One hundred days of Day Break Play: Start

Day 1 image from Instagram. Using my go to practice list.

Day 1 image from Instagram. Using my go to practice list.

Have you heard of The 100 Day Project? The quick synopsis is to choose 1 action and do it for 100 days while documenting it on Instagram. Background info on the whole project can be found here.

As I write this we're in the first week of the project so I thought I'd outline my project in greater detail than I have on Instagram. 

Day 2 image from Instagram. Various handwritings using various writing implements.

Day 2 image from Instagram. Various handwritings using various writing implements.

I had first come across The 100 Day Project a couple months ago and in that first encounter had decided not to do it. I didn't want another thing to add to my to-do list. But in the meantime I'd started to create some new routines for myself and have been working on getting up earlier in the morning to feel a little more personally productive before I go to my day job. 

Ten days before the project start I had the opportunity to see Elle Luna speak at a Creative Mornings event (currently no video but I imagine there will be one up soon). Seeing her speak sealed the deal and I knew I'd be participating in the project. 

Day 3 image from Instagram. Some days I might feel like playing with something random like legos.

Day 3 image from Instagram. Some days I might feel like playing with something random like legos.

My little piece of the 100 day project is 100 days of waking up and playing creatively pretty much first thing when I pop out of bed. (#100daysOfDayBreakPlay) I went back and forth for a bit on if I'd stick with using just one medium but then I realized this project is about doing the same action everyday. The important action for me is to get up and make. While I am very motivated to make, and do so often, I don't always do it everyday. I've found making things with my hands to be very meditative so I'm looking for this project to solidify that as a daily routine for myself.

While I won't be having any specific rule for myself on what I'll be creating, you will see lots of calligraphy and other hand lettering experiments. That's a medium I'm always exploring so it will ground my project by being my go-to on days that I'm not driven to play with something else. 

As for how many minutes I'll be making... I'd like it to be a minimum of 15 with a general goal of 45 mins. I'm not sure yet what will feel right so you'll notice on my daily Instagrams that I'm going to keep track of how much play time I got in to help me keep track. And because this is about play you will be seeing lots of in process photos. Some things will never turn into anything else but that days play.

I hope you follow along!

On the friendship trend wagon

There are several grown-up friendship bracelets that I’d been anxiously wanting to make. One Saturday a few weeks ago I made them all. I found tutorials for them all on the awesomely named blog; honestly…wtf.

For the wrap bracelet I strayed from their tutorial a little bit in that I only wrapped the string around one length of leather instead of two. I really like the look of this but I think it might have been better to stick to the tutorial. I’ve had one bracelet come unraveled while wearing. I tried the waxed twine but ended up liking working with embroidery floss instead. 

I’ve seen a lot of people making the hex nut bracelets with rope. I used waxed twine.

The materials for the woven chain bracelet were the most expensive mainly because I had to start with a pre-made chain bracelet. (Fosil, half off from Nordstrom Rack)

Papyrus lampshade

One of my fourth of July weekend crafts was creating a new lampshade for a free lamp I acquired years ago. The lampshade that came with it broke during a windy day last fall.

The left picture was taken before the lamp met it’s demise. Right image shows the interior lamp structure. The small ring at the bottom fits into bulb base.

Because the lamp was originally free I was having a hard time justifying spending a lot of money for a new one. I spent $12 on a piece of papyrus paper and $16 on a container of Yes! glue that will be handy for future projects. I have more paper left so I hope I run into another free lamp.

Gifts for soon to be family of three

Baby shower gift and my first attempt at wool felting. It’s becoming a tradition to give these friends small woolen animals.

The larger sheep were made from a kit and the little one from the kit leftovers.

Orange slice wrap is a print promotion from Sappi Fine Paper designed by Studio Hinrichs. Orange and black scribble paper is from an unknown paper promotion.