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Jan 23, 2015

National Pie Day + MPB Turns FIVE!



OMG, you guys: It's NATIONAL PIE DAY once again!

But wait -- that's not all.  Today MPB turns five -- five.

I can hardly believe it, because with the exception of a small solar lentigo on the side of my nose (always wear sunscreen, kids), I look exactly the same; I'm like the male Jennifer Aniston.  When will I ever look forty?





As most of you know, I started sewing in June 2009 and launched this blog roughly seven months later when Michael burst in on me in the bathtub and said, "I've got a great name for a men's sewing blog!" (I'm not kidding).  The following day MPB was born.

While I've taken short breaks here and there, I haven't really stopped sewing or blogging since that time.  It's only when I remind myself what I've sewn (much of it archived here) that I realize how much time has gone by.



Naturally, the celebrity greetings have been pouring in, including a brief (but heartfelt) telegram from Tippi Hedrin, a luscious Whitman sampler from dear Ann-Margret and, from my good friend, actress Gladys Cooper, an autographed photo I will treasure always.







So what will the next five years bring?  I can only say that I have big plans for pants in the coming months, then we'll take it from there.  As you know, I prefer to go where my energy takes me.

I won't be blogging for the rest of the month (a little winter vacation), but I'll be back the first week of February.  If you like pants, you won't want to miss a thing!

Have a great week, everybody, thanks for all your support over the years, and don't forget to eat some pie!!

42 comments:

  1. congratulations, sir! your poor singer sewing book needs a brodart for the crumbling dust jacket. (those plastic covers that libraries use.) enjoy your time off!

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  2. Happy Bitthday, MPB! I'm so glad you answered the question of the origin story of the blog's brilliant name. Enjoy your break!!!

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  3. I always thought National Pie day was on Pi day, March 14, i.e. 3.14...

    Regardless, Happy Birthday, MPB!

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  4. I've always wondered how the name came about! Happy Birthday MPB!

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  5. Happy Birthday! Enjoy your time off!

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  6. Wow, time really does fly. I started following your blog after seeing that amazing vintage sheet shirt on Burdastyle and haven't missed a post since. Thanks for an amazing 5 years. xx

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  7. Well, I'm putting my shoes on right now and I'm going to get some coconut cream pie right now! Happy 5th, I look forward to ne next 5 (at least).

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  8. Peter, congratulations! Happy fifth anniversary! May all following anniversaries be even more fruitful and successful.

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  9. Congratulations! It's been fun reading all your sewing adventures, thank you! (Saro)

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  10. Happy Blogaversary! Hope your going somewhere warm.

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  11. Congrats! I can't remember when I first started reading your blog but it's been a while! Thank you for being you, because on my worst days when I can sneak online at work you always brighten my days. Here's to many many more!

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  12. Happy birthday! Boy an I glad that micheal interrupted your bath!
    Frankie
    Xxx

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  13. Congrats Peter! Enjoy your winter vacation.

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  14. Happy Birthday, MPB, and congrats to you and the brilliant team behind the scenes. A special thanks to Michael for his inspirational idea (though I thought all great ideas were born IN the bath/shower?).

    Have a great holiday.

    Spud.

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  15. Happy anniversary and see you in February. I'm a relative newcomer but recognize the inspired sewing/blogging that can only come from years of experience. Thanks for all of it and I look forward to much more.

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  16. Happy Birthday MPB! And for our mutual fans of Tippi, a little light reading: Ms Hedren and the nail salon industry. http://articles.latimes.com/2008/may/05/local/me-nails5

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  17. Happy Anniversary to MPB! I hope your pie is Key Lime to match Tippi's celadon suit. (Google pics of the Hollywood Costume exhibit and you'll see it.) And for heaven sakes, bring back the VLOG! How else am I going to be able to do a "Carousel" sing-along at the top of my lungs, to the muted joy of my family? Keep on with your expert sewing and joyful writing!

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  18. Congratulations! Michael is a genius, because your blog name is simply the best!!!

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  19. Happy anniversary. You've inspired so may of us to try to be the best at what we love to do.

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  20. Happy anniversary! I feel just like an excited servant girl!!!

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  21. Happy anniversary Peter! Thank you for all the enjoyment you've given me through your blog. Anne-Marie

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  22. Congratulations on 5 amazing years!

    Your world is all fresh air and quirky possibilities; thank you for continuing to share it with us.

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  23. So many of us would be lost without your blog. It's always a bright spot in my day when I see you have a new post. Thanks for all you do!

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  24. Happy blogversary! Enjoy your break!

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  25. Thanks for all the great blogs. I missed being in on the beginning but when I discovered MPB I read through the archive and decided to give blogging a try. I'm still trying but you have succeeded.

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  26. Happy 5th year of MPB. Thanks for all the inspiration and great reads. Will we have more singing? I love that : )

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  27. Happy 5th. I find your blog entertaining, inspirational, and very motivating. I wish you'd get a tv show but without those stupid suspenseful moments before the commercials. And God forbid it stopped the blog!!!

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  28. Congratulations! I can't get organized to write thank you notes, much less a blog. It has been great reading the blog, meeting you and, best of all, attending my first MPB day in August. That is one step closer to self actualization. Enjoy the break and I'll send you photos of my Seahawks themed swimwear and vest.

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  29. Did that lady in the white dress (pink background) give you those white plastic seats that are quite often in your pics?

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  30. Congratulations and well done. Enjoy your break. Love your blog, it is such a lovely mix of exceptional quality sewing, information and fun. thank you Jane

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  31. Have a good break, and I hope your mother's recovery continues well. Congratulations on your anniversary!

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  32. I like pants. Auguri on this auspicious occasion.

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  33. As a beginner, I take you as an inspiration: if in 5 years, I can do what you can do, I'll be happy! Bonnes vacances!

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  34. Happy Blogaversary Peter. You've packed a lot into that time.

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  35. Congratulations! I love reading your blog.

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  36. Happy Birthday MPB! It's a fabulous blog. Thank you for sharing your talent and time, Peter!

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  37. Congrats on MPB’s big 5! Thank you for five years of creativity and inspiration!

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  38. A belated happy 5th birthday to MPB! Your sewing output and skill are constant sources of inspiration. I think you sew in a month what I sew in a year. :)

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