#The100DayProject: 1st Quarter Recap

#The100DayProject

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This is my first time participating in the #The100DayProject so I knew I wanted to use it as a tool to further develop a skill. I also knew that there are a lot of projects I just had on a pad and had not taken any further steps to create. That is why I chose 100 Days of Illustrator as my project. I took a graphic design course in college and I’ve loved working in Illustrator ever since. It has been the best way for me to make templates for projects and formulate plans.

Before the project started I was still on the fence about my what my ‘theme’ should be. I had some very specific ideas with several constraints. It wasn’t until I listened to the Crafty Ass Female Podcast (Episode 20) that I knew I had to simplify it. I just stripped it down to using one creative method (i.e. Illustrator) and only using that to create anything I wanted for the next 100 days.

So here is my first quarter!

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1/100 – This has been my favorite  illustration (so far that is). I knew I needed to establish a signature for the rest of my work and the face just appeared!

2/100 – This is a book progress chart. I set a goal to read more this year and plan to read 25 books. This chart allows you to color in the books as you read or you can write in the title of the book. Download it HERE.

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3/100 – I was so excited to start a garden this year. We always had one when I was growing up and even though mine won’t be as big, hopefully it will work out.

4/100 – This illustration was actually started and never finished. At the time I was interning for McWane Science Center in the exhibits department. They were dismantling their ‘Newsroom’ exhibit and I got to inventory all the props. One included this beautiful Brownie camera.

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5/100 – I mainly do the laundry for our household which includes a variety of my husband’s cute and colorful socks

6/100 – Doodle husband. I originally planned to make our save the dates as little doodles but that never came into fruition.

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7/100 – I recently purchased a worm composing system (see it here). I made this as a little cheat sheet for what we can feed them and also so I can keep track of how fast they are eating.

8/100 – I’ve been really inspired watching Elise Joy’s 100 days and recently she did some screen printing. I knew I had to try. I made this for my first template. See my personal Instagram for the results.

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9/100 – I’ve been meaning to design a return address stamp/label for awhile.

10/100 – This was just a doodle that turned into a binder cover for my plant binder.

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11/100 – When I was in college me and my roommate had some epic wifi names. Now our password is boring and hard to remember so I made this printable to frame in our home office.

12/100 – I wish it could be Easter year round so I can have bunny decor up all the time.

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13/100 – I framed this and put it in the laundry closet. I don’t how often I’ll need to reference it but it sure is cute.

14/100 – I created this template for embroidering one of my old jean jackets. So cute. Can’t even deal.

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15/100 – I’ve been slowly attempting to decorate our home. I plan to print this graphic in poster size.

16/100 – Dad asked me to create him a personal business card. I still need to work out some stuff but I think it speaks for itself.

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17/100 – This is a freezer inventory sheet. I printed this guy out and put him on the outside of our freezer with a magnet sleeve. I imagine it would be great for a deep freezer too.

18/100 – I found out that Moo allows you to print stickers that are all different designs. I created labels for all my DIY beauty products. I cannot wait order these!

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19/100 – On this day I posted a WIP of a pattern I’m working on

20/100 – Besides the Wedgewood room, the modern art gallery at the Birmingham Museum of Art is probably my favorite. I love the color. I’ve always loved Frank Stella’s Flin Flon VI and I wanted to see it all the time so I made a desktop wallpaper.

21/100 – The husband has been begging me to make a magnet to show if the dishes are clean or dirty. I created this little guy.

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22/100 – I haven’t had a planner I’m satisfied with in a long time. So I’m making my own so I can, as Leslie Knope would say, jam on my planner.

23/100 – Preview of the inside pages of my planner.

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24/100 This is Gravity’s Rainbow by Odili Donald Odita. It is another work of art in the modern art gallery at the BMA. The colors and lines just give me a feeling that it would make a really awesome quilt. I started breaking it down to make a pattern but there are several logistical issues I need to work through.

