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Happy Birthday Madalynne

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This week, Madalynne celebrates its 2 year anniversary!

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been playing the blogging game since way before it was cool. A freshman in college, I created a personal page on Onsugar at the suggestion of my dad. Looking back, I think it was a coy tactic to keep tabs on his only daughter. Or maybe he foresaw social media’s explosion before most people. Who knows, but for 6 years, I was a really bad fashion blogger. Go ahead, check out my old page. You’ll see. I wrote about fashion-related stuff such as designer collaborations, runway collections and products I liked. Gag now! Then, two years ago, the Red Sea split, and just like the Israelites, I left a plaguing world called the fashion industry. I wasn’t led by Moses, but by hundreds of seamstress who welcomed me into the sewing community. My exodus freed me from the pharaohs of mass retailers and designers, and I now had the power to dictate what I would wear. Rachel, Anto, Bekuh, Natasha, Sallie, Heather – these ladies and many more became friends. Real friends.

I’ve made huge strides in the past two years as well as some flops. We can’t win them all, right? Yet, as I enter my terrible twos, there is so much I want to do. Publish Portrait of  a Seamstress, start a pattern line, find new sewing friends, teach sewing lessons and workshops, become a better seamstress, be featured in a major sewing magazine, appear on a show like The Great British Sewing Bee and more. Every opportunity that has been put in front of me has been because of this blog, even my current day job at a major fashion retailer. We’ve had many late nights and early mornings, but it’s all been fun and in the name of something I’m very passionate about, the handmade. Madalynne is still young, and I hope you can grow with us for many more years.

So,  as Neil Young sang, “Long may your run.

Happy birthday Madalynne.

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    Happy Birthday! I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for two years, you’re such a pro! I wish you many more sewing adventures to come 🙂

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    Happy Birthday! I just found your blog recently and really enjoy it! Keep going 🙂

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    Ami Lowden

    Congratulations! I really love your blog 🙂

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      Thank you!

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    Congrats Maddie!! May the sewing blog road always rise to meet you!

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    keep up the beautiful and inspiring work, maddie, and come back to NYC soon so we can all have a proper meet-up!

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      Funny you say that! I just emailed Lauren (LLadybird) about coming up for her class! If I do, we’re definitely meeting up!

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    Heather Lou

    CONGRATULATIONS LADY! It seems like it’s been longer than 2 years!! To many more….

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      Maddie Flanigan

      You’re telling me!

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    Happy anniversary! Crap, now I want a doughnut!!!!!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      It would go perfectly with your morning coffee, amirite?

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    Congrats and happy anniversary! It’s hard to believe it’s only been two years. P.S. I LOVE the polkadot backdrop!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I’m obsessed with the polka dots as well. I have many other colors as well!

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    Ping Mathre

    Aww yayy congrats!

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    Congrats!! The donuts look delicious! I still remember discovering your blog in october 2012, I was on holiday in Chile and read every one of your posts! 🙂

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      Maddie Flanigan

      So sweet of you. I hope you stick around 🙂

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    Awww happy birthday! Wishing many more happy years to come!

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    Measure Twice Cut Once

    Happy Birthday! wishing you so much happiness and productivity!

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    Natasha Estrada

    I want a donut.

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    Lady ID

    Congratulations on two years!

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    Happy Birthday!!! Congrats on the two years, I have loved following your blog and can’t wait to see where all of your adventures take you! Here’s to many more late nights filled with sewing, new sewing friends, and lots of birthday donuts, cheers!

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