5 ways to be inspired

Yesterday, I revealed my top sources of inspiration, and today I’d like to help you find yours.

  1. Take a look at the world around you.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re slap bang in the middle of a city or out in the countryside, look for patterns, textures, colours.
  2. Do you have a hobby that you love? What can you transfer from that to your creative field? As an example, I love reading, and have seen some fabulous crafts made from books.  Here’s a collection of literary-inspired crafts that I put together for World Book Day 2016.
  3. Turn to your friends and family for help.  No, I don’t mean ask them! Listen to what catchphrases they use a lot – could you put them on a mug, pin, poster, t-shirt? What games or TV programs are they into? Could you paint, sew, knit something that would appeal to them?
  4. Have a rummage in the ol’ junk box. (It’s probably buried in the garage or basement or attic!) Dig it out and see what you could upcycle.  There are now loads of magazines, books, even TV shows on how to do it…and make a profit.  Remember the old adage “one man’s trash, is another’s treasure”…but a little polish or chalk paint would go a long way to making that come true.  If old furniture is looking really past its best, it could be a great time to try decoupage.
  5. Head to your local craft shop.  Whether it’s a great big chain store or a cute independent supply shop, they’re bound to have something that will catch your eye.  I tend to look in the ‘clearance’ or ‘sale’ sections and usually pick up things that I hadn’t even thought about working with before.  Just got a great deal on some tapestry needles, so stay tuned to see what I do with all of those!


Any more ideas on how to be inspired?  Comment with your best tips to help out fellow crafters and creatives.





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