Category Archives: Inspiration Wednesday

The Unmotivational

How Sweet It Is Oatmeal Peanut Butter Snack Squares (with chocolate chips! and found on Pinterest)


I don’t bake enough bar cookies. I always forget how good they are and I’m pretty sure the girls are going to think I’m awesome right around snack time. I’ve been baking a lot recently. This week I baked my tried and true pumpkin bread (with chocolate chips! Are you sensing a theme here?), banana bread muffins, and the snack bars.

Last week, I made these yummy Crusty Baguettes. They took only 30 minutes to make! Slight verge from recipe, I used whole wheat pastry dough because that was all I had. Still, and maybe even more so, easy and crusty and good!

It’s definitely autumn here in Portland. We’ve got wet, wet, wet and a little more wet just in case you missed the first three dousings. With the chill, I’ve been inspired already this week to make Italian Sausage Tortellini Soup (using our own heirloom tomatoes that finally came up around the beginning of the month!) and baked spaghetti (using Hub’s tomato sauce that we canned last month). I chose to wing it this week without creating a meal plan or shopping list.  Actually way more fun for me if not 100 times harder.

Oh, well. As you may have noticed, there hasn’t been much sewing done around here. I finally have the time to work and I am so unmotivated even going in my studio, much less sitting behind the machine, feels like a chore. Bleh! So I’m getting my creative expression out mostly in the kitchen these days.

That doesn’t mean I’m not still sewing some. I’ve started making the girls’ costumes, TinkerBell and Peter Pan, and I’ve been taking a clothing pattern, drafting, draping, and construction class so I’m currently working on making a muslin for an a-line skirt there. I also started crocheting a sweater for Q and now just need sit down and do it. Online, I’ve signed up for onegirl’s handprinted: a fabric swap (you should too!) and Jenn and I just need to make a date to do some handprinting. Anyone else interested in having a party out of it?

So that’s what I’m working on. How about you? Are you cooking anything I might need the recipe or link to? Working on any projects I need to know about?

Inspiration Wednesday – Clever Bill

I know I showed you guys yesterday all those great old book I scored, but I just had to share this one especially. I’m so inspired by children’s books, both the illustrations and the stories, and I thought perhaps this special book might inspire you guys, too.

This book, as you can see, is called Clever Bill and is written and illustrated by the great William Nicholson. It was originally printed in 1926, but this book is a reprinting from 1977.

It is a wonderfully humorous story about a little girl, Mary who gets a letter from her Aunt inviting her to come visit. In her haste, and desire to pack all of her favorite possessions, she forgets to pack Clever Bill.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil the ending. Let’s just say its a quirky and happy ending.

I love that the story is written in cursive and the illustrations are out of this world good. Not to mention the fact that we’ve all been that girl trying to cram all of our treasured belongings into a bag only big enough to fit 2 dresses and a pair of shoes.

I’m going to have to search out another one of Nicholsons’ great books, The Pirate Twins next. BTW, I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned my latest blog crush – Vintage Kids’ Book My Kids Love.  If you like vintage kids books, this is one not to miss. I’m thinking of sharing more of my, I mean the girls‘, collection of vintage children’s book with you guys in the future. What are some of your favorites?

Inspiration Wednesday – Cardboard Creations

Anthropologie holiday catalog

Liya Mairson’s Pop-Up Cardboard Playhouse

Giant Cardboard Robot Arms

Oliver’s Cardboard Box Train Party

Chris Gilmour microscope

Lisa Fontanarosa Lion Crib

Strode College’s Art & Design Department student project

Wednesday Inspiration – Junk to Funk

Junk to Funk Trashion Collective started out in 2006 as an annual competition of wearable art and Avant-garde fashion created out of trash, produced in Portland, OR. Since then they have expanded their program to include youth summer camps, in school artists in residencies and after school programs as well as Trashion for Business, Trashion for Entertainment, and Trashion for individual commissions. Their overall mission is to inspire individuals towards responsible consumerism, creative re-use and conscientious disposal by providing unique fashion based entertainment and educational programs. See how you can get involved here.

Very cool! Here are a few of the designs from the 2008 Junk To Funk fashion show.

Hospital Gown Revised created by Elaine Jane Cole and Laura Fieselman, worn by Laura Fieselman is composed of 15 yards of “blue wrap,” or polypropylene woven material used to cover sterilized surgical instruments, many feet of blue latex wrap, 14 plastic disposable tweezers, plastic tubing from an irrigation pump and a disposable surgical clamp.

18th Century Fox created and worn by Amy Hyatt is constructed out of 1,128 dryer sheets collected from friends, family, and neighbors and a few dried centerpiece flowers.

Twilight Before the Fall created by Cory McMahon and worn by Liz Slint-Somerville was made using  recycled bike tire tubing for the bodice and used sewing patterns were layered to make the skirt.

Mistress of the Sea Weeds created and worn by Julie Yanko is made from crab pot ropes and buoys she cleaned off Oregon beaches.

Alotta Gelato – Alotta Trash created and worn by Emily Hyde was made entirely out of colorful gelato cups, spoons and sampling utensils.

Crown Royal Gown created by Colleen Miezejeski was made through the systematic dissection and reassembly of close to 500 crown royal bags.

Inspiration Wednesday – Feathers

I am totally obsessed with feathers lately and it seems everyone else is, too. I know several people who have gotten them put in their hair like extensions, people are wearing them as long dangly earrings, cool necklaces and broaches, and even decorating with them. They’re everywhere. I need some! You need some. Let’s look at some now.

this one has a free printable pdf link

Inspiration Wednesday – Scalloped For Her Pleasure

Okay, so a week is probably too long to still be jet lagged. Regardless, my Wednesday post is a day late. I’ve become a Pinterest addict within the last month or so and have decided to post a few of my inspirations from my Scalloped for her Pleasure board. Enjoy and go creative something wonderful!


Inspiration Wednesday – Blexbolex

I found the book, Seasons by French illustrator Blexbolex, at the library today and can’t stop looking at it. I am completely smitten with both the illustrations and the brief, but compelling story. I will be looking for more of his books next library visit.

Hubs has the camera today. Luckily I found some pictures of the inside of the book over at The Cat and the Cucumber.

Inspiration Wednesday – Year of the Rabbit

I found this great video from Benji Davies and Jim Field.

Inspiration Wednesday – Colorful Supplies

These are the supplies I bought today. Don’t worry. The yarn and the honey will not be used in the same project! I just thought the colors were so pretty. Unfortunately I broke my camera today, so I’m stuck using my old one. What colors are inspiring you today?


Inspiration Wednesday – Crazy Cool Cakes

I’m having to post this a day late because I was having some technical difficulties. PZ’s birthday is, in her words, “just around the corner”, and we’ve been having some serious cake discussions. These are some of the crazy cool cakes I found in my research. She actually wants a butterfly cake. Anyone out there have any good birthday cake recipes or ideas on creative butterfly cakes. I don’t really want to buy a cake mold, but I may just have to.

This cake won a blue ribbon in the Kentucky State Fair in 2007 – (My home state!)

All the World’s sugar glass aquarium cake.


My Paper Crane‘s pinata cake.

A Delightful Day‘s Candyland cake

Betty Crocker‘s Lego Cake