Sew Pretty Homestyle was the fist sewing book I got - way back last November. I can remember sitting looking every single detail in each page, loving the way each item was displayed within a beautiful house setting. Wanting to make everything from each page!
The first thing I decided to make from this book was the cat, you can see him here in a previous blog post. The fabrics used in these books are also beautiful and so girly and pretty.
I also love to look through this book by Tone Finnanger -
There's a beach theme running through this book and I love the whole 'beach hut' decor.
I love to look through books and get inspiration from a design, or the fabric used, and then give it my own twist. I don't often follow rules to the letter, if I think something needs 'tweeking' I'm not afraid to change it! I made the little star-fish above, but I added a hanging loop and buttons and an embroidered patch on the front that says 'little star'. It's a decoration for my little boy's room.
There's also a Flickr group for readers' creations from this range of books.
This is also a great book by Cath Kidston - full of very pretty projects, most of which are very useful and I can see myself making a lot from here, (I've already made my own version of the quilted hot water bottle cover).
I also love to just look at my fabrics and play around with them to see what looks good together. I often do this with no specific project in mind, then when I find something I want to make I have all the fabrics grouped together that I know I'll use. I did this recently with my hexies that I made, I wanted to use those lovely red and white fabrics for ages, but didn't 'need' to make anything. So as soon as I'd decided I wanted to try some hexies, I headed straight for those red and whites.
I got some lovely fabrics delivered this weekend, they already look great together -
I also got these fabrics -
I'm not sure what they'll be made into yet, but they're so pretty!
When I'm not actually sewing, you can usually find me doing something sewing related, whether it's blogging, browsing other blogs, filling my basket in online fabric stores, leafing through my books or just chatting about projects with friends. I don't always feel as though I have a million ideas running through my head, so I like to 'remind' myself every now and then of the potential of what I can make by finding ways to inspire myself.
If you have any great ways of finding inspiration, please share them by leaving a comment!