Sewaholic takes a holiday!

Hey, everyone! Exciting news for me. I’m going on holidays starting next week, yay! It’s been years since I had a vacation. And even more importantly, this will be the first time I take a real break since starting Sewaholic Patterns. It’s about time! It’s scary, being away from my business, but I know I’ll come back refreshed and ready to work even harder.

I debated pretending I was here the whole time, but then I decided it was better not to. I’d rather you know that I’m not actually here to reply to comments or questions – and also that it is possible to have a holiday while running a business! It’s not all work, all the time. (Well it is, most of the time – just not for the next little while!)

You probably have questions, like what happens if I place an order, and will the blog be silent the whole time, and where are you going?

What about orders?
Orders will still ship! I’m arranging to have someone fill in while I am away and make sure that your orders get out to you quickly. But just in case, it’s best to get your orders in now before I leave!

How about the blog?
I’ve scheduled a couple of interesting and useful posts to go up while I’m gone, to keep you entertained! But I won’t actually be here to read your comments until afterwards. If you see someone ask a question in the comments, and you know the answer or have a suggestion, I’d love it if you can jump in with your two cents! It will be a little quieter around here while I’m gone, but it won’t be complete silence.

Where am I going?
Ah yes, good question! Mr Sewaholic and I are packing up the Smart Car and heading out of town! (So I can only take a small suitcase and only a few pairs of shoes..) We’re heading south in search of warmer weather and adventure!

We’ll be driving down through the USA, visiting fabric stores (and now yarn shops! Lucky Mr Sewaholic, right?) and relaxing. I’m only kidding about touring the fabric and yarn shops, I want to see the sights and relax. Besides, there isn’t room in the Smart for fabric or yarn, just the essentials. I’m hoping we can make it to the Grand Canyon! (I promise not to do this – terrifying!)


I’m hoping that everything goes really smoothly while I am away, but if mass disaster strikes, I’ll clean it up when I get back! It sure is hard to step away your business when you’re doing something you love doing every day. I’ll miss you guys! Although I’m finding it hard to leave, I also find that when I’m away from the day-to-day, I come back even more inspired and full of fresh ideas.

So I’ll see you near the end of July, recharged and ready to go! Do you have vacation plans this summer? Plans to relax and enjoy some quality sewing time? Whatever you’re doing, I hope you have a great one!

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50 Responses to Sewaholic takes a holiday!

  1. Burke June 28, 2012 at 6:21 am #

    Yay! Good for you – I’m sure you deserve it! My hubby and I are moving to St. Simons Island in GA in a week and I’ll get to enjoy about 6 weeks off from my horrid government job and I AM THRILLED! A break from it all can do wonders! Have a blast!!

  2. Gabrielle June 28, 2012 at 6:22 am #

    Hooray for holidays!0

    It doesn’t matter who you work for, you still need the occasional break from work. Hope you have a very relaxing holiday and that you get great weather for it too!

  3. Emilie June 28, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    Sounds great! You definitely deserve a vacation! Take advantage of the time off to get your mind off work! I’d love to see the Grand Canyon… I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time!
    Now I just have to order my Thurlow pattern right away… what a great excuse!

  4. Gem June 28, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    Happy vacationing! Who knows what kind of inspiration will strike while you’re cruising down the highway!

  5. Graca June 28, 2012 at 6:36 am #


  6. Inge June 28, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    Enjoy your holiday Tasia! If you make it to the Grand Canyon, you should also try to visit Zion park, I was there on holidays last year and it’s really beautiful.

    • Tasia June 29, 2012 at 11:04 am #

      Yes! It’s on my list. I want to walk in the bottom of the canyon – did you do that? Was it cool? I’m excited to see a totally different part of the world.

      • Audie June 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

        I’ve walked to the bottom and it’s awesome – literally – but don’t expect to do it in one day (the park rangers will warn you about this as well) While distance isn’t too bad, the vertical change is quite drastic, and you will be more worried about making it back up than actually enjoying it. But there are some great cabins at the bottom which I highly recommend! (or if you have a tent the campgrounds are super nice) Enjoy your vacation! With all the work you’ve put into these last 2 years you deserve it!

