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  1. Make Your Dreams Come True

    This could easily be one of my favourite days of the year, Make Your Dreams Come True Day! If there was ever a specific day to put your plans into action, this is it!

    So, if there was nothing standing in your way, no financial barrier, no obstacles, no little nagging voice of doubt, what would you do? What is your dream? It doesn't matter how big or ambitious, or how small & humble it may be, what would it be?

    Go on, say it out loud, write it down or do both, no-one will laugh or say it can't be done as this is just for you, not them, not yet anyway.

    If you're feeling a little bit unsure about going for your dreams, I'd like to share a quote with you that was literally life changing for me, I first saw this quote in one of the daily emails from Julia Bickerstaff at The Business Bakery as part of the 100 Day Goal Challenge which she runs three times a year, it was such a lightbulb moment for me that I even remember the date, the 10th September 2015:

    To get something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done.

    José N Harris

    As soon as I read that quote, I just thought "That's it! I'm going to do this, I'm going to learn how to be a designer" which is something I'd wanted to do at school but was always discouraged by the teachers, so, after many years of talking myself out of it, doubting myself and being sure that I'd be no good at it, I finally took the first step and signed up to Make It In Design's Designing Your Way course which is the first course in the series of Make It In Design courses all about Surface Pattern and Design.

    Best. Move. Ever.

    Not only did I enjoy it, I loved it, every single thing about it, I've since completed lots of other courses in Surface Pattern Design and now have a whole family of surface pattern designer and illustrator friends across the world, I also launched Claire Salisbury Studios, which is my very own design business, in November 2017 and am now doing something I absolutely love and am aiming to be working at it full time within the next 12-18 months. 

    So many amazing things have happened because I took that risk and challenged myself, words cannot explain how extremely glad I am that I did it.

    But what about you?

    What's the first step you need to take to reach your goal? Sign up for a course? Join a gym? Go to a specific event? 

    Whatever that first step is, take it. It's not as scary as you think, I promise. And it is most certainly worth it.

    If you'd like to share your dream or goal here, I'd love to hear what you'd love to do, and I promise I'll be cheering you on.

    Go on, get out there and make your dreams come true.

    signature - saturday rock


  2. Like most designers I have a big love of colours, colour palettes and colour combinations, actually, if I'm honest, it's probably more of an obsession. My Colour Me Happy board on Pinterest currently has 628 pins and every time I go on there I always add one or two more (at least), and I'm always taking photos of colourful things I see when I'm out and about.

    It's time I did something with all of the colour inspiration I've collected over the years so I've decided to set up my own Colour Palette Challenge and you can join in too. On the second Thursday of every month I'll post a new colour palette to work from. You can create whatever you like, whether it's an illustration, a handmade card, a quilt, whatever you like.There are no rights or wrongs here, just be inspired by the colours.

    So here is the first colour palette I've put together for you - Sugar Skiessugar skies cmyk

    I really love all the different shades of pink, lilac, blue & grey in the sky in the early evening. 

    For this palette I decided to select random objects, found from all around the studio and photograph them as a group,

    sugar skies objects colour palette challenge

    You can use what ever you like, I've used buttons, a novelty drinks straw, pens, embroidery thread, a giant rubber and a few other pieces.

    Once I'd done this I then had a bit of a lightning bolt idea, I'm not only a designer and illustrator, I am also a maker of stuff and have been all my life, which means I have a huge amount of craft supplies here in the studio, so I'll also be using this challenge to use up some of my crafty stash.

    My first Colour Palette Challenge craft is a scrapbook page

    Hermione & Me scrapbook page

    I'll also be running this challenge over on the Crafty Alchemy Blog.

    There's no deadline and it is a "Just for Fun" challenge but I would love to see what you create using these colours, so be sure to either comment or here or tag me on Instagram or Facebook, you can also use the hashtag #colourpalettechallenge.

    Stay colourful!

    signature - saturday rock