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Weekend: How Will You Remember Summer 2014?


As summer fades, I’m adjusting to autumn with a deeper-hued mentality. Think fir-tree green, burgundy, charcoal and maybe even black. A marked difference from a bright palette just a few months ago. This summer will be remembered not only for its cool weather that called for a light jacket or a cardigan, but also its curiosities and whimsy. I was the busiest I’ve ever been. Some things I can and have told you about, such as moving from West Philly to Old City Philadelphia and announcing my online and in-person bra making class, and some things are still waiting to be revealed. Also this summer, I had one of my best trips to Florida, sipped too many cups of coffee in this java joint and read too many featherbrained titles in this used book store. Summer 2014 came to an end on a high note when this week, I was featured in Ft. Lauderdale Magazine.

I’m not sure how or why I was dealt this hand of cards this summer, but it was a learning experience. Considered the founding father of American surf culture, John Severson was an artist, photographer and filmmaker in the 1950s and 1960s. After being drafted into the army in 1956, he was “ordered” to join the Army’s surf team in Oahu, and for 2 years, he surfed Hawaii’s wild, untamed waves. In 1960, he launched Surfer Magazine. Despite the prestige and the popularity it garnered over the years, his surfer message never rallied against societal terms, but always advocated to live on one’s own. Free. That’s what summer 2014 taught me. I wasn’t out to be a rabble-rousing bra maker, but just have fun with my family, play with yards of lace and elastic and be a vagabond in my new neighborhood. That’s simply it.

So long summer 2014, and hello fall. Where will the leaves fall as the year comes to a close? Come what may… que sera sera.

How will you remember summer 2014?


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    Stina Pettersson

    This summer I returned to love sewing. And started to feel, for real, that everything is possible. And that life is good.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Sewing has helped me through good times and bad.

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    Tammy Tagesen

    The summer of 2014?? The second summer of my broken heartness. Love your blog and enthusiasm for sewing!!!!!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      How sweet of you! One begets another. I feed off of your enthusiasm for sewing and vice versa.

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    Jan Brandt

    Summer of 2014is the summer my youngest daughter was wed and my oldest daughter gave us our first grandchild, Elliott!

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    Carlee McTavish

    Summer of 2014=taking a DEEP breath after the school year, new mattress and reorganizing the entire house (and getting my sewjo back)

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    It’s always sad when the nights get colder and longer, way before I’m ready to let go of the summer. This summer wasn’t easy, spent mostly in bomb shelters during the war in Israel. But I hope I’ll remember the good things as well, time spent with family, time spent sewing, and most of all that my friends who were drafted to the front are safely back home.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      Wow, Roni. You are one tough cookie to go through what you have and have such a positive outlook. You and your family are in my prayers.

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