Friday, January 11, 2008

Yes But No

Going through the 2nd round of fabric strike-offs today for two lines in the studio to make changes to the changes, which I think describes just how it feels to communicate through little notes and tape and paper on the fabric about all your wishes and dreams for this piece and that piece. Wow that was a long sentence, which I should quit because I'm currently washing my gray away and only have 6 more minutes starting......NOW!

Anyway, the mill almost has the colors right, just a few booboos here and there that I need to point out and also offset with some other encouraging notes like "love it!", "perfection!" etc. I worry whether they think I'm nice. I need not worry like this, but I do just the same. Is this the slowest leak on a fabric line in the (short but vibrant) history of blog debuts of fabric lines!!?? I feel like I'm keeping too much from you on all other fronts. Please pretend to be over the top excited when I actually present the grand introduction of Drawing Room even though nothing will look new to you. Actually I think it will. Lots of juicy bits yet to discover in this lot my friends.

So while coloring my hair, blogging, finishing the book, designing the interior and cover for the book, and making fabric notes I also tried to cram in a 3 o'clock lunch with a buttered and toasted cinnamon raisin bagel. After eating the first half, (which tasted fine) I started in on the second half, just to notice a tiny fuzzy white thing on the cut side of it. I know. Then I thought maybe the paper towel it was sitting on brushed across it and left a little fuzzy. Not wanting to find something else to eat, I tried to reenact that occurrence by brushing the paper towel across the surface to see if it would leave a fuzzy mark and therefore continue eating. It wouldn't leave a fuzzy mark. I considered how the melted butter could have slicked up the surface enough to keep it from attracting any fuzz fibers. I also considered how absolutely insane I am.

So as it turns out changing, and re-changing the tiniest little details on 77 fabrics containing over 100 colors does not appear to be too detail oriented for me.

I threw the bagel away.

have a good weekend pals. xoAM

56 comments:

  1. the fabric looks abslutely wonderful! i love the colours and the little butterfly, sweet! you should start selling your fabric in europe too, at least sweden could use some more of your colour! =)

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  2. Looks great!! I can't wait to see more.

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  3. Thanks for the sneak peeks!

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  4. Love the peek at the pretties! Bummer about the bagel.

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  5. Do you know my 7 year old daughter asked our local fabric store Amitie when your new line Drawing Room would be in! She's mad for your Chocolate Lollipop and can't wait to see what new gorgeousness you come up with. Wait till I tell her it has butterflies on it!!

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  6. Is that a bird I see there? I must have it all. I haven't a clue what I will do with it (probably fold it nicely and lick it occasionally and dream!).

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  7. melissa@yummygoods5:53 PM

    wow, anna maria. Seriously, that fabric is flippin' breathtaking! Thank you so much for your well wishes the other day. I am looking into flights to Portland, you're going, right?

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  8. I can't wait to make something pretty with it! I love what I believe is a bird.
    Jamie

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  9. I am loving this new line......I have some of all the choc lollipop and think I will have to do the dame with this! :) I am super excited for the final reveal!!

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  10. Ah the love/hate time of strike-offs. When you first get them it's all perfection and ooohs and aaahs. Then reality sets in and you see the minor color inconsistencies. The second set comes and you grimace a slight bit at the remaining mistakes. By the third time you're anxious and then pleasantly thrilled when it turns out that all is perfect.

    What fun! Can't wait to see your new line in the stores. :-)

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  11. I'm just hoping that a store in my neck of the woods carries it. I'm in love {I would have thrown the bagel out too.} g

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  12. I can't wait to see (and purchase!) your fabric collection. Thanks for the peek. I had a similar food experience today involving chicken. I actually called my husband at work to ask him if he thought it was bad. As if he could smell it miles away. Yes, I am that crazy..you're not alone!

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  13. I loved hearing about the production process. Most of us don't have a clue to that part of the resulting beautiful fabric.

    I chuckled at the bagel incident. I was eating soup that my husband had made yesterday... he's a great cook... does all our cooking. Anyway, there was this little, tiny white crescent-shaped "thing" in my bowl. I was pushing it around and looking at it carefully. He said that it came from the barley. Not any kind of barley I've ever used! I had to eat it or I would have found myself at the grocery store and in the kitchen. So... I just pretended I was on "Survivor" and ate it. Yuck!
    Wisconsin hugs,
    Joni

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  14. Just can't wait! I promise to act totally surprised! :)
    Good you threw the bagel away....

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  15. Hi:

    I'm relatively new here...and just wanted to say how much I love your designs and musings. I managed a digital prepress and print production department in a former life and can totally relate to the tedious work of proofing the 'final products'. I had never really thought about someone needing to do that for fabric designs...although that makes perfect sense.

    Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see the final, final final product. :-)

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  16. How exciting! I just can't wait!!

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  17. Wahaa! You're a bit insane right now!

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  18. yippee !!! Fun new fabric to play with...
    What is the expected arrival date at Freespirit ??

    You are fabulous!!!

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  19. Thanks for the little sneak preview peek! Such yummy colours!

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  20. Elaine L.11:45 PM

    The process is really interesting to me. I can't wait to see the new fabric line.

    ~elaine~

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  21. May I thank you? You share. You share the fascinating details of design and production, of your creative endeavors, and with humility and humor you share the gritty details of the rest of life... the combination makes you such a dear, appealing and interesting friend.

