I took my own advice!

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Creative Inspiration is everywhere.  But we have to take time to 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.

However, there are times in my life where I find myself a little burned out or running on empty.  I get overwhelmed very easily, and start to panic when I have too much on my plate.  I try very hard to keep my life as simple as possible.  When I do find myself tired and in need of a little recharge in the creative department, there are several ways that give me that creative boost that I need and crave.    Thrifting with a friend, taking a trip to the dump, going through my neighbor’s trash, attending a craft group, heading to the bookstore to devour craft books and magazines, checking out pinterest, visiting art galleries, are just a few of the ways I find creative inspiration.  One of my favorite ways to get the creative juices flowing is by taking a class.   I have tried lots of different art classes, sewing classes, and even went to upholstery school.

The sewing class I took almost 7 years ago started as something fun to do with a group of friends.  We signed up though the local community college for the 8 week class.  I really just signed up to get to know the other girls better and as a way to get out of the house.  I had NOOOOOOO idea that I was about to stumble upon something I loved so much.  Sewing is my passion. I am completely and totally at peace and happiest when I am seated at my sewing machine.   Sewing brings me so much joy, and I often think about what if I hadn’t taken that class.  I can’t even imagine.

These owl pillows are my favorite things to sew.

 I mentioned that I  went to upholstery school.  Trying something out of your comfort zone is a great way to jump start your brain and can lead to other ideas.  Don’t I look like I am having fun!?  Don’t be fooled.

That’s my chair on the left.  You notice my friend Stephanie to the right seemed to get the hang of upholstery a little faster than I did!  I really thought I would love upholstery.  I love fabric and love finding old pieces of furniture that just need a little love.  Unfortunately I did not enjoy this at all!!!  But that’s ok.  Trying something new or taking a class opens up a whole new world and unleashing tons of new ideas.

When I realized I would never take the time to reupholster this chair, the upholstery class experience lead to another idea!!!  I would paint it!  I never would have thought of painting that chair if I hadn’t failed upholstery school!!!!

It is now one of my favorite pieces of furniture in my home.  I painted this chair several months ago and it is holding up perfect!  Even though I am not running an upholstery business, taking that class has helped me in so many ways.  It opened my eyes to other ways of doing something.  It has inspired me to tackle projects that I never thought I would attempt.  I did something so out of my comfort zone that now I am willing to try anything (nothing illegal or bungee jumping, that’s just wrong).  Trying something outside of your comfort zone is a great way to jump start your brain and can lead to other ideas.  It doesn’t just have to be an art class to unlock your creative inspiration! Try a class in cooking, sailing, photography,  gardening, yoga, or even drumming.

guitar

A few months ago my friend gave my Lilly a guitar that her daughter was no longer using.  Lilly expressed an interest in taking guitar lessons.  I thought about it, took my own advice and signed us both up!  I have alwayssssssssss wanted to play a musical instrument.  I played the drums in middle school and took drum lessons in high school.  I would loveeeeee to take up drumming again but I just don’t know how my husband would react if he came home to a drum set in the dining room.  Those tend to take up a lot of space and can be very loud.  But guitar lessons sounded awesome and something that Lilly and I could do together!!!

guitar

We have been taking lessons together each week for over a month now and I love it!  I love sitting in my sewing room, practicing cords, and channeling my inner Sheryl Crow.  I have found that playing the guitar helps me relax and calm down when I am a little stressed or overwhelmed.  Several times when I am running around like a maniac, I have stopped, sat down and practiced.  Practicing the guitar helps me feel more peaceful and quiet, which for me always leads to creativity.  Who knew!!!

Classes can be expensive.  If you are on a budget try trading out with a friend.  Find a friend that cooks really well and ask her to teach you how to make a couple of dishes.  You can teach her how to take a great photograph.   I taught my friend how to sew and she has helped me with the computer.  About a year and a half ago, I painted The Nester’s table and she helped me set up this blog!

creative inspiration

 I have a hard time in the kitchen. My dear friend Tracy came over last week and we made 8 meals, and two apple pies to freeze for future dinners!!!  I learned so much just from watching and listening to her!  I saw kitchen gadgets that I didn’t even know existed!  Amazing spending a little time with her in the kitchen taught me so much!  Ahhh Tracy I owe you one!!!

