I have a lot on my table these days. There's the shop. And my blog. Friends and family. And life. These are not separate things for me. Priorities shift each day right alongside whatever creative pursuit is most dominant for me at the moment. And it really is about the moments.
I can hardly keep indoors these days. So on this day I take my plans and projects right outside with me. This involves just a few basics. A pleasing surface, a few creature comforts, and my usual inspirations in the form of an Internet connection, books and magazines. Even the IRS counts these as legitimate business expenses! Just how lucky can you get?
A canopy overhead blocks the sun, lets in the breeze, and creates a natural stage for thought or relaxation. Yard birds and the occasional crowing rooster adds to the ambiance. I can barely tear myself away from this phase of summer.
My commute is just steps outside the door, while the outdoor rooms free us from the confinement of four walls and become an extension of home this time of year.
Nature becomes part of the decor.
A notebook and calender. My specs and a hand lens. A few tools of my trade.
Small painted terracotta saucers anchor the cloth in the breeze. I came across a set of six at the thrift store and planned to use them as drink coasters knowing that I might find more creative use for them along the way. What could be more perfect?
A gorgeous special publication by Victoria magazine. Right where my head is lately.
And a beautiful new book of White Inspirations.
In terms of new ideas, the sky is the limit. But after a time, a roll of thunder and the lift of the breeze tells me the session is coming to an end.
The changing light enhances the surrounding beauty.
I take a few quick shots of images that please me and move on.
My tea is nearly finished anyway. . . .
What's on the table for you this summer?
Whatever it is I hope you're finding lots of inspiration.
Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me!
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