Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Thank You





     After much consideration I have decided this is my final post on my blog. I've been blogging for sixteen months and I've enjoyed choosing outfits, taking photos and most of all the interaction with all of you! Now that it is spring, Dean and I are devising some new creative challenges for ourselves. I've always been a person that was unable to do anything half way, so I'm having to let go of Blue Hue Wonderland.

     All of you are brave. Standing in front of a camera making pictures for the world to see is not an easy thing to do. When I started my blog, I thought I would document the clothes I was wearing for fun. I didn't expect to meet like minded and stylish women from all over the world. Thank you for all the encouraging comments. Your posts have brought a smile to my face so many times and your outfits have inspired me to change and challenge my own way of dressing. For all of this I am grateful.


Ann@blue hue wonderland



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  1. Well, poo.

    You will be missed. Good luck to you in your new endeavors.

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  2. You will be missed. Thank you for inspiring and bringing joy through your photos. I wish you well in your next adventure!

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  3. Ann!! I will miss you my dear. You have been such a great blogger friend and wonderful source of inspiration. I wish you good luck in your future ventures. Many blessings!!
    Carelia.

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    1. I feel the same about you Carelia. You are very talented and inspiring, I wish you all the best!

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  4. Ah, wow, we will miss you and your talent!

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  5. Thanks so much, many things to do in this life. I truly enjoyed blogging but I'm moving back full time to the art.

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  6. Oh...I just found your blog a month or so ago. I love your style and will miss seeing you. Best of luck in your new ventures.

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  7. My dear Ann, you are one of my very favorite bloggers and dear dear blogger friend! I am so sad that I won't see your posts... But I totally understand that you are ready to move on to the other things that are important to you! I really do understand that and respect your decision. I will miss you very very much! I hope some day we can cross our paths again, and probably meet in real life, who knows... You have been so supportive, encouraging, and such an inspiration to me. I know blogging takes a lot of time, I sometimes think myself that it's not forever for me, I know I want to do so many other things that take time, energy and concentration. So far, blogging has been such a great thing for many reasons. Like you, I would have never guessed that I would find so much support and friendships with other amazing women around the world, like yourself! I thank you for all, Ann. I'd be very delighted to stay in touch with you if it's possible. But if for some reason it's not, then all the very very best to you. You are a fine, kind and deeply loving soul. And your blog is a real jewel which I know I will want to come and revisit many many times... With love, Natalia

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    1. Thank you Natalia for your kind words. I think highly of you also and I'm so impressed with the blog you are creating. I think you have an original voice that can carry you far. I have so much to do with my artwork in the next upcoming year and something has to give. I enjoyed this time dearly.

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  8. Ann! This might sound odd, but I think you are brave to retire your blog! Sometimes, it's just easier to carry on as things are! You are a truly brilliant artist, and although I will miss your posts tremendously, it is so very exciting to read that you are moving forward with new creative endeavors. I hope you will continue to remain in touch! xo

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  9. Yes Sue I do understand what you are saying. I've received true kindness and support here so I needed to do a thank you. Best wishes to you and your sewing is impressive and so beautifully crafted.

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  10. I have to second what Sue said - it's brave to start a blog, and it's brave to know when you need to retire. Your posts have been such complete delights of composition, setting, color, and clothing. And I was fascinated to see the video of your and Dean's work. I wish you all the best in your future, but you will be missed here in Blogland!

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    1. You have made me smile often Val. I enjoy your humor and wit plus you remind me of my close friend. She even makes miniatures similar to yours. I may start an art blog soon chronicling our adventures in creativity. I'll do a post here so some of you that might be interested in such things could take a look.

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  11. Nooooo, you will be missed so much! You have one of the most beautiful blogs and I love your creative inspirations! But, I understand and I truly wish you all the best with your future endeavors. Take care girl and enjoy your new journey! xo

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  12. I have enjoyed everyone of your posts and your blog friendship Ann! You will be missed here in the blogging world and I wish you & Dean all the best with your new endeavors!

    alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Yes Alice, I have enjoyed your blog friendship. I'm inspired by the beautiful colors you wear! I wish you all the best in the future.