  7. LLBB June 28, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    have so much fun! I hope you get to see Bryce canyon too!!

    • Tasia June 29, 2012 at 11:05 am #

      Also on our list! I borrowed a book from a friend with beautiful colour photos of the canyons – Zion and Bryce and of course the Grand Canyon. It looks amazing!

  8. Lauren June 28, 2012 at 7:03 am #

    Ooh, your vacation sounds like it will be fantastic. Have a wonderful time – you have definitely earned it :)

  9. Tasha June 28, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    What a fun adventure, go where the wind takes you! Have a wonderful, safe and fun trip! ENJOY!

  10. Thea June 28, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    How exciting! Not sure how I’ll cope without the entertainment (I’m trying to finish a PhD, and your website provides brief entertainment in breaks!), but maybe it’ll make me work ;-) Hope you have a lovely time – I went to the Grand Canyon last year, and it was amazing, so fingers crossed you get to see it! Go the smart car!

  11. Latrice June 28, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    Have a nice safe trip

  12. Carla June 28, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    Good for you & Mr. Sewaholic! Have fun & enjoy yourselves! Safe travels =)

  13. Caroline June 28, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Good for you for getting away! Let us know when you’re down in Portland! Hopefully you roll through. I’d love to go to Fabric Depot or Mill End with you or go out to dinner! Get in touch.

  14. Jessica June 28, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Good for you! And a nice, long vacation you’ve got planned too. Enjoy yourselves and don’t even think about work while you’re gone! (I mean the nitty gritty stuff, not the inspirational stuff) Have a wonderful time, we’ll all be here when you get back.

  15. Corinna June 28, 2012 at 8:02 am #

    Have fun!

  16. Jessica June 28, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    Yes- as someone else said, Utah’s a great place for spectacular rocks- Zion’s and Arches National Parks, not to mention Bryce Canyon and, well, everything. Also great fabric stores :) Have a fun and relaxing trip!!!

  17. Trisha June 28, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Have fun on your vacation! The Grand Canyon’s not too far from where I live. It really is amazing–it’s hard to imagine what it will be like until you see it in person. Enjoy!

  18. Holly June 28, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Congrats on taking a holiday, you deserve it! It’s obvious you’re passionate about your work, but a break from the business will leave you refreshed! Enjoy it!

  19. sunny June 28, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Oh, have a terrific time! You will be seeing some gorgeous country.

    Just to be careful, there are a number of large forest fires in the SW U.S. You can check at to see areas to avoid. It’s fire season, and there have been some ongoing droughts. :(

    • Tasia June 29, 2012 at 11:01 am #

      Thanks so much for the link! We will be sure to check it out before we go.

  20. Sassy T June 28, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    Just chill.

  21. Nothy Lane June 28, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    I love car trips! Music, fresh air and fast food! Have lots of fun….for now, I can only dream of summer vacation…It seems like it will be eons before I get a break, but in reality it will be another month. I just really need a break this year….


  22. Miss Crayola Creepy June 28, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Cool!! Are you coming to California???

  23. Mary L June 28, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Good for you… On a selfish note, I hope you will cross the border at the Blaine crossing during the day and stop in and say hello.

    Have fun!

  24. Katja June 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Yeay for vacations! Everybody needs a break of work, even if you love what you do and are self-empoyed. Oh and how much fun are road trips! Have a great time, relax, enjoy the sunset over the grand canyon, and just enjoy your exciting road trip!
    I’ll be working pretty much all summer, but I live near a lake in Switzerland, and if we have decent summer weather, it can definitely feel like holidays on my days off. But I do have a real vacation (and a really exciting one too) coming up in november: 4 weeks Costa Rica, jippiiii!

    • Tasia June 29, 2012 at 11:03 am #

      Four weeks! Now that is a nice holiday especially in November, when the weather gets cold! How lucky to live by a lake in the summer, that sounds lovely.

  25. indigorchid June 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    What a great trip to take – enjoy it!

