Monday, 31 March 2014

Inspirational trip and top tips....

Last week was my mother-in-law's 60th birthday and to celebrate we spent a few days in North Norfolk and then the rest of the family joined us for a big family meal. 

For the Birthday Girl

I used my time away from the Craft Den to enjoy time with my family but also as an opportunity to relax and be inspired, as well as have lots of scrummy food!

Oh, OK then!!


I also had a chance to catch up on some reading

The topic of the last #craftblogclub chat I hosted was "how do you find inspiration for your crafty projects (and/or blogs) when you get a mental block?".  I found this trip helped me recharge and I have a notebook fully of crafty ideas and tons of photos to inspire me when I loose my crafty mojo.

A day at the Zoo!

Castle Acre

I saw these people in beautiful bright orange clothing who were in complete contrast against the natural background

Beach Huts

Crashing Waves

A random picture that my 3 year old nephew told me to take a photo of and there is something about it I like. Sometimes its fun to see the world from a child's perspective

We all lose our mojo sometimes, it's a sign we need to stop for 5 minutes. Here are my top tips plus some tips from fellow #craftblogclub members on finding inspiration:
  • I like to get out and about, take photos and get some fresh air to clear the mind.
  • I enjoy visiting museums and galleries. A lot of them are free which is always a bonus!
  • I love Pinterest, it is great for inspiration, but addictive!
  •  @i_heart_home goes through her craft stash to find ideas.
  • Visiting shops is great to look at current trends, @CherishedTerace added she thinks it is cool to go to a shop and think "I can make that so much cheaper", I agree!
  • A trip to a coffee shop with a book, focusing on something else can spark ideas
  • @Kay_O mentioned real life is inspiring and this is everywhere!
  • @nappycakes1511 likes flicking through magazines.
  • I like to flick through my craft books.
  • Myself and @daintyandivory always carry a notebook for when inspiration strikes
  • @giftfrippery visits markets at home and on holiday where they are lovely, vibrant, colourful places
Hopefully you are feeling inspired!

Do you have any tips you would like to share on finding inspiration?

fizzi~jayne  x 


  1. Great ideas! I find that ideas seem to come to me at moments when I'm not trying to think of any....Sometimes I just wake up with an idea in my head! Photos are a great idea too......your beach hut photo has given me some ideas! What do you think of the 'taking great photos' book. I've read it and really like it

    1. Thanks. I do find ideas come at random times, which is why I have to have a note book with me at all times. I love the beach, even in the winter. These beach huts are fab, it's a classic seaside scene, I'm glad they have inspired you. I haven't finished the book yet but so far I am learning a lot and experimenting with my camera more so I am seeing improvements in my photography. I'll do a book review on this blog when I have finished it :-)

  2. Thanks for the mention :) Some great tips! Can't beat a trip to the zoo x

    1. No worries, thank you for taking part in the #craftblogclub chat and sharing your tips. I am such a big kid and love the zoo! The monkeys are my favourite, I could watch them all day! x

  3. Hi there, just popped over from #craftblogclub to say hi! Your photographs are so lovely.


  4. Thank you, and thank you for popping by my blog. I'm on my way to check out your blog....


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