Inspiration Monday : Sharing is caring
Hello & happy Monday!
I don’t know about where you are, but it’s really looking like fall here in Ohio. The leaves are starting to change and the temperatures are dropping – drastically. It’d be the perfect day to snuggle up with a blanket and a good book or maybe even spend hours on Pinterest scoping out new ideas.
Speaking of new ideas, one thing that I absolutely LOVE about the crafting community is that there is inspiration everywhere. Crafters are generally so giving with ideas and support. In the last few weeks I’ve discovered a few really great blogs, designers and color combinations. Today I’d like to share a few with you.
First up is a designer/artist/blogger that I think I first discovered on Instagram. Her blog Give A Girl A Blog has so many fun ideas! I started reading the other day and just kept going and going! Her posts are super informative yet concise so you [the reader] doesn’t get bored. Plus she’s an awesome stamp designer and I love the way she teams up with other crafty people for challenges. I’m looking forward to following along with her current idea of 31 minutes for 31 days in October. AND she scraps in mini size, something I totally love. Check her out, I promise it’s worth it. Oh – and her Instagram name is kellie.winnell if you want to follow her – which I highly recommend.
Another awesome crafty designer I feel like I’m getting to know is Danielle from Neat and Tangled. Not only do I love her handwriting – she designs all the stamps her little company makes – but the stamps are amazing and stamp so cleanly! Some are so intricate – as are the die-cuts, but they just work so smoothly. I plan to show [& list] some cards I’ve made with her products in the next few weeks. I’ve been following her on Periscope [more on that below] and watching her work and explain things is just awesome. It’s amazing to me that I can think I know one way to do something and then simply by watching someone else’s way so many other options present themselves. She is awesome and seems to have a really good heart, something else that I think applies to crafters. It makes me happy.
So, Periscope. It’s a new app with a similar feeling to Snapchat – which I’m not a part of. I thought I was done with new forms of social media. I don’t use Twitter mainly because anything I want to say I can’t say in 144 characters – I like to talk. In recent months I’ve strayed away from Facebook because I feel like it’s more drama than it’s worth and inevitably I see a story about an abused animal which just breaks my heart. I am pretty active on Instagram and I feel like it’s a quick and easy way to be and stay inspired. But something new? Who has time for that? Apparently I do.
The basics of Periscope are that you can follow people just like Instagram and Facebook. And you – or anyone – can broadcast live from your phone or iPad or whatever and then a reply is available for 24 hours but after that, it’s gone. Like gone forever. In the live broadcast you can ask questions or post comments which show up on the side of the screen in text form so the person who is leading the scope [as they call it] can respond in real time. You can show love to the person by tapping your screen where a plethora of hearts will show up on the right side of the screen. I think it is kind of a combination of a less formal YouTube video and it’s super convenient. So the people that I’ve started following are mostly crafty companies and designers and a lot of them will do quick product releases or tips and tricks. It’s highly addictive, especially when you are like me and have alerts so you know when someone is scoping live. Plus the whole idea of wanting to see it before it disappears is pretty clever – and time consuming in a good way. There are already tons of people scoping and they’re not all crafty people – you should check it out. I’m happy I gave in and gave it a try. I’m not ready to start broadcasting myself, but maybe someday.
Other inspiring things recently all come from my Pinterest boards. This color scheme screams fall to me, as does this one and this one. I’ve been setting up my decorations for the w2 house for Halloween but I am so keeping this fantastic idea in mind for November. I had a lot of practice spray painting bottles for my friend Shannon’s wedding a few weeks back and I have to admit I kind of fell in love with spray paint, so this idea is totally do-able. Add in my current obsession with gold decor and shazam! It’s going to happen. For the first time in my ENTIRE life I’ve stopped biting my nails. So much so in fact that I can have them painted and they actually look good, like really good. [When did I become a grown up?!?] Anyways, I’m super inspired by this idea for “fall nails” and I just might have to try and DIY it.
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed a few of these things and maybe you’ll be inspired to check them out. Sharing is caring and there is so much to share and learn and love in this amazing crafty community. What’s inspiring you? I’d love to know.
I’ll be back with more soon. Come back and visit!