2.07.2018

Ten Years In Fabric: A Decade of Sewing!

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Ten Years In Fabric: A Decade of Sewing!

Well HELL'S BELLS! (I've been listening to a lot of AC/DC). It's my ten year blogging anniversary today! TEN YEARS! A decade of oversaturated photos accompanied by occasionally coherent yammering, and I have nothing prepared for this moment! ONLY MY CAPS LOCK BUTTON, BOLDFACE, AND MULTIPLE EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!

When I started this space, it was for my parents. Social media hadn't hit, and plastering your face all over the world wide web was still questionable. But a cross-country move made carving out a little visual corner of the internet a no-brainer, just to keep in touch with something a little more than a phone call, you know? It's grown into much more than I ever thought it would. I feel I ought to do something to mark the occasion, and I will...I just need a minute to figure out what that is. Because, y'all, I been BUSY. Like my mom says, when I'm radio silent on the blog, she knows I'm busy. (Cuz they still read my blog. I love my parents.)

For now, I thought it would be fun to whizz through my virtual closet and pick a sewn item for each year I've blogged. Up above, you've got from top left corner: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008. Everything in yonder collage still exists in my closet (save for the leather belt, which was for my Etsy adventures in 2009). The nice thing is...it got harder to pick a favorite as I got further along in my sewing escapades! I think that means I know what I like now. And I like what I sew.

oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | Ten Years In Fabric: A Decade of Sewing!

As for 2018, I haven't made my favorite thing yet, but the wax print on my dress form is driving me happily bananas. Although I'd sewn with it before, 2017 was the year I fell fully in love with this wonderful stuff. In fact, 2017's pick was the hardest...so much Ankara! HEY. HEY!!! I know what I want to do for my celebratory gesture! 

Okay but I'm not telling you yet. I gotta figure some shizz out. Soon! Until then...thanks for hanging out with me, beautiful people. Here's to future cocktails, capers, and above all, color!

68 comments:

  1. How have you been out here for 10 years and I never knew? (???) You are apparently fabulous and I have bookmarked you right at the top of my sewing blog folder. Now I'm going to go binge through your archives...

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    1. you will have so much fun in the archives

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    2. I am drowning in playfulness and joy and inspiration! Why, oh why do I have to go to work and/or do laundry and dishes, not to mention sleep? I just want to go sew now!!

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    3. Oh, thank you so much! Glad you found me :)). I LOVE to hear that I make people want to sew!

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  2. 10 years! I love reading your blog and seeing all the awesome things you have made. You are inspiring to a lot of us.

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    1. Thank you Helen! I think half of my sewing is the joy of sharing it with the sewing community :)

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  3. Happy Anniversary, Marcy! Love your blog:-)

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  4. Happy ten ten & may you blog many many years.
    It's so cool that your parents read your blog what a wonderful way to keep in touch. I'm certain they are very proud of you & how your sewing has evolved - you've grown into such a beautiful & talented artist.
    Blessings
    Becca G

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    1. Thank you so much, Becca! I look back on my first projects and love them...but I'm glad I've learned to interface a zipper and use a complimentary colored thread now and again 😂

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  5. I so wanna play in your closet Marcy!

    Happy 10 year Blogiversary! How is it that you don't look a day older?

    You are an inspiration!

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    1. think of the fun we'd have in each other's technicolor closets! (And you should see my Mom. It's in the genes ;)

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  6. Congratulations! Your blog is one of my favorites!

    NurseBennett

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  7. Thanks for spreading the JOY--and the REAL!

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    1. Teehee! I've got some real fabric talk coming up ;)

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  8. Congratulations on your 10th Anniversary!

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  9. I can't IMAGINE seeing that many (amazing) articles of clothing!! I'm a quilter, not a seamstress. Happy 10th Blogaversary!!

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    1. Oh man, I can't imagine making a QUILT! Though I *have* saved all of my ankara scraps, thinking I might make a crazy quilt someday....

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  10. Happy TEN ! Found you from Google home page and will be coming back!

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  11. happy anniversary! i think i found you in 2010 and have loved seeing your very colourful makes!

