I realized this week that we've already passed the one year anniversary of our Maker Monday video series on Instagram. That means, with the help and patience of my coworkers, I've made somewhere between 40-45 videos (even pro videographers need weeks off ;-) ) of our amazing production team in action. WOW. I'm seriously proud of this milestone, especially when I look back at our first video, posted on September 16, 2013. Click on the photo below to watch our humble beginnings in this series:

Maker Monday betsy & iya

How cute are those faces at the end?? The first video is a pretty random collection of clips, if I do say so myself. It was clear after this one that we needed to be really intentional about what we showed each week. Thus our current theme of showing the process, from separate materials to a single stunning piece, was born.

In contrast, here's a video from two weeks ago introducing a new tool, a custom made Jig:

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We've come a long way, baby! And we'll keep going even further; Will recently spent some time showing me new tips and tricks for my filming and editing processes that has increased the quality of the videos. We've experimented along the way with a few series ("Machines of Maker Monday" was one I really enjoyed and learned a lot from) and I hope to do more of this with the next betsy & iya collection (hint, hint). I'm also thrilled that the hashtag has taken on a life of its own. Our videos used to be the only media that showed up when clicking on #makerMonday; now, the tag has 496 posts. That's way more than just betsy & iya represented! Makers all around the world are turning what many consider the roughest day of the week into a time to show off creativity and hopefully inspire others by doing so. Maker Monday, I love you! Cheers to one year down & many more to go. Now, let's dig into some celebratory cupcakes (Barrie, are you reading? Could ya make some celebratory cupcakes? Kthx.). Anna ***Song of the Moment: Cecilia by Simon & Garfunkel***

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