Wednesday, June 09, 2010

GIVEAWAY Today!

Giveaway

As promised I have a wonderful package from Tracie Lyn Huskamp to give away- complete with her book- Nature Inspired, an art print, a vintage inspired lavender sachet and four gifts of nature shipping tags!

(I also have some more things to give away but I am going to wait until next week)

To enter to win:
Leave a comment - I want to know what inspires you most about nature.
On Friday I will draw a names and pick a winner!

READY-SET-GO!!

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Chel said...

What inspires me about nature? Imperfection. How every different leaf makes a beautiful tree, how every unique petal makes a incredible flower. Also- the colors, the movement, the sounds, the smells. Nothing comes close to it!

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

I am inspired by the colour and textures in Nature. It looks a wonderful giveaway prize. I have a giveaway on my blog too!

Carrie Rosalind said...

Clouds inspire me! I don't know what it is, but everytime there are pretty fluffy clouds in the sky, I get the urge to create!

ellice_inspired said...

the colors seen in nature inspire me the most. even though i try for hours mixing and mixing different colors I cannot perfectly match the colors in a leaf, or a flower, or feather. As frustrating as it is, it is what I love most.

NANCY LEFKO said...

I love Tracie Lyn's work....as for inspiration in nature...I am a sucker for purple coneflowers and they make lots of appearances in my artwork and journals. Thanks for this opportunity at a wonderful giveaway!

Rosa-kreattiva said...

Thanks for a chance to win...
cosa la natura mi ispira... io adoro i colori dei fiori e questo mi porta ad avere sempre un pizzico di colore dentro casa
un saluto dall'italia
rosa

Roberta said...

The WABI SABI of nature inspires me...the perfectly imperfections! The colors of flowers and the green grass...just love it all. Really liked your fabric inspired by the peacock feathers...it just doesn't get any better does it :D

Queen Elisheba said...

nature = inspiration. The freedom nature holds is what inspires me. Nature is free and moves and sways to the rhythm of the energy.

ItsMeBeth said...

I'm inspired by the colors of the flowers nature. The different sizes and textures things may have. I love the sound of songbirds and the buzzing of bees. When trees begin to bloom and the lovely smells they all bring. I love going out to my garden and sitting under my grapefruit tree taking in the aroma. I love watching all the many birds, i seen about 10 different kinds so far all very beautiful.

Ruth said...

What inspires me most about nature is how it changes. There is always something new to see whether it be the growth of a bud into a flower in spring, the drying of the grasses in summer to a gorgeous amber, the change of the leaves in autumn or the beauty of the stark winter in Montana. I love to use nature as the inspiration in my art.

Sandra .......... said...

Hi ! Trees are the most fashinating part of nature, for me. They are mirror of different seasons, house for birds,...and in my garden they are close witness of my life.
I'm sorry for my bad english.
Ciao. :o))
Sandra

Caiti said...

I'm inspired by the cycles of nature, by the rejuvenation and re-birth and opportunities to start anew. <3

Cori Lynn Berg said...

I love Tracie's work! This is so exciting. I love to paint flowers and insects and birds.. and I think what inspires me most is just that nature is Alive! It gives me breath and soul!

Amy N said...

I am inspired by its beauty. The reds and oranges in a cardinal's feathers, the turquoise shades of the ocean water and the fall colors of the leaves.

OliveraPlants said...

I love how you see patterns and color in nature that are repeated over and over again. There is nothing like a long hike or sit down in the desert to inspire your creative heart.

Nonerz said...

nature is simple & complex at the same time...just like me! =) I love the textures, colors, sounds & smells...all of which inspire me in my creations. Perfectly imperfect in every way.

pinkglitterfae said...

what a great giveaway! I am inspired by color, and flowers...and the sounds of nature, like the crickets, birds, or the wind blowing through the trees.
xoxo

Kimber said...

Most of my art is inspired by nature. I think my biggest inspiration from nature is the colors. Look at the colors that go together in nature and notice all the colors - just how many shades of green are there???
Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

Heather said...

I am inspired by the animals in nature...the little finches and their sweet songs. I love to use birds, nests, and things of that nature (haha...no pun intended) in my decor.

Mrs. Keath said...

I am inspired by how nature is ever changing. You can find a spot that you love and when you return it isn't always exactly the same. Flowers bloom, leaves turn splattered with reds and yellows. I love the changing seasons. It helps keep my mind changing and constantly inspired to the point I cannot keep up with the different ideas.

Jeanette said...

Nature's unpredictability is what inspires me.

Tina said...

I can't even begin to count the number of sky pictures I have. If I see an interested cloud formation, then I whip out my camera.

Nikki said...

I love the yummy colors and the exuberance of nature. I love the fact that nature always finds a way to keep coming back.

Gabriella said...

