52 resources of inspiration

Bird squad

What inspires you?

There are a lot of situations, peoples and things that inspire me all the time.

I decided earlier this week to make a list of 52 things that inspires me right now:

  • 1. A tidy desk, a clean home – totally inspire me to mess it up again
  • 2. My mother
  • 3. All the blogs I visit
  • 4. Books by Kaffe Fassett
  • 5. Clothes Paper Scissors magazine
  • 6. Roses in all colours and forms
  • 7. Some shops where they have lots of beautiful things that can be bought and brought home – but that also inspire me to try to make things by myself (like Indiska)
  • 8. Children
  • 9. Nature
  • 10. Bringing my camera on walks and visits
  • 11. New notebooks, and white paper of all kinds that screams out to used right now
  • 12. Studio Friday prompts, this week it’s about inspiration, so check out what inspires others too!
  • 13. Going into a flea market or a thrift store hunting for new fun stuff to use, like fabric, yarn, frames, boxes, paper ephemera and so on. This is a real turn on for me.
  • 14. Lynne Perrella’s book Art journals and sketchbooks
  • 15. Museums and art exhibits that has a big verity of different things (like Västerbottens museum)
  • 16. Books and magazines on interior design with beautiful pictures of peoples homes
  • 17. Fabric patterns
  • 18. Words, poetry and smart quotes
  • 19. Meditation
  • 20. The past – I want to remember and keep as much as I can, so I try to document all the time both in words, pictures, letters and films
  • 21. New black pens to draw with
  • 22. Frida Kahlo (the movie, her strength and also this childrens book that I have)
  • 23. Pictures (postcards, magazine clipps, photos, newspaper)
  • 24. The cook book Det vegetariska k?ket by Lotta Brinck
  • 25. Traci Bunkers Visual Journal pages (I keep coming back to look at these all the time)
  • 26. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (book)
  • Sketch book27. The word doodles that I learned from Tiff and love to do myself, specially since I bought a book for my own doodles now (for boring classes
  • 28. Gone with the wind by Margaret Michell (the book of course), inspired my not-yet-finished litterature essay
  • 29. Ota Ha-Yam by Amoz Oz (I read it in Swedish where it is called Samma hav, in English The Same Sea)
  • 30. When my fianc? tells me that he is impressed with what I’ve done/created (because I know he never says this without meaning it)
  • 31. Tonari no Totoro (anime movie)
  • 32. Traveling to new places where there is so much to explore (new markets, shops, museums, woods, streets, landscape, people, food), inspiration to express while traveling or to bring home as memories to discover further
  • 33. Used toys and dolls
  • 34. Lisa Vollrath
  • 35. Books by Tracy Chevalier
  • 36. Melanie’s magic art, site and specially her and her mothers shop, and also Tine’s energy, birds and beautiful shop
  • 37. People like Violette and Teesha that seams to have such a artful life at home and everywhere. I’m going this way with my life to I think. Eventually.
  • 38. Hemslöjden (Swedish magazine about Swedish crafts) + their store
  • 39. The few Somerset Studio magazines that I’ve had a chance to read
  • 40. Going to the library and picking reading material at random in my favorite shelfs
  • 41. Finding a new craft that I need to know everything about and then searching for that information
  • 42. Some of my friends just sparkle creative energy and when we talk about projects it daubs easy on me
  • Rose sketch43. Listening to interesting information while creating. Like CraftPod, CraftSanity and I should be writing and now also Lisa’s Podcast and straight from China CandyCast! Lots of amazing inspiration there.
  • 44. Getting feedback on what I write and do
  • 45. Getting up from computer/book/project and fetching fresh coffee
  • 46. Looking at my own photos, in my albums and at flickr
  • 47. Writing lists of what to do today
  • 48. Journaling & bloging
  • 49. Starting to make a new art doll and following where she wants to go
  • 50. Finding tutorials online that I think I can use
  • 51. Favorite books of youth and childhood
  • 52. Mr Yamaguchi and his book 52 Projects (plus the website) where he in the end of the book lists 52 resources for inspiration that he likes and then challenge the reader to do the same. Which I did today!


Making a long list takes some time. But here we are. It really makes you look around and think, I love that about lists.

So why don’t you make a list too? It’s good for you. Consider yourself challenged, it a project for you – and please post bellow so I can find your list (shorter or longer) and get even more inspiration.

Happy weekend!

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22 Responses to 52 resources of inspiration

  1. erilyn says:

    i’m loving the bird squad!

  2. Lolly says:

    I will have to think on this – that is a great challenge. Many of your inspirations are ones that also inspire me. Lovely pink roses! (Project Spectrum!)

  3. Marianne says:

    You know what? Even reading your list is inspiring! :-) I will make a list too… will let you know when it’s online.

    Happy Weekend

  4. Joy says:

    Wow!! I will have to try this!

  5. Karin says:

    Fantastic list, thank you for the inspiration!

  6. kelly says:

    wow….that is a great list!

  7. kelly says:

    your list is inspiring…in fact, just the fact that you compiled it is inspiring besides all the wonderful things you listed…thanks for providing new places for us to be inspired by!!! kind of like an inspirational PAY IT FORWARD!!! (hmmm…that may have to be the title of today’s post for me!!!) :)

  8. naomi says:

    I am so impressed and totally inspired by this list.

  9. naomi says:

    …btw, I love the illustrations too.

  10. wynlen says:

    Great list. I got very inspired by this – I have to make a list myself.

  11. kristin says:

    Mmm… now you’ve got me making my own list. Enjoyed reading yours!

  12. tine says:

    I loooove your roses so much Hanna! What a great style you have and that glitter on it is awesome!!!! They belong in a frame and need to be hung on a wall!! Just beautiful! You love roses just as much as I do, don’t you?! ;-)
    You inspire me to sit down and make some of my roses again, hehe.

    It’s so great to be reading your list of inspiration, how wonderful that you took the time to do this!!

    Have a happy weekend!!

  13. What a terrific list! Love that Visual Journal link… Checked out some of the other suggestions, too. Thanks, Hanna!

  14. cimba says:

    your post inspired me to think about what inspires me…thanks! :)

  15. I like that you took the time to make this list, Hanna. I am inspired reading it!

  16. Sister Diane says:

    An inspiring list! It made me want to get right up and make things. I’m honored that you included CraftyPod on your list. I get inspiration from the beautiful things you post here, too!

  17. I S A Y says:

    amazing list especially when each one of them is being realized without knowing it. i am tempted to make a list of my own but i just have not much time now-maybe a bit later.

    thanks for sharing them.

  18. Sarah says:

    I love your illustrations, especially those quirky and adorable birds!

  19. WillowGrace says:

    great list! While i was reading, i kept saying “yup” “uh huh” “yup” “ou, yea, good one!”…inspiration is everywhere!
    Thanks for sharing. :)

  20. wendy says:

    Love this post ..has inspired me to make a list sometime soon
    Great Blog love it

  21. LJ says:

    Great list. Number 27 is a fave! See you, LJ

  22. maria says:

    Have done my list now! Was really fun, but hard to get down on paper.

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