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Inspiration Overload?

I can’t believe I’m actually thinking of making myself an apron, or buying one from some talented Etsyan. Suddenly I’m feeling all 50’s housewifeish (without the clean house and dinner on the table, that is).

It started around a month ago when I first moved my clay-related rss feeds into the new-to-me Google reader. Since I wanted enough reading material to last me at least until my morning tea was consumed, I went a little crazy searching for feeds. In the process I found a plethora of blogs that had nothing to do with polymer clay, but were inspiring to me nonetheless. In the last few weeks, I have collected more inspiration than I know what to do with. I have learned about the alternative craft/DIY movement, lost countless hours exploring the handcrafted wonders available on Etsy, found myself subscribing to two newish crafty magazines (CRAFT: and Adorn) , and bought a couple of alternative craft books. Nevermind that most of these projects involve knitting, crocheting or sewing – all things that I can’t do! I’ve got an art-to-wear affliction that I can’t seem to shake. I read Sarajane Helm’s blog the other day and promptly went to Dharma Trading Company where I blew $100 on clothing blanks and dye kits. This morning in the shower I came up with some project ideas involving image transfers of the great booklet Son #1 made me for Mother’s Day. I still haven’t touched my clay since the Jana Roberts Benzon workshop a month ago, which means I haven’t tried the paisley cane idea I have, nor have I gotten started on the travel checker board idea I had (and bought all of the supplies for). I feel like my brain is on inspiration overload – so many ideas and so little opportunity to give them a try! I can’t remember the last time I was bored…

So here are a handful of the non-clay-related blogs that I am enjoying lately – I am drawn to their style and sometimes I think of ways that I can incorporate their “look” in my clay pieces, and sometimes I just sigh and wish I could sew

How About Orange
This is me & me WhiMSy love…
Trail Mix Designs (I bought some of her nifty notecards on etsy for Mother’s Day gifts and for myself)
Tie One One
Posie Gets Cosy
Nest Decorating & Designs by Tamar

There are more, but [info]clarkesworld just walked in the door, and everybody’s hungry. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms out there. And if anybody knows what I can do with this overflow of inspiration, please tell me – it’s getting to the point where if I don’t MAKE something soon, I will implode! (Ok, I guess I just answered my own question – I should go MAKE something, LOL!)

Lisa

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