Inspiration

I was originally planning to do a post on The Hunger Games today. (Well, originally I was going to do a post on THG earlier this week but I came down with the flu and spent a few days on the couch watching movies on Netflix and napping.) With the premier of the movie coming at midnight, I decided to wait to post a few of my (non-spoilery, hence only a few) thoughts. So, when I got home from work today and saw a package that I ordered from Rock Paper Tekla, I decided I’d post about a few online sellers instead.

One of the great things about the internet is that it provides opportunities for people to be creative and share their creativity with the world. I think its inspiring to see all the creativity that’s out there. I don’t think that I’m alone in this, but there are times when I feel drained of creativity. When I’m feeling that way, all I have to do is turn on my computer and look through a few photography blogs or read a well-crafted blog post or a review of a fantastic book and suddenly I’m inspired to be creative again. Here are a few people who have inspired me to be creative. (Maybe, once I’m feeling on top of things, I’ll find a more creative way to write about creativity.) One is a recent find, and the other is a blogger that I’ve been following for awhile.

I discovered Rock Paper Tekla while getting caught up on I Am a Mermaid, a blog about all things mermaid by author Carolyn Turgeon and ran across a post about mermaid paper dolls. The pictures of the mermaid paper dolls posted on Turgeon’s blog are absolutely gorgeous! I love the detail in their faces, their hair, their accessories, their outfits… I love the idea of a mermaid paper doll. When I visited her store, I discovered that she has other paper dolls as well, like fairies. And Eric Northman, from True Blood. I ordered a mermaid and an Eric Northman doll, but as I said, all of her dolls are gorgeous. I’ve been going through her store to look at each picture of all the dolls to take in all the details. Go take a look! I know I’ll be stopping by regularly to see what else she puts up.


The origami thank you notes she included with the dolls put a smile on my face!


The next person is someone I meant to blog about months ago. While going through old photos over the weekend, I realized that I never did. Sewon over at Maps and Fragments is one of the most inspiring photographers I’ve come across and she’s always doing amazing crafty things that inspire me to find some sort of hobby outside of photography. (I’m not including writing in the hobbies category for myself because it’s what I do and who I am.) She also has the most amazing adventures, which she photographs and posts about. And, when she released some of her photographs in a mini-zine, I had to order one. She put together the cutest package and it was a treat to open when it arrived in the mail.



Of course, I had to throw in this picture of The Dog, who was still living in my house at that time. She waited patiently while I sorted through all the goodies. Such a sweet dog, she is!

Go check these two out and tell me, who inspires you?

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7 Comments

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    Optimistic Existentialist
    March 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I think I'm going to see the movie this weekend – but I wonder if that will ruin the book for me?

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      Crystal
      April 5, 2012 at 2:51 am

      Did you go see it? I don't know if watching the movie before the reading the book will ruin the reading experience..it will give away the ending though! Both are excellent in their own way.

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      Optimistic Existentialist
      April 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      I haven't seen it yet. I decided to buy the book and then watch it when it comes out on DVD.

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    *tarazza
    March 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I'm seeing Hunger Games tomorrow! Excited! I didn't get a chance to reread the book, but that's okay, I remember the first one well enough.

    Wow, I love the paper dolls, especially the mermaid. How gorgeous.

    Hmmm, inspiration… lately I've gotten into Pinterest for inspiration. Maybe I should start a board specifically dedicated to inspiration!

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      Crystal
      April 5, 2012 at 2:53 am

      The movie was wonderful!! 🙂

      Isn't the mermaid gorgeous? I love all the details!

      You should! I know people who have boards dedicated to inspiration for their novels.

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    Sewon
    March 26, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Thank you for the kind words! Ah, I want to go see Hunger Games, too.

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    Crystal
    April 5, 2012 at 2:55 am

    You're welcome! I had to give you a shout out…your blog and your photographs are wonderful!

    Have you had a chance to watch it yet?

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