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December 18, 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME...



...it's that time of year again folks - you know, the most wonderful time of the year!  Happy birthday to me today, and then just like clockwork, seven days later it'll be Christmas Day.  It always happens, and it's ALWAYS been such a joyous time of year for me.  I could write a book about my wonderful memories of birthdays and Christmas' past -  but never fear, I won't do that here.

As you may have noticed, I've experienced a recent sewing slump, and I'm pretty sure that the stress/ excitement of the craft fair brought it on.  If I'm nothing else - I'm one-tracked when it comes to focusing on a project.  All that time I spent working on those scarves I would have much rather been sewing for myself.  But, alas, I committed myself, and I had to see it through.  Only thing is - all that one-tracked focusing put a dent in my sewing motivation.  Oh, don't get me wrong, I DO want to sew.  It's the getting started part that's holding me back.

You know me, I'm the type that will force sewing motivation.  I tried doing just that this week and it yielded me not 1 but 2 pair of ill fitting p.j. pants.  I was sure that making a couple pair of quick and easy pajama pants would do the trick for me, and it would have - if not for the wrong fabric choice.  I made knit p.j.'s, but used a knit that grows and grows and grows some more with were.  I wanted to learn to make yoga waistbands and thought p.j.'s would be a good way to practice my technique.  How disappointing to say the least.  Last night I was thinking of canning both pair, but today I'm thinking "cut that band off and stitch in some elastic", what a downer. Nuff said.

I also thought about making a new birthday dress, but that didn't unfold.  But low and behold a package from Vogue Fabrics was waiting on my porch for me this afternoon and that cheered me up sewing wise.  A surprise gift of 2 beautiful yards of bamboo knit fabric from my friend Cecil!!!  She me tricked ya'll during our weekend sewing/pattern/fabric talk.  But what a wonderful trickster she is.  I've never had bamboo knit before.
CELERY BAMBOO KNIT


The first thing that come to mind was pairing it up with a brown ponteroma knit magic pencil skirt.  What do you think?  Got to find just the right pattern for the bamboo knit top.  Thank you so much Cecil, what a beautiful birthday present! 

If recall, I did have some scarves left over from the craft fair.  This week I sold 5 of them and also made two special order scarves.  That made me feel real good!

Only one more day til Christmas vacation - how wonderful!  I've already closed out the records for the College, and tomorrow I'll finish closing out the High School.  It's really been a great semester.  Now to see if I can get this sewing thing cranked up...


32 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Faye! You're not getting older, you're getting better. Hope you have a wonderful birthday and a fabulous Christmas vacation.

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  2. Happy Birthday!! How wonderful to have your birthday one day and the start of your vacation the next. You'll be sewing in no time.

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  3. Happy birthday! What a great surprise.

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  4. Happy Birthday, Faye! Enjoy!

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  5. Happy, Happy birthday! Have a wonderful holiday time. You sure get it off to a good start.

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  6. Happy Birthday Faye! Enjoy your day and your Christmas break! Happy Holidays!!!

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  7. I hope you had a wonderfully awesome birthday...I know that getting fabric had to add to the joy of the day!

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  8. Happy Birthday and many more!

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  9. Happy Birthday! I hope it was fabulous :)

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  10. Happy Birthday! You rock! Love you!

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  11. Happy Birthday, lady. Mine is coming up in about 2 more weeks. I'm glad we have small motivators to keep us encouraged. I've enjoyed all of your blog posts over the past 4.5 years: encouraging and inspiring others. Nice fabric. Hope you'll be able to get some rest. Sometimes we need a mental break in order to get motivated. Now that I have my sewing space carved out, and a couple of days off, I plan on doing SOMETHING--if no more than cutting something out!! :-).

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  12. Happy Birthday! And enjoy your break, hopefully with lots and lots of sewing to share with us in the New Year. Merry Christmas from Down Under...J

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  13. Happy birthday Faye, hope you had a wonderful day

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  14. Happy Birthday Faye! I agree that you rock!!! and congrats on selling more of those scarves!!

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  15. Happy birthday, friend!

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  16. Happy birthday Faye. It's been wonderful watching your sewing this year.
    All the best to you in 2013!!

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  17. Happy Birthday Faye! Have a great birthday and a very Merry Christmas too!

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  18. Happy late birthday! Merry Christmas and very happy NewYear!

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  19. Happy Birthday Faye! I wish you many more to come!

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  20. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas Faye! I think that the celery is a great combo with brown. Bamboo is very comfy to wear. I'm sure you'll love it!

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  21. Happy Birthday Faye, You are living in the best time of your life. Enjoy your special day!

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  22. Happy Birthday Linda Faye! I hope the upcoming year brings you some awesome surprises. (Good ones, not scary.) I hear you about losing the sewing mojo. It happens, and will hopefully return just when you need it.

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  23. Happy birthday! What a fun time of year for you.

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  24. Happy Birthday and Happy Holidays!

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  25. Feliz CumpleaƱos! Happy Birthday. Time to relax and enjoy...you´ll be sewing in no time.
    I wish you a Merry Christmas

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  26. Happy Birthday Mz. Faye and have a very Merry Christmas.

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  27. Happy Belated Birthday Faye! I think you were not in a sewing slump, you just deserved a much needed break after sewing all those scarfs! Once you give yourself time to regroup, you'll be back to your old self! Merry Christmas!

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  28. Happy birthday! I hope you had a great one. I am sure your mojo will come back over the break, but I know the feeling. I managed to utterly eff up a skirt. A freaking skirt! At least pajama pants are even slightly complicated, with the crotch curve and all.

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  29. Aloha Faye! I'm sorry I missed your birthday on your special day. There are a few of us December babies here in blogland, aren't there? I hope your birthday was awesome and that you had a very Merry Christmas. Congratulations on selling 5 more scarves and getting a special order too. Enjoy that bamboo knit. I've sewn with bamboo knit only once before and it had a lot of drape. What a pretty color you have to work with. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  30. Happy Belated Birthday, Faye. I hope you are enjoying this holiday season. I've nominated you for a Lovely Blogger Award.
    C

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  31. My second son shares your birthday! (Sadly, I probably won't remember next year, either). But Happy Belated Birthday, hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and Happy New Year a couple of days early. Looking forward to seeing all of your wonderful work next year, too!

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  32. Hi Faye! :)
    Happy Birthday! And Merry Christmas! And best wishes for a wonderful New Year! :)
    I have an award for you on my blog (In Over My Head) - hopefully it is a nice way to end 2012 and start 2013! :)
    Feel free to play along or not - whatever suits you. :)
    All my best,
    Gwen

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