25/100 This little guy was another project that went unfinished. I started this doodle back in my graphic design class and I was honestly surprised I could find the file.

Thoughts so far: 

Creating a habit is never easy. I still have yet to work out more than 1 day a month. However I think that allowing myself to take it easy has really helped. For example I know that there are going to be days I miss but its ok. The goal of the project is do something for 100 days. That doesn’t mean I need to worry the whole time.

My biggest fear was that I would run out of ideas. I know it has only been 25 days but I think the opposite has happened. This really speaks to Elise Joy’s podcast (not sure which episode but its from 2018) that creativity is a muscle you build. While working on one project I get inspiration for another.

So far my experience has been all positive but I’ll check back in, in another 25 days!

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Bookprint

Freebies, Pattern/Printable

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If you follow my Instagram you’ll notice I’m taking part in #The100DayProject. I made this book print as part of my 100 days, #100daysofillustrator. You can use them to write the names of the books you’ve read or color them in! Below you’ll find downloads for the print and 4×4 scrapbooking cards.book-frame2.jpg

 

 

 

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Easter Dressing

Handmade Wardrobe, Sewing

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I’ve been wanting to make a separate set forever. They’re perfectly cute together and still adorable apart. When I saw the below photo I just knew I had to used my linen grid fabric from Purl Soho. I bought the neon pink version which features a — inch grid pattern.

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Here’s the deets!

The Patterns: Rue Skirt (see tutorial here) – Sewalong; Laurel

The Fabric: Linen Grid by Purl Soho
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The Making: I couldn’t decide on what patterns I was going to use for the top and bottom. I originally planned on using the Brooklyn Skirt from Seamwork Mag but my printer has been on the fritz lately. Another Colette pattern, Rue, worked perfectly and it had a skirt only tutorial!

I ran into another problem with the pattern for the top. I initially planned on using the sloper pattern I purchased months before from BurdaStyle but I realized I purchased the plus size version. I ended up using Colette Laurel for my top.

The Rue skirt tutorial was super easy and I love how full the skirt is. Plus it has pockets!

The Mods: The only modifications I made were to the top. For the Laural top, I simply shortened the pattern to sit right over the top of the skirt. Added snaps to the back instead of a zipper.

The Styling: What I love about this outfit is that is three in one. Easter morning I wore the top and skirt together then I traded the skirt for jeans. The skirt can be worn with a different top as well.

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2018 Booklist

Books

Let me start by saying I know I’m a little late posting this, but it took me awhile to decide on my list for the year. One of my goals this year was to read more with the main bulk of it being the random books I’ve accumulated on my bookshelf. I’ve also made the mistake of following a bunch of lovely Instagram feeds and have since added several more books that are not on my shelf.

I started making my list by using Goodreads and for those of you who love making lists/planning/tracking it is a dream. You can add books you want to read, make a reading list and even track your progress in the books you are currently reading. Another handy thing is that it can link to you Amazon account. That way you can directly add books you purchase on Amazon or purchase for your Kindle.

Some of my inspiration for my booklist:

Belletrist – ‘Every month, Belletrist features a different book and a favorite independent bookstore, both chosen by Emma Roberts + Karah Preiss.’

I mean is there a better name for a book club?!

“Belles-lettres or belles lettres is a category of writing, originally meaning beautiful or fine writing. … A writer of belles-lettres is a belletrist. Literally, belles-lettres is a French phrase meaning “beautiful” or “fine” writing.” – Wikipedia

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via Our Shared Shelf

Our Shared Shelf – A feminist book club by Emma Watson on Goodreads

I know another book club by a famous actor named Emma  but it’s seriously great. The community is was drew me in and also led me to Book Fairies.

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Book Fairies – “The idea of The Book Fairies is simple. There are people who like to read, and to share the books they’ve read. And guess what – everyone loves a nice surprise! These two things come together with The Book Fairies – giving people a chance to pop a sticker and some ribbon on a book, make it a little surprise gift for someone, and leave it somewhere to be discovered!”

