Merry Christmas from Our Families to Yours!

By noon today, it was 107 degrees F/42 degrees C here in Dungog, New South Wales, Australia.  Later in the day and after a thunderstorm, it was only 72 degree F/22 degrees C and tomorrow it will be in the 60's, but that's pretty typical for this part of Australia this time of year.  Still, it seems a long way from the white Christmas that many of our readers in North America may be enjoying.

We're here in farming country in the Hunter Valley.  Our neighbors are mainly cattle farmers and the countryside is rolling hills.  Apparently, the word Dungog means “thinly wooded hills” in the local Aboriginal dialect and that's definitely an apt description.

This year has gone by so quickly, I almost get tired of saying it.  I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling like I just finished making my New Year's resolutions for 2017 and the year has already ended.

I wanted to take a quick moment to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas.  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.

It's so gratifying to see the progress that so many of you have made in your sewing skills.  I can only hope to play a small part in continuing that trend in the future.

Lastly, I wanted to remind everyone that the current, $989 Juki Sewing Bundle Giveaway just ended.  We will be announcing the winner shortly so please stay tuned!

Christmas in Dungog, New South Wales, Australia

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100 Responses to Merry Christmas from Our Families to Yours!

  1. Carrie says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you for your inspiration! keep up the good work, very nice photos of your family and Australia. Tonight is 7 degrees F and will be 20-30 below zero wind chill which thank God is not typical here in Missouri. I look forward to more from you in the new year, God bless you and all the readers/sewers!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Happy New Year Carrie and Thank you! I had no idea Missouri got that cold. I have been there many many years ago in a town called Branson very (beautiful place) but it was Spring and warm. Looking forward to your sewing projects.

  2. Yvonne Bubb says:

    Always great to read your posts, especially this one. I didn’t realise you lived at Dungog, I know the place very well as my in-laws lived there and we spent many holidays with them. Dungog is a beautiful part of Australia ??

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Ivonne, Hope one day I meet you or your in-laws. I love this little town. We have been here since 2007. I have made some great sewing friends here. I will be writing about Dungog soon, stay tuned. Happy New Year!

  3. Ellen says:

    Happy New Year to you and your family and to all your readers from Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia. Yes the heat has been challenging here also. Love your website. Hope you all have a great year.

  4. Lynn Provis says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Fraser Coast, Queensland, Australia. Love your site and yes it has been a hot one lately. May 2018 find me more time to sew!

  5. Lesley says:

    Mayra, thank you for your wonderful site. I love reading what others are making, and have been inspired by many of them, especially Christmas gifts. I did not know you were in Australia, and I cannot believe you could work on a gloves pattern in NSW heat! I am in hot, humid Brisbane over the New Year period and can’t think about what to pack for my northern hemisphere Travel in a few days time.
    I look forward to more inspiration in 2018 and more time to sew.
    Thank you.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Lesley, Have fun on your travels. It is cold everywhere in the northern hemisphere for sure. I have no dought you will have a wonderful time running away from the heat!


    Thanks for all you do for us! Happy New Year to you and yours. Please pass along regards to Deby. Miss her. Robin in Texas

  7. Dianne Robertson says:

    Beautiful family. In South Bend, Indiana it is cold as an icebox. I love your sewing site and I’m looking forward to making the gloves. Do you have a slouchy beanie tutorial somewhere? I just think your tutorial would be easy to understand. Happy New Year!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Dianne, Happy New Year! I do not have a slouchy beanie but thank you for the idea, I will work on the pattern stay tuned. Never been to Indiana, I will have to cross that one off my list in the future. But maybe not in the winter. You may have to layer the gloves to serve you well in the ice block. Warm Regards 🙂

  8. Jackye says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family too! I appreciate the work you do and all the cute ideas you’ve presented since joining So Sew Easy. God bless you and your beautiful family.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Thank you Jackye, Happy New Year! All the best in 2018. I am hoping to hear more from you, warm regards 🙂

  9. Susan says:

    Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year to all from here in Calgary, Alberta in Canada. Yup, with the windchill this morning we are at -42 C…that is also -42 F…I wish we were going to a balmy 60 F!…we could put on shorts!!!
    Best wishes to all the kindred spirit sewers,

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      I have to say I do not know how to stay warm at such temperatures. Nor I have experienced such cold. What kind of clothes do you need to go to the supermarket? This is a mystery to me. I will be conducting a survey on this hope you can shed some light on this. It will help me come up with more comfortable clothing. Happy New Year! Looking forward to your help, Warm regards 🙂

  10. Jackie matz says:

    Merry Christmas & A HAPPY NEW YEAR from the prairie province Manitoba Canada
    Enjoy reading your emails, but havent tried any Sewing patterns.
    On Christmas day the temperature was -30 c, with a North wind -15 f…We went to church Christmas eve and just about froze gettingnintomour van to drive a short distance home…
    Keep up the good work, and look forward to seeing more…jackie m

  11. Carla Maria Graca says:

    Merry Christmas, Happy 2018, and thank you for rekindling my passion for sewing. Still giving my first steps, your patterns and tutorials make it much easier!!! I’m writing from Germany, and we’re currently on the low positive side of the Celsius scale (3-6°C).

  12. tiff tawata says:

    merry Christmas! i loved to hear about where you are from! i do hope to visit Australia one day! i thank you for the many ideas for gifts this season! you are amazing! all the way from hawaii; a breezy 80°! all the best in the new year which will surely go by in a blink! 😉

  13. Judy says:

    Happy New Year from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Cold weather here as well -9 and we are the southernmost tip of Canada. All the best to you and your family. It’s been a real treat following you on your website and I have learned a lot!

