inspired

I have used the word inspiration quite a few times already throughout this blog. It’s because I find it to be so important to my motivation to craft and create. I go through creative ruts just like any other creative person (think writer’s block but more like knitter’s block or sewist’s block). Sometimes I take long breaks from crafting when I am experiencing a rut, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not filling up my creative tank. In these creative downtimes, I have found a few things to be helpful to inspire me and fill me back up and motivate me to get back to making. 

Recently I have been taking it easy on the crafting because I seriously overdid it about a month an a half ago. I was left with major elbow, wrist, hand, and finger pain if I so much as wrote an address on an envelope. I forced myself to rest everything for a couple of weeks and since have been trying to craft more mindfully. This means I am doing a lot less, but I think I am enjoying the process more and getting more fulfillment out of the crafting I am doing.

Here are some ways I get inspired:
Instagram                                                                                          
Oh, favorite of favorites. I am constantly inspired by Instagram. I am always screenshotting images I particularly love. I follow nearly 1000 people, which to most is quite excessive, however, I’d say about 90% of those are for inspiration purposes only. I just can’t quit them! Some of my favorite instagrammers are not even sewists or knitters- many are illustrators, but others are bakers, cooks, and gardeners. Here are some favorites:
Sophie and Lili
Terrain
Emma Block Illustration
Abigail Halpin
Joy the Baker
Amanda Arneill
Caitlin McGauley
Julia Denos

Blogs
I am on Bloglovin' and I follow tons of blogs there, but these are my highlights. 
Hey Porkchop
Posie Gets Cozy
Orangette
Make Something

Books
Water Paper Paint
Watercolor
The Perfectly Imperfect Home
Sara Midda's South of France
In and Out of the Garden
Just Being Audrey
Usborne's Big Book of Things to Draw
A Rainbow of Stitches

Magazines
Mollie Makes
Extra Curricular
Flow

Music
Lisa Hannigan
Lord Huron
Basia Bulat
Olafur Arnalds
Gregory Alan Isakov
Pretty much any of the Anthropologie curated playlists on Spotify

Off to be inspired!