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involved a lot of laughing… at myself! I’ve written a lot about feeling frustrated at my slow pace and how I’ve been fighting it by looking back and reflecting on how far I’ve come. Well, on Tuesday, I looked back on my first blog. I can look back on the first skirt or blouse I made but when it comes to my first blog, I cringe. I’m like the Wicked Witch of the West at the end of The Wizard of Oz – I melt in horror! As I read each post, I couldn’t stop thinking, “I was sooo not cool!” My first blog and I were so bad that whenever I felt down or frustrated this week, I clicked back to my old site and laughed. “Oh Maddie!”

I’m ending this week not worrying about my pace. I’m not Speedy Gonzales but I am moving forward, learning, and most importantly, enjoying what I love to do everyday – sew. My red tafetta dress is close to being done, at least I think so. I had an idea that involved glitter. It’s a genius idea but it will delay the dress’s completion and my return to bra making. But who cares? Who keeping track? Not me.

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    I have only been several months since I wrote my first ever blog post, I am not ready to look back and cringe.


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      Maddie Flanigan

      You can do it!

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    Marisa Noelle

    I can totally relate to this. My pace has been slower than usual too (mainly due to feeling blah from pregnancy) but I have to learn not to be too hard on myself and take things in stride. Your red taffeta dress sounds like it is going to be quite the stunning piece and totally worth all the time that went into it 🙂 Have a lovely week Maddie!

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    Maddie, I love your blog! As someone who *just* started blogging, it’s kind of nice to look back at the blogs I admire and know that they once started out just like me. Can’t wait to see your red taffeta dress, whenever it is done. No rush!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I hope you’re my newest follower 🙂

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    my usually slow-ish pace has basically stalled! i’ve been so busy with work and my brief travels that i haven’t even peeked into my sewing room! and it’s always good to laugh at ourselves. my first blog posts were pretty awful too, i’m not sure what i was trying to do back then, i don’t think anyone knew!

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    Carlee McTavish

    If you have a genius idea, you have to run with it. HAVE TO. Who cares how long it takes?

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    You have come a long way, your blog now is so put together, professional, and creative! I hope mine will evolve as well as yours did!

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    I just read your ‘week 1′ journal entry about your internship days and I am completely enchanted. Your wish did come true! :’)
    It’s great looking back every now and then to remember how it all began and where it all started. Have a wonderful weekend!
    P.S. Can’t wait to see that dress!

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