Birthday Contest 2014 postponed to next year

6 years, 8 months ago 22
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Hi all,

I know that my birthday contest has become a beloved Enchanted Doll tradition that many of you look forward to every year. Sadly, I must postpone this year’s contest until next year. I’m afraid that I’m feeling particularly overwhelmed, and can not handle the responsibility of organizing and judging a contest this year.

My birthday contest is a really important event to me, and I don’t want to tarnish it with anything less than a 100% commitment on my part, but I don’t have it in me this year. I think I’ve maxed out my multitasking capacity.

This year I would like to have a quiet birthday, and maybe even take a few days off work as a special treat. I hope you all understand and I look forward to your entries next year!


22 Responses

  1. Phoenix says:

    Dear Marina,

    I think this is absolutely the right step! It is important to take care of yourself! You are such a generous artist that you consider to do this contest AT ALL in the next years!!! I don’t know another artist who does something similiar!

    Many hugs to you and get well soon!

    • Daphne Williams says:

      Yes, I agree that it is important to take care of yourself first and foremost! There is always next year and hopefully, by then, you will have cleared a lot of the other projects off your work table! I have always been bad at trying to work on way too many things at once and it finally wears me down to the point I don’t get anything productive done….and I am sure we all feel the same way and hope you were able to get the rest and relaxation u needed! Have a wonderful day!!!!

  2. ziggytaku says:

    enjoy your sweet B-Day that is what is for ^^lol
    and thank you so very much for all this years of fun what you did for us big hugzzzz dear girl :}

  3. Crystal says:

    Your contest should be optional, not an absolute. Maybe every January you can announce whether you’ll have one that year or not, kind of like what you are doing now.
    But I don’t foresee your work schedule getting any easier, so if it’s going to be dependent on that, well, bye bye Birthday contest! lol!

  4. Chianti says:

    Happy birthday Marina…

    Wish you have a great birthday with the people you love~

  5. Christianne says:

    I have to say I am relieved that you have finaly said something….Going nuts looking every time I walked in front of the computer. In hopes of seeing the contest rules…..My family could not take my focus on this contest anymore…lollll

    Now we can move on! You are the only artist who does a birthday contest on your birthday….This annuel event has became the most important event of the year. Do take care, looking forward to the months to come….as always…

  6. Iki says:

    So wonderful to hear you are taking sometime to take care of yourself, I think you might need to get an assistant, since you don´t have like a thousand arms to do everything, and for the contest, don´t worry as long as you keep doing beautiful dolls (and also taking beautiful pictures of them, for your blog and flickr) who cares?.

  7. Glynis says:

    Marina,just concentrate on you for a while,flu is a nasty thing and always leaves you feeling very low,weepy and rundown. Maybe try to go and get some sun,that’s my Dads recipe for nearly everything lol. !! But it might not be a bad idea,eat,sleep soak up the sun then come back with a new outlook,and as someone said,think about getting some help,it’s too easy to burn out,even though your young. Take care and don’t stress over the inconsequentials,your health and well being are paramount.

  8. Anthony says:

    Marina please don’t fret, I think I am speaking for mostly everyone when I say your health, happiness and well being should always be top priority, and I am so happy to hear you are finally taking some more time to yourself.

    Sending virtual hugs your way dear.

  9. Svetlana says:

    have the best time these days)

  10. Offering a Birthday contest was so generous of you, I often wondered how you did it, with everything going on in your very busy and exciting life! You must think of yourself, too, and having a quiet Birthday, sounds good. I always have, private, quiet Birthdays, with no stress. It’s a good thing….

  11. Ginie says:

    Of course we can understand Marina !
    I hope your birthday is very special and peaceful this year , and brings you everyhting you wish for …

  12. luis gabriel says:

    Dear marina.This is the first time I write in your blog and the truth is that I have followed for a long blog , but dared me to write at all, especially since it was not yet ready to do so , maybe not the right means or currently per desire to rest and repongas your strength to be ready again when you see fit , so I hope you still spend a very happy birthday, and if I say ” dear friend ” excuse decirele could it?
    I think that if , as though not knowing has been with me at all times , and know that in other countries there are fans and friends of his in spite of the distance , only wanted to say how important it was for me and my friend, and the desicion making art doll excuse so extensive.Just want to say one last thing , maybe you need to start again , and watch your work from a more relaxed and calm perspective , here we give you a pat on the back for your good work and effort.
    Happy birthday marina. dear friend
    Thanks for inspiring the dreams of people.
    Att . your friend, who loves you from far away.
    Pdt : take your time , the need for whatever.
    And thanks for reminding us of the importance of the dolls. need to remember the good things and the things Prevalence of an ancient era , at least that’s how I see these magical beings .

  13. Carmen Eve says:

    Have a peaceful and restful birthday.

  14. lui gabriel says:

    Marine thanks for the great mmentos you have given us, sorry if this message is repeated is that I see that fail, or at least I do not see is the first time I write to you and is very important to me, and thanks for all marine thanks for guiding me, you deserve a great birthday resting and watching discovery or things you like and make you more is also a good idea, good trip and happy birthday.

  15. Syaron says:

    Today (the 14th) is MY birthday and I planning on working only a half day. You should enjoy your birthday!! Each one is a gift to yourself!

  16. Happy Birthday, Syaron! A Valentine’s baby, cool!

  17. Annina says:

    no worries Marina, I hope you’ll have a lovely relaxing birthday and celebrate yourself on your day!

  18. Kiki Owens says:

    You do some of the most amazing works of art that I have seen!

  19. Claudia says:

    Gracias por compartir la magia de tus manos con migo, esta es la primera vez que escribo, soy de Argentina y en mi país, estas bellezas casi no se conocen, tengo las imágenes de tus niñas como fondos de pantallas y siempre que las miro encuentro nuevos detalles.
    No eres solo una artista, eres una alquimista que les das verdadera vida a tus creaciones.
    Un saludo Claudia

  20. sarah e says:

    I am wondering if there will be a birthday contest for 2015?

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