Tag Archives: postaday

Day 365 +1

Time to reflect on the journey – WordPress kindly furnished me with a summary of my year – showing me the infographics and so on which illustrate my year. I am so proud that I managed to stick with it – even on the days where I could barely breathe for tiredness – a little doodle, a small moment made a difference to me. I didn’t talk much with people about the project, it had enough meaning, weight and challenge just held close to myself. Mentioned now and again – I’m not sure people necessarily understood the commitment, the intent or the effort involved in keeping going. Talking about it today, the question posed – would I continue. The answer, well, of course. Creativity had been an integral part of life even before the challenge – though certainly not as formally or determinedly as this challenge made it. Perhaps it may not involve something literally every day – but the creativity will continue, it cannot help but continue. Into this next year though, I think there will be new challenges. More of those in a moment.

I’ve created with food, paper, yarn, fabric, iPad, iPhone, paper, pencils, pens. Made clothes for me, clothes for small peeps. Home decorations, decorations for others. Baked cakes, made sweets, preserved fruit – sharing this manna with an appreciative few. Shared creative ideas and taught family, friends and students new skills. Watched my nieces and godchildren be influenced and want to create. Written and received letters. I’ve learnt new skills and honed old. I’ve made and remade when making didn’t quite work. Most important I think is that I’ve committed to the completion of a project for myself, and seen it through from one end to the other. Not for my work, my career; not for family or friends; not for financial gain or necessity – it’s been completed for me, for my well-being.

On to this year then…there’s a few things on my mind:

  1. January plank challenge – plank every day for as long as possible
  2. 12 dresses in 12 months (or items of clothing, for me, for others…)
  3. House jobs – redecorating, sorting, all *that* stuff
  4. Picking up a violin again…

Meanwhile to maintain the everyday creativity as far as possible (nothing so far today, but if I try deliberately not to do anything I may get itchy fingers and just have to do something!), including writing letters regularly not just to nieces but to other friends and family. Using up my yarn stash (and really not buying any more until everything I already have it used up!) and my fabric stash Рincluding actually making things from all the pieces of fabric I have purchased due to falling in love with the patterns РI have to get past the fear that it might not end well!

Either way – I’m fairly certain this will be the last post on this blog (unless I end up blogging whatever challenges I aim to rise to this year – in which case there’s a chance there might¬†a post here directing peeps to the new one!). In the meanwhile – thank you to everyone who has visited, liked, commented; it has meant a great deal to me as the year has progressed to know others have been sharing a little of my journey and from an awesome diversity of countries too!

The countries from which people have visited.
The countries from which people have visited.

Day 365

Wow. It’s here. Gosh. Busy day with this and that. Made a salmon mousse for the first time this morning, so reckon that counts. Finished my pink net petticoat for wearing tonight (which I am wearing under the frock I made back at Easter!). Made a small flower to decorate it. Happiness. Contentment. Feels like quite a monumental achievement. 365 days unbroken, but for Internet issues for posting at times. Anyway, tomorrow shall be time for reflection. Tonight, enjoying people.

IMG_2710.JPG

IMG_0063.JPG

IMG_0061.JPG

IMG_0060.JPG

IMG_0062.JPG

IMG_0057.JPG

IMG_0055.JPG

Day 363

I bought a dress several years ago now, never worn it as it never seemed to sit right. Finally wore it as part of my costume for the staff panto at the end of term with a net tutu underneath – different dress! So, I decided I might make one for myself to wear underneath it this NYE. A trip out to the fabric shop, some in depth research on the Internet and this afternoon, away I went! There’s a chance I stretched the elastic a little far, and there are perhaps too many layers at the top…so, might need revisiting! Either way, it’s quite fun to wear!

IMG_0051.JPG

IMG_0052.JPG
Got to love something which stands up all by itself!

Day 362

Threaded together my stars, made a few more, strung them across the ceiling to finish off the hallway bunting. Now half hearts, half stars. Then I decided to make one of those tissue paper flowers like Kirstie was making in her Crafty Christmas show…

IMG_0044.JPG

IMG_0049.JPG

IMG_0043.JPG

IMG_0048.JPG

IMG_0046.JPG

IMG_0047.JPG
I can hardly believe there’s only 3 more days of this challenge, not sure how I’ll feel about it being over! There’s been thoughts of new challenges, I’d like to think I’ll stick with them like I’ve stuck with this! Still pondering what they’ll be and how (if at all) I might record them.