31 Days with Holly

#31dayswithholly

DAY 1

The Octopus  It’s December 1st which means it’s day 1 of my 31 day project #31dayswithholly. If you saw my last post you’ll know that I’m seeing out 2018 with a self portrait a day until the new year. I wanted to start this project by diving into all my unused props that I’ve accumulated over the years (you know the ones that you buy and think oh I’ll use that soon... 2 years later 👀 ha!).  This image is inspired by one of my best friends masterpieces (see my insta stories!) @steph_rid1 created an octopus plate and it’s epic!

The Octopus

It’s December 1st which means it’s day 1 of my 31 day project #31dayswithholly. If you saw my last post you’ll know that I’m seeing out 2018 with a self portrait a day until the new year. I wanted to start this project by diving into all my unused props that I’ve accumulated over the years (you know the ones that you buy and think oh I’ll use that soon... 2 years later 👀 ha!).

This image is inspired by one of my best friends masterpieces (see my insta stories!) @steph_rid1 created an octopus plate and it’s epic!

DAY 2

Locket  We gave this locket to my nana for her birthday a fair few years ago (it’s got some very embarrassing pictures of me in it 🙈) and when I went home last weekend for a family wedding, she gave it back to me. I had expressed my love for gold jewellery over FaceTime a few days before and so she thought I’d love to wear it, and I have been doing ever since! My wonderful Nana, Sylvia Rose (& my grandad Roy Pickles) have been huge inspirations to me over the years and so I thought I’d include it in this project. She’s been in hospital these past few days (on her way home right this minute!) so please send all the positive vibes her way! ♥️

Locket

We gave this locket to my nana for her birthday a fair few years ago (it’s got some very embarrassing pictures of me in it 🙈) and when I went home last weekend for a family wedding, she gave it back to me. I had expressed my love for gold jewellery over FaceTime a few days before and so she thought I’d love to wear it, and I have been doing ever since! My wonderful Nana, Sylvia Rose (& my grandad Roy Pickles) have been huge inspirations to me over the years and so I thought I’d include it in this project. She’s been in hospital these past few days (on her way home right this minute!) so please send all the positive vibes her way! ♥️

DAY 3

Painty paint paint!  I’ve been painting this afternoon (and all last night!) trying to cover the blue that we chose last year for our bedroom (you can just see it coming through the white paint if you look carefully 🙈) but we managed it, yey! Jack did an epic job on the roller, and I did the cutting in.  Today I started on the fun stuff, painting the ‘muted rose’ colour! I have a vision and I’m hoping it pays off, but since painting one wall I’m loving it, phew! Now to finish off the other three... palm blisters a plenty 😂

Painty paint paint!

I’ve been painting this afternoon (and all last night!) trying to cover the blue that we chose last year for our bedroom (you can just see it coming through the white paint if you look carefully 🙈) but we managed it, yey! Jack did an epic job on the roller, and I did the cutting in.

Today I started on the fun stuff, painting the ‘muted rose’ colour! I have a vision and I’m hoping it pays off, but since painting one wall I’m loving it, phew! Now to finish off the other three... palm blisters a plenty 😂

DAY 4

Self Inflicted

Self Inflicted

DAY 5

Cluster

Cluster

DAY 6

Some things are better left unexplained.  I spent the day yesterday with Sara, we went for lunch in the city and wandered to the top of the Tate to see the views as it got dark. I then tripped and fell into the thames (luckily my scarf saved me) ‍

Some things are better left unexplained.

I spent the day yesterday with Sara, we went for lunch in the city and wandered to the top of the Tate to see the views as it got dark. I then tripped and fell into the thames (luckily my scarf saved me) ‍

DAY 7

*HIGH FIVE* to all the artists out their who are unapologetically themselves. Today I’m an unimpressed thumb 👍🏼   I’ve been inspired by a few awesome illustrators and artists this past few months  Furry Little Peach , David Shrigley,  Webcomic Name , Chris Simpson Artist and  Ketnipz  (to name a few!). So I thought I’d itch a scratch and experiment with some ideas. I’m loving that this project has allowed me to explore new techniques, visions and given me the freedom to interpret daily!

*HIGH FIVE* to all the artists out their who are unapologetically themselves. Today I’m an unimpressed thumb 👍🏼

I’ve been inspired by a few awesome illustrators and artists this past few months Furry Little Peach, David Shrigley, Webcomic Name, Chris Simpson Artist and Ketnipz (to name a few!). So I thought I’d itch a scratch and experiment with some ideas. I’m loving that this project has allowed me to explore new techniques, visions and given me the freedom to interpret daily!

