Friday, March 19, 2010

4 lessons I learned from Alice in Wonderland

I recently read Brians Knit's great blog post on "What Alice in Wonderland Can Teach you about knitting" and I thought I'd share my own lessons from Alice.

Mad and Responsible Are Not Mutually Exclusive
I've noticed lately that my twitter posts and real-life conversations and actions are getting a little more eccentric. Not to mention that praying mantis I just needle felted when I'm normally a very practical crafter. I don't know if it's just me getting older and shaking off the inhibitions that started to form when I was younger (if family videos are anything to go by I was a strange child), or maybe it's the fact that most of my socializing is now with people older than me, many of them retired. And I'm actually ok with this change, I just have to remind myself that this does not actually mean that I'm becoming less responsible, or mature.
I also need to make sure that I don't start talking in a Scottish accent.

Just a Transformation
One of the most moving scenes in the movie, for me, was when Absolom was spinning his cocoon. It wasn't death for him, but a transformation, and one that he was enveloping himself, literally spinning himself, into.

Work With What You Have
I loved it when hatter whipped out some scissors and made the very tiny Alice a nice little dress. He didn't continually rip it out because it wasn't just right, but did some creative, spontaneous, and practical problem solving, and didn't fret that it wasn't perfect.

The Person Who Made This Was Once a Beginner
Colleen Atwood, the costume designer for the movie, was once a beginning sewer.

So that's what I learned, but, I'm still no closer to finding out why a raven is like a writing desk.


  1. well I adore your praying mantis, he is cute and as for eccentricity, I think it's part of the package when you're a creative individual.

  2. Thanks for the mantis compliment Karen! And yes, I think there's a lot of truth to that, about being a creative individual.