Wednesday, 20 May 2009

How To While Away A Rainy Afternoon

So ... it's a cold (GROAN!), rainy (YAY!) and miserable (GROAN!!) afternoon in the Garden City on top of the hill. What does one do with oneself? Does one tackle one of the many projects on the ever-growing "To Do" list? Does one tackle the ironing pile? None of the above! :0) How did I spent this cold, wet, windy, damp Wednesday afternoon? Why, I updated my Pinboard of Inspriation!! Tee! Hee! Hee!

I actually have two Pinboards of Inspiration, since I now work in two rooms - the sewing room and the office. And what do I have on these pinboards? All sorts of things!! Photos of family and friends, bears, postcards, special notes or cards, comic strips, cute pictures found in magazines, decorating ideas, lace, ribbon, inspirational quotes ... whatever tickles my fancy! And WHY do I have these pinboards? Because when I get a bit 'stuck' when I'm sewing or writing pattern instructions, I can take a little mental 'time out' and gaze at my pinboards to give me ideas, to make me smile, but most of all, to remind me how blessed I am to not only be doing something I love, but to be encouraged by so many wonderful people who love me!!

And having wasted ... I mean 'spent' the afternoon updating the board in the office, I thought I'd share my 'Inspirations' with you, my blogging buddies, who ALSO inspire me to be creative. I've saved the photos a bit bigger than usual so you can take a closer peek at what's on the pinboards by clicking on the photos.

This is the pinboard in the office, the one just added to today. Lots of photos of family and friends, some of my creations, pretty cards and some of my fave cartoon characters - Snoopy, Garfield and Secret Squirrel. I could almost do a "Where's Wally", couldn't I! Or a "Can You Spot ..." competition! :0)

Here's the sewing room board. Under it, I've hung two of my vintage aprons - I seem to have inherited a few from great-grandmothers, grandmothers and aunties!! They were just too pretty to stash in the cupboard and one day (dreaming now!!) when I have my fantasy studio, I intend to display all of my vintage aprons ... amongst other things! :0) Don't know if you can see details, but this one also has a couple of photos I took in a former life when I was working as a Journalist. Close to the centre top there's a photo of a good friend of mine with singer Colin Buchanan and down the bottom the same friend is pictured with singer Graeme Connors. Then, on the left hand side, there's a photo of one of my work experience students with a very famous Aussie movie star behind the sunnies - Russell Crowe!! Ah, a couple of my brushes with fame!! Tee! Hee! Hee! But you'll notice there are more photos of family and friends than famous people, because they are far more 'important' to me than any VIP I met!

So ... that's how I spent a rainy afternoon and gives you a little glimpse into what inspires me. Do you have a "Pinboard Of Inspiration", something that gets your creative juices flowing? What's displayed in your creative area? I'd love to hear/see - perhaps we can have a little 'Show & Tell' - if you want to join in, just post some photos of your creating space or an object of inspiration for you when you're creating and let me know so I can come visit. Let's see if we can't all inspire each other a bit!

And now ... I think I'm off to warm my fingers round a hot cup of tea before I have to venture out into the cold to collect my beloved Geek Boy from work. Til next time - Bear Hugs!



Debbie Lane said...

I see Pirate Babe Kris made it onto the board in the office!! Cool! And don't drown, OK? I hear that's a distinct possibility in the south east at present.

Sew Useful Designs said...

Hey Kris! :-)

Did I spy Aragon on your craft pinboard? he he he... I have a pic of Aragon pinned to my sewing box... I was just sayint to Kerryanne the other day how fantasy is better than reality... after all, you wouldn't want your loved one coming home from a hard days' work smelling like orks,now, would you?!!! he he he...

You have inpsired me to take some pics of my desk and surroundings!

I think that yours was an afternoon well spent! You can never get enough inspiration!

Hugs! Vikki xx

clare's craftroom said...

What a lovely way to spend a rainy afternoon , so peaceful .

Joy said...

Oh Kris you have lovely pinboards, I think I need to tidy mine up too!! Mine is a mess of business cards, calendars, phone numbers on scraps of paper, LOADS of notes to self on various subjects (because my memory - like my tiny mind - has gone awol), brochures, even the Serenity Prayer!!! I do have loads of family piccies scattered around my little sewing cubby so I've always got loved ones to gaze upon when I'm dreaming up a new design :o).
It's been cold and windy and rainy here today too ... good stitching weather :o)!!!
Joy :o)

Judy S. said...

Fun to see your inspiration sources, Kris, and I love knowing that you use an extra bed in the same way I do. ;)

Gail McCormack said...

I love your pinboards Kris
I've been hearing about your rain
keep dry - stay warm!

i cant sew said...

yes yes yes, i have one board and i neeeeed another one. my board is full of my family as well but above it i have some of the things i have won from other creative bloggers. wouldnt it be nice if we could click our fingers and have the craft room of our dreams??? mine would have a high door handle so little ones couldnt come in :)
i love your baords perfect for gazing upon.
%*_*% rosey

Kerryanne English said...

I spy some goodies from myself pinned to your board Kris. I'm glad they inspire you. Sometimes we need a fun day of just playing in our studios to recharge the batteries.

Hope you don't float away in all that rain up north. Try and stay dry my friend.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Shiree said...

hmmmmm wet here too!

I don't see any photos, but everyone else commenting seems to... hmmm mm

julia said...

Hmmm...I think I have to bring the "have to make an inspirations board for me" on top of my to do list...I made several for friends but still haven't managed to make one for myself...until now I have some cards on a string (among them there's of course your little bear card from the giveaway I won last year...!). It's time to become a member of the inspiration-board-people...;o)
Love the aprons you inherited...hopy you'll have your dream studio some day to display them all!
Hugs, Julia

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