I have often been asked how I come up with ideas for my blog posts, home projects and party themes. I want to share with you today how I get to the post that ends up on the page. Sometimes I feel like the next idea is never going to come, and sometimes I have so many ideas swimming around in my head that I can’t decide what project I am going to do next. What would you do if you had to throw a theme party tomorrow? How would you come up with a craft idea to complete this week? Would you know where to begin? A lot of you will love the way I come up with my ideas, because this is my big secret: Shopping! I like to entertain in original ways and love to have my home decorated nicely, so I will shop for my home when I am hosting an event. Outside of that, I have never been a big shopper, but since I began blogging I have become a stealth shopper! I don’t always buy something, but I rarely return home without a great idea. The silver glitter swan above is a prime example. I had no idea what I wanted to do for my upcoming Christmas tablescape post, when I spotted this beauty at Home Goods. I just saw her and knew she should be swimming in a pond of snow as the centerpiece to my table. Thus, was born my Winter Wonderland Tablescape. The beauty of shopping is it can happen anywhere. Even on a walk! This post about the gold magnolia leaf wreath above all came from a walk through our neighborhood. Essentially, shopping in nature! I saw all these brown magnolia leaves littering the ground, and thought they would be beautiful again, if I would just paint them. If I painted them, what could I do with them? Consequently, shopping in nature gained me this blog post, and this beautiful wreath for my home.This spooky fellow above? He came about by “shopping” on the internet. I found the most incredible photo of a jeweled skull and I was inspired to put my own spin on the idea. What came about was the creation of this fellow.
When you need inspiration for a blog post, or a party or a craft or anything, think about going shopping. Think about what you are planning to do, wherever you may go, a mall, a walk in the park, your child’s art show, a grocery store or the internet. I am sure you can find inspiration out there if you keep some thought on your project as you go about your day. I hope this helps you find inspiration for your life, your crafts, and your home.