What Is The Phoenix Project?

When I slammed into writer’s burnout a few years ago, I discovered that doing something with my hands that didn’t involve an internet connection, was the best cure. Being a crafter, I went exploring new creative outlets which slowly healed my burnout. I have tried:

~ paper crafting
~ watercolours
~ art journalling
~ collage
~ crochet
~ tapestry
~ hand decorated but functional planners
~ and sewing.

From that list, the things that have become my favourites are the planners, collage and sewing. My biggest dream is to be able to consistently sew in a straight line, but my biggest lesson is to learn to be myself in what I do. I don’t need the latest and/or better products that the people that have taught me new skills are throwing at me. I have had greater joy in finding my own path and bucking trends.

This Phoenix Projects posts will focus on include stress-reducing art and craft techniques that you may already be enjoying as part of your lifestyle. As a lot of art content is in video format, it will often link to great how-to videos on Youtube.

The planned categories include:

  • Down the Rabbit Hole, (topics or issues I am fascinated with),
  • Craft as Therapy,
  • Mental Health Issues,
  • Tips for Surviving Life Online,
  • “Just Sharing” and
  • …whatever else comes to mind at the time.

If I can encourage you to use some of these tools and they help you to cope better with life’s stresses and challenges, that will be the best possible outcome this blog could ever have.

A video worth sharing, or discussion related post should come out every Friday, (Thursday U.S. time.) There may be an occasional post earlier in the week if I feel inspired.

core values journeyI had a beautiful evening this week, with a friend who teaches art and journalling. I was trying to draw and I totally sucked at that, but I learned a lot and had fun. Since then I have put together my first art journal and am messing around with it doing what I am comfortable with and using new skills and techniques which I am excited about.

Art doesn’t have to be perfect, and learning to accept that is a huge part of my journey, as having been a writer for a long time, the editing monster brain washed me into getting things neat, correct and understandable. It is time to let go and I am going to be interested in how that process goes over the following months.

If you are interested in specific topics which help with stress relief and mental health, please let me know in the comments. I’d like to be able to share what is needed, and not just what appeals to my own needs. Have an awesome week!

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Shared content and logos strictly remain the property of the originating source, Please respect other people’s work.

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Proudly written in Aussie English.

No Knitting, Knit Techniques for Fun ~ #Craftastherapy

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This is a great way to relax, and/or to gain an understanding of how this whole knitting concept works. At the end of the day, it’s all weaving. You can make, belts, bracelets, headbands, mug cosies, narrow scarves: anything which needs to be simple, narrow or easily circular. Multi-coloured or patterned wool would be great!

Please share any ideas that you come up with in the comments and share what you’re making with me on Twitter via catephoenixproj


I had this Knitting Nancy set when I was a child, which is basically a French Knitting tool. It intrigued me, but I could never come up with any good ideas on what to make. You can now get these types of loom devices in all kinds of sizes and as an adult, and thanks to Pinterest, there are all kinds of projects which are easy to make. Try this account for ideas.

A video featuring a larger, circular loom is included at the end of this post.

If you would like to try French Knitting, this video will help you to get started. All you need is glue, toilet paper tubes, rubber bands and a few popsicle sticks.

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This blog page is Copyright Cate Russell-Cole 2019. All rights are reserved Internationally. Except for using the WordPress reblog button, you may not reproduce it in any form, in part of whole, without Cate’s prior written permission. That includes forms such as print, audio and digital imaging including pdf, jpg, png etc.

Images used on this site have often been purchased from Etsy, 123.rf and iStockphoto, and cannot be taken or re-used by you for any purpose. The individual artist or distributors have the right to take legal action against you. I will not be liable for your actions or any misuse of the contents of this blog. If you need to check the origin of an image, please use the free service at Tineye.com

Shared content and logos strictly remain the property of the originating source, Please respect other people’s work.

Link sharing and Pinterest pins are most welcome as long as Cate Russell-Cole is the attributed Author and the url is included clearly.  https://phoenixprojecthome.wordpress.com

Proudly written in Aussie English.

