One Second A Day [with Videos]

We do not remember days, we remember moments.
-Cesare Pavese

How much do you remember from last year?

If you asked me what I did in 2015, I only remember creating the Learn to Animate Course, celebrating my daughter’s first birthday, and being part of a Mastermind Group… Other than that, the whole year is a blur.

I imagine that your year was the same.

We remember finished projects, big events, and newspaper headlines.

Our lives move so fast. We focus on the future, enjoy the present, and quickly forget the past.

If you want to remember what has happened in your life, it only takes a story, a photo/video, or some reminder to bring the past to the front of your mind. These little things bring back memories of how we became who we are and what we have accomplished in our lives.

However, we don’t always have easy access to these reminders when we want to reminisce.

Until now.

In App view of One Second Everyday App

In App View

The 1 Second A Day App

I heard about this wonderful little app while listening to the Ted Radio Hour last summer. I remember I was on a 3 hour (one way) drive to a magic show I was performing. Listening to the episode “Shifting Time” made me realize how much we forget about our day-to-day lives. In that episode, they talk about this cool app.

The One Second A Day app does what it sounds like. It helps you record one second each day.

The app sends you a reminder daily to use photos or images from your phone’s library, or you can create a new video in the app.

Review Your Year in 365 Seconds (6 minutes)

Other than the novelty of having a second of video each day, this is an excellent tool to remember and review your year.

Cesar Kuriyama is the creator of the 1 Second Everyday App, and he did a Ted Talk on the subject of using 1-second clips to remember one’s past.

Below is his TedTalk


Benefits of the App

Remembering Events in Your Life

As mentioned in the TedTalk above, we often have a hard time remembering random events without someone mentioning the story. It is also possible to have memories surface from photos and/or videos. That is what this app does. It gives you easy access to memories through short (1 second) clips.

Watching One Second a Day helps stir our memories of the year.

Some are important, and others are not. These include trips, fun happenings, celebration, sad experiences, news events, and overlooked daily activities. We are so busy with our future and sometimes the present, that is hard to get a grasp on what we have accomplished and how we spend our time. This app helps you relive your past in a quick and enjoyable video.

Make Something Happen

An unforeseen consequence of recording a second every day is that you start looking for things to do to fill that second. It doesn’t happen every day, but when I am out and about I might get an idea to try something new. Even if I have 100 excuses not to try it, knowing it will make a great second for my video increases my chances of doing it.

For example:
I was in Minnesota doing a series of shows throughout the southeastern part of the state. I was tired and by myself, which made me tempted to just sit around my Air B&B cabin. However, I knew this would be boring for the day’s second.I ended up going hiking for waterfalls which are plentiful in the area. The excuse to explore made the trip a lot more and had cool stories to tell people back home.

I get up in the morning looking for an adventure.
-George Foreman

Realize How Daily Activities Affect our Current Time.

This is the same reason why in 2016 I plan to do more reflections and forward views. These reflections are what some call monthly “Check-ins”.

Right now I am scheduling to do this every month. During the scheduled time, I reflect on what was accomplished and plan the month ahead. In the reflection part, having a video of every day will help me see the month on a day-to-day basis.

It is hard to envision how our daily activities add up to become our life’s body of work. This app helps visually show how that is possible.

Personal protest against recording everything.

In the Cesar Kuriyama’s Ted Talk (above), he makes a significant point about our recording culture.

When we are at an event that we are excited to be at, many of us have a compulsion to capture every moment with our smartphones or digital cameras. The result is that we are no longer in the moment, but instead seeing the event through a screen.

With limiting the recording to a second, we can capture the event without having to miss the experience. You know longer have to be the person with their phone out for an entire evening.

Note to self:
Record a second and go enjoy yourself.

See Our Bad Days

Since starting to use this app during the summer of 2015, it has become a sort of journal. Recording every day gives a more truthful look at one’s life. When I watch last year’s video, it reminds me of how great my life is. It also has days that were not so good.

My life is a series of awesome experiences with a smattering of bad events. Watching my seconds for 2015 is a reminder that I live a wonderful life with my perfect family doing cool stuff most days.

A Memorial for Your Life

I am writing this post a month exactly after my grandmother died. We were very close and seeing the photos during the funeral brought back a lot of memories. My grandma passed away at the age of 95. Which means, I only knew her when she was between the ages of 65 – 95… Seeing all those old photos reminded me how much I didn’t know about her.

Can you imagine if she had taken a second a day for half her life? Sure, it would be almost 5 hours long. But I would have loved to have seen it, paused it at times to relive memories, and shared the exciting parts with everyone.

If I start filming a second of video every day, I look forward to a time where I edit it down to the greatest hits for people to watch at my funeral… A little morbid, but it would be a great memorial for who I am and the things I’ve done in my life.

“Sharing tales of those we’ve lost is how we keep from really losing them.”
― Mitch Albom

My 3 Minutes of 2015

Quick Memories from this Video of 2015
  • My family got scary sick for three days in November.
  • Watching hot air balloons and Chinese lanterns.
  • Watching a spider that lives in my studio wrap up a fly in his web.
  • My daughter saying, “DaDa” for the first time.
  • Seeing Jurassic World and Ant-Man in the theatre
    (we rarely go to the theater).
  • I created a lot of animated videos in 2015

2015 was a great year!


