There is some creativity blog hopping going on right now and I’ve been nominated by
Kepanie over at the wonderful blog of Knitspiring Odyssey
Here are my thoughts on the q’s
Question 1; What have been the doings/makings/scribblings at your desk/making table this week?
This week has seen a mixture of projects, which happens most weeks but this weeks all seem to be in the area of designs I’m working on. I have my normal working on projects such as the bright and colourful Rainbow Squares Blanket for a gift and the dark and moody shawl which is a personal project. But this week in particular I’ve been releasing patterns for my Flowing Uphill cowl (Celtic Knits) , I’ve been sending off my Sam Burrow pattern ( A Land Close By) for testing so it soon can be released and in my newly converted Design Den where there is plenty of hush I’ve been working on some other knit designs for Celtic Knits while gathering up notes on Cassie Pillar the next character in A Land Close By.
In the quiet moments I’ve been writing some stories for A Land Close By but at the moment they are rough drafts.
Seems rather a bit busy when you add into it 8 children, a husband and a house but that is what’s happening right now.
Question 2; Where are you currently finding your inspiration?
Right now inspiration for A Land Close By comes from my children and theirs and my own imagination. As it’s a made up land with made up characters my only limit in this area is my imagination. That in itself is a powerful place for inspiration particularly when I’m writing their stories.
The inspiration for Celtic Knits though is something a lot more close to my heart. For years I’ve grown up with the stories of legends and magic. Everywhere you turn here in Ireland if you look and ask you will find tales of how strong brave warriors and maidens of great beauty and grace loved, fought and lived. This is the Ireland I love, this is the Ireland I put into my patterns and designs. This is my pool of inspiration for Celtic Knits.
Question 3; How important is being creative to you and how do you blend this with your work-life-family balance?
Being creative is very important. I don’t think I can remember a time when I wasn’t creating something, anything even as a child. I come from a family of creative people, people all very talented with their hands in one form or another so I guess really it can be in the genes and it comes out in different ways in us all. So for me being creative is as necessary as eating and drinking during the day but finding the balance between it and family life now that’s the hard part. With 8 children aging from 18mths to 14yrs some days are hectically busy with not a spare moment to give over to being creative and that’s fine as long as you accept that some days are going to be like that but if I go too many days without doing or making something I have a longing to create, make or do. As being creative is something I’ve always done it’s become a part of daily life so it pretty much slots in here and there as necessary and it’s quite normal for everyone to get involved in what I’m making being either an opinion or an idea or even a request given. Above all else the children are honest so if they don’t like something you know instantly and so you better get changing it! 🙂
Mention who tagged you.
What have been the doings/makings/scribblings at your desk/making table this week?
Where are you currently finding your inspiration?
How important is being creative to you and how do you blend this with your work-life-family balance?