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SO THIS WEEKwas half and half. And I don’t mean that my week was like the coffee creamer. I spent the beginning half in Philadelphia, working and working like normal, and the latter half in New York City, attending a blogging workshop. Have you ever traveled alone? If so, do you experience the same feeling that I do – a mix of excitement, voyeurism, nostalgia, and homesickness? I love going out and ‘splorin’ (exploring) but at the same time, I feel a rubber band around me, pulling me back to my mundane, sewing life. But stepping outside my bubble, I see my life from the outside in and that perspective is a great exercise, personally. The whole experience of a trip is a winding road up, down, to the left, and to the right, and at the end, I always end up somewhere new.

Enough Fruedian babble. While in the city, I squeezed in a couple of hours to fabric shop with Christine and Marcy. Oh man did I buy some good fabrics, stretch lace for my undies included. Did you know Spandex House has a second floor? Well, they do and that’s where I found stretch velvet. Stretch velvet… stretch velvet.



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    Kotryna Bass

    I love travelling alone, especially for work or workshop kind of things, way more exhausting and you can enjoy the new place however you feel like it πŸ™‚

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    Yasmin Alberto

    I think I can relate to that feeling of being pulled back home… My husband swears I’m anti-social, but I’m not. I LOVE being home with my kids and in this small house that we’ve made a home. Hubby and I were born and raised in NYC and migrated to South Jersey about five years ago. But whenever we visit our family in the city (which, by the way, we had to get used to Philly being the “city” here in S. Jersey! lol Whenever we mentioned “city” everyone thought we were talking about Philly when we really meant NYC! lol) I cannot wait to leave and get back to South Jersey and our home. I had a great upbringing in NYC and it was lots of fun… but my heart calls South Jersey home now and I pine for it whenever I’m away.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I totally agree that we’re not anti-social. We’re simply homebodies. What’s wrong with that?

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    Daughter Fish

    It was great to see you Maddie! It’s been a while since I traveled alone, but I know that feeling, half thrill, half dread (at least for me). I’m always glad I went, but always glad to be back home:)

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    hannah @ The Braided Bandit

    Stretch velvet sounds amazing! I have traveled by myself before (but never for long) but often get the same feeling- its always really fun and exciting but unnerving at the same time. Hope you have a great weekend sewing with your new fabric!

    xo Hannah


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    I travel alone for work regularly. Even after 8 years I still have that same sense of voyeurism and introspection mingled with feeling alien in a city where I don’t belong. I think it has something to do with not having a shared experience – solo discovery and exploration are very different from traveling with a companion. I love it and yet am always happy to return to my husband and my bed.

    Oooh, will there be stretch velvet undies too??

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Stretch velvet undies for sure!

      You nailed it – traveling alone and with a companion are completely different. When I’m traveling with someone, I don’t have that odd mix of emotions and I’m able to enjoy the trip only for it’s exploration (I don’t feel nostalgic or homesick). Weird, huh?

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    Lauren Marie

    I just found your blog through an interview post on ‘ParisHues’. You are so talented and your photographs are stunning. You’re writing is very nice as well so I’m excited to follow along! I would love to hear more about this blogging workshop you attended in NYC.
    Sending smiles from Vancouver πŸ™‚

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Thank you Lauren. I hope you continue to follow my blog.

      The workshop I attended was a video workshop that was hosted by Bri Emergy of the blog DESIGNLOVEFEST. It was a crash course on how to create videos using Photoshop CS6. I highly recommend it if you’re thinking about making videos.

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        Thank you for the information on the workshop Maddie! I appreciate that and I’m looking into it, sounds fun. Love your new post on bodysuits. xo

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    A fabric store with two floors?? Oh my! Sounds like you had a great time! πŸ™‚

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    Maggie Smith

    Stretch velvet?!?! Can’t wait to see that!

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    I never realised you had a nose piercing!!!!!!

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    Bekuh Browning

    I’m just now catching up on your blog and I’m so excited to read about the blogshop video session. I also need your advice on fabric stores in Philadelphia. I need chartreuse fabric of all things. Sounds like you had a fun and productive weekend.

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