Many people make inspiration boards by cutting out words and images that represent their goals. I think it's a great idea, and I've always meant to make one. However, I never seem to have the time...
I got to thinking about it, though, and I've always had this board in my work area:
Some of these items have been in the exact same spot for more than two years, but it seems like I'm adding and removing a bit almost every day. Let me give you a tour:
I made the board from Martha Stewart's instructions. I've made more than 15 of these, in many shapes and sizes. This one has a navy blue background, so if I hang projects I can see them, but the trim matches the curtains from a previous house (haven't updated to the new house yet).
Top and center is my beautiful daughter. This is a self portrait she took 3 years ago. Working around to the right, clockwise we find:
- a photo that inspired the shrug project in Altered You!
- a button from my company's first marketing effort into the craft arena "we're craftier than you think" I think it's funny.
- a gold paper mache figure said daughter made to display jewelry for art class
- a card from the same daughter that says "I dreamed my whole house was clean" given to me in love and acknowledging the chaos we live with
- fabulous keys from my father in law's workbench
- shopping mall photo booth photos of my younger daughter and her best friend from nursery school
- polymer clay beads that I made
- photo business card of my fab realtor and friend that makes me smile when I see it
- some jewelry idea sketches and tear-outs, and photo of younger daughter with basketball
- cool colorful fish picture from Disney World that older daughter took
- a bracelet that's unwearable but I like the colors
- misc. business cards to prove I used to be someone
- misc. trade show badges -- see above
- a crocheted flower that my dog stole before it could go into Altered You!
- Fabulous sterling silver calling card case that belonged to a great aunt (it has a slot for a nickle and a dime -- bus fare, just in case. I love imagining her life)
- beaded cell phone leashes from Altered You!
- my grandmother's ultra stylish, ultra modern choker from Mexico, cir. 1975
and in the center:
- flea-market crochet piece that I intend to cut apart and remake into something some day
- various beaded projects that didn't really work out but produced great color combinations
- my class flier from 2005 just to remind me that I need to get my act back together and start teaching again.
Whew. Well, that's my whirlwind tour. I love all my little things, and look at them often. Can I say it's an inspiration board? I don't know. It's more like an archaeological collection. But, I'm keeping it.