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Friday, March 5, 2010

EDIT....phase two...inspiration

I think everyone needs an inspiration board.  According to my new mantra ...the key to loving how you live is in knowing what it is you truly love ...which by the way I traced back to one of my all time favorite books, Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach.  The purpose of an inspiration board is to help you find out what it is that you do love...whether it is a color, a style, a fabric or just a picture that speaks to you...well, just because.   My board is in my work room and is covered with fabric swatches, paint chips,  people's business cards, photos and quotes I like, cards people have sent me, a calendar and little doodles I do on napkins or scraps of paper that might one day morph into projects.

Your board doesn't have to be fancy and it doesn't have to be big, just tack up an old bulletin board and when you see a picture in a magazine you like, rip it out and tack it up.  Maybe you have always yearned for a beautiful quilt and you find a picture of one or maybe a swatch of fabric you would like to include in it, tack it up.   Do you dream of living on a farm? (!)  Put a cow on your board.  Frye boots?  Kate Spade bag?  A solution to world hunger?   Maybe you want a horse (my horse experience is another whole post), put it on your board and look at it everyday.  One of two things will happen; the photo will inspire you to work toward getting that horse, or you will look at it in a few months and say..."no way...too much work..." and take it down.

I cleaned off my board in January and was amazed at how many things I had done that started on the board.  Several sewing projects that had their start on the board were complete, I got a laptop so that picture came down, I had drawn some new gift enclosures so down came the flower doodle, and several other "missteps" were weeded out...I decided against the bicycle with the basket on it but kept the picture anyway.  Same with the in-ground spa.

So today...I encourage you to be inspired.  It costs nothing to dream...and getting inspired is just as cheap.
An inspiration board is one step toward a dream.  A dream is just something you think about, wish for ,but if that dream makes it to the inspiration board, it's just a hop, skip and a jump away from reality.

Remember...this is the last day to  leave me a comment for the GIVEAWAY!  I'll draw a name over the weekend and post on monday...till then...happy weekend....


  1. Count me in!

    Love the blog, love the ribboned key ring, love the inspiration board (I definitely need on of those). I need to do some "editing" this spring! Thanks for inspiring us!

  2. What a great post - and I think your mantra is perfect. In fact, I think it's my new one. ;) I've been editing like mad the past few months, and it feels so good! Of course I've also been bringing home some new vintage treasures, but only if I totally love them and they can be put to immediate good use! :)

  3. I'm a big fan of the inspiration board too. In fact I have three above my sewing table!

  4. thanks ya'll...come back soon!

  5. I have inspiration books and an inspiration board. I have to admit I don't have creative talent so I just love to look at the results of those brilliant minds. I keep hoping it will rub off on me someday. Thanks for sharing, I appreciate your talent!

  6. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea. XO MARY

  7. Inspiration it is, everywhere you look. Things that really touch me end up on my inspiration board that I work from each week. I am inspired by your post and will take your suggestions to heart . . . today and be inspired. Thanks for a gret blog
    Nancy in AZ

  8. Hi. Nice blog - so I'll hang around for a while. I think I must find an inspiration board - maybe I can find the bits I wanted to save ...

  9. Nice! And what a great idea! Now I am going to put an inspiration board up for all the ideas in my head!

  10. I have a huge inspiration board - it is so great to have and Simple Abundance is one of my all time favs!
    Great blog!

    ReplyDelete happy to hear from you.........