Blogger Recognition Award!

A BIG Thank You goes out to Rachel of Sew Red-y for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award!  Little did I know that having Rachel in my Joann’s class years ago would result in this!  I never thought that my love for sewing would bring me into the online world of great people who share tips, struggles and victories with their sewing.

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

My blog started in 2011 from the prompting of my adult children.  They grew up seeing me cut out patterns, fabric shop, wear my finished garments and teach sewing to others.  Knowing Deedle was my nickname as a kid, my clever daughter came up with the play on words name, DeedleandThread.  Growing up with computers, my kids all felt I should share what I know with a much larger audience.  I was VERY slow to get on board, both technically and socially.  I didn’t know the difference between a widget and WordPress and didn’t think anyone would be interested in what I was sewing.   Sometimes I still struggle with posting things I make because the pattern is considered ‘old’ or I often sew the same garment up in different fabrics over and over (boring).  As I get more active with my own blog and other blogs out there, I have learned that there is plenty to learn from each other, no matter what the sewing project may be.  My goal for 2017 is to share more with all of you and get my introverted-self more ‘out there’.  I am amazed at the detail and determination to which sewists will go to master sewing skills.

Advice Tip #1:
Be Yourself – Honest, friendly and helpful writing is so refreshing and inspiring to read.  I thoroughly enjoy reading and seeing the complete span of good to bad sewing experiences.  Nobody knows everything about sewing and the bits and pieces we can learn from each other is endless.  Humor is also very important.

Advice Tip #2:
Blog Regularly – This is a reminder to myself as well as a tip to share.  Blogging is a lot of work.  I take my own photos 99% of the time and it is the biggest time consumer (more than sewing the garment!).  Honestly, I get excited to see a new post from someone I’m following and have to remember that they are also putting in the time.

15 Nominations of blogs that make me smile:
1. Lucky Sew and Sew
2. Pretty Grievances
3. Confessions of a Sewing Novice
4. Sew Brunswick
5. Sew DIY
6. A Colorful Canvas
7. Sew, Jean Margaret
8. Sewing by the Seat of my Pants
9. Nancy K Sews
10. SewPassionista by Diana
11. Sharon Sews
12. StacySews
13. Crafting A Rainbow
14. Danvillegirl Sewing Diary
15. dreamingofavonlea

And finally, a thank you to all of you who visit my blog and keep me coming back to your blogs for inspiration.  Rachel, you’re the best-est in the southwest-est.

– Dana

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  1. You’re very welcome!! You deserve it and you inspired me to take the plunge!

    I say don’t worry about posting projects that are from “old” patterns or that you may think are “boring” or “repeats.” I don’t know about many others, but I still get excited when someone posts about t-shirts, LOL! Basics are fun, too. 😉

    • If you say so! I keep coming back to the basics over and over since they are what I turn to everyday. Get ready for some patterns reviews from the stash…..

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