Friday, 12 February 2016

Your first project

Your first project needs to be something that has a big impact, something that will make you smile everyday. It also needs to be something that you can finish quickly, so you can see what a difference it makes. Save the long term projects for later on, first aim for something that you can finish in a day or a weekend. Try to make it something for a room you use often, the living room perhaps, or the kitchen. You want to see it as often as you can so don't hide it away in the spare bedroom!

What should you do? Well, as this is your home I can't really tell you! I can't give you a step by step guide to the perfect project because it has to come from your heart. To find your project consider what makes you unique, what are the things that instantly make people think of you? The things you love to do? What makes you smile? Chances are you can turn one of those things into a project. It doesn't have to be arty or too involved, it just has to be something unique to you. Something nobody else would do in quite the same way.

Here are some ideas to get you started:
  • Make a special display of teacups, or some other collection
  • Paint an abstract canvas with a special word that means something to you
  • Dye lots of cheap cushion covers your favourite colour
  • Set up an alter or meditation corner
  • Create a reading nook
  • Frame your "signature" recipe and hang it in the kitchen
  • Stencil your favourite foods and  other kitchen words (like "whisk" and "simmer") onto a plain blind to hang in the kitchen (or relaxing words for the bathroom).
  • Group some candles together into a display, including something scented
  • Create a miniature garden in a bowl using miniature cacti, or perhaps a fairy garden with alpine plants and moss
For a very quick boost don't forget the power of flowers. These daffodils were given to me a couple of days ago and they certainly brighten my day! Almost instant impact.

I would never have said that daffs were my favourite flower, but do you know, I think they are. They are the only flower I always buy when I see them for sale, the only one that never fails to make me smile when I see them growing. So now I'm looking for ways to use that in a project, I'm sure I'll plant some bulbs in the garden but I'll probably do something for inside the house as well, perhaps a table runner or a wall hanging. Watch this space and see what I come up with!


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