DIY Quilted Duvet Cover and Curtains

I’ve been hoarding fabric for years.

To the point where I started thinking, as I folded a ripped sheet onto the appropriate color coded shelf if I was ever going to DO anything with the stock.

Cloth on appropriate color coded shelf.

“Sure I am!”
I told myself.

“When the project wants to come, it’ll speak to me and, voila! Sewing Magic!”

And then one day, there was a duck-down throw at my local thrift shop, naked without a cover and needing me.

Time to raid the fabric pile!

My daughter’s 1st birthday is coming up, and I have enough pink and pink-friendly material to assemble a duvet cover and a couple matching half curtains as a present.

#1. Assemble chosen fabric(s)
Using cast-off materials appeals to me because it does not require carefully measured yards of second guessed patterns and colors. I am working with whatever there is, in whatever sizes there are. No matter how badly I screw it up, it’s okay because there was nothing at stake.

#2. Choose a method.
What do I want this to look like? Do I want squares? Triangles? Squares and triangles? I decided to take the lazy way out and make the duvet cover out of long rectangular strips.
Group of Three #3. Measure twice, riiiiiiiip once.
I use my cutting mat to do a rough measurement of each piece of fabric (old skirts and a bowling shirt).

When there are 4 inches of material, I make a slit, and I pick up the item and rip all the way down. I rip because I am too lazy/impatient for scissors.Strips of Fabric
#4. Strips of Three.
Once I’ve thoroughly demolished the source material and my work table is smothered in a plethora of patterns; I choose the order. Which should be sewn together to make them most pleasing to my eye?

If one strip is not quite at my 2-yard length requirement, I sew on more of itself until it’s good.

I start with one and pin another to it, right sides together. To that duo, I add a third.

Once I have straight stitched all three together, I lay it aside and do the next group of three and the next. I continue until I have a stack of them; enough to cover my needs.

Since I’m making two short curtains, I select a couple of these sewn trios to hem later.

The rest of the pieces of three I assemble until they look ‘right’ to my personal aesthetic.  Then I pin the right sides together, followed by sewing until I have a solid panel for the front of my duvet cover.Image of Pinning Patches
#5. Backing.
I went ahead and used an old sheet for the back of my duvet cover. The benefit is that I can make the most of the already hemmed edges!

Then I measured, riiiiipped, and pinned the right sides together until everything looks good. Then sew three of the four sides together and before pulling the duvet cover right side out.

Pinning the Backing
#6.  Finishing Up. 
I didn’t bother to sew buttons or ties onto the open side.  When I stuffed the duck down comforter inside the duvet, I just tucked the open edges down over it.

Martha Stewart may not have done it that way but it suits me, and it works just fine.

#7. Curtains.
I finished the edges of the two remaining panels and sewed on some loops made out of small scraps.

Voila! Matching curtains and blanket!

Honeycomb Pom Pom DIY Tutorial

I’ve never considered creating honeycomb paper art. After the article on the cool stuff Li Hongbo is creating, I have taken an interest in the possibilities.

In this video, Alex (from DaWanda) shows how to build honeycomb pom-poms out of tissue paper.

Material needed:

  • tissue paper
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • craft knife
  • pencil
  • glue stick
  • needles & thread

The pom poms are awesome. But I have no idea how Li Hongbo takes the honeycomb paper and turns it into this.

Honeycomb Paper Sculpture of Face Stretched


Baby Soap

Baby Soap

I was looking around for a way to reuse those foaming action bottles I’ve been storing up, the ones the expensive Bath and Body Works anti-bacterial soap comes in.  I found a super inexpensive way to make my own foaming soap!  It has to be foaming; otherwise I can’t be sure if my sweet, dear, husband is getting a proper clean.  (He doesn’t like to work up a lather, say, from a bar).

  • Baby SoapHere is the simplicity of it.  Needed:
  • One foaming pump for reuse
  • Favorite hand safe dish soap (Use liquid Castile soap if you like scentless, or want to add your own later with essential oils).
  • Tap Water
  • Vitamin E liquid capsule broken open (optional)

To Make this, take the pump out of the bottle, pour soap of choice in the bottom of the container, about 1½ inches give or take.  Add water slowly.  If you allow the tap water to agitate the soap and froth you won’t be able to fill it correctly or get a proper froth.  Add the water slowly and screw the pump back on the base.  Swirl the bottle gently until soap and water are mixed.  If you’ve used Castile and want to add scent, drop a couple drops of your favorite essential oil to the mix at this point and re-swirl.

You should combine the soap/water at a ratio of 1:4, but you can tweak it up how you like it.  Do this and you’ll never have to pay full price (about $5 a bottle!) again!

I bring this up here because I use this method to make my hand soap and have used it in my son’s bath.  Which is why I brought up Castile soap before.  Newborns can be suuuuper sensitive to perfumes/chemicals/dyes of store-bought baby washes, Castile soap is the gentle way to wash your baby.  The pump version of the soap is even more gentle than just lathering up straight Castile since the froth is mostly water!