Friday, April 17, 2015

New lists, the fabric gig and how she stopped her head exploding

Make a cuppa and come back, I'll wait for you.
I thought it might be time for a catch-up. How am I ? well, thanks for asking - I am lost in a list-driven world right now. There are lists by the computer, lists on the fridge, lists in the sewing room  and a master bi-fold list on the kitchen bench, hitherto known as Studio 2 as it has not been clear of craft clutter since January and is not likely to be clear until I board that plane on the 12th of May.

There are two main types of lists. One list, lets call it the Toy List is a list of all the samples I have chosen to send to market with Creative Abundance. This list, while extensive is mostly finished and will be ticked, crossed and highlighted into oblivion by early next week when I seal the box and send them all on their way. It was really hard to choose which toys to take, it turns out that some of my favourites are not really other people's favourite. 
Two elephants, three kinder girls and some chubby birds stand between me and the end of that list. Doable !

The sub-lists are tricky little suckers, they include things like; buy 3 weeks worth of cat food, get a haircut, buy some undies and sort out the technology. There are lists sorted into things that will take all day and small things that I can do after work. One list is actually a giant plastic tub. As I make, and move and generally fart about I put things into it that I want to take with me; things for the Creative Abundance Booth, things for the Ella Blue Booth, gifts, props and eventually the undies.

(This is the Ella Blue basics range)

Then there is the Fabric List, a great long list of pristine things still to be done. Nothing is ticked , nothing is crossed off. It is completely highlighter free. I have strike-offs of my fabric, kind of like those hanging fabric sample books you look at when choosing a new couch or curtains. The sampling (actual lengths of fabric) are not likely to get here to  my house and my sewing scissors until the extreme end of this month, leaving two weeks to turn it into objects before I leave. So I cannot begin to cross things off that list yet - it just sits there, growing and changing and re-prioritising itself in my head eleventy five gazillion times a week.
This has caused a seismic shift I the universe (and some bizarre anxiety dreams) and Jodie the control-freak to end all control-freaks has asked for help. I KNOW !!! What is more I have asked for sewing help? Yep, I am working with other people to help me fill my booth at market.I am buying-in the expertise that I don't have and I am sticking to what I do best, cute but useless (well, except for that one quilt  I have scheduled myself to make). 

(I made one quilt block and then promptly hand balled this project)

So, I just wanted you to know that it is not you, I am not avoiding you. I know we should catch up more often, go out for coffee like normal friends- even a dinner once in awhile. I should call  and email. I should also get out of tracksuit pants sometime between Thursdays and Mondays and go out into the world and mix with real people and I will.
I have penciled it in for June.


  1. You can do it Jodie! Wish I was closer to sew for you or wipe up the mess if you head explodes (which it won't)!

  2. Can I book you and Annie in for a coffee when you come back please, Jodie? Hopefully you will be a normal person with an unexploded head by then! Meanwhile, anything I can do?

  3. How very brave and grown up of you Jodie. You asked for help. Well done. that should ensure you head doesn't explode.

    Take care and enjoy the ride.

    1. that's fine, see you in June i happy to wait it's a date just tell me,which hospital and what doctor stitched you up,after you little explosion.... i will thank them and bring you a cup of coffee,and a chair for you to relax...ha ha...

  4. Useless? USELESS!? the things you make are so delightful, awesome and wonderful, they are NECESSARY and should be available on prescription.

    you do good farting about.

    that basics pile is very pretty. can I have it?

    however. in common with many fabric companies (and paper design stuff too) they have replaced purple with pink and it's not possible to make a proper rainbow. this irks.


    you'll be stopping off here on your way back, yes? what do you mean it's the wrong direction, pfft.

  5. Lovely stuff as always Jodie Onwards and upwards ans they say! I was at the AQC today at the Aussie Hero booth and took a quick micro mini break to look at Frankie and Dee and bought a pattern, You are amazing!

  6. Oh, but Jody -- it is such a beautiful little block -- perfectly matched seams and all. I shudder to think what magnificent creations you would cook up if you took up quilting too!

    And Whew! The elephants made the cut. Now I can sleep at night!

  7. I know it's overwhelming and stressful and maybe a bit scary but wow, Jodie it's so exciting!! I'll look forward to that coffee and a catch up when you get back 😃

  8. Hey div! Slow down a bit and breath. Outsourcing = good. You should teach Finn, dog of wonder to sew and the cats to pack. Problem solved.

  9. You are awesome, and I wish you ticked-off lists, early-arriving fabric and not being too overwhelmed when you receive the fruits of asking for help - that's great that you DID ask for help, as you'll have way more than enough to do already before May 12. Thank goodness you don't also have a child doing NAPLAN this year, as that's smack-bang in the middle of NAPLAN week :-) Have an awesome build-up to Market, and a wonderful Market experience. Cat x

  10. Oh yes. The lists. Oh my. The lists.
    I do actually find I feel calmer once something is out of my head and on a List but I think the Lists may be breeding along with the dust bunnies ...

  11. I don't envy you all of this! But I think it will be worth it for the RicRac brand. Oh, yes indeedy! :)
    Just make sure those still at home keep you fed while you get the lists reduced. May the force be with you!

  12. it's all so exciting Jodie. You are a Marvel. you can sleep on the plane xx


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