Thursday, September 3, 2009


Nothing gets your mind off your funk mood better than the panic of a TV shoot. Oh, just kidding. It was actually great fun. Here I am on set with Pokey Bolton and Laura Gunn. See, we're smiling. But let me back up and give you the lowdown.

Okay, you remember my last post? I revealed four concerns and I have updates to share.

1. Sheila (my husband's GPS) and I are not on speaking terms. My husband programmed her to get me to Cleveland. She likes Tim. They have a mutual respect. He doesn't take her too literally. If she tells him to turn left, he has an inner compass that tells him he should really turn right. I don't have that inner compass. When God was handing out Sense of Direction, I got lost and could never find that line. Hence, I need Sheila to work with me.

I got to Cleveland just fine. But when I hopped in the car to head home, Sheila was missing from her assigned spot. I found her on the floor. Asked her if she was hiding from me, then placed her back and set her up to take me home. Once I'm on the highway in heavy traffic she jumps ship again. This time she unplugs herself! The little snot! I "had speaks" with her. Had to pull off, get her repositioned and reprogrammed. However, she clearly received a concussion during her fall. She told me to get off on the Ohio Turnpike (a toll road). I didn't come in that way. Hmmpphh.

I put a call in to Tim to tell on her. He told me to just ignore Sheila. That was easier said than done. She tried to get me to turn off at every exit. When I refused, she began tacking hours on to my drive home. She was relentless. I began singing "Oh Sheila, you're breaking my heart, You're shakin my confidence daily". By the time I stopped I was 2 hrs from home, but she had tacked on an additional 6+ hours; clearly punishment for disobeying her. I reprogrammed her again. This time her concussion subsided and she quit hounding me and admitted i only had a couple hours left. When I got home I told Tim he could get Sheila out of the car. Poor Tim is in an awkward situation. He likes both of us. Sheila and I don't like each other. Puts him in the middle. He did take me to dinner and left Sheila home. That's a good sign.

2. I think I did okay. For me, it was like the first time driving a much to remember all at once. Here I was trying to act casual and easy going, but my mind was swirling with thoughts like, "Am I hunching over? Are my boobs resting on the table? Has the iron automatically turned off (YES, it did!)? There were no retakes, so that's a good sign. Thank you for all the incredible advise. What wonderful friends. More than one suggested Depends in case I got to laughing too hard.

3. Don't know how I looked on the screen. I know I felt bloated, but I chose to sit instead of stand, eliminating the need to suck it in. I brought 3 different pair of Spanx and contemplated wearing all three, but was concerned that might restrict blood flow to my brain.

4. Being a newcomer, I took the whole list of rules so seriously. I could just see me showing up in black and having them pull an old, dusty beige shirt off a rack and tell me to change. But, Pokey wore a black cardigan for one of the segments and another gal wore a black jacket in her shoot. Next time, right?
It was fun. Everyone was so kind. I met several highly creative women and had a great time with my fellow Michael Miller designer, Laura. We had some good laughs, usually at my expense (go figure). As far as when our segments will hit the air, all we know is it will be sometime after the New Year. I'll let you know.

I will also have a project and article in the Fall issue of Quilt Scene. I understand that magazine will be available during Quilt Market. I'm very pleased with how this turned out and can't wait for you to see!

Now on to some Summer Soiree inspiration. This first tunic is from none other than Simone.

Then I found these lovelies in my Summer Soiree Flickr group; made by Georgiapeachez. Lots more where these came from! Go check these gals out.


  1. I've gotta be honest Paula. I distrusted Sheila from the moment I met her. Still, I'm shocked she gave you such a hard time on the way home. Glad you made it in one piece. It was so great to spend time with you!

  2. You look wonderful in these still shots; I'm sure it came through on camera as well! I wish on stars for a day, any day, when I have to wonder if my boobs are on the table. :)

  3. You crack me up! I'm looking forward to being able to watch the segment, do keep us updated! And I agree with daisy janie, your still shots look great.

  4. I'm crackin' up too! I love these photos of you and if you were half as pretty on TV, you outdid yourself.

  5. Give Sheila a mojito. She'll change her tune.

    I once wore a girdle and control top pantyhose. When I went to the bathroom, I couldn't get everything pulled back up and ended up yanking off the girdle and shoving it in the trashcan. Bet that was quite the surprise for the custodian that night!

  6. What a lovely experience for you all in all- congratulations! Sometimes you've just got to shake it up a bit, right? Now you'll be one of those giving advice to the next person!

  7. That Sheila and her games. She's up to something, watch your back.

    Your beautiful fabrics just make my little purses sing! I've gotten so many compliments on them.

    I was one of the lucky winners of the little Mia Joie shoes. I'm supposed to give them as a gift but I might have to play with them a bit first, maybe tie a string on and wear them around my neck or something.
    xo, suzy

  8. You had me laughing so hard I had tears rolling down my cheeks! Sheila needs to be punished! Put her in the garage and leave her for a while. Maybe that will teach her! LOL!

  9. Your story was so funny, I do think Sheila has a concussion. LOL Once Sheila led to me to a dead end street, there was a building in the way of my destination. You look marvelous and I'm looking forward to seeing the show.

  10. You are so funny! I never tire of reading your blog.

    I know what you mean about Sheila! We have a Betty. She got us lost in Dallas last week. We could see our destination, but it took us an hour to get to it. Durn GPS!

  11. Sheila's obviously just petty and jealous because you look FABULOUS!! I'm glad you were able to work around her sulking. It looks like you had so much fun!

  12. First of all, Sheila and her cohorts love toll roads (I think they get kickbacks!). I have no idea why we have GPS because I swear my fiance challenges every order. "This is ridiculous," he'll state and immediately go in the opposite direction! I do refuse to allow our GPS to have a female voice as Hans (who is European) thinks that women (even those with PMS) are fascinating and I will not compete with a robot!!!
    You have a wonderful sense of humor!

  13. He, he... you make me laugh, esp the boobs on the able part. I did an interview about the college I used to teach at. Anyway, Mi was a baby at the time and spit up in my hair and all over my first outfit. I ended up throwing an ugly grey sweater over everything. Then for the interview {they used director chairs} I had my elbows propping me up too much, so it looked like I was sunk down with no neck. terrible...}

    I wish I could have watched your show. I'm sure it was dynamite. Can you post it to youtube with a link?

  14. So funny-My Mom and I call my GPS Lola,and even though we have good senses of direction sometimes I really wanna believe her, yet she still stears me wrong a lot!

  15. Paula have a great great show and get rid of the gps you are to cute. xoxo Jennifer

  16. One of my blog friends left a post on my blog that I must hurry over to your blog and read your hilarious post. Thanks so much for a great laugh. You should never trust Sheila again.



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