Friday, October 23, 2009

Heaven help us, there was a video crew here

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I am not going to start every post with a bouquet of flowers, I'll eventually run out of flower money, but might be taking donations soon.

Like an idiot, I let my publisher talk me into creating a video snippet for the new book (due April 2010) so yesterday we spent the entire day trying to get me to say 3 minutes worth of intelligent things about the book. Entire day. Not sure we got it. I'm not sure I said anything intelligent at all, and had to start over about 17 times just getting the title of my book out. Video is such a challenging thing, and while the crew made it as easy as it could possibly be, its just nervy, at least for me. I feel like my eyes get glassy and that I'm staring into the sun once I'm suppose to do something. But there were at least pretty flowers in the studio which I am almost certain are not going to be part of the final cut video. Yet its all I could think about in preparation for the shoot. Must have gorgeous flowers, must have gorgeous flowers. Forget dusting, must get flowers.

The video will be linked right alongside the book and be viewable at places like amazon, my website, the book's website etc., and it is meant to give you some behind the scenes insight into my inspirations for the book and its projects. I am just here to apologize now if I completely screwed it up way ahead of time, and please don't hold my book (which I am really, really proud of) accountable for what a bozo I can be on camera.

The day was ended by treating everyone to cheeseburgers and fries, roller skating and then ice cream. The most caloric pat on the back ever, so my mental state was reinstated by bedtime. Okay back to work on the slideshows of Little Folks! Back soon~ AM

35 comments:

  1. honey, you are so adorable and your work speaks volumes...no one cares about your dust. we are all pulling for you, waiting breathlessly for your new fabric to hit AND a copy of your new book. this time i will attempt a signed copy...i didn't know about that last time. where will this be airing so i can look at how glassy your eyes are?...kidding.

    leslie

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  2. oh...it clearly says your piece will be on amazon.

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  3. I'm sure you will be gorgeous as always :-)
    How fun - can't wait for the new fabrics or the book!

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  5. I'm sure you did great! We can't wait until April to sell your new book at our store!

    Love,
    the girls at Maisonnette

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  6. oh, your writing quite amuses me. i love it.

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  7. I find your candor refreshing. I am sure the video will be as well!

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  8. Indeed, I've never met a problem a cheeseburger couldn't cure! And roller skating, too...especially with rainbow wheels!

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  9. I'm sure you were great! I know it can be hard to be in front of a camera. I used to do wardrobe for a TV show, and they tried to get me to be a waitress in an episode. I hid behind the clothes in the wardrobe trailer. Funny how the most outgoing of us can feel the need to run from the camera. But, as i said, I'm sure you were great. You seem to be quite a lovely lady, and the camera picks that up!

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  10. I am sure you did an excellent job!! Your new picture is great, although I think the summer one of the entire family on that beautiful couch was amazing.
    It looks like your kids truly enjoy each other. Amazingly, you manage to capture that in pictures!! I always seem to capture the moments when it all falls apart.

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  11. You should know us all better by now! We will be giggling WITH you, not at you, and enjoying seeing you in real time... (for those of us who have adored you only from afar till now).
    I have the whole Good folks line and can't wait to get my hands on your new flannels and Little Folks! Your fabrics bring so much beauty to the sewing world... Thank you for all the pretty you make....

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  12. I'm sure it will turn out great! :O)

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  13. The flowers are lovely, and I'm sure your video will be lovely as well. I can't wait to get a peak at it!

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  14. Looking forward to seeing it!

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  15. I bet you were cute even with your eyes glassed over and all.
    Can't wait to see al the new goodies!

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  16. I am impressed with the pictures of Little Folks from market and reading about the wonderful feel and quality of the fabrics. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on some!

    And it sounds like you had the perfect reward for your hard work and anxiety :).

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  17. "Forget dusting, must get flowers" You are my kinda gal Miss Anna Maria! xo

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  18. I'm sure you did an awesome job. I can't wait to see it. :-)

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  19. Ugh- not my favorite place to be either. I bet you were great though. You always come across here as very down to earth and natural and I think that probably comes across nicely via video. My new splurge now that my garden is turning to mush is the 5.99 bunch of glads at Trader Joes. I can split it into two vases and they look really stately and beautiful and last for a week.

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  20. Can't wait to see your video! You are so down-to-earth and personable it will be great. Love that you got flowers! I've been thinking about roller skating lately. This might just push me over the edge.

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  21. LOL! I can't wait to see it - and the new book ;o) You are just precious lol!

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  22. I hear ya girlfriend. I did a "welcome" video recently for my online workshop. It was HARD and really exhausting. I did about 20 takes and the resultant video was only about 3 minutes! Cool idea though to have it link alongside your book!

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  23. I am in total AWWWWHHHH! How do you do it all:D OMGoodness, just meeting the needs of the kids would put me under............ You are something else:D

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  24. Anna -when will you be designing a scrapbook line for those of us that love your patterns from the paper world? I would love to use your brightly colored patterns on my scrapbook pages..just gorgeous. -Christine Middlecamp

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  25. Don't worry, you probably did way better than you think!
    And if i am wrong, just think about the wonders a good video editor can do! It will turn out great for sure!

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  26. .it clearly says your piece will be on amazon. Work from home India

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