Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A giveaway...

Recently I've noticed a distinct lack of fresh ideas coming from my blog. Part of the reason I enjoy writing this blog is to inspire others to make things. I think partly the stress of the last two weeks hasn't helped, but I wasn't being super creative before then to be honest. Also I do find that I get ideas from things I find at the opshop that I can upcycle. There haven't been too many of those lately, although yesterday I did get a couple that have my brain buzzing.
So if you have a minute to leave a comment, can you tell me what makes your brain buzz with ideas, or something you would like a tutorial for or an idea you've seen that you haven't made yet or something super cool you have made.
I am really happy with my Gingerbread recipe cards. They turned out awesome. I'm going to give away a pack with a recipe card and a vintage apron and some other goodies to someone who leaves an idea in the comments below.
(Winner drawn next Wedneday NZ )

32 comments:

  1. i think your blog is VERY inspiring! you are too hard on yourself. :)
    i'd love to see a new sewing tutorial. like how to make a certain type of quilt or a little girl's top.
    thanks for the chance to win, deb!!
    blessings,
    lora
    eagerhands@gmail.com

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  2. Your cards are very cute!

    I get inspiration from blogs, pattern books, silly things my kids do and say, and nature.

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  3. Sorry to hear you've lost your crafty mojo! You've definitely inspired me with your Christmas project and your vintage sheet quilt, and of course the fabric you sent- you can see the outcome of your inspiration all over my blog!

    My inspiration word is 'birds'. I'm thinking of a child-safe, bird-covered Christmas tree. If this makes your brain buzz I'll send you a pattern! Perhaps one for home and one for the Sunday School kids to decorate at the local church?

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  4. I love reading your blog!! So sorry to hear about the earthquake. :) Hope y'all are ok. You can come stay with us. :)
    I ususally fins my inspiration from blog browsing. And from a needs basis.

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  5. Inspiration often comes to me in a fabric shop, looking at pictures of other people's creativity, talking with creative people and of course the great art board of creative genius - Creation itself. As for things I'd like to see - simple handmade gifts for men (is there such a thing?) and ideas for all sorts of quick aprons (or perhaps a knitted bikini!!!!) Ups to you you are an AWESOMELY creative and inspiring woman!

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  6. Don't beat yourself up--stress is hard on the creative process. And it's an ebb and flow, not a constant (at least, for me, so you're not alone!). When I'm feeling the need to be inspired, I go blog hopping. I browse photos on flickr. I go to the hardware store and play with paint chips. And I try not to force it if I'm just not in the mood--sometimes, for me, that makes it worse.

    Hang in there!

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  7. I am inspired by fabrics, blogs and colors mostly. I tend to find a fabric first then decide what to do with it.

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  8. basically anything with a bird on it inspires me! and anything green, its amazing how much that colour can make me happy. the fact that you have recipe cards with a GREEN BIRD on them REALLY inspires me - i was just looking at them thinking, oh xmas cards, i need to design this year's xmas card! STEADY ON!

    I'd love to see some easy dress patterns or tutorials, random I know!

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  9. I start looking thru quilting books and I find so many things I'd love to make but don't seem to have the time. I think reading blogs is another great place to look for inspiration.

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  10. i am always inspired by your imagination and all the ways you use the old new things to you from your op shop. i wish i had some ideas to give to you but i am never good at that. this is a very fun giveaway.

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  11. I get inspired by looking through magazines, or browsing in arty/crafty type shops. Usually if I see something that I really love but I can't afford to buy it, that will inspire me to try to recreate it. I definitely feel more creative when it's sunny, so sunshine inspires me a lot too. Bring on summer!!

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  12. recently I've been looking at colour arrangement and was looking at my son tonight in his p.j.s
    They are my fave pajamas for him and I sat back and wondered what I like about them...
    they're tan, chocolate, pumpkin and sky blue.
    I decided I liked the colours together.
    now I have inspiration for a quilt!

    Most often I find I see someone else's work and it makes me think of how I can adapt it too.

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  13. Hmmm... I must say I get most of my inspiration from other people's blogs, sad but true. I've never been very creative, or at least I can't seem to get the creative juices, if there are any in my being, to flow. Although since I started quilting last January, I do seem to be a bit better in that department. One thing I do want to try my hand at some day is some nice cozy nightgowns made out of fleece with cuffs at the wrists and neck, maybe for my nieces, too.

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  14. I get my inspiration from japanese craft books, blogs and from nature!

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  15. I get my inspiration from blogs and also i love taking out craft books from my local library. :-)

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  16. Deb, I also find your blog very inspiring!
    I get my inspiration from things I see in blog posts, at craft shows, books, my crafty sister, nature...

