This year has had some big changes for me and been pretty busy, and as a result I had a few months of not being creative at all. I'd already chatted to Laura from Bugs and Fishes about this, and how it can be hard to find time to be creative just for yourself. When I saw she'd started a #Crafting365 challenge, I thought it would be the perfect way to get myself back into being creative regularly, even if it's only for a few minutes a day.
So I decided to get stuck in! On day 1 I started painting a night sky themed paper doll. Even though I've done some painting with ink for #Inktober, I have to admit that it was nice to be able to just paint inside the lines for this!
On day 2 I finished the paper doll. He's a little fox! It's a free printable by Mister Finch for Anthropologie (sadly now unavailable on their site), and I'll do a post on how I decorated mine soon.
On day 3 I dug out some embroidered panels I started working on about a year and a half ago... I have a sizeable box of unfinished projects, some of which date back years, and I'm determined to use this challenge to finish some of them. I want to make a cushion with these squares, so I started stitching them together. I didn't get much done as I was very tired, but even a little is better than nothing.
On day 4 I worked on stitching the squares together again, and I managed to get two squares joined. It helps give me a better idea of what the finished cushion will look like. I think it will be pretty good!
On day 5 I started gluing tiny seashells to a picture frame which has seen better days. The shell decoration will give it a new lease of life, and I'm planning to put my Sibylline mermaid print in it once it's finished.
On day 6 I was tired again so I only managed to sew this deer shape onto some fabric using tacking stitches. This will eventually be an embroidery from Mollie Makes Issue 56.
To be honest, at the moment I have so much already going on in my life that the combination of a crafting challenge and Inktober is really pushing myself. But I feel so much better being creative, and I feel like doing this is almost stopping part of my personality being erased by "real life" responsibilities. Soon things will calm down and I'll have more time *crosses fingers*. But in the mean time, even if I only get five minutes to be creative, I'm going to take it!