And there really wasn't any attributable reason for it. I had just had a lovely breakfast with Moxie Fabber Helen Fournier who was on her way to the airport after a visit with her family who lives near my neck-of-the-woods:
Helen and Cath finally meet!
It was raining outside, and truth be told, I really enjoy writing when there's a good rainstorm going on. There's just something so calming about the rhythm of the drops as they fall, the austere grayscape becoming a backdrop for sincere thoughts.
And equally puzzling, my office was clean and sparkly after having finally put away the trappings from my recovery now that I'm sleeping peacefully in my own bed. Since I pretty much lived in my office for three months after my surgery, there were all kinds of blankets, pillows, lotion bottles, books, magazines, tissue boxes, and the like strewn about. You'd think that all that order would free my creative spirit.
And it's not like I didn't have any ideas floating around in my brain. But I was lacking creative ways to pull them all together. I couldn't come up with one single theme to save my life.
Maybe I was just tired. Or having an off day. You know. It happens.
And I don't know about you, but for me, when Mojo hides under the covers all day long and you have to come up with something because that's how you make your living, the first place I now turn to is Pinterest.
Which is what I did. I clicked on my Pinterest home page that's filled with all the pins of everyone I follow and voila! Instant blog post. For what is inspiration if it isn't random? Check it:
This joyful banner was pinned by Laura Williams. I love how multi it is. Multi-shaped, multi-colored, multi-delightful!
Carolyn Gavin, an artist for one of my favorite stationery companies, Ecojot, has very intriguing pins. She always pins great global art like this vintage cover of a Japanese magazine:
Check out the gorgeous typography in this branding piece pinned by Nichole Heady:
And how fun is this color/pattern combination from Threadsense pinned by Katie Gehring?
I don't know if you know this about me or not, but I used to sew. All the time. This fabric basket from Make It Do is not only darling, but there's a link to a tutorial on how to make it. Thanks, Piali Biswas!
And if you happen to follow me on Pinterest, you know that I pin a lot of food. This delectable concoction from Bakers Royale was pinned by Terri Davenport. It's all her fault.
Doesn't everyone on Pinterest follow Joy Cho? I'm pretty sure she's a Pinterest pre-requisite. I mean, she has almost 4 million followers. This orange ombre necklace has all kinds of crafty possibilities, dontchatink?
I gasped out loud when I saw this polka dot tulle dress pinned by Margie Romney-Aslett:
And doesn't this logo remind you of ribbon? Thanks for the inspiration, Gayatri Murali!
I cannot get over the cuteness of these vintage origami dresses pinned by Sarah Jay:
And not only do these hand colored lovelies pinned by Jane Beljo add to my current infatuation with canning jars, but the colors are absolutely mesmerizing as well:
This Button Tree painting by Monica Furlow was pinned by Clare Buswell, and I'm still drawing upon its magic:
And this? Well, this ombre dot blouse from Sundance just makes me giddy. I guess that's why I pinned it for myself.
How 'bout you? What do you do when Mojo has taken a vacation? Which of these pins are you most inspired by? Leave me a comment by midnight EDT on Sunday, September 2 and I'll draw one random lucky to win something yummy from my moxie magical prize drawer as my thanks for joining in on the discussion.
Pinterest to the rescue!
PS The deadline for the Minty Fresh challenge is closing in! Don't miss your chance to offer all of us some moxie mint-spiration!
PPS It's time to support one of our own. As I mentioned in this post, Moxie Fabber Jennifer Scull has been battling breast cancer. She's been through chemotherapy, and to add insult to injury (no pun intended), Jen has multiple tears in her left rotator cuff and has to have it repaired before she can start radiation. I can think of nothing worse than to have to go through such a grueling surgery and its accompanying physical therapy on top of battling cancer. Click HERE to get started on Jen's Sunshine Blog Hop sponsored by Paper Makeup Stamps and Party Time Tuesdays. If you leave a comment on Jen's blog, you'll be entered to win some goodies from Paper Pretties, Jane's Doodles, A Muse Studios, Stampin' Up!, and a suite of 6 magazines from Paper Crafts. And/or click HERE to buy the digital stamp set created especially for Jen, the proceeds of which will go directly to her family. I know Jen would appreciate it, and so would I. :)