Feature Fun Friday - Blogoversay Special! If I Stay by Gayle Formwan Timelapse

Current Theme Song (aka what's playing on my ipod right now): The Downeaster "Alexa" by Billy Joel.





This is a very special FFF. It's my third year blogoversary! I can't believe I've been on this little blog for three years. It's kind of incredible. No, it is incredible, and the fact that you've been here for so much of it. Thank you. No really, thank you. So here is my blogoversary present to you. It's actually what I did to celebrate my second blogoversary (heh heh *draws line with toe*). Yes, I am terrible about timing, but I do everything I can to keep my promises. I asked what my followers wanted to see last year and of course they voted on a crazy antic. Somehow it got narrowed down and decided I would do a sidewalk chalk drawing of a book cover. (I felt like a kid again. It was awesome).

I decided on Gayle Forman's best-selling work, IF I STAY, because, 1. it is a well-known and emotionally powerful story and 2. most of the cover is in pastels. Which most sidewalk chalk seems destined to be produced in these days. *shakes fist at sidewalk chalk gods* I will let you know, I've never attempted anything like this before. This is pure diving in blind, right before your eyes. I don't think I'd touched a piece of sidewalk chalk since I was in elementary school. So this was doubly scary. And fun. On top of that, it was WINDY. I mean mega-where-is-Dorothy's-house kind of windy. Shingles were blown off roofs. A tree in my neighborhood was knocked over. But I'd planned it and by golly, I was going to do it. :) In all, it took 11 pieces of chalk (eight of which were blue) and a little over 3 1/2 hours. There are over 2000 photos shot.

The song is by the relatively underground Jenny Dalton, who was gracious and all kinds of wonderful, giving me permission to use it for this video. It is called "Snow Mazes of Norway" and was written for a 24 hour songwriting contest about her brother. It sings about Norway, but the tone and images felt so perfect for this story, considering the snowy day that changed Mia's life forever. And I loved how the repetition of the piano melody felt like falling snow. Plus her voice is just beautiful. So, HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! And I'm just happy this fell just a week after Where She Went came out. ^_^






ETA: It is my two-year blogoversary. It spans from 2009 to 2011, but doesn't, you know, actually cover all three of those years. *blushes and hides*

14 comments:



beth said...

This? Amazing and cool and wonderful and you are all those things, too.

Ello said...

Wow! I'm in complete awe!!! How freaking cool is that? I'll tell you! Too freaking cool!!!! I absolutely loved it!

Lindsi said...

Wow! This was really creative :)

Annerb said...

That is so amazing. I'm really impressed. And the idea is just fantastic!

Karis Jacobstein said...

Fabulous! I love the book and I love the idea.

Gayle Forman said...

Oh. My. God. That is UNBELIEVABLE!!!!
Thank you for doing this. For showing
WOW!

Lisa Schroeder said...

Wow!!! That is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Happy Blogaversary!!

Stasia said...

Spectacular. Beautiful. Just wow!

Library Gal said...

lovely.....

Rachel Star said...

Beautiful! Happy Blogoversary :)

Meg said...

So beautiful! Happy three year anniversary!

Rie Conley said...

Great job and happy blogaversary!

Audrey (holes In My brain) said...

Oh my gosh, that is so pretty! Wonderful job, and I just adore that song too! thanks for sharing!

Christina Farley said...

Lovely and haunting. Really took my breath away. Loved the song with it too.