The Truth of Craft Blogging – Perfectly Imperfect

May 19, 2014Allison Murray

I know, I know. It looks so glamorous constantly spray painting things and being crafty for a living. But it’s not. Fun, yes! Tidy, no!

We bloggers are under pressure to put out great photography of our projects in perfect light with prettily staged scenes. To be honest I’m just now buying into the staging thing and it’s hard for me to get away from my stark white backgrounds but I’m working on it!

But I’m getting sidetracked here. Though it may look it from your computer screen, being a craft blogger isn’t all gorgeous rooms and perfectly situated knick knacks. And any craft blogger who says that it is is a liar! A liar I say! Or a craft blogger with a maid and possibly a nanny and butler.

The honest to goodness truth? Our houses are probably messier than yours. And if what I see of FB statuses of my fellow bloggers is true (along with my own experiences), we also spend a lot more time with unbrushed hair and pajamas on well past morning.

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So the last two weeks or so I made an effort to take pics that show “the truth of craft blogging”. I hope you enjoy, and if you ever get stressed out or feel less than adequate looking at all of the shiny, happy things on your computer screen in the blogosphere, come back to this post for a dose of reality!

The blog post photo:

The truth behind craft blogging is crazy. The photos we share may be "perfect" but take a peek at what's going on just outside of the shot.

The reality:

The truth behind craft blogging is crazy. The photos we share may be "perfect" but take a peek at what's going on just outside of the shot.

And yes, the chair is on a box so that it is tilted to catch the light to best accentuate the neon and lace of the bra. No, it wasn’t easy to figure out!

The blog post photo:The truth behind craft blogging is crazy. The photos we share may be "perfect" but take a peek at what's going on just outside of the shot.

The reality:

The truth behind craft blogging is crazy. The photos we share may be "perfect" but take a peek at what's going on just outside of the shot.

Man, that is one messy kitchen! All for a few pictures of cheese!

The blog post photo:

The truth behind craft blogging is crazy. The photos we share may be "perfect" but take a peek at what's going on just outside of the shot.

The reality:

The truth behind craft blogging is crazy. The photos we share may be "perfect" but take a peek at what's going on just outside of the shot.

Lets see. I’ll just crop all of this other crap out! The truth is I often have to assembly line projects to get pictures of everything in optimal light. I have a written list of everything that needs to be accomplished in a day and it can be hectic!

Oh, and if you’re wondering why there is no tutorial on the blog for that freaking awesome rhinestone heart sneaker, it’s because I can’t find that shoe anymore. Ho hum.

The blog post photo:

The truth behind craft blogging is crazy. The photos we share may be "perfect" but take a peek at what's going on just outside of the shot.

The reality:

The truth behind craft blogging is crazy. The photos we share may be "perfect" but take a peek at what's going on just outside of the shot.

Okay, so this isn’t the EXACT picture but it’s all a matter of moving things around so that I liked the staging. The yarn went bye bye and the book moved into it’s place. But all of the crap on the ground? still there. The dog in front of the chair? Still there. The cat very interested in the ceiling? Still there. You just can’t see all of the madness because I have a crop tool!

The blog post photo:

The truth behind craft blogging is crazy. The photos we share may be "perfect" but take a peek at what's going on just outside of the shot.

The reality:

The truth behind craft blogging is crazy. The photos we share may be "perfect" but take a peek at what's going on just outside of the shot.

Okay. So this is hardly the worst one on here… BUT a lot of that junk is still on the floor several days later. Messy, messy blogger!

The reality:

The truth behind craft blogging is crazy. The photos we share may be "perfect" but take a peek at what's going on just outside of the shot.

More often than not, this is what my work space looks like. I just push things from one area to the next so that I can take pics of the project I’m currently working on.

And see that stuff in the boxes below my work space? That’s for when I am absolutely swamped. I’ve been out of town since May 3rd. Everything on the blog that has happened since then has been done well in advance. This post? Written on May 1. Because I feel obligated (to myself mostly) to have daily content, that means I had to get my craft on super fast. SO instead of putting things away immediately like I should, things no longer in use got tossed into a box to be sorted out after the dust settles.

The truth behind craft blogging is crazy. The photos we share may be "perfect" but take a peek at what's going on just outside of the shot.

And on those busy days when I get ready to shut ‘er down and go to bed or just relax for a bit, I find that I did this to my bedroom in the process which is so not relaxing.

Am I complaining? Nope. I LOVE my job. Let me say that again. I LOVE MY JOB and I hope that I can do this forever. In light of hearing that some might think that I have a perfect life I just thought I’d share the truth behind craft blogging, at least for me. It’s a messy, frantic and fascinating job. And just know, chances are I’m probably jealous that your kitchen’s clean right now :)

Comments (9)

  • Teresa W

    May 19, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    I love it that you are so down home! Your honesty is very refreshing; I know that I would have a difficult time showing my reality photos, but you did and that warrants respect. Thank you for giving us a peak into your world and for the reassurance that you are a regular person just like I am, you are just more creative than I am :D Love your blog and sense of humor! Thank you.

  • Emily

    May 19, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Ooo, what is that neon and black crocheted item in the bottom corner of the last picture? From what I can see, I like it!

    1. Allison

      May 19, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      That is a little granny square cat blanket I made. I’ll dig it out and share it soon :)

  • Charlie

    May 19, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    You should see my craft room!!! I was going to clean it today…but I got side tracked with embroidery and making doll accessories. I keep the rest of the house in order (because otherwise my dh would drive me bananas) but it is my own little haven of chaos with so many pins embedded into the carpet I have to keep my tetanus shot up-to-date.

    1. Allison

      May 20, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      Ooh. I’ve gotten to the point to where when a pin bites me I’m all tough about it. It irks me rather than hurts me :)

  • Adrienne

    May 19, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Great article! A true “behind the scenes.” I love your down to earth, highly approachable attitude, and always enjoy receiving your emails. You’re a breath of fresh air :)

  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    May 21, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Reason #408 for why Allison rocks my socks off: she keeps it SO real and makes me feel like I’m not the only messy blogger in blogland with the craziest photo set-ups. And this has inspired me to remember to take more photos of the “bigger picture.” Thanks, girl!

  • Alice

    May 22, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Love this!

    I make a similar mess in the kitchen whenever I’m working on a recipe, or if I’m making some crafts. But whatever I do I always enjoy doing it and taking photos, but it’s after that last shot when I say “got it” that reality hits me and I see all the crap I have to clean up, haha.

    thanks for sharing this :)

  • Midsommarflicka

    May 22, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    I love this post! Makes me feel less guilty when I look at my desk (and around my room, yeah, okay!).

    Hugs! Midsommarflicka

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