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  22. Yum Yum Yum i super duper love it! I wish we had easier access to your wondrous fabrics in the UK!

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  23. The fabric looks wonderful and like jess above, I wish it was easier to get your fabrics over here in the UK!

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  24. Your eye for detail is what will make this fabrics zing. Such tiny peeks are really starting to build the excitement. When will they be ready to share!!?

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  25. Ooooh! Whet my appetite! (for fabric not bagels)

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  26. I enjoy reading this very much. The processes are interesting. I spent my entire career life in the printing and publishing fields. Pulling color proofs off a printing press and checking them for accuracy is quite a task.

    Sorry about the bagel. I've had plenty of uh-oh food moments in my life. Those in the jungles of Central America require you to simply close your eyes and eat. HA!

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  27. :) I think this is going to be my favorite line of yours, just because I see that bird drawing above and I am fascinated already!!! I will be super excited when you actually debut it!

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  28. The colors are wonderful and I cannot wait to see the complete line of your fabrics!

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  29. The fabric is beautiful, the book will be wonderful, and somewhere in all of this chaos -- remember to breath!

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  30. I cannot wait to see them! And holy smokes... 77 fabrics in 100 colors- thats outrageous. 100 colors that I'm sure I have something to match with them... heh. Counting down to the reveal date! ~jen~

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  31. Go AM go! Love the sneaky peeks. Ugh, major strike off approvals...AND final book deadlines looming too, if I remember correctly. Hang in there!

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  32. What do you do in your spare time???? LOL
    I love love love the color of that apricoty kind of fabric!

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  33. Beautiful blog.
    Beth

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  34. Ah, the proofing process… good luck and hope it's over soon!

    Can't wait to see the final product!!!

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  35. Oh AM - I am VERY excited to see the totality of this line. I'm loving what you are tempting us with so far.

    And thank you for showing bit of the process! I edit a lot of visuals for my job and I know the process can seem mundane to those who are doing it - but for those of us who what never produced a fabric line [and might some day hope too] the actual nitty-gritties are quite fascinating.

    Hope you find a non-fuzzy bagel this week to munch on!

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  36. holy moly! look at all the designing and sewing and things getting done right in my back yard! where have i been? i have enjoyed my visit very much and wish you the happiest healthiest new year of adventure. see you at the flea market!

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  37. what I see is all GREAT!
    Now, I must know- will you be at CHA this year? I just booked my tickets- and I will so be stopping at your booth if you're there!

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  38. Thanks for the sneeky peekies.....looking gorgeous! Can't wait to see and handle them in real life!

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  39. Already lovining it! Thanks for the sneak peak! Bummer about the bagel.

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  40. ewwww...moldy bagel face!!

    can't wait for the fabric. i actually haven't purchased ANY of your other fabrics (I know! for shame!), because i have the darndest time finding fabrics i am actually LOOKING for. dagnabit. maybe i'll have better luck when this set comes out.

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  41. The fabric looks fantastic!..I've had that situation with a piece of half-eaten toast before...the temptation to carry on eating is great, but the yuk-factor is greater...so irritating when it tastes fine though.

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  42. Ah, yes, the joys of multitasking! What makes us think we can do 107 things at the same time and not go crazy? And by us, I mean, women, because you know, I'm not sure men really know what multitasking is. Maybe they can eat breakfast and read the paper at the same time, but how many do you know who can simultaneously color their hair, blog, finish a book, proof fabrics (tell us the truth- I'll bet you were also reupholstering a chair and doing some laundry, too, weren't you?)Congrats!

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  43. Hi Anna,

    My name is Jill Melton and I live in Bellingham, Washington. I saw you on Martha Stewart and then started frequenting your blog. You have such great style and your entries are so thoughtful. Keep it up! You inspired me to finally get my blog going and hustling on some projects. I'm still pretty new at all of this.

    http://www.sweetpeabellingham.blogspot.com/

    My friend Christina recently turned into a knitting fanatic and she has a super cute blog I thought you’d enjoy: http://www.gurlwithapurl.blogspot.com/

    I really like keeping up on what’s in your world. Thanks for all the craftiness!

    Cheers!

    Jill Melton

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  44. I saw your article and picture in the Tennessean. Go Anna Maria.

    Teresa

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  45. Looking good so far - I can't wait to see these fabrics!!

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  46. wow! the fabric looks fabulous! right up my alley!!!! :)

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  47. daisy cottage6:48 PM

    Delicious fabric Anna Maria!
    Just stopping by to say hi!
    ((hugs))
    Kim

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  48. What a fun process! The fabric editing, not the fuzzy bagel!

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  49. I can't wait to see it. Looks great!!!
    I think we've all had a fuzzy bagel or two :)

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  50. Hi!
    I just got to your blog and I loved it. The blog, you and your designs!!
    I'll be watching it :)

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  51. I can't wait. Thanks for the sneaky peeks!

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  52. Anonymous6:52 PM

    lovely fabric, and this post is funny. :>

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  53. LOVE your fabric! Anything bright goes right up my alley! :) I hope that I can find your fabric up here in Alaska... Thank you for being the creative inspiration that you are...

    J

    http://threadsinmystash.wordpress.com/

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  54. oh wow i had no idea so much details went into creating fabrics..
    The colours are fabulous.
    Maggie

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