From the beautiful colors on birds, to the different shapes on trees, to beautiful landscape on mountain. i love the pattern I see around me in nature it so breath taking.

Christina Tryon said...

I am most inspired by flowers! The different colors, the different petal shapes, the different sizes. I love to plant them, touch them, smell them, and simply gaze upon them. I love to take photos of them so that I can dream about them during the winter :)

Henrike said...

what inspires me most is the uniqueness of every single piece of nature. nature sculpts her way through so many components and creates it new every single second. just look at those epic monuments as the grand canyon. isn't it fascinating? and it's just one little spot on earth... there is so much to discover! just LOOK!

Becky said...

i love the juxtaposition of nature - simplicity yet complexity in everything you see. Not to mention the efficieny of the systems. I would love to live my life that way. God Bless

hawkeyejlp said...

I stood out in the backyard last night in the dark, watching fireflies light up the hillside. That's where I find God; in the frogs singing to each other, the flower bud revealing her beauty, the perfect design and color of a robin's egg.
I just found your blog yesterday and adore it. Thank you!

Sarah O. said...

I'm inspired by the colors and combination of color found in nature. I'm inspired by the beauty and imperfections found in nature. I'm inspired by the unpredictability and chaos found in nature.

Tricia said...

The cycles of nature inspire me. Rest, renewal, beauty, loss all mirror our lives.

Christine said...

I just found your blog and I love your creativity.
What inspires me most about nature is that it never follows any of the "rules" about colour, but still never gets it wrong

LiLi M. said...

It is the sound of the birds that inspires me most, especially in the early mornings. They seem to sing: come out of bed, don't loose another minute, another beautiful day has begun! Time to get up and create!

Sherri said...

When I feel the need to be inspired,there's a place I go to near our home, where the shore is covered with small rocks, and when the waves come in, it picks them up and relays them back down in a way that both soothing and inspiring....I must confess to borrowing a few stones to put in our garden. If I can't make it to the shore, I step into the garden and reminisce.
I haven't seen Tracie Lyn Huskamp work until you brought it to your blog.....but now you have peaked my interest. Thank you for the inspiration. (ps...pick me, pick me) :)

Leah said...

Lately I am completely inspired by the image of an oak tree that is on top of a hilly vineyard as you come into Napa from the bay area. It is gorgeous! I want to photograph it and play with the image, but since I'm always driving down the highway when I see it, haven't done it yet...

aguasulis said...

The seasons inspire me the most. I love allowing myself to work and create in synchronicity with the changing of nature throughout the year.

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

I am constantly inspired by nature...as is reflected in the artwork I do...but my favorite is the strength and peace I find living among the trees; a perfect symbol of strength and peace!!

Nancy Lynn said...

I am inspired by the ebb and flow of Mother Nature.....how it changes with the seasons....the sun that it receives, the rain that makes it grow, how the color changes in fall and the winter brings rebirth. There is always something to see if you open your eyes and heart and let it speak to you.

Jenny said...

I love that nature is never the same. It'a always is a constant state of motion; from the changing of the seasons down to a little seed that sprouts and reaches for the sky as it grows. Nature shows me that there is beauty in everything. Love your work, Alisa - thanks for blogging!

kitty said...

Lately, trees....the shapes of the leaves, the colors, the way the color changes when the wind blows and turns the leaves over, the texuture of the bark, thshapes, twists and turns of the branches.....

Kittyj said...

I am inspired by natures energy and changeability... No day is ever really the same! Of course there is COLOR!!!

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karen from creativetherapy said...

I am inspired by all the color. all the amazing shades of green. stunning!

Anonymous said...

I am in constant awe of God's creativity in nature. It is inspirational in my own art making journey!
Jan

Sally said...

I am inspired by how nature is always changing. Wait 5 minutes and the light might be different showing me something completely new.

Rivergallery said...

Movement, in the leaves, in the crashing waves, and in my children running and exploring it all in a new way.

Hi, said...

Our Garden full of squirrels! They hop and climb everywhere and they are great, we even have a special bucket to keep food in, so cute! But sometimes they are as bad as rats, because they steal food from little birds. ;)

Karin Greuter said...

Nature today is birdsong in the graveyard during the burial of my gran, a dry warm day (while at home traffic was stopped because of heavy rains). Nature was very kind to us and let us bring gran to rest in a lovely, tranquil way.

Anonymous said...

I'm inspired by nature because it's absolutely natural....nothing about nature is humanly fabricated. Indoors, I love to decorate with rocks, twigs, flowers, and anything birdy...and use these elements as creative inspiration.

LuciGirl said...

I love everything in nature! But I guess what inspires me the most is the ocean and the sky. I love the colors, the freedom they hold, how they are constantly changing but still so breathtaking.

aja reeser said...

great giveaway and great question! what inspires me most about nature are all the crazy colors and combinations of colors. anyone who says that two colors don't "match" is crazy! just look outside- it all matches!

