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The Joy of Books

When I was younger I thought it would be so fun to work in a book store.  I love to walk around all the different sections looking for book covers that catch my eye.  I could spend hours in a bookstore (especially if there’s coffee)!

I do love being able to have a book I want instantly on my Kindle but there really is nothing quite like a real book…

especially if it comes from a bookstore as magical as this one.  :-)

Have you read any good books lately?  I always love recommendations.


A Key to Happier Living

I found this cute stop motion animation called A Key to Happier Living by Alice, Lai Sze Chan and thought it would be perfect for this week’s Saturday animation because it reminded me of yesterday’s Question of the week about kindness (which, by the way, you can still answer here). :-)

This stop motion was a graduation project for the creator.  She chose her topic from the 10 Keys to Happier Living from Action for Happiness.  The theme for this animation was “Relating: Connect with People” and I think she did an amazing job of depicting that.

I love how each colorful scene is separate from the others in its own picture frame and then it all comes together in the center.

This gives me an idea for a possible art project.  Hmmm…I think I’ll keep it a secret for now until I have time to work on it.

What are you up to this weekend?  I hope you’re having some fun with friends.  :-)


Magic Water

Today’s Saturday Morning Animation is going to be a Saturday Evening Animation.  I got a little behind.  Oops.  But, it’s a good one so it’s worth the wait.

This week I chose another stop motion.  This animation by Guldies is called Magic Water.  It reminds me a little of the style of animation PES makes, but it definitely has its own unique style.


Magic Water from Guldies on Vimeo.


I love this!  I think I watched it about ten times just trying to see if I could figure out what shots they took to get the clay to move like that.  I wonder how difficult it was to make the it look so much like water.

That was fun.  Now it’s time to get down to business with some very important reminders.  😉

Have you answered the question of the week?  I would really love to read your response.

Don’t forget to enter the Tiny Treasures Giveaway for a chance to win a Dreaming in Craft zipper pouch.  You have until Tuesday!


Stop Motion Studio Pro HD

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter or Facebook then you know I love posting pictures.  I am addicted to photography apps on my phone!  I love all the fun borders, collages and filters.  It makes me happy!  :-)  Since I love stop motion just as much as I love taking pictures I decided to do a little search for stop motion apps.  Believe it or not there actually are a few.  Of course we’re talking about phone apps for making stop motion videos so these are purely for fun and not necessarily for making a quality stop motion animation.  I’m okay with that.  I just want to play around anyway.  I’ll get down to the real stop motion making once my big idea comes to me.

The first app I downloaded was called Stop Motion Studio Pro HD.

I made this short animation with some of the magnetic letters I had left over from my days working in early childhood classrooms.  I didn’t realize it was going to be so short!

Stop Motion Studio Pro HD Test from Marci Peterson on Vimeo.

It turned out okay.  It has some limitations, but if your just using the app for fun it’s pretty good.

There were a few things that I would like to see improved.

  • All pictures have to be taken with the app.  Existing photos taken with a camera or phone cannot be used.
  • Pictures have to be taken in the order they are used.  For example, if I wanted to start the stop motion and end it the same way I would have to retake the pictures at the end instead of just repeating the pictures from the beginning.
  • Music only plays from the beginning of a song.  You can’t choose a section of a song that you prefer.  It makes it a lot harder to find a song that will work.
  • Picture quality isn’t great.  I can get way better pictures on my phone with almost every other app I have used.  If I could at least edit the pictures I would be happier.
  • You can’t choose the speed of the picture changes.  I would have like to slow down the changes for picture that I wanted to stay on the screen for longer instead of having to take the same picture 5 times.  Another solution for this would be using a picture more than once as I mentioned in my comment above.

Besides being fun to play with, there were a couple of things I liked about the app.

  • There is a frame count so I can keep track of the number of pictures I took for each frame.  This is helpful if you need to take any number of the same picture in a row.
  • You can set the camera to take a picture at certain increments of time.  This is helpful so you have time to set up the shot.   It’s also nice if you can prop your camera up so you only have to worry about setting up the picture.
  • The grid is very helpful since I don’t have any kind of tripod for my phone and can’t use pictures from somewhere else (did I mention that this bugs me? ;-)).  It helped me keep the pictures a little more steady.  It’s not perfect but I think the shakiness gives it a cute stop motion feel.  :-)
  • The app only costs $0.99!  Not bad at all.

