Thursday, June 07, 2007

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!

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Vee said...

aweosme post thanks!! ;) :)

Patti said...

Jenni-would love to know more about the flea market in N'ville. Is it only held at certain times. Might have to plan a little road trip. Also, do you mind saying which LSS you teach at from time to time? Thanks again for the links-going to check the ones I don't already have on my favs list. :)

Barb said...

Thanks for the creative vibes!

maryjo said...

awesome. Awesome. AWESOME! i could spend all day in front of the computer now! thnx. ;). maryjo

Karen said...

I am so glad you posted about the flea market. Have not been since we moved to Nashville and wanted to try it out. Glad to hear it is worth going to. Maybe I'll see you there sometime.

BonnieRose said...

Jenni, awesome post.. so agree with all u shared.. it's why the internet is so cool, and what i try to do every day, to make a creative and positive impact on the ppl that come to my blog.. high fives ya gf, I am so with ya! hugs

Mary Ann said...

Love your fleamarket finds. So sweet. I wish there were more fleamarket type places here in So. CA.
I too was at Rebecca's site last night. It's not a complete day without a visit to hers, and your blogs!

Deborah P said...

Thanks for sharing - these are great (and new to me) sites. Universe, please send creative vibes Jenni's way!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness- Thanks for those great links! I am already freaking out over "Papier Valise"- love it!

Jan[n] said...

You are such a source of inspiration! Thanks for sharing -- very fun inspirational stuff.

pam said...

awww, thanks Jenni. How sweet. New on my to-do list: meet Jenni at Nashville flea :) I know I'd love them both! Happy creating. oxo

Janice said...

Jenni--You are so very kind to share "us" with your blog readers.

You were one of the very first "scrapbook kit clubs" to offer us to your customers.

You have always credited us as a source so that we can glow a little bit too. This is a gesture that never goes unnoticed by me.

This speaks volumes to you and what you stand for. Many thanks for your continued support.

Kindest Regards ~
aka ~ Ms. Papier Valise

Elizabeth House has a great "read" on her blog in a similar vein:

Alicia said...

Jenni - Thank you for posting the links... it's great to see some inspiration!

Ali said...

Love this post and love my new kit :)

scrapandthecity said...

so cool that you said this. i believe we all thrive off of each other's creativity. we are all connected in that right.