Jen said...

There are so many things to be inspired by in nature. I love looking at the different colors. But, most of all...it's the feeling I get inside. That inner peace & calm that just motivates me to create. It always seems to burst when I surround myself with nature's beauty! :)

Janet Ghio said...

What a great give away! Color and birds--all kinds of birds and nests and eggs and singing!

Marilyn said...

I love the colors I see from my window...blue sky and blue water and some of the best sunsets ever.

charmi said...

I love the colors of the sky at sunset & sunrise...love them especially if they are teamed up with the mountains !! I love the feel,smells, texture of the earth just when the 1st rain drops fall after a long summer !!..Everything about nature is inspiring..if you happen to leave all your senses open !!

K said...

The sounds of wind, of water ... and the colors. I wish everyone could see the colors of Soca river in Slovenia.

Lena said...

I simply love walking in a forest ...All the trees,the sounds,the smell of the ground are amazing...I can close my eyes and see the branches move as the breeze goes right through them...Inspiration has just filled in my craft space!

Dotti said...

Nature never repeats itself; it is forever changing producing new wonders to tickle the muse!

ArtOnYou said...

the quiet calmness of nature really gets my creativity going.

se7en said...

There always seems to be more time when we are out doors. Time to ponder, time to look, time to explore. I never feel rushed outdoors... Just to sit and paint outdoors can take all afternoon out doors and that's ok... indoors we always have to finish in time for the next event.

joey72 said...

The amazing detail in each and every part of nature fascinates me.

Lori said...

I'm inspired by nature by who it causes me to be. When I let myself just be in nature (versus thinking, thinking, thinking) it's both exceptionally peaceful and exhilarating at the same time. It's one of the few places in life where I can guarantee a sense of wellbeing and calm and where I can, at the very same time, be filled up with creative ideas and solutions to challenges that have otherwise eluded me.

Lottie said...

Tracie's work is just so inspirational in itself and she 'draws' so much from nature.

The colours of nature inspire me, closing my eyes and just 'absorbing' the aromas conjure up wonderful scenes.

The smell of rain on dry ground - one of my favourites.

Thank you so much for the chance of winning the most amazing giveaway

Good luck everyone

Contemporary Cloth Inc. said...

Hi Alisa,
I just wanted to mention that I have this book and LOVE it (so I am not taking part in the giveaway).....it is wonderful. I love mushrooms that come up after it rains, taking images of them and digitally manipulating them in photoshop....also, doing gelatin plate prints with leaves, etc. and also drying blubs and doing digital manipultations of those images....just sharing for the heck of it!
Best to all of you,
Sondra (modernmarks)

whyducks said...

My inspiration comes from the colours of the flowers in my garden, from the first snowdrops to appear to welcome the spring, till the last of the geraniums get lost to the frost. Then the beauty of the seed heads in winter, sprinkled in snowy sunlight.

Evelyne said...

what inspires me about nature ?
sa perfection - its prefection ... even in very small details ; every day, new flowers and leaves growing with the help of the light of the sun and the little drops of the rain, following rythms that we have forgotten... it's a real music for our ears, all our senses & a great lesson for all of us, a lesson of "humilité".

Vida said...

I always love the color combinations you see. I'm loving peacock feathers right now.

AlwayzCre8tive said...

What inspires me most about Nature is that this is our great source, this is where we come from. WOW! What a beautiful thing to come from! I love trees, moss mmmmmmm
the sun, the sky the air... love it all =)

Roci said...

I really appreciate the color combinations found in nature. They are so unique. For example a sunset, a flower, a fruit, and so many more to count...But only in nature can you find the most beautiful color combinations, and textures that create a harmonious balance.

brigitte said...

i so love the colors of the flowers. i would love to be able to draw flowers. actually i'd be happy to draw a leaf. lol

Paula said...

That it's always changing. Everyday. Even the same little patch of grass yields something new.

Deb Eckmier said...

I love going for a walk in the woods and seeing the light stream down through the leaves to the forest floor. I love the quietness of the north woods and listening to the loons begin to call at dusk.

Dale Anne Potter said...

EVERYTHING about nature inspires me everyday! The colours, and the textures - from the softness from flower petals, to the rough texture of the elm trees. The sounds of the birds - even at 3:30 am these days!

SewLindAnn said...

I'm inspired by the lines and shapes. Like the dried up pods at the end of the season, or the veins in a leaf. They give me a gazillion ideas and I never tire of looking at all the details.

kelley brown said...

I am inspired by so much in nature. colors, smells, textures, animals...

I guess the thing that is most inspirationsl is that there is so much inspiration in nature if you just take time to look for it...

corinne said...

