In today’s blog I’m going to show you some tips for gaining inspiration. Feeling inspired is not just necessary for creating inventory but also for designing your wedding themes or building your business to name but a few. In fact everything that you can see around you from the chairs you sit on, to the house you live in, the food you cook, the forms of transport you choose and the architecture you admire started off from someone being inspired.
People often ask me where I get my inspiration from and I often reply nature but there are so many different places and things that you can spark your imagination from. So I decided to do something different and go out with a friend to UK’s largest craft and haberdashery in North Wales called Abakhan. Crafters, dress makers, brides sit up and take notice as this is like an Aladdin’s cave that is well worth a visit.
My friend is a knitter so she was like a child in a doll shop, mesmerized with the different colours and different types of textures. I must admit I was impressed and we both loved being surrounded by such a vast array of gorgeous colours. If you are a tactile person then you will love this place.
She is working on a project at the moment and brought some colour swatches with her so she could choose materials that contrasted well.
Here is my friend with her colour swatches looking for materials that contrast with what she has made.
I gravitated towards the end of the shop where I spotted beautiful tiaras, head dresses and even a bridal gown. You can guess who was trying them on can’t you.
A sparkly tiara that would make any bride feel like a princess
Beautiful hats for special occasions.
A good selection of veils
Next was the home interior section that offered a made to measure service. My friend went straight in but I was finding inspiration everywhere. Even from the doors so I stopped outside to take a picture. I was imagining it much smaller and on one of my trees in my garden. And faerie doors are going to be some of my future project’s so I was paying attention to detail.
The grand entrance to the home interior section
Inside was a welcoming sight with beautiful furniture, fixture and fittings. The colours blended seamlessly together and I admired the person who had put in so many hours of creative thought into making it so appealing.
Inside there was a room full of sewing machines, all modern apart from the old singer in the corner of the room. A beautiful dress adorned in butterflies stood proudly in the other corner. I wondered how long it took the creator to make something like this.
A beautiful work of art – a dress adorned in butterflies.
And in between visiting all of the craft shops that were all several feet apart from each other I was being inspired by the water features and even the plaque that told of the history of the place.
It also has a beautiful section for craft lovers too with ink pads, embossing tools, paper, polymer clays, jewellery findings and everything you need to get lost in hours of creative fun. This section was housed in a beautiful log cabin surrounded by trees making it look very picturesque and inviting. Needless to say this was the section I spent most of the time time in.
It also has a restaurant there with a good selection of vegetarian meals and a beautiful gift shop next door. After an abundance of food – food portions were very generous – we continued on our shopping day out for a couple more hours.
I left there feeling truly inspired and with a huge smile on my face and so did my friend with her huge bags of materials. It’s a place I will be definitely returning again soon to.
I thought that I would give you some tips on how to find your inspiration:
- Do something different. If you normally look on the internet for pictures look in another place i.e the countryside, a craft stall or shop.
- Carry a camera with you. I only use my Samsung camera phone and I take pictures everywhere I go to save having to rely on memory.
- Take a walk in nature. All of the fresh air delivers more oxygen to the brain cells meaning more thinking power and thus more ideas.
- Try to be more tactile and feel your environment, objects etc. Feeling them helps to create vivid images in mind and create strong associations which will help you recall memories easier and spark ideas.
- See through the eyes of a child. Go out with your fun head on as I call it.
- Ask yourself questions when you see things that inspire you. For example what can I make from this. What color would contrast well with it? What can I do differently? How can I make it better? These type of questions facilitate your thought processes and before you know it you’ll have an idea for a great project or theme.
I’m always interested in learning how my readers find their inspiration so please let me know in the comments box where you get yours.
Lots of love
(The Earth Faeries)