Knots You Will Find Helpful in Craft

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I know this video is about the great outdoors, survival etc., but they come in handy with craft activities too. If you need that knot to NOT come undone, no matter what, this video will help you. I have it stashed for easy reference.

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This blog page is Copyright Cate Russell-Cole 2019. All rights are reserved Internationally. Except for using the WordPress reblog button, you may not reproduce it in any form, in part of whole, without Cate’s prior written permission. That includes forms such as print, audio and digital imaging including pdf, jpg, png etc.

Images used on this site have often been purchased from Etsy, 123.rf and iStockphoto, and cannot be taken or re-used by you for any purpose. The individual artist or distributors have the right to take legal action against you. I will not be liable for your actions or any misuse of the contents of this blog. If you need to check the origin of an image, please use the free service at Tineye.com

Shared content and logos strictly remain the property of the originating source, Please respect other people’s work.

Link sharing and Pinterest pins are most welcome as long as Cate Russell-Cole is the attributed Author and the url is included clearly.  https://phoenixprojecthome.wordpress.com

Proudly written in Aussie English.

Round Balls of Fun – No Fuss Pom Pom Crafts #craftastherapy

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Who doesn’t love a pom pom? This video has fun and cheerful pom pom crafts which can be used for kid’s rooms, birthday decorations or to brighten up anywhere and anything!

If, like me, you are not good at producing a well rounded, even pom pom, below the main video is a helpful how-to. If you are still stuck, you can buy ready made pom poms at discount stores. Yes, I have been known to do that without shame. 🙂

Have fun!

I am always interested in what you are making, regardless of what type of art or craft it is. Please share with me on Twitter catephoenixproj, and don’t forget to recommend additional resources in the comments. It may take me a few days, but read every comment and message. You matter!

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This blog page is Copyright Cate Russell-Cole 2019. All rights are reserved Internationally. Except for using the WordPress reblog button, you may not reproduce it in any form, in part of whole, without Cate’s prior written permission. That includes forms such as print, audio and digital imaging including pdf, jpg, png etc.

Images used on this site have often been purchased from Etsy, 123.rf and iStockphoto, and cannot be taken or re-used by you for any purpose. The individual artist or distributors have the right to take legal action against you. I will not be liable for your actions or any misuse of the contents of this blog. If you need to check the origin of an image, please use the free service at Tineye.com

Shared content and logos strictly remain the property of the originating source, Please respect other people’s work.

Link sharing and Pinterest pins are most welcome as long as Cate Russell-Cole is the attributed Author and the url is included clearly.  https://phoenixprojecthome.wordpress.com

 

Proudly written in Aussie English.

Happy Birthday big bro, I love you very much. Always thinking of you with love and joy.

#Crochet Projects and Skills Playlists – MASSES of Inspiration

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One of my favourite things to do is create playlists where I can stash my favourites. If you are a lover of crochet, here are links to my Youtube lists which have masses and masses of inspiration and new skills. The links are here in text, as well as directly linked, in case you need the full address. Have fun and show me what you have made. Twitter: @catephoenixproj

Crochet Stitches Resource List with over 130 videos; there may be a few repeats as some stitches are known by a variety of names.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLURAKFdNPMbpzi8OhW0bQDhWYGz22rKWM

Crochet Projects Inspiration, with far more than blankets, shawls, baby clothes and the standard things you think about. 146 videos
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLURAKFdNPMbpOBN5xzqVYw8AKP_0B_QsK

Granny Squares and Border Stitches for All Projects
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLURAKFdNPMbr-Fog5sScWtsGH6BkFTh2O

Crochet Flowers Playlist
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLURAKFdNPMbrN_Eckeh_iGuicT5wEBhwg

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This blog page is Copyright Cate Russell-Cole 2019. All rights are reserved Internationally. Except for using the WordPress reblog button, you may not reproduce it in any form, in part of whole, without Cate’s prior written permission. That includes forms such as print, audio and digital imaging including pdf, jpg, png etc.

