Just Start

My biggest inspiration this week has been in the form of two little words: Just Start.

I found this teeny tiny phrase in a lovely picture posted by a fellow blogger, Emily from Makelight Photography. (You can even buy a pretty print version of this phrase for the wall – here!)

Although it’s a really simple phrase, with nothing particularly special about it, it’s the perfect reminder to get on with things. To stop procrastinating. To shoo away doubts and worries about how things might turn out. To get our your paintbrushes and have a go.

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Decoupaging is easier than it looks – click on the pic for a tutorial.

 

‘Just Start’ is, in my opinion, a great little phrase for people thinking about starting any upcycling project (but particularly their first project). Upcycling, by definition, means that the end product is going to be better than the original – revamped, recoloured, repurposed… And it’s safe to assume that the item wasn’t wanted in its original state. So whatever you do with it, it’s bound to be an improvement!

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For my fellow bloggers (especially other people joining in with WordPress’ excellent Writing 101 course), ‘Just Start’ is a nifty word couple to remember when you’re struggling to think what to write about. No matter how much I love writing, there are always times when you’re sat at the computer, waiting for inspiration to strike and it can be a long wait sometimes! Recently I have found that just starting to type (or scribble, if that’s your bag) can spark up all kinds of ideas and unblock the ‘stuckness’ that you can feel as a blogger.

 

(OK so I'll admit that there are also times when you need one of these to get going... but most of the time, this tip works for me!)

(OK so I’ll admit that there are also times when you need one of these to get going… but most of the time, this tip works for me!)

 

OK, I’m off now to paint a few terracotta pots I found during a garden clearout this week. Terracotta is a super-satisfying material to paint with chalk paint, usually only needing one coat for a sheer, textured finish.

 

This is one that my mum actually painted in Emile!

This is one that my mum actually painted in Emile!

 

Have a good Thursday, all – nearly the weekend 🙂

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