I’m always blown away by my blogger friends who manage their time well enough to actually blog about all of their creative endeavors. I have a friend who has an incredibly successful blog about her charming Carolina life where she details all of her lustworthy crafts and recipes and life details, along with gorgeous pictures and cleverly written blogs almost daily. I just don’t know how she does it!
I, on the other hand, often find that the life-blog balance is very difficult for me to maintain. The more creative I find myself getting in other avenues, the less time I seem to make for blogging about them. I always start off with the best of intentions to photograph my projects as I go along so that I will be able to provide full tutorials with illustrated instructions… but after the first couple of shots, I get lost in whatever I am making and forget… until I’m about two minutes from being finished. Oh well. Perhaps perfect tutorials will not be a consistent Walking Through Wonderland feature.
However, now that the dust is starting to settle on the dozen or so projects I took on a few weeks ago, I do want to get some of them up here! I have had so many fun opportunities since moving to Okinawa to bake cakes, take photos, and make props/accessories (you like that whole bake, take, make thing? Yeah… I planned it) because I am surrounded by friends with little ones (or friends who are currently incubating little ones). I mean honestly, who doesn’t love a little body clothed in crochet?
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that there is a theme as to how so many of my hobbies and projects have gotten their start.
A friend will approach me saying…
“Do you know how/where I could get: ____insert idea here___.”
And I, almost inevitably, say…
“I could make that.”
A few weeks ago, one of my friends approached me with the idea of putting together a pregnancy announcement video. She wanted to do a quick (under a minute) account of the behind-the-scenes details of her first 12 weeks of pregnancy as a way of making the news public. I warned her before hand that I had never used the video feature of my dSLR, but assured her (famous last words:) “I could make that.” After an afternoon of shooting and a few hours behind the computer, I sent her this final version:
I couldn’t be more obsessed with the song we used for this pregnancy announcement video. After the hours I spent editing it on repeat, I’m pretty sure Dane would be okay with never hearing it again… but I just love it. While we were picking music, Kim and I kept going back and forth with ideas “Maybe this one?” “What about this?” But when I thought of this old school Cat Stevens song, I just sent her the link with a message that said: “This is the one.” And luckily for me… she agreed! I just love everything about it– the tune, the tempo, the message (except for maybe that last line!). It was perfect.
And the best part of all… is now that I’ve started playing with the “video mode” of my camera, there is just no telling what I will do for #sydonashelf next December!