I’ll keep the app on my phone so I can play around with it some more.  I found a few more stop motion apps that I’m excited to try out soon.  I’ll let you know what I think.

Have you tried this app?  I would love to hear what you thought about it.


Hold Me Tight

I found a really fun stop motion animation a while ago but I wanted to save it for the new Dreaming in Craft blog.  Now that it’s here I can finally share it with you!

This animation is really fun because it’s a Beatles stop motion.  I am a big fan of the Beatles so this one made me very happy.  The song is Hold Me Tight.  It’s from the 1963 album With The Beatles.


The Beatles – Hold me tight from marygrillet on Vimeo.


What did you think?  Pretty cute, right?  I love all the little details on the costumes and how the drums change to match.  :-)

I’m off to work on some craft projects.  I hope to have my very first tutorial ready for you soon.

What are you up to today?


Fresh Guacamole

This week’s Saturday Animation is all about one of my favorite stop motion film makers, PES.  I have featured a PES on my blog in the past and you will definitely be seeing more in the future.

Today’s animation is the latest, “Fresh Guacamole”.   It’s really fun!  You may have seen it earlier in the week.  It was making the rounds in my twitter and facebook feeds.

I think it is so creative how he takes an object and makes it represent something completely different. The quality of the animation is so great, too. I hope that one day I’ll be able to make a stop motion half as good as this.


I Heart Stop Motion – Matt The Electrician

Matt The Electrician is a musician in Austin.  Wondering how he got the name Matt The Electrician?  You can read his story here.  I really like his music.  I even backed his Kickstarter campaign to fund his latest record.
During that campaign Matt debuted a video for his song All I Know and I was so happy to see that it was a really cute crafty stop motion!  Even better news?  I found out his wife is one of the founders of Future Craft Collective and she helped him make this video!  Future Craft Collective is an organization that aims to build family connections through crafting and creativity.
Okay, back to the stop motion.  :-)
What do you think?   Want to hear some more?  

I Heart Stop Motion – Against the Grain

I found a new stop motion animation today!  This one is a music video for a song called Against the Grain from Hudson. 
I love this video because it’s so colorful and a little bit crafty.  :-)
I’m spending my weekend making lots of plushies for a fun event I’m participating in in February.  More info to come soon! 
What are you up to this weekend? 

Road Trip

I have never been on a long road trip before but lately I have been thinking a lot about it.  It would be great to get some friends together and pick a place to drive to.  We wouldn’t have to rush anywhere.  We could take our time and stop at different places along the way.  Nothing to worry about…just having fun.  I don’t know when I’ll ever have the time or money to do this but it’s something I can daydream about until the time comes.  It’s on my list of things to do some day.
For now I’ll just have to go on adventures like this…
Have you ever taken a long road trip?  Where did you go?

I heart Stop Motion – Gulp

I had lots of blog posts planned for this week…
None of them happened.  I’ve been such a busy bee working on projects for Atown and since I hurt my back last weekend I’ve been working very slowly (aka I’m WAY behind!).  I haven’t really had time for blogging.  This weekend I will have my regular Sanctuary Sneak Peek post on Saturday and I’m going to try something new on Sunday to see if I like it. I saw it on another blog and thought it could be interesting.  I’m hoping to find some time to go out and take pictures soon, too.  I miss it!
Today for my Friday video I have another awesome stop motion to share with you.  This one is the world’s largest stop motion!  Want to know something even cooler?  The entire stop motion is shot on a cell phone!  They used a Nokia N8 for the entire thing.  They mounted the tiny phone onto a huge crane to film it.
I always love to see how people make their stop motion videos because I plan on making my own one of these days…  😉
Have you been taking any circle pictures for In Your Eyes?  The deadline is fast approaching.  Be sure to send your pictures to me at dreamingincraft@gmail.com by Monday, August 29th.  I got some really great pictures from Kate at Scientific Culture.  I can’t wait for you to see them!

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