5 ways to get inspired

November 2, 2010

Whether you need a little inspiration for a new wardrobe or room change, here are 5 easy ways to get inspired…

  1. Go for a walk! Take in the nature and all there is to see, smell and touch… Bring your camera and snap some pictures of colors or textures you like; or bring your journal and take notes and doodle some sketches while the weather is still nice!
  2. Read a magazine. See how someone else has put together a certain look and dissect it to find out what it is you like about it. Rip out the pages and put them in your ‘inspiration files’.
  3. Visit the museum. Art can be very inspiring. Notice all of the colors and textures. Try to think of the artist as they were creating the piece and come up with ideas of how that finished piece came to be.
  4. Listen to your favorite music – loud! Listening to the beat and emotion of the music can be quite moving. Whenever I get out my paint brushes and canvas, I make sure to crank up the tunes!
  5. Go to your local craft store. Whenever I go to Crafty Planet in Northeast Minneapolis, I always get inspired to create something. They have a wonderful selection of fabrics, patterns, and ‘how-to s’.  My sewing machine is happy when I come back from that store!

You must, must, must try one or all of these places this summer!

1. good eatsBewiched Deli…. as our friends at Mitrebox put it, “you can order a turkey sandwich at Bewiched and be completely shocked at what you get, in a delicious way.”  They turn local ingredients into the most magical things.  They’re reasonably priced and SO friendly.  We love them, go eat there.   www.bewicheddeli.com

2. great giftsMitrebox…Sarah and Mary are approachable and arty which is not always the case.  Not only can you get your high and low art framed here, but they have the most awesome gifts and hand made stationary.  Truly quirky stuff… you can find a gift for any person on your list.  Plus they have the Cupcake lady on Saturdays.  Just go.   www.mitreboxframing.com

3. happy hourThe Sample Room… easy to get to and easy to love.  Everything on the menu is made in their kitchen, right down to the ketchup and if you like meatloaf, they have the best… (don’t tell your mom, she’ll be heartbroken).  Try one of their many “flights” just depending on what you’re drinking… you can sample three wines, three tequilas, etc.   www.the-sample-room.com

4. get craftyCrafty Planet… if you can sew a straight line, not only are you one up on me, but you will be immediately inspired by the Crafty Planet’s awesomely current fabric.  This is NOT your local mass market fabric retailer.  I was woozy when I walked out for love of fabric and clothing patterns.  Plus, if you’d rather hand embroider something they have very sassy patterns… that’s Sassy with a capital S.   www.craftyplanet.com

5. vintage and recycled clothingVia’s Vintage… hands down my favorite vintage clothing shop.  Last week I found an original Lilly Pullitzer dress from the ‘60’s reasonably priced and in perfect condition.  Not only do they have the good stuff, but if Elsa is there when you stop in, have her show you what Sarah can make out of recycled vintage clothing.  It’s runway stuff… or really-great-wedding-guest-attire.  If you want to wear something that no one else has, this is your spot.    www.viasvintage.com

6. vintage and recycled furnitureSpinario Design… we went straight to Peter and Caitlin’s shop when we started work on this year’s ASID Showcase Home because we don’t know anyone more knowledgeable about mid-century modern furniture.  Not only are they smart about mid-mod but they know Hollywood Regency and everything in between just as well.  Peter shops estate sales locally and on the coasts every week so the inventory is always moving and Caitlin is an accomplished artist with a great eye for detail.  Check out her paintings while you’re there.   www.spinariodesign.com

7. music and movies in the park… Loring Park… Amber turned me on to this last year.  She’s so smart.  Don’t miss it!  Truly… July 20th through August 10th, on Monday nights at 7pm.  Bring a blanket, beverages, snacks and then sit back and be entertained.  The people watching is icing on the cake.  Live music at 7pm, movie at dusk, each year it’s a different theme.  This year it’s Paul Newman.  How can you beat that?  Did I mention it’s free?  Last year I went once with adults and once with the kids… my kids had never seen a movie screen and film projector.  It was a must!   http://calendar.walkerart.org/canopy.wac?id=5101

8. fresh farmer’s market… Mill City Farmer’s Market… there are many to choose from and this is the smallest.  However, good things come in small packages and this one does not disappoint.  You must be a local grower to participate and I believe the gal from Café Brenda began this one… It’s every Saturday between the Mill City Museum and the new Guthrie.  Local, local, local!   http://www.millcityfarmersmarket.org/

9.  get active outdoors… Hyland Park Disc Golf…we did this for Father’s Day and laughed our butts off.  It’s a challenging course and also a beautiful course.  The best thing about disc golf is that you don’t have to be an expert Frisbee thrower to have a good time.  Eli and I threw well over par on every hole and loved every minute. http://threeriversparkdistrict.org/parks/hyland-lake-park/hyland-disc-golf-course.aspx

10.  indoor activity for a rainy dayBryant Lake Bowl… fantastic menu, huge beer and wine list, vintage bowling.  There are only 10 lanes and a handful of tables, go early and stay late.  You won’t regret it.  Plus – they have Cheap Date night on Tuesday nights… try the mock duck.  Really.  www.bryantlakebowl.com