DAY 8

Take care of yourself

Take care of yourself

DAY 9

Holly in the Holly

Holly in the Holly

DAY 10

The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. - a quote from one of my favourite books for motivation, big magic by @elizabeth_gilbert_writer.  I’ve been out all day shooting with a client/friend of mine, we shot some photos of her lovely little (cuteeee!!!) baby boy. I haven’t had chance to shoot anything today so I revisited my New York images. I’ve made it 10 days into this project and I’m pretty happy with what I’ve made so far, not entirely, but I don’t think I’ll ever be 100% satisfied. Some days I’ve felt ultimate inspiration, others I’ve felt extremely forced, but I’ve managed to push and see it through nonetheless. I needed this, I needed time to play, to experiment, and to be patient with myself.

The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. - a quote from one of my favourite books for motivation, big magic by @elizabeth_gilbert_writer.

I’ve been out all day shooting with a client/friend of mine, we shot some photos of her lovely little (cuteeee!!!) baby boy. I haven’t had chance to shoot anything today so I revisited my New York images. I’ve made it 10 days into this project and I’m pretty happy with what I’ve made so far, not entirely, but I don’t think I’ll ever be 100% satisfied. Some days I’ve felt ultimate inspiration, others I’ve felt extremely forced, but I’ve managed to push and see it through nonetheless. I needed this, I needed time to play, to experiment, and to be patient with myself.

DAY 11

Glimpse  I’ve been missing the summer sunsets these past few weeks, so I decided to look through the photos I’ve taken of epic skies this year and got carried away with today’s image. I can’t wait to feel the warmth on my skin again. (Although, I have been enjoying playing Red Dead Redemption 2, taking in all the sunsets/sunrises and incredible scenery on there 😍- the graphics are breath taking!) anyone else been playing?

Glimpse

I’ve been missing the summer sunsets these past few weeks, so I decided to look through the photos I’ve taken of epic skies this year and got carried away with today’s image. I can’t wait to feel the warmth on my skin again. (Although, I have been enjoying playing Red Dead Redemption 2, taking in all the sunsets/sunrises and incredible scenery on there 😍- the graphics are breath taking!) anyone else been playing?

DAY 12

Home  In 2014/15 I created a project on the word ‘home’ and what it meant to me (I’ll post it in my stories). In a few weeks time Jack and I will be house owners (fingers crossed!) and it felt right to revisit and reimagine how I see a home... full of plants of course! 🌿

Home

In 2014/15 I created a project on the word ‘home’ and what it meant to me (I’ll post it in my stories). In a few weeks time Jack and I will be house owners (fingers crossed!) and it felt right to revisit and reimagine how I see a home... full of plants of course! 🌿

DAY 13

Shoes.  Inside, outside, high, low, comfort, pain, protect, neglect, move, stop.

Shoes.

Inside, outside, high, low, comfort, pain, protect, neglect, move, stop.

DAY 14

Be kind, body & mind. 🌿

Be kind, body & mind. 🌿

DAY 15

A Dementers Kiss  “You can exist without your soul, you know, as long as your brain and heart are still working. But you’ll have no sense of self anymore, no memory, no . . . anything. There’s no chance at all of recovery. You’ll just — exist. As an empty shell. And your soul is gone forever . . . lost.” - @officialjkrowling

A Dementers Kiss

“You can exist without your soul, you know, as long as your brain and heart are still working. But you’ll have no sense of self anymore, no memory, no . . . anything. There’s no chance at all of recovery. You’ll just — exist. As an empty shell. And your soul is gone forever . . . lost.” - @officialjkrowling

DAY 16

We see, we learn, we grow 🌿

We see, we learn, we grow 🌿

DAY 17

I often wonder  ...as I walk the pages, my eyes following the dot, to dot, to dot. Will this work?  Sometimes creating causes me so much pain I just want to roll into a ball and stay there for a while. Other times creating gives me the most euphoric feeling and because of that it's so addictive. When that pain strikes through my body it can be debilitating but I will always come back for more to search the euphoria.  A few symbols here:  a blank page (starting fresh)  drawing a line through the dots (connecting a creative thought/process)  walking the line (always risky)  i'm on fire (the pain)  the slippers (the euphoria, am i right?!)

I often wonder

...as I walk the pages, my eyes following the dot, to dot, to dot. Will this work?

Sometimes creating causes me so much pain I just want to roll into a ball and stay there for a while. Other times creating gives me the most euphoric feeling and because of that it's so addictive. When that pain strikes through my body it can be debilitating but I will always come back for more to search the euphoria.

A few symbols here:

a blank page (starting fresh)

drawing a line through the dots (connecting a creative thought/process)

walking the line (always risky)

i'm on fire (the pain)

the slippers (the euphoria, am i right?!)

