Content Writer Hannah Miller

Ideas 38 to 48

This idea list is also becoming somewhat of a To Do list.

Idea #38:  Pitch a video series idea to Vancouver Is Awesome. Make one video first, to show as part of the pitch. (I’ll keep the actual concept secret for now.)

Idea #39:  Go for a walk in the mornings to wake me up. And take photos. Creativity and exercise 2 in 1.

Idea #40:  Vancouver photo sets I’ve started working on: house names, view from bus stops, hedges.

Idea #41:  Do a Papergirl submission with photos from these sets or maybe a lenticular pic.

Idea #42:  I have a few awesome pictures I just got developed (soon to appear here), mostly of all the spring blossoms in local streets. I love the way photographs are being used to create digital prints in fashion lately (See this lookbook). I can imagine some throw pillows that are just big photographs, and I could make them using this technique. I could even do People I’ve Slept With pillows again! It works with laser printed images, but maybe not coated photographs. If not, there’s a simple trick of using freezer paper to put fabric through an ink-jet that Quilters have been using for years!

Idea #43:  Move this blog and People I’ve Slept With to be self hosted wordpress with their own domains. I can/should also learn how to make use of more Word Press plugins. Some important ones I saw featured at the Northern Voice 2012 conference that I recently attended were: SEO by Yoast and the Facebook plugin. I’d also like to use a lightbox for images.

Idea #44:  Then I can get letterpress business cards from Etsy with the new domains!

Other Northern Voice related ideas

Idea# 45:  Use my recently acquired lynda.com subscription to learn Ableton and Garage band so that I can add music to my audio and video docos and interviews. (Northern Voice reminded me that so many things can be learned on lynda. I’d been meaning to get it for video editing programs anyway.)

Idea #46:  Put pictures from my blog posts onto a Pinterest board. Pinterest is a huge traffic generator, I just have to learn how to best utilise it.

Other productivity ideas:

Idea #47:  Go to a coffee shop at about 3pm so I can work through a few more hours beyond when Jay gets home, instead of feeling distracted and stopping. I had been struggling with my productive time being interrupted at 5, because I work best from about 12 to 7 when I’m at home. Following the advice to remove distractions, re: Mike Vardy’s talk on blogging productivity. “People leave distractions up because it gives you an excuse to bow out.” I’m finding that at a coffee shop, I barely get up in case someone steals my laptop (Though Canadian’s are generally too honest for that). It’s too noisy for audio editing though.

Idea #48:  Use Evernote or a similar program for better lists, note taking and task management. At the moment my lists and ideas are scattered around on my Stickies, a growing number of .txt files on my desk top, some written in a book, some in the notes on my iPod Touch, and some bookmarks on Springpad. I have envisioned exactly what I want in a list making app, but hopefully I’ll find it already exists in Evernote once I give it a try.


Ideas 32 – 37

Idea # 32:  Turn an ironic kitschy yet glam pic in the style of this friend’s tumblr Mood board into a cross stitched work of art for my wall. I love cross stitch but want to use a completely unexpected image.

Idea # 33:  Get an old frame and weave string or wire across it an fix air plants to it as a wall garden. Inspired by seeing these air plants at Maker Faire out of the typical glass terrarium hangers, and from this pin on Pinterest.

Idea #34:  Recycle old jars and bottles as terrariums to hang in the window. So far I have only made terrariums to sit on my shelves, but since my herbs aren’t doing well with only North-facing, indirect light, I should embrace the tropicals with a terrarium window garden.

Idea #35:  Make some macrame hanging pot holders for the hooks I discovered in the hallway near my kitchen. I found instructions here and here, but still looking for where to get the macrame cord.

Idea #36: Make my new social media buddy Vea come to all the meet ups I’ve been wanting to go to but am too scared to attend alone!

Idea#37: Surround myself with more blue things to inspire creativity! And then pull in some red when it comes to crunch time. Re: this article.

Idea 30 and 31

Idea #30: Create a quarterly penpal/subscription network amongst my friends. We will send each other mystery packages of things we made/found/bought/wrote with a small size to keep postage costs down. Everyone sending the same thing/s to all involved. Use a Facebook event to gather a list of subscriber/contributors. Set a limit of how many people can be involved – so that we can all afford to make/buy the content and send the packages. Things inside can be something with a local flavour, or something that inspired us, something we picked up at a market, objects that tell a story. Hmmm maybe each mailing period can have a theme like in the Wander app. Combines a way to keep in touch with friends at home, my love of receiving packages, and the element of surprise!
Inspired by subscriptions like: The Thing Quarterly, Quarterly Co. and Lost Crates.

