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a fresh start for 2009!

The start of a new year is always a good time to begin a new chapter in your life; to try something new and make changes for the better. This year is a big one for me: I’ve decided to quit my day job to concentrate on designing, creating and writing, and see where that takes me. Self-employment is a big scary step, but sometimes you just have to take a leap and see what happens! I already have a couple of projects lined up, and I can’t wait to get started!

Take a look at some of the things I made in 2008…

PlanetJune 2008 roundup

Also in 2008, I had some of my work published in a book and a magazine, I taught a crochet class, and I co-founded Folding Trees. Just think how much more productive I could be without having to fit in a full-time job as well!

I hope to be able to post here more often too, although I’m still sticking to my policy of quality over quantity – I only post when I have something worth talking about 🙂

Thank you so much to all my blog visitors and friends – your support, comments and e-mails are what give me the courage to dream big. My New Year’s resolution is to give myself the chance to succeed, but to not beat myself up about it if things don’t go as well as I hope.

Please wish me luck with my new venture!


  1. Kelly Turrentine said

    Our school logo is Fighting Cardinals…I would love to see you design a series of birds….Your work is beautiful. Thank You for the visions. kelly t.

  2. Silverleaf said

    Wow, what an exciting step! I wish you well with it, you certainly have the talent to make a big success!

    This year is going to be the year I learn to crochet.

  3. Robyn said

    Congrats June! You are amazing! Good luck and you should do very well because you are so talented. Happy 2009! Best of luck!

  4. Clare said

    Best wishes for 2009 and good luck. I really enjoyed making up one of your puppies, I hope it works out well for you.

  5. Yay 🙂 I made the same decision this time last year. It takes a lot of self-belief and work, but compared to working my old admin job it is utter UTTER Bliss. Personally, I think you should do well on the strength of your turtle alone… so with everything else you’ve got going for you, you should kill it. Good luck.


  6. futuregirl said

    Happy New Year! I’m so excited about this year for you!

  7. Jana said

    Hi, June!
    I KNOW you will do well in 2009! I was astounded at your Christmas card! Your husband looks so YOUNG (of course YOU do, too! )
    I know devoting full time to your designing and crafts will have huge benefits for you. I popped open my new 2009 Crochet calendar and was flipping through the first three months of patterns when what to my “wondering eyes should appear”? A bunch of cute acorns by June Gilbank! SEE! You are already on your way!!
    Hope we still find the chance to chat now and again!
    Happy New Year!

  8. Kara said

    That’s great news June!!!! I know you (and your designs and writing) will be hugely successful. Good for you for taking this brave step. If I can help you in any way, let me know. I also enjoyed seeing all the wonderful things you made in 2008!!! Kara (p.s. I know I owe you a longer email – I’ll be in touch soon).

  9. Carina said

    June, this is amazing! I wish you all the luck in the world. (-:

  10. Debbie said

    Wow! Congratulations on your decision, I hope that it works out for you. I am sure that it was a difficult decision but you certainly have the talent. Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

  11. Josefin said

    Oh, how great! I hope everything will work well for you, and that you dont crash into a wall or something!

    And I agree, quality over quantity, even tho I like to read about other things, that arent important too! 🙂

    I wish for you a very good year in 2009! Let’s craft even more this year! 😀

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