Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Project Run & Play Update - January 2018

Project Run and Play has been one of those projects that has been near and dear to us from the start. When we were first asked to be a part of the competition we were this little blog with two girls who loved to sew for their kids. And we were so thrilled to be a part of it.

We competed in the second season and met some of our closest blog friends through a camaraderie of women who loved sewing. It was almost as if we could see those other women in their sewing rooms sewing up clothing for their children that they loved as much as we loved ours. Along with sewing, PR&P gave us the chance to spend time with our little ones taking their photos...those are memories that we consider priceless.  Friday mornings were a highlight....when we would wake up early and see what everyone had made and ohh and ahhh over the details that everyone put into their posts. It was a fun season and we loved every minute of it.

And we know there are so many of you who feel the same about PR&P. Over the years we have received so many emails and comments from so many who said things like, it was where you got inspiration to start sewing and borrowed a sewing machine, or you followed it while learning how to sew for your kids, or for some, it was what inspired them to get up enough courage to sew something for themselves. 

It's funny how one tiny spark can make a big difference in the lives of so many. And while PR&P has had its fair share of drama, the positives that this little blog has brought to so many has far outweighed the negative.

We are so grateful for the sewing community that  PR&P has built. From every single person who has ever entered the sew along, to each and every sponsor who has donated prizes to those who have competed, thank you for your support. We so appreciate it.

And while we don't want PR&P to end, we at Simple Simon and Company have found that we have been pulled in other directions and haven't been able to devote as much time to maintaining and being a part of the every day things at Project Run and Play. Luckily we have had two fantastic assistants, Audrey and Michelle, that over the last couple of seasons have done an amazing job with keeping everything running smoothly over here. A huge thank you to those ladies!

Sometime during the last year we felt like it was time to let PR&P go. It's a different stage of life for us now--our kids are much older, and Simple Simon and Company has essentially turned into a full-time job for us now. And we didn't want PR&P to get lost in the shuffle, which was our fear. But that is not going to happen!

We are thrilled to announce that PR&P will continue on without us and keep growing and changing. Audrey from Skirt Fixation will be taking over the blog completely and she has some exciting plans for the future of Project Run and Play! She is super organized and will do a superb job with it!  We feel so happy to turn it over to her very capable hands.

I guess the thing we wanted to leave you all with as we bow out and let a new leader take over is--thank you. Thank you for sharing your time and your talent with us.  Thank you for sharing yourself and your children with us.  Thank you for your thoughts and your creativity and your inspiration.   We love you all and have been so amazed at the supportive community that this little piece of the internet has held for us and for so many of you.  Project Run and Play is an adventure that we will never forget.

With love,
Elizabeth and liZ
Simple Simon and Company

Please leave your farewell messages for Elizabeth and liZ in the comments below.  These lovely ladies have made Project Run & Play into the well loved event it is today.  They have agreed to answer my questions and give advice as we proceed forward, so expect their wonderful influence to continue in the Seasons to come!  Feel free to contact me with your thoughts about Project Run & Play's future at: projectrunandplay (at) gmail (dot) com

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  1. I’m so sad to read this, but also so excited for all the new opportunities you two have coming your way. I am one of those that found it a few years ago and it gave me inspiration and motivation to start a blog and sew for my daughter, who was a toddler and an only child back then. Now she has to share her sewing attention with her brother. I’m so grateful for all the time and effort you’ve put into this fun and inspiring blog. It has been and still is a highlight in my year, and your presence will be missed. I know you’re leaving it in good hands, though, and I think Audrey will do a great job with it. Thanks for all the memories, and I’m excited to see how Audrey will add her personal touch to this great community. ❤️

  2. Thanks Liz and Liz. You are such sweet ladies in person and online! 5 Years ago when I was in it, PR&P pushed me to make some of my best pieces for my girls. It was a great experience! Good luck with everything!

  3. You have done a wonderful job over the years! I am looking forward to seeing the new Project Run and Play!

  4. Aww I can’t imagine how it mist feel to let it go, but congrats on the success of Simple Simon and congrats Audrey!! 💖💖

  5. Best wishes to you both! Being on prp was the pivotal moment in my life and I created my business afterwards. I will forever be grateful for you guys and motivating so many of us. ❤️ Hayley

  6. It's been inspirational! Enjoy your new adventures.

  7. Thank you everyone for your sweet comments. It is sad but we know it's the right thing to do right now....and thank you to all of you who have been there over the years!

  8. Hi all the way from India. I found Project Run and Play right after you had won it in Season 2 and have been a faithful follower ever since. Your Audrey cape was the first thing I made from blogland. All the best for your future adventures! I will keep following you on The shine bright tote you made the other day is tight there on top of my list! Liz and Elizabeth, love you!

    Peace on you,
    Shireen (Hyderabad, India)

  9. Thank you for the wonderful seasons so far ladies! PR&P has been such a great inspiration! I followed it since before I was a mother, and my oldest is 6 and a half now. PR&P is like part of our lifes and we'll always be thankful to you two for this. =D Good luck on your current new projects!

  10. Project Run and Play was one of the first sewing blogs I encountered, and I have been so inspired by the amazing people and creations on this site!!! Thank you for all your years of blogging, I am excited to see what you do next

  11. i'm so glad i got to be a part of PR&P all those years ago. best wishes in your future endeavors ladies!!!

  12. I'll miss your positive attitudes toward life. But, I guess I can just keep up with you both by just going to Simple Simon and Company. I've enjoyed meeting all the blog ladies that have competed in the Project Run and Play Challenges, and challenging myself to compete along with them on the sew along. Thanks for creating this fun blog that enables women who sew to connect. Deborah Devine

  13. Thanks so much for all of the work that you put into PRP! It is such an inspiration and encouragement. I love how it helps build community, too.

  14. So exciting for everyone! Thanks for your hard work and love liZ and Elizabeth!

  15. It is always a bit bitter sweet, but even more exciting and inspiring to see a natural progression and success! thank you for all your hard work and all the inspirations and best of luck in all future endeavors, both to you and Audrey!! I can't wait to see what future holds!

  16. Thank you for all your hard and inspirational work with PRP!

    I first decided to learn to sew because I came across sewing blogs, including PRP. It has been a great inspiration to me on my sewing journey and I’m very thankful. I just happened to catch PRP at the very beginning and I have been watching and sewing along ever since. Thank you!


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