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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Year 2009 in Review

It's hard to believe that this year is coming to a close but what a year it has been. My year was full of highs and lows. Early in the year I was diagnosed with breast cancer and believe me that was a low. I was mainly able to endure it through prayer and sewing. Prior to the cancer my main goal was to work on better fitting patterns to my body and I must say I largely successful on that front. I bought way too much fabric but I think that was partly due to needing something to do to keep my mind off of cancer. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
I entered my first ever sewing contest at Pattern Review and won. That was so not expected. During the year I made at least 13 pairs of slacks with only two being wadders. Added to that were 20 tops, seven jackets, two skirts and seven dresses which included my wedding dress! I was married for the first time August 30 at age 52. It's never too late. I married the most wonderful man in the world who totally supports my sewing addiction.


My three favorite tops



Favorite Dress



Best Fitting Slacks


I also moved from a home I've lived in for the past 20 years reducing my sewing space to about 1/3 of what I'm used to! I had to scale way back. On the up side I no longer sew in the basement and have two windows. Sewing by natural light is wonderful. I also have a sewing closet complete with overhead light. I increased my sewing library by quite a bit with books and DVDs. For 2010 I plan to continue working on fit and want to continue removing RTW items from my closet. I need to pay more attention to SWAP and make fewer orphans. I hate standing in front of the closet thinking "I have nothing to wear."
Once again the husband and I have another challenge. He has bet me $100 that I can't go for three months without buying garment fabric. I can only purchase lining, interfacing or notions. I'm always up for a challenge. After all, if I can go a year without purchasing shoes I can certainly go for three months without purchasing fabric. Last but not least I made many internet sewing friends. Thank you all for letting my join your internet sewing family.

12 comments:

  1. FIRST of all I know you can win that bet without a sweat! After you win you can then spend the entire $100 on fabric - sweet.
    SECONDLY, I have really enjoyed meeting you virtually. I feel like I've know you for a very long time. You seem to be so down to earth.
    THIRDLY, I am so thankful that you are doing well! You are a wonderful and inspiring sewist.

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  2. You definitely made it through a lot this year. Your perseverance is inspiring. Congrats on the great experiences and "sewing" of your year. Wishing you much sewing happiness in 2010:)

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  3. Congrats on a hugely successful year of sewing! I only recently caught on to the sewing blog world so I am just now seeing your beautiful wedding dress. I have also experienced cancer and a wedding in the same year. As cheesy as it sounds, his cancer made us stronger. Words cannot describe how special it is to truly know how much someone loves you and will be there for you in sickness and in health. Sending you prayers and best wishes for marital bliss, good health and sewing happiness.

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  4. Sending you good wishes for a great New Year!

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  5. Sending well wishes and I hope you have a fantastic New Year! And...you are going to win that bet with no problems at all! I love following your progress, and your sewing this year has been prolific and inspiring. Great work!!!!

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  6. Happy New Year! We made it through another year. God is Good. May he bless you with good health, properous marriage and lots of sewing.....

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  7. I have very much enjoyed getting to know you in 2009. Your have made some beautiful and inspiring things. I wish you and your lovely husband health and happiness for 2010 - you deserve it.

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  8. You are 52!!! I never would have guessed it! You look much younger!!! I am so glad that I found your blog and that I got to be a part of your wedding as a cyber bridesmaid. I am glad I was there to send prayers in your behalf when you were going through rough times as well. Hope you have a wonderful 2010!

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  9. You look fabulous and I am happy that you met and married your soulmate. Now, as for the bet that should be an easy win. I pray that you will remain strong and healthy so that we in cyberspace will continue to enjoy your sewing adventure. Happy New Year and God bless you!

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  10. You have been so through so much this past year, and you did it with grace and gusto. BRAVO!!!! You inspire me. Happy New Year, and I know you are going to win that $100 hands down.

    By the way, I gave you an award on my blog.

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  11. Blessings on a wonderful new year!

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  12. You definitely had a year full of highs and lows but you came through and ended up on top with a wonderful new husband! Oh yes, and you sewed alot of great stuff! I pray that 2010 is full of way more blessings and highs than lows for you and your DH!

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