Water inspires me, and things that are very very small. A shell, or a flower peeking out from under leaves, or moss, or mushrooms that are almost invisible! xo

Deb's Artful Journey said...

Everything inspires me! Colors! Bird sounds, LEAVES - oh my goodness the color of leaves, storms, rain, wind..., the diversity of it all.

Elizabeth said...

Color...especially in my sunflowers that are growing and blooming right now.

MY Creative Brightside said...

it is always changing and never leaves me...it keeps my creative mind flowing and keeps me at peace.

Sharon said...

I feel drawn to nature. I'd rather be outside in the garden, mowing the grass, picking the perfect blueberries and blackberries, or camping out on the river. It just feels like home. My house is decorated in warm browns and natural shades that you might find out in a forest. I have vines hanging around my windows and flowers everywhere.
Nature is the beauty that inspires me.

Sonja said...

Nature has such detail. Even the tiniest of flowers may have little stripes. If you examine it close, everything is beautiful.

Kathleen Kibblehouse said...

Oh I just love the color combos in nature. It seems they all work together perfectly.

MosaicMagpie said...

What inspires me is in the utter chaos of a flower garden there is symmetry and order. The clashing of colors and some how it all works.
Debbie

Deanna said...

Nature inspires me in so many ways... I would have to say color is the first thing... and then how the color can change. I love all nature, but I think that leaves are the thing I'm drawn to the most.

I have two nature quotes pinned on my board above my desk...

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. ~Martin Luther

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug. ~Helen Keller

This looks like a great book!
Love your blog :) I have my two pots that I just picked up to make the planter that you demonstrated... I'm going to get to it some time soon I hope!

Deanna said...

Nature inspires me in so many ways... I would have to say color is the first thing... and then how the color can change. I love all nature, but I think that leaves are the thing I'm drawn to the most.

I have two nature quotes pinned on my board above my desk...

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. ~Martin Luther

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug. ~Helen Keller

This looks like a great book!
Love your blog :) I have my two pots that I just picked up to make the planter that you demonstrated... I'm going to get to it some time soon I hope!

MissMary said...

Form, color, texture. Nature gets away with so many combinations you don't think would work but suddenly there it is and its wonderful! Love stopping in the middle of a walk or hike and seeing the detail in a few square inches of space. Loveliness and intricacy!

Sherry said...

my first thought was: COLOR
but after thinking a bit, it's that there is so much variety - ferociousness & delicateness, majesty & minutia, even beauty & ucky

Kristin Ann said...

I am inspired by the strength of nature. It's sustaining power to recreate itself year after year season after season. Violent weather, burning fire, drought, things that seem impossible to bear...nature continues to grow, to change, and to amaze.

Grace =) said...

I'm inspired by colors and the intricacies found in the way things are made up. Spider webs (although I hate them in the house!) and nests as well as flowers and plants and sunsets all provide such fascinating patterns and ideas.

Beautiful giveaway!

Raye Marie said...

The simple grace of nature inspires me. I love watching as seeds turn into little green promises of what might be. I enjoy watching the robin in our yard playing tug of war with the earth over a big fat juicy worm. I love sunshine and I love a great thunderstorm. I love it all.

lacey said...

I am inspired by the quite beauty and strength of nature. To think that God created all this inspires me, because I'm a child of God and that means I am a creative being, too! I love rainfall, thunderstorms, rivers, waterfalls, and mountains. I love being surrounded by mountains and trees - autumn is definitely my favorite time to be out in nature. Wow! Thanks for getting me to reflect on the wonders of nature!

Thanks,
Lacey
laceyjeanpeterson@gmail.com

Anna said...

The colors in nature inspire me. Especially really bright flowers, and how all the colors feel layered.

Mandy said...

really i think my favourite inspiration about nature are the shapes...love trees the best i think, but leaves, flowers,just so amazing to look at...thankyou for the chance to win this wonderful prize...xxx

Susan said...

So many things in nature inspire me, but if I had to pick just one thing it is the beautiful variations of the color green. Never ceases to amaze me.

saganaga said...

what inspires me most about nature ~ trees, birch trees or any kind of trees really, especially a forest of trees, i really enjoy walking through the woods

BellaKarma said...

Rain and clouds! I can take photos for hours of a cloudy sky. And when it rains, I create nonstop to nature's soundtrack. =)

barbara said...

I am inspired by the sky, the sea and the trees, by a beach at sunset and by my children blowing bubbles among grass and dandelions.

Full of Wish said...

Inspiration the mere word is inspiring is it not!
Vintage inspires me.
Dark coupled with beauty inspires me.

Blogs like these inspire me!

Michele said...

it's difficult to narrow down nature. she is an inspiring entity with so many faces. but if i have to pick something, i say it's her power and resilience. the fact that she is unstoppable and relentless. and no matter what we do, she will go on.

thanks for the giveaway, alisa!

