Australia’s Sewing Senior Citizen Crowns Her Upcoming 90th Anniversary Year In Style

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As the royal fanfare from Queen Elizabeth's birthday begins to fade, sewing celebrity Mavis Cox is reaching the final countdown in her preparations to herald in her own big day with the same commitment to pomp and ceremony as Her Royal Highness recently displayed.

The idyllic rural town of Mudgee, 160 miles north west of Sydney, will be the setting for its very own living treasure, Mavis Cox, to welcome in a new decade to an already amazing life and career. Fondly known as “The Doll Lady of Mudgee”, this sister of the former mayor and renowned sewing icon is now applying her usual diligence and effervescence towards her celebratory evening.

As family and friends converge on this nouveau riche wine-growing center of the last quarter century on May 27, Mavis is orchestrating preparations to ensure that the evening truly has the hallmarks of a royal gala event. In her typical humble manner this industrious and budding nonagenarian pragmatically declares, “At my age, I feel so blessed and fortunate to be able to do the things I still love doing, and having good friends and family around me to share with on this very special occasion!”

So, like the British royal monarch, what is it that allows one of her loyal subjects from afar to also reach this defining age, and still continue to defy the age barrier with the same zest for life as an inquisitive child? According to Mavis, “I’ve always maintained a curious mind, and sought out new challenges wherever they may take me. Bringing up a family after the Great Depression was a real challenge in itself, as a young mother in those days needed to be highly resourceful and prudent so as not to live beyond the means of the household, just to keep the family together.”

In fact, Mavis has continued in this vein all through her retirement years as she hopes to leave her legacy to future generations. This was highlighted last year by the release of her book on the Internet called "Sewing 101: A Step by Step Guide to Sewing Basics". My grandchildren told me I should write a book, given all my knowledge I had on the subject, and can you believe it that I now have people from all over the world writing to me expressing their gratitude! It’s just absolutely amazing that I’ve been able to reach so many people through my book.”

And now Mavis is starting to receive birthday wishes as well from all corners of the globe as her fans also join in rejoicing the celebration of this leading stateswoman of the sewing world. And where does Mavis go to next with all this worldly adulation that has befallen her? Her riposte, which belies her years, is simply, “I’m going to carry on doing more of the same for as long as I can. I still drive my own car and can get around independently. Being a night owl, I also stay up well into the evening with the various sewing projects that I tend to have on the go. I enjoy it so much that the night could go on forever and I wouldn’t mind.”

For a dose of inspiration you might like to see and hear Mavis for yourself by visiting her website to bear witness to how this equally incredible woman shows no signs of stepping down from her sewing desk for a good time to come.

For more information on Mavis, inquiries can be made by ringing +44 (20) 89327850.


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