  14. Gwen says:

    Happy New Year to you and your family! I love the pictures!

  15. Nettie Sorenson says:

    First of all Happy New year!! Thank you for a wonderful site and all the projects. I enjoyed making quite a few of them, keep up the excellent work.

  16. Kathryn Barnhill says:

    Correction. It’s actually -8 feels like -27. Not a day to even go outside and out terrier is not happy that she has to. It’s a dog’s life;-)

  17. Kathryn Barnhill says:

    Happy New Year from Des Moines, Iowa also in the center if US but a touch East of N. Platte and we have rolling hills and corn and hogs 😉
    I enjoy you posts, picture and patterns so very much. Thank you for taking all the time I’m sure you put it. It’s -20 feels like temp today although the thermometer says -3.
    Best wishes for a wonderful 2018.

  18. Andrea Koch says:

    Hi Mayra, gorgeous photo with your lovely children:) we are at Copacabana central coast, would love to see you all. It’s been a while! Happy new year love Andrea

  19. Wanda says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
    Look forward to seeing all your projects.
    Have not seen Deby for awhile. Is she no longer on So Sew Easy

  20. DONA S says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the mile high Christmas City in Prescott, Arizona!

  21. sadie says:

    Xmas is over, it is New Year’s eve and I wish you and your family a wonderfully happy and prosperous 2018! I’m in middle Tennessee, USA, where the temp has risen from 16 6o 22F now, but the coming week is going to be VERY cold with night times going to 5 degrees or less. Winter is just started and I’m wishing already for Spring. I’ll make it thru with all your great patterns and tutorials. May you be blessed for sharing with us all your talents. Happy new Year!

  22. Pat says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all at Sew Easy from Pagosa Springs in the Colorado Rockies, USA. A brisk 18 F, but promises to be a beautiful sunny day once the sun comes up. Thank for sharing so many beautiful designs.

  23. Merrilyn says:

    Well, I must tell you that on the 27th of December it was -27 below zero. It has been nasty cold for a few weeks, but should be warmer by Monday.
    Thank you for always having interesting projects available.
    Keep finding new and exciting ideas.

  24. Hope O says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, your beautiful family and all your readers! I didn’t know you were in Australia.
    Love the local information and the greetings from around the world.
    Though beautiful, unseasonably warm and sadly dry here in Ridgecrest, located in the the Mojave desert of Southern California. Low 60sF (15-19C), freezes at night.

  25. Fiona Cameron says:

    OMG Im in Rankin Park near John Hunter Hospital, with family and friends in the Maitland area! You are so close. Hunter Valley really is one of the best places on earth. Happy New Year, fireworks on the Levee, Maitland this year.

  26. Karen sumner says:

    I have enjoyed your sewing site with all of your wonderful ideas and tutorials. I do hope you and yours had a great Christmas and I wish you the best year ever coming up. From guston Kentucky. Usually not even on most maps lol

  27. federica says:

    merry Christmas from Genoa, Italy!!

  28. Janis L says:

    Hope you All have the BEST Holiday Season – take care, and thanks for everything you do at So Sew Easy!

  29. Vicki Sue O'Neill says:

    Merry Christmas from North Platte, Nebraska, middle of USA! Love reading your blog & your fun patterns!! Thank you for a great 2017! Happy new year!!

  30. Sharlene Lane says:

    I am new with your site. Merry Christmas and Happy and safe new year to you.
    From Green Cove Springs, FL
    (20 miles south if Jacksonville, FL
    Shawls By Shawls

  31. Karen says:

    Merry Christmas!

  32. nicole chagnon says:

    ici il fait -25 celcius tres froid

  33. Becky says:

    Merry Christmas from East Tennessee, US. I love the projects you post, I made two of the sewing mats for my Mom and sister for Christmas. They turned out so cute! Looking forward to the new year and new projects 🙂 God bless!

  34. Kerry Alldritt says:

    … and Merry Christmas from a small community outside of Toronto, Canada – we are currently experiencing a cold snap created by winds coming down from Alaska but it is what we expect around Christmas – sparkling snow and -15C (+4F)

  35. Cindi says:

    Merry Christmas from very, very frigid Columbus, Ohio. I hope you had a very blessed and wonderful Holiday.

    Looking forward to a brighter New Year for this confused world of ours.

    Wishing you love and warmth…..

  36. Peggy K says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family front North Carolina!!!

  37. JANET C CAMPBELL says:

    Thank you for all you do for us in the sewing field. Appreciate your work, your time, and you talents. Happy New Year from Smithfield, UT It is19 degrees. We are having a heat wave from 1 degree up. Janet

  38. Charleen DiSante says:

    Good morning from the Boston area where it is cold today keeping the inch or so of icy snow frozen and very slippery. Thanks for sharing your expertise and neat messages with us! Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! I used to live in Madagascar so am familiar with the heat of Christmas. I learned a saying there that is used to wish someone a happy birthday or a new year: Congratulations on making it through another year!

  39. Deb Hughes says:

    Merry Christmas & a very happy New Year!

  40. Edna says:

    Merry Christmas from the central part of Oklahoma. Baby it’ s cold outside. I had no idea you were in Australia. I love your website, keep up the good work.

    Happy New year!

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