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a year on

I blinked, and suddenly we’ve been back home for a year already.

Isn’t that just unreal? I think it’s such a perfect example to me of how quickly time goes by when you’re happy – and this year has flown. It feels like  yesterday that we made that big leap to come back to Australia, and it’s silly, but i’m actually finding it hard to get my head around the fact that it wasn’t yesterday, it was a long time ago.

I remember this day last year so clearly. It was the day after we made it home – and it was both a beautifully hopeful time of relaxing and enjoying family time before the reality of every day living began – but it was also a time of stress for me. My little pattern business was only a few months old – and i had no idea how i was going to start from scratch all over again in a new country. A more expensive country. One that isn’t known for manufacturing. One where i had no relationships with service providers. No contacts. I was new again. All i knew was that i was going to do everything i could to make it work, and fight fight fight. And that’s what i did.

Fast forward to today – and it’s an amazing feeling to think that i can now say i survived the move in the brand sense. A year on, and 6 new patterns. For me, thats a huge deal – considering that one little year ago, i sat on a precipice of doubt wondering if i’d ever be able to rebuild what i had started in America. Wondering if this thing i’d created, and given so much to would just die a quiet sad little death. It sounds dramatic now, but thats what it felt like.

So I’m very grateful my friends! Excited and overwhelmed with a feeling that we did it! Not to get all gushy on you (again), but you know it’s because of you right? Yes i killed myself creating the business and manufacturing from scrach all over again – but if you hadn’t continued to support me through it, there would be nothing right now. So my dear friends, thank you for an amazing wonderful year!!!!

On a more personal note, this has been really good for our family. It’s been hard for us to explain that we loved America so much, and yet also love Australia so much – and how on earth is one to choose between them?! The place where we built a family, where our children were born? Versus the place where we grew up, and where we fell in love and our parents live? Those places will be special forever. But thankfully, being near family has been worth missing the good things we loved in our old home. My dream for coming home was that my kids could grow up seeing their grandparents all the time – and now that is so so true. What a blessing!! And in my pathetic nostalgic way, i love that my kids can grow up in the town we grew up in. That when we take them to ride their bikes we can say “this is where daddy rode his bike when he was little” and when we take them to the park we know it’s the spot where Chris proposed. Every one of our favourite childhood haunts, our favourite experiences are now theirs. Can i just squeal with joy?

Because i am.


ps. This is the Crescent blouse tunic version with a pair of shorts – actually they’re my Far Horizon shorts from the Sunburnt Country collection. I think they’ll always be a favourite of mine, and they’ve been the perfect breezy option during the hot hot summer!

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Top: Megan Nielsen Crescent blouse (tunic version) // kit or pattern
Shorts: Megan Nielsen Far Horizon shorts // Similar pattern
Sandals: Country Road // Eve
Sunnies: Witchery // Valerie

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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10 years ago

Aw Meg, you’ve done SO well! I cannot imagine the pressure of having to set up all your systems and services again, but the fact that you’ve done it all and released a large new collection within a year is amazing. You should be feeling very proud of yourself, young lady! xx

10 years ago

Wow! I remember you posting about moving and it doesn’t seem like it was that long ago! So glad your year has gone well, and that you are still sharing your amazing patterns with us!

10 years ago

Yay to successfully moving everything back and bringing out such a cool collection as well. Big congrats and I hope the next year is just as great x

10 years ago

I’m so happy for you. Making a move like that is so hard, but the benefits are worth it. Congratulations on making it a great year!

10 years ago

Well I for one am really glad you kept going. I made your culottes yesterday and they rock! Even my husband likes them, and when I told him I was making culottes, he was horrified!! I love your patterns. Can’t wait to make more!

Veronica Darling
10 years ago

YAY! Wonderful post Meg, yay for you all!

Parnuuna Kristiane Thornwood

I’m happy that you’re doing great. And it does sound nice to have grandparents around. :)
My parents live in Greenland, while I live in Denmark, so I miss them quite a lot sometimes. And my future kids won’t see them as often as my husband’s parents, since the just live about 90 kilometers from where we live.

Keep going, Meg! :)

Truly Myrtle
10 years ago

Yay!!!! Well done – you deserve a big happy dance :)
We feel the great country divide too – one day we’ll head back to NZ for all the reasons you’ve said … right now, we’re loving England… it’s a tricky one.

10 years ago

lovely, lovely post. truly!

10 years ago

I’m so happy for you guys! You’ve done so well, and I love that you’re so happy and successful a year later– it’s proof that you made the right decision!