I've decided to join in with the 100 day project. Devised by the folks over at The Great Discontent it's pretty much what it implies, a project spanning 100 days. They explain it as such:
What Is the 100-Day Project?
How does it work?
It explains in more detail in the link up there^
but here's the short version.
You sign up to their newsletter & follow their Instagram accounts, these give you ideas, suggestions, ways to keep going as well as being able to see what they're doing in their own project(s).
You choose an action to carry out each day for 100 days, starting on April 6th (yeah, I'm arriving more-than-fashionably-late to this party but that's allowed.)
You post each day on Instagram using #the100dayproject as well as your own unique tag, so people can choose to see all of everyone's contributions or just yours.
You announce your project (like I'm doing now), then you just get stuck in, posting up your progress in picture form every day for people so see.
...that's what my unique hashtag will be for the project, so as you've probably figured out, my 100 days will be full of cross stitch.
As you can imagine you can't really do a whole major project each day so I'll be keeping them small for the most part & doing some projects that link together to form a bigger picture. I don't want to impose too many rules on myself & make this any harder than it already is...we all know my health isn't entirely predictable & a tiny cross stitch is, I'm hoping, still possible most days. The good news as well is, none of these charts will be for sale in the shop so copyright isn't a worry & I can do a few cheeky fan-art pieces if the urge takes me.
So that's it really, now you know.
Oh, one last thing to tell!
Mailing list subscribers will get access to the pdfs of any patterns I make, so if they want to recreate them at home they can do, for free!
So, if you've still not signed up then scroll down to the bottom of this page, or any page on MissRed.co.uk & get your name on that list!
Gotta dash, cross stitching to do!
Miss Red x
No, not playing with anyone's heart ;)
I did my usual clever trick of being quite busy with all the sewing & crafting tasks that I needed a break. What do craftaholics do when they want a break? Start a new craft of course!
I've been admiring other people's paper cuts on craft pages online for a while & it's been on my list of things to have a go at some time. Having watched some tutorials I decided rather than jumping in feet first (as is my usual approach with these things) I'd get myself a starter pack to ease myself in gently.
I chose the Introduction to Paper Cutting DIY Pack from Paper Panda, which I ordered last week & received 2 days later (pretty close to a Bank Holiday weekend too.)
As an aside, the cute sticker reminds me I need to get some return address/logo stickers for my own parcels, if you do these or know someone who does please do shout up via the comments below ;)
Back to paper cutting...
Last but not least, the Paper Panda Trainee badge, allegedly a very important piece of kit which appears to aid in general awesomeness ;)
I've only spent an hour or so on it so far but I can tell it's full of fantastic quality materials & easy to follow instructions with the Paper Panda sense of humour shining through. I'm loving getting to grips with the movement of the blade & how to approach different shapes. It's certainly not as easy as some make it look but it's really satisfying when you cut a whole piece accurately & flip it over to find it looks even more gorgeous than you thought.
I'd thoroughly recommend this pack for anyone who fancies dabbling in paper cutting as a new craft, you can also get it gift wrapped to send to a crafty friend.
Thank you Paper Panda, I'm sure I'll lose many an hour perfecting my technique & maybe even working my way up to designing some of my own pieces, I love it!
Miss Red x
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Well hello there gorgeous people, it's been a while. Any ideas who pinched January? Cor, it's flown by here at Miss Red HQ & just been super hectic. How's it gone for you?
I guess that's my lame excuse for not writing in my blog for a whole month, naughty me!
Anyhoo, I've been tinkering a bit with the website so hopefully it's a little bit smarter, a bit easier to get around & it's also got a few new bits.
If you're thinking quit waffling Red, what's this challenge business about in the title? then that's this bit here. Loads of times when I was searching the internet for cross stitch kits to buy (before I started making my own) I'd find myself settling for kits not really what I was after just because I'd spent so long looking that I'd decided to give up & just buy something, anything. Well now, if you have an idea but the design you're after isn't anywhere to be found you can pop over to this page & Challenge Miss Red.
All you have to do is dream up a pattern you want to stitch then fill in the contact form & tell me what you want, and then...*insert drum roll here*...I'll create it! You can describe it in words, you can doodle a design & scan it in or just take a photo & upload that to the form then it'll soon become the cross stitch chart you were looking for.
Once it's done I'll pop up a preview on the website & a link so you can buy it for a bargain price. If you like it & want the chart you buy it, if you decided in the meantime you want something else then you don't have to...but it'll stay on the website available for other people to buy.
A further option you can use the same form for is personalised or bespoke patterns. If you want something that's personal to you & not for just anyone to buy - such as something with your name on or photographs - you can order this in the same way, just describe what you want & check the bespoke box on the form.
So, why not get those cogs whirring & dream up a design, then Challenge Miss Red!
Miss Red x
Seamstress and craft addict with too many ideas, too little time and not enough spoons!