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  13. Ann, I am joining in the applause, both for what you have shared here on your blog, and for making the decision that it's time to follow your creative passions elsewhere. I admire those who make the time to blog--I have considered doing it, but always come to the conclusion that my very full, creative life doesn't have room for it at this time. And I admire those who follow their hearts to do what they are being truly called to do. I have really enjoyed your sense of style--and seeing beautiful shots of MN. I still long for the beauty of it after 25 years in the desert SW (though it is also beautiful here.) Best of luck to you in your artistic endeavors in the future!

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    1. Thank you Linda, I appreciate your kind remarks. Sounds like you understand the pull of the creative lifestyle. Blogging has been a needed break for me and many ways. I enjoyed the immediacy of the posts and definitely connecting with other people with a passion for clothing as I do. I have spent many years quietly working in my studio with my husband so being public like this was such a different thing for me to do. If you ever decide to create a blog, just know there's a lot of generous women out there!

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  14. Sad news indeed as you are one of the shining starts of the 40+ blogger community. Whatever you do, don't delete the blog altogether. You may change your mind later. I still hope that you can share your fabulous outfits some other way (feel free to send then to me or upload in my style forum) as i will definitely miss the inspiration. Wishing you good luck with your other projects and continue creating beautiful art!

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    1. Thank you Sylvia. I so enjoy your blog and your personal style is inspiring. Perhaps I will change my mind in the future although right now I'm finding my plate is full. Perhaps I will share some outfits with your style forum down the road.

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  15. Sad to see you go. I have truly enjoyed your high quality photo shoots, chic and classy style and amazing outfits.
    Best of luck to you.
    Daphne.

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    1. Thanks Daphne, I always enjoy seeing your outfits!

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  16. Oh! I will miss your weekly posts! Yours is one of the few blogs (of any topic!) that I visit. I have found so much inspiration in your style!!

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    1. Thank you LP. I'm glad you found my blog inspiring. I appreciate the time you spent reading my posts.

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  17. Oh, it is sad to hear that you decided to leave, Ann. You were one of my favourite bloggers, I always enjoyed your stylish outfits and your beautiful photographs with so unique and interesting backgrounds. I will definitely miss your posts! Anyway, good look with you new projects!

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    1. Thanks Olga, I enjoyed your outfits and getting to know about your life through your interesting posts. Best of luck to you and your lovely daughters in the future!

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  18. Tell me it ain't so, Ann. You're one classy, artsy, cool woman and it's been a privilege to visit you in your Blue Hue Wonderland. Thank you so much. You will be missed. But one must obey the call to other creative/life pursuits, without question. I wish you as much success in your 3-D-life goings-on as you've had here. If you're ever in Vancouver area... My best to Dean as well.

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    1. Every time I look at a platform shoe I will smile and think of you Melanie! Love your creative and exuberant ways. Thanks for all your supportive and fun comments.

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  19. Oh that's sad:-( but I wish you all the best and thank you so much for your inspiration and time with blue hue wonderland!

    xoxo Kira

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    1. You keep rocking the pants with your heels! Wishing you all the best Kira.

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  20. Ann I am saddened by your decision to stop blogging and excited for your new venture. I have loved getting to know you and enjoyed your amazing style. I wish you and Dean all the best and thank you for your friendship and inspiration.

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    1. I so enjoyed getting to know you also Deborah. Your posts and outfit have such integrity as I'm sure you have in real life. Just wish you didn't live on the other side of the world, take care!

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  21. I've only be a blogger a short while so I don't know you well but I have enjoyed your blog and your style. Good luck in your new adventure!
    Suzanne
    wwe.chapter-two.net

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    1. Thank you Suzanne. It's been fun to see your happy posts and get to know you. All the best to you in the future.

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  22. I am so glad a popped on the blogs a bit this morning! I would have missed your glamorous exit!!
    Ann, you have been so encouraging to me and my blogging since we've met here. Thank you so much for all the kind words, comments and genuine support! I always found such inspiration from your blog and content. I wish you and your husband all the best in your future creative endeavors. Perhaps we'll stay in touch via Twitter??

