Thursday, December 4, 2008

once upon a time

Once upon a time I had to send a photo of myself to someone.
This photo was going to be seen by lots of people. It went with an article, but you know it kinda became all about the photo for me........
I am not beautiful , I am not young and I am not slim but mostly I am just happy being what I am. This photo worried me. I wanted to look.......different?....better?........Younger?
slimmer?

and you know what ? At 9.30 in the morning without make-up (I don't even own any) standing in the sewing room dreading the photo and running late for work.......well I kinda look like someone who is smiling through a rectal examination.

I sent away the photo but secretly didn't want anyone to see it. I didn't realise I was this vain. Today everyone can see the photo and I know someone in blogland will direct you to it......
I kinda still want to keep it hidden but at the same time, I think Living Creatively are awesome and I have to share what they do........


So ,This is me, smiling through my rectal examination.

My name is Jodie and I don't usually look so pained.

I sew stuff and I am pleased to meet you.

81 comments:

  1. It's so lovely to see you in real life..even in the middle of a rectal examination!

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  2. yah...another mum who goes about her day with no makeup on...
    love to see you!!!
    and even better to see you in
    living creatively...
    and believe me the amount of times i have taken several photo's of myself to put up and ended up deleting them all...
    hey...i'm vain and proud of it...
    just let me get out the soft lighting and i'll be right with you...

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  3. Jodie-LoL-you are so awesome! I totally get it I feel the same way about myself! But I must tell you I wish I looked that good so early in the morning and with no make-up! You have noting to worry about girl!
    Very pleased to meet you as well-My name is Tam :D (a fellow sewing blogger)
    P.S. I truly enjoy your blog-you are a very talented girl!

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  4. aww bless.. its lovely to put a face behind a "voice" though... I loath my picture being taken .. I don't really know why I married a photographer.. that pesky love thing I suppose... there are very few pictures of me... I try to hide behind the camera with my husband as much as possible... luckily our son is a total ham so it all works out in the end.

    its good to see you though...

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  5. You know, that procedure will probably be less of an ordeal if you bend forward a little bit!

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  6. Does anyone like pics of themself??

    I avoid having my photo taken, to the point that I have all these pics of my kids, but none of ME with them! It makes me kinda sad...

    Anyway, it is nice to put a face to the name :-)

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  7. It's not so bad - out and proud!!

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  8. Sorry Jodie, I'm still laughing, we all know that you are lovely :) Off to check out Living Creatively now

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  9. I think the stuff you sew is awesome, thanks for letting us all have a little peek!

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  10. Lovely to see you and so refreshing to see a photo that is real and not dressed up for the camera. I must say I love your real hair as opposed to the clipped version on the LC site - a great article though!

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  11. You look great! Love the picture behind your head too!

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  12. I think you are beautiful - a gorgeous warm (despite rectal examination) smile..

    So lovely to see you

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  13. Its a pleasure to meet you in person (kind of).

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  14. I am all of what you are but I am sure you look better than me. LOL Cherrie

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  15. If I told you how many photos I took of myself to get a decent one for Facebook you would not believe me. Did you realise you've been photo-shopped over at LC and you look very cool and groovy. I think the eye chart was holding you back frankly. Great article and gosh your stuff is fabulous

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  16. How nice to see you! :o) I find it weird posting a photo of myself also. I did it once only to prove that I really did meet Amy Butler. Your "stuff" is original, creative, and amazing and I just love your sense of humor.

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  17. I'm still giggling from Trashy's comment but it really is great to see a photo of you! I too wear no makeup, it's only for special occasions, once a year if I'm lucky! In photos I always have a double chin and most of the time I look like a kangaroo whose stunned by the headlights!
    I still feel like I'm in my 20's but it's not me who looks back in the mirror. Sometimes I want to yell Stranger Danger!!

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  18. So THAT's the funny, talented, fabulous Ric Rac... you look like a fun person to share a bottle of wine with or cake and coffee with.

    Make up? Bah! Humbug! Make up is the culture's way of saying to all women that they aren't good enough... but with THIS product all that could change! Piffle!

    You look like a warm, fabulous, funny, witty mum. What's wrong with that, eh?

    Tho' I notice you aren't wearing your selvedge crown to signify you are the Selvedge Queen. Maybe that's for the next project.

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  19. lol..............lol.........lol.......

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  20. Well done! Did you notice Cathy and I never supplied LC with one!! We had to bite the bullet though as we were asked for one last week for Sew Hip. Cathy did them in B&W which helped heaps.
    You are so gorgeous and the LC article is completely brilliant!!

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  21. lol!!! bless you, you look quite ok with having that rectal exam, are you secretly enjoying it?

