Vintage Animation: I’d Rather Be Blogging!

For your consideration, another fun little blog animation…(indulge me, okay?) I just love this one, and c’mon- who wouldn’t rather be blogging than doing housework!

I purchased a tiny 1920s/1930s antique flip book on ebay from a seller in Australia, a sort of salesman’s hand-held product demo from the Whirlwind Arcade, London.
Flipping from one side, it features a woman exhaustingly beating her rug on the line, creating dust clouds, wishing for the Whirlwind Non-Electric Suction Sweeper. Flipping the book the other direction, you find Mrs. Jones, the neighbor, vacuuming with ease with the “Cleaner Sweeper.”
By scanning each individual motion image, placing them all into Photoshop, creating an animation, exporting as a gif file, I was able to make the “I’d Rather Be Blogging” blog graphic.
To add the animation to your blog, right-click or control-click the moving image to copy the link location. Then place as a picture gadget in your blog’s sidebar by pasting the link “from the web”. It will move all on it’s own.
Animations can become quite distracting, however, so if you prefer a static image as an alternative, here you go.

Several have commented in the past asking for instructions on making an animated gif, and really, that is a bit beyond my tutorial skills, but there are many tutorials that have already been created and freely shared on the internet. I read through a few before figuring it out for myself. I recommend you begin with a simple search for instructions by clicking HERE.

UPDATE: After reading the comment by Scrap for Joy, “…By the way…I always vacuum in a dress-doesn’t everyone? LOL! ”– I suddenly remembered THIS!

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45 Responses to Vintage Animation: I’d Rather Be Blogging!

  1. #1 - xashee's corner says:

    AWESOME book and i LOVE the animation! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂 Have a WONDERFUL day!

  2. #2 - Artistic Accents by Darla says:

    That's awesome! Thanks!

  3. #3 - melissakate says:

    That's really neat! It's a great image/book to begin with and the little animation is so cool!

  4. #4 - Jennifer says:

    Oh what a little treasure that book is. =)

    Thanks for sharing that cute graphic!

  5. #5 - the undomesticated wife says:

    That was me the other day! haha! Vacuuming and dusting instead of blogging. bleh!

  6. #6 - Melody says:

    It is so cool of you to share your art and your knowledge! Thanks!

  7. #7 - Judy says:

    What an awesome Ebay find! I have never seen a book like that. I love the animation!

  8. #8 - Sandy Toes says:

    How cute!
    sandy toe

  9. #9 - Scrap for Joy says:

    This totally cracked me up! I will probably never attempt this but I sure enjoyed seeing how you did it. By the way…I always vacuum in a dress-doesn't everyone? LOL!

  10. #10 - Kelly says:

    I"m so amazed by your talent and creativity! That little book is so funny and awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  11. #11 - LP Vintage says:

    Thank you – I love that!

  12. #12 - Scrap for Joy says:

    Great costume! When I was a small girl (back in the 50's) I thought this was the perfect life…you know, June Cleaver, Harriet Nelson, Donna Reed! (You do know who those women are, don't you…please say yes!) Anyway, my life is much more interesting than theirs and I relly only vacuum when the dustballs have to be moved with 2 hands! Thanks for brightening up my day!

  13. #13 - vegkat says:

    Freaking awesome. History meets modern technology. I love it!

  14. #14 - Cottage Lifestyle says:

    OMG! How fun! I may have to share this on my blog.

    Renee @ Cottage Lifestyle

  15. #15 - Lady Queenie says:

    I can see why you have so many followers,I went through your blog and found it to be wonderful.I'm new at blogging so thanks for all the free stuff, I'll use it.Again thanks for your lovely site, I really enjoyed every bit of it.

  16. #16 - Lola M. says:

    What a great little book, the animation is very cool, too. Kudos to you for the patience to scan and create it!

  17. #17 - Pattie Cordova says:

    LOVE IT! thanks for taking the time to make it for us.