    All the best,
    xo, Shon

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    1. You are easy to extend supportive words to Shon! Your kind and sweet nature come across in your posts. It's been my pleasure getting to know you. Wishing you good luck in the future.

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  23. Your blog will be sorely missed, thankyou Ann for sharing your wonderful creative style. All best wishes for your new creative endeavour.

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    1. Thank you Jill. It's been a pleasure to see your posts. Best wishes to you!

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  24. I will miss you although I'm one of your newest readers , but I understand what you wrote, as I started my blog right now - I see how much work it is and once I closed another blog some years ago because of same reasons (but I missed it)
    Good luck to you Philo

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    1. I'm sure I will miss it, I already do. I'm needing to focus my creative energy elsewhere at this time. Best of luck in your new blog.

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  25. I'm new to your blog too, but I can always scroll through your 'back issues'?!

    What a fabulous outfit to end on though, and very dramatic in the swirling snow. Best of luck with your future endeavours!

    P x

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  26. Aww, I will miss you! Please drop by and visit once in awhile. I'm excited to hear about your new creative pursuits!

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  27. You will be missed my dear! As a fellow creative who can't do things half way, I do understand though. Wishing you the very best in your new endeavors … maybe a time will come for those to be shared here as well!

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    1. I know you understand my concerns when it comes to the creative life. You are one fabulous lady Tamera, a force of energy and talent!

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  28. Thank you for such a delightful, beautiful blog, Ann! I will miss your smile and incredible style but wish you all
    the best in your future path. You are so talented that I am sure I will hear about your art creations in the future.

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    1. Rebecca you have been so supportive of my blog with your kind comments for over one year now. All of you remarks have been so appreciated, thank you!

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  29. I love the coat - elegant shape and funky pattern! It takes a lot of time and effort to keep a blog going ( I just celebrated my five year blog anniversary), and if you're not feeling the drive anymore, it's time to let it go. Best of luck in your creative pursuits!

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  30. Dear Ann, i sad to read this, but i´m totally understand you. I will miss you very much, you are one of my favorite person in the bloggers-universe and you are a big experience to loss your blog. You inspiring me in so many ways, but i respect your decision.
    I wish you the best for your new challenge.
    All the best, Cla

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    1. Yes dear Cla you are definitely one of my favorite persons in the blogging universe also. I know in real life we would be friends and I'm so inspired by your elegance and generous spirit. In many ways blogging was a break from the creative life I've had for many years. I so enjoyed sharing my style and getting to know women who share my interests like you especially. I will drop by your blog in the future and leave some comments. Well, I still need to be inspired by what you are wearing!

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  31. So very sad not to see you here in blogland anymore Ann. Your outfits and even more-so your artistic eye for colour and composition in your photos was always very inspiring for me. I would often find myself asking, "What would Ann do? How would she try to photograph this?"

    I understand the issue about only having so much time in the day to devote to projects and feeling like you need to put in 100% or nothing at all. All too well.

    I wish you all the luck with your future art projects. If I am ever out your way I'd love to catch one of your shows.

    All the best to you and Dean. It has been great getting to know you and your brilliant artistic view of the world.

    bisous
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    1. Oh thanks Suzanne. You are one creative lady yourself and I always enjoy your styling and your engaging personality. I may start on art blog in the future and I will contact you. You might be interested in this. I certainly have enjoy all your comments in the past year, take care.

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    2. I would love it if you contact me should you start up an art blog.

      info@bisous.biz

      Suzanne : )

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  32. Hello Ann, sorry to see you go , always a pleasure to visit your blog, always great outfits and brilliant pictures, but i understand where you are coming from.
    I will miss your blog but Best wishes from me to you in your new projects!, ps love the outfit ! Lesley xxx

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  33. Ann, I will miss you too, and your fabulous outfits, settings and sense of colour! All the best with your new creative endeavor. Xox

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    1. I so enjoyed seeing all of your great coats! Best of luck to you and your family.

