Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The best things about sewing-blogging...

...is that we get to meet like-minded people both online and off. In this case, "like-minded person" is a definite understatement.

I met up with Joëlle from The Handstitched Files in Malmo last week (our tandem trip went very well, if you're wondering!). I only discovered Joëlle's blog quite recently, but I'm so glad I did because it turns out we have several things in common. Aside from a common passion for sewing, the both of us are Quebeckers exiled in Sweden... although Joëlle would be more accurately described as "a Swede originally from Québec". Lol. You see, Joëlle is practically Swedish by now. And as of a few days, she is more than practically, she is officially Swedish! Her new Swedish citizenship was quite the occasion to celebrate. Not that we needed one. Lol.
To see how well Joëlle has integrated into Swedish society and to hear her perfect command of the Swedish language was quite inspiring to poor little me, struggling so very much with both of these at the moment. But Joëlle understood perfectly well my situation (I believe her exact words were: "I know exactly how you feel") and promised that things would get better sooner rather than later. I hope she's right, because I'm feeling quite marginal to Swedish society in many ways at the moment.

Anyhoo, Joëlle turned out to be the funnest, most adorable host. And she wore the prettiest, self-stitched Simplicity 2444 dress and jacket, wore the same colour of lipstick that I always wear (coral pink), with matching shoes (to die for).

All this to say that if you find yourself passing through a town where you know a fellow blogger lives, I highly recommend reaching out to them. Meeting Joëlle has only solidified my belief that the online sewing community is a really special place with really wonderful people. Likewise, if any of you, dear readers, are passing through my city, it would be my greatest pleasure to meet you! :-)

7 comments:

  1. That is so nice to meet up with a like-minded friend! It sounds like you had a gorgeous day out :) I'm sorry you're feeling marginalised and hope you soon start to feel more a part of things (virtual hug)

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  2. I completely agree, meeting people in person has been a great experience.
    I'm glad to hear you've found someone who can really relate to the position you are in. It's always good to know you aren't alone in what you are experiencing.

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  3. Sounds like a great day out! I have never met a fellow blogger-sewist but hope to do so at some point. Hope you are soon feeling better in Goteborg.

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  4. Oh Adrienne, thank you! I had a great time too! It was a bit surreal to meet someone with a story so close to mine and also coming from the same part of the world as me. I know you'll slowly start to feel at home here in Sweden, and you ate always welcome back in Malmö if you need to speak French for a bit :) and thanks for making me the star of your blog, hihi

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    1. Thanks, Joelle. :-) The pleasure was all mine!

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  5. Aw, lovely! Nothing better than meeting online sewing friends in person is there?

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