Friday, September 5, 2008

Where Mermaids Stand

Wednesday was the one year anniversary of my blog. I posted my blog’s purpose the very first day as shown in the picture below.


Source: Mermaid and the Moon II by David
Delamare, 2001, text added by me

She intended to take her place wherever mermaids fit into the scheme of things. “Where do the mermaids stand? All of those who are different, those who do not fit the boxes and the pigeonholes?” “Answer that question,” wrote Fulghum, “And you can build a school, a nation, or a whole world.” As [a] very wise young woman said, “Diversity, like anything worth having, requires effort — effort to learn about and respect difference, to be compassionate with one another, to cherish our own identity, and to accept unconditionally the same in others.”

Source: Barbara Pierce Bush, Commencement Address at Wellesley College, October 22, 2007

I’ve spent the year doing just what I set out to do—celebrating life in a creative way. My blog year began with a tutorial offering and ends with the tutorial series posted this week. They are my gifts to those of you who’ve kindly taken the time to leave encouraging comments over this year.

Source: © June Scroggin, watercolor painted by me with text added

Now it’s time to say goodbye. I’m slipping off my sandals and assuming my mermaid persona to seek new adventures in life. Thank you for everything.


67 comments:

nicolette said...

Thanks June, we will miss your wonderful cheerful creative and fun posts!

It has been a wonderful year!

Enjoy your dive into the sea and experience new discoveries in life!

Bye Mermaid June!

Storybook Woods said...

First happy blogiversary and I am sad to say good bye. But you need to do what is best for you. We will feel the loss of your blog, as you have been so generous with all of us xoxoxoxo Clarice

Kristi said...

Are you really leaving? I am so sad. But I understand the need to move on and concentrate on other areas of life and of living. You have added SO much joy and meaning in big and little ways to my life every day you posted for the past year.

You are loved.

LindaSonia said...

Wishing you the best on whatever new road or journey you find yourself on. It's been swell... xo LindaSonia

Thimbleanna said...

Goodbye Sweet Junie Moon! I've enjoyed all of your wonderful inspiring posts. You'll be sorely missed but I hope you have wonderful new adventures ahead of you!

meggiecat said...

Swim joyously to whatever lies ahead. Thanks for the inspiration, love and support.
Ever your friend,
Kathy

Sarah said...

June - I'm so sad that I won't read your blog daily. You have inspired me so much and it has been always nice to hear from you. Will you still keep on flickr or are you moving away from the Internet?

Mrs. Staggs said...

Well, my sweet Junie Moon, I've written to you personally, so you know how much I love you and appreciate you exactly as you are. You make such a difference in this world!

Thank you for all you've shared and taught here, and most especially, thank you for your generosity of spirit, your positive energy, and for inspiring me to be exactly who I am too.

Love and best wishes to you!
xoxo

Kristie said...

It's been a beautiful blog, full of beauty and creativity. You done good, Junebug.

Love you.

Lorrie said...

Oh June, I just discovered your blog. But when the sea calls and tugs at your heart, it's best to follow.
Best wishes,
Lorrie

Junie Moon said...

In response to whether I will continue sharing photos on Flickr, my answer is no and here’s why.

Flickr is not having a profitable time and is working on an effort to allow us to sell our photos for which they’ll get some income. While I’m not adverse to anyone making money, I believe it should be aboveboard in the way it’s handled. While Flickr is sorting all this out, they recently sold photos without permission of the original photographers. Until their process is worked out, there’s going to continue to be a problem. I do not think that my photos are so outstanding that people want to steal them but they are MY photos. I paid for a Flickr Pro account and trusted in the copyright fine print which means there’s a loophole somewhere. As I’m not a lawyer and really don’t want to spend hours and hours of my life trying to work out the fine print issues, I simply removed all of my photos and cancelled my account.

Should you wish to read more about this, do a Google search. Here are a couple of links you can read in considering what you want to do about this problem: http://www.jmg-galleries.com/blog/2008/07/07/how-every-flickr-photo-ended-up-on-sale-this-weekend/ and http://www.abouttheimage.com/3602/image_thief_steals_photos_from_flickr_to_sell_on_istockphoto/author3/

JuliaB said...

Good luck June with your new adventures! x

Jennifer said...

Happy Anniversary! I was so happy when you started blogging!!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I'm so sad I didn't find you until the end of your journey but so happy to have your archives to explore! Good luck on your next adventure!

Debbie said...

I just found your blog a few weeks ago and it is delightful! I will spend some time reading your earlier posts. Best wishes to you in whatever you do next!

meg said...

(sniff) I'll miss you, dear Junie Moon (sniff); days will be a little emptier without a stop by to see what you are up to, as well as the encouragement you've always given me. (sniff) If you find yourself near the CA coast, wave as you swim by :-)
Blessings, Meg's Gardem

greetingarts said...

Oh, June! Please don't swim away forever, pop in every once in a while to say hi. I'll miss you, your outlook on life, and your creativity!

Beverly said...

