Almost a new year…looking ahead

This is a quirky little post. I’m so busy, getting ready to visit with my children for the holidays. Ashley and Darrin in Ft. Myers. David and DGS in Orlando. Have you ever noticed that an impending trip or visit really makes you stop and think…what will I wear. It’s more than that. How will I be perceived. How do I want to be perceived.

This has been a challenging year for me. I didn’t feel well for most of it. And I just kept making the same thing…a calico maxi dress that was almost pajamas.

But, and it feels so wonderful, I’ve gotten myself out of a terrible 9 month funk. I don’t say that lightly. I was really struggling with health issues and the ever lurking depression that accompanies the latter. But I stretched (OK, my doctors are incredibly supportive and helpful), and I made some things these last three months that I really enjoy.

 So. Anyway. Surveying my wardrobe ahead of my visit with my kids. The biggest event, frankly, of my year.


This time, I’m meeting the family of my son’s fiance. They were engaged last month. I’m thrilled – she’s so lovely. They’re so happy.

They will have a blended family. And my family expands. Such joy – I’m so fortunate.

Last week I did a bit of closet consideration (like that?) and removed everything that doesn’t suit me now that I’m feeling soooo much better. And on Saturday, I’m off to Ft. Myers to spend Christmas with Ashley, Darrin, and those 4 adorable and entertaining kitties.

Then on to Orlando next Tuesday for time with David, Preston, Elizabeth and her children.

I am blessed. Life just keeps placing wonderful people and chances in my way.

I say chances – you know, getting older doesn’t mean that life is without opportunity, chance, and fabulous circumstance.

I’m wishing each of you, my treasured friends, the joy of this wonderful season. I’m looking forward to new adventure in the new year. And I hope you are as well.

Best ever – Coco

17 thoughts on “Almost a new year…looking ahead

  1. Thank you for sharing your life and your sewing. You have been an inspiration for me to start sewing knits and trying alterations. I hope your new year is filled with blessings. I loved the artwork. So very '30's.


  2. I am so glad you are feeling a bit better and that you have the trip with your children to look forward to. Ill health and the blackness that accompanies is just terrible. I also love the pretty pictures you have used in this post. May 2017 be a much brighter and healthier year for you. Virtual hugs 🤗


  3. I really enjoyed your post, the artwork, the honesty and the hope for a new year. Thank you and may your visit be filled with love and memory making.


  4. Dear Coco, The very best Christmas wishes to you and thank you for your blogging. I hope your health continues to improve. As for perceptions – you are fine, just as you are.


  5. I am so very happy you're feeling better and enough to sew your beautiful creations! Enjoy your time with family, there is no better medicine! Merry Christmas and looking forward to more of you lovely posts in 2017!


  6. You and your blog are always such an inspiration. So very glad you are feeling better and more uplifted!!! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and look forward to seeing what wonderful things you make in 2017. Merry Christmas!! 🙂


  7. I'm sorry to hear that much of this year has been such a challenge, but I'm glad that your trajectory is looking up! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Years!


  8. I have loved your frank comments and inspiring achievements this year,Coco.Best wishes for better healtha and more sewing moments in 2017.Blessings,Aless


  9. Very best wishes for better health in the New Year. Have a Merry Christmas! I love the illustrations – are they all Vogue? Thanks for a fascinating blog, Regards Trish.


  10. I have SO enjoyed your blog this year,Coco! Thank you for sharing your highs and lows with us,both sewing and personal.Have a wonderful Christmas and here's to a creative New Year!


  11. What joy to have discovered your blog this past year. I wish you a new year heaped with blessings of every kind, more than you can imagine today. Have a delightful Christmas!


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