One of the reasons I wanted to write on my blog more often was so that I could be more open and more engaged with the online community in which I work...
But do you know what, it's actually been quite hard! As a designer and creative person, it is all too easy to get caught up in the 'branded' aspect of social media - constantly worrying whether this picture, or that slogan will portray me and my business in the way I hope to be perceived.
I do try to use social media to be as open and as honest as I can, but I'd be lying if I didn't tell you that there's a certain amount of editing that happens prior to any picture being posted! And on some level, I guess I'm OK with this - after all I am sharing a snapshot of my business and of course I want to show you the best bits!
But the problem with the media that is presented to us through Facebook, Twitter and especially Instagram is that it shows life as if it were seen through rose tinted spectacles (Ha! That's what they should call the next Instagram filter!) and this can give us unrealistic expectations and aspirations and lead to unfavourably comparing your own life and achievements against someone else's highly edited version of their own.
Since I started writing this blog, I've come across two posts on Instagram that far more eloquently describe these feelings and why we should avoid them. They're written by two of my favourite IG accounts - just click on their names to be taken straight to the relevant posts: Holly Tucker and Emily Coxhead
So today, in an effort to be totally honest, I have decided to remove the rose tinted spectacles from in front of my camera lens (actually it's my phone - I never did learn to use that fancy camera I bought myself!) and am going to show you what my craft room actually looks like when I'm in the middle of a crafting spree. These pics were taken this weekend as I began creating new designs for C.h.r.i.s.t.m.a.s. As my mind jumps from one idea to the next, one-by-one every single box and drawer is opened and the contents are emptied onto my desk.
It's really not a pretty sight, but it's definitely how the magic happens!
I hope this true-to-life snapshot of what things actually look like behind the scenes at made by lolly HQ hasn't put anyone off..! It was fun to do, and it certainly was a lot quicker to just take any old photo rather than keep going until I got the elusive 'perfect' shot! I'm not entirely sure that any of these pics will ever escape from this blog and make it onto my instagram account but I think it was a really useful exercise to show how important it is not to believe everything you see on the internet!