Images used on this site have often been purchased from Etsy, 123.rf and iStockphoto, and cannot be taken or re-used by you for any purpose. The individual artist or distributors have the right to take legal action against you. I will not be liable for your actions or any misuse of the contents of this blog. If you need to check the origin of an image, please use the free service at Tineye.com

Shared content and logos strictly remain the property of the originating source, Please respect other people’s work.

Link sharing and Pinterest pins are most welcome as long as Cate Russell-Cole is the attributed Author and the url is included clearly.  https://phoenixprojecthome.wordpress.com

Proudly written in Aussie English.

No Crochet and No Knit Yarn Flowers #craftastherapy

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I love the way this video uses basic household objects to produce pretty results. I am going to have a lot of fun trying these. For those of you who need more advanced inspiration, a post will come out with crochet inspiration playlist links which will keep you busy for a very, very long time!

As I mentioned in May, you can slow videos down if you find that they go too fast for you to follow.

At the base of each video there will be a little cog. Click on that and find Playback Speed. Click on that and you will find a range of options with the slowest at the top. You can also “rewind” videos by using your finger or cursor to drag backwards on the video timeline.

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The main settings you are looking for.

Have fun and tag me on Twitter with what you have made, whether it is this project or not! I would like to see what you come up with. @catephoenixproj

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Images used on this site have often been purchased from Etsy, 123.rf and iStockphoto, and cannot be taken or re-used by you for any purpose. The individual artist or distributors have the right to take legal action against you. I will not be liable for your actions or any misuse of the contents of this blog. If you need to check the origin of an image, please use the free service at Tineye.com

Shared content and logos strictly remain the property of the originating source, Please respect other people’s work.

Link sharing and Pinterest pins are most welcome as long as Cate Russell-Cole is the attributed Author and the url is included clearly.  https://phoenixprojecthome.wordpress.com

Proudly written in Aussie English.

Colour Month: Getting Surprising Results Using Crayons

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Outside of my early school years, I never thought of trying this. Echo has come up with a great technique.

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This blog page is Copyright Cate Russell-Cole 2019. All rights are reserved Internationally. Except for using the WordPress reblog button, you may not reproduce it in any form, in part of whole, without Cate’s prior written permission. That includes forms such as print, audio and digital imaging including pdf, jpg, png etc.

Images used on this site have often been purchased from Etsy, 123.rf and iStockphoto, and cannot be taken or re-used by you for any purpose. The individual artist or distributors have the right to take legal action against you. I will not be liable for your actions or any misuse of the contents of this blog. If you need to check the origin of an image, please use the free service at Tineye.com

Shared content and logos strictly remain the property of the originating source, Please respect other people’s work.

Link sharing and Pinterest pins are most welcome as long as Cate Russell-Cole is the attributed Author and the url is included clearly.  https://phoenixprojecthome.wordpress.com

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Colour Month: How to Use Watercolour Pencils

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I love these pencils! You can get cheap sets and you can also use these beautifully pigmented colours as regular pencils; you don’t have to add water. Enjoy experimenting. Some colouring books made for watercolours and which are made with watercolour paper, work better with pencils than a brush as you have more precise control.

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This blog page is Copyright Cate Russell-Cole 2019. All rights are reserved Internationally. Except for using the WordPress reblog button, you may not reproduce it in any form, in part of whole, without Cate’s prior written permission. That includes forms such as print, audio and digital imaging including pdf, jpg, png etc.

Images used on this site have often been purchased from Etsy, 123.rf and iStockphoto, and cannot be taken or re-used by you for any purpose. The individual artist or distributors have the right to take legal action against you. I will not be liable for your actions or any misuse of the contents of this blog. If you need to check the origin of an image, please use the free service at Tineye.com

Shared content and logos strictly remain the property of the originating source, Please respect other people’s work.

Link sharing and Pinterest pins are most welcome as long as Cate Russell-Cole is the attributed Author and the url is included clearly.  https://phoenixprojecthome.wordpress.com

Proudly written in Aussie English.