Friday, August 12, 2011

Catching up with 365 Projects

Once a week I spend the day playing catch up, adding the finishing touches to any projects not quite yet done, taking photos and browsing the net for inspiration, and as always, looking for free patterns and interesting tutorials.  Today I wanted to share a book.

Did you undertake a 365 project this year?

Noah Scalin, author of the book 365:  A Daily Creativity Journal encourages us to choose one theme, and then every day for a year, create something that fits with that theme.  For Noah it was skulls, and he made them out of every material imaginable, truly pushing his creative limits. His book is filled with 365  creative prompts to kick start our creativity in just about any medium.

Day 13 suggests "Use tea leaves or tea bags (used or unused) or even just liquid tea (in a cup or not) to create something today."  For us traditionally crafty folk this could mean staining or antiquing paper, yarn, ribbon or fabric with tea, or using tea bag folding.  For those with a flair in the kitchen it can mean creating your own unique blend of tea (something I love doing!).

The book and ideas have really caught on, and he has a website for other 365 enthusiastists to share their blogs.

The projects are vast and inspiring, here are just a few from some very talented and creative people:

365 flowers in Project Bloom
365 ATC's in A Creation Per Day
365 projects from recycled materials in 365 Do-overs
365 owls in Owl A Day

The Light Side of the Pullover
My favourite 365 compilation

365 Stormtroopers is my personal favourite, a series of images that capture the shinanigans of two stormtroopers.

My original intent was to create a Christmas ornament each day, which then got expanded and enlarged to encompass crafting something every day.  Prior to this I hadn't crafted much of anything for a few years, and the gears were rusty, the ideas came slowly and at first it was quite an effort to rekindle the fires.  I'm 9 months into my 365 project and each day I can't wait to get the boy to school, get the chores done and spend time in my craft room. 

Do you think you will undertake a 365 project next year?

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