Kerri K said...

I find the cycles of nature very inspiring... e.g., season to season, caterpillar to butterfly, bud to blossom, and the waxing and waning of the moon.

noell said...

What a beautiful giveaway!

I live in Arizona in the Sonoran desert. Our cacti make the most amazing shapes against the backdrop of the sky, and the mountains tower over our valley with jagged shapes. I'm so inspired by the outlines of all these beautiful Arizona monuments.

the thrifty ba said...

the beach makes me the happiest. i grew up in philly and spent every summer at the shore. now i live in utah and when ever i can get to a real beach, i just relax and enjoy thoughts of my childhood!

Kacie said...

my inspiration from nature comes straight from its honesty and purity. there is nothing that it holds back and nothing that shows off for the sake of showing off. nature is minute and detailed yet effortless and carefree. nature gives you everything you need but it also makes you work for it.

Kim said...

Specifically: birds. There are so many kinds. Their feathers take my imagination to lovely places. The way the move is so unique. :)
There are a lot of other things, but I've loved birds ever since I was a little girl.

-Kim

kfasone (at) gmail (dot) com

Cherie said...

I live in the woods surrounded by trees, but even so they amaze me on a daily basis...the leaf formations to form part of the whole!

2 Worlds said...

How nature is Free and just peaceful ! Great giveaway

Sarah Lou said...

That beauty and function can combine with ease. There isnt much that has not its own beauty, but it all has its purpose.

Bonnie said...

I love the rich and subtle colors, the patterns, the textures, the connection to spirit.

snowbird42 said...

ht now, nature is happily giving me cukes and other vegetables. Just a few little seeds!
Please enter me.

Barbara said...

What inspires me is what is hidden. I am inspired to look more closely so that I don't miss something. Like four leaf clovers for instance. If you look for them they can be found. One day I found 11! There are so many "miracles" of nature just waiting to be discovered if we pay attention and keep our eyes open.

HollyM said...

It is hard for me to put it into words. When I am in nature I just feel good and I feel at peace. When I'm inside I'm looking outside. I love to watch the birds at our feeders.

jeannielucky said...

My parents had a wholesale florist growing up. I absolutely loved flowers, their colors, watching them grow, and so on. I am so inspired by just watching out my backdoor and looking into the world of butterflies, the birds chirping, leaves changing colors, my beautiful flowers, and the sculptural qualities that my trees take on.I am a nature freak.

Lexi's Mommy said...

snowflakes inspire me because none are ever the same! They are amazingly gorgeous too. I grew up in Colorado and I love love love the snow!!

Natalie Elphinstone said...

what's not to love about nature?

The patterns.
The colours.
The randomness yet perfection.
The textures.
The sounds and smells.

Awe.
xx

Papper said...

I think every time I sit down to draw or paint I am trying in someway to emulate nature...the incredible shapes, balance of colors,the smells the textures. It all works and the design potentials that it provides for inspiration are infinite.
Wendy

MaryBeth said...

nature and wildlife are the reason I became a constant wildlife photographer. It is so difficult to pick one thing I love or adore most,so I will say it is the constant renewal and change I see day and night in all flora and fauna.
when a creature dies, i turn my head and new life appears
Nothing ever stays the same
looking close enough, with patient eyes, I am amazed always

Twig and Toadstool said...

What inspired me about nature...lately I've been in the garden...I'm amazed and inspired of the journey from seed to plant...the industriousness of the insects in the garden, and the whole process of working intimately with nature. Soothes my soul!
Thank you for the opportunity to win such a lovely package of goodies!
maureen

Khrissy said...

I absolutely love the way sunshine streams through tree branches and leaves a lighted path on the ground below. I am inspired by a riverbed hike and a picnic in the shade. Waterfalls, mountains, flowers, birds, trees- it all inspires me. When I am outdoors camping or just taking a walk-I feel calm and connected with myself, nature and God.

Anonymous said...

Hello I am so looking forward to taking a class or two of yours. What inspires me about nature? I love the ocean. It's so vass, strong yet gentle, and relaxing. I love the colors of the water. What a combination. Thank you for the opportunity to win a prize. getkoneckted@yahoo.com

Beth said...

I love how nature is always changing. My favorite thing is to walk by the Yampa River with my dog and just watch how in an instant the water can take on a whole new personality and impact all of the world around it- the trees, grasses, animals, you name it. Nature has a power over me that no man-made ANYTHING can match! It has the instant ability to lift my spirits and lighten the load that the busy world puts on all of us.

JillB said...

I am inspired by landscapes. I seem to be particularly attracted by farmland - vast expanses of colour in the fields - which is odd, since I'm very much a suburbs person!

Phoenix Peacock said...

