Hello my lovelies. I hope you’re all enjoying summer. One day is melting into the next and before we know it summer will be a distant memory. Soooo, let’s all make the most of summer while we can.

I don’t have much sewing progress to show you today. The only bit of sewing I’ve done recently is bind a quilt …..


I machined the binding onto the front and hand finished it on the back. It’s been rather warm in my little corner of the northeast of England so sewing anything that sits in your lap can be a little uncomfortable. However, I persevered until the whole binding was hand finished.

As the title implies, today was my Sarah’s graduation ceremony. So if you’re not in the mood to share in this proud momma’s joy stop reading now.

Sarah did three years of degree studies. Six months into her first year of studies her father decided to leave the family. Despite all the dreadful months of divorce wrangling Sarah stuck to her guns and worked hard. There was one period of time last year when she wanted to give it all up but somehow, she found the strength to carry on. Today my Sarah graduated with honours.

It was an early start for us today. Sarah had to be at college approximately 90 minutes ahead of the ceremony to collect her cap and gown. The college is situated some 45 miles away and we had to collect a couple of guests on the journey down. So, we left the house at 6:50am. We made such good time as there were no traffic jams along the way.

The ceremony was lovely. There were a few entertaining speakers. And once the speeches were over each student was called up on stage one by one in alphabetical order. Every student made it up the stairs onto the stage without tripping over. The parents and loved ones clapped and cheered each student. For me, it was like a dream. In fact, it all felt a bit surreal. The tears just kept coming and wouldn’t stop. When my daughter climbed those stairs, smiled and shook hands with the Dr. Graham Robson, Chair of the Board of Governors, Cleveland College of Art & Design, my heart sored. After three years of hard work, major family upheaval and plenty of difficult times, finally the thing that Sarah worked so hard for was awarded to her. 

It’s funny what goes thru your mind while graduation ceremonies are going on. One of the things I was thinking about ….. oh goodness, did I teach my Sarah to shake hands with her right hand!!!!! Well of course I did but at the time I just couldn’t remember. My Sarah is turning 22 next month. I just hope that I have equipped her with all the tools she needs to live a long, happy and healthy life. Well done Sarah. Now it’s up to you to make something good of yourself. Be creative, be yourself. Operation Taking Flight is complete and we’re now looking forward to whatever comes next.

I took a couple of photos of Sarah after the ceremony with my phone …..
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So far, it’s been a beautiful summer. I have been enjoying travelling in slow lane for a few weeks now. And I plan to carry on for a few more weeks. Now that graduation has come and gone I hope to settle in to a bit more creative sewing. I have a few projects to finish up and a few others to record on paper and develop.

So, I guess that’s my report for today. I hope you all have a super cosy evening doing something you truly enjoy doing. Until next time,

Let’s all keep on stitching.

Lucie x

17 thoughts on “GRADUATION SEASON

  1. Nicola Beggs

    Well done and congratulations Sarah , you have ever reason to be one proud mum . Wishing you every success in all you do in life follow your dreams and grab each opportunity. Hope you are both celebrating tonight well deserved xxxxx


    1. Hi Nicola, Thank you for you very kind and encouraging words. Today was a magical day. The world is our oyster now. We can really start living. Thanks for popping in x


  2. Val

    What a great day! I’m transported back to my family’s graduation ceremonies, and I recognise that bursting with pride feeling – and the tears!! But well done Sarah, you’ve achieved so much and I wish you all the very best for what lies ahead.
    As for your “summer will soon be a distant memory” comment Lucie. My grandson reminded me this week that it’s now only 4 months till we need to make the Christmas cake. Oh me, oh my, where is this year going!

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  3. nottinghamgirl1970

    Hello Lucie
    What a lovely post. You’ll be relieved it’s all over but with happy memories. Now you can really get on with your life. Well done Sarah. Lovely photo too.
    June x
    Sent from my iPhone

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  4. quiltingloulou

    Good heavens Lucie, where has the time gone. It doesn’t seem three years since you were telling us that your Sarah would be going to study for her degree! It’s no wonder you are so proud, it’s a wonderful achievement for which she has worked very hard. She is very talented and I loved the fabric that she designed earlier. Soak it all up whilst you can and I am sure she will be going on to bigger and better things. Congratulations to Sarah herself, you deserve it
    Linda Hodges

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  5. Congratulation to you both. What a journey. It’s been a privilege to have followed along with you. I wish Sarah success and happiness in everything that lies ahead and I wish you, Lucie, much joy and contentment in your new beginning. Hugs to you both. Maree xxx

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  6. What lovely, moving words Lucie to describe a brilliant day for you and Sarah.
    It’s a brief, fleeting ceremony that belies the huge amount of work that has been put into the achievement.
    Congratulation Sarah.
    I can see some Wakefield Girls collaborations in the future.

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  7. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my goodness Sarah, you are so grown up now. I remember when I first started reading your blog Lucie & Sarah was still at school & although I’ve not met her, I feel the proudness (is that a word?), in your words as you wrote that post & glad you’ve both come through the tough times & are heading into a bright new future. Enjoy your sunny warm weather, take care & huggles.

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  8. Well Sarah, where to start. You are a very determined young woman, this will stand you good stead for the future. I am so proud of you, and I am crying reading the lovely letter that you Mum has written. I too, went to University while going through a nasty divorce, I remember, Sarah, climbing those stairs, saying, is this true? did I really do it? After not knowing what was going to happen? Like you, I had blips and bumps as to what I would do, it is not easy. It was hard work, wasn’t it? Fine Art, an artist, people think oh, yeah, well anyone can do it…HAH!! We are special Sarah, and I am crying knowing the road you walked.
    Lucie? Never doubt what kind of Mother you are, you at Sarah and her achievements, there is your answer. You have done as much as you could and that is your best. And it is all yours, parenting alone during duress. So well done you!
    God bless you both. You both deserve it, a magic milestone.
    Joanna xxx

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  9. grammie1234

    Well done Sarah , I know you will suceed at any thing you decide to do.All your canadian relatives over here are darn proud of you.With all you had to deal with you persisted and you done it.Carry on girl!!!!

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  10. frayedattheedge

    Although it is almost 20 years since Stuart graduated, I remember that feeling of great pride, watching him receive his degree!!
    I am looking forward to seeing what Sarah does next – with her talents I know she is going to go far!!!!

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  11. stitchydragon

    What a special day for you both & many, many congratulations to your daughter for all her hard work and persistence!! Now the next part of her adventure will begin – and yours! Wishing you both a beautiful week, enjoy the sunshine!
    Helen x

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  12. Sheila.

    Lucie, I’ve been away from my computer for awhile.
    Just catching up. Lucie, you have every right to feel proud both
    for yourself and Sarah.
    Well done Sarah you have shown great strength of character
    which will stand you in good stead throughout your life.
    I wish you health, happiness and success for the future.
    Lucie, you are a great mother just look at the lovely confident
    young woman you have reared.

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  13. Like Sheila in the comment above, what shone through for me was Sarah’s beautiful, confident smile. I’m glad that her Graduation Day itself went well and allowed you all to bask in the moment. Now for a little relaxation before moving on to the next challenge!


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