Hatched a different kind of chick, Jodie Davis’s inner muse tested this world this way and that, but she didn’t quite fit in anywhere — until a boyfriend’s intended insult became a gift of clarity. For him, “You live in a rubber duckie world,” was a put down: for Jodie it was the crystalizing moment.
She booted the boyfriend and set about letting her rubber duckie muse call the shots, to create her own world, her “It’s Rubber Duckie World!”
Thirty-five books later – her best seller, Rubber Duckie, sold 230,000 copies — Jodie has become a top TV host in the crafting world shepherding an online network for quilters, QNNTV.com, which was birthed in the early days of online TV. Her journey has brought her to demonstrating products on HSN, guest co-hosting the most-seen crafts show on PBS, and producing and hosting long-running monthly series including Quilt Out Loud!, an off-the-wall lifestyle quilting show she created with Mark Lipinski. But now it’s time for Duckies…
Dixie Duckies: Give the Gift of a Smile
…Dixie Duckies, to be exact.
Yes, during her many years in the quilting world the rubber duckies have waited patiently along the sidelines, popping their dear wings out every so often to wave a “Don’t forget us!” Jodie’s way. Pushing all else aside, Jodie is now following the insult-turned-enlightened-advice from that boyfriend long ago and turning full time to her mission of spreading the sunshiny smiles of rubber duckies. As she has discovered, the spark of light that rubber duckies instill in humans knows no age, sex, cultural of any other limits. Their appeal is universal. Dixie Duckies pairs the first rubber duckie made in the USA in decades with greetings to celebrate those we love and care about. As Jodie has discovered, a simple gesture of remembering someone and taking a few moments to send a little something tangible means volumes. What better messenger than the Great America Icon, the Rubber Duckie?!
The Cuckoo Clock Designer
…And cuckoo clocks.
Having collected German mid-century cuckoo clocks for years, Jodie jumped at the chance to journey to the premier cuckoo factory in the Black Forest. She turned it into an entrée into designing her own clock, her ulterior motive for a visit to film an episode for a show she was producing and hosting.
Having imported multiple batches of her Quilt Shop Cuckoo Clock since, Jodie is now relishing the prospect of creating more designs for the many kindred souls who are likewise enchanted by these magical little boxes of Black Forest charm. As she has discovered, she’s not the only one who’s cuckoo for cuckoo clocks!
Following is a blog post Jodie wrote at the start of 2014, when she turned her attention from her quilting career to the long-neglected rubber duckies.
Jodie Davis, Rubber Duckie’s #2 Fan
Why is Jodie the number 2 Rubber Duckie fan? Because there can only be one #1 fan and we all know who Rubber Duckie’s greatest fan is: Ernie of course!
No only did Ernie the wisest puppet on the planet due to the fact that he holds rubber duckies in high esteem, but in doing so he gave us the gift of making it cool and okay to love these delightful little guys so.
And here’s a fantastic fact for you: The last step of the process of making our rubber duckie takes place in the very same factory that Ernie’s duckie was made. Is that perfect or what?
Word for the New Year: Rose-Colored Glasses
Meg Cox shared a post on Facebook about her guiding word for 2014: “legacy.” Her choice is oh-so appropriate, considering she is the expert on family traditions. In true Meg style, she then invited friends to share their New Year’s word-to-live-by.
As an exercise it’s a great opportunity to pause and reflect; collect. And at this point 29 folks have done just that. Including Jamie Fingal whose word is “clarity” and Karen Lieberman and Weeks Ringle who both chose “focus.” Weeks wrote, “I do my best work when I ignore the negativity out there and who’s doing what. Bill and I try to do our best work and ignore anything that doesn’t contribute to it.”
Which immediately cued my focus word (or more correctly, idea in object form) to march front and center before me: Rose-Colored Glasses.
Before you get that sicky-sweet saccharine taste in your mouth, relax, no Pollyannas here. Although I’ve been accused of being one –an intended insult that brought total clarity in an “Aha!” moment.
You see, I had this boyfriend years ago who accused me of living in a “Rubber Duckie World.” I was taken aback. “He’s calling me a Pollyanna!” Then it struck me: It was a great thing. I did live in my very own, unique, self-created world with a bathroom (and heart) full of rubber duckies. I didn’t see the world as those “regular” folks around me did. In fact at that time, in a period of regrouping after a setback, I was just getting to a point of the outside reflect the inside again. I booted him and set about nurturing that Rubber Duckie World. And have never looked back. What a gift he gave me.
It’s All About the Bubbles
For me rose-colored glasses are the physical form (or physical manifestation) of exactly what Weeks is saying. They are filters. While mine share some attributes of the commonly understood definition, for example from the American Heritage Dictionary:
Cheerful or optimistic, especially to an excessive degree: took a rose-colored view of the situation.
With an unduly cheerful, optimistic, or favorable view of things: see the world through rose-colored glasses
My rose-colored glasses are all about reality. I don them with intention. For me they function as bubble sorters.
This little slide show tells the story.
Whether our tub is half-full or half empty doesn’t matter. It’s what we do with the people, places, ideas, opportunities, emotions, lessons, etc., etc. in life—the bubbles—that does matter. Rose-colored glasses perched on my nose, I choose which bubbles to catch to fill my tub and let the rest float on by. Bye bye! It’s not that I don’t see those others, it’s that my eye wear is the prescription I need to provide focus. My rose-colored glasses are the gatekeeper of my Rubber Duckie World.
And so, my guiding light for 2014 is my rose-colored glasses. What’s your word for 2014?
P.S. That ever-clever Amy Milne chimed in to Meg’s post with “hydrate.” Love, love, love that! Bubble baths are part of that Amy! (Bet you hadn’t thought of that!)