Day 21 of The 100 Day Project: I’ve got some announcements about project direction.
First, I’m switching things up with the morning practice. Making a post with unsolicited advice every day doesn’t feel aligned. It’s not my thing. So I’ll be doing something a bit different starting tomorrow morning.
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Day 20 of The 100 Day Project: I have like ten of these fugly black storage bins. They’re just useful enough not to get rid of but at the same time I don’t actually use them because I can’t seem to find the right thing to store in them. They have holes in them, so a lot of things are instantly out of the question. They’re small (I think they’re made for DVDs but who has DVDs anymore?) so it’s not like they fit much. And finally, they’re ugly. Read More
Day 19 of The 100 Day Project: Today I finished up the mat I started working on yesterday. It turned out really cute.
In all I think I used 6 plastic bags for the core and 5 plastic bags worth of plarn for the wrap. So this one little mat used up ELEVEN plastic bags. Pretty cool. Read More
Day 18 of The 100 Day Project: Today I got started on a new project. I’m making a round mat for my bedside table using a coiling technique. I’m using the plarn I made this week as the wrap and more plastic bag for the core. Read More
Day 100 of The 100 Day Project: So yesterday I added some color to the plastic bags and today I cut ‘em up to make plarn from them. I put some quick links at the top of the post for exactly how to do each step in making plarn.
There isn’t much else to report here except the progress and how the plarn turned out. The answer is: REALLY FUCKING PRETTY. Read More
Day 16 of The 100 Day Project: So yesterday I removed the ink from some plastic bags and then put them out to dry. Today I went ahead and added some paint to them.
I’m using the hot pink survey marking paint that I found before, and since it’s so bright I wanted just like a hint of it that would show up now and again on the strands. Read More
Day 15 of The 100 Day Project: Today I got to work actually removing the ink from plastic bags instead of just experimenting with it. Right off the top I’ll say fuck Target bags. You can get the ink off with bug spray but it’s a bit of a nightmare and it’s messy. I think I’ll be finding different ways to use those ones after this. Read More
Day 14 of The 100 Day Project: today I did a more thorough experiment with removing ink from plastic bags for making plarn.
I added windex into the mix this time and recorded better notes about how well each application worked. Read More
Day 13 of The 100 Day Project: today I experimented with removing ink from plastic bags! One of the things that makes plarn undesirable is the text, color, etc. that’s left when you cut it up. I did some digging and found a few different answers, with people reporting mixed results. So I decided to just do my own experiment and see for myself what worked best.
Going into it I really thought it would be pretty straightforward. One or more methods would work and that would be it and I’d move on. But in an unexpected twist, it actually turns out that each ink color responds differently. Read More
Day 12 of The 100 Day Project: Well, yesterday I decided to start an experiment with coloring plarn using paint. And today I have the results. I’m happy to report that it worked! Both types of paint stayed on the bags just fine, and I had no problem turning the bags into plarn. Some of the paint came off onto my hands, but I expected some of that. Plus, it washed right off. I’m interested to see what they look like when made into something. Here are some pics from today’s endeavors. Read More
Day 11 of The 100 Day Project: Today I’m experimenting with plastic bags. I’m trying to see if I can paint them before turning them into plarn.
I did a little digging into google about dying or painting plastic bags, and my search didn’t unearth much. The research started to give me analysis paralysis so instead of diving deeper I decided to just do my own experiment. Read More
Day 10 of The 100 Day Project: 10% down, 90% to go! Today I finished weaving the plarn through the hideous plastic fry basket, then started painting it.
Shout out to the shitty surveying guys who left two cans of hot pink spray paint on my street as trash for me to clean up. Without them this little basket bb’s glow up wouldn’t have been possible. Praise be. Read More
For this first leg of The 100 Day Project I’ve been all about upcycled planters and plants in general, so I thought I’d share some of the best ideas I’ve come across.
All ten of these ideas are things that either already use upcycled materials, or very easily could. Read on to see what I’ve found for you, my bbs! Read More
Day 9 of The 100 Day Project: On some real shit, today was a struggle. It was just a stressful day for personal life reasons and on top of that it’s been a bumpy couple of days energetically speaking. For seemingly no reason I put up my morning scribble thinking “I should just not do these. Everyone probably thinks it’s stupid,” then pretty much listed off all the reasons in my head why I’m going to fail at basically everything.
For reasons unrelated but also probably not, I was crying in my car a few hours later.
Yeah, it sucks. But here’s why I actually embrace these days and am glad when they happen. Read More
Day 8 of The 100 Day Project: Today was a bit of a departure from the stuff I’ve been doing over the last week. First, instead of drawing objects during my morning scribble I was drawn to words instead. So, since I didn’t set a limitation on what my Morning Scribble could be, I went with it. Nothing fancy, just the words “make it happen” on a scrap of paper. I’m not sure if it’s a total change in direction or just a detour but I may do another tomorrow. A theme that is running through my head is, “things I need to hear”. We’ll see.
And in another departure from the norm of the last week, I ended up doing something else a little different today. Read More
Day 7 of The 100 Day Project: Today I’m finishing up the T-shirt planter pouch I started working on yesterday. Today I’ve felt decently better than I did yesterday, so hopefully whatever was making me feel like shit has gone on its way and won’t be coming back again.
When I left off yesterday, I had cut and sewn the pouch from an old T-shirt. Today I’ll be drilling some holes into the old Coffee Mate container, adding the rope for hanging the planter, attaching the T-shirt pouch to the outside using gardening wire, and of course planting something in it. Read More
Day 6 of The 100 Day Project: Today has been such a struggle, energetically. But I like the project I started today so I’m excited to share it.
I mentioned yesterday that I’d be starting another upcycled planter project today, and that’s what I did. But instead of a basket or a vintage cup, I’m using a T-shirt and an empty Coffee Mate container to make a planter of the hanging variety.
What can I say? I’ve got a lot of plants that need homes right now. Read More
Day 5 of The 100 Day Project: Today I’m once again putting something that’s supposed to be big into something very small (hey now) because FUN FACT: just like you can bonsai a rose bush, you can also bonsai a lilac bush.
So wtf is my problem? I love flowers but hate going outside, that’s what.
It’s my dream in life to be able to enjoy my favorite flowers without getting attacked by every insect in the world, so maybe I can get a little closer to that dream here. We’ll see. As long as I don’t kill it. Read More
Day 4: Today I wanted to get the Morning Scribble done and posted to Instagram quickly. I’m trying to spend less focusing on it and more time completing it, so that I don’t get too caught up on getting it “right”. The Morning Scribble practice is proving to be a really valuable insight into my creative anxieties. Yesterday I could barely focus on the task at hand because my head was all over the place with other things I wanted to have my hands in, and I had to really keep reminding myself to slow down and keep my attention on the scribble.
Today was different. I set out to get it done quickly and to avoid overworking it, and I found that my mind just sort of checked out. Like I subconsciously was telling myself that if I wasn’t going to put a lot of time into it, I was just not going to get very engaged. I guess that’s the struggle in all creative practice though, at least for me. I’m always working to be in the Goldie Locks zone of engagement with my work, and to escape all-or-nothing thinking. Read More
Day 3! Fun fact: you can bonsai a rose bush by trimming back and restricting the growth of its roots, and that’s exactly my intention for the rose I put in this planter.
It was in a pretty bad way when I got ahold of it, which is why I decided to hurry up and get it planted last night. Hopefully it’ll pull through and be a stunner. Read More