  18. #18 - Ann Renee Lighter says:

    This is great! I love the image and movement.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  19. #19 - BlueCastle says:

    I am snagging this! It's so awesome. I love your animated illustrations. 🙂

  20. #20 - Angie Mae says:

    That is so cool. You are so talented. I have to say though, I can't take my eyes off of her, it's a little haunting.

  21. #21 - juanitatortilla says:

    What a cute little booklet! Thank you for sharing such great stuff with us.

  22. #22 - Jen Sue Wild says:

    Thanks for sharing all your awesome talents..
    I realy have enjoyed browsing your blog..

  23. #23 - My name is PJ. says:

    This is wonderful, but I can't make it animated! I'm hopeless when it comes to this computer stuff!

  24. #24 - Kaye says:

    Thank You so much for sharing! I love it, and love the pic of you in your dress vacuuming!!!!! I definetly would rather be blogging than cleaning!!!!!!

  25. #25 - Lissie says:

    Awesome! I really love the animation! Have a nice day! 🙂

  26. #26 - Mari Aparicio says:

    I loveeeee!! this animation!!! awesome!!!!like it very much!!!

  27. #27 - Rose Garden Romantic says:

    I love this animation! Thanks! My mom actually DOES do everything in a dress and apron, too! She always has!

  28. #28 - Jason and Tammy Sabourin says:

    I love that one! Likely because it's my sentiments, exactly. LOL

  29. #29 - Christine Edwards says:

    What a fantastic find, that little flip book. I love that you made an animated gif of it. Very clever.

  30. #30 - Jill says:

    Thanks for the image!! I love it!

  31. #31 - Debbie says:

    Thank you for the vintage animation. I love her, but for some reason I couldn't get her to move either. I thought I followed your directions to a T, oh well, she's still cool!

  32. #32 - Catherine says:

    This really made me giggle! The "moving picture" of the enlightened woman vacuuming in her dress… priceless!

  33. #33 - puck says:

    This is great. Thank you so much. Please stop by my

  34. #34 - Stephanie says:

    I would DEFINITELY rather be blogging. Housecleaning doesn't even come close to comparing. 😉

  35. #35 - ClarissaD says:

    I'm new to your blog. I love it! This animation makes me want to create my own blog! Thank you for sharing all your creativity!

  36. #36 - Karen- The Graphics Fairy says:

    This is adorable Cathe!!! I wish I could borrow your brain for awhile, I'm always amazed at how you come up with this stuff! Fabulous job on the animation, you must have spent a lot of time on this project. Your so sweet to share it with everyone!

  37. #37 - Elise says:

    I love, love, LOVE your show! You are AMAZING! What a fabulous talent and vision you posses! I've been peeking by every now and then and I have partaken of this COOLER than cool animated graphic to celebrate my (pathetic, really… but FUN!) blogover! You are SUCH and inspiration! THANK YOU!

  38. #38 - Bonibleaux Designs says:

    I ran across your blog while blurfing and I LOVE IT!!! Can't wait to catch more!

  39. #39 - druga szesnascie says:

    I just discovered your blog and I love every single entry here.
    thanks so much for sharing your creativity and wonderful images.
    the vaccuming lady found her place on my little blog. 🙂

  40. #40 - Maureen says:

    Ha! I need you to make me one for my blog…

    "I'd Rather Be Blogging" !!

  41. #41 - LiseLotte says:

    Thank you so much.

    LiseLotte from Sweden

  42. #42 - Marijamagdalena says:

    I love this! Thanks for sharing your creativity !

  43. #43 - Sirpa says:

    I really love this, and added it immediately to my blog also! Thanks a lot!!!

  44. #44 - Minky Magic says:

    Brilliant, thank you for sharing. My blog is just fab with these extra additions! I've put a link to here as well. Thanks again x

  45. #45 - Yvonne says:

    So verry nice site.
    I loved 't!!

    I follow jou now.
    Gr Yvonne