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all about father daughter time. My dad came into town last weekend and it doesn’t matter how little we talk (we have a text message kind of relationship), because when we come face to face, we pick up right where we left off. The Friday he was here, the weather couldn’t have been more horrible, which made for a perfect shopping day. We met up with the most gorgeous woman I know for lunch, my grandma, who couldn’t stop jabbering about how much my hair has grown. Does your grandma rant about the most insignificant things? “Mimi, pass the bread,” I would say. “Your hair is getting so long, Maddie,” she would say. “Mimi, how’s your lunch?” I would say. “Good, but I just can’t get over your hair! It’s so long.” Needless to say, our entire conversation centered around my hair and how much it has grown. The next day, my dad and I drove to New Hope. The weather had cleared up – leaves were turning but hadn’t fallen and jackets were barely needed to keep cool. It was perfect fall weather. A highlight was not stumbling on a vintage featherweight machine for $50, but finding a Ladies Home Journal from the 1950s with my grandma on the cover (she was a model). The women at the store’s front register got a kick out of that! My dad snored horrendously each night, which kept me up till 2 or 3 AM, but I didn’t mind because it reminded me of the time when I waited to hear his loud huffing and puffing to sneak out at night. Damn, that was a long time ago. I think I was 15-years-old-then. Thanks for a great weekend dad!

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    Lady ID

    Ok. Finding a magazine with your grandma on it????? That is wonderful!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I know! It was such a surprise!

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    Amy Alan

    I want to see the photo of your grandma as a model! That’s so fun.

    Also, I can’t wait to see your Featherweight and hear if you like working on it. I have a 1941 Singer Dressmaker, and she’s a dream to sew with. Featherweights have always tempted me, but I’m trying not to collect too many machines!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      The magazine is hanging at work but I’ll take a photo of it. I’ll also let you know about my featherweight. I’m so excited to sew on it!

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    I wanna see the photo of your gram, too!

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    What store was that in New Hope? Your Grammy is still a very pretty lady and I think I see a resemblance, you? Definitely want to check out that magazine cover-what a hoot that you found it!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      The store is called Loves Saves The Day – they have the most amazing vintage pieces. If you are in the area – go!

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    What a wonderful weekend! Finding that magazine is really amazing – I join everyone else in saying that I want to see it!

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    Laura Doty

    That must have been so fun to find that magazine with your grandmother on the cover! And that vintage sewing machine is beautiful. =) I’m glad you had a good time with your dad. xoxo

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    Elena Knits

    Thank you for sharing your weekend with us! You have a lovely family.

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