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  34. Ann, I have really enjoyed your blog and your amazing style. I hate to see your blog end, but I know endings are also beginnings. Good luck on all of your new endeavors.

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    1. Thank you LV. Every time I visited your blog I always enjoyed your style too.

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  35. I am really sorry to see you go, Ann. I was just telling a girlfriend and fellow blogger over the phone about you. I wish you the best that you and your husband could have on your new journey. Anita

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    1. Thanks Anita, it;s been fun getting to know you and i admire the lovely feel of your posts.

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  36. Please, please keep in touch with us, Ann. I'm especially hoping you'll drop me a note now and then. You're one of the few artists I know and I'll miss your take on things. Just let me know how you kids are and what you're thinking about if you ever wish.
    Miss you already.
    And I wish you all the success and happiness in the world. And all the shoes. And bags. But mostly shoes.

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    1. You are too funny. I do have many pairs of shoes and a whole lot a bags this is true! I will stop by your blog in the future. I so enjoy your writing and you general take on things. You are one smart and wise lady!

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  37. Oh, Ann... I can only repeat what my fellow bloggers have said. So sad to see you leaving the blogosphere.
    You know how much I admire your style, your creativity and your sense of colours, not to forget your amazing photos taken by your husband. I has been a great honour to have you on my blog as April's Lady of the Month and I will definitely miss your inspiring posts.
    I know how busy you are as an artist and that is your true passion and life. I wish you and your husband the very best!

    Best wishes from Germany,
    Annette | Lady of Style

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    1. I will miss you too Annette. I admire your blog, your style and generous nature. Thanks for all the comments and friendship in this past year and a half. I will pop in an see you from time to time and I'm sure seeing your success with make me wish I was still blogging! Take care and I wish you much happiness in the future!

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  38. I've been following this blog since you started, only commenting a few times. You are such a talented person and I wish you much happiness. You've inspired me to be more bold in my clothing choices and as a fellow Minnesotan I've loved your photographs....this one reminded me I haven’t been to Como for quite some time. I put it on my "to-do" list for the summer! Hope to see one of your exhibits in the future. Wishing you the best and thank you for the time and creativeness you've put in to this blog!

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    1. Oh thanks you. I'm glad I have made an impact and helped to inspire the audience who has taken the time to look at my blog. I so appreciate your comment. We fellow Minnesotan's are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place, even if it's cold all of the time!

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  39. I'm sad to see you go! I have enjoyed "meeting" you over the last month or so. I understand how you feel. Blogging takes a lot of work, and fashion blogging is a vulnerable thing. Best of luck as you continue in your creative endeavors!

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  40. I'm in love with this bag
    kisses
    www.welovefur.com

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  41. You have been among my first followers, Ann! And you can't imagine how happy made me your first comment on my blog. ....do you believe me if I say that I am crying? ( how silly of me! )
    I have always loved your posts, and I think I have commented every one since I discovered your blog! I have always loved your kindness and eclectic personality (not so common among bloggers...)
    So I don't think I will miss your ( lovable ) style, I will miss you, Ann! I wish all the best for your life and art! And let me say that ...I am honoured our lives have crossed ... kisses dan

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    1. Yes Dan I do believe that are you crying because I have been doing that often since this post. I will miss you too, but will comment every once in a while in the future. I do believe kindness is worth spreading around in the world. We are all so diverse, I try to see people with this in mind. It's been a pleasure to get to know you and your excellent style. Your elegance has inspired me in many ways. My husband and our artwork need me now 100% so this is why I'm having to stop blogging, not because I don't enjoy it. Maybe things will change in the future and I will pick it up again. Best wishes for happiness and joy to you sweet Dan!

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  42. So sad to see you go but I can understand why. You can't do everything and sometimes have to pick what us most important to you. I am trying to get back to being creative as well as maintaining a full time job, home, friends and family etc. it isn't easy is it? All the very best to you for the future. I would love to see your art blog if you ever do it. Marie S x

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    1. Oh yes Marie it is difficult to fit everything into our lives that needs to be done or even all the things you want to do. If I start another blog I will announce to the audience here, so keep Blue Hue Wonderland on the platform you are already following me on. Again thank you for taking the time to look at this blog. Best of luck to you with the great balancing act we all manage from day to day!

