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Inspiring Me

This giveaway is now closed! Thank you for all your comments! One lucky winner will be announced February 15, 2011.

I’ve been reading my Simple Abundance. It’s a book that I read every year, on and off. I truly love this book and I truly believe that it can change your life and I also believe that it is one of the most misunderstood books out there. The reason I know this is because I find this book at my local thrift every time I go (which is usually weekly). I usually buy them too because I like giving them to friends. The books haven’t even been cracked and I seriously mean cracked, because I can tell that I’m the first one to crack the spine open to see if it’s been used. Strangely, I almost find this sad.


My rather tattered and beat up copy of Simple Abundance

This book was given to me by my mother in a time when depression was racking my life. She seriously urged me to read it, which I did and found that I was going about life all the wrong way. It was a serious eye opener for me. One I’ve never forgotten. This book takes you on a lovely journey through the wilderness of your soul and gives you ideas and activities of how to find those things that really speak to you and give you pleasure. One of the activities is to do a discovery journal – which is a collection of images and things that you find attractive.


It’s in that spirit that I’m presenting my inspiration journal. It’s something I’ve thought about for awhile since I’ve seen some rather lovely inspiration blogs on tumblr and such. Mine is connected to this, my personal blog, which I’ve found is easiest for me. It’s just collections of images, music and videos that I find appealing with little tidbits of my particular dialect. I was so impressed with myself for finally putting it together that I wanted to walk you through it. It’s called “Inspirations of a Redheaded Lady” and you’ll find the images to the posts on the right and the actual posts themselves on the left. Only one post shows at a time, so as not to overwhelm, but you can click on any image to the right and it will take you to the post that the image is in. You can click on the Categories/Archives which will take you the categories page and I thought it was rather clever to include that you can subscribe if you like, to specific categories. I’m inspired by many different things, which hopefully will inspire you too, but you might just want to be inspired by fashion or shoes or sewing. I hope to include music and videos and such too.


I have to say, it’s mostly something for me. But its fun to share inspirations with you too. Tis always better to give because you receive so much more back in return. Ha. ♄ Giveaway Alert ♄ To top it all off, I’m giving away one of my Simple Abundance thrifted books. It’s just like new. And if you are anything like me and ready to start excavating your own soul simply:

♄ Leave me a comment telling me what you’ve been inspired by lately ♄

Everyone, no matter where you live, is invited to enter. I’ll announce a winner come Monday. Ok? Ok.

