Inspiration

 

I’ve been having such a hard time posting for the past few weeks. I’m sorry I’ve been slacking off. Sometimes it’s an odd thing, this blogging. I really do love it, I love that I have a reason to write, and that I get to share things that inspire me. Then again, there are times that I simply need a break from being online. Like so many people I spend my workdays in front of a computer. Sometimes the last thing I want to do when I get home is get out my computer and start in again, even if it’s something I enjoy. So for the past few weeks my home computer has been off and in the corner, and I’ve spent my evenings and weekends mostly offline. And just to prepare you, I have a lot going on between now and December, so posting will continue to be a little less daily.  The good news is everything I have going on is inspiring and I’m already excited to share! I hope you enjoy today’s little sneak peek, starting with the colors and textures above that have me inspired to redecorate (maybe…).  

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Top Chef Just Desserts and Lucent Dossier – flaming desserts and smokey sensual sideshow awesomeness – what more can you ask for? 

State Parks – cool crisp air just begs to be enjoyed, don’t you think? This past weekend I went we headed out to see this waterfall and I’m hoping the future will hold trips to see colorful maples, and this Indian lodge

Holiday crafting! My sister and I just bought a Cricut machine  and  we’re going to start by using the machine to cut out designs from Contact paper for a glass-etching project similar to the one above from Martha Stewart (I’ll share a tutorial with you next week!) 

Etsy emails make my day. I especially love the collections in Etsy Finds – they give me a fix on those days when I don’t get a chance to explore on my own, and introduce me to things I may never have even thought of. I found this fine silver leaf ring and this modern macrame last week.
 
I think Cooking Light will be my new magazine addiction. We’ve been trying to eat healthier lately, and it’s so nice to have the calories, fat, and all that other stuff figured out for you without having to eat prepared processed meals. 
 
Always inspiring is Marie Claire Idees. I stalked the bookstore last week waiting for the latest issue to appear on the shelves. I dog-eared so many pages I may as well have marked the whole magazine! If you can’t find it where you are the blog has lots of beautiful inspiration, and lots of French practice!
 
I can’t remember how I found the blog even*cleveland, but once I got lost for almost an hour! I love the smooth flow of posts, a beautiful stream of consciousness that carries the reader along with it. For me it’s becoming my mid-day resting place, when I need an escape from the day’s drama. 

Chai tea recipes – it’s so easy to make from scratch, and I’ll share my new favorite with you later this week.
 
And finally, my recent personal soundtrack…

Matt Pond Pa
Courtyard Hounds
Band of Horses  
Sam Phillips  
Nina Simone 

Hope you find something to inspire you among these links!

Bright Blogs

Shine Your Light one of many cheery prints by erinjane on Etsy – Art prints by Erin McNulty

I thought today I’d share some links to beautiful blogs that were bright spots online for me today. Each of these folks is doing just what the image above encourages – shining their lights!  It’s really inspiring for me to wander through these online spaces. I hope you find something you enjoy!  First up is The Daily Smudge, showcasing print and paper design. I found some great prints here – I love this one!  And these fantastic colorful paintings tickle my brain happy! I also found a link to Cucumbersome here, which is all about crafts and DIY. I love the candy bar Britt did for her brother’s wedding, and the super-simple tutorial for printing on fabric that I will definitely be trying.  She also linked to this post on 100 Layer Cake that has a downloadable DIY reality check flowchart that should be on every crafter’s refrigerator. Yes, I’m printing it out right now!   And just for good measure, you should check out found matchbox, a petit bruit, at swim-two-birds, and fancy frills – they’re all fantastic!  That’s it for today folks – have a great Wednesday!

Etsy Blossoms

Today’s Etsy Blossoms are all fabric designers selling their original designs  by the fat quarter, or yard. I am so tickled that new technologies allow artists and crafters to create a tangible product out of their imagination!  So without further ado, here are five designers selling beautiful fabrics on Etsy!

Above is Daisy Janie who sells original designs printed on organic fabrics, as well as empowering quote prints. She wholesales through her website, and has an engaging blog – you know, one of those that really makes you feel like you know the author?

Swanky Swell is a fabric designer out of San Francisco and also showcases interior design ideas, decorating finds, local SF events and more on her blog. There are some great photos of chairs reupholstered in her fabrics on her blog, which I think is a great way to showcase the fabrics!

Studio 80 designs fabric, stitches up cute wallets, purses and more. She’s also created some fun garden sculptures out of glassware (vases, plates, cups) that would be so fun in my mom’s garden (my garden is, right now, an overgrown lawn and some mostly dead plants, unfortunately. Maybe one day…).

Scarlet Fig is an Austin based fabric designer selling on Etsy, but also hitting the big time these days with designs for Robert Kaufman Fabrics being just the beginning, I think. I just love the fun animal prints – especially the donkeys in wellie boots – how fun is that! Don’t forget to stop by her blog for more colorful inspiration!

I love the bright colors and cheery florals of Wonderfluffshop. The dotty fabric in the top left corner really inspires me! (I love dots…)  She also has a pretty website, fun blog, and beautiful paper creations on her other Etsy shop, PaperPieShop. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed Etsy Blossoms this week. I know I’ve been inspired by all of these creative folks. I love seeing other people making a go of what they love to do. I feel like hubby and I are just starting on this path to do the same, and knowing so many other sare doing it, and being successful, is so encouraging!  Happy Thursday everyone!