Idea #31: Make a Meetup event where the point is to make something that draws on the creativity of our inner child. Eg: the materials we have to use are just toilet rolls, or making sandcastles etc. Though, I fear that as adults there’d be someone who could make some amazing cut paper sculpture out of a toilet roll and leave the rest of us with glue in our hair.
Idea inspired by the amazing things kids are doing here.

Idea 29

Idea #29: Use embroidery to make a stop motion animation. – Would be so much work! I’d have to set up a studio space with exact, unchanging lighting conditions, so I could work at it like a jigsaw puzzle on the kitchen table. Or make a super amateur one using an iPhone.

Ideas 27 & 28

Idea #27: Make a short film/doco of interviews of my friends talking about what makes them unhappy. I think this idea is partly inspired by reading this today, and by the familiarity of feeling unhappy but being unable to justify it because I know many people are unhappy about far worse things.

Idea #28: I was visualising the aesthetics of this unhappiness film and an idea came to me from watching this video clip today. I love the quick back and forth edit when she lifts and hides behind her shirt. I already love it when the camera focuses on interviewees’ gestures, but it could be extra interesting to emphasise gestures with similar stuttering edits to electronic music worked into the film soundscape.

Ideas 16 to 22

Idea #16:  Have  a garage sale in January. Just advertise with signs.

Idea #17:  Pack stuff for garage sale into boxes and keep them under the bed till then.

Idea #18:  Have a Camberwell market stall too – mainly of clothes.

Idea #19: Photograph all the childhood mementos that I just don’t have space for anymore. The pictures will be memory enough.

Idea #20: Scan all my travel ephemera and let it go. Why did I collect all that anyway! Takes up too much space.

Idea #21: Put the photos of my teenage frog collection onto a blog. – A frog blog!

Idea #22: No time to do my snow self-portrait for the First Time competition, but I have an idea with mum’s old photos.

Idea #23: Playing with mums photos I really loved the graininess and the scratches. I want to make some art focusing on these imperfections.

Idea #24: It doesn’t matter if I actually post an “Idea A Day” but just generate ideas as often as I can.

Idea #25: Convince Frankie and Aviv to let me collaborate with them on a Pomme De La Pomme film clip in the next few months.

Idea #26: Steve has this video idea to make a nature watching hut in a graffiti lane in the city and observe the tourists. Would the hut be covered in bark and branches to camouflage or would it have ‘urban camouflage’ of graffiti and paste ups?

Idea 11 – 15

Idea #11: Make Still Warm include internet curation and take Not The Same Backwards down to simply images. Not sure about continuing with Still Warm or reworking it into another project.

Idea #12: For a photographic scene I have in mind, use paper cutout snow flakes, and maybe even a garland from branch to branch to dress the set.

Idea #13: (Came up with this one while trying to fall asleep.) Instead of trying to figure out whether to paint or transfer photographss onto the skull for the exhibition, Cover the skull in fake grass. I looked it up – I should be able to get this at a war games model shop!

Idea #14: Don’t completely coat the skull, first try painting the fake grass into a decorative pattern on the skull.

Idea #15: Fake snow set dressing possibilities: shredded coconut, laundry flakes, instant potato flakes, cotton wool, bean bag beans. Put some glitter in, or sequins so they catch the light. White craft paint mixed with glitter and sand to put onto branches – or just go shopping for christmas decorations.

An Idea A Day

Ideas 5 to 10

Idea #5:  A monthly meet up with my creative friends to show our latest projects and bounce ideas off each other.

Idea #6:  Dye the tip of my fringe black.

Idea #7:  Baked goods as an engagement present?

Idea #8:  Lemon water to start the day for at least a week.

Idea #9:  An online exhibition, which is screened based, but encourages people to host the exhibition simultaneously on computers in spaces such as Internet cafes, art galleries, museums, bars. Visit the exhibition url and there would be a loop of all the curated work. Gifs, films, animations etc. Inspired by Bring Your Own Beamer and Speed Shows.

Idea #10:  Kiteboarding could be the sport for me (Not based on any experience).

An Idea A Day