For some reason I never thought much about the other dates in the last 11 years.. 01-01-01 through 11-11-11... but when my friends on Facebook sent out a call for a 12-12-12 celebration I was startled into thinking about this day.
How would I celebrate it they asked? Would I share the joy of creativity with my readers on this day? Would I take photos, would I do something twelveish? Would I make people think on this day?
That's a lot of pressure!
I decided to jump in and give it a go by sharing 12 photos today that spark my creativity
Shall we start with the one above?
My Design wall is the core of my creativity.
It's a little bit mood board, little bit inspiration board, and a whole lot of work board. This design wall means business. Today I have a bit of my 'Lets Be Scrap Happy' up there, some odds and ends on the left side, and a piece of fabric on the top that i just love looking at!
2- Jamie Fingal's Typewriter
I am so inspired by Jamie's work. She was the person who sent out the "12-12-12 call". I interviewed her on my radio show Nov 14, 2011 (just 3 days after 11-11-11.. does that MEAN anything I wonder?) and I had a chance to catchup with her in Houston. CLICK HERE to read how she made this typewriter quilt for the Quilt Alliance Auction. oh by the way.. it took the highest bid... I'm not surprised
3- Jane Davidson, QuiltJane for short
Having a GREAT laugh is the best creative medicine I know. I've been on twitter and email with Jane for a long time and finally had a chance to give her a hug in peson! She has the best personality and the most awesome use of fabrics.. do you see the little block on the design wall on the top left? it's from Jane. And she makes me LAUGH.. laugh out loud! When she sent me this photo I had to keep reading it.. know what i mean? (click for a larger image to read it!)
4- Lissa Alexander - Moda Lissa
I have immensely generous friends. First meet Lissa from Moda. I've worked and shared with Lissa since almost the day I started my business. She is a person I look up to in this creative industry. Her ability to spot a fantastic trend is amazing. And she works hard to support the designers in our industry. She blogs here.. and I interviewed her on March 19,2012 when she turned the tables on me.. wink! Now do you see those "Fascinators" we are wearing? Keep reading!
5- Amanda Herring - The Quilted Fish
Amanda is an amazing designer and friend. I knew she had the cutiest little hat pattern. When I needed one for my event, I asked if I could borrow one, but no! Amanda insisted on making me not one, but TWO out of my "Eat Your Fruits and Veggies" fabric! Amanda is one person I always look for to get a hug and a laugh. And she inspires me with her fabric designs and her patterns. I had the luck to interview Amanda July 11, 2011 (hey.. that is TWO of the 11's!). Visit her blog HERE
6 - Linzi Upton - The Yurt in Houston
Sometimes I'm inspired by the random creativity of others. People I don't know. In Houston this year there was this Quilted Yurt. The amount of detail and attention that was put into this project made me smile from ear to ear. How FUN to create, for the pure JOY of creating. It does not need a purpose. Visit the maker Linzi Upton HERE
Remember that.. it does not need a purpose
That is very important
7 - Victoria Findlay Wolfe - BumbleBeans
Many of you follow Victoria's blog HERE, and her 15 minutes of play HERE, and I told the story of how we got to be friends HERE. But the heart and soul of knowing Victoria is that she inspires ME to create with wild abandon. To keep that 'play' in my work.. even work that has no purpose.. and maybe MOSTLY the work that has no purpose. The work I do for the pure joy of it. I interviewed Victoria Nov 12, 2012 about her new book HERE... listen in...
8 - Pinterest
ahhhh... the pure visual joy of pinterest is hard to explain. Maybe you know it. You click to see what people have pinned ... you put something in the search box.... you click one photo, then to that person's boards and look around. As a visual person I find Piterest the most exciting place in town. Anytime of day or night I can be inspired by what others have found. I'm not sure why this is more satifying than a google search, but it is... much more.
Follow me at my page.. CLICK HERE.. let the visual obsessions begin
9 - The Zen Frog
Sometimes we JUST NEED TO LAUGH.
This Zen Frog was in our hotel this year. I have sort of made him my creativity mascot.
I need to be calm to create.
I need to channel my inner Zen Frog.
10 - Brigitte Heitland Zen Chic
Speaking of Zen, Brigitte has it all.
Style, Modern look, Color, Flair!
Brigitte is from Germany, she is the powerhouse designer behind Zen Chic. We meet online taking a business course and have become great friends. I love looking at her work and want to make that GIANT circle for my home. Well I'd like HER to make it for me but I doubt that will happen so I'll settle for buying her pattern and putting in on my 'to do' list.
We ALL have a "To do list" right?
I interviewed her on June 5, 2012. Now I do have one request of Brigitte.. she needs to post MORE OFTEN on her blog.. ok. I'm sending her this link now so she reads it (hi Brigitte!)
11 - My Extrodinary Best Friend
Gregg is my best friend, my business partner, my cheerleader and my husband. He is creative in ways that I'm not. Need a hole in the wall fixed, he's on it. Need the gas tank of the car repaired, he's got it. Need electronics rewired, he does it with his eyes closed. Fixing your computer is his middle name. His creativity in fixing and managing our home amazes me... but we don't let him pick color
His favorite color is white
But I love him anyway.
Quotes carry me, inspire me, make me laugh, make me think. This is the one Brigitte had in her booth this fall, and it perfectly express how I feel about what I do.
So today on 12-12-12
My 12th inspiration is YOU.
YOU inspire me everytime you share by being here, commenting, showing me photos
Think about making something
Think about why you make things
Think about creativity
I'd love to hear your thoughts .. please leave me a comment
Have a WONDERFUL Day!