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  22. Well is there someone out there that actually likes to have their photo taken? It's not me!! Photo doesn't look too bad but you look even better really!! Love the article, well done.

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  23. There should be a club for those of us who hate having our picture taken. I wish I looked as good in my pictures as you do in yours.

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  24. Just so you know, you are younger, slimmer and prettier than me. I use and old photo.

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  25. Hello,

    Have a look at my blog, I've left you an award.

    http://helbels-icklebits.blogspot.com/

    x hel x

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  26. Mrs Ric Rac you are FAB! and an inspiration to us all! In fact I NEED to see a selvedge armchair, 'tis the most fabulous idea!!

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  27. The pic I have on my blog was attempt # 67. Seriously! LOL I am really not photogenic, and even worse if I am trying to take my own photo. How do people take all those gorgeous self portraits??

    Love the write up and am REALLY looking forward to the armchair. Really.Very.Cool. (as always!)

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  28. yayyy a face to go with the name.

    it's really not THAT bad.
    smiling through a rectal exam...that cracked me up!!!
    :D

    thanks for all that you do.
    i love to read your blog.
    <3

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  29. Yay!! Someone else who owns no makeup. Au naturale is my pal too! You look great!

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  30. You look lovely!!!! But I'm afraid I'm still sniggering about Trashy's comment! She's such a bad girl!

    Lucy xxx

    P.S. You only have yourself to blame - if you will go and make such amazing things that you become famous...........!

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  31. LOL! That's an adorable picture!!!

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  32. Oh, how lovely to see the face of a sewing genius!

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  33. Lovely to put a face to the person. I'm a no make up gal too. Congratulations on the article as well

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  34. Congratulations on a great article. You must be so proud. And you look gorgeous!

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  35. Oh, I know the look well.....except that I also look scared, like they just told me they found an alien in there.
    I don't wear makeup either, which is why I look pretty good when I have a fever. Nobody believes I'm sick!
    hey, you look great to me and I love your art. So much fun! congrats!

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  36. Oh, Jodie, that photo is great - it's you through and through! And I love the fact that you stood next to your "Do not panic" picture!!! I think if I was having a rectal exam, I would be crying and not looking as good as you would!!! I'd be looking for a pillow.....ouch!

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  37. Just read the article and I have a grin from ear to ear. It's fantastic Jodie!!!

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  38. HI! It's so nice to see you! You look great :)

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  39. Wow you do hold it together through one of those exams Jodie!!! I often think we should all post a photo of ourselves so we can "meet" each other but I am never brave enough! How stupid is that????? It's great to "meet" you!! My name is Linda and I am a photophobic!!!

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  40. LOL. Who's the lady in the selvedges dress pictures? Your daughter?

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  41. Hi jodie!

    well done on your interview, I must read it now!

    If it make you feel better I could send you a picture of myself, but I think you might already know what I look like : )

    PS: I wonder if this sounds like all those bad comments you've been getting from sex perverts!

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  42. So fun to see you...gorgeous lady!! And lots of fun and a great friend, i'm sure!! Pleased to meet you as well!!

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  43. I think you look like a nice normal person, who is coping very well with her rectal exam!!! Lovely face goes with a lovely and very creatively fabo blog.
    I had my passport photo done last year and it was so bad (like a mass murderer on Valium)that I went home put on full stage makeup and went to another place to get it done. Talk about VAIN!!! Frankly it only looked marginally better!! Good on ya and nice to meet ya. Liz :)

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  44. Everyone is vain darling. Besides, they are all looking at the dress, not you. But I agree the sight chart adds a distinctly medical air...

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  45. You totally crack me up and I think your selvedge creations are something to die for.

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  46. Gee, I hope in the advent I ever have to have a rectal exam I look as good as you do!

    That was such a great interview of you on Living Creatively - good to see you being recognised! You shouldn't be so surprised about it! :p

    ~Holly
    Two Cheese Please

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  47. Ah, Jodie, you are beautiful, of course, and it delightful to meet someone like me who just can't be bothered with makeup.

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  48. I identify with the post fully. I live in fear of having to have a photo of me accompany anything. I applaud your bravery. You look beautiful and crafty and like someone I'd love to go for a beer with! Nice to meet you Jodie.
    Cheers,
    Tracey

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  49. it's nice to "see" you! (i'm a camera shy non make-up girl)

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  50. Nice to meet you too!! I am Jenny!! And I craft!!

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  51. I think you are beautiful. Nice to put a face with the blog. Maybe one day I will put my picture on mine.

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  52. Nice to see you - and Do Not Panic, you look fine.