I'll miss reading your new entries, but I'll think of you often as I use my lovely coasters!
xx

rohanknitter said...

Oh, so this is goodbye! Oh my! June, I will miss your wonderful, uplifting and inspiring blog entries. Thank you for sharing your beautiful spirit with us. I was going to ask about flickr but I see you've already answered that. ( I had NO idea any of that was going on, it's disturbing) Anyway, I wish you all the best. I hope you will pop in somewhere in blogland and say hi.
xoxo

Shannon said...

Wow...sorry to see you wont be posting anymore, definately our loss.

Wishing you lots of happiness in your new adventures.

sunnyinspiration said...

I've enjoyed dropping in and reading your blog. Will miss you. Good luck in your new endeavors! D

FinnyKnits said...

Arrivaderci, Miss Junie! You have made the blog world a better place to roam.

Cheers,
Finny

Alice said...

Ah, Junie - you will be missed.

Pat said...

Oh June! I am so sad to read this! :-( This is the third blog that enjoyed where the blogger has decided to call it quits. BUT.... I fully understand that blogging can be time consuming and if it isn't fun and enriching to our lives why continue?

I wish you the very best in your next creative venture and I hope you'll stay in touch!

Hugs, Pat

TinkerBlue said...

Thank you, you will be missed.

Ali said...

Oh June, what a beautiful, elegant exit. I would expect nothing else from you.

Thank you for sharing your friendship, your wisdom and your beautiful soul with us this year.

hunnybunny said...

Oh I will miss you so much!!! You inspired me SO much, and kept me in the loop of fabulous charities (although I could never get that leper bandage to stay the same gauge). You are such an amazing, talented person. I am an awful blogger but you were still always so sweet to me, which I personally appreciated so much.
That said those are MY reasons I want you to keep blogging, which I know is selfish. I wish you the best on your next journey.
Stay Fabulous!

Jan said...

June~What a pleasure it has been to read your blog each day for the last year. It is your attention to detail, your big heart, and your love for all things beautiful that made your blog a joy to read. I will miss you.

Teresa @ PlumWater Cottage said...

Thanks for a wonderful year. I love that you're committed to charitable endeavors and that you share with us the opportunities for all of us to participate in them. I've learned lots from you, and will truly miss reading your posts. Good luck!

Carol said...

I may cry.
Thanks for everything June, I will miss you terribly :(

Heidi said...

Thank you, June. Blessings upon blessings on your upcoming adventures!

Jane said...

Oh, my goodness, no more Junie Moon! This is such sad news for us, but you have to do what's best for yourself.

I have really enjoyed your blog, with your beautiful creativity and your sharing of the opportunities to help others. I even think about your "daily list" as I putter about straightening up the house!

You're simply "the best", Junie Moon! And I'm sure we all wish you the best in your new adventures! Will miss you!

Jane - Jacksonville

Saucy said...

What a wonderful year! It feels like we've known you... well, forever. Big hugs. xoxo

Debbie said...

Blessings to you. I sure enjoyed your blog as well.You are very talented. Enjoy your new journey.


Take care,
Debbie

Henley said...

OH NO! I love your blog!! Please don't leave. Really. Can we find you on some other site? Another blog - please?

Henley said...

PS one quick question. can you tell us if your health is okay? I am praying so.

Cindy said...

Junie, you will be missed as you slip off into the waves and swim out to sea. You will be missed.

Hugs,
Cindy

Anne said...

Sweet Junie,

Receiving notice of your blog entry in my e-mail brightened each day. Each one brought me a feeling of peace and joy. Thank you for sharing yourself with us. I know all the blessings you have given will return to you tenfold. I wish you well.

Anonymous said...

♠♦Oh dear! I've enjoyed your writing so much, I'm sorry to see you go. But I wish you the very best!xoxoxo the fan

banchomarba1 said...

Dear June- I wanted you to know how much inspiration you and your blog have given me this past year. I have been on a trend in the past several years to use crafting as a replacement for unhealthy habits in my life. That had been going OK- but there was something missing in what I was doing. Your blog has been a great example of how you use your crafting to benefit others- either through charity fund raisin or on the more "local" scale in making things for friends. The element that I was missing before was how to use crafting to help both myself and others. Thank you so much for showing me the way.

Sincerely, Sid Simpson

kim said...

I'm so sad. I want to print your blog as a beautiful book, a reminder of all the amazing things you have done and shown us.

Will you keep it open so we can come visit and reminisce?

dottycookie said...

I'm sad to see you go but wish you all the best for the future. Thank you for all you've shared over this year.

Yummers! said...

The tutorials are amazing!!! What a wonderful presentation.

I'll miss you... of course... but there's always my telephone. You're right there on the speed-dial.

Thanks for all your contributions to the world.
Joni
PS Did you ever get your Marie Claire Mag?? I still haven't!!

Gumbo Lily said...

Junie,
It seems we've only just met, but I understand the "call to the sea" and a mermaid must do what she must do. Thank you for your creative giving to all of us. You'll be missed.

