Friday, 24 August 2012

Ideas and Inspiration: Pinterest

In my previous post I talked about how I use lots of online networks (such as cuteableetsy and pinterest) to search for new ideas and inspirations. I can now say - after a few more weeks using it - that I am finding Pinterest very interesting!

I find the ability to gather pictures onto my own personalised pinterest mood boards really helpful as it forces me to evaluate what I like, what I admire and how I would like to develop the made by lolly brand! (Not to mention being really useful for weird and wacky household tips and genius ideas! The best of which I have collected onto a board called.... Genius Ideas!)

All of the mood boards collected together creates a 'virtual scrapbook' that has also given me a better understanding of my own personal style and some fantastic new ideas to research and develop for future collections!

I find myself gravitating towards the 'Art', 'DIY and Crafts' and 'Illustrations and Posters' categories, but have found some of the most interesting pins in categories quite outside my normal areas of interest. It has also been quite revealing to 'follow' other peoples boards and see how different (or similar!) their style is to yours!

Whether you are a crafter looking for stall display ideas, a bride-to-be looking for wedding inspiration, or a keen baker searching for new cupcake designs, pinterest will have something for you... fact, I'm sure pinterest will have something for everyone!

I really would recommend joining pinterest - but be warned - it can be seriously addictive!
Happy Pinning!


Please feel free to leave me a comment linking to your profile - I'd love to have some new boards to follow!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Ideas and Inspirations

A small taster of some of the made by lolly A/W range
Cuteable is the popular website that provides you with cute inspiration every Monday to Friday without fail!

But what can be done when the owner wants to take a few weeks off?

Well, you ask for help from a range of guest curators... and I have been lucky enough to be asked to be one of them! And in fact, today is the day that my selection goes live on the site!

You can see my selection by clicking here

I used the opportunity to collect together some images that have been inspiring me whilst I have been researching my new collection - and the first elements of the made by lolly A/W 2012 collection can be seen in my online shop (with the full range intended to be available by the end of August!)

As you may have gathered from that last sentence, I have by no means finished the final design process! I am constantly looking for more ideas and inspiration (it is very easy to fall into a rut as there are only so many ways you can fold felt!) and often use the Etsy Treasury facility to create mood boards. I try to keep the selection of items as wide as possible, and often find that the least likely item can spark the most left-field of ideas!

I have just started to use Pinterest on a more regular basis too, but must admit I am quite a novice! But if you're interested, why not check out some of my Etsy Treasury boards, or take a peek at my Pinterest boards?

But where do you go for inspiration?
Do you use Etsy Treasurys? Are you a fan of Pinterest? Do you have a favourite website or craft forum?

I'd love to know what inspires you, and whether you use mood boards in your work - please feel free to share your thoughts below!

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