Time for a Change

Do Something Today for a Better Tomorrow

If I’m being honest, I’m a little nervous to write this post. But it also comes with a big sigh of relief, so I guess it’s a trade off. Here it goes…

I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals for the next year. And I mean a lot. Long before January 1st hit. And with those hopes for the future and dreams for the next 12 months, for both myself and Paper & Stitch, also comes some realizations.

In order to let some things in, other things must go.

As hard as it is to let go at times, there really is only room for so much. Only 24 hours in a day. Only seven days in the week. Only 12 months in the year. And I want to spend the next twelve months focused on the things that I am most passionate about.

Needless to say, this realization had me re-evaluating some things in my life. Well, one thing in particular, actually. So, after five years of showcasing the work of artists and makers on the exhibition site, I’ve decided to close up shop there (starting today) and instead focus all of my efforts on this blog.

In the last couple of years, my style has evolved and so have my interests. I’ve grown leaps and bounds. Personally and professionally. And I’m ready to move on from that side of things and pursue my other passions, like styling, crafting, and photography, more fully.

I have really enjoyed showcasing the work of artists and makers for all these years. And truly appreciate all the support many of you have brought to that space. But I’m also looking forward to all of the new things I have planned for this year.

So what does that mean for this blog?

I’ll still be posting daily with original DIYs, cool fashion finds, interiors, etc. So as far as that goes, nothing will change. And actually, I’ll be able to dedicate more time to writing and creating content around here now. Maybe even add a new column or two. Anything in particular you’d love to see around here? Let me know.

I am so, so excited to see what this year will bring.

If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer ’em in the comments below. I must have re-written and condensed this post 15 times. There was so much I wanted to say, but I didn’t want to be too long winded.


*image credit Zachary Smith (found via Kelli Murray)

25 comments | Click here to reply

No doubt this was a tough post to write (and a tough decision to make) but it’s going to be exciting seeing where you go from here!


Go get ’em, B!

Chelsea C.

I think its certainly a tough decision having to decide to dwindle some of your activities so you can focus on others – but I think you will be happier overall 🙂


Change can be hard and scary, but this one sounds fun and exciting! Looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings here. 🙂


I’m sure this decision was hard but definitely for the best! I’m sure you’ll move on to do even greater things. Happy to hear you’re having a blogging-focus forward. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings! Xx


B! I’m so proud of you!

It’s never easy to leave something behind in sight of the bigger picture, but I know that what you create in place of the marketplace is going to be amazing. Cause everything you touch is amazing!

Good luck! I can’t wait to see what this year brings you!!!

tiffany han

2014 has spurred so much good change already 🙂 Don’t let it stress you, embrace it and run with it!! I switched blog platforms myself in order to head in a direction that feels more fitting.. cheers to you for making the decision to listen to what pulls you.

Lauren Linster

Proud of you, my dear! Can only imagine how quickly you’re going to take over the world now with that extra time! Cheers to change and an exciting 2014!

Kelly @ Studio DIY

It takes a lot of guts to pursue what you’re passionate about. Be proud of yourself. No doubt that you’re going to be even better with a little more time on your hands!

Rachel | 52 Weeks Project

You just have to stick to your passions! I find myself constantly asking myself, “Is it worth it?” and sometimes things just need a change. My 2014 is going to be all about change, and I can’t wait! Best of luck to you, I love your blog!




Good for you Brittni ~ here’s to a great 2014!

See you son at ALT!!


Laura Trevey

A very brave choice and I’m sure you’ll not regret it! I love reading your blog – I actually got a little worried when you started to write about letting some things go…! Look forward to reading much much more 🙂


So excited for the new changes ahead! I love love reading your daily DIYs and can’t wait to see what the new year brings for you :]


I am excited about this and look forward to future posts!!


Pursuing what you’re passionate about takes that step of faith + it’s really great to hear you doing that exactly! Change is exciting! I’m looking forward to what 2014 has in store for you 🙂

Emily [cake to kale]

I’m wishing you all the best and a fresh new start!!!


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Full Speed Ahead | Paper & Stitch

I only started following your blog last year and I must to admit I… erm… didn’t even know about the exhibition site. I follow this blog because of the fab content and incredible style – you are doing a great job. While it must have been a difficult decision for you to make, from this outsider’s point of view it sounds like a no-brainer for you to focus on the blog. Keep up the great work!


Sometimes letting go of something to make room for something new is the best idea you can ever have even though it may seem a bit scary at first, the result is usually perfect for your personal growth. I look forward to seeing more of you in 2014!


so sorry to see you go

Segundo B

Closing doors so others can open is something that I am slowly starting to see as a beautiful thing! I can’t wait to see what 2014 has to offer!


All the best! Good for you! Happy new year!


Thanks so much for all the sweet comments everyone. Means so much to have your support as I start this new chapter.


Hey Brittni, I just stumbled upon this while doing some research for my own company, Artful Venture. We are traveling around South America on the search for ‘wearable art’ that supports both the artist and gives back to our nonprofit partner to support art education in Ecuador. I would LOVE to talk to you, if you have the time! It seems like we have very similar paths and would love any insight you have into making your decision. Congrats on following your passion, you go girl! 🙂

Monica Mueller

That sounds amazing Monica. I’d love to travel to South America at some point, so I’m a little jealous that you’re there right now. Feel free to shoot me an email anytime: brittni (at) papernstitch (dot) com.

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