God go with you.
Jody

karen said...

Dear Junie Moon

Thank you for so much

It will be sad to remove you from my bloglist

I'm really sorry that the flickr fiasco occurred

I really enjoyed every post.

All the best to you and yours

Take good care of your self

Karen

karen said...

Hi again dear Junie Moon

I posted this to your blog last Oct:

Thank you for asking us to think about our deeds - it helped me to shine a little light on them instead of hurrying on to the next thing to do. It also helped me realize there were a few coulda woulda shoulda opportunities for good deeds that I let pass by.

You raised my awareness and its stuck with me. Thanks again

Robyn said...

Dearest June!
You have been a wonderful inspiration to me! Thank you for making the world a bigger and better place with you in it! I will miss you so very much! Please come by and say good bye before you leave...I have some news to share with you and good use some your good vibes!
Enjoy your wonderful, blessed life!
Love you dear friend!
Cheers!

Lynn said...

Oh June, has it really been one year already? Thank you for your wonderful blog, and I'm sure you'll find many adventures to fill your time! :)

CathyJean said...

June,
I feel so sad to say good-bye to you :( I had so enjoyed reading your blog and "getting to know you" through the Apronista swap. Thank you for all the wonderful creative fun you have shared with us!!
Best wishes in all your new adventures ~ never let the excitment of "something new" die :)!!
Hugz,
Cathy

Sue said...

Bye, Junie-Moon... I'll miss you and your wonderful blog!

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

Congratulations June, wow! how time flies and I'm so far behind with my blogging, I've missed all your wonderful tutorials. I'll be back to check them out again.
Hugs Fiona

Inspired Tokens said...

Miss Junie-Moon we will miss you! What will I ever do without your wonderful words of inspirations and your heart of gold!

I am wishing you well in wherever the sea takes you. Thank you for inspiring me to be a better person.

meg said...

Aw, June-

I just wanted you to know how much I've missed reading your blog. I think you already know how much I enjoyed your little place here over the past year.

Wishing you all the best in your next adventures (for I'm sure you'll find plenty of 'em!)

kari and kijsa said...

We will miss you!!! You are one of our most favoritist fabuliscious blogs! Come by for one last hoorah!! We are so excited to be celebrating our one-year anniversary (and a fun giveaway!) Thank you for being such a wonderful part of the last year!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Catherine said...

Junie, I've enjoyed your blog so much and the time where we knitted bandages last Christmas. You're an awesome woman and I'm sure whatever you do next, all around (including you!) will be blest. Thanks so much for your time here. I'll be missing you!

Kelly said...

congrats on a year! good luck in your other endeavors, i'm glad our blogging paths crossed!

Anonymous said...

Aloha June:
Thanks so much for all of your generous & positive posts over this past year. You are an inspiration! I hope you enjoy the heck out of the next phase of you life...
xoxo Marla

Mrs.Kwitty said...

It's been such a pleasure getting to know you from your wonderful blog and visits to my blog JunieMoon--thank you!

Selfishly, I am going to miss you terribly. Unselfishly, I hope you enjoy all your new adventures! Bye JunieMoon.

Hugs and smooshes,
Karen

Diane Schuller, photographer said...

oh no. Oh June I will miss you so. You have been such an inspiration in creativity. I've taken up many of the creative things I had once laid down for decades. You've inspired me and always with grace and charm. I've grown to love the person behind the blog. You are so talented and I love the watercolour you've painted for us. Oh June, I'm sorry you are closing down this inspirational venue. May all your creative pursuits be full of joy, fulfillment, and the grace that you always bring with them. You're one of a kind my dear.

Warmly, so warmly,

Diane (once of Alberta Postcards)
www.dianeschuller.com

sue said...

I love that Mermaid picture ! Sue

Rosie's Whimsy said...

It was great to share your world! Enjoy life!

((hugs)) Rosie

Penny said...

Thanks for the Flickr info, June! I was not aware of any of that!

Gee, I am missing your blog posts and creative projects. Most of all, I am missing your happy joy of life!

Fondly,
Penny

Caleen said...

I am so sad that you have decided to leave the blog world. You have been a
creative inspiration and you have blessed all of us.. God bless you!!You take care of yourself. You will be missed!

Overwhelmed! said...

Okay, I stopped over to tell you that I’m hosting the Holiday Cooking, Blogger Style recipe exchange again this year, on 7 November and I was hoping you could join me and if you were willing to help me spread the news, I’m offering a giveaway but now I see you are no longer blogging. How sad!

I'm going to go save some of your tutorials to my hard drive because I'm just learning how to sew and your instructions are awesome!

I hope all is well with you!

(Angie) Norththreads: said...

Oh man, I just got back with it & your leaving! (sad), miss you:)
ang

Lisa said...

Oh happy blogiversay. I have just recently discovered you. Thank you for all you've done. Enjoy your new adventures!

Ginger said...

Thanks so much June,Going to miss seeing what your up too.Been fun reading your blog.You take care Lord speed to you and your family!