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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Inspiring Creativity | No. 1

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Creativity is within all of us. And there is more than one kind of creativity. Defining creativity is even an exercise in creativity itself since there is more than one aspect to the definition. 

Some people may seem naturally creative, but chances are their creativity was inspired and nurtured over the years and flourished as a result. Where and how is creativity inspired and nurtured? One way is by being around people who share their creativity and who explain their creative process. 

Thus begins a new series. 

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I N S P I R I N G   C R E A T I V I T Y 

Enjoy a new series that examines creativity and shares with you a few creative people out there in the blogging world who are creating up a storm and who are inspiring creativity in others. 

Come along to discover a new creative person to you or, if you already know this creative person, to revisit her or his creativity. 

And be inspired to be more creative yourself. 


C R E A T I V I T Y  {Definition No. 1} 

the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination 

M E E T   C R E A T I V E   S O U L   N O. 1

Kate writes her blog from her home in England and describes herself as, "a mum, a wife and a career woman who dabbles in many different things and doesn’t necessarily excel at any of them." 

Creative ... and modest. 

C R E A T I V E   I N S P I R A T I O N 

Choosing posts to share from Kate was difficult because I am inspired by everything she publishes. You really must go to her incredible site to read the full post for each photo and to PIN photos. Surely there is a DIY book in her future. 

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The Cartographer's Guide to Dress Making

Kate dabbles in papercrafts, recipes, reinventions, and interior design. In The Cartographer's Guide to Dress Making, she shares step-by-step instructions for how she made a gift for the new-born daughter of a friend. Follow her detailed explanations to inspire you to make a similar project. 

For Matilda. 
the world awaits ... 

Kate framed the map dress in a shadow box and entitled the dress with "For Matilda. the world awaits ..." 

Is this not the best title for a map dress? Such an encouraging message for a girl to be anything, anywhere, anytime. A message that works now in her infancy and will continue to be relevant at every age of her life. 

If papercraft is one of your passions, like me, you will spend days reading Kate's collection of papercrafts. 

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World Book Day inspiration

Mum to Harry, Kate instills and nurtures creativity in Harry with original projects they work on hand-in-hand. Together they explore the grand world of imaginative childhood with many fantastic projects born from flights of fancy. 

Looking for ideas for summer projects with your children or grandchildren? You will find them at Kate's Creative Space. 

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Whale Tales

1] Whale bookmarks, 2] three whales on vintage French text, and 3] vintage whales for envelope enclosures are included as free printables in Kate's Whale Tales post. 

Yes, she had me at "three whales on vintage French text." Who would have thought whales and French text would appear together in the same sentence, much less in the same paper project? 

Christmas At Home

Christmas is merry for Harry with a North Pole Sorting Office "where every letter sent to Santa from around the world blows in steadily, falling in flurries around Santa's desk and filling his mailbags to overflowing."

Each Christmas Kate usually dresses a "fir lady," a manikin bedecked in fresh greenery. You see similar manikins dressed for the holidays on other sites, including department store windows, but Kate's blog is the first place I saw a Christmas manikin fir lady. 

K A T E ' S   T H O U G H T S   O N   C R E A T I V I T Y 

"Small children are inherently so creative and expansive in their thinking that I can't help but believe that if we just spent more time encouraging this and travelling along with their minds, and less time squashing it out of them, we'd quietly change the world?" 


Yes, let's quietly change the world one person at a time by encouraging and inspiring others.

Please reach across the pond to visit Kate's Creative Space and leave her a comment. You will discover a world of inspiring creativity.

I am excited to share that more creative souls are scheduled to be featured as Inspiring Creativity bloggers in the coming months. 

What are your thoughts on the sources of creativity? 

Do you have a favorite CREATIVE blogger? 


You may enjoy reading a project of mine that came to me in a flash of inspiration. 


  1. Oh my goodness, these photos are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing Kate's blog. I'm looking forward to visiting it!

    1. Hi, Eilis,
      You will enjoy Kate's blog. Everything she does is extraordinary.


  2. I really like this new series and look forward to more posts! You are enormously creative Judith so your blog is always a source of inspiration.

    1. Hi, Dana,
      You are so kind. If only I had one-tenth Kate's imagination and creativity! I truly believe creativity is inspired and nurtured by exposing ourselves to creative people. This new series is fun for me.


  3. Thanks for turning us on to Kate's blog. I just subscribed. I'm not sure from where creativity arises. The shower? I come up with some of my best ideas under water. Just a nice isolated place where your thoughts can take flight. I live in a senior housing apartment and they still allow us to decorate just outside our doors. I love to make high-end faux floral arrangements for that area, but more and more often they are just part of a more extensive vignette which has now spread across the hall where my neighbor has graciously allowed me to incorporate her space. Right now I have a June wedding theme going. The displays are quite subtle. This one includes an old piano roll I found at a thrift store of The Wedding March and I'm using an absolutely yummy ivory curtain detailed with tiny roses of the same fabric that screams 1920s as a table skirt. They seem to make themselves.

    1. Teddee,
      I would love to see your current wedding theme vignette. An old piano roll speaks to my heart. Ah, yes, showers are good for much more than getting clean. Water is a source for life, in more ways than one.


  4. Oh my! Thank you so much for introducing Kate, what a magical blog she writes, filled with so many wonderful ideas! Kate not only has plenty of creativity, she executes her ideas with exceptional auality. Creativity is part inerrant, part nurtured. I'm trying to take more time to nurture the creativity, it adds so much joy to life!

  5. Lidy,
    You have a heaping inerrant amount of creativity. Your tablescapes are works of art with every detail contributing to the canvas. Kate does execute her ideas to perfection. Here's to nurturing whatever share of creativity we receive inerrantly.


  6. I will definitely be checking this out! You know I don't consider myself terribly creative but I so admire those who are. Thank you for this inspiring series. :)

  7. I will be enjoying the series. I have been inspired by so many bloggers since becoming one. I have found ideas that I would have never thought about. I am not sure I am very creative though.

    1. Betty,
      Blogging opened a whole new world to me, and I am continually amazed at the talented, gifted bloggers who so graciously share their creations with all of us. I do believe that creativity can be nurtured by being exposed to creative minds and how they work.



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