BrickoMotion

crafting with and around LEGO minidolls

I shouldn't promise things I can't keep

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And yet it seems I have done so again.

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No, I wasn't relaxing on the beach. Well, at least my human avatar wasn't. I worked on the video as much as it was humanly possible, but it's still not done. 'Cause the new kitchen needed planning. So did the move itself. However, I find planning the whole kitchen in 8 days total is a superb achievement.

Thus, I'm counting this week as a success.

And I think the next one will be even better. *productivity mode on*

It's my Birthday!

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And my daughter decided I should spend it with my kids.

That is one reason I didn't make a video this week. But the one for the next week is coming along nicely, and I can't wait to show it to you :D

The best thing about being so open with your love for LEGO is that people then give you LEGO! This is what my husband got me:

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It's a great set. I haven't built it yet, but I know I'm gonna love it. And the strangest thing? I'm mostly looking forward to this guy:

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Because his hairpiece is the same as the one for Dareth (from Ninjago). And I need that. For a project I'm working on. It's super-secret, but you can probably guess what it's all about ;)

I'm gonna go eat some cake!

MDs vs MFs: Head On

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The head is important. We need to know how to use it.

And the neck. Everything related to the head is extremely important. I should know - I have one.

Although it doesn't seem to work as well for the past month. That's also why I'm 98% sure there will be no new video published next week. I need to sleep.

I'm working on so many things ATM that I get lost. I'm also rethinking everything including what I want this blog to be moving forward. I've already redesigned the site and added the "Newsletter Sign Up" box. Other changes to the BrickoMotion "brand" are to come.

 

(Mental) Health Week

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It's not that I haven't been working this week - I have. Maybe even more than usual, but there will be no new video published.

B-School is taking up more time than I anticipated. And that is a good thing. It means I'm also learning a lot. But it leaves less time for other things.

We have finally got a daycare place for our son. It is something that we are looking forward to to the point of actually crying happy tears. But it took time to get that organized on short notice.

I also had an appointment with my eye doctor.  I'm a bit short-sighted, but nothing serious. However, she urged me to get some more sleep and not to overstrain myself, for the symptoms could get worse. And guess what? Sleeping more also takes time.

And I already know taking time for myself is crucial for keeping my depression and anxiety in check, I just don't do it enough. It's never urgent - until it is.

So I took this week "off". The quotation marks are necessary here because I still worked a lot on the business, I just couldn't squeeze in a video as well. Hopefully, the next week will be better. Although I don't have high hopes. Those are reserved for the end of April, 'cause that's when things might start getting better.

Monthly Favs & Fails, March edition

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I love it when a plan comes together.

Unfortunately, that wasn't the case today. There was another video planned, but I decided not to rush it, so I rushed a MFF instead. 'Cause nobody cares if that one is rushed.

B-School started and I severely underestimated how much time it would take me to go through all of the lessons for this week. And I did make the lessons my priority. So the videos had to suffer. I'm hoping to get back on track next week, but, again, no promises. The long-term goals I have envisioned for the BrickoMotion brand are more important than an individual video.

The only first for this video would be that I had filmed some footage for it in advance.

I forgot to mention in the firsts for the previous video (10 Best Hairstyles): that was the first time I used my brick build letters as the background. It was easy to make and looked nice. I will definitely use that trick again.

https://youtu.be/mWhiYXNKvY8

Top 10 LEGO Hairstyles

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All hail The LEGO Movies!

For, were it not for The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie, and The LEGO Ninjago Movie, this list wouldn't be half as good.

Other great sources for the best hair pieces include LEGO Elves, Disney Princess, and CMFs.

I'm really happy with this video. Yet again, I had to work for 14h on a Saturday to complete it, but it was worth it. Even as I was editing, I thought to myself: "this is coming together quite nicely" which is a thing I never think while editing. I mostly just hate everything until it's done.

This video is an experiment. Can I produce a quality Top 10 list? I think I have. Will it be popular? We will see.

