Inspiration Found!

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AlexSudalnik Alexander Sudalnik, contributor
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A vintage scrapbook page.
Vintage scrapbook page 2.
Vintage scrapbook page 3.
Vintage scrapbook page 4.
Vintage scrapbook page 5.
Vintage scrapbook page 6.
Gaudis roof tiles in Barcelona.
Balloons in Milan.
Sunsets in Milan.
A pink-petaled flower.
My Breast Cancer Awareness greeting card made from two pink photographs woven together and drawn on with black marker.
A vintage scrapbook page.

A vintage scrapbook page.

Photo: Alex Sudalnik

This weekend I visited the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market in Midtown Manhattan. It's a great place to find cool and unique objects to add to your wardrobe or serve as inspiration for any craft projects you might be working on. I encourage anyone to visit local flea markets, thrift shops, or antique malls and just browse (or buy!) the shelves for anything that catches your eye. I look for interesting construction techniques, color combinations, shapes, and materials.

Not only can you find great pieces of art and inspiration at flea markets and thrift stores, but they also tend to have some really interesting people who are treasure troves of information. I was once given a complete education on furniture and houseware colors in America during periods of peace and war. During times of war (1940s), browns, blacks, oranges, and other dull colors are used. During times of peace (1930s), pinks, blues, and more cheerful colors were used. It may seem obvious, but you'd be suprised how little we actually think about the aesthetic choices behind such everyday objects.

There's one week left to enter CraftStylish's Make It Pink! Challenge to help support the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The photos above are to help spark your creativity and get you to support the cause! To see examples of how photo inspiration can be translated into other mediums, check out my post From Inspiration to Creation.

When your cheeks become rosy from the excitement caused by thinking of everything you can make, get started creating! Use anything from pink paper, fuchsia fabric, or rose-colored ribbon. When you're finished, post a photo of your creation to CraftStylish's Make It Pink! Challenge Gallery. For every pink craft picture posted, CraftStylish will donate $1 (up to $1,000) and for every pink prayer shawl posted Taunton Books will donate $10 (up to $1,000) to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Click here for more info on the challenge, and here for more info on the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

The deadline is October 31st, so let's put the pedal to the metal and get those photos uploaded.



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