Is there a class you have been putting off taking!?!?  What’s stopping you!?!?

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17 Responses to I took my own advice!

  1. Crystal October 29, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Just wanted to say that I love love love your blog and you have been an inspiration to me when it comes to creating. I now find myself looking at things out and about and thinking gee, what can I do with that. So thank you! Also wanted to know what kind of paint did you use on the chair? Looks great! Have a great day!

    • angela October 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

      Hi Crystal!!
      Thanks so so so much for your sweet comment! Totally made my day! I used two coats of chalk paint on the chair! I didn’t wax it or poly it or anything and it has held up perfect!!
      lots and lots of love
      Angela

  2. Dottie October 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    Your energy and creativity inspire me. I have a point and shoot digital camera, yet am complimented on my photos. Sooooo, would love to upgrade to a better camera and take photography class. I will make that my next goal.
    I agree with Crystal. You have helped me look at things with a new eye and I have done some really fun things for myself or for gifts. Thanks for helping me take my “art” to a new level.

    • angela October 29, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

      Hi Dottie!!!
      You and Crystal are going to make me cry! Thank you so much for your kind words, I really can’t tell you what that means to me! I would love to see some of your photos! Are you on Instagram!?!? Go get that camera and take that class!
      xoxoxoxo
      Angela

  3. reeve October 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    WOW!!! Look at you. You are amazing and brave and I love you:)

    • angela October 29, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

      I think I smell a girl band coming on! IF you need any back up i’m your girl!hahahahahahahahah! Love and miss you!
      We need to do lunch very soon!
      xoxox
      Angela

    • angela October 29, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

      girl band! girl band!!

  4. Laura/ReaderWoman October 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    You always make me smile!

    • angela October 30, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

      Ahhhh thanks Laura!!! I wish you lived closer, I bet we would be best buddies!
      xoxoxo
      Angela

      • Laura/ReaderWoman October 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

        So nice to know that we can bond, tho’ we are miles and miles apart! Go be crafty!
        :)

  5. Jen October 30, 2012 at 2:33 am #

    You are such an inspiration, Angela!! Every time I read your blog, I leave with a big smile on my face. You are so right about doing something, anything! to get the creative juices flowing. It’s been so long since I’ve exercised my creative side, now I want to go hack on some DIY projects that I’ve been thinking about! You’re gifted, girl. Keep creating, and thanks for encouraging us to step out!! xoxo

    • angela October 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      Thanks so much for your comment Jen! You go! Go hack those projects and then send me photos!!!!! When my kids were really little there was a time I let me creative side slide as well. When I realized I was missing a piece of who I was I made time for myself. Everyone is our family benefited from the little time I carved away for myself. It’s not being selfish. We have to take care of ourselves so we can take care of everyone else!
      lots of love sister!
      Angela

  6. Tracy October 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Love seeing the pics of your guitar lessons! I had a lot of fun cooking with you! I still owe you a soup :)

    • angela October 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

      Hey girl!!
      I have been meaning to text you!! My father in law was in town this past weekend, so I heated up the traditional lasagna and apple pie! They loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeddddddddddddddddd it!!! I think he and my husband were very impressed and they said to invite you over more often! hahaha!
      Thanks again for all your help! I had so much fun!
      Angela

  7. Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam) November 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    Ok friend – A MEAL MAKING PARTY? You KNOW I love those. I really think you need to write a guest post about it for me, recipes and all. ;)

    • Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam) November 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

      Oops and that would be after the holidays, of course. ;)

      • angela November 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

        Hey lovely lady!!!!
        YEs yes yes yes love it!!! and love that you want it after the holidays!;) Have a wonderful weekend!!
        xoxoxo
        Angela

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