Nature envokes a sense of freedom. Even when the weather is stormy it has a feeling of calm. When I am in nature, I become mindful, attentive to detail and environment, and I slow down. All of these things creates a cultivated awareness that reminds me to take a break from the chaotic daily routine, slow down, and enjoy the process of making. -sigh- it is a wonderful retreat!

Margaret Applin said...

What inspires me most in nature are flowers. I can't get close enough to them even taking shots through my macro lens. I want to zoom in so close to caress their velvet and opulent petals, envelop their delicate scents and marvel both at the simplicity and complexity of their structures and capture those feelings to revisit over and over again.

curlysusieQ said...

What inspires me about nature? It may sound fun and simple, but it's the color of nature. Each season has its own color palette. I love looking at trees and the different colors you can see in the bark as well as the leaves. I can find inspiration looking out my window, at the grass, flowers, sky, sunrise and sunset.

Kaleena said...

the colors of nature inspire me.

Anna said...

Color, seasons, dirt, leaves, feathers, rock, sky, rain. I am constantly amazed at the inspiration nature has to offer!

Valarie said...

The colors, sights and sounds of nature are all inspiring to me. The endless variety of trees, leaves,flowers,birds....is amazing!

Poetic Dreams said...

What inspires me about nature? Considering I get the joy of being paid to watch nature in all her glory every summer ( I work at a pool that's surround by many trees). I would say it's the pure innocence around me. The bunnies coming out to graze on the long blades of grass. Squirrels trusting me enough to take their treats from my hand. The wild hawks looking for their prey. The many birds searching for a treat and singing to me.Beautiful dragonflies & butterflies. Nature is full of many surprises, all we have to do is sit back and enjoy it all. I throughly enjoy the beauty around me!

Marcela said...

I love the colors of the flowers, the green leaves of the trees, the incredible blue of the sky, the yellow, golden and orange of a sunset and the flaming pink of sunrise.

Diana Dellos said...

texture! tree bark and shapes, leaves, the woods, etc. the texture wraps me in!

Monkey Mind said...

Flowers are very inspiring, as are all the beautiful birds. We saw a cougar the other day, that was really inspiring!

mamma-mich said...

with my two young boys, EVERYTHING in nature inspires me. teaching them about nature, seeing how they play, learn, react to nature. it is amazing!!!! kids certainly open your eyes that much more.

Suzie Button said...

I just found your blog through the challenge you took and the wonderful necklace you created! Beautiful! And a sweet giveaway! Just the majesty and grace with which nature lives within is what inspires me! Suzie

alisa logue said...

Natures colors are most inspiring to me... and the sounds... and the smells... so refreshing and nourishing to the soul! Would love to win Tracie Lyn's book. I've admired her work for awhile now! -Alisa

Kate said...

What inspires me about nature? everything is perfect in its own imperfection.I love the sounds in nature the bird songs, wind whistling through the trees, the hoot of owl, just being there. I could go on and on but I will spare you. Oh bye the way your blog is one of my favorites.

Coupon said...

Wind and water aka Feng Shui inspires me. Their invisible energy are capable of shaping the landscape of the earth a little at a time. Perfection isn't reached, but it's a journey of tiny choices made one at a time. So it is with crafting.

Lise said...

Each time I visit your blog, I'm inspired ... Thank you for that and for your generosity.

Kiss
Lise

Maria said...

What a wonderful giveaway! This book was in my wish list since I read about it. Nature is a constant source of inspiration for my jewelry designs and especially for the ring-a-day project that I'm involved in. What a find most amazing is the endless variation of colors, shapes and textures. Botanical forms are very appealing to me, I collect, photograph and sketch as many as I can.

susan in seattle said...

The colors of nature are really inspirational to me. From sunsets to plants and birds. So many factors of nature just kill me everytime I'm out in it. I really feel sorry for people who never leave large cities to experience the beauty of nature in the raw form.

Janelle said...

Lots of things inspire me about nature... how can I choose one?! I love nature's details, colours, textures, smells! Insects, flowers birds and small, interesting and unusual things are my favourites!

bensedin art said...

Colour and textures!

Diana said...

I am inspired by nature's magic. Every little new blade of grass, every tiny bud, every growing shoot is pure magic. Otherwise, how do they do it? They don't get food, like other living creatures, they just do it. Hurray for nature - and magic.

Alison said...

I am inspired by the clear blue sky, and New Zealand's majestic scenery. :-)

Tracie said...

I guess you can say nature is my "church"....it never fails to restore and inspire me.

BTW . . . I always smile when I see Tracie Lyn Huskamp's name, cause I'm Tracie Lyn Hanson!

Danables said...

