Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Last Bird

To whoever wanted to know how many birds I was making the answer is: I have no idea, nor do I care. When the design wall gets close to full, I'll take them down and start playing with them. The layouts will determine whether I need more birds or if I have too many. I don't even know how many I've made, but

I think it's enough for now.

It's time to start playing.


Megan said...

Aha - it's Jasmine. Jasmine is an ex-pat, currently living in Auckland, New Zealand.

After graduating from university, Jasmine joined a multinational packaging and freight company in the marketing department. Her goal was to work in different parts of the world for the same firm. She realised fairly quickly that employees in the marketing team weren't offered international posts, so she undertook a Graduate Diploma in inventory management and global freight logistics management, and then applied to transfer to the operations part of the business.

Positive discrimination and diversity programmes worked in her favour - the company employed very few birds with teal beaks, and Jasmine was able to join a fast-track programme that accelerated her promotion. She was one of only three teal-beaked birds in middle management roles in the company at the end of 2013.

Her application for an international posting was successful and in mid-2014, she was appointed to the role of Business Manager - New Zealand Operations, which saw her move to Auckland, New Zealand's largest city. She has enjoyed significant success in improving the profitability of the unit and has also made her mark with head-office folks by significantly improving the employment statistics for teal-beaked birds.

You see, no one in head office had ever realised that many Maori birds have some teal colouring in their beaks. Admittedly, cross-breeding over the generations has resulted in beaks that aren't nearly as vibrantly teal as Jasmine's, but ... the important thing is that even those Maori birds who only have one grandparent who was truly teal-beaked still identify as teal-beaked themselves. Once Jasmine understood this cultural phenomenon, she was able to complete the annual diversity report for New Zealand to show 16 teal-beakers on the staff. Wowza! The Human Services, Culture and Diversity department back at head office was ecstatic and Jasmine was given the Most Effective Manager award for 2015 - which she thought was pretty bizarre given that she'd done nothing other than accurately record employee statistics for the New Zealand business.

Jasmine is enjoying living in New Zealand very much. She's finding it nice to be among so many other teal-beakers and not have people always commenting on her beak. She's started learning the Maori language and even has a couple of kiwi fruit vines (one male, one female) in pots on her balcony. She's met a lovely young chap (a brown beaker) who works in banking and is starting to think that maybe he might be The One. If so, it's very likely that she'll settle in New Zealand and abandon her plans to travel the world. Who knows? She may even change careers - she's always had a desire to design (finger-)nail art. She's dabbled a little as a hobby but can see some opportunities to develop designs not only for nails but also for application to beaks. Hmmmm. Watch this space ladies and gentlemen.

Sydney, Australia

Poppy Q said...

They look awesome Lynne. Enjoy your playing.

Pat said...

These look awesome. I made four birds two or three years ago and have never done anything with them. You've inspired me to use them for something. Can hardly wait to see what you do.

Judy in Michigan said...

Megan sure hit the nail on the head with Jasmine!! How fun!! Love all the birds (esp. Jasmine) and can't wait to see how they will flock together. I didn't realize that many were going in the opposite direction - I thought just a few were. Have fun!! I made another bird the other day - I'll send you a picture.

Sandi said...

Love how they looked like the were having conversations with certain folks and appearing to ignore others. I feel sorry for the poor birds stuck near Miss Perps as she natters about nothing and everything.

barbaradougherty126 said...

I love these birds and subscribed to your blog! :) Do you have a pattern for the birds?

Also, so you know, I did find you via Pinterest. I see you are a no pin blog, but someone did. :( Sorry, but glad I found you.

Zofia Low said...

I would love to know what this pattern is and where to get it - my grand-daughter loves birds and this would make a wonderful quilt for her
Zofia - Adelaide South Australia
Who'll watch for answer

Susanne Effert said...

Your birds are awesome! I would love to sew something similar with all the small leftovers I have. You have a good feeling for colors!