Having left art in the dust as I (theoretically) became an adult and pursued a career in science, I am now returning to play with art.

I was inspired after hearing an interview with Noah Scalin on the Accidental Creative podcast. I now am using Noah’s awesome helpful book 365: A Daily Creativity Journal – Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life to guide my project and give me ideas.

My commitment is to make 365 cats, up to one a day, but usually slower to preserve my sanity and joy of creating. (My project is a little like the old Steven Wright joke, “I went down the street to a 24 hour grocery.  When I got there, the guy was locking the front door.  I said, ‘Hey, the sign says you’re open 24 hours.’ He said, ‘Yes, but not in a row.'” There will be 365 cats, but not in a row.) Sometimes I follow the book’s suggestions, sometimes I wing it.

It is amazing how much can be accomplished by committing to do something on a regular basis. And talk about having to let go of perfectionism! It’s great for me. Challenges me to push myself and take more risks.

As I am starting this up with essentially the art skills I had when I graduated high school, I am hoping my rudimentary art skills will improve over the course of this year. I’m not sure what my focus will be or my favorite mediums, but that’s all part of the journey. Progress not perfection is my mantra.

You can also be inspired by other people’s great projects at Make Something 365.

Supported by my two fabulous and weird cats, Napoleon and Chaos.

The orange cat is Chaos Love and Joy Superkitty. (How can laying on cans be comfortable?!)They grey cat is Napoleon Pullapart. (His reason for living is to be comfortable.)Thank you for stopping by my blog!! I’d love to hear your comments, suggestions, critiques.

Have a great day!! And pet a kitty.

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  1. Ange said:

    I’ll be following you! Just dropping a note to say hello. I just saw your feature on Noah’s site. Keep up the good work. I LOVED your tiny kitties on the plants and surrounding area!

    • Thank you! And I just checked out your turtle project – love your projects and how your kids help you. Very fun!! Thanks for following me – and now I’m following you too. Some 365’er love :) It’s so cool to see other people taking the challenge!

  2. So I learned about the365 project from you, and I admire the resolution to make something EVERY day, I am not sure I myself could manage, but I could try something like “every week” project to crochet 52 items next year. :)
    I am curious what new cats are coming up at your place, so I’ll be checking in again.

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts! It took me 4 months of pondering the project before I commited to it. And I only committed to 10 days at first. I have a really busy life, so fitting this in was difficult. But I was feeling uninspired and lacking energy without anything creative in my life. And really I’ve committed to 6 cats a week. I’ll do 365 of them, it will just take me a little longer than a year. And if you click the “365” logo on the top right of my page, it will take you to Noah Scalin’s blog of other projects, which is SO inspirational. I think there are quite a few 365er’s that commit to 365 projects, but skip days or only post their projects once a week. Lots of flexibility to add creativity to our lives, but in a way that works for each of us as an individual!
      Ok, that’s enough babble from me! Thank you so much for stopping by and looking at my kitties!

  3. melissa said:

    Your project is so prrrrfect! Having 3 cats living in my house, I appreciate the inspiration for your creativity. And what a great idea to take one day off a week. There are 25 more days in my project and my energy level for it isn’t very strong these past few days! Thank you for your kind and encouraging words; they really help me keep going!

    • Hi there! I like that you have cats. :) My opinion is that I may actually have toxoplasmosis – a cat parasite that can change human behavior, the thought is that crazy old cat ladies may actually be infected with it & that’s why they love & collect cats so much. (I’m sure there’s info out there on the interwebs if you want more to know more.) So my toxo makes me cat obsessed!!! Ok, really I don’t have toxoplasmosis. But, really I do thank you for visiting the blog. And I hope you finish your 25 days. I’ll be watching – I enjoy your work!

  4. Michelle (Dragonclover) said:

    Hi Grubby Grrrl,

    Michelle here from ‘Through the forest in 365 days’, Just wanted to say thank you for your kind comments. I started my project after visiting the 365 website and finding that so many peoples stories resonated with me. I thought ‘well if it worked for them…?’ Reading your blog I find a lot of similarities in our stories too. It is great to see your cats and your skills developing every day. I like your staple cat, the apple cat and the 3d one made of spun twisted wire,

    Keep up the creating and be happy in the knowledge that now there are people that enjoy your cats as much as you do.

    • Hi Michelle! Thanks for coming over to look at cats :). Good luck with your project – I like your trees. And I don’t know about you, but I’m SO glad for the “365” idea! It’s definitely enriching my life. Hope to keep seeing new trees on your blog :)

    • Awww, thank you Rose! I’m so touched. Don’t even know quite what to say. :D (<– so, emoticon instead)

  5. melissa said:

    Technical question…how did you put the 365 logo up on the right side widget? I can’t figure it out. Thanks!

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