The seasons inspire me. The colours of the autumn leaves, the smell of the rain in summer. The clean slate of winter and the new life of spring. Thankyou for making me see the beauty of what can easily be taken for granted, im going to look at each day with fresh eyes :-)

Martine H said...

the colours and shades, the ever changing colours of 1 same landscape. Whenever I visit this one valley in Bavaria, Germany, I am amased by the ever changing colours. I love it.

Um Omer said...

I'm inspired by the colors of the sky ...........the orange, red, blue colors....wow


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NatashaMay said...

This is a great giveaway, Alisa. Thanks for the chance. I'am usualy inspired by color and shades.

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Bubamara said...

When I am in the forest everything is different.Like Alice in Wonderland. I'm a different person in totaly different world. Quiet, but not silence around me. Everywhere I look, I find something what makes me thinking: "Wow, what a beauty!"

Margriet said...

Shapes, colors, the tranquility...nature in all its aspects is a wonderful inspiration!!!

Anart Island Studio said...

Great give-a-way, Alisa!!

I think natures changes inspire me most, but also colours and shapes...;-)) Maybe it changes with my moods?? Could very well be...;-)

Rebekah Leigh said...

Cold misty mornings when the suns just peeking through and you know by lunch time it'll be a lovely sunny day....This usually comes with camping and making breakfast on a stove outside...Gosh I can't wait to go camping!!!!

Sandie said...

Hi, what inspires me about nature is the wonderful changing of the seasons. The autumn leaves turnign, the green grass growing, the sound of the ocean's waves. All wonderful & so clever !!!
Cheers Sandie

Anonymous said...

Clouds. I love the colors, the shapes and the way they constantly change.
Julie

holasoylulu said...

happyness is what inspires me for everything!
what a wonderful giveaway!!!!
thanks!
kisses
Alicia: holasoylulu@yahoo.es

Laura Stewart said...

I love all the pretty colors in nature

Megan said...

What inspires me most about nature is how refreshing it is to stand with nature and just be. All the while surrounded by these awesome colors and textures.

sarah said...

the QUIET rustling of nature inspires me most. :)
xo,
sarah

Mari said...

I really love the natural textures, such as snowflakes, the veins on the leaves, cobwebs. All this is very inspiring to me. Another thing I like the combination of city and nature, where I live. Very harmonious atmosphere created in my town.

The Dreaming Bear said...

What a nice giveaway! I am most inspired by the colors that mother nature puts together...bold, beautiful combinations that I wouldn't think of on my own!

Estee said...

I'm inspired mostly by leaves and wings. I love evrything about them.

Aniko said...

What inspires me the most is Color. I am color addict,
Color fan, Color enthusiast.
And Nature generously changes colors day by day, hour by hour sometimes minute by minute. So what can I say more...

Lisa said...

What inspires me most from nature is the rebirth of plants and flowers.

astr!d said...

i love nature! i live in the ozark foothills in arkansas. we have 4.5 acres with a pond and HUGE rocks covered in moss and cedar trees that smell & sound lovely in a bonfire. i love to have my windows open in the spring and fall- to feel the breeze inside my house. i love to feel the sunshine and smell the rain. my kids, my man, and i spend lots of time outside. we go camping a ton in the summer, swimming in the lake, going hiking to caves, taking pictures outside, walking thru creeks, sunsets, clouds, the smell of earth, growing plants and flowers...i love it all!!!!
****astrid****

Barbara L. said...

I'm inspired by the constant change and colors of nature. Every minute there is something different.

GreenStockings said...

I am most inspired by the light and colours of nature - the varieties, especially in the green spectra, remind me to work harder and deeper at my creations.

Jen Walters said...

I am visually inspired by the colors and textures in nature. Especially when I've got my macro lens in hand.

Devyn Larson said...

I am inspired by by kids' awe of nature. How they get "nose close" to the crawlies, examine all the bits of the flowers, and stop everything when a humming bird does a fly-by.
SO cool.

Jenn said...

This year I have been inspired by our patio garden! The kids and I planted mint, tomatoes, peppers, spinach and lettuce on our back deck. Watching everything grow from seed has been fun and inspiring for us all and it's even better when the end product is edible.

patty a. said...

Color and texture inspire me. So many different colors and so many different shapes and sizes.

Gilding Lilies said...

There are so many things that inspire me about nature, but I guess I will pick wavey grass. I love to see a hillside with long tufts of grass blowing in the breeze - sigh.

Kim G said...

Sounds...birds, crickets, coyotes. Wind rustling through the trees. Water in any form, ocean waves, rain, fountains, creeks.

K Spoering said...

Birds. I think because I believe I should be able to fly, as I do in my dreams...

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Cmmargaret said...

When I first read this question what instantly came to me was the quiet! When I thought about it some more I realized that nature wasn;t necessarily quiet but instead filled with it own special sounds. I guess it is these lovely sounds (Or Quiet) that I find so inspiring as they are so different than the sounds of the hustle and bustle of my regular life. Oh....that and all of that fabulous COLOR!

