Inspiration is sitting in a coffee shop, watching people pass you by. The stillness of watching open water ripple as the wind rustles the leaves on the trees.
Inspiration is noticing the little things in the everyday; seeing pink flowers peek from the wall, the birds dipping and swooping from treetops and the clouds passing through the sky.
Inspiration takes you by surprise, the spark lighting in your eyes, the glimmer of excitement as you think of the possibilities.
Inspiration is hard to force, easy to miss, and wonderful to find.
I love looking back through old diaries and calendars and seeing what I was doing on the same day/ month a few years ago. However, diaries take up a lot of space, and I only sporradiclly go back through them. I saw this image of a calendar/journal thing on pinterest, and was inspired to make something similar.It seems nice to be able to write one thing on every card for each year, and be able to look back and see the cards fill up. I decided the easiest way to do this would be to get myself some index cards, an index card box, and a date stamp. The index card boxes were all really boring plastic, so I’ve altered it a bit to make it pretty! I haven’t yet got hold of enough postcards to put in as month dividers- I’m reluctant to chop mine up to fit so will get some new ones hopefully, but this is the process so far!
In case the photos aren’t too clear- the process involved:, stamping the dates on each index card, all 365 of them! Then sanding the plastic off to get the paper to stick, tearing the decoupatch paper into little pieces and gluing onto the box with a pva and water mixture. Layering the paper and gluing over to finish, and then writing on each card as the days pass. Voila! Postcard dividers to follow soon I hope.
I often get asked what I want to be, or what I want to do with my degree. ‘Do you want to be a teacher?’ they ask. I normally shrug, ‘maybe, I’m not sure. I’ll figure it out later.’
Really, I’m avoiding admitting what I would love to do.
When I was younger I wanted to be a hairstylist (not hairdresser!), a gymnastics coach and an author simultaneously. I also went through phases of wanting to own a shop (for the sole reason that I could get to use a till). Then all I wanted was to be a mum.
I’m blessed to know that the last one is happening, and imminently! But what of the rest?
Whether as a job, or on the side, or for fun, I really want to write. I love reading, love writing, love creativity. I know that making money as a writer has slim potential, but I know I’m already going to be busy with our family, and being a mother. I don’t really care about making money through it.
I don’t honestly have much confidence in whether I would be any ‘good’, I don’t know if I have a style or a niche, I don’t know what kind of books or things I can or would produce. The books I have done through Nanowrimo have been relatively short, and all quite different in their content.
I want to write things that matter, that affect people.
I love writing this blog, and I really want to keep on channelling creatively through it, but more than that I want it to be useful to God. I don’t know how he can use it, use me, and I probably never will, but that is my wish. To be a part of his plan, the way he plans it is the best thing.
I feel that I need to stop saying ‘I don’t know’ what I want to do, or that I’ll figure it out later. I want to be useful to God, and I want to be able to use the passions and talents he has given me to do that. I want to be a good wife, daughter, mother, and I want to use the creativeness that is within me, to write if that’s what I can do!
It’s been so long since I’ve properly got stuck into arty kind of things, I’ve surprised myself by the things which have popped out of my head today and yesterday!
First the doodles…
One of the best things about not working is having a weekend. I love the feeling of being able to lie in on a Saturday morning, watching the sky through the skylight turn through different colours as the sun rises. Some Saturdays can be chock full of fun things to do, but other days can be spent walking around barefoot, sorting things out around the home and doing fun things you often don’t have time to do. The other week I dragged my sewing machine out of my ‘craft alcove’ and tinkered around a bit. Feeling inspired, and spotting a sale on Sew Today, I got some dressmaking patterns which I’m looking forward to starting, once I’ve got the right material to make things with! First on my list is a skirt pattern which I’ve had for several years now.
[Some stuffed birdies I made from my Cath Kidston ‘sew’ book- I might make them into a baby mobile, depending on whether the people I know who are expecting have girls or boys!]
Today has been a relaxed Saturday; this morning I had a flick through a stack of books I dragged home from the library yesterday (mostly about dressmaking, as I was befuddled by the pattern!) The weather is still holding out to be fairly nice, so even odd jobs like hanging out the washing was nice, breathing in the fresh air and looking over the park. The kittens have seemed to enjoy a chilled out Saturday; although they’re getting more adventurous and mischievous every day, they have slept quietly for most of the morning. They’re probably saving their energy for tonight, when they will doubtless get passed from person to person as Gospel Choir invades to watch Dr. Who!
[Now their ears have popped up they look like proper kittens, and are just learning how to playfight- above!]
For the rest of today I hope to sort the kitchen so I can get some baking done, after perusing pinterest and bloglovin for a bit longer. I’ve been playing around with my background today; I’m still not sure it’s right, but I need something there until I get around to drawing (yes, drawing by hand..) myself a header to (finally!) put on. Watch this space!
My favourite room is probably something like this- and it’s a room that doesn’t really exist yet due to lack of space! Our study is also our lounge and dining room when we have people over. I’m looking forward to the day when there is space to have a little office/ art room of my own! I love things being organised so it all looks neat and I know where everything lives- that’s probably why I would like a study!
This is a lovely little sewing room from here
It will be nice to one day have a room or space like this- a space where I can read, draw, work, write and of course blog!