Last year I wrote my New Years message from Chile where we were, like many people around the world, stuck in lockdown. This year I am fortunate enough to be able to write this from my home country of Panama, surrounded by my friends and family. I very much hope that you all were able to see your own family's after such a difficult couple of years. I know for many this time has been both heartwarming and heartbreaking.
The little town that I grew up in is in the foothills of Volcán Barú, the largest volcano and highest peak in Panama. At this time of the year the weather is very pleasant, steady winds keep the town cool while the rains lessen, making it the perfect time for barbecues and get-togethers. This year we got to enjoyed dinner and some live music played by a few of my talented cousins with 18 members of my immediate family, their spouses, and their children.
Like many of you we are all hoping for a better 2022. On our end we'll be sure to remain busy, my children are both studying hard, and my husband and I are working on several projects. But above all I will continue to have this blog, and the goal of helping as many sewists as possible, be my focus.
It has been wonderful to see the progress of so many sewers, at every level, have made this year. If there has been any good from the recent crisis is that it has brought many people closer to what they truly care about and what they're really passionate about. I hope we can continue to help our readers with the many new and interesting projects, free patterns, and articles this year.,
I want to take a moment again to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you so much for all your support and helpful comments throughout the year. I'm really looking forward to bringing you new, fun, and exciting sewing projects in the year to come.
Best holiday wishes from Panama!
Lastly, I wanted to congratulate Linda W. from Dayton, TX, USA who recently won our Elna Elnita EC60 Sewing Machine Giveaway. Linda, we really hope you enjoy the new machine.
Stay tuned for future giveaways in 2022!