xoxo,

Sunni

  • Lauren - I have read and reread Sarah Ban Breathnach’s ‘Romancing the Ordinary’, and gifted it I don’t know how many times. Like you I always pick up a copy if I see it in a charity shop!
    I haven’t read this one though, so I’d love to enter!
    Lots of things inspire me – sewing blogs, feminist blogs, books life SBB’s but this week I’ve been watching Bruce Parry tecking round the artic and talking to people who are happy with nothing but a square meal and a comfortable home. It’s both humbling and inspiring how much happiness a simple life can bring.
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  • Elizabeth Hejtmanek - I try to look for inspiration, but sometimes its hard to find, I think even if I don’t win the book I will need to check it out. As for what has been inspiring me lately it has been music. Usually I listen to mainstream music, however I started listening to all of Norah Jones’ albums and I fell in love with them so I started branching out into Jazz and I discovered Melody Gardot (if you check it out, both her albums are awesome, but I absolutely love her most recent: My One and Only Thrill) and I have to say it is perfection! By the way I love your inspiration journal, I was just telling one of my sisters last night that I wanted to start a blog or rather a public journal of my life, very similar to your inspiration journal and I think after browsing yours I have found the motivation. Thanks Sunni! PS still working on my zipper for the sewalong and trying to find the patience to keep re-doing it!
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  • julie - i would love to try this book. i will keep my eyes out at the thrift store if i dont win..
    Besides sewing/craftin blogs, im really inspired by books.
    The most inspiring book I have read lately is by dr. laura. she can be direct, and a little mean, but i really think her advice is spot on.
    http://www.amazon.com/Proper-Care-Feeding-Husbands/dp/0060520612
    dont let the title scare you. It made me want to be a better less critical wife/person.
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  • Jane - I’m inspired by the fellow sewists I come across on the internet, particularly those of you who do the sewalongs.
    It’s a big undertaking to not only make something for yourself, but to deal with fitting issues, advise on pattern, fabrics etc, and deal with queries raised, whilst documenting every stage, and having to sometimes work out an alternative technique to get a better finish. So well done to you, and Tasia, Peter, Gertie and Casey, you are all so enthusiastic and keen to pass on your knowledge and skills to the rest of us. Thank you.
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  • Shel - Where on earth can i find the pattern for that skirt!!! i am ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I NEED TO HAVE IT IN MY WARDROBE!!!! :) :) :)
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  • K2 - I have been inspired by my 8 year old son to start wearing more of my vintage brooches. I got them out the other day to go through and he was just fascinated by them, pointing out the ones he thought were pretty or interesting. He inspired me to start wearing them to work. And, I have to say, I have actually wore one everyday this week so far. With a few extras stashed in my lunchbox in case I decide I need a different one.
    I’m also inspired by my fellow bloggers and all their wonderful sewing projects.
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  • Steph - I am inspired daily by my sons. The thoughtfulness and care that they give to each other. They fight like any typical 5 and 2 year old should but when one get hurts the other immediately stops to kiss the boo-boo and then they continue on with their wrestling match. Watching them has made me realize to be more accountable for my actions and to own up and apologize for any ‘boo-boo’ I cause intentionally and unintentionally. I also love when my 5 year old stops to pray and it’s a quick sentence about some random thing. It reminds that at any time your can stop and ask for help.
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  • Laura (lap) - Oh Sunni! I absolutely feel the same way about this book, which I got as my first Mother’s Day gift, and felt it was enriching and wonderful. I too, have gifted it many times, and am always delighted when the person receiving it starts the process and finds it to be contrary to what they were expecting.
    As always I’m inspired by others, and have been having tons of fun documenting and cultivating inspiration notes using Pinterest. I have boards for sewing for myself, for other people, for specific projects, to document awesome women, for my weird obsession of pictures of women reading etc. I love Pinterest very much.
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  • Lola - During a recent trip to the Alps I was suddenly thrilled by the beauty of the Austrian mountains. The contrast between the colors, the wideness and the rough beauty suddenly were so breathtaking – strange, since I never thought I’d like the mountains during wintertime. But now I am still so captivated by the sight that I would really like to channel this impression into something lasting, made by myself.
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  • Musetica - I’m pretty intrigued by this book and I will have to go buy it if i don’t win it. I came tp USA about 8 yrs ago and in my contry this genre of books is unknown. I have never read anything like it. I am VERY open minded and curious as to what it’s in its pages…Sounds like something i would need these days as there are quite a few clouds on my sky. But i find refuge online, i love looking at beautiful clothes and reading blogs/books/magazines, etc. Anything interesting. Your inspiration is just spot on with my taste. I love all those clothes and I must have that bark blue linen dress :) and the polka dots and the ruffles…I dream that one day I’ll be able to sew something similar.