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  43. I'l miss your creative photography and those amazing backgrounds you always find!!! Good luck on your next venture and all the best to you!
    XO ~kim

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    1. It's been fun to visit the wonderful blog co-created by you and your daughter Kim. This is indeed a real accomplishment and inspiring to me. Best of luck to you in the future with this amazing venture.

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  44. Dear Ann, I have nothing else to say, what all the comments above and below have said. But it's a need for me to say, that I will going to miss you. I have found your blog not a long time ago, and I was very happy about this discovery. So now I'm really sad, that you leave the blogosphere. But at the same time I can understand why you do this.
    I learned at this wonderful post about you from Annette that you are an artist. And I know, you will form wonderful and artful work together with your husband. I wish you all the best, take care, dearest Greetings, Conny

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    1. I was so hoping to hear from you here Conny because I relate to you, style wise and as a person. I can tell you have put much thought into this comment and I do appreciate this effort. I may reconfigure my blog in the future. I will contact you and some of the other fellow bloggers I adore. I have felt much sadness about this decision in the last few days, mainly over the loss of connection with blogging friends. Best of luck to you dear Conny. I will stop by in the future and write some comments. You take care, you are one stylish lady!

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  45. Oh chips...another blogger bites the dust. Not really... You are just shifting priorities and right so. I think blogs don't usually last more than a couple of years, two I suppose, exceptions granted. I will miss you dear Ann. Your perfect pictures and your well balanced, lovely outfits.
    Hope you will let us know from time to time how you are doing.
    Warmest regards,
    Greetje

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    1. I will miss you Greetje. I'm still following my blogs on Bloglovin, just not commenting but I will stop by every once in a while. You are a charming and I so enjoy your humor and outlook on things. And of course your skinnies and great way you wear color! Take care and if we ever make to Amsterdam I will contact you.

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    2. Oh yes, please do contact me when you are ever in The Netherlands. Even if it takes years... please call. I will remember you!!

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    3. Yes I will, because I will remember you! Who knows maybe I will be back later. I do miss blogging so much. Just need to work hard right now. Starting a new part on our art business that need my full attention. Plus I need to consider some of the changes I would like to do with Blue Hue Wonderland.

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  46. well, we're going to miss you, but it's your blog and you decide what to do with it!. I will miss your great pictures and your fabulous sense of color, and always amazing backgrounds!
    Actually, I'm glad you've enjoyed blogging and meeting some funny ladies, it's the best part!
    wish you luck whatever you do!!
    besos & hasta pronto!

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    1. Thanks I will miss you also but I may be back in another way, maybe focusing on creativity, style and art. I haven't decided now. I do enjoy your lively, creative style plus the great colors. Best of luck to you in the future.

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  47. I will miss your blog, as I looked forward to your creative use of color and texture each week. Best of luck in your next creative adventure! :)

    Jen @ Librarian for Life & Style

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    1. I will miss you Jen. I enjoyed your styling and great writing! Keep up the good work you are doing on your blog.

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  48. Ann, I just let out a huge (sad) sigh. I feel as if I'm saying goodbye to a dear friend, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the many many creative and inspiring posts you have given us. Your artful posts always sparked that little extra inspiration I so needed for the week. I will truly miss you. I was hoping to drop you a line (call) if and when I travel to your part of the US. I will still send you an email when this happens. Hopefully we can still meet up. Take care, beautiful, talented lady.

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    1. Yes Trina I will miss you. You have such a dear heart and are one inspiring lady! I enjoy your post and positive attitude towards the world. Yes I would love to meet you and if I'm in your area I will send an email. Maybe I will come back to blogging in the future.

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  49. Oh Anne, you will be missed in the blogosphere for sure. I have enjoyed reading your blog and looking at all your amazing photos. All the best with your new adventure. XO

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    1. I've enjoyed seeing your stylish outfits Elsie. I appreciate the blog you are creating and think you have an unique take on styling. Best of luck to you! Thank you for visiting my blog.

