Tuesday, April 02, 2013

And the winners are...

New Beginnings Giveaway
Congratulation to Ellen (winner of Mathilde Blouse), to KayOticSewing (winner of a Sewaholic pattern of her choice) and to CrystalPleats (winner of a Victory pattern of her choice). I sent you an email last night to sort out the details of your win. Please check your SPAM box, and contact me if you haven't received anything. If I don't hear from you by next Tuesday, I will be drawing new names.

Your odds of winning this time were 3 out of 46. Not bad, right?!

Congratulations to everyone's who participated. Giveaways are so much fun!

Most of all, thank you for your high fives regarding the completion of my thesis! It does feel like a huge burden has been lifted off my shoulders, it's true!

I really enjoyed reading about your new beginnings stories. Some of you have gone through tough times, only to emerge stronger at the other end. Case in point is one of our winner today, KayOticSewing (Kay), whom I've had the pleasure of meeting at our meet-up in Toronto. Not only did Kay's name come up, but it came up for the SEWAHOLIC giveway of them all, which is the only one she wanted. Thanks for sharing your story, Kay.
2010 was a grand new beginning for me - I had a very rewarding career in the US / UK / India. But somehow I just couldn't get a job in my field in Canada after my maternity break of 2 yrs combined with the darn recession and zero Canadian experience. So the break in my career stretched out to FIVE HUGE yrs... and those 5 years were darn hard. And then in 2010, I got the perfect job for me and it was as if, the universe listened. :) It looked like my company created a job description with ME in mind, with breaks et al! I hit the career jackpot and thus began a grand new beginning. My life was turned upside down, for good. And I'm incredibly thankful for that beginning. (Kay)
As if that wasn't serendipitous enough:
This April 1st, marked our completion of 8 yrs in Canada and what a wonderful gift to celebrate. :) (Kay)

It seems it was really meant to be.

To continue on the theme of moving to another country, I was pretty touched by all your well wishes following the announcement of my move to Sweden. I am sad to be moving at a time where the sewing community is blooming in Toronto. To those who lamented the lost opportunity to meet me in Toronto, I will still be coming back frequently. At least once a year to visit family and friends who remain here (as much as I would like to bring them along!).

Instead of feeling sad, though, I'm trying to focus on the opportunity for a new (sewing) beginning in Goteborg. Don't you love how transnational our community is? I feel so fortunate to be able to travel all over the world and being able to bond with like-minded people through sewing! And the proximity to London is also seriously cheering me up! It will be so easy to pop over there for a weekend of fabric shopping at Goldhawk Road and Walthamstow Market!

Woot woot!


  1. Thank you Adrienne!!! I'm still shocked by the randomness of it all.. :) thanks for the giveaway again and I hope your move to Sweden will be a brand new beginning to you crecreatinine of the most beautiful and most rewarding moments of your life.

  2. *Creating (darn spell checker!)

  3. Wow! So excited! I was watching the GBSB on iplayer while eating my breakfast and browsing my blogroll and spotted my name next to Tillys pattern.
    Sent you an email.
    Thanks :D

  4. Adrienne, for some reason my reader didn't keep me up to date with your posts so have missed all the excitement. Wow, you're moving to Sweden, that's fantastic! (& where your marathon is, makes sense!!)

    Hope your move goes well & you don't miss too many long runs.
    By the way, I think your pocket tutorial looks SO well explained, I shall book mark it for future reference. Must have taken ages to write, so thank you for taking the time & sharing your experiences. x

    1. I'm glad you find the tutorial well-explained, Winnie! I would love to hear constructive feedback if and when you follow it!


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