Inspiration seems to be the theme for the day. Over at one of my favorite blogs kojodesigns, where "I Heart New Years" is going on, today's task is to find/make some creative inspiration. I'm trying to participate in their events each day this week too, even if it is only in 15 minute increments.
What inspires me? My family! Yes, seems a bit corny and maybe too simple, but here is how it comes together for me.
- I have these darling tall skinny girls who like to express their own fashion style. I enjoy encouraging this by making clothes for them. Since most store bought clothes need to be altered in some way for them, I've been inspired to re purpose hand-me downs and thrift store finds to better accommodate their "more inches than pounds" bodies. I love when they draw their ideas for me!
- I have a goofy little guy who is always looking outside the box (or playing inside one). Many imaginative kids play with toys other than they are intended, my girls definitely did, but there is just something about how he creates new games like "plunger basketball" that make me laugh and think happy thoughts. Happy thoughts tend to inspire creativity in me and he inspires me to think outside the box.
- Originally my husbands obsession with triathlons inspired sleep (I was exhausted thinking about his work outs), but now that he has successfully lost and kept off weight and is maintaining a healthier lifestyle, I'm inspired to find and prepare healthy meals the whole family will enjoy.
- I am also inspired to get the chaos of my home under control so that my home becomes a calmer and happier home so we can spend more quality time together - Love the space you are in!
|I did a bit of rearranging of this today to get the mirror in (got used to having a mirror by the front door so it needed to come back). The obvious blank spots will be filled when the paint dries.|
|Since they select their best work, they then ask if we should save it or send it to a family member when they are ready to take it down|
Introducing: Sock Extensions (not to be confused with leg warmers). The girls don't like tights, they prefer to wear leggings and won't give up the Capri length ones from their closet. I crocheted them some leg warmers (ala the awesome '80s!) but what they wanted was me to make their existing socks longer (um, OK...?). So together this is what we came up with: