{ inspiration }

in?spi?ra?tion - (nsp-rshn) n. 1. Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity. 2. The condition of being so stimulated. 3. An agency, such as a person or work of art, that moves the intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention. 4. Something, such as a sudden creative act or idea, that is inspired. 5. The quality of inspiring or exalting: a painting full of inspiration. 6. Divine guidance or influence exerted directly on the mind and soul of humankind.

Inspiration. Sometimes all you need is to see something that completely captivates you, conjures up a memory, bestows you with feelings of joy, and viola! your creativity sweeps in, whisking you off your feet and planting you smack in the middle of that project you've been procrastinating, only this time, you're wearing a smile because you have a fresh approach.

If you love photography, especially lifestyle photos that flutter you away to the land of exquisite things, you'll fancy Amy Butler's photos online, total viewing pleasure. (If Amy sounds familiar, I reviewed her new DIY sewing book yesterday.)

Textiles - whether in my hands or felt through the pages of magazines or images online, give me a sense of calm. Fresh flowers and chocolate help, too. (smile) What does it for you?

Psst: Check out Amy's booth from the International Quilt Market - it's drop dead beautiful! Amy and her husband amaze me, and they're both so cute, too!

(images from amy butler designs)