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I had a lesson in technology. Maddie, puts things into perspective, that’s what you need to do. Yes, let me put things into perpective…

In some areas of my life, I’m technology savvy and in others, I’m living in the stone ages. A perfect exampleΒ is when my dad handed me a television remote Β when I was home for the holidays. What is this and what do I do with it? Can I eat it? Are these button actually toppings? Holding the remote out in front of me, I looked like Reese Witherspoon in the movie Four Christmas. I was confused and if I were in a cartoon, question marks would have swirled above my head.

I’ve been using Google Reader since I started blogging but was recently told about Bloglovin. The heavens opened up and light shown down when I saw this site. Oh, so that’s what everyone’s button with the ugly black and white girl means. My discovery was just like Oona’s finding of the perfect chalk , small but life-saving. It’s the little things in life that matter.

In other news, I’ll be headed to NYC to attend Bri Emery’s video workshop. I have lots of ideas, video ideas, tucked up my sleeve and I can’t wait to start with my new skills. While in the city, I’ll be hitting up all the fabric shops – Mood, Parons, Pacific Trimming, Moshulu’s, and more – and all my favorite sewing ladies. Oona, Sonja, Christine, Nette, you’ll be receiving emails from me.

Lastly, I want to thank you one more time for your criticism on my first pattern, Amerson. Patterns for the home sewer is a new venture for me and reading all of your suggestions was a huge learning experience. I learned a lot! Although I made a big boo-boo with the sizing, I know that my next pattern will receive gold stars from every one of you. Save your large scraps ladies cause next up is the polka dotted romper!



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    Bloglovin’ is amazing, especially if you download the extension for chrome since it just notifies you when things update. I’m also super excited to see what your video ideas entail, it’s a medium that’s always eluded me.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Can you tell me more about this extension? I want to download it too. I have a feeling it will be even more of a life-saver.

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      Lauren Lanker

      I’m a huge fan of bloglovin’ as well. It just makes following blogs SO much easier. (I follow you, Maddie, in bloglovin’!) I can click over on the posts I want to read…and follow a whole lot more blogs than I would via email.

      I noticed, Maddie, that you’re not on Twitter, or perhaps are on Twitter personally but not as a blogger. That’s one mode of social media I just haven’t had the desire to get into…but most bloggers seem to utilize it. Wonder if you had any thoughts on that…. I just don’t know if I have the time to invest in it!

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        Maddie Flanigan

        No, I am not on Twitter nor do I want to be. I think Twitter is great for celebrities because it gives us ‘common’ people a glimpse into their lives. In a sense, it takes them off of their pedestal and brings them back down to earth. But I am not a celebrity. I wish people were interested in my day to day life but they are not. In my case, what I have to offer my readers are lessons on pattern making and sewing, which can’t be thoroughly explained in 140 characters or less. Plus, I already have enough accounts – 5 email addresses and 7 social media account.

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    Can’t wait to hear from you! Let’s hang out, girl!

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    I’d love to hear what fabric stores you visit in NY, if you don’t mind writing those down. I’m going to be there in a few weeks and want to know where to focus my energy! Thanks πŸ™‚

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Absolutely. I listed the fabric stores I went to during my last trip here – http://www.madalynne.com/weekend-38 – but I have a fresh list of stores that I want to visit this time.

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        Thanks for the link πŸ™‚ ! And I look forward to the new list.

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    carrie elias

    Love these photos! …. and Bloglovin is awesome. …… happy weekend β™‘

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    Miss Crayola Creepy

    I’m so excited for the romper!! And that ring is so beautiful!

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    I am so jealous that you are taking one of Bri’s classes! Have a great time in NYC and I am so exited about the romper pattern!

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    Oh, how I’d love to take video classes! Must be such great fun to have a different kind of content to work on πŸ™‚ Hope you’ll share some of your video projects with us all πŸ™‚ Have great fun visiting your fave shops and have a great great time in NYC! x

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    Haylee Atkinson

    Man your love for Bloglovin’ has got me curious now. I’ve been the same exact way as your old self, slightly curious about what the deal with the black/white picture of the girl is but have never been curious enough to actually find out. ha but now hearing that you love it makes me want to!

    So envious of your NY trip by the way, Take me with you please!

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