Well I have been cogitating! Musing over this and that. Trying to put my questions into something more meaningful. Looking back over the things that have made me go “oooooo now that’s brilliant!” Things and people from Blogland. The little bit of internet that I visit. I have watched people blog and go; and people who have blogged and developed. Some people have even become the foundations of the crafting Blogland. People like Lucy at Attic24. We have all oooed and aahhhed at her ‘tadah’ moments and her rainbow coloured home. We are all waiting to see how the Yarndale event will go. Yes Lucy is one of those inspiring people! Someone who we all feel we know and gets us crafting by her example, whether that be crochet or Decopatch. Thank you Lucy!
Someone else who was there from the beginning for me was Jane Brocket and her original Yarnstorm. Jane has developed. Her love of knitting and socks, of crinoline ladies, of books and stories, photography, quilting, has grown and grown. And she has taken us all along. What jumped out at me? Her ability to use colour in so many different media. Colour. I just love all the colour. I sit and drool over Jane’s books and have bought several of her greetings cards, not to send, but to put on my wall. My inspiration wall!
Then came Fiona who came up with a brilliant idea! The twenty minutes routine. Finding twenty minutes a day to do something creative seemed like a good way to get me going. Properly going! Soon I was finding that the twenty minutes became thirty. I discovered Heath’s Country Store and a wonderful wall of colour in his yarn shop. Soon my hook and yarn and me were inseparable. I was’hooked’!! (Ouch! Sorry!) And that was down to Marmalade Rose – Fiona. Inspiration number three. Now she makes beautiful hand felted pictures and bags. They are breathtaking! She has developed her own style. A real distinctive one. Colourful!!
During the twenty minutes period I somehow met Vivienne at Green Rabbits. She knits and crochets and has the most amazing colourful garden. With a name like Green Rabbits for her blog, she just had to like rabbits! The rabbits have grown, gained personalities and become friends. Perhaps that is why I find Vivienne such an inspiration. She has developed her own personal rabbit formula. Worked on it. Perfected it. A little friend to cuddle and smile at; and they are just gorgeous! I love how she went with it. And now,… now they live all over the world. She tried the etsy shop and went the extra mile. Ahhhh!
Someone living the extra mile away is Sewing Daisies. Right across the other side of the globe, Heidi experiments. She has a vision to see the unusual. To explore and if she doesn’t know how to do something, she teaches herself! I think that is what is so inspiring. She has the get up and go!
Finally there is Suzybees. A very talented lady who works with felt in a different way. Her gadget cases are just ……. well stunning! Stylised and perfectly made. The very best of materials. A workmanship that I aim for – and don’t always get – but my inspiration.
Inspiration. All different strands. A bit like embroidery floss. Each strand is just as important as the others. What are my strands taken from these ladies? Lucy – belief and enjoyment. Jane – developing and having a go with lots of media. Fiona – time and an individual style. Vivienne – finding and developing a product, and filling it with lots of love. Heidi – the get up and go to learn. And Suzy – beautiful workmanship, each stitch done with such care. Six strands working together, to express the one creative blend of colour. Six strands weaving together to make a picture. What picture? Well that is my next cogitation!! Thank you ladies for getting me started!