Monday Mornings Inspiration {or Tuesday, whatever}

I don't even recall how Sarah and I became friends but I just know that I am blessed with her friendship.  Meet the talented and lovely Sarah of Sarah B Designs...

Since the feature is called Monday Mornings Inspiration, can you tell me what inspires you to be creative? Inspiration is everywhere! I've never been one to just let things be-- I always have to tinker with things to make them just so. If what I want isn't ready-made, then it's time to jump on in and do it myself!

What continues to inspire you each day and how do you keep your art fresh?  I'm thankful to be able to stay at home with my my young kids but between the morning school drop off, the inevitable errands, housecleaning, potty-training, preschool drop-off, and all the cooking that needs to be done in an day, there's hardly any time left to be creative! I try to make a point to find at least a few minutes to sew or sketch or scribble out a recipe conversion as a way to inch forward, make some progress that cannot be undone (because a cooked meal, clean sink or empty laundry basket don't last long).What could you not live without to get through each work day?  Your phone/computer, sewing machine or your coffee? An internet connection of some sort! I don't tend get much face to face adult conversation on any given day, so chatting with my online friends and browsing blogs is a great pick-me-up and inspiration.

What is the best part of your job as a designer? Seeing something turn from an idea into a finished project is so exciting! Whether it's a doodle turning into a piece of fabric or graph paper sketch that finishes as a quilt, it's thrilling to see the end result. One of the best things has been the treat of seeing others use my Moda Bake Shop "recipes" and post photos on their blogs or on Flickr. Receiving notes from people who have used my food allergy baking recipes either for themselves or their child is especially heartwarming.

What advice would you offer to someone when it comes to living a creative life? Time is precious. Spend it with the people who make you happy and support your creativity. Focusing on negative talk never helps anyone, so eliminate as much of it around you as you can, and you will find that you are happier and more productive. What can we expect to see from you in the coming year in terms of new projects and design? I am still designing digital scrapbook kits for sale, which can be found in my shop at Digitals If your readers would like head over there, there are a few free samples and I am please to offer a coupon for $2 of purchase of $6 or more. Just enter 614c45a59b during the coupon code field at checkout. (Expires April 30, 2011, valid once per registered customer.)

I have some of my current digital scrapbook paper designs formatted as fabric and up for sale at Spoonflower  along with a few other designs like this little one that is being printed now and on it's way to being either a cute shirt or pair or PJ pants for my little boy!   In the coming weeks I'll have a new quilt tutorial posted at Moda Bake Shop and I'm excited to finally share the front of quilt I've been working on! I will give a sneak peek of the back of it…. I sketched up another quilt for my mom and plan to share that tutorial on my sewing blog as soon as I write it up.

Thanks Sarah for sharing your inspiration!