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Sources of inspiration

by Clare Mansell
Sources of inspiration

This week I have learned that inspiration comes from strange places.

The plate in the photo above has been languishing in our work kitchen unloved for several years, possibly decades, until I picked it out of the stack for my cheese sandwich last week… and then stole it.

Although, I’m not entirely sure if it can really be classed as stealing as my boss was watching at the time, and I announced quite loudly that I was “stealing this plate because I love it.”

Nonetheless, it will soon be taking up a spot on the wall in our kitchen and I found that when I needed inspiration for an applique cushion cover this week it was just the thing….

AND to make the whole thing even better, I have now discovered envelope backs for cushions! Seriously, why did no one tell me?

I’m also going to try an exact replication of the design after I’ve bought some fabric paints, which are on the shopping list for our Easter trip to the UK….

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Susanna March 12, 2010 - 3:47 pm

I remember plates etc like that when they were trendy and exciting! I wouldn’t choose to have them around now, though, but cushions are a different kettle of fish and yours is lovely.

Caroline Sweeting March 12, 2010 - 4:50 pm

I can see a bit of your skirt on that there cushion Clare?!

Croap Queen March 12, 2010 - 6:02 pm

Very retro, I love it. Hmmm, if I can just get my printer to work, I’ve got an idea for something beaded now….

Oh, and it’s not stealing at all – it’s rescuing!


Minky Magic March 12, 2010 - 7:47 pm

I love that plate! The cushion is lovely too, what a cute little find.

Ninny March 12, 2010 - 9:14 pm

The plate is so very retro! And what a neat pillow! You are talented….


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