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  • Candy Joyce - This book sounds good so I would like to enter for your giveaway.
    I’ve been inspired recently by Leo, who was the guy on the the first episode of a programme on channel 4 called Beauty and the Beast. He had been through a lot (suffering 3rd degree burns to his hands, face and legs when he was 14). He had a great outlook on life and was not bitter or cynical or spending his life yearning for what could have been. He was also very open and willing to learn from the other person on the show who was an image obsessed young lady.
    Cheers,
    Candy
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  • SabrinaClementine - I’ve been going through some tough things personally lately, and this sounds like exactly what I need to read. I’d love to win, but even if I don’t I think I’m going to try and find it at the library or thrift shop! Inspiration? Well, in my spare time I like to take dance classes, and lately I’ve been getting my inspiration from Bollywood dancing and movies….so beautiful! The Indian culture seems so rich and colorful from the outside looking in….
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  • mjb - I’m finding so much inspiration in the visuals on pinterest, and I didn’t think I was that visual of a person!
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  • Jessica H. - Yesterday I found inspiration in a blog post about “How to Get Things Done When You’re Not in Charge.” The premise is that you can only change yourself and that you can’t persuade anyone else to change. If you want others to change, you must first change, and their change will come in response. I feel like I’ve spent so much time lately wishing others would change, that it’s liberating to be reminded that I am only responsible for what I can do.
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  • Sandra - Gorgeous! I love your new page and this book sounds beautiful. I’ve been inspired recently nature and having a good hard look at the impact of the fabrics we use for clothing. Am loving the “eco” fabrics out there and about to delve in!
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  • paisleyapron - What a lovely journal! Your blog is an inspiration to me whenever you post, even though I’m a quiet reader and don’t comment. I’ve found through the years that keeping snippets of this and that in a binder stores up inspiration for the future. I find it funny that I always seem to be drawn to the same shapes and textures, colors and styles. Thanks for a giveaway!
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  • paisleyapron - Summerset Banks tells all in her post “Make the Look” over at http://scpbanks.blogspot.com/
    Good luck…it’s a gorgeous skirt.
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  • Tilly - That sounds like a really interesting book – thanks for sharing. Recently I’ve been inspired by the notion of authentic leadership (although this is related to the workplace, it can be applied to one’s whole life). The idea is that, rather than thinking about your weaknesses and comparing yourself to other people, you recognise your strengths and focus your energies on building them up. That way you can become amazing at some things, rather than mediocre at more things. Such a simple idea changed my whole outlook and has made me feel much more confident in myself.
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  • jadestar - A new friend. She is younger than me and is planning a business (large scale) with another friend while studying part time. It is a huge undertaking and I am overwhelmed by what she hopes to achieve. I’m always afraid to start something fearing it won’t go anywhere, and she’s just jumped in at the deep end. As always, all the lovely craft blogs I read too, definitely not to be left out.
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  • raqskie - Hi Sunni, I get inspired when I watch my bunny, Mr B, grooming. He is so thorough and focused. I don’t mean to stay and watch him, but then 15 minutes later I’m still there. Its a form of meditation I suppose. My brain settles down, I relax and then sometimes a new idea appears.
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  • Amber - I’m inspired by the hope of new things and possibilities for the future. Suddenly, my whole world seems full of potential.
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  • chie - hi sunni! thank you for hosting the giveaway:)
    i was recently inspired by a thought of having a baby and not being able to wear a necklace any longer. i was kind of sad when i thought about baby constantly pulling my hair and necklace. it might sound weird, but it prompted me to make a dress that has a focus on interesting neckline, as if you are wearing necklace but it’s connected to the dress. i always get inspired when im working out, either when im on treadmill or running outside. :)
    chie
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  • Jane - Hi Sunni, what a fab mum you’ve got to give you a book like that when you were down. My own mum inspires me, she brought me up on her own as a very young woman. It’s only since having children myself and finding out first hand how hard it is (even with an extremely hands on husband)) that I realised what an amazing achievement that was. In terms of creative inspiration, it’s sewing blogs all the way! Thanks for the giveaway. xx
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  • Roobeedoo - Oh my! I have “Romancing the Ordinary” and it is my bedside companion in times of need. It is what inspired me to start knitting socks!
    Inspiring me now? Orange! Marmalade simmering on the stove, the Hi Octang sock yarn I am working with, the hope of sunshine!
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  • Hell's Belle - I love a good giveaway and this is a GOOD one! It’s so easy to lose your inspiration and fall behind on your soul care. I’d love a copy of this book as I am kinda in that spot right now.
