I just know that in order to do my best at my new role and my best at being a wife and partner to Mr. F, I will need to step back. So after today, things will be quiet around these parts.


The website will remain up, as the hosting is paid up through April 2014 and the Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram feeds will all stay put for now. But you won’t see much activity from me there. Well, maybe Pinterest.. because I’m addicted and can’t live without it! 😉

The time I’ve spent doing Artsy Forager has meant so much to me on a personal level. I’ve “met” so many spectacularly talented artists, passionate art lovers and just plain nice folks! I’m so incredibly grateful to have had this time to create this little Artsy world. I will truly miss it and all of you. But I strongly believe our lives flow in seasons and I’m so excited to move into a new Spring! If I find that I have more free time than I thought I might, you might see me around here again. Until then, Mr. F & I thank you, from the bottom of our hearts for the past two years.


Peace, love & artsiness,


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  • Very happy for your new direction, but, very sad to see Artsy go into hibernation. Bonnie 🙂

  • Congrats on the new gig, but I’m definitely going to miss your daily posts! Best wishes to you and Mr. F!

  • Such bittersweet news! I’ll miss your blog, but wish you the best of luck in your new position! xo

  • Congratulations!!!! you will definitely be missed, your artsy finds have been very inspiring and I’m sure you will be great in your new position.
    All the best:)

  • I’m happy if you’re happy, Lesley! Congrats on the new position, but it’s definitely sad to have the Artsy Forager hibernating. All the best to you!

  • Very best luck and thanks for the coverage

  • Best of luck!

  • Leslie, I wish you all the happiness and success in the world! I have learned so much from your blog. Stay Artsy!

    Ps I just got a text from my son and his fiancée from the top of the space needle. He loves Seattle!

  • Best of luck to you and Mr. Forager in your new jobs and adventures, Lesley. Your blog has been one of the few I’ve kept up with for the past couple of years and I’ll miss seeing all the beautiful art, but you’ve got your priorities straight and I know you’ll do well. Enjoy Seattle life — it’s one of my favorite cities in the world!!

  • Was sorry to read your post today but warm wishes for great success in one of my favorite cities! Really enjoy your blog and pins. You have a great eye! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • Best wishes in your new job! We’ll miss you here and at Escape Into Life, too. Come back whenever you are ready!!

  • I have so enjoyed reading your blog. Thank you for sharing all of your artsy finds! Best wishes for this new season in your life!

    • Lesley

      Thank you, Dawne! Things have changed.. I may be back soon. 😉

  • Hi Lesley, I was away on holidays for two weeks, and just got back to read this post. But then I read your last comment, and now I’m not sure what’s going on…in any case, I wish you all the best in whatever you do and thank you for all the interesting artists you’ve introduced me to. And especially thanks for what you’ve done for me! If you’re going to be back, that’s wonderful too. Plus, Seattle is so close, I try to go there at least once a year, so I may get to meet you at some point.

    • Lesley

      Thank you, m.a.! I would love nothing better than to finally meet you in person whether it be when you come through Seattle or if we can finally get ourselves up to Vancouver. Things didn’t work out as expected with the job, so I’m back on the hunt here and looking at other options. Hope to get back to blogging soon, maybe even today. I’ve missed it so much more than I ever thought I would.