Today I have arrived at #11 on our ideas for new bloggers list: Share Something That’s Been Inspiring You Lately. Oh, why do I keep picking all the difficult ones?! Why couldn’t it be something easy, like “Tell Your Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream”?
Well, actually that isn’t so easy. I like a lot of different ice cream flavors, and it varies from month to month – chocolate or strawberry, mocha or basil, or just plain vanilla.
The same goes for all that inspires me. I find inspiration in so many different places, times, people. In fact, I’m inspired at the drop of a pin (the same way I get embarrassed or feel guilt – I’m hoping they’re not related). So I’ll try to narrow it down to three areas, particularly related to our efforts in crafting and creating: People, writing, and our Etsy shops.
So many awesome people to choose from – friends and bloggers and fellow crafters, and even my sisters! Here is someone we’ve mentioned before; our friend Lexi.
Lexi is an amazing person. Like us, she loves crafting, sewing, and historical clothing. We can talk crinolines, pleating, bucks, and the subtle variations in fashion from the early 1860s to the 1870s for hours, in-between trying on each other’s corsets and Spencers. She has overcome many different issues and blossomed into a beautiful and confident person, with a deep interest in Civil War history and exuberance that keeps her dancing! Her Etsy shop is called oldfashiondolls, where she once sold enough to take her on a Jane Austen trip to England. Lexi is our go-to person for all Etsy questions, and a huge inspiration in getting us to open our shops.
Inspiration is not my problem here; the problem is working until I’ve made the ideas that are inspired into full and coherent stories! But I’m not talking about work – just the inspiration. So, here’s the germ of a new idea:
I’m a science fiction lover, brought up on “Star Trek” and space opera. But I’ve never really been too interested in setting a story out there in the stars among worlds ancient or bran-new. But lately, the movies have been daring to create civilizations and landscapes of a kind that the early sci-fi masters only dreamed: “Man of Steel,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” even “Serenity” and “Doctor Who” (with its recreated and redestroyed Gallifrey). All of these make me want to write of gallant starships, space knights of old orders, brave young cities on outpost planets, tribunals following the established good rules of ancient societies, a convent of nuns standing valiant on the edge of nebulas against lawless raiders…
So many ideas, so little time!
For Etsy crafts.
We have so many different things available to use, so many sources for inspiration! The internet has so much there’s no way you can even begin to look at it all (Pinterest, blogs…). There are books and things on TV, tiny details in movies and shows – all those different ideas of new things to make! But the one thing that has been really inspiring my lately? Our Stash!
I don’t know if we’ve mentioned our Stash. It’s way too big for our own good. We have the terrible habit of buying new fabrics, with every intention of making it into something beautiful, useful, and usually necessary – often with a specific pattern in mind. And then life comes along and pushes the fabric aside, and then we find some other fabric that we like and must have , and we bring that one home, too. So we end up with boxes and shelves full of forgotten treasures. It’s not just fabric, of course; there’s yarn and paper-crafting stuff.
We’ve been trying to go on a no-new-fabric diet (which would be easier if you could find exactly the fabric that you want in our Stash). So far this has resulted in two Stash dresses that I’ve made this summer – one green and the other a marsala-roses on gold floral – both beautiful successes! But I have found that when you just go out looking, sometimes you can find a fabric you never expected to use which inspires an idea for a project you might never have thought of otherwise.
There are many other areas of inspiration, of course: I haven’t even gotten to food! Recipes, cook books, etc… But that’ll have to be another post later.
So many blogging ideas, so little time!