DAY 18

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DAY 19

If you know me you’ll know I love plants and that my house is slowly becoming a jungle one day at a time. 🌿 This year I was given a cutting of a plant by my Grandad from his garden, it’s scientific name is Cyperus Alternifolius (aka Umbrella Palm), it grew the most amazing shoots and I’ve loved seeing it grow over the past few months. We’ve moved it inside and it lives on our windowsill, it sometimes attacks guests with its long tickle-y leaves and it makes me happy when I look at it (gotta appreciate the small things!) I kinda wish that it actually grew stars ⭐️

If you know me you’ll know I love plants and that my house is slowly becoming a jungle one day at a time. 🌿 This year I was given a cutting of a plant by my Grandad from his garden, it’s scientific name is Cyperus Alternifolius (aka Umbrella Palm), it grew the most amazing shoots and I’ve loved seeing it grow over the past few months. We’ve moved it inside and it lives on our windowsill, it sometimes attacks guests with its long tickle-y leaves and it makes me happy when I look at it (gotta appreciate the small things!) I kinda wish that it actually grew stars ⭐️

DAY 20

Navigate the Dark  It worked! If you’ve been watching my stories today you’ll have seen me talking my way through shooting this. I’ve always wanted to dabble in an underwater edit and so when this image popped into my head this morning I knew I had to shoot it. I shot with this helmet a while ago and wanted to continue the character, so here she is, navigating her way through the darkness.

Navigate the Dark

It worked! If you’ve been watching my stories today you’ll have seen me talking my way through shooting this. I’ve always wanted to dabble in an underwater edit and so when this image popped into my head this morning I knew I had to shoot it. I shot with this helmet a while ago and wanted to continue the character, so here she is, navigating her way through the darkness.

DAY 21

Echo

Echo

DAY 22

Finding props & inspiration in every room I walk into at my mums house, she’s a prop queen! I love coming home home and getting creative.   It’s @kimcohproperties (my families business) Christmas party tonight and I’m tagging along with Jack because even though we don’t work there, I’m a freelancer and I’ll take advantage of all the social events I can get 😂👌🏼

Finding props & inspiration in every room I walk into at my mums house, she’s a prop queen! I love coming home home and getting creative.

It’s @kimcohproperties (my families business) Christmas party tonight and I’m tagging along with Jack because even though we don’t work there, I’m a freelancer and I’ll take advantage of all the social events I can get 😂👌🏼

DAY 23

Musical Statues  Yesterday we spent the afternoon playing this with the kids and so it inspired my image for today. I also had a little friend join me whilst we were shooting (see original in the comments ha!) 🐓

Musical Statues

Yesterday we spent the afternoon playing this with the kids and so it inspired my image for today. I also had a little friend join me whilst we were shooting (see original in the comments ha!) 🐓

DAY 24

A quick one today because we’ve been busy baking and I had a countryside shoot with  @jennywesty  &  @morskystudio  this morning (we may have got told off by the farmer but it was worth it!) Hope you all have the best Christmas Eve! 🥰

A quick one today because we’ve been busy baking and I had a countryside shoot with @jennywesty & @morskystudio this morning (we may have got told off by the farmer but it was worth it!) Hope you all have the best Christmas Eve! 🥰

DAY 25

Merry Christmas!  I decided not to post yesterday as I wanted to spend Christmas with the fam and had one too many prosecco's so didn't fancy editing! This was me yesterday morning pretending to be a Christmas star wearing my new blanket jumper, penguin pjs, marmite socks and the  @docmartensshoes  (that Jack got me!)  Hope you all had a fab day! ⭐️

Merry Christmas!

I decided not to post yesterday as I wanted to spend Christmas with the fam and had one too many prosecco's so didn't fancy editing! This was me yesterday morning pretending to be a Christmas star wearing my new blanket jumper, penguin pjs, marmite socks and the @docmartensshoes (that Jack got me!)

Hope you all had a fab day! ⭐️

DAY 26

It was my job to decorate the Christmas cake again this year so I made a snow scene complete with a sassy snowman! Dressed with a star top hat, golden eyes and a feather (icing) boa! ⛄️

It was my job to decorate the Christmas cake again this year so I made a snow scene complete with a sassy snowman! Dressed with a star top hat, golden eyes and a feather (icing) boa! ⛄️

DAY 27

Intergalactic

Intergalactic

DAY 28

Intergalactic 2  We are back home after a beaut Christmas with my family up north! ⭐️ I'm feeling rather flu-y today so I'm editing a concept that we shot yesterday. This was the original concept but I loved the other shots more so went with those first. I'm absolutely loving where this project is taking me and how relaxed I am about the whole thing. It's so refreshing to just CREATE with nothing holding me back, I highly recommend a project like this to anyone feeling stuck or insecure about their work. I've learnt a lot along the way which I'll be covering in my recap video but if you have any questions, write them below!

