Here I am: Inspired

sea glass in the boys handsI am inspired. Full to the brim, to be precise. I have more ideas zinging around my head than ever, but these are fresh ones and seem to have a life of their own. As every crafter knows, the project that shouts loudest wins.

sunset towards Arran

And where has all this inspiration come from? I’m glad you asked.

As it happens, this time last week, we were in Scotland. We had a cottage right on the beach for a week. A very special beach, which I’ll share more about in the next few weeks, I’m sure, as I start to share my crafting projects.

In the meantime – Inspirations:

1. The sunset. I know. Sounds strange, but we live in a valley, which does not lend itself to sunsets. Maybe the odd hint of colour on the underside of a passing cloud, but it really could go unnoticed. When I see a full blown sunset, I find I hold my breath. The colours. The contrasts. Just amazing.

pebble on driftwood

2. The beach. As a signed up, fully paid up beachcomer (not sure if that is a thing, but we’ll go with it for now), I was in my element. I love crafting with natural materials, so a week by a beach was bliss. I’ve an embarrassment of jam jars filled with all sorts of bits and pieces, to use in projects.

on a scottish beach3. Time with the crew. Slow time. Their first time in Scotland and they are already planning our next trip. Island hopping apparently. It was fabulous to see Scotland through their eyes.

dalhia4. Last but not least. The colour and light. It’s different from home. Subtle, but true. There was a change of the seasons while we were away, which added to it all.

(Our kitchen garden is full of monster sweetcorns and gigantic pumpkins, which were not there when we left. I would have noticed. Two exceedingly lofty sunflowers seem to have appeared from no where. Not that I’m complaining of course.)

With all this inspiration, I feel a change of direction coming on. It’s September, after all. My favourite time to reassess and pootle off with different objectives.

How about you? Are you feeling inspired?

20 thoughts on “Here I am: Inspired

  • Friday 9 September, 2016 at 11:05 am
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    Those found objects are so beautiful! And that’s a lovely word too. I need inspiration apart from T 🙂 #wotw

    • Saturday 10 September, 2016 at 11:43 am
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      So much inspiration. I hope you find yours.

  • Friday 9 September, 2016 at 2:12 pm
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    Oh wow! What beautiful inspirations you have found!
    How exciting x

    • Saturday 10 September, 2016 at 11:44 am
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      Thanks, Kim. I just want to hang on to it for a little bit longer.

  • Friday 9 September, 2016 at 2:52 pm
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    Ooh, you have me feeling inspired just reading this! Sounds like you had a wonderful break and slow time together always does wonders, doesn’t it? Look forward to seeing which directions it all takes you in x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Saturday 10 September, 2016 at 11:47 am
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      We do love our time together. I’m so looking forward to putting my ideas in to action. 🙂

  • Friday 9 September, 2016 at 9:21 pm
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    Just lovely… beautiful in every way!!!

    • Saturday 10 September, 2016 at 11:47 am
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      Thanks, se7en!

  • Saturday 10 September, 2016 at 12:10 pm
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    Isn’t it lovely to get a buzz for life and ideas to keep your creative juices flowing X #wotw

    • Saturday 10 September, 2016 at 1:06 pm
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      Absolutely. Just need to action it now!

  • Saturday 10 September, 2016 at 3:45 pm
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    Oh my goodness I’m inspired just looking at your amazing photography ! Scotland looks beautiful it’s so nice to take a break and spend some time somewhere breathtaking. #WotW

    • Sunday 11 September, 2016 at 8:18 am
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      Oh how true. Spending time somewhere breathtaking has to be top of my list.

  • Saturday 10 September, 2016 at 8:44 pm
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    Glad you enjoyed Scotland, it’s one of my favourite holiday destinations. If you’re looking for an island next year I recommend Arran or Mull. Or if you want to get away from everything, Eigg (where I’d happily spend all day beach combing!).

    • Sunday 11 September, 2016 at 8:00 am
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      We did pop over to Arran for the day. Wish we had spent longer. Mull is definitely on the list. I have fond memories of the island from when I was a teenager. I’ve not been to Eigg, but you now have me intrigued.

  • Sunday 11 September, 2016 at 5:12 am
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    So glad that you have had a lovely break and have come back feeling so inspired. The beach is a fab place for picking up natural things to craft with and I like embarrassment as a collective noun for jam jars. Enjoy having fun with your craft projects 🙂 #WotW

    • Sunday 11 September, 2016 at 7:55 am
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      Thanks Louise. It was fun collecting. I’m gradually working out what I want to do with at least some of my finds.

  • Sunday 11 September, 2016 at 12:09 pm
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    The beach for me is an inspiration and an escape at the same time. I love this post. I am now thinking of what inspires me to create as well =) #wotw

    • Tuesday 13 September, 2016 at 11:15 am
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      I hope you share.

  • Monday 12 September, 2016 at 12:53 pm
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    It’s a wonderful feeling to feel inspired and Scotland looks like a fantastic place to inspire. I love finding things on the beach too. I look forward to seeing your projects. #Wotw

    • Tuesday 13 September, 2016 at 11:13 am
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      I’m busy organizing my first project. Can’t wait to get started.

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