  26. Sewing Princess June 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Have fun, relax…and take it easy. I think it’s ever more important when you are running your own business. Don’t stress…we will still be here sewing away and waiting for more gorgeous patterns!

  27. Dana June 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Hope you and Mr S have a great time together. Be sure to post some photos when you get back.

  28. Lucy June 28, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    Good on you – you deserve it! You’ve been like a machine the last couple of years. It’s too easy not to when you’re self-employed.

    And I’m very envious that people in your part of the world can just pack up the car and go to the Grand Canyon on holiday. Sounds like it’ll be a fantastic trip!

    • Tasia June 29, 2012 at 11:01 am #

      It’s quite the drive from here, it’s not as close as I may have made it sound! Probably if we were to drive straight, a 3 day drive? But we’ll be stopping along the way.

      It’s funny, being self-employed means I don’t need anyone’s approval for time off or to check with co-workers first. You would think it would be easier to leave then, but it’s much harder!

  29. Amanda June 28, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Yay for holidays! I hope you enjoy your break and get lots of time to chillax. And it’s always nice to hear of another couple who take their SmartCar road tripping. Wee Jasper has been all over Australia and he has never failed on us :D Have a blast!

    • Tasia June 29, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      That’s so great to hear! People think we’re nuts to take a small car, especially people who are used to driving large vehicles. Thanks for the reassurance that it can be done. Wee Jasper is such a cute name!

  30. Roxy June 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    Have an amazing and well deserved break. I hope you find some nice warm weather too!!

  31. Angelina June 28, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    Yay! I hope you have tons of fun!

  32. Amanda June 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    Enjoy your much-deserved vacation! A road trip with your guy sounds like the perfect way to spend some time off. :)

  33. Nan York June 28, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    So nice to hear you’ll be getting yourself a nice break. Take care and be safe and have fun!

  34. Nikki June 29, 2012 at 2:57 am #

    Happy holidays, methinks you deserve it! I don’t envy you making a long journey in a Smart Car though! Mine was never comfy enough for long journeys!

  35. Irene June 29, 2012 at 5:52 am #

    Have a wonderful time! You really do deserve a break from all the hard work.

  36. Vicki Kate June 29, 2012 at 7:03 am #

    Have a wonderful holiday! You’ve certainly worked hard for it and we’ll all be here when you come back :) Can’t wait to hear about your adventures!

  37. Kay June 29, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Have a fantastic vacation!! :) Have a blast!

  38. Tasia June 29, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    Thank you all for the encouraging comments wishing me a nice holiday! I can’t wait. I am so excited! (The closer I get to finishing everything on my to-do-before-leaving list, the more excited I get!)
    Have a great weekend everyone!

  39. Agneta Olofsson June 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    The good thing about taking holiday during the summer – is that everyone else does as well! :) Have a wonderful vacation! I hope I can make some Thurlows during mine vacation, I should be able to make at least 2 pairs during 1,5 months! :)


  40. Alisha June 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

    Have a great time! I drove to San Francisco in my smart car with my sister a few years ago (from Vancouver). There’s totally enough space and the car just zipped along the highways and mountain roads. I loved it!

    While you’re away I hope to make a cambie dress and a skirt. Yay!


  41. Christine July 1, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Yay! I think it’s widely known that I’m a big believer in vacations, especially for the self-employed, and doubly so for the creative self-employed! It does wonders for me to step away and recharge and get inspired, so good for you! If you’re in the LA area on your way down, let me know! I just got home last night from my holiday and would love to meet up if you’re passing through. But if you’d rather not think about sewing on your holiday, I get that too! Have a great time!

  42. Amber July 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Have a great holiday! If you make it over to San Diego, please feel free to email me. I would love to give you two a tour of the area (including fabric shops).

  43. Andrea July 11, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    There are lots of great fabric and yarn shops in Portland, OR! I could take you to coffee! If you are looking for great sights to see, you should try to make it to Crater Lake. It is gorgeous, but a little out of the way. I’ve lived in Oregon all my life and have only made it once so far. I hope you have a great time on your trip!