This week I am able to announce that I am officially human. Even better, I am a local human. I am one of 101 local humans selected to be part of a ‘human brochure’ about Canberra. My chicks think it is hilarious that I am now a local human. Over the next couple of months I will meet my fellow 100 humans and we will get to visit all sorts of VIP events at local attractions – many of which involve food and/or alcohol, and places I haven’t visited. The chicks get to attend a few events with me too. Then we get to spend time sharing our experiences in our local region, using social media, culminating in a weekend in October where we can show our city off to family from out of town. It is a pretty big deal.
Of course, you know me – part of me is terrified about all the juggling of competing priorities, about letting myself put me first for once, about meeting all these uber-cool fellow humans and remembering that they have all been fooled into thinking that I am uber-cool too. The other part of me is really excited about getting to go out and have fun with adults doing cool things! If you follow me on any of the social media I use (instagram, twitter, facebook – oh my I am so cool these days) you will see the hashtag #humanbrochure appearing and you will now know what it is about! (and I promise I will try to reduce my use of the word ‘cool’, given that it isn’t actually that ‘cool’ these days.)
Of course, with the confirmation that I am human, comes the realisation that I am a mere mortal, and therefore fatally flawed. Which isn’t really a surprise to anyone! The notification about being human also arrives at the same time as a whole slew of good things, and an avalanche of challenges. Life. Gets you every time doesn’t it?
Good things first (then you can choose to skip the challenges if you want!) I was selected as part of the launch of a new feature on Ebay where you can make your own collections of things that you like. They selected a pile of bloggers and other people to create the first collections, to set the scene for the launch. So far I have had two sets of 5 collections approved, and am working on a 3rd. I tend to use Ebay for very functional things, so taking the time to stop and look around has been interesting. One thing I have learned, very quickly, is the importance of good product shots. I have been aware of it for selling on Etsy for a long time, but really hadn’t thought about it in the Ebay context, until I was looking for images that would hang together well. Oh my there are some shockers out there. One image of a gorgeous vintage porcelain piece had a background of a piece of uncovered, dirty rubber foam. Others showed delicate things for babies sitting on the carpet for the shots – which just didn’t work! The whole image of Ebay as a place for bargains might be the reason, but given the amazing array of good available there, I suspect that the move to collections might start to have an impact on the way people choose to display their wares.
The next good thing was lovely feedback from a customer, lovely feedback from a colleague, and a request to be allowed to quote one of my blog posts in someone’s book (!!!) all within a day or two. It is a bit like getting a compliment from a random stranger while walking down the street – it makes your day! I have also managed to have some of my items on Etsy make the front page after renewing my involvement in my teams on the forums – one of those cases where promoting others really does help yourself.
This one made the front page of the US site, so massive exposure for my bag!
The middle chick is currently directing the shooting of a video that will star the boy, as an entry in a competition to represent the local milk company. Whether they win or not is irrelevant as they are having so much fun making it, negotiating the story line, and adding special effects – it is hilarious to listen to them!
And finally, I was able to sit down and make my first bag using the leather I recently purchased. It is very different from sewing with fabric – not just because of the bulk of the leather when dealing with seams etc, but because it seems to stretch and move when it is sewn (despite my judicious use of clothes pegs to hold it together) and unpicking (which I did a LOT of) leaves holes in the leather that don’t disappear like holes in fabric do. Still – the results are so different to fabric that I think I will continue learning and practising. I am considering investing in an industrial machine – I suspect that would help a lot! For this one I used some leather from a piece of milled hide, a part of a sleeve from a suede jacket a friend sent me, and lined it with an indigenous print cotton.
As for the challenges? My boy. That beautiful soul who snuggles in and remembers the most awesome details about conversations you have had years before, who loves to be able to help, who fills my heart with joy. Once again we are back to dealing with challenges. The respite gained after the trip to the chiropractor was short lived. I suspect the change in houses over the weekend contributed to it. For a boy who doesn’t deal well with change, moving between houses each week is challenging. I have said it before and I will say it again. Divorce sucks. It doesn’t just suck because the adults are hurt and grieving. It sucks because the children who have no control over their environment get hurt, over and over, for years after the fact. I struggle every day to think about how I can reduced the impact of our family circumstances on my boy. There are no simple answers. However his school continue to find ways to support him to feel okay about himself. When a relief teacher did something in reprimanding my boy that still makes me shake with emotion, the boy was able to come home feeling good about himself (and completely unaware of how upset I was) because the executive teachers made sure that he was safe and felt wanted and useful. God bless them. We are entering another phase of analysis and diagnosis with yet another specialist. The next few months will be challenging. Again. Thank heavens that when he is good he is awesome!
Heading into the weekend with the rounds of winter weekend sports, children who need to be ferried from friend to friend, and all the other activities that seem to fill our days of ‘rest’ I am hoping to be able to get a little bit of sewing done – and finishing those last few rounds on the rug for the girls’ room! I’ll check back in and let you know how it went!
Have a great weekend, wherever you are!