The Creative Universe
I was talking to Ranjini over at Scrapologie earlier this week and she mentioned something to me that I have thought alot about since. She had taken a class from Heidi Swapp at some point who mentioned that she never hesitated to reveal creative sources, experiences and the such as she felt it just went out into the "creative universe" and would come back to her someday in a new way (I'm sure I mis-quoted, but I believe that was the summary, right Heidi)?? Anyhow - isn't this a really cool concept? Are we not all blessed each day, particularly in the age of the Internet, with individuals who share their passions, inspirations and ideas with us everyday? As I was thinking on all of this last night, I hopped over to one of my favorite places to go, Rebecca's blog, and wouldn't you know that this was the theme of her most recent entry?
So. . . I thought it would be appropriate today to share some of my favorite links and local creative spots with all of you!
1. - first of all, if you don't already have the blog of Pam Garrison earmarked, you must do this now! She is incredibly creative and very diligent about posting "eye candy" on a regular basis. She also provides great links to fellow artists and websites. It is a great source for the creative soul!
2. - if you love vintage and vintage inspired embellishments you won't want to miss Paper Valise. Just looking at the home page will make your heart go pitter patter. Check out Mantofev for even edgier stuff.
3. - Ebay- what can I say? I don't know how I survived without it! The only thing I miss are the days when everyone wasn't into it and you could get things alot cheaper! You need to drop in at least once a week and run a search on what you are looking for to stay on top of the best stuff. Try "Old Store" , one of my favorite search phrases to find old displays for studio storage, apothecary jars and other cool items!
4. - if you live near Nashville, you don't want to miss the flea market at the fairgrounds. You have to search, but you can find almost anything there. Last time I picked up a pile of old canning jar lids that had the perfect patina. I really want to make some collages in them (in my free time)! There is a booth in the Sports Arena/Barn that you won't want to miss. She makes necklaces out of old typewriter keys, but her booth is full of old tin letters, signs, ledgers and knick knacks. She just started setting up about 3 months ago. I keep going and spending big bucks so she will keep coming back! ha! Leave me some things if you get there first!
Here are two of my finds from the other day!