Thursday, January 28, 2010

Getting Inspired and Board With Cinderella and The Monkees

Hi everyone!

Serious for a moment: have I told you lately that I love you? Thank you SO SO SO SO much for all of your votes for Zachary's teacher. The winner will be announced tomorrow and last time I saw the votes, Ms. Moree was holding strong at 4th place so here's hoping she shot up to the top when we weren't looking! lol I believe the top 5 or maybe even the top 10 get a little something so all is not lost! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for taking time to vote. It means so much to me and my friend was thrilled and so blessed that strangers would vote for her son's teacher. Thank you!

Now, I have been wanting to have an inspiration board for a while now. I've seen such amazing ones on blogs and various sites and my crafty type room is sadly in need of some inspirational decor. (Bare walls drive me nuts! lol Must cover every inch....must cover every inch...) If you have no idea what I'm talking about, an inspiration board is basically bits and baubles of things you like, dig, love and/or are generally inspired by and this is not restricted to just creative types! Ever tear a picture of your dream house out of a magazine and stick it on the fridge? Well, you've started an inspiration board (or fridge as it were, lol).

So I've been thinking lately about what and how I wanted to do this thing and chose a pretty spot of blank wall in our craft room/office area. I knew I wanted a frame-like something or other around everything and thought about taking wood pieces and attaching them in some sort of haphazard frame but then changed my mind when I envisioned the millions of holes in the wall I would have to someday putty over. Bah. That's when I remembered the few old canvases that were either half finished or just gross looking and grabbed one of those to use. Except instead of using the front, I'm going to turn it around and build my inspiration board on the backside:

I've already Gesso'd the heck outta this thing and am now ready to make it my own little piece of inspiring inspirational inspiration. (Say that 3 times fast) But what to add to it? Well, I've already got some vintage thingamabobs, sweet kawaii whatnots, fun junk mail pieces and about 3 zillion sequins but I'm also hawkeyeing the "interwebs" for fun things to add as well. One thing I found yesterday was from the Disney Parks blog of all places, lol. Yesterday they posted this fun little photo series of Cinderella that was taken with a $10 toy camera:
How fun! So that's definitely going to be included somewhere. But what else to add??? Hmm...I just love thinking about and planning new projects, don't you?

Speaking of inspiration: I have spoken (read: gushed) about Emma from Emma's Music before and how much I adore her dreamy music. If you haven't visited her yet now you have an even bigger reason to do so as she is having a giveaway! And this is an awesome giveaway because the winner gets their favorite music performed Emma-style and they will get a copy for their very own! I've already got my entries in (and am requesting all Monkees music, naturally lol) so click HERE to enter!

I'll be back tomorrow with another Friday Night Fab Five (it is Thursday today, right?) but before I go, I wanna know:

Do you have an inspiration board? Or are you planning on making one? What are you adding to it?


Faerie Moon Creations said...

Thanks for telling us about Emma! I had forgotten and went to her blog. Her music is indeed lovely. I'd like to create an inspiration board, but I haven't a clue as to where I'd actually place it. So, I suppose the art work I have hanging in my studio is inspiration for by Sarah Blank, Amy Brown, Art and Ghosts, Audrey Eclectic, MarmeeCraft, Woolcrazy, Moonlight and Hares, A Fanciful Twist~they all give me beautiful inspiration every day! I am sure your board will be exquisite. :)

Talk to you soon! Theresa

Anonymous said...

Nope, I don't have an inspiration board, but I wish I did. I post up pics of gorgeous rooms in my scrapspace and then sometimes pretend I'm there instead of pushed into the corner of my room...*sigh*

Richard @ The Bewildered Brit said...

I really love those photos of Cinderella!

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Hi Maggi,

I don't have an inspiration board but I would love one. I have tons of stuff in folders and I would be much more inspired if they were out in the open.

Can't wait to see what you do and I LOVE the Cenderella pictures!

Love and hugs,

My Big Mouth said...

Are you a Monkees fan?!!
So am I!
I first discovered them when I was like 15 I think ,maybe 14..anyways it was just when they were doing thier 20 yr anniversary.I became over obesessed lol.I bought EVERYTHING I could find on them lol.Got to see them in!

sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

Hey Maggi!
I actually did have an inspiration board, then tucked it away. I only put a tiny picture of Scrapbook Trends magazine on there in hopes of being published in it someday!Now I'll have to drag that sucker back out and fill it up! Those Cinderella pics are WAY cool- I'll need Disney on my board too! Maybe the hubby will see it and get the hint we need to go back! Yea right! xOxO

Danielle said...

Hey Girl!!
I have an "inspiration scrap room". There is a bullletin board, made from like puzzle shaped cork, and on it i have pics the boys made for me, bits and pieces of things i think rock. junk like that. but the room is a beautiful yellow, with fancy curtains, and hello kitty wall stickers everywhere!! and, i also have a 3 tiered shelf full of hello kitty stuff, and a long shelf on the wall with my barbies, and hello kitty's and other things that i love.

your board sounds wonderful!! I know you will find inspiration from your board, and from all the things around you in your room. It will be delightful!!

Anonymous said...

my inspiration board is right about my desk, it's just a little bulletin board that I pin things on and take things off as my mood changes. Your lil Kawaii cupcakes atc's are permately residing there! ;) love the cinderella pics with the toy camera too much fun! the Monkees rule!

laterg8r said...

can't wait to see your board :D

yyam said...

I have only one thing on my inspiration board right now...a picture of an Audi I haven't been that inspired...

Let's work on it...I'll share mine when I'm done..:)

Anonymous said...

your inspiring inspiration board is inspiring me to conspire :) because its serendipitous this post of yours-i just opened my junk drawer that isnt really full of junk and was all like, if only i could figure out something to do with all this stuff!!

EEEK! It's Maggi FTW!!
keep us posted, k?

Joanna Jenkins said...

No inspiration board here but if I did I'd include the Cinderella pics too. Those are very cute.

My friend used to date a Monkey!!!! Seriously-- but it was a really long time ago.


JennyMac said...

I have an inspriration book. Hard cover blank inner pages. I call it my Life Book. Full of ideas, lists, music, clothes I love etc. I love it.

Love the Inspriration board idea too. And again, LOVE your blog name.

Slices of Beauty... said...

Have an inspirational board, crammed with pictures, quotes and words. Just looking at it makes me so happy.

Lovely blog.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Hi, I am coming from you from SITS. An inspiration board is a great idea. I put my ideas in file folders, but it would be so much easier if it was always right in from of me!Good idea!

Jackie said...

I love the pictures of Cinderella they are amazing!

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