The only first for this video is that it's a Top 10 list. But that doesn't mean everything was same old, same old - I have improved my speaking and video editing significantly.

I have also made myself a Trello list to keep track of what I still need to do regarding a video. It's baffling to me how I managed to do anything without this list before. I mean, I know how. I didn't do half the things I was supposed to.

Oh! And I made an Instagram account several weeks ago. My name was free so I took it and now you can find brickomotion on Instagram as well. I hope to post "spoilers" of upcoming videos on there, or at least something I find clever or funny :)

I'll try to publish a video (almost) every weekend for the next 2-3 months, but I'm not very hopeful. I enrolled in an online business school and we might be moving soon again. And then there are the doctor's appointments.. so many doctors.. It's nothing serious, but it sucks the life energy right out of me just thinking about it.

Nevertheless, the video is out. In the 2h it's out, it got over 5000 views and many many positive comments. I love my viewers. Off to happy sleep I go.

https://youtu.be/mTfSONKhJYM

Ariel's Underwater Family

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I decided there's no such thing as too many mermaids.

And good thing I have. I like the idea of this video, it's realization and results. It got around 60k views in the first 48 hours which is a great thing!

And I don't seem to have made any obvious mistakes :D

This is the first video:

  • which is based on mermaid characters
  • which I finished while visiting my friends (in Innsbruck)
  • where I painted a crown and hair bands

I changed the hair pieces I was going to use for the mermaids several times. I was torn between making them as realistic as possible and using the hair piece that suit's the mini the best. I ended up using a mix of those two approaches and I think it turned out well.

So now, not only is the mermaid year looking strong - I've started the princess dollify thing as well. I'm so excided for everything that is still to come!

Harley Quinn's Outfits

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I planned this video for the Summer. Of last year.

Needless to say that I obviously needed quite a few months more to make it happen. Why now? 'Cause the Friends line came out with a new character Vicky. She has black sporty pants with red sneakers and the greatest facial expression LEGO has produced so far.

Those two things screamed Harley to me and I had to finally finish the video.

What's new for this video?

  • I had only a script draft, but I don't sound lost on the recording
  • I've introduced a new "style" of thumbnails (characters have a black border around them to increase their visibility) that I might roll out to some older videos as well
  • The editing process was super fast, due to me being more experienced and having settled for a slower pace of the video (gotta break that 10 min mark!)

Fun Fact: I have worked over 14h this Saturday to get this video published.

https://youtu.be/31iooyhLxSM

Stickers & Capes

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With sparkles & shine.

It was supposed to be a short, quickly filmed & edited video. Then, once again, I decided to make my life more complicated.

I figured, there's no point in just showing you the capes - the minis need to wear them. And the stickers need to embellish the bricks. So, the filming process took longer. Not "painting the whole Doctor Who cast" longer, but longer nevertheless.

This was the first time I:

  • Spoke while filming in the lightbox
  • Showed an organized collection and what I use the pieces for
  • Made a 15+ minute video
  • Put an additional add in the middle and on the end of the video

Currently, I'm visiting friends & family and running some errands in Croatia. That means there will be no video this week and that's the reason this blog post is so late.

Greetings from Croatia! May you not be as exhausted as I am.

https://youtu.be/dzPz0ObohQw

Face reveal!

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Because not even I knew what my face looked like!

I don't get the YouTube craze about face reveals, but I needed a video ASAP so this is what you got.

I'm going to Croatia with the kids for a week and I didn't want the channel to suffer so I planned ahead. Maybe a bit too much, seeing as I made more progress on the future videos than on the immediate one.

All of this means that we are entering a short era of "quickly" made videos. Just so I could get some paperwork done and see friends & family.

Despite the rush to make this video, I've incorporated some firsts into it:

  • set "reviews"
  • how we play with the sets
  • I talked to the camera while filming - no extra audio editing

https://youtu.be/eYzmDsq2-rU