Do you have a list of things that you’d love to try making or learning, but never seem to find the time?
I’ll so often be inspired by something I’ve seen on Instagram or Pinterest and think “Ooooo that looks amazing, I’d love to try making that”, but do I get round to it? No. It can sometimes be so hard to get started on a creative project, whether it’s a lack of time, or perhaps a little self doubt, there always seems to be a good excuse to do something else.
As 2015 drew to a close, I was becoming increasingly frustrated by my excellent procrastinating skills and made a New Years Resolution: 2016 was going to be my ‘Year of Making’. I had to either make something, or learn a new technique, every two weeks for a year.
And so I set to it…I tried my hand at Marmalade Making, I whipped up a Giant Paper Flower, a pair of Espadrilles, I crocheted Alpacino, learnt how to make Stop Animation Films, attended a Photography workshop, Calligraphed 160 place cards for my brother’s wedding off the back of a brilliant Modern Calligraphy workshop and loads more.
12 months and 24 projects later (some of them more successful than others), I realised something: regular ‘making’ is really good for you. It’s not so much about the finished product, which in itself can be super-satisfying, it’s about getting inspired and discovering projects that excite or interest you: putting aside the time to be creative. Just think about it … if you attend a creative workshop that can be as little as 2 hours a month! I also discovered that ‘making’ with friends can be a lovely way to hang out. Equally, making something on your own can be really relaxing and often helps me reach an almost meditative state. In essence … it makes me happy.
In fact, I loved it so much, I’m doing it again and I’d love you to join me.
Simply make something or learn a new technique every month for a year and share pictures of what you’ve whipped up using the hashtag #MadeWithMolly.
If you’re IN I’d love to know – I’m also always on the hunt for inspiration for my next project, so if you have any ideas, I’m all ears!