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  50. It seems I have only just found you and now you're going. You will be sorely missed but I understand your decision, blogging can be so time consuming, especially putting in the level of commitment you have.
    Have success in whatever you do dear Ann. Let us know if you start some other creative venture.
    All the very best.
    Di
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you Di. Yes do keep my blog on your list and I will let everyone know if I do start blogging again. I truly enjoy it, just need to work on some of my other creative ventures right now. I always like visiting your blog with it's outstanding pictures, take care.

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  52. What a pitty! I really liked your post... I hope you will be fine in your new adventure.

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  53. So sorry to see you go! But completely understand. xox

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  54. Ann,
    I am sorry to hear your news. You did a fabulous job on your blog and Dan is an awesome photographer. I hope to meet you some day soon, since you are so close. I totally understand the busy thing, as my blog has been neglected for a couple months. You may want to consider putting your art on the blog. My friend does and sells her pieces even prior to the shows. Blessings to your future.
    debbievogler.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Debbie for these comments and all the comments you have made on my blog. Time for me to focus energy on the art for now. Good idea to show art on a blog format, I've been thinking about this myself. Great to hear others have had success doing this. Take care and best to you also!

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  55. Even though I have just recently commented, I have enjoyed your art through your blog for a while. It's not just the clothes but your eye for styling the background, a combination which made your blog a standout. Hope your new new creative venture is a grand adventure and I will look forward to possible posts on Blue Hue at a later time. Best! Beverly

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    1. Thank you Beverly for the encouraging comments. I still have many ideas for posts and places to take pictures. Just needs some time to work on my business, artwork with my husband, I will see if I can pick it up again later.

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  56. Oh my, I feel like I am a bit late to this bittersweet party. And everyone has already said what I want to say - that I will miss your beautifully photographed, skillfully styled, and perfectly art directed outfit photos. But I am excited for you, too, as I imagine not blogging will give you that extra hour in a day that everyone always wishes for. Excited to see what you do next since I know your talent and creativity will show through. Best, : ) Ana

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    1. Thanks Ana. I may be back, just have some new ideas for our art business that my husband and I are excited about. I still have ideas for blogging and I do miss it. So I will see what the future brings. Your a stylish lady and I enjoy your blog for it's commitment to American made clothing.

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  57. Ann-I only recently starting blogging and found your site, but I will miss you! Everything you did was stunning and I got lots of inspiration from you. I'm sure that whatever you do next will be exciting and successful. Good luck to you!

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    1. Thanks Lana for your supportive comments. Take care and I hope you enjoy spring time where you live!

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  58. Oh say it isn't so! Ann, you may not leave blogland. I need you. I need your inspiration. I take a week or so away due to chemo and come back to not seeing you and such and now you are not going to post anymore. I know, blogging is a strange medium. It is a venue we step out onto without all the knowledge we need at first but then we learn more of what it is and the challenge to continue rings in my head daily. I came upon a blog once that had a little computer in the side bar and on it's screen said: "I love my computer, because all my friends are in it". I loved that saying but also realized that not ALL my friends were in my computer but a great deal of wonderful people are in it. When I was first diagnosed at the bad hospital, I sunk in my chair and went white, according to my daughter, because I was thinking I would have to stop blogging, because how could I post with a bald head? How could I begin to tell people about my cancer? How many would be devotees and how many would run from the fears or the ignorance? Ann, I was so surprise when I announced and EVERYONE minus about 3, rallied around me, called me, mailed gifts, wrote such sweet comments and YESTERDAY I posted my first nearly bald head on my post. My hair is due to fly off my head this weekend! I am not bothered. I have a wig that I hate, I have about 10 hats and a zillion scarves. nope, I want to be au naturale! Blogging did that. Blogging gave me the confidence and friendship and support to be ME.

