Monday, February 20, 2012

Miss Goodie Two Shoes custom orders

A memo to my regular A Country Wife readers; I apologise for this shameless interlude in transmission. It seems that lately my life is no longer that of a country wife, but more of a miss goodie with two shoes. Well the creator of, and many. I have spent many months repeating the following words in my head, over and over, in a thousand different formats. Trying to grapple with my rapidly changing business and the long list of orders that never seem to shorten. I have been avoiding the document shortcut on my lovely big iMac screen, the one that says "custom orders 2011", for I know it is already 2012 and the list has barely halved. Alas, there is only so long you can think about how to tackle things, you need to just do it.

So here it is, all done.

To my dear, wonderful, patient and utterly amazing custom Miss Goodie Two Shoers;

2011 was an incredible year for Miss Goodie Two Shoes, but also an incredibly steep learning curve. I entered the business world with my heart on my sleeve, my head in the clouds and my arms open wide. My business plan was to create beautiful dolls and make our little ones grin with happiness. Unfortunately whimsical dreams rarely translate to reality on paper. There are never enough hours in a day, nor days in a week to create the handmade items needed to meet growing expectations. In my effort to fill each household with its own unique beauty and laughter, I opened a generous waiting list for custom Miss Goodies. Precious girls made from antique lace, felt shoes with ballerina ribbons and layers upon layers of ruffles. In my little wonderland I promised I’d complete them all in 9 months. Little did I know that a single custom Miss Goodie would take me two - four weeks to complete from planning stage to posting. In my ill-prepared plan on pretty pink paper I had circled 2 - 4 day turnarounds in glittery coloured pen. I figured if the dream was beautiful then reality would surely follow suit?

My disappointment is that a year on from opening my arms to over fifty lovely custom homes, I'm only half way through my custom list. There were months when I tried my darnedest to create as many Miss Goodies as was humanly possible so I could feel the load lighten on my weary shoulders. Those months only served to crush my creativity and tear me away from my family. Days became night and nights became day, I ate cereal at 2am and drank strong coffee at 6pm. I lived on barely 4 hours sleep a night and could only converse in a language of fabric, lace and thread. It wasn’t long before I realised that my hobby business had spiraled beyond my control and I ne
eded to put away the glitter pens, file away the pretty pink paper and take my head out of the clouds.

2012 marks the birth of a more realistic, much better organised me. Still a little crazy in love with pink glitter and whimsical dreams, but without the Miss Goodie creations keeping me up until 3am sewing. I still want to fill your households with pretty girls, perfect for tea parties and sharing ice cream with sprinkles, but I can only conquer my dream one day at a time. I will be keeping my custom list published until each and every one of my gorgeous, patient and loyal custom homes have welcomed their precious Miss Goodie Two Shoes, but I am no longer able to guarantee a timeline for completion. If I were a famous artist I could quote something silly about never hurrying a masterpiece. Instead I’ll explain how much love and fulfillment I receive from making Miss Goodies for your little girls; how I like to spend 2 hours deliberating over that final accessory to ensure it’s in just the right place, or how I will sew the same skirt four different ways to ensure it fits like a glove. And how sometimes I just admire your Miss Goodie for a few days before I’m happy that her ballerina ribbons are sufficiently pressed and perfectly tied. I’m a perfectionist after all, and a little crazy obsessive about the pretty things in life.

So where does this leave us? For now, with a small but manageable custom list of lovingly created and impeccably dressed Miss Goodies. I aim to complete one - two customs a month, but as with anything in life even that isn't a given. You are welcome at any time to opt for VIP access to an upcoming market night if you need to ensure your Miss arrives in time for an important occasion. Miss Goodies do loathe being unfashionably late. VIP access enables you to choose exclusively from a Miss Goodie collection before they are released for sale. But as with my custom list, VIP passes are subject to a waiting period as only two passes will be awarded each market night.

At this point I should reiterate that I am not taking any new customs, and that any previous "expressions of interest" for a custom Miss Goodie have been sadly cancelled. 2012 is the year that I focus on market nights and celebration sales, so that I can create as my heart desires and have Miss Goodies available to each and every one of you. For it is with the warmest heart that I say thank you; thank you for your love, support and generosity, thank you for your patience, understanding and thank you for your all-round wonderfullness xx

Customs February - December 2012

Janelle Curry

Stacie Sinclair
Janet Lovett
Dafina Rexha
Lorissa Sharpe
Tina Murray
Jess O'Halloran
Deborah Tomalin
Tina Gibb
Tammy Hughes
Lynda McIntyre
Terri Foote
Rachael Rew
Simone Nuroo
Vicki Jackman 

VIP access to Miss Goodie market night 2012

Rachel Platt
April Ure
Sultan Seyis

Nicole Duvet
Crystal Bard
Bianca Webb
Katie Bashford
Samantha Tio
Amanda Warren
Jane Syme
Maddie Hinwood

