I have felt so inspired lately. My timing is terrible as maternity leave ends soon, and I will have virtually no time for my new found creative outlets.
It all started with Etsy, and breast feeding. When Nora was born I was having difficulty remembering which side I had nursed her on last. If you don't nurse equally on each side you end up with lop-sided, engorged breasts. Not nice. With a 2 year old running around, and a newborn to worry about, I just couldn't keep them straight (literally). I thought surely there must be a product out there that could help me so I did a Google search for "nursing reminders" and the first site that came up was an Etsy seller, Bibon, who makes dairy daisies, cute little nursing reminders to clip on your bra strap. Fantastic! I purchased 2 sets immediately.
With my new even-sized bosoms I started to look around on Etsy, and was in awe of all of the beautiful artwork and photography. I immediately signed up (it's free!) and began cataloging my favourite items and sellers. I started to think about drawing again, and forced myself to create a shop on Etsy where I will (hopefully) eventually sell some of my sketches. I found the artist Mandy Sutcliffe - creater of Belle & Boo on Etsy, and purchased two of her gorgeous prints for Nora's room (pictured above). I also discovered some wonderful pieces she created, called the Superprincess Series, which were inspired by a beautiful little girl named Ava Rosemeyer. Through this I found a blog written by Sheye Rosemeyer, Ava's mom. Sheye is an incredibly talented photographer in Australia who lost Ava in a tragic accident. I began reading Sheye's blog every spare minute. She shares touching (and often humourous) moments of her life with her husband and four children accompanied by her stunning photos. I have never seen such beautiful photography, the colours are so vivid they look like paintings. Reading her entries, both happy and painfully sad helped me to appreciate the "little things" more and inspired me to create Clinka's Apples.
As for the drawings... I have 14 rough sketches of what I want to do, but haven't managed to get to an art supply store for proper paper and pens! Maybe ball point pen on Post-It notes could be considered a new artistic medium.