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Hey friends!!

Thank you so much for all of your kind words, encouragement and unbelievably thoughtful support in my last post. It’s been a really weird month for me, and I was so touched by all of your comments and emails, and am so grateful for all the understanding. I haven’t had a chance to respond to everyone yet, as I tried really hard to just unplug from the computer – but I promise I will. You guys are the best!

After my rest I’m really happy to report that my ulcer has cleared up (albeit slowly), and I’m feeling much healthier and dare I say, normal. It’s been hard training myself into normal sleep patterns, and remembering to eat properly – but I think I’ve been doing well! I read a lot of books, baked up a storm, relearnt to watch TV, did a lot of fun little embroidery projects that kept me on a couch for a while, and even tackled a few sewing projects for friends and my darling kiddos. It’s going to sound silly, but I can’t even believe how different I feel right now – I haven’t used caffeine as a crutch, because I no longer have that constant feeling of exhaustion nagging at me all day – and I generally feel much more alert and energetic. I guess sleep and nutrition really are important hehehe

I think stepping back has been really beneficial to me. It allowed me to see things a bit more clearly, and assess where my life is at right now.

And basically, I need to slow down.

SO what does that mean? I’m going to do my best to reduce my workload so that I don’t make myself sick again. As a start, I’ll only be selling my patterns wholesale to retail stores, and they won’t be available directly through my site to the general public anymore. I know that might be a real bummer for you, if you really enjoy purchasing directly through me, but unfortunately it’s just too much having both sides of the business going at full steam right now. The good news is, my patterns are stocked in over 45 stores all over the world! So if you’re wanting to find patterns, the stockists page on my website is the best place to start. They’re all wonderful stores with lovely people behind them, and I highly recommend every single one.

With respect to blogging, I will continue to blog – but just at a slower less consistent rate. Design Diary began as a place for me to document my designs and what I create, and it will always be that for me. I know I still want to share what I’m making and designing, and I can’t imagine a time where I won’t want to do that.

So that’s where I’m at right now ! I hope you’ll all understand – and thanks again for being the most wonderful customers and readers ever.

Big hugs darlings!
XOXO

[Update: a couple of people have emailed me asking about pattern packs, right now the only pattern packs i have available are on Amazon, and there are a handful left. I don’t think i’ll be doing more packs once they’re gone. Here are the links: Breakwater pack, Maternity survival pack, Nursing survival pack]

About Author

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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Liz
Liz
9 years ago

Yay for feeling better! Sewsquirrel is a great Australian site to get your pattern from – I know I’ve bought the Tania culottes, the Cascade skirt and the Kelly skirt from there – I just love your skirts!

Melissa
9 years ago

Sooo glad you’re feeling better. Hope you do continue to take it easy and take good care of yourself. And I’m excited for your patterns to be restocked in the shops. I’ve decided that I MUST make a Briar top this summer :)

Kelly
Kelly
9 years ago

Yay!! So good to have you back!

Kathryn
9 years ago

Welcome back! that’s great that the break gave you a chance to reflect and think on your work/life balance. We have some great stockists of your patterns here in London!

redambition
redambition
9 years ago

Welcome back Megan! So happy to hear that you’re doing better! I’ve been enjoying following all of your adventures on Instagram :o)

I’m glad that you’ve taken steps to ensure that your work/life balance stays good – it’s so important to your health.

xo

Katy
9 years ago

Glad you’re back! Nice to hear you’re taking sensible steps to reduce your workload as well. I don’t know how you did it all before !

Carolyn
Carolyn
9 years ago

I think those are some great decisions. You’ve got to look at where you talent and energy is required the most- in designing the patterns themselves – which really is the central part of your business! Everything else can be pulled back on. Goodluck with your work/life balance. I know it is something Tasia of Sewaholic struggles with (and blogs about) too. The bane of being an amazing, hardworking pattern designer!

Tilly
9 years ago

So glad you’re feeling better, Megan. Those sound like smart decisions. Here’s to a slower pace and more time to enjoy life mindfully xxx

Teresa
9 years ago

Yay…I am so glad you are feeling better. And I love that you are doing what is best for you and your family!

Marie
9 years ago

So pleased to hear you are feeling better Megan, but please do take it easy and slowly. Your health and family are number one and the rest can wait. All your faithful fans will still be here and more than happy to read less posts from you…after all it’s the quality content we love, so no need to focus on quantity! Take care, xx

Brigid
9 years ago

Glad you are feeling better! Don’t concern yourself about all of us, we’re here for you no matter how “slow” you have to take things.

Blessings,
Brigid

Susan
Susan
9 years ago

Hiya and welcome back. Can’t wait to sew up a tania. I have tried most of the stockists worldwide nod out of stock EVERYWhERE. Congrats on a sell out but more importantly (for me anyhow), how can I get my hands on one. Thns

Kirsty
9 years ago

So glad you are back with a healthy body and mind.

Sabine
9 years ago

Welcome back! I’m glad to read you’re feeling better. Don’t worry we’ll still be there to buy your lovely patterns through retailers!

maddie
9 years ago

You’re back, you’re back! Hip, hip, hooray. Keep the momentum going and stay healthy, energetic, and productive. You can do all of those, I promise.

Linda
Linda
9 years ago

I am so happy you are back! This site needs you!

Haylee
9 years ago

So glad to have you back Megan! I hope you will keep taking care of yourself though, that ulcer was scary!

Gjeometry
9 years ago

So great to hear that you are feeling better! Nothing’s worse than not having your health, mental and physical. Take care of yourself :) .

Truly Myrtle
9 years ago

I’m glad you’re feeling better Meg – it sounds like a good idea to pace yourself … I think you’ll be surprised at how much you manage to do anyway :) Welcome back!

mil
mil
9 years ago

So glad you are back! You really do have a special talent, and you should be very proud of everything you have achieved.

Laura
9 years ago

Welcome back! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed this rest time and you’re feeling better… Keep taking easy!

Lizzie
9 years ago

Good to see you again! I hope you are feeling well rested, take care.

Melissa
9 years ago

Welcome back!! I’m glad you’re feeling better.

Renee Kunkel
Renee Kunkel
9 years ago

I gather from the above replies- you have been under the weather— glad your feeling much better– I just found your site and fell in love with a couple of your patterns. (sad for me- great for you) I hav spent the past cpouple of hours combing through each of your AMERICAN stockests and NONE of them have any of your patterns in stock (your even sold out on your website)- and that includes the couple I am now on a mission to buy for my daughter to wear for her coming school year. Is there chance that these patterns are still in production and that we’ll be able to buy soon?
PLease let me know if there is a date to look forward to setting my paypal to- a- smokin!

Thanks
Reneé