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Why is this so difficult to put in words?  Maybe I’m still trying to figure out who I am, even at my advanced age!!  These are the things I know:

For 30+ years I’ve been the lucky and devoted wife to a wonderful man (Charlie) who inspires me daily with his warmth and love for family, dedication to our country and his career, his sharp intellect with a dry, witty humor.  We have two lovely daughters who make us very proud.  I am a  farm girl from the picturesque foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in western Maryland.  For the past 30+ years I have been transplanted into the military life, moving 17 times and counting.  I live by the words, “Bloom where you are planted.”  My mother, Jeanne, taught me to sew at age 8 and she encouraged my cooking adventures in her kitchen…and still does when I come home to visit.  She is the best sous chef!!  I have glorious memories of the best times in that log cabin farm house and on the farm originally called “Hospitality.”

I found this at home (on the farm) in a closet and I’m so glad Mom kept it.  This is my first sewing project…okay, first you need to know the time frame…1969.  Now does it make sense?  I remember selecting the fabric at a local fabric store called Eve Lynn in Waynesboro, PA.  I loved the fabric.  I made a simple shift with neck edge and armhole facings and a set-in zipper.  I entered in the 4-H Dress Revue at the county fair that summer and won the Junior Division.  Of course a girl must accessorize with a purse!  Don’t you dig the fringe?  Groovy baby!

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