Normally, on a perfect week, in a perfect world, I’m planning Tuesday’s IBOT post on Thursday the week before. But sometimes life gets in the way and my head gets full of things that I can’t blog, and other things that I don’t want to blog (Like useless information about sharks. It was for TAFE, so it wasn’t that weird.)
So on the weeks when I wake up on Monday with nothing that I can say, I start to panic. Not in a crazy way. Just an ‘I’m a terrible blog host who will probably never write anything decent ever again,’ way. 😉
Thankfully, yesterday, I came upon a spark of inspiration. I was flicking through Facebook, (flicking being the operative word), and Mr Problogger was putting out a blog challenge. Blog a ‘How I do it,’ post. Not my usual programming, but seeing as I had a craft exercise planned for later in the day, I decided it was fate.
Enter EssentiallyJess. The craft blogger.
This particular exercise started way back at the beginning of the year. My dear friend Ash, who happens to be the head of the Whip it Nae Nae group (ie she’s the kid’s Hip Hop teacher who occasionally convinces me to be a dance mom) was talking about how she wanted to add a drama element to the end of year concert, and me being the writerly type, I saw the opportunity to branch out into live theatre, and immediately offered my services. (I also wanted to help her out.) Thus it came about that one Saturday evening in late January, I left Ash’s house with a notebook full of ideas, a theme to work with, and a writing niggle that was exacerbated substantially by listening to The Script’s Superheroes.
I set about creating a skit that would cater for five-year-old dancers, to proud grandparents in the audience. A script with humour, inspirational lines, references to pop culture, and most importantly, (for the purpose of this post), trees.
You see, I was so consumed with how the story should go, and where scenes should take place, that I forgot to consider the fact that sets need creating, something which came to my attention just a few weeks ago. While most items in the play are easily obtainable, the one think we don’t have, is trees. (A garden scene NEEDS trees.)
As anyone in my situation would, I googled, ‘how to make trees,’ and came across Minecraft tutorials. Of course. Why else would anyone want to create trees? However given the nature of the garden scene, and my sudden thought that box trees would be incredibly easy to make, I suggested somewhat wildly that our set consist of Minecraft-esque trees, and I would craft them.
That right there, was my downfall.
It turns out there is something I am worse at than dancing, and that’s making box trees.
Now Problogger encouraged everyone to write a ‘how I do it’ post, and so in keeping with that theme, I’m sharing ‘how I fail at making trees.’ It’s surprisingly easy. I bet you all can do it.
I started by obtaining about a billion (or 30) wine cartons from my local Liquorland. I thought they would give me the best shape, even though it meant that everyone who came over was questioning our liquor consumption.
Then yesterday, I set about attaching my boxes with stick-on velcro. (That’s apparently what the pros use for set design. And by pros I mean a lady I know who has designed a lot of sets in her time.)
I ended up with this.
It’s wonderful isn’t it?
I sent this pic to my lovely friends, Daisy, Gemma and Erin, and without explaining what I was making, asked what they saw.
Wine Tetris and Acoholic Jenga came to mind.
They agreed the potential for trees did exist, but let’s face it, when you’re talking about a production that people pay for, you want more than ‘the suggestion’ of trees.
After a few alterations, I asked the kids for their opinion. They were overwhelmingly positive, as kids often are. I even got one, ‘you make better box trees than me,’ which was less comforting than it was intended. Finally, Taylah said, ‘well at least you make a good writer mum.’ And that was the axe with which I felled the box-tree; there are many things I can do somewhat well — making box trees is not one of them.
Thankfully Ash being Ash, is forgiving of my ineptitude and we now have another idea, but more on that later. Rather, now I am to put all my lovely liquor boxes to good use by making a fort — the only other object that needed construction. And thankfully, I have that down pat.
So that, my long-suffering friends, is how I fail at making box trees.
Come back next week to see how long I last at playing wine box jenga. 😉
Have you ever failed at what appeared to be an easy craft task?
Any idea how to make cool trees?
No wine was harmed in the making of these trees.