Intergalactic 2

We are back home after a beaut Christmas with my family up north! ⭐️ I'm feeling rather flu-y today so I'm editing a concept that we shot yesterday. This was the original concept but I loved the other shots more so went with those first. I'm absolutely loving where this project is taking me and how relaxed I am about the whole thing. It's so refreshing to just CREATE with nothing holding me back, I highly recommend a project like this to anyone feeling stuck or insecure about their work. I've learnt a lot along the way which I'll be covering in my recap video but if you have any questions, write them below!

DAY 29

Temperature 🤒  Still a little under the weather, resting as much as I can so that I can enjoy our New Years Eve party (great gatsby themed!).  Something cool happened today though, I’ve been featured over on  @phoblographer , which is awesome 🥰 thank you  @danginnphoto  for your write up!  I also just wanted to say thank you so much for all your support on here along the way and to everyone who follows my journey, I’ve had a pretty epic response recently so thank you, thank you, thank you!! I might not feel it physically (atm, with this cold 🤧) but I’m feeling so refreshed and ready to start 2019 with ideas that I’m excited about and to start my YouTube again with fresh eyes.  But for now I’m going to drown myself in lemsip and cross my fingers and toes that this leaves my body before Monday!

Temperature 🤒

Still a little under the weather, resting as much as I can so that I can enjoy our New Years Eve party (great gatsby themed!).

Something cool happened today though, I’ve been featured over on @phoblographer, which is awesome 🥰 thank you @danginnphoto for your write up!

I also just wanted to say thank you so much for all your support on here along the way and to everyone who follows my journey, I’ve had a pretty epic response recently so thank you, thank you, thank you!! I might not feel it physically (atm, with this cold 🤧) but I’m feeling so refreshed and ready to start 2019 with ideas that I’m excited about and to start my YouTube again with fresh eyes.

But for now I’m going to drown myself in lemsip and cross my fingers and toes that this leaves my body before Monday!

DAY 30

Rebirth  It’s the penultimate day of this project and I am so tempted to carry it on after day 31... I can feel myself changing so rapidly, my ability to create has stepped up 10 notches and if I meddle with the momentum now, I’m scared of what might happen. The first two weeks were hard, but now I’m finding it pretty simple, I might not be saying this next week but I feel as though I could be ready for the challenge. I don’t have an end goal in sight but I would kinda, sorta like to keep going... what do you think I should do?!  (Wings stock: https://goo.gl/zkwaUn)

Rebirth
It’s the penultimate day of this project and I am so tempted to carry it on after day 31... I can feel myself changing so rapidly, my ability to create has stepped up 10 notches and if I meddle with the momentum now, I’m scared of what might happen. The first two weeks were hard, but now I’m finding it pretty simple, I might not be saying this next week but I feel as though I could be ready for the challenge. I don’t have an end goal in sight but I would kinda, sorta like to keep going... what do you think I should do?!
(Wings stock: https://goo.gl/zkwaUn)

DAY 31

Wowowowow 31 daaays! I did it!!! That was the most creatively fulfilling 31 days and I'm so chuffed that I managed it all! I've made images that I've loved, and also images that I've hated, but I posted, and for me that was the challenge and goal I set myself. I have so much more to say on this, and why I think it's been such an important 31 days for me, and how it could be beneficial for you to try too, but I'll save it for the YouTube video that I'll be making this week.   Happy New Year ⭐️ Here's to another year of living creatively, I'm not really sure what 2019 has in store for me (apart from lots and lots of weddings of course!) but I'm ready to take the maiden voyage into the unknown and embrace everything I can. Also thank you to the most supportive person in my life  @jackpage9 , who has helped me shoot a lot of these photos, you're ace!

Wowowowow 31 daaays! I did it!!! That was the most creatively fulfilling 31 days and I'm so chuffed that I managed it all! I've made images that I've loved, and also images that I've hated, but I posted, and for me that was the challenge and goal I set myself. I have so much more to say on this, and why I think it's been such an important 31 days for me, and how it could be beneficial for you to try too, but I'll save it for the YouTube video that I'll be making this week.


Happy New Year ⭐️ Here's to another year of living creatively, I'm not really sure what 2019 has in store for me (apart from lots and lots of weddings of course!) but I'm ready to take the maiden voyage into the unknown and embrace everything I can. Also thank you to the most supportive person in my life @jackpage9, who has helped me shoot a lot of these photos, you're ace!