    I am not saying all this to get you to come back, I'm not. I am saying it was a farewell to a great blogging artist that has given me the courage to be me online, in the vast web of non-privacy to just be me and share me and give all the love in my heart to those I know online, You! I sure would love to hug you in person some day. {bucket list} and I wish you and Dean the very utmost in success with your Art. You are a very talented and blessed lady. ♥, Renae

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    1. Yes Renae, all you say is true for me also. I so do enjoy the people and the inspiration. I do miss making my posts, maybe just need to take it not so seriously and do what I can. I saw your post yesterday and you are an inspiration. I think you are doing amazing, showing us all the reality of what you are going through and doing it with confidence. I do admire you! I think I'm having trouble with the amount of social media I've done. I have a whole other creative life outside of blogging and it was all getting to be too much. I was feeling stressed and just couldn't keep it all going. My husband needs me with our art right now, this is how we make a living. I still have many ideas for fashion blogging. Hopefully I can pick it up again, I think so. I will keep following you because you are one special lady! Through your post I can see your strength and I think you are helping many. I loved seeing your smile yesterday. I see your beauty Renae, it is undeniable.

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  59. So glad to have met you, dear Ann. I also do hope you will keep in touch somehow.
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    1. Glad to have met you Sacramento, you take care. I'm going to keep following the blogs so I will see your posts.

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  60. Sad to see you leave, but I wish you luck on your next endeavour! Thank you so much for stopping by.

    Arielle from Tangled Musings

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  61. Awwwwww my heart always breaks to see someone in blog land go.....MORE POWER to all your endeavors Ann! It was great "meetin" you albeit virtually!

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  62. Dear Ann,

    I wish you luck and success for your new challenges. It was a big pleasure every time and a joy to visit your blog. That I will miss.
    I am very pleased to have met you.

    Wish you the very best
    Dana :)

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    1. Wishing you the best Dana and it was a pleasure to cross paths with you. I enjoyed your fun personality and stylish ways!

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  63. Aww Ann. I understand. It does take alot of time. I really was thinking of you this week, and just saw this now. You are one beautiful and stylish lady. I really enjoyed your blog as well as your lovely personality and demeanor. I wish you the best with your art, as I am sure your creativity and talent shines through.

    Sincerely
    Jess

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    1. Thank you Jess for the lovely remarks. I wish you much success and I hope you enjoy styling your outfits as your blog grows. You are a great lady with a stylish eye, take care.

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  64. My dear Ann! You are a gem! Your blog is an inspiration! The most professional one I've seen in blogland and yet so wonderfully real!! Your marvelous backdrops are only outshined by your natural beauty and gorgeous outfits. Every post is a work of art. Like a favourite book, that has chapters and pages, and comes to an end--we can still enjoy this timeless blog. I love your blog more than reading a fashion magazine!

    Blogging is very time consuming, even for an amateur like me, I can only imagine how much more time it takes for you, especially since you take the time to respond to each comment and write such encouraging comments on our blogs. I don't comment as much as I should because of time. I teach dance every day and must prepare for classes; housework and real life is also very time consuming - lol

    I have not had a chance to read all these responses, but by the sheer numbers of comments: you are loved and will be missed by all of us!!

    Blessings and best wishes for everything you put your hands and heart to,
    ♥ carmen

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    1. Thank you Carmen. I appreciate the sincere thought of this comment, it really means a great deal to me. I did try to be a voice of encouragement in the blogging world. I did find I was spending more and more time on each post you are right and my other creative endeavors need attention right now. So maybe I can come back as time goes along. You are such a lovely and generous person. I can tell by this comment here. Just the type of person in real life that is delightful to be around. You are creating a wonderful blog that is inviting and creative.

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  65. Ann I've been catching up on blog reading as I'd been away and was so busy the week before I went away - and this is why I hadn't seen you in my Bloglovin feed! I'm so upset BUT I really wish you well with your new adventures. It is a big decision to give up a blog... I was only ever going to do mine as a one year project, but here I am three years later. The very best of luck, I shall miss your colourful creations and photos!!

