Friday, March 30, 2012

Let's talk about inspiration...

Thank you for your lovely comments about the Modern Chevron Baby Quilt I posted a couple of days ago.

A few of you commented on how I found the idea for the design on a manhole cover and that got me thinking about inspiration and wondering where others found their own.

Obviously there is plenty to be found out there on blogs, flickr and Pinterest. Wallpaper is always a good one for patterns, as are rugs.

Sometimes the raw materials themselves provide the spark.

I bought these scrapbooking woodcuts and lovely wool felt/fabric fat quarter at the Marseille Craft Fair, not knowing what I would do with it. It's been sitting on my sewing table since then, where it will stay until I find some inspiration or it makes me feel so guilty that I put it away.

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I also bought these charms and metal beads but I knew straight away that I would make some simple earrings with them. Just need to sit down and do it! (The little Eiffel Towers might become zipper charms.)

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My favourite kind of inspiration is when something inspires me to create something else i.e. a bathroom tile layout to make a baby mat or a gay-friendly hotel bar to make a quilt.

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I saw this window grill in Lambesc, it looks like a quilt block asking to be made. 

When you get an idea does it usually turn out how you planned? Better or Worse? Or maybe just different?

Do you guys get that Great Moment of Regret/Doubt that I do? It always strikes after I've cut all my fabric and before I sew it all together.  So essentially just when I need motivation the most. Way to go, muse.

It's Friday, woo hoo! Here's a cute little video from a series on one of the French kids' channels. It's stop-motion animation and just so clever. It inspires kids' creativity and helps them to eat healthier so wins all 'round! (If video below doesn't work hopefully this link to it will.)


And a shout-out to the lovely Adina at Gluten Free Travelette for nominating me for a Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you!

Have a great weekend, tout le monde!

7 comments:

  1. Oh wow I love that grill on the window. I may have to steal that idea.

    I'm always wracked with indecision. I put together little piles of fabric, think about what I'm going to do, but usually before I've even cut into it I change my mind. I'm finding these days, the more I think about it, the less likely I am to make it. I'm better off just going with the inspiration when it strikes.
    For the first time, the video doesn't work for Oz!
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

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  2. Glad to know my town is inspiring :)

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  3. Love the bark on that Plane tree...the organic greys and fawns are inspiration to me.

    Damn... your links are always smile worthy....but this one........"not available in my country"....
    ....la arrogance of la french

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    1. The plane trees trunks always remind me of gums, they used to make me homesick when I first got here.
      Can't find anyway to circumnavigate the link availability, sorry. If it's any consolation, I had the sads when I couldn't watch the Pioneer Woman's cooking show online - only viewable in the US - l'arrogance est partout! (Alors, vraiment c'est seulement les chaînes de télévision qui protege leur émissions).

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  4. Love the bark on that Plane tree...the organic greys and fawns are inspiration to me.

    Damn... your links are always smile worthy....but this one........"not available in my country"....
    ....la arrogance of la french

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  5. I find inspiration every time I go for a drive. Yesterday in Carlton at the primary school and the Alfred hospital.
    Just found your blog. Easter holidays now in melbourne.

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  6. From the States I have the same problem trying to watch French television programs on the internet. I can only watch the advertising trailers... I can get the news though!!!
    As far as inspiration, I have photo folders full of it, but off the top of my head can only remember two finished projects that stem from it! Humm, have to be a little more diligent.
    Annick

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