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!


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…

Sketchbook Project 2017

Sketch Book Project 2017
Despite my first attempt to visit being slightly unsuccessful, in June whilst I was in New York, I finally made it to the new home of the Sketch Book Project Library.
Closed sign on sketchbook project door
Not today
The Sketchbook project is a library of artists books, submitted from people all over the world. Its aim is to create a community resource and change the way creative people share their work.
Starting with my sisters book from 2015 and then mine, I spent a happy hour or more looking through the books that caught my eye.

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I left armed with loads of inspiration and two books – one for me and one for my sis. The deadline is the end of this month. Time to make a start.
 The suggested theme is repeat pattern. The working title for mine is:  Love. Laugh. Create. Explore. Repeat. The books creation and journey will be documented here.
There is also still time to sign up for 2017, if you feel like giving it a go… https://www.sketchbookproject.com/libraries