Ms. Jackie of all Trades SpoolTeacher says this all the time. Every time she thinks she has a novel idea, not so much. < Click the image left to see what she means (maybe after you have read the rest of this story).
When she had her Lollipops & Polka Dots Variety Store, she would always be working on a project of some kind while waiting for clients.
She had managed to get her hands on all kinds of fabric remnants that a local Thrift owner was selling from her collected personal stock.
Many moons ago, she had made a 25″ Raggedy Ann doll and “accidentally” gave it as a Christmas gift. She never could figure out what possessed her to do that. She’s wondering now if it was a girl and boy. Time diminishes the pain, but not so much. So she, all these years later, finally got out her pattern and decided to make herself one to keep. After doing so, she remembered why she had waited 30 years to do it again. It is a tremendous labor of love.
Then people started asking “How much are you selling her for?”
Not happening. But she tried to concoct an amount in her head of if she would what would the price be. She didn’t count the time it took her, but she is sure it was over 40 hours. At $10 an hour, $400. She imagined she might get away with $150, but that would mean $3.75/hr not including fabric, stuffing, embroidery floss, love.
So, she got the bright idea to cut “ensembles” out and offer classes or just sell the sets. She cut out body parts as well and marked them separately. Differing colors of skin, so customers could invent their own identity. Build-A-Bear, nothing new under the sun!
One young high school girl came in to take sewing lessons. It was about her third project that she decided she wanted to tackle an Ann Doll. So, she picked out the kit she liked the most and she and Ms. SpoolTeacher sat side by side for hour upon hour, making their dolls.
The young high school girl was so enamoured with the project, that she took it home to work on her own.
That same young girl took a few sewing lessons and is now making Haute Couture quality items. Totally amazing work she does and is still excited to show Ms. SpoolTeacher her masterpieces. She’s a genius.
Ms. SpoolTeacher’s project was a labor of love for a friend who had a granddaughter going off to College and she wanted to give her something special. How could she refuse. The granddaughter was mixed race Hispanic/Anglo, (is that PC?) So, Ms. ST tried to oblige the theme.
Purple-Haired Ann could hardly wait for Machita to become real. Their story of becoming BFFs is told in the “The Spooling of Two Hearts”.
So, Ms. SpoolTeacher thought she had a novel idea. Not so much. She did end up bringing her operation to her Home Studio and closing that real(ity) shop. She now offers the ensembles (some of them) for sale on Etsy.
Today she was updating a “Treasury List” from which several items had dropped out from/of?. She started searching Etsy for “rag dolls” when she stumbled upon another verification that there is NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN,
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 ,
and that inventing a novel idea is near impossible; but that sounds glass half empty and she is not of that persuasion, so she just tries to tweak the idea to it’s novel-ist best. The doll at the beginning of this post is made one-of-a-kind by this wonderful lady, Shae Bailey who sells them on Etsy. Check her out.
In the mean time, Ms. JoaT SpoolTeacher thinks she might win the lotto. That’s a novel idea. Say.
Her mission for Food Security made baby steps, like “the dent that a baby spider makes on the surface of water”, in progress this summer. She thinks she will start taking the advice of Markam Farm’s, Brett L Markham, from his post Planting Nature’s Way where he says, “Nature is pretty savvy. Plants and seeds in the wild just seem to know what to do and when to do it.”
After all her massive efforts to grow seedlings, transplant, compost, weed……and on and on and on and on…tomatoes failed to set, though the plants thrived, squash got aphids this year, cucks were new but did fair well, pumpkin about six, cantaloupe one giant that she plucked a little too soon…beets nil, pepper, one teeny tiny still struggling to grow up, beans, ( supposed to be easy) all died…clearly not enough to feed herself. But she learned a lot. After all that, when the season started coming to a close, massive amounts of cantaloupe volunteered, a few tomatoes too. What up? Nature. It does it’s best if left to do what it does. We are just stewards and lovers of it.