Right now my Creative Mind is absolutely chockablock full to bursting, in fact it's absolutely bloomin' rammed to the brink up there in my busy thinking-place. It's a bit of a strange sensation, kind of stressy and exhilarating all at the same time. I am forever grateful that (so far) my Creative Mind is in good health and consequently I am never ever short of ideas. They tumble and run and spin and whirl pretty much all day long and sometimes even hold wild boogies in my head at night too. I haven't yet experienced a creative block, or a drought. Waterfalls and floods are more common though, and right now it's positively raging a monsoon up there in my Creative Mind. Well yes, you get the picture. And that's one of the reasons I continue to adore writing my blog - it's such a wonderful way to deal with aspects of my overactive creative thinking and I truly value having this space as a way to sort it all out a bit. The very act of uploading photos and writing out ideas and feelings and thoughts and plans is extremely useful, and I'm sure that's why I remain blockage-free.
Just recently I have been immersing myself in the visual treats of the season and indulging in a bit of a Spring-fest. I have been a devoted lover of home/lifestyle magazines for almost twenty years now, and month after month they never fail to deliver a welcome dose of seasonal feel-good, along with a dash of escapism and a heap load of inspiration.
My two must-haves each month are Country Living (UK) and Country Homes and Interiors. They are both fabulous magazines, consistently inspirational and uplifting, with gorgeous photography and beautifully creative styling. But what I love most about these magazines is the very seasonal bias they have. I am more than a little bit in love with seasonal living, with styling, decorating, celebrating, living and eating according to the time of year. And these two magazines embrace this idea incredibly well.
Summer is my most favourite season of the lot, and I've written about my love of Summer magazines before here on my blog. As the years go by I am learning to love all seasons and appreciate the good in each, but there is no way I would ever love Winter more than Summer, it just isn't happening. Spring though - well Spring is a pretty wonderful time of the year and the March and April magazines have proven to be very inspiring this year.
It helps that Easter is in Spring, and I do love Easter very much. I love the chocolate aspect (!) but also the abundance of decorative opportunities which in many ways I prefer to Christmas.
These few Easter images pleased me enormously (from April issue of CH&I)....
...."Vintage Easter" is a very pretty thing indeed, don't you think?
Often when I browse my way dreamily through these pages, it's not necessarily the actual subject matter that I'm tuning into, but the colours. As my mind is on a bit of a colour-obsessed mission most days, I find that I am always, always absorbing and taking note of colour combinations. It's like the ColourSeek button in my brain is permanently switched on, I just cannot seem to see the world in any other way.
Oh these pages!!!!!!!!! Sooooooo pretty and heart-lifting and so perfectly capturing the essence of Spring!
I am such a sucker for pretty styling and one of my most favourite stylists is the talented Selena Lake. Interestingly, as soon as I clapped eyes on these images I just knew they were Selena's work (she has a very recognisable style) and yup, I was right.
She has a way of mixing vintage with pretty pastel colours which is quite quirky and I love the overall effect. Very easy on the eye, very charming and always inspiring. The above picture makes me want to go immediately and de-clutter my Shelves of Doom just so I could have a go at styling them prettily for Easter. I want my shelves to look like that!
These pages are all from a magazine I picked up in the supermarket last week called "Prima Makes" (issue 6). This is a bi-monthly magazine heavily inspired by the seasons (love love!) and full of creative ideas for home and garden.
The ideas are often beautifully simple and do-able, with many of the makes aimed at mums-with-children. It also covers a wide variety of crafts, from simple paper makes to stitching, knitting, crochet, and baking. It encourages you to get busy creating beautiful, seasonal little decorations for your home, and delivers a real surge of creative energy. I want to plant up a pretty tea cup and make a little paper village! Little B - do you want to help me make little felt trees and cut out some pretty butterflies? Shall we make this happen? I think that next week during our stay-home holiday time we may well have some very busy little fingers and I am pretty excited to see what we can come up with.
Oh cute! Maybe we might be inspired to crack open the box of coloured felt and stitch up some sweet little Easter critters! The above photo has given me some wonderful colour ideas too - I'm looking at limey green and pale pink and sky blue with a dash of egg-yolk orange and soft butter yellow - mmmmmmmm - delicious!
So do you decorate for Easter or Spring in your home? Are you inspired to create a pretty little seasonal something for a shelf or table? Tell me your creative plans, I'd love to know if your minds are as busy as mine?!