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Fun with Yarn Scraps!

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So, I really wanted to do something fun with all of my yarn scraps other than dumping them on my cat!

I have a vague memory of seeing someone mix all of their scraps with ModPodge and creating a yarn bowl which looked awesome!  I live in a small downtown apartment so surface space is at a premium, wall space however, is still available!

I mixed a pile of my scraps with a small container of ModPodge and spread the messy mix onto a sheet of wax paper. I then covered the entire surface with plastic wrap (wax paper would work too, but I had run out).  I covered the whole surface with heavy books and left it for a few hours and then removed the plastic.  After leaving it to dry over night, I flipped my creation over, peeled of the wax paper and left it for a few more hours for the back to dry, and here is my finished piece of modern art!

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The finished effect is just what I was hoping for and whenever I look at it, I am reminded of various projects I completed using some of the yarns!

I still have an entire bin of scraps left so I will have to come up with some more plans of how to use them, any ideas anyone?

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What Inspires you?

I am constantly surprising myself with my sources of inspiration.  There are the more obvious things, like someone else’s finished work, nature, or piece of art, but I find that the more I let my imagination loose, the more things bring me inspiration.

I live in a fairly small Atlantic coast city and have an amazing view from my apartment window of the city and the harbour. This morning, I am watching smoke coming out of a large chimney stack at the Children’s Hospital a couple of blocks away, and I am suddenly overwhelmed with an idea for a fat fluffy white sheep! Is this normal?

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I am lucky that the most important person in my life, my son, is a successful artist, so I have someone who understands me, well most of the time anyway! Co-workers, however, are another thing entirely!  They often look a little confused and perhaps even afraid when in the middle of a meeting, my eyes suddenly glaze over and I stare into the middle distance. Snapped out of my revery, by a nudge or a questioning comment, I apologize saying “Sorry, I just had a idea for a new pattern”!

On occasion, strangers on the street have nearly run up my back due to me stopping suddenly to examine  a pretty leaf on the ground ablaze with colours perfect for my next scarf!

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I have even been known to take a photo of a bowl of lentils and spinach or some such thing!

The list goes on and on, what inspires you? I would love to hear!