5 tops tips to staying motivated

Over half way into the 100day project I hit a few bumps, a busy week in the day job, with a few evening events meant I missed a few days in the project.

These tips are for staying motivated to continue and also importantly offer some ideas of how to get back on track if like me you’ve missed a few days.

1. Mix it up  – Trying new ways to approach your project – experiment with different techniques or mediums if its an art based project. I added in different materials to stitch on,  included leaves. Testing different ideas which might spark further art projects or develop into other skills.

Leaf Doodle Stitch

2. Pick it up and carry on. If you miss a day or even a few – keep going. Even if it takes you longer to get there than originally planned. The sense of achievement to getting to the end and seeing it through will still make it worth it. Don’t get disheartened by those that finish early, this is one of those projects where you run your own race. I’m now hoping to finish by July 31st.


3. Don’t wait for perfect to post. Showing the unsuccessful attempts was a bit scary at first, yet as I look back I can now see the improvement as the project progressed. Sometimes the ones I liked the least are the ones others loved, so that was interesting!

4. If you really don’t like your topic – change it! Its your project so develop and adapt it as you wish. Maybe you hit an exciting new direction when experimenting and want to do more on that or broaden the original idea. Roll with it and incorporate it in, this will help avoid getting stuck in a project.


5. Support others in the 100day project community.  Check #the100dayproject and then offer support to inspire others to keep going. This is something that next time I will do more of to encourage and participate in the community.

Have fun!


The 100 day project

The100day project is a FREE global art project that anyone can participate in.  This project started on April 4th and is running through to July 12th. You can pick it up anytime along the way and make it your own – drawing, words or actions everything counts.
All the advice says keep it simple and choose something you can do in 10mins a day. So each day a small stitched doodle is posted on Instagram, created and tagged as part of #the100dayproject.
I’m using it as kick start to get back into stitching! To experiment with free machine embroidery and have some fun. My sewing machine isn’t built to do this so that adds an extra challenge!
  Stitched Photo
So far I’ve made it over halfway. As it’s your project you can develop it or change it in anyway you choose. The next 30 days I’m thinking of mixing up the photos with pen drawings or testing out fabrics.
Follow the hashtag #100daysofdoodlestitching to never miss a pic!

Sketchbook Project 2017 – Complete

The Sketchbook project deadline got extended to end March, which meant with a little bit of push I could get it completed in time. It’s in the post and currently making it’s way stateside.

A trip to Kew Gardens to seek inspiration, meant the book was a mix of flowers, hand drawn repeat prints and stitching experiments. Kew had the Orchid festival on, which was well worth a look. The colours and plant shapes have provided the starting point to this sketch pages:

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If the project runs for 2018, I will be making a plan to get a head start so it can be finished in time with a little less of a rush.

Handmade Valentines Exchange 2017

It’s back, the less commercial and more rewarding Handmade Valentine Exchange . I took part for the first time last year.
This year I wanted to create something more graphic in style and simpler than last years. It’s a mix of a graphic print and some free machine embroidery even a bit of pink creeping in this time…
Stitched with love…

Remember your Why

This post was inspired by a mail shot from The Great Discontent. About starting 2017 not by making resolutions that will fall by the wayside but to start the year remembering Why.

Why you do what you LOVE to do.

I create by drawing, stitching, making surface pattern prints or textile collages. Enjoying those moments when you are so absorbed, thinking of nothing other than the marks on the page or the stitches from the machine. Happily chasing that feeling, that the next picture will be just a little bit better than the last. I create because life feels a bit out of whack if I don’t.

The challenge is in finding new inventive ways to tell a story or to send a message. A way to visually make sense of life that can be at times difficult, inspiring or empowering. Sometimes a piece is made just to raise a smile, sometimes it is to say much more. Sharing on this blog to show the projects started and track their bumpy slow road to completion. Hopefully inspiring a few others along the way..