I've gotten the question where I get my inspiration for creating and drawing. As it came out of nothing this summer. The thing is that I mostly gather inspiration everyday from things or feelings around me. Mainly it all comes from a longing to create. As long as you want to create it doesn't really matter what you do. Everyday ain't a great day to make something with that WOW effect you want. I guess everyone creating something frequently will tell you the same thing. But if you don't ever start you won't get anywhere.
I try to carry some of my notebooks with me at all times. That way I can sit down anytime and start creating. To be ready to make something at all times, that's a key. You can't sit down and think that you have to start creating something wonderful at that moment without having given it a thought before.
Being around other creative people might be the thing that lightens a sparkle in you to start making something yourself. That works very well for me at least. Another way is the great YouTube, there are so many creative people in that community, people talking about creating and sharing their work. That's one of my favourite things to do, watching someone painting with watercolours. It's so fascinating the way you see layers building up making perfection.
The key is to start somewhere. The more you create and do the things you love the more will you feel inspired to make more.
As most people who regularly knit or crochet, I like starting new projects. The problems come when You start new projects before finishing the ones you're making. But it's so much fun to dream and think of new things to create.
I like to have ongoing projects to pick up whenever I feel like continuing. The thing is, since I like the different techniques, I don't want to commit to crocheting a blanket for a couple of months. I want to be free and have variety in my needlework.
Most of the time when I'm creating I like to watch something. What I turn to then is either a TV show or YouTube videos. As for TV shows I can pretty much watch anything, so it all depends on the mood I'm in at the moment. But mostly I like to go for simple and fun shows or some good drama. Watched the new episodes of New Girl last night and laughed through it all, while knitting away.
If I feel like watching content from YouTube I know what to turn to. I have a couple of YouTubers I regularly follow, of which my favourite is beautiful Estée Lalonde. I know it sounds a bit creepy, but sometimes it feels like hanging out with one of my best friends when watching her videos. She makes beauty related videos, and a lot more.
You know I love knitting and crocheting, and creating stuff with my hands. This autumn I found a new way of creating stuff with yarn. It's called Afghan Stitch or Tunisian Crochet. When I tried it out I immediately thought of a small make up bag or accessory pouch as the perfect product to make of it, since it turns into a really steady piece of fabric.
Yesterday I made the finishing touches on this one. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. A perfect gift as you never can have too many pouches.
When autumn comes and frosty mornings become a part of life something happens in me. I like to say that my true self appears. I love the fresh crisp air and the fact that it's totally okay to start using knitted scarves and warm cosy sweaters again.
I never was one for knitting, I never finished the things we had to knit in school. It didn't turn out like I wanted it to. I just didn't understand it, couldn't figure it out.
Didn't stand it!
But luckily things change.
About six years ago something strange happened, all of a sudden. One day I went to the store and bought yarn. Can you believe it? And once I started I was hooked!
I could sit for hours and knit away, a lot of wool socks got made those first years.
Nowadays my little hobby has expanded, to crochet and lately also Afghan stitch. So when autumn arrives I always bring out my yarns and start a lot of different projects. I do yarn work all year around, but it gets a definite kick start at the beginning of autumn. The cosiness level is over the moon when I bring out the yarn, light some candles and put the kettle on.
Most of the times I also put on a TV series or movie to watch while I satisfy my knitting needs. The cracking fire in the stove is perfect for that ultra relaxing knitting moment.If you want to take it to the next level of relaxation.
When I knit I feel like my mind gets a restart, it gets to wind down. I can breathe again. That's why I think it's good to do in the evenings. I like to believe it makes it easier to fall asleep later.
I'm no chef.
I don't really like making food and I'm not good at it, except for when I make waffles, and that's maybe the only thing I do when it comes to making food. Tasty, crispy waffles...
Anyway, what I do like is woodworking and whittling, so when my wife asked me in the beginning of this summer if I could make her some kitchen tools in wood, I was like: Yeah, I can do that!!
I started making some spoons in various sizes that she might have use for, and of course a butter knife or two. We decided that we should try to replace our plastic stuff in the kitchen to wooden or metal. Therefore I now have this list of kitchen tools that I have to make, or buy. It feels like a good challenge for this fall.
In the picture below is some of the stuff I've made, and can cross off the list.
Why wooden tools? Obviously it is much better looking and aesthetic than plastic tools. But it's not just for the aesthetic we decided to try to get a plastic free kitchen. Plastic releases all kinds of toxic substances that aren't good for the body and can upset the hormonal balance, especially for kids. I do not have all the knowledge in the subject so I will stop the preaching now, but think about it folks.