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meet Holly!!

Friends, i am SO ridiculously excited to introduce you to the newest member of the team! Holly! I’ve been following Holly’s blog for so long that i can’t even remember a time that i wasn’t reading it hehehe. She is one of the nicest people ever (seriously, EVER), her personal style is just awesome, and she has a truly fantastic background in fashion design and sewing. I am beyond excited about working together, and all of the cool things she’ll be sharing here.

Please make her very welcome! (and check out her blog HollyDolly and her store shopHollyDolly). You’ll be able to reach her here on Design Diary, at and on twitter @hollyjollydolly !

Over to you Holly!

Hello everyone! Holly here! I have to tell you, I couldn’t be more excited to be helping out Megan here on Design Diary. I’ve been following along with Megan and Design Diary since I first discovered what this whole ‘blog’ thing was about, and was beyond honored when she asked me to be a contributor.  You will find me here a few times a week sharing some techniques with you, variations on Megan Nielsen patterns, and some other fun things here and there. I’m looking forward to us getting to know one another as I get settled. But to get started, here is a little about myself…..

I began sewing as wee little one, when my Grandma first sat me down at her old Singer machine. Thats when I first fell in love. Fast forward about 10 or so years, and I decided to attend college to get as degree in Fashion Design. I started out at Buffalo State, where I got my Bachelors in Fashion and Textile Technology. But in my fourth year, I took a leap and headed to FIT in NYC to get my associates in Fashion Design. Best. Decision. Ever. While  there, I also interned at Diane von Furstenberg in the textile, print, and color departments.

Today, I reside near Boston, Massachusetts with my husband. I now own that same old Singer machine that I learned to sew on, and I still enjoy sewing and creating. I write a blog, HollyDolly, where I share everything from daily outfits, to DIYs, to everyday life snippets. I also have my own little shop, shopHollyDolly, where I make and sell jewelry and accessories (and hopefully soon – bridal accessories!).

I’m really excited to start a new adventure as I get started here at Design Diary, and I hope you enjoy what I have to share with you! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at or tweet me at @hollyjollydolly.

See you soon, friends –


About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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11 years ago

Hi Holly. So nice to meet you! Congratulations on teaming up with Megan and I can’t wait to read your tutorials. I also wanted to say that I think it’s awesome that you are still sewing on the same Singer sewing machine. That thing must be a beast!

11 years ago

Just looked through Holly’s blog and loved it! I look forward to seeing what y’all do together here!

11 years ago
Reply to  Ani

Thanks Ani!! She’s great isn’t she?! I’m really excited too – so much really cool stuff planned! Hugs ! xoxo

11 years ago

Yay! Welcome, Holly!


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