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  17. I love your blog! But right now I'm drawing some inspirations for baby quilts. I just found out I'll be an aunt in about 7 months. :D So I'm looking for a perfect little quilt.

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  18. Hope things are settling down again in your part of the world!
    Whenever my mojo goes missing it's usually found in blogland! I often follow links to blogs that are new to me - often different crafts altogether (recently I found some wonderful mixed media blogs which were so inspiring)
    At the moment I'm looking for ideas for Christmas

    Gill

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  19. Love your blog! I find ideas on other blogs. Very inspiring for me, I love to look some times a week on my favorite blogs.
    yesterday I had a nice idea. Someone talked about Christmas that was only Ao weeks from now. I got the idea to make a weekly post on my blog till Christmas with Each week one or two ideas of handmade presents for Chrismas. You could never start too early to make your Christmas presents!! And I love to search on blogs for these ideas, give me inspiration and I know that my readers love it.

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  20. Hey that's lovely I just saw that it was YOU that inspired me to this idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Thanks for the inspiration!!!!!!!

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  21. I love your blog, always inspiring.

    I am planning to make my first quilt soon. Would love to see a series of tuts on quilt making since you are by far the best quilter I know.

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  22. My inspiration usually comes from looking at what other people are doing in blog land. A virtual trip to quilt stores without leaving my house. Sometimes a fabric will inspire me too.

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  23. Hi your blog is one of my favs. I love looking at your quilts. I even made a quilt from one of the little tute your posted ( the envelop method) with Vintage sheets. I would love all sorts of tutorials that would be useful for a very very new quilter.

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  24. I get inspired at looking at other people's art. I sometimes put waaaaay too much pressure on muyself to even begin something because I only want it to be perfect, but then sometimes when i look at other poeples things that they have taken pride in, even when it's not totally perfect I realise I need to be easier on myself. (Like I never used to make muffins because they never turned out like cafe ones) but then I practised and now I make an awesome muffin! yeah I'm slightly mental...
    I also get inspired from the shapes we have in nature, hills, water, buildings too, birds, trees, plants, lots of inspiration just not enough DO! ;)

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  25. I second what Lou says - a series of small quilt basics would be helpful

    I find inspiration everywhere - a lot from blogs then I try and make it my own by using whatever I have on hand. I buy fabric I like then I decide what to do with it later - probably the wrong way round but it works for me. Occasionally I look around at things in my home and ask myself 'how can I make it different?' afterall a change is as good as a holiday, right?

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  26. gee..its been a while for me...sorry...but little guy has been sick and too many close calls...so...what inspires me, gets my brain turning...patterns, ppictures and colour combos i see around me...it can be in a dress, kids t shirt...oh...and i find blogs inspiring, getting my brain in a twitter...something can catch my eye and i try to do it my style...lol....the things you put on your blog can get the old cogs ticking as well...hugs...xxx

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  27. Every now and again I see something so pretty in a store and I think :hey, I can make that!" so that's where some of my inspiration comes from, I just need the time!

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  28. Inspiration... foods I see in the store (because I'm too cheap to buy the gourmet stuff here in the states), things I see in the store, other peoples blogs, and nature. But it is not a continual process, it most definites has it peaks and valleys. Like right now I'm coming out of a valley of sorts, crafting inspiration wise, that is!

    Keep up the good work!!

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  29. A lot of times my inspiration comes from my oldest (4), who sees something on television that she "must have." Otherwise, my inspirations comes from blogs or craft books or sometimes shopping and seeing something and thinking, I could make that and making a quick stetch on a scrap piece of paper.

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  30. I never know what gets my brain swirling. Sometimes it's colors, designs, just about anything. A few years ago I started an idea book. Anything that gets me thinking goes in there, flower pictures, quilts, colors anything. Then when I hit a dry spell I curl up with that book, actually there are three now. It almost always works.

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  31. I love this question about where inspiration comes from because I'm aware too that it seems to crash on me like tidal waves and then all of a sudden there will be a drought. I feel like the strange old fabric I collect gives me inspiration--but my best bet lately has been keeping a sort of inspiration log. I bought a nice blank-paged hardbound journal that I keep a record of ideas in. And the nice thing about it is that when I feel the drought coming, I just go look in the book for ideas that I've already had (which, as you have heard me say about myself before I would have FORGOTTEN if I hadn't written them down.) Plus I love having the book with me. It reminds me that I'm an Ideas Girl. And you are too. I say get yourself a book. Or, you know. . . make one.

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  32. sometimes my inspiration ignites when i read a blog,(like yours), listening to music, or watching a movie. lately i have discovered i get inspired when i look through Japanese craft books. maybe you could give it a try. there are some on Etsy that give examples of what the books hold.

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