Today is Day 1 of the 100 Day Project. I'm doing 100 days of photos, but today I was also at an educator job fair at the Oregon Convention Center, so I couldn't take just one photo. They have all sorts of art installations around the facility, plus it's an interesting building all on its own (for instance, there are two of those pointy-topped towers). Today absolutely needed more than one photo.

Today was also an easy day for photos because I went somewhere out of my ordinary routes and places. There will be a few of those times during the 100 days. I think the hard part is going to be finding what captures my imagination on the regular days of my life.

I'm going to re-read Liz Lamoreux's Inner Excavation for inspiration. I'm kind of excited to really work my way through her great prompts and exercises (I've started them several times and let myself get interrupted--not this time!).

I won't be posting my pictures here every day (I'm doing that on Instagram and Tumblr), but when I have something I particularly like, I'll probably write a little something and share it here, too. Meanwhile, if you want to jump in it's not too late to start your own 100 Days and share what you're doing, too.

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After over a year of being away from blogging, I've been toying with ideas of what to write about for over a week now. I had it in my head that I needed to write something momentous and deep. Instead, I'm just going to talk about what I've been up to lately.

In 2016, my whole year was about taking classes and workshops to renew my teaching license. I stepped away from coaching and didn't do much writing or much of anything creative. This year, I've started substitute teaching, and I'm making time for my creative play because I really missed it, and I get cranky when I'm not making things.

To start off 2017 and shake off the crankies, I got involved in the 1 Year of Stitches project (#1yearofstitches), and I'm really loving it! I had been away from embroidery for a long while for various reasons, and I didn't realize how much I missed it until I started doing it again. There will probably be lots of embroidery posts and pics around here (the picture at the top of this post is from one of my side projects I did in February because once I started stitching again, a few stitches a day wasn't enough).

My fun with embroidery and Instagram got me thinking that I want to get back into doing some photography. I take pictures, but not the details of life and fun pictures that I used to take. I started poking around for a good way to get back in the habit, and I came across The 100 Day Project. It's not specifically for photography; it's for anything you want to do for 100 days and share on Instagram (#the100dayproject). But it seemed perfect for my photography needs right now, so I'm in. It's starting up next week, so there's plenty of time to join in.

I'm also in the process of finally unpacking all the boxes in my studio after living here for 15 months. Right after we moved in, I found out that my old office was going to be closing, and I jumped into renewing my license and getting back to teaching. My poor studio suffered and has been mostly a storage area this whole time. But now I'm finally changing that, sorting through things, trying to figure out how to organize it all. So you  might see some posts about that.

I don't have any writing projects going, although I'm reading some craft books and feeling some stories stirring. One of these days, you might hear about that, too. For now, it's mostly going to be embroidery and photography, because that's what's holding my creative attention. So what about you? What's holding your creative interest right now? Let me know--maybe there's a new project I need to try.

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