When family and home have to come first

Its with much sadness that I have to close my beloved shop.  Its not a decision I have made easily and have shed more than a few tears of late trying to make the final call to the Landlord.  Its been a glorious if not stressful ride for the last year but I really didn’t appreciate how much time and energy it would take.  My family and my health have suffered and you don’t get a second chance with either of those.

I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to realise my dream and whose not to say I might even return to it down the line, but for now I am taking a bit of  rest when I close up.  I will then return to a job I know well, with people I like and respect and which will give me much more time to spend with my young family.

I’ve met some pretty amazing people over the last year in Exmouth and I will certainly miss all the chats and laughs.  I think good old fashioned customer service is sadly lacking in this country these days so hope at least some of those customers will appreciate the service I gave them.

Its not the end of  The White Approach brand and after a break I will be returning to select fairs and events.  I might even get my website back up and running properly too.

At the moment I am feeling very fragile and just a bit of a failure but I know I have made the right decision for my family and myself and hope I will feel it is the right decision at some point soon.

Anyway, the last day I will be open is .Saturday 29th March so if you are in the area, please do pop in for a browse and a chat before then.

Many thanks indeed to all the lovely friends and customers who have taken the time to search out my little tucked away piece of heaven over the last year.  I have truly appreciated each and every sale.

Karen XxXx



  1. helen
    February 26, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    sorry to hear this Karen – don't feel like a failure, you are most certainly not that, you just have to sort your priorities – good luck for the future! xx

    • karen jones
      February 26, 2014 / 3:04 pm

      Thank you Helen. Hope I will feel less so as time passes xx

  2. Laura
    February 26, 2014 / 1:41 pm

    So sorry to hear the news Karen – when we build something from scratch we can't help but be emotionally attached to it.But it sounds like you're making the right decision for you, and as you find your feet and things settle I'm sure that will become more clear. Take some time and lick your wounds – and don't forget that something working out doesn't make you a failure, it makes you a tryer. x

    • karen jones
      February 26, 2014 / 3:05 pm

      Thank you for your kind words Laura, I really appreciate it coming from someone who works as hard as you do xx

  3. Claire Toplis
    February 26, 2014 / 2:59 pm

    OOOh Karen you come first x

    • karen jones
      February 26, 2014 / 3:05 pm

      Thank you Claire xx

  4. Julie Bennett
    February 26, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    So sorry to hear that- but you should be proud to have followed your dream. x

    • karen jones
      February 26, 2014 / 3:32 pm

      Thank you Julie. Another thing ticked off the bucket list ! xx

  5. Julie Bennett
    February 26, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    So sorry to hear that- but you should be proud to have followed your dream. x

    • karen jones
      February 27, 2014 / 5:30 pm

      Thank you Julie xx

  6. Sally
    February 26, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    You're right that there are some things you just don't get second chances at. And as my best friend is fond of saying, there's no such thing as a bad decision, just a decision that's right at the time. When it's time, you can always have another go at the shop x

    • karen jones
      February 27, 2014 / 5:31 pm

      Thank you Sally. I know you are right just feel very sad at the moment. But fully intend to continue the white approach brand on a smaller scale once I have had a rest and spent some quality time with the boys xx

  7. Anonymous
    February 26, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    My darling Daughter, I cannot put into words how I am feeling for you at this moment. To say I am proud is an understatement. At 17 you went of into the unknown and joined the Army mainly because you wanted to help me financially trying to cope with two brothers, that broke my heart (a little) but you became at the time the youngest serving sergeant in your group. You then came out and have always worked hard, bringing up your eldest son Jacob, making sure he received the best education at your expense. Then your dream came and you set up your wonderful shop, you have been amazing and only I know deep down the sacrifices you have had to make mainly for the family and not yourself. Please do not feel you have failed because this is further from the truth. This new phase in your life and career will show people just how much loyalty and courage you have to face this new beginning. I love you. xxxx Mom

    • karen jones
      February 27, 2014 / 5:32 pm

      oh god MOTHER ! Thank you for you wonderful, supportive words. Speak soon xxxx

  8. Anonymous
    February 26, 2014 / 3:53 pm

    Be very proud of your achievement stand back and say I did that, many people live in fear and never realise their dreams.

    • karen jones
      February 27, 2014 / 5:32 pm

      Thank you xx

  9. Katie @ AMotherThing
    February 26, 2014 / 5:30 pm

    I have admired the work you've done since you opened. It was always a goal of mine to come visit the shop when I made it back to the UK. And while I'm sad I won't get the chance, it takes nothing away from how much you've worked and how well you've done. Family should always come first, and you are a brilliant woman for accomplishing what you have inside and outside of the home. You are amazing. x

    • karen jones
      February 27, 2014 / 5:33 pm

      Katie thank you so much for your wonderful , kind words. I am overwhelmed by the support I have been shown. xxx

  10. Vicky Fitz
    February 26, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    Oh Karen, I hoped you wouldn't need to make such a difficult decision my sweet.You need to be true to yourself, and your health and precious family time must come first.You will be missed.Much loveVicky x

    • karen jones
      February 28, 2014 / 11:11 am

      Thank you Vicky but sure I will continue on a smaller scale online, facebook and at select fairs xx

  11. Leanne Paxton
    February 26, 2014 / 8:29 pm

    Hey Karen,I have followed you and your lovely shop on Facebook. Sometimes the juggle is too great. I gave up my counselling career a couple of years ago because my family and my own health were suffering. And yes it was a really hard decision, because I felt that I had 'failed' on so many levels. Looking back I have no regrets, and I know that I did the right thing. Just to say I'm thinking of youLeanne xx

    • karen jones
      February 28, 2014 / 11:15 am

      Thank you Leanne, I think like you, knowing when a choice you make for yourself is not best for those around you and ultimately your own health and knowing when to walk away is so hard to make. I think maybe we all think of it as failure to start with but that is just pressure we put on ourselves, its not in the eyes of those who care about us xxx

  12. KewTweets
    February 26, 2014 / 8:45 pm

    Karen,Sad news indeed. Love your mum's post.Such fantastic support. Be positive, you have so much knowledge and experience to share. Enjoy the break and recharge.

    • karen jones
      February 28, 2014 / 11:16 am

      Thank you so much sweetie. Yes my mum has a way with words even if she does sometimes reveal more than I might like people to know ! HA! XX

  13. Janet Hinchliffe
    February 27, 2014 / 7:53 am

    It is a hard decision but as everyone is saying its the right one.I too have had some rough times in my life but I always believe that it far better to have tried than to be one of those people that just think about doing things.Hopefully throughout life we learn through our experience and mistakes so although you will be missed by the customers that havesupported you by visiting your shop you still have other ways to sell all your lovely stuff.As you said people don't realise the time and effort it takes to run a shop all the background work and expense,its just not the right time for you but like the phoenix you will rise again before too long……..as you know you can't keep a good woman down!! X

  14. Lucy Heath
    March 4, 2014 / 7:47 pm

    I will have to admit I read your Mum's comment and shed a tear, hope to get down to see you before you close. Well done for being so brave xxx

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