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Brenda G said...

I am inspired by all the beautiful flowers that are in bloom. Also by beautiful sunsets.

Robin said...

I love the smells; the feel of wind and sun; the sounds of insects, birds and animals and the colors and textures of leaves and flowers. I love how time seems to stand still and I can live in the moment and appreciate this beautiful world.

Niki Stylianou said...

I'm inspired by nature's abundance...variety...balance...tranquility...stilness...

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

Elizabeth in NM said...

What grabs my attention first about nature is color. Then it draws me in to the details of texture, pattern, and uniqueness.

Jackie said...

Nature is pure inspiration....with all the different shades of color, imperfections and depths of beauty. I am always taken back by nature, especially when the start of a new season comes (i live in the midwest)we are truly blessed by what surrounds us!

Bee Yourself Designs said...

The sound of a babbling creek, the rain drops and the wind ruffling through the leaves inspires me. Especially now, since it is the first time I am hearing them! After my new cochlear implants, it's amazing what I can now hear. It's a noisy world after all! Thank you for this opportunity to win this giveaway!

Sue Amour said...

Looking around my studio and seeing them everywhere.... as images I've created or rubber stamps sitting on my shelves it has to be "Flowers".
Their vibrant colours, glorious shapes and wonderful fragrance fill me with joy.

Maminka Girl - Loribeth said...

Just discovered your blog in time for this great giveaway. I have had my eye on that book so to win it would be wonderful. I am inspired by the colors and textures of nature..especially ferns and birch bark!

{Sarah} said...

Easy! COLORS!! Any season has the amazing potential for different color inspiration...

Michelle said...

Flowers are definitely the most inspirational thing for me...I love to photograph them and I love to just enjoy the colors and the combination of colors that are naturally created. There is nothing more fresh than seeing random flowers planted next to one another and just being amazed at that palate!

Becky said...

Nature inspires me with its JOURNEY! Each and every bit of nature has a beginning and an end, and a path it travels in between - Butterflies, birds, grass, leaves, water, a breeze, a scent, a song... Nature provides the most basic and constant ebb and flow of life, inviting us to dance, so that we can just enjoy each moment.

Whitney said...

Rusty objects found while walking my dogs inspire me. The rustier the better!

skyerae said...

There is so much that I love about nature. I love all the vibrant colors that you can find and the smell of flowers. I love looking at a birds nest and marveling at how they can take any little thing and weave it together to make their home. There is just so much to be fascinated by!

Pink Velvet Bird said...

Birds. I love birds. Especially grumpy lookin' ones :)

Jeannie said...

I love Tracie's book. I have it on my nightstand and when insomnia hits, I don't mind! Nature is like a big crazy quilt - texture, color, oddities, flora and fauna. Have a great week.

Butterfly Works said...

What a georgeous giveaway..
Natures inspires me with all its colors and textures and beauty, from the wings of a georgous butterfly to the roaring sounds of the ocean, or mountain stream to grand trees swaying in the wind to wonderfully made creatures....
The smell of a flower can be intoxicating, a butterfly's color can take your breathe away, and sights and sounds of water rushing down a mountainside can exillerating...
Some of our most inspired creativity comes from nature....
We are refreshed as we brush with it each day.....

Rustic Tarts said...

So many lovers of nature have already capsulated all there is to say. Every bit of our world has been created and painted for us to enjoy from the brown mixture of ochres to the lush colours of the rainbow. Beauty is everywhere.

Lorraine said...

well I would have to say watching the birds in my garden..birds feature a lot in my work..great kind giveaway..good luck to everyone

Anonymous said...

I'm inspired by the flowers that bloom from cactus/succulent plants. The shapes of small rocks. Oh my, I keep going. Thanks for all DIY techniques you teach. I have tried many of them. Love them.
Norma Amador

Melanie Jade said...

I am inspired by the uniqueness of nature. Unlike mass-printed materials, every leaf, petal, and shadow is different from the next. Uniquely beautiful, uniquely perfect. The same is true for every hand, face, and voice. So beautiful.

lee said...

I think it is the scent, its like in the early morning, the smell of the grass, and the flowers and the birds chirping and the quiet.

Lucie said...

I love butterflies and flowers. There is no end to the various shapes and details and nuances. Truly amazing. Lucie (LAupperlee@sheppardpratt.org)

martha brown said...

I think that I'm most inspired by the juxtaposition of textures in nature -- a smooth stone against the sand, an egg in a nest.....

Wendy said...

oh, wow wow wow!!!
I'm inspired the the ever-changing-ness of nature. Each moment is different. The shifts of light, I think, are the most fascinating; especially at dusk... that magical moment when everything takes on a new layer of indefinable colour.

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