Every day, you hear about some terrible plan to just remake a perfectly good movie.
Why is this happening? Is it a lack of knowledge transfer from one generation to the next, so that millennials will not have any clue watching the "new" Mary Poppins movie starring Beyonce and Jimmy Fallon that it's based on something that was already perfect and should have been shown to them by their negligent parental units?
It's distressing and boring. And I didn't know those two feelings could coexist, but they can. I feel them.
While I was thinking about how distressing and boring it was, I was thinking about how many things in our daily lives have evolved into nearly new life forms, unlike a simple staff change for classic movies.
For example - the phone. There's a huge difference between a rotary phone on a party line and an Iphone you can catch Pokemon on. (Although, you could make the argument that we're all still on a party line, what with the NSA and whatnot.)
Cars now have navigation and DVD players and hiney warmers and coolers and can park themselves and open their own doors without your assistance. Quite different from the Cutlass Supreme that stalled at every stop sign and made me stick a pen in the carburetor to restart it.
But then I thought about cereal.
I don't know why I thought about cereal, but I did. And I realized that there hasn't been a cereal innovation in FOREVER!
Chex and Honeycombs and Apple Jacks - those were cereal innovations. Remember Golden Grahams and Raisin Nut Bran? THOSE were just happy smacks right in your cereal-loving face.
But there's been little activity since then. Nothing is crunchier or more interesting in the cereal department. It's just more of the same, like a movie remake.
I'd like these two industries to just get it together and start being original again. On behalf of Mary Poppins and Raisin Nut Bran fans everywhere. Please - just get it together.
In the meantime, while we wait for them, let's make some pretty Christmas cards, shall we?
This weekend, I had the first of my four annual Christmas Stamp-a-Stack classes. I love these, because we get to feel festive when it's 103 degrees out, and then come November, all of us have 40 cards ready for the holidays. (PS - the projects we made are available as my most recent online class.)
Normally after a class, I don't stamp because I'm stamped out, but Saturday I could not get enough of these dies, and I came home and made one more card.
I just brushed ink onto the amazing embossed Fancy Frost paper with my Clarity Stamp stencil brushes for that nice soft blend. I LOVE this paper. All the different patterns are super fun, but the star pattern was perfect for these dies.
This was very quick and easy and would be easy and fun to do in multiples for sending out holiday cards. I have the strip that I cut out of the Fancy Frost paper and can use that on another card.
So take a minute this week and please try to invent both a new cereal and a new screenplay.
The world needs you.
You're our only hope.