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous choice of design and colorful fabric.

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  13. You are IT!

    Big city girl, dumpster diva, boxed wine balcony babe!

    Have ALWAYS enjoyed your creations, your yammerin', and if you recall your "pristine pits".

    Keep on, and hip-check when you need to break through.

    A UUUUGE FAN!

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    1. Well thankya! (And if you're on the hunt for a good box wine, may I recommend Wineberry's Cotes Du Rhone?)

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  14. Congratulations from Spain. Your parents are very lucky and we are very lucky too because we can enjoy your amazing job with fabric. Your creations are wonderful!!, Thanks for sharing them!!

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    1. Well hey there! I don't know if I've ever had a comment from Spain! Thanks very much:)

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  15. Wow, ten years! I’ve been following for many of them... at least six or seven. You’re always a bright spot in my reader! Here’s to another ten and beyond!

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    1. Thank you Lisa-- I've been following you, too!

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  16. Happy blog anniversary! All of the things you showed are gorgeous, and this latest dress is going to be stunning when it's finished. Also, that's adorable that your parents still read this!

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    1. :) it is finally finished, though my folks have mentioned to me that I dropped off posting again 😂

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  17. here's to many more decades of sewing, blogging and cocktails, sis!

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  18. I was a little late to the Oona party -- but, I'm so glad I got on board.

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  19. Congratulations! Your sewing journey and colourful dresses are fun to read about and see, for a solid-colour conservative-dressing pensioner like me. You are a breath of fresh air, keep blogging please!

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    1. Well thank you! I do still enjoy it, I just have to find a way to document when the weather is forbidding ;)

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  20. Happy anniversary, dear Oona!! Thank you for bringing so much colour and joy to the universe!

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  21. Congratulations on making it to 10 years. Everything you make is so beautiful. Join the club on ankara - I'm a huge fan!

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    1. And so much eye candy in your latest post!

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  22. No other space on earth is quite like Kalakatroona. Congratulations!

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  23. Yippie!!!! Congratulations. You are an amazing talent on planet earth!

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  24. Woow!! Congratulations!! I´ve been following you for a few years, love your style! You are a very talented woman! Greetings from México :)

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    1. Hi Mexico!! So cool that we can all connect like this. Thank you Lizzy!

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  25. Is it really 10 years? Have so enjoyed knowing you virtually Oona. Love the collage too - show how professional you have become over the years. Here's to many more!

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    1. It's crazy, right?! I feel like we met on TSW yesterday, but also like it was twenty years ago.

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  26. Ooooo! Thanks so much for the look back at 10 years of favorites. MY favs: Your 2014 birthday dress and the 2012 top!

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    1. Ah, that dress is my Mom's favorite too!

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  27. Gorgeous. All of your creations. Thank you so much for sharing. I am always looking forward to your choices and your words. The newest project I like the most. And the gold one. All the best wishes from another part of the earth.

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    1. Thank you so much, Katrin, what a lovely compliment!

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  28. Happy blogiversary! So many big ones this year—my blog’s so young at 8! 😂

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    1. 8! What do we call that? Pre-teen? Is there a whole age group we don't have a name for?

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  29. 10 years! I’ve been reading your blog on Mood since you started there. Yours has become my favorite inspiration. Especially when I need to be reminded why I started sewing. The colors you choose absolutely speak about the joy of designing and creating with a beautiful fabric. Keep blogging! Many thanks for the inspiration and fun. Blessings to you and yours. 🤗

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    1. Thank you for that wonderful compliment!!! I do get so much joy out of it, it's nice to know that comes through ❤️

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  30. Wow, congrats! So impressive. :) I'm only just starting now.

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  31. Happy blogiversary! Your fearlessness is a huge inspiration. I still wear my Oonapalooza makes and embrace my inner Marcy.

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    1. Thank you, that's so cool! What a crazy challenge that was.

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  32. I love this post so much, goddess of sewing! You sure can rock a floral print. Can't wait to see what's next. :)

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i thankya truly for taking the time to comment, i love a good conversation-- and hope you know my thanks are always implied, if not always written!