Over the past few months, I participated in the 100 Day Project. The point of this project is to be creative for 100 days. Whatever works for you, some small task, a big task, several smaller projects, committing to work on one larger project. The important part is that you are doing something each day, and that you share it!
While some projects involved painting, quilting, writing or even singing, I chose to do cross stitch. I had been given these fun new pokemon patterns and thought it was the perfect excuse to dive into them and see how many I could finish in 100 days! I made sure to share my progress on Instagram, with an update each day showing the new work I did that day.
I wasn’t sure how much I could really do in just a few minutes each day, and wondered if I would just finish one or two patterns. Turns out I finished 7 patterns, but that was actually 14 pokemon and 8 badges!
Even though all I had to do was a few minutes, I found I would work for an hour or two in the evening as I listened to an audiobook or watched some tv. As I got more comfortable I found that I could actually go pretty quickly. I averaged just under two weeks for each of the patterns, and was able to do each of those cute Eevee’s in only a day or two.
I enjoyed taking the time to intentionally sit down and do something with my hands; it was good motivation to put my phone down 😉 Since I had to carry it around with me to make sure I worked on them every day, I had some fun interactions with other people too! I got to share a new hobby with friends, and even ended up spending time together with them working on our respective crafts. I met a woman at the airport who pulled out her own cross stitch while we chatted about the funny coincidence we both were working on our projects while waiting for our flight. I also had a number of amusing conversations with the craft store employees when they asked what all the fun colored threads were for.
I progressively got faster and my work clearly got tidier over the 100 days. I even figured out how to stitch without having to tie off the ends of the thread.
The best part was the sense of accomplishment when I had finished it all. I am very proud of all of my hard work and enjoyed having something I could feel like I was making progress on while my everyday research work was going pretty slowly. It reinforced the fact that I should make sure to dedicate time, even just a few minutes, to be creative.
I’ll be taking a cross-stitch break before I tackle one my much larger patterns, but I’ll keep up with some crafting! I’m thinking I’ll try to learn embroidery….. 🙂