So if I was feeling the inspiration fading last week, this week was even worse. I guess that being in the midst of a massive clear out and work overhaul doesn’t help and half way through this week I wanted to kick this project in the nuts and concede defeat. You should know (if you haven’t figured it out already) I can be a tad over dramatic at time but my sister and I have concluded that it’s a genetic and that we come from a long line of drama queens!
Anyhoo, my instagram feed was looking a little less than impressive this week and I know I shouldn’t rely on likes or numbers but the last minute grainy photos began to take there toll and aren’t creating any interest in the project. Also some of my projects have come to standstill because of work (I know I should stop blaming work for everything but really it’s true), also I feel the compelling need to delete this feed and start again because I have no fricking idea what I’m doing with it and this creative slump is kind of getting to me now!
85/365 – This is probably the best picture you’re going to get this week because it’s pretty much all downhill from here! So on Saturday I made another trip to the craft store to buy some replacements buttons for the ones I bought last week and lost! So I finally finished the Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots cardigan and that’s item number 6 of the year done and dusted.
86/365 – So I posted this picture a day late, ironically I forgot because I was doing a free online photography course in how to style flat lays and as you can see I paid a lot of attention! Seriously though, I did learn a few things, the course was only available for 24 hours, so I squeezed it in at the end of my day and the videos were super helpful and informative and I know that photography is my weak point at the moment, mostly because I rush and never bother to fix the lighting issues. But I’ll be running through the exercises again and practising some more, lord knows I have a tonne of stock to reshoot and practice with.
So I cast on a new project, I ditched this wool for now and recast on with another because it wasn’t suitable.
87/365 – At this point I wish I’d made this project a little broader, maybe 365 days of creativity but you know the point of a goal is to stick to it not keep moving the posts. So I started some new projects to get practicing my hand stitching again, as I was to do more embroidery pieces. This flat lay looks like some kind of weird homage to HAL is Space Odyssey.
88/365 – Another late grainy picture, maybe that should be my theme! You can’t see the sparkly thread in this and I don’t recommend using sparkly crochet twine for embroidery because it splits but this is just a practice piece for myself and my art/inspiration wall in my work room. I also ended up unstitching this and restarting with a new colour.
89/365 – At this point in the week I decided to change the format of this project and post it just to the blog! In a bid to focus more on the quality of this project and documenting it and then I didn’t document anything at all! I started some new projects but I literally hit a wall with this project and was like I’m out! Out of ideas, out of inspiration, out of steam and I’m not enjoying it! I posted this pic and said I was taking an break from Instagram, sometimes when you step away from something and give yourself space you see the bigger picture. The bigger picture is I need to enjoy doing stuff, I need to enjoy my work so the project went on hiatus, which in all reality probably means it’s dead for good!
I feel kinda of bad giving up but at the same time good about giving it up. So whilst I didn’t delete my whole feed, I did delete the pictures I wasn’t happy with, basically I just posted because I need a picture for that day. I went back a bit further and deleted most of the posts from challenges, basically all the poorly lit and out of focus pics. At the end of the day I need to be posting because I want to not because I have to, plus content IS important when establishing a business and showing your work, so it’s done now, no going back. I’m not sure what’s next, I need a time out to refocus and think about what I want to do especially with this new shop, so I’ll leave it at that.
Maybe I’ll start another 365project at a later date and maybe I’ll plan this one instead of winging it like usually do, just maybe!