They come in the middle of the night, at 3a.m., when I can't get back to sleep. Or maybe it will be when I'm out walking, beneath an early morning pale blue sky, or past a bend in the road yellow and scarlet with autumn glory.
Inspirations are everywhere. In a smile. In a laugh. In a conversation with my nine-year-old niece.
Flipping through magazines full of card designs, I rarely, if ever, want to copy one completely. Rather, a combination of colors will catch my eye. Or one single image may jump out. I see a new dress in the store--for me or for a little girl--and I don't want to just buy it. I want to make it. I want to make it my own.
So it was when I discovered
on Etsy.com. I'm not searching for any wedding gifts (thank goodness!), but her custom wedding map calligraphy grabbed me. Immediately, I smiled. My eyes were open again. I was ready to get out my paints, pull out a practice pad and try new lettering styles again, like I did years ago. The old ones have become habit. I'm ready to be fresh and new.
Maybe the result will be someone else's inspiration.
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