Biblio Curator – Insta Account

Not going to lie, I totally judge a book by its cover. If the design is great I’m definitely more apt to pick it up. This insta is a book design wonderland.

 

Bookish In Birmingham – Insta Account

I discovered this account when she found one of my Book Fairy books! She does quick reviews (short enough for insta) of the books she reads. Super great for my short attention span.

Ideal Book Shelf – Enamel Book Pins

THESE ARE THE CUTEST. I have told myself that I cannot buy one until I finish one of the books. Double motivation.

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Kellie Winnell Book Scrapbook

I love this idea for documenting reads. Being a creative I love Goodreads for its simple application but I am seriously considering this approach to document my reads. Also se creates these nifty digital book stamps!

Now on to my booklist!

Emma’s bookshelf: 2018-booklist

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
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Worn Stories
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Folk Fashion: Understanding Homemade Clothes
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Sleeping Beauties
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People of the Book
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The Girls
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The Reporter
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Where'd You Go, Bernadette
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The Localist: Think Independent, Buy Local, and Reclaim the American Dream
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Home Fire
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Grits: A Cultural and Culinary Journey Through the South
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An American Marriage
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The Food Therapist: A Modern Guide to Updating Your Food Relationship Status
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Do Not Become Alarmed
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In the Woods
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The Wife Between Us
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Motherest
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What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories
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The Curated Closet: A Simple System for Discovering Your Personal Style and Building Your Dream Wardrobe
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Little Fires Everywhere
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The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown
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The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South
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My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South
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The Keys to the Batter's Box
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The Ghost Notebooks
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Share book reviews and ratings with Emma, and even join a book club on Goodreads.

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Reflections on the New Year…

Projects

This year was my best and worst year for making.

I made more quality work than I think I ever have.

But I feel that I slacked on the documentation.

I set myself time goals and felt overwhelmed by them.

But I did actually get projects finished.

I had ambitious making goals.

But those goals stifled my creativity.

The take away?

Feeling like I had to complete these items in a certain time crunch made me feel boxed in. Also having to confront the fact that I may not have as much time to sew as other makers was a real struggle for me this year. (Oh how I wish I had a stay at home job). However, by being more organized and meticulous I was able to complete the project and not have a lingering WIP. No dates, more lists, less worry.

I do not like taking pictures of myself so that holds me back when posting finished clothes. I started this blog to be more of a journal to document projects and such. This year I have decided to take a more creative documentation approach. I’m going to take inspire by Not A Primary Color’s sketchbook and sketch out my designs and ideas. Creative documentation.

I made a lot of making goals in 2017 (don’t get me wrong, goals are good) but not many of them panned out. I finished maybe one of my #2017MakeNine.  I noticed that I worked better and had more creative vision when I just mad the next thing on mind whenever I wanted to. Make in the moment.

2017 Timeline Recap

January – Started with planning and ambition #2017MakeNine (never completed)

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February – I participated in the #Monetaparty

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April – Purchased these amazing custom labels

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May/June – Planned a wedding and made my reception dress (not pictured/blogged)

July – I got married! / Cross-stitched a pineapple on the honeymoon (not blogged)

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August – Finished this Gretta tank in time for the eclipse (not blogged)

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September – Started my first knitting project

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October – Blogged my Osaka skirt / made a matching banana/scrunchie set (not blogged)

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November – Made my first Willow tank (not blogged) / Refashioned paid top (not pictured/ blogged)

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December – Finished my first knitting project, a modified Easy Breezy sweater / a Tilly and the Buttons overall dress / Christmas stockings / a self drafted knit hat

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Here’s to a new year, new ideas, and new makes!

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[Featured picture used from Bob’s Burgers Wiki – if you’re not watching Bob’s Burgers you should be, just sayin]