Wednesday, July 17, 2013

AS+AS is three!


When I created All Style and All Substance in July 2010, I was pretty nervous and unsure of myself. Why would anyone care about my sewing? Am I going to have the discipline and focus to maintain a blog and post regularly? Do I deserve to have “a voice”? 

Yes, yes, and YES! My passion for sewing and my desire to share this passion with others are what made me take the plunge and I’m just so glad I did!

Looking back on my early blogging days, I think of the Seven-Week Challenge and have such good memories. This challenge was intended to help me power through my fabric stash before moving to the UK. I committed to making eight garments in seven weeks: an ambitious plan for a very busy time in my life. I remember that, when I came home from work, I would go straight to my sewing machine and pretty much stay glued to it until as late as 2AM some nights. It wasn’t rare that I would go to work on four hours of sleep. Lol. In spite of this, I’ve never felt so energized in my life.

I look back on these weeks with extreme fondness. This was probably one of the best periods of my life. I was about to do this very bold thing which was to quit this very stable and permanent job to embark on this exciting adventure. There was so much to look forward to, it felt, and the world was mine.

But beyond my then-upcoming move, this period was amazing because I was sewing ALL THE TIME. Seriously. My weekends were a total sewing marathon. I was probably sewing 40 hours a week. If there is one thing I must never forget is that sewing makes me happy. And the more I sew, the happier I am.

In light of this fact, and in an effort to recapture the spirit of my early blogging days and to celebrate my third blogiversary, I’m going to set myself another Eight-Weeks challenge. Only this time, it will be the Never Stop Sewing Challenge. (More about it in a separate post.)

In the meanwhile, I think you'll agree that AS+AS has matured a lot since 2010. My sewing has improved SO MUCH. I’ve made new friends, learnt pattern-drafting and had people contact me made-to-measure garments. I really, really hope that I’ve inspired at least one person to sew and to start their own sewing blog.

Thank you SO MUCH for being here with me and reading these past three years. Thank your for all your comments and your words of encouragement. Most of all, thank you for being here to share my successes, such as this one... three years of blogging!

21 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Blog hehe . . .

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  2. Happy Blogiversary Adrienne! Its been lovely to get to meet you and follow your sewing adventures! Hope your settling in far away in Sweden! xx

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    1. Thanks Stevie! It's been super lovely meeting you as well! xo

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  3. Congratulations Adrienne and keep up the excellent work! I love reading your blog and consider myself lucky to have had the chance to meet you in person ;o)

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    1. Thanks Marie! Likewise for you! I totally LUCKED OUT by ending up in your group at that Fabric Fandango event in 2010. :-)

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  4. And a very happy blogiversary to you :)

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  5. congratulations on your blogging anniversary, and here's to many more :)

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  6. Happy blogiversary. Your blog is quite inspiring. To wit: I went back to look at your 7-week challenge, and it's giving me an idea...

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    1. Thank you thank you THANK YOU!!! It makes my day to hear I've inspired you somehow! :-)

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  7. Congratulations, Adrienne! btw I love your dress (tunic?) :)

    - Sarah (PatternVault)

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  8. Congradss nice blog you have!! XO

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  9. Happy Blogiversary Adrienne, well done!

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  10. Happy blogday! And thank you for sharing your sewing adventures. May you have many more!

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