Creative Inspiration is everywhere. But we have to take time and slow down to see it. When I finally opened my heart to God and started living in the present, I began to be inspired by things all around me. Not just fancy art galleries but even the grocery store became a source of inspiration. Here are some of my favorite ways to find inspiration when I am running on empty.
1. Head to the bookstore. I grab a coffee and sit right in the middle of the craft section. I usually have about 15 books spread around, taking notes. If there’s a book I love and have to have, I write the name down and wait till I get home to order it on half.com (super cheap place to buy books.)
2. Inspiration notebooks. I never pass magazines on to friends because I rip everything out of them that makes me look twice. I have two huge notebooks full of pretty pictures, paint colors, rooms, sewing ideas, craft ideas, clothing, anything that catches my eye. If I am having a rough day, I pull these out and instantly I feel better.
3. Blogs. I could get lost for hours looking at different crafting blogs. Etsy is another great source of inspiration. Please make sure you have a spare hour or two before you visit this site!
4. Museums and Art Galleries. Just walking into a place that has handmade creations makes my heart sing.
5. Take a class or try something new. I have taken several art and sewing classes. Recently I completed upholstery school. Trying something out of your comfort zone is a great way to jump start your brain. Try something that you enjoy or something you want to learn more about, photography, cooking, karate, gardening, or sailing. Next on my list is drum lessons, but that might be a little bit too far out of my comfort zone!
6. Start a craft group. I want to start a group that meets once a month for a night full of creating and sharing! A different project each month, would anyone join me!?!?
7. Grab a girlfriend and go thrifting. This is one of my favorite past times and one that fills me up every time. Something about walking around all that cast off junk just makes me want to take it all home and give it new life.
8. The grocery store game. This can be played anywhere, waiting in line, getting your car worked on, sitting at swim practice. Look around and take in all the different colors, patterns, and textures. Grocery store packaging is amazing if you really look at it!
9. Have coffee with a friend. I had coffee with my friend Cammie last week. Just talking and opening up unleashed so many thoughts and ideas and different ways to look at things.
10. George Costanza Day. Do you remember on Seinfeld when George decides he would do everything opposite of what he normally would do?! This is a fun little game to play, especially for others who don’t know you are doing it! Again a great way to jump start your brain.
Finally, I love to visit other peoples homes and see what inspires them. Here are some pictures of my friend the Nester’s home. I only took a few pictures because I didn’t want her to think I was a stalker.