Sadly, The Angel Company announced last week that they were going out of business. Since then the days have been filled with disbelief, tears, denial, disorientation, acceptance, and all of those other feelings triggered with a major loss.
The Angel Company, along with owners Mischelle and Kevin Smith, have been like an extended family to many of us. We've laughed together, cried together, celebrated together, and I suppose, even at times we've been mad at each other. But overall we've been a group of creative beings that were drawn to The Angel Company because of the heart and soul that Mischelle poured into it year after year. As many have said, her dreams became our dreams.
Rather than dwelling on our shattered dreams today, Shirley and I decided that we really needed to celebrate The Angel Company and Mischelle by hosting one last Paperwings Blog Hop. We have a tremendous turnout; so grab a few (well, maybe a lot of) Kleenexes, get comfortable, and be prepared to take a celebratory trip down memory lane!
Cuddly Pug was (and still is) one of my favorite stamps. It also has a special place in my heart because it was my first card that was published in a magazine (Simply Sentiments, June/July 2006).
This Tiger Card was one of my first Angel Company Contest Winners. The reward - free stamps, lots of free stamps!!
And imagine my surprise when another of my contest entries ended up on The Angel Company's Home Page in August 2009! What a thrill! I had so much fun making this Back-to-School paper backpack and little Mini Albums for Writing, Reading, and Arithmetic that used the Lilly Anna paper collection.
And since Halloween is coming up, here's Delightfully Spooky!
And last but not least is One of A Kind. And I think the name of this stamp set sums it all up! The Angel Company was One of A Kind; it had heart and soul. It was like a family, with all of the goodness and all of the warts that come with a family. I am and I will continue to miss it. I will also miss my fellow demonstrators. While we are trying to find ways of staying in touch, it is going to be an adjustment as we each decide what path to take next. It has been an honor, and a privilege, to know each and everyone of you!
Best wishes to everyone. May all of you find new dreams, new paths, new journeys. Safe travels everyone. It's been an awesome adventure!
For more tributes and more memories, please visit all of the links below my "Today's Abundance" list. Thanks for stopping by once again!
-The Angel Company, Mischelle and Kevin Smith, Kevin Jr. (a.k.a. Boy), Sophie, Kathy, and Mary
-The Angel Company Customer Service personnel (past and present), they were awesome, they were the best
-Debbie Rivers, a TAC employee, who inspired my Today's Abundance List that I have include at the end of my blog posts since mid-2007
-All of The Angel Company Demonstrators
-Tributes, Memories, and Celebrations
More Tributes and Memories for Mischelle and The Angel Company
Rita W. http://handmadebits4u.blogspot.com/
Angela K. http://www.angelakelley.blogspot.com/
Rita K. http://ritasangels.blogspot.com/
Deb Miller: http://www.creamcityangels.blogspot.com/
Betty G.: http://www.stampinteacher.com/
Sandy A. http://inkingofyou.blogspot.com/
Diane H. http://www.thesmilinstamper.blogspot.com/
Chris F. http://allamericanstampers.blogspot.com/
Rita H. http://www.ritaholmes.blogspot.com/
So Long, Goodbye, Farewell...