Sometimes, creative ideas are all around, like springtime flowers to be picked…and sometimes, inspiration, creativity, motivation…well, they need a little nudge. With Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, and other spring and summer activities fast approaching (or upon us already), now is the time to refuel your creativity tank. To keep new ideas flowing I look at magazines, attend various craft shows and I like to see what people are doing on the internet. Thought you might enjoy some of my favorite online idea and inspiration destinations.
The first up is the One Lucky Day blog. I admit it….I have long wanted to be one of the gypsies. Those of you who already know about 7 Gypsies know what I mean. They are so talented and willing to share their photos and ideas with all of us gypsy-wanna-be’s! Many of their projects have a nice mix of paper, metal and fabrics. Make sure to look at the 2 holiday advent calendars……simply fabulous! This one below is made by Jane in North Carolina.
Next on my list is Just Something I Made, a blog from the creative mind of Cathe Holden, a Northern California based Graphic Designer. She offers pictures and instructions for some wonderful transformations like her sewing room organizer made from vintage pattern envelopes. She finds the best stuff at local garage sales and thrift stores and transforms them in true treasures! She also shares her design talents by offering her readers cool vintage graphic designs to download, like these vintage thread labels:
I love the blog Blue Moon River by C&T Publishing author Susan Brubaker Knapp. Susan created Appliqué Petal Party, one of our first pattern packs. Her quilting is amazing and on her blog she gives you insights on just how she does it! Lots of eye candy and her Quilt Market recaps are a great way to attend the show without leaving home! Here’s a sample of Susan’s gorgeous fabric art:
My next inspiration destination is Tater Tots and Jello and it sure does offer a little something for everyone. This blog was started by Susan so she’d have a spot to keep all her creative ideas and projects in. And she has LOTS of both!! Party ideas, home decor, sewing,……not to mention lots of project ideas for kids of all ages. Check out this sweet organizational idea:
Ok…the last one for today is I am not left handed, a blog by Karen Burniston who designs die cuts for Sizzix. Oh my goodness! Her 3D dies make the most fabulous art, I so want one of each! Whether or not you are into die cut machines for paper or fabric I know you will appreciate her talent and skill. Make sure to check out her Tim Holtz Pop up bird cage card project…..so clever! And check out this super cute pop-up Mother’s Day card:
I’d love to hear about your favorite online inspiration destinations also! Call them out in the comments!