My first video : Crochet with Yorganza

I've been doing quite a few video projects for a new client and found this post as I went digging through my archives on my old blog.  Oh good grief , it is rather embarrassing to look at now. I was such the informercial....  But I reshare this post as I think the tips I wrote out still hold true today.  Hope they help you.  

If you are looking to make a video, I recommend the following basic points:

  1. Write out a basic script.  This helps you remember all those points you want to cover.  (2018 update:  If you are working with a smart phone, you can write up your dialog in advance and have it roll on your screen as a prompter.  The app is called BigVu. It is really worth the price ( I think it was $5.99). Sophisticated enough that you can change the background to look like you are out in outerspace! 
  2. Note in the script what camera angles you want.
  3. Do several run throughs to practice and get more comfortable.
  4. Use regular lighting, but be sure it is consistent.  All the lightbulbs should be the same temperature.
  5. Your background should be fairly neutral.
  6. Use an external mic to cut down on that "tin" sound that often happens with internal mics.
  7. Work with a friend to handle the camera so you can get feedback as you talk.
  8. Make sure you talk as you demonstrate.  No dead air time!
  9. Keep it to 3 minutes or less.
  10. And be sure to end with announcing your website or Facebook page so folks can learn more fabulous tips from you!

Thank you to the folks at Sullivans USA.  They did the editing and didn't laugh (as far as I know) at any of my bloopers.  Be sure to check out their Facebook page.  

Declutter :: Etchall Tea Cannister

"You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." -- C.S. Lewis

"You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me." -- C.S. Lewis

I like to end my days with a bit of ritual.  At 4pm I tend to have tea with a savory treat.  It holds me over until dinner and is an excellent way of winding down my day.  But after living in England a few years, I developed a preference for loose tea and make myself a fresh cuppa with either English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Apricot or Apple / Cinnamon pending on my mood.  I needed to tidy up my collection of teas. They were in little bags tucked into a drawer. I bought a selection of jars with clamp lids that fit on my spice rack.  I used Etchall crème to etch the ingredients onto the jar.  As English Breakfast was too long for the jar, so I went by TEA.  Earl Grey is just EARL.  Apricot is AAA.  You get the idea.  These jars are perfect for anything you may purchase in bulk and are easy to mark with Etchall.  

You will Need:

Etchall creme
mini roll of Duck Tape
Vinyl letters
Plastic spoon
Plastic Knife or small squeegee
cotton balls
paper towels
plastic trash bag
Xacto knife

Let's Create:

Clean the surface of the glass with alcohol. This removes fingerprints and other oils from the surface of the glass. 

Mask off the rectangle using DuckTape. Use the back of a spoon to push the tape securely into place.  Reclean the interior of the rectangle with alcohol.  Apply the letters. Push them firmly into place with the back of the spoon.


Lay the jar down.  Mine are rectangular, so they don't roll around. Apply a small scoop of the crème over the surface of the masked area.  Run the squeegee or plastic knife over the surface to make it even and in each tight angle.  You want the letters fully covered with a thick layer.

Wait 15 minutes for the magic to work.  Use the squeegee to scoop up the excess and return to the jar. It can be reused! Waste not, want not! Wipe off what remains with a paper towel. Try not smear any onto the rest of the glass. 

Use the Xacto knife to help remove the letters.  Remove the tape. And rinse off the jar.  I had no tape residue. If you have some, use nail polish remover to take it off. Hand wash and allow to air dry. This is due to the metal clamp and plastic ring aren't really dishwasher safe. 

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A few tips and tricks:

I obtained my letters from an office supply store. The craft stores tend to carry paper letters, which won't block the crème.  The bottles were obtained at Michaels. The letters at Office Depot.  I also tested the lettering and blocking on an upcycled test jar to perfect my technique.  It's now my sugar container. 🙂

** I received free supplies from Etchall to create this post.