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2021 Not All Bad?

Sitting here facing our second Covid Christmas it would be easy to say that I will be glad to see the back of 2021. But hold on - we've had lots of fun along the way (even if the concept of planning has gone out of the window!) Looking back at the pics on my phone there have been some fab times this year. Have you looked back at all the photos on your phone? I highly recommend it - you've done more than your realise.

I've welcomed lots of wonderful new sewing students and after starting the year on Zoom, I've enjoyed getting my wonderful regulars back for face to face lessons.

We've had lots of lovely family time and there seem to be rather a lot of food pictures on my phone!! Both of my children are isolating with Covid as we approach Christmas and I'm thankful for technology so that we can make the best of Christmas Day apart. It's been so lovely to look back at all the great days we've had. My daughter moved into her first flat rental in London this year and my son is thriving at Uni in Liverpool. I'm very proud of them both. They give me so much support and encouragement with my business - and are always (?) willing models for my creations!

My personal sewing has been elevated after a very exciting visit to Saville Row. I've been working hard on my shirt-making skills - I think it's so important to keep learning all the time. I added quite a few things to my summer wardrobe - but sadly we didn't get much sunshine and warmth this year. Come on Summer 2022 don't disappoint us! I also managed to host 2 sewing retreats at our new venue. I can't tell you how amazing it was to see all my lovely ladies enjoying a day of sewing, learning and afternoon tea! What makes have you been especially proud of this year? What skills would you like to master in 2022?

Rick and I managed to get away for a few little breaks. We got up to the Lake District in Spring - and I finally got to visit Luna Lapin's birthplace - the fabulous Coolcrafting in Kendal. Lots of lovely walks and yummy food. We also had a late Autumn break in Tenerife - so glad we took the decision to go, it gave us both a much needed boost (and a chance to wear those summer clothes!)

I'm not taking anything for granted anymore. Life is so precious and we need to do more of what make us (and others) happy. Sewing it is then!!

I hope to see you in 2022 - whether you want to learn to sew, elevate your sewing skills or just catch up and share with me what you've been making. Once things calm down with the pandemic, I hope to get some more group classes advertised and even a retreat open for booking. Wishing you and yours a peaceful Christmas (and just a little bit of time out to get creative)

Lots of love,

Jo xx


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