My first online swap – a fun thing people do, and quilters (apparently) do a LOT. I’ve never had the nerve until this December when a Twitter peep suggested an online swap. (Please review Swap Performance Anxiety – Part I).
So who did I get? Some nice quilter in the hinterlands who, like me, had never ventured into the swap arena? Someone who would, like me, be under the radar?
I got a Zombie. The Happy Zombie, Monica Solorio-Snow, designer of the fabric line Happy Mochi Yum Yum, “heroin” to many quilters. I was dealt a published fabric designer, pattern designer – you get the drift. Sweet merciful crap – you can understand what happened in my colon when I read that name and thought, “What the )#(*&)@(# am I gonna do for her?”
I ended up chickening out and selecting a few Japanese fat quarters, adding some ribbon in her much-loved colors, and embroidering a little wool bird to satisfy my own need to include something “home-made” in the packet. Then I tucked it into a cloth wine bottle gift bag I’d made ages ago and put it in the mail. Then I had a drink.
A few days later, the Twitter feed heated up:
She was lovely. She was warm and real and kind. I felt ridiculous for being so worked up about doing something for someone so accomplished. One of the best things about people who do what they love is that they know and appreciate things that other people do for them because they know how much time and thought goes into creating things. I have on more than one occasion made dinner for a former chef of Maison Robert in Boston. When I confessed my anxiety she said, “You’ll never know how much I love it when other people cook for me – it’s just a joy to sit back, relax and enjoy the meal.”
So there. Let’s all just relax. Let’s just, in the immortal words of Paul McCartney, “Let it be.” It’s so easy at this time of year to get all up in our heads about what we must do, produce, create and provide. Let it go. Let it be. Rejoice in each other – the days we all have together are not as numerous as we’d like to think, the holidays are numbered and do not to be Martha Stewart TV perfect. (Seriously. Besides, she is loaded and she has paid staff. Who wouldn’t be fabulous?)
Rule number one: don’t sweat the small stuff.
Rule number two: it’s all small stuff.