    With much love,

    Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb

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    1. Thank you Catherine for stopping by and commenting. Yes it is a big decision, you are so right. As you know blogging does take a great deal of time. I can see the amount of time and dedication you have put into your incredible creation. I had to decide what came first my art or my blog. I've been working as an artist for over 30 years, so art it is for me. Although I do love fashion and truly enjoy the "one woman spirit" of blogging. Take care Catherine, I'm still following yours inspiring posts.

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  66. Beautiful coat and lovely pictures. I am very sad to hear it is the end for you but I wish you the best and hope you know we enjoyed having you here.

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  67. Dear Ann. It has taken me some time to respond, as I was saddened by the news of your decision to stop blogging. Your gorgeous photos and dear manner will be missed. I appreciated having your perspective from the northland, where I grew up. I understand totally. New projects are exciting and take time. Blogging is a huge commitment, and life changes. I wish you the very best in your new adventures. XO

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    1. Thank you Judith. Yes I am missing blogging but it is he people I miss the most. I'm still following the blogs but I am having the time I need right now to do new projects. You are so inspiring to me personally. I enjoy your spirit, style and general positive outlook on life. Take care, you truly have changed my vision on what it means as a woman to embrace the passing of the years with grace, beauty and insight.

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  68. Beautifull thes ephotos with the snow!! Your coat is great!!!

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  69. Oh wow, hate to see you leave, but sure it's for the best. So glad to have "known" you, you inspired us a lot and we enjoyed visiting your blogs, whether it was the super amazing outfits or the nice background, just always perfect. Wish you the very best with your new project, we sure gonna miss you!

    Take care,
    xx
    5th&6th

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  70. Ann! SO NICE TO HEAR FROM YOU!!! Are you sure you want to not post some more. {no pressure}. Thank you for your nice words of compliments. So nice of you. As far as the shoes go, I think I will wear the black ones with it in public because they are more comfortable in general. lol ♥, Renae

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    1. Maybe I will post again in the future. I'm enjoying reading everyone's posts and sitting back and watching for now. Starting on a new group of sculptures with my husband so much to do. Loved this post of yours in the dress and heels. Your smile is genuine and heartwarming.

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  72. I just found your blog and now you are leaving! noooooooooo..jk...you are an amazing woman with an amazing sense of style. Best of luck on your new adventure(s)....I do hope you will be back ;)

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  73. I have really enjoyed your posts, Ann. Your style, backdrops and beautiful clothing combos are impeccable. I would love to see some of the new sculptures you create, I bet they will be amazing! Best wishes in all you do! ~Ann
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  74. I sincerely regret your departure from the blogasphere and most enjoyed your posts and outfits, hope you find much joy in your new venture!
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  75. . Damn! too bad you retire. I wonder when I got to see you again. Anyway,

    you received a hidden FB note from me. Good luck and we meet again

    *jumps on horse and rides his way to Texas*

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  76. Oh Ann! Thanks for coming by with your sweet encouragement. Each time you are there I think, "ah, has she returned?" I sure enjoy you. Thanks for all you have helped me with in both style, design and life. ♥

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  77. I will miss your style greatly! But we all have changes we make. Hope you will pop back in from time to time with a tribute post. If you ever miss us, I would love to have you guest on my blog anytime! Just send me the photos and I will always post you! Best to you Ann!

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    1. Thank you Shelley. I so enjoy your generous spirit and fun styling. Thanks for the offer, just working on other thinks right now. All the best to you too!

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  78. Just found your blog! I'm so sorry to see you go. You have great style! Best of luck in everything you do!

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  79. I am so sad you will not be continuing your blog. I admire your style. I will miss this blog so much! Best wishes to you and your new adventures. I know you'll be successful!

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  81. Sure hope you see this, Ann! As you can tell I just let it be. I missed it but am so used to being bald or very short that now it seems long to me. (it's about an 1 1/2 on top at this writing). Sure have appreciated your friendship via blogland and hope to hear from you soon. ♥, Renae

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  82. Just stopping by to say hello my dear … and that you still are missed! Hope all is well in your offline life! xoxo

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  84. Ann, I hope you're doing well. I was thinking of you today since it has been a year since you said good bye to blogging. We're missing you, girl. Take care and hope hear from you one of these days.
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