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  53. Is there a special artsy-craftsy reason you were snapped standing right next to a eye chart?? Nothing wrong with the pic - wish I looked that good in a photo (and that young too!) Now the pic of me that was put up in the staffroom was TRULY scary! Interesting article; great to see you getting the credit you deny yourself. I love your blog!

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  54. I think you look great....I'd hate to have any photos published of myself and very rarely wear make-up so I think you look great!!!!

    Corrie:)

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  55. Oh, it not awful! Your brave for just taking the pic! I hope i dont have one floating around blogland...

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  56. Ya know, I am beautiful, cute, sexy, curvy, and attractive with fantastic skin and perfect hair. I can never figure out why pictures always show me as rather short and round with frizzy hair, a red face, and a crooked smile. Obviously, the cameras don't work correctly. Maybe you have that problem too?

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  57. Nice to meet you Jodie!!! Perhaps we should all come clean and post a mug shot on our blog...then again!! Cathy

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  58. HOLA!!!
    Please to meet you, you are a lovely face and I love that rectal examination. I loved your work...you are great!!!
    Saludos desde Barcelona, in the other side of the world, you have a fan...that's me!

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  59. Smile through a rectal exam Hm, I would like to see that
    Jen

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  60. Yep, don't own any makeup either. I thought I was the only one. I went to my friend's wedding this year and borrowed my 5 year old niece's little mermaid clam make up set. Gave me itchy eyes and had it off by the reception. You look great just as you are.

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  61. wowieee so great to see you Jodie!!!so really awesome to see the woman behind all the lovely things and crafts and posts and....awww you know what I mean.It is just so great to see you!xoxo

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  62. good on you for being real and gorgeous and congratulations on the article too!

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  63. Hi Jodie,
    glad to see that you survived the rectal exam, I'm still laughing at Jo in Tas and Trashalou's comments!
    You look gorgeous, go girl!
    Julz

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  64. I think you look wonderful ..the exam must not have been that bad! :-). I feel exactly the same way about myself!!

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  65. Nice to meet you! It's so nice to put a face to all those lovely things you sew!!

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  66. Great to put a face to your name! You look great, and that is an awesome article! Miss G looks amazing in those pics - I do so love that dress!

    J

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  67. you look great :) and i'm pleased to meet you too!

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  68. What sort of sick person photographs someone in the middle of a rectal examination?

    You look incredibly good though...if a little shocked at having been caught in a compromising position ;-)

    Your article on Living Creatively is fab missus and I'm so pleased to see your wonderful work being showcased :-)

    Now, just you go sit yourself down on a nice comfy ice pack.....

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  69. Jodie, you don't look pained, you look adorable!
    Its so nice to put a face with the name.
    But, I can totally relate to the ankst (sp?) of having your picture seen. I've done a few online interviews and sure enough, a picture was requested. SO my face is floating around out there, too...but I'm not tellin where. LOL

    Kimberly :)

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  70. I read the article before I read your post and thought it was a good photo.
    You have a kind face.
    Excellent article too - although I thought the photo of the dress didn't really do it justice.

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  71. I get this! This year, I have made the resolution to grin through the photos and not stress about it. I don't want my daughters to feel this way about themselves and photos. Smile. It will be okay.

    unDeniably Domestic

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  72. ack you look fab - I always thought you had long hair though - I like it this way

    and I WANT one of those do not panic posters - fab! guess remembering that motto was what got you through the joint rectal/photograph hell...

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  73. I'm delighted to meet you too.

    I'm trying to get over the photophobia as well. I want proof that I existed in our photo albums.

    (My word verification is "agogia" - I believe this to be a condition afflicting readers of craft blogs when they see projects that astound them.)

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  74. Smart, sassy, witty, talented Jodie. Great photo, even if you have to grin and bear the rectal. Beautiful Jodie, I love the make-up shake-up! Walk forth and be proud.

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  75. Hi Jodie - so nice to see you. I'm sorry to hear that you had to have a rectal examination and a photograph taken at the same time - that is harsh!
    I too am reluctant to get my face out in public - well done you!

    Actually, you don't look how I imagined you would look - I thought you might have longer hair somehow. Funny what you sometimes imagine isn't it.

    Monda
    x

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  76. Ha ha, your post made me laugh out loud. The only thing is you were making such a big deal of the bad photo... so not bad enough to make a big deal of!

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  77. Oh! Methinks you are mistaken! Young, slim and beautiful - you seem like all of the above to me! (and you delight us all with your artistic talents ....)

    Thank you for brightening our world :-)

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  78. Nice to meet you Jodie!!

    You are an interesting person!!!

    With Love

    Liz

    Asunción, PAraguay

    "I love your web site!!

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Hellloooooo !!!!