Inspiration Explosion: 14 Resources For Creativity!
Today is my final day of work for this week, I’ve decided that since I run my own business I am entitled to take normal holidays off just like everyone else. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and though no one observes it here in Germany, I decided that I am taking it off anyway! I’m also taking Friday off so I can enjoy a much needed 4 day weekend. Yippee! I can’t wait to unplug from the computer for a few days and jump into some crafting projects. I want to make several mini paintings for friends, work on some projects around my apartment, and just enjoy the last 3 weeks in Germany as I leave in 22 days (wahhh!) and head back to the states for the winter. Tomorrow begins the annual Weihnachtsm?rkte for the next three weeks so I’ll be out and about with my camera and of course, my wallet! I love to shop at these little vendors, I usually don’t spend much money but I do enjoy all of the treats and wooden toys. I am so looking forward to this short vacation.
Here are some of my current Flickr faves. Please click here to view them all, you can click on the mini photos once you are on Flickr to view them in full size. Pay special attention to the little fox. Once you click on him you will find the most lovely story.
Have a bright and beautiful few days and since you’re an international crowd and not all celebrate Thanksgiving since it’s primarily an American holiday, I’ll simply wish you a lovely time doing whatever it is that you will do until we meet again. I’ll see you on Monday, December 1st.
“I’m glad… to go…. I cannot tell a lie… so Long, Farewell, auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye….I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye!” – Lyrics from the Sound of Music.
(image from flickr)
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I was pleased when Julia Rothman wrote in earlier this week to tell me about her wallpaper. I’ve been very busy over the past few days and haven’t been reading as many blogs as usual so I’m not sure if this made the blog rounds already. If so, my apologies for repeat content.
I’m so proud of Julia as I think her eye is outstanding and her style is superb, I think she is one of those designers who is very blessed with not only listening to her own voice and acting on it to pull together her patterns, but her designs just so happen to be extremely marketable. Isn’t this what every creative person hopes, that what they see in their brain that is then translated into a product will be something others will potentially buy? Julia is very lucky in this way and I feel happy to watch her growing as a designer all of time thanks to determination and hard work. Her latest project happens to be hand screened (made in Chicago) wallpaper, no longer do you have to dream of having her patterns cover your walls as it is now a reality. Aren’t these drool inducing? Learn more about them and see all of the colorways and patterns available at Hygge & West for $125 per double roll.
By the way, have you heard of Hygge & West before or is this the first time? For me it is the first time so a special thanks to Julia for the introduction. They have products from many other talented designers as well, here are a few that I enjoy.
1. Wallpaper ceramic votive set by Jeanette Hiiri, 2. Casalinga birds (they look like my vintage birds shown here in my living room), 3. Fiducia set designed by Louise Campbell for Kahler, and 4. Rachel Pearson candles.
Visit Hygge & West here to see more wonderful things for the home (click on the designers names on the right side of this page.)
(images from julia rothman and hygge & west)
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I feel like there are so many great shops on Etsy right now that to simply mention 5 is not enough today. I’m going for 10 if that’s okay with you (just for today!). Plus it’s a short work week, I’m taking Thursday and Friday off so I can give you a little extra since you’ll have to go without for a few days… Ah, it’s okay though! Logging off of the internet for a bit is super beneficial — I think we all should ‘step away from the web’ for at least one day now and then. I’m stepping away Thursday, Friday, and all day Saturday and maybe even Sunday because I haven’t done that in a very long while and I feel like there is this need to do so. I’ve been feeling super inspired lately but like many of you, have lacked follow through so I plan to jump on some of my projects while I’m not blogging… I am very excited to take a brief pause you know? Can you relate to this need to step back for a few days and unleash your creativity? No Facebook, no email, nothing… I can’t wait. But I’ll have to wait… because it’s time for Etsy Take Five Tuesday! I’ve promised you 10 shops today so how ’bout I stop talking and let you start looking and clicking around. Ready? Go!
2. Sound Revolution – This body of work by an Australian graphic designer and illustrator is inspired by the conflicting and harmonious relationships that the urban environment has with the natural world. I find this an interesting theme and enjoy seeing some of the stags here and there. Stags are everywhere lately, especially in stores in Germany. Is it the same in America at the moment? Stags as a motif?
4. New Fashioned Whispers – I found this shop over at Melissa Loves today, and the moment I saw the snowflake earrings that Melissa featured I purchased them because they are delightful for winter and very Anthropologie without the often high price tag. This shop has gorgeous jewelry with an old fashioned twist, so girly, some art decor pieces, and they are affordable — especially if you compare them with what you find at some of our favorite retail chain stores. Eek! Thanks for the tip, Melissa! (she always finds the sweetest things.)
5. Naoko’s Stoop – “Aw…” That’s the first word that came out of my mouth the second I opened the page of this darling little etsy shop. Naoka was born in Tokyo (hence this gorgeous style she has) and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Great work, especially her pieces on wood.
6. Track and Field Designs – This is one of my favorite little crafty shops and I’m constantly doing an online drive by to see if Sasha has listed anything new. Well this time I scored because I found a few newish things that I like, sweet to add in gift packs for friends or to give to your nieces (or okay, yourself).
7. Fiery Eyed – Oh Jenifer Altman, what you do to me! She is such a beam of light, wow. Her work always impresses me, with every new photo I’m amazed. More Jenifer here on her ::website:: or her blog ::Nectar and Light::
8. Shup(G) – Lydia Wong loves a good charm necklace, she makes so many creative ones too! Lydia is offering a 10% discount until December 15, 2008 on purchases totaling $50 and above. She will amend the invoice once she receives notification of your purchase. Charmed, I’m sure!
9. Nancy Tobin – Nancy’s paintings are wild, imaginative, magical… and so colorful! I can envision one of? prints in a very modern white space or even an artsy colorful apartment against painted walls in bold jewel tones like midnight blue or purple. Her work can fit into so many different decors. Nancy has been an artist for many years, her illustrations have appeared in magazines and children’s books, she has designed toys for Hasbro and graphic design for Herman Miller. Quite a lady! More of Nancy here::Nancy Tobin Blog:: or ::website::
How was that round up? What did you like best? Any new to you?
(images from shops linked above)