Customs January - December 2013

Roz Borg
Cathy Atta
Joanne Powell
Kerrie Brooking

Monika Burnside
Emma Woods
Marlena Alesci-Favaloro
Jo Schofield
Monique Edginton
Jesamine Sargent

Kristy Mansfield
Jen Kennedy
Jade Kennett
Slavica Ciffolilli
Kylie Abu Jaffar

The full custom list can be found here under the notes section on my facebook page. You will note a few extra names on my custom list above as they are winners of custom Miss Goodies through charity auction in 2011.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The changing of the seasons

It's been a long 2 long months of harvest. We've survived rain, deluges, flooding, storms and bogged headers. After what seemed only days ago to be a season we wouldn't survive, today there was a light at the end of the tunnel. White fluffy clouds in a bright blue sky and paddocks of stubble as far as the eye can see. This bittersweet season of harvest is finally coming to a close. Soon there will be no dust rising from an overworked header, no flash of green tractors speeding past the gate.

Soon we will be on holidays, and this year we will relish every step in the soft white sand, every spray of ocean and every sip of ice cold beer as we say goodbye to a season we hope never to meet again.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Grateful for..... a chance to be creative

With harvest dragging on so slowly, we have spent a lot of this week at home, giving hubby lots of moral support and cooking up delicious batches of whoopie pies, cakes and slices. And instead of busy nights sewing custom Miss Goodie Two Shoes, I have had the chance this week to leisurely create some new designs and sew some pretties for my friends. 

Tonight while perusing my fabric stash it occured to me how grateful I am for this chance to relax and recuperate from such an insanely hectic 2011. In sewing I have found my new love, my little niche in life. I get immense joy from crafting and creating for little girls (and big girls alike!). It is with great excitement that I plan the release of Miss Goodie's new collections and new designs.

But for now, I am so very grateful for the chance to sew at whim and for the special little people in my life. To catch my breath and prepare for another incredible year of Miss Goodie Two Shoes.

I hope you too are having a week to be grateful for, I'm playing along with Maxabella Loves. Why don't you pop on over and join in too.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy New Year!

Wow, where did 2011 disappear to? In a flurry of fabric, ribbon and paper we powered through christmas and into a new year, with barely the blink of an eye! It seems to be the pace of my life lately, full steam and lead foot with nothing inbetween. 2011 was a truly amazing year, and I still pinch myself with the realisation Miss Goodie Two Shoes is loved by so many. I have a journal full of exciting plans for my Miss Goodies in 2012 and can't wait to start creating and sharing again.

In the meantime, January is a month of quiet and relaxation with my poor neglected family! I miss the days spent playing with tractors in the dirt, games of tickle and giggle, cooking delicious cakes and healthy meals and laying on the couch reading books. I miss having a spotlessly clean house and drawers full of folded clothes. I miss all the 'normal' things in life, and for that I have resolved to manage Miss Goodie Two Shoes differently in 2012. 

There will still be plenty of gorgeous girls making their way into excited little arms, but my family, my home and my health will be taking much needed precedence. No more 2am sewing marathons or getting up at 4am because I'm too excited to sleep. I resolve to have sparkling floors and happy kids before I fire up the sewing machine. I will create beautiful girls when I can, not because I have to. I resolve to lead a much more organised life!

I really am looking forward to an amazing 2012, I hope you are too.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

This week I am grateful for.... a healthy living challenge

Earlier this week, I blogged about an exciting offer from Soup Marketing to take part in a new program hosted by the Heart Foundation. Mums United is encouraging Mums across Australia to unite in their quest to raise a healthy, active family. This project couldn't have come at a better time and for that I am very grateful! I have been ummmming and aaaaaahing for months now about returning to a healthier and happier lifestyle. With a burgeouning business and two little cherubs I just haven't been able to set a date and commit. Oh how simple in form motivation can sometimes be!

When my Soup pack arrived I excitedly set a number of healthy living challenges for myself and my family for the month of November. Starting with me, and my dream for months now: getting off the couch and into running 5kms. The C25K program is very simple in premise, and amazingly simple in execution. Start with 20 minutes, three times a week and alternate 60 seconds of running with 90 seconds of walking. The program follows the concept of interval training and promises to have you running 5 km in just nine weeks. 

If you're like me and feel a little allergic to running, I guarantee you will be surprised! I downloaded the C25K iPhone app (there's many, I chose the one from Bluefin software) and it gives me handy prompts while pumping out my favourite tunes. Early Monday morning I pulled on my trusty joggers and set out for my first run in........ erm five years....? By Wednesday I was already addicted to the rush of early morning exercise. Ahhhhh adrenalin, how I have missed thee! Week 2 of C25K is much the same as Week 1 and I'm secretly hoping that this fresh burst of exercise will help me in my ultimate goal of shedding some unwanted kilos just in time for summer.

I hope you too are having a week to be grateful for. Why not pop on over to Maxabella Loves and share in the fun xx

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

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