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  • mary - Sunlight has been encouraging me to shake off winter doldrums around here.
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  • Sydney - This sounds like a really interesting book! I think we could all use a little bit of introspection every once and a while to remind us what we treasure about ourselves! I know lots of people are lately, but I’ve been really inspired thinking forward to spring. I live under a giant old Louisiana oak tree, so I’ve been thinking of how the sunlight kind of filters in between the branches in spring and makes little warm patches all around. Also, all the water birds on our nearby lake have been inspiring me lately too! I get to watch them dive and swim every day on my way to school.
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  • Chardell - Lately, my inspiration has come from blogs, such as yours, that showcase women who are accomplishing amazing things in their lives. Lots of different topics, but I’ve found that everyone keeps working at things until they get them right, or at least what feels right to them. Helps me to remember that small steps everyday add up to a big finish.
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  • snowflake0703@yahoo.com - WOuld love to read this book. I have been through a divorce recently that I never saw coming and at the same time my only child left for college. I truly have empty nest syndrome. At 46 y/o Im not sure what to do with my life. I spent the last 26 years with my ex and not sure how to live on my own.
    Thanks for sharing. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing all the wonderful clothes you make.
    Cheryl
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  • KajOz - I will move into a new appartment in April and seeing the new appartment all empty was so inspiring! I’m really looking forward to making it my new home!
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  • lynne - Making a commitment to read through that book several years ago, when it was first published, was life changing for me. You can never go wrong with finding the blessings in your life when things are particularly challenging. Thanks for bringing this classic to us again.
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  • Cindy Phelan - i am inspired by my daughter who has a language/auditory processing disorder. She deals with a lot of academic and social issues. I am so inspired by my ten year old’s strength and persistance to keep up and surpass many of her peers.
    You have peeked my interest in this book! thanks for sharing.
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  • twitter.com/alessant - Very nice giveaway. I think it’s so much easier to be happy in life, if you’re able to be inspired by the small things. The last thing that really inspired me was the Colette Valentine video (the beautiful pictures! the French song!) but any odd thing can inspire me. Books, music, videos, pictures, blogs the weather, sunlight through the leaves, a new yummy type of tea, a mood, a talk with a good friend…
    Alessa ♄ http://farben-freude.blogspot.com
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  • Sarah - Hi!
    The books sounds lovely! I haven’t even heard of it! I would love to read it!
    I just found your blog, and I am enjoying reading it! That is also what inspires me.
    I love following blogs, reading peoples thoughts, and beautiful pictures people take of (everyday) things. I especially love it when I learn something (which is often), and I get really excited by before-after pictures/posts, or how-to’s! It’s just amazing the amount of creativity that’s out there! I live in the Netherlands, and if it wasn’t through blogs I probably wouldn’t even know these people existed! Let alone know how wonderful they are!
    Have a great weekend!
    Cheers!
    Sarah
    (the Dutch one)
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  • Kelly - I love that book and keep it on my nightstand to read often.
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  • Evie - I am inspired by my niece. Her parents divorced when she was very leaving her at home with her mother and brother, both who have health challenges. She helped care for them both. She married young…just 19 and has two small children, one who also has some health issues. Her husband has just been made redundant.
    I’d be on my knees.
    She has taken on a degree course in psychology. And is moving halfway across the UK to support her husband in finding a new job and to be closer to us. She does all this with grace and wisdom beyond her years.
    She is awesome. And a true inspiration.
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  • Lavinia Ifrim Museteanu - hmm, i realized i didn’t say what inspires me lately….well, there’s many things and many people: my mom for being strong and optimistic and full of enthusiasm, my sister for keeping chin up no matter what life throws at her, the blogs I read and the wonderful people that write them, people on the street that take a second to do a nice gesture: keep a door open, smile, say “thank you”; the weather (i know it sounds crazy but just think of the sky and the many nuances and shades of colour it can display) and etsy. Thank you for extending the giveaway :)
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  • Bridget - I just found a great magazine Oh Comely (http://www.ohcomely.co.uk/) which is really helped me get out of the mental funk I’ve been in recently, it’s nice to read a magazine which let’s your imagination run.
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  • Iamnotanoctopus - I’ve been inspired by the approach of spring this year–I am beyond excited for sunshine and the first warm breezes of the year, and the oppurtunity to wear something that isn’t jeans and a hoodie!
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