After having been approached by Videojug, the video production company to make a series of how to puppet making videos for Youtube, how could I say no? Anyone who knows me a little or indeed reads this or my Diane gets Crafty blog knows I’m an avid maker. Plus the opportunity to have 20 short professional videos made for me that I could use was just too tempting.
Me, an expert? Who'd have thunk it?
So I signed up to make a series of 20 short 3minute videos on the most Googled puppet making searches and become Videojug’s expert puppet maker. Gosh. I like that title. I set a date for filming the 20 videos ,worked out my list of makes and got all excited.
Then, like so many other people in the UK I went down with the flu.
Cue lots of days not being able to get out of bed , loss of voice , coughing, spluttering and generally not feeling very well.
Add to this scenario normal work commitments : children’s parties that were booked well in advance. I had to fulfill those despite a barely audible voice and not feeling very well at all. In fact I was faced with one of my busiest periods of booking for a long time. Yey for success, boo for illness and bad timing.
This was my nightmare scenario: having so many opportunities and struggling to live up to them. But I soldiered on. Somehow.
Then I woke up one morning to find my top lip covered in fever blisters where my skin had cracked from the flu and I was facing being filmed just a week later.
I rescheduled and pushed back the filming a week. It’s now due in just a few days time and I’m on my last few puppets. I can’t make most of them completely as it is for demonstration purposes, so I’m in a situation of having to make multiple stages of each puppet so I can do a Blue Peter style ‘here’s one I made earlier’ moment. There are so many restrictions when trying to fit everything into a 3 minute video.
Here's some I made earlier , 20 years ago in fact.
So I’m almost there.
Did I mention getting some terrible 24 hour gastric bug as well ? Oh I forgot that one. My lip is now healed. I’ve stopped being ill and I’ve almost got my voice back, and I’ve four parties to complete before finishing the final 6 makes.
Time is ticking , so what am I doing writing blog posts?
Here is a quick preview of some of my makes:
Silly sock dog puppet
Mr Punch paper puppet in progress
Judy all finished
Felt farm fingers
Paper ballerina finger puppet
Cute mouse finger puppet
The stages in making papier mache puppet heads
Well those are just a taster. Many of the puppets have to be made on camera. So, if you’re looking for a place to find out how to make simple puppets for and with your children or just for you ( puppets are for everyone!) then do come back and see my videos on Videojug.
Coming soon, just for you.