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Inspiring Finds – 6 ideas to feed your inner artist

Inspiring Finds – 6 ideas to feed your inner artist

Each Tuesday I share a little round-up of things that inspire me, with the hopes of also inspiring you. From current to classic, from kitchen to closet to journal, here are a 6 right-brain engaging finds and ideas to help you stoke your own creative fire.

To Eat
Peach and Strawberry Wine Popsicles from kid + kin
I am late to the proverbial party on this one, as wine-pops have been trending for a while.  Still, with summer coming I couldn’t resist the idea of a luscious muscato popsicle made with real strawberries and peaches.  I can’t think of a lovelier treat after a hot day in the garden.

To Read
Living a Beautiful Life: 500 Ways to Add Elegance, Order, Beauty and Joy to Every Day of Your Life by Alexandra Stoddard

I first read Ms. Stoddard’s book back in 1994.  It’s still on my bookshelf; her timeless and practical take on turning mundane tasks into rituals of luxury inspires me every time I peruse the pages.  Washing dishes?  Massage in your favorite hand lotion, don a pretty pair of gloves, grab a scrumptious dish soap (Caldrea, anyone?) and crank up the classical tunes.  Voila!  The pages are filled with inspiring ideas for, well, Living a Beautiful Life.

To Make
How to Make Farmhouse Shelves – from Making Joy and Pretty Things

Reclaimed wood is everywhere right now, but there’s not always time to go out hunting it.  Over at Making Joy and Pretty things, Sarah shows us how to scrap the search and easily get the look with a few different coats of her own creation.

To Plant
Purple Coneflower
Another classic.  Take a stroll through your local garden greenhouse and be inspired.  Then, grab a pot or two of purple conflowers (Echinacea Purpurea) for your flower bed or patio garden.  Known for its spiky center and thin purple petals, this perennial will add texture and interest to any flower garden.  It attracts butterflies and, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, repels deer – and infusion of echinacea will soothe a sunburn.

To Wear
Red Hot Fashion Friday from Elements of Style

If you haven’t been acquainted with Erin Gates and her dazzling blog, Elements of Style, I highly encourage you to click over and be inspired.  While she’s known for her sage-like expertise in interior design, she does a weekly Fashion Friday series that stuns.  I’ve followed her for at least five years now, and she never disappoints.

To Write
What is your favorite quote?  We all have a little quotation collection tucked away in our subconscious, but we rarely examine why we love them.  Choose one and write a few paragraphs explaining why and what it means to you.  Then, share it on your own blog, or Facebook – or just keep it for your own.  Mine is:  “The way we speak to our children becomes our inner voice.”  Why?  Nice try.  This is your writing exercise, not mine 😉

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