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Collective Inspiration – an invitation for crafty bloggers

by Folksy Support

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Image from Jayhell at Folksy

We all need a bit of advice and encouragement occasionally, although maybe not always this direct!

Over the last few weeks in our ‘Inspired by‘ series a few friends of the Folksy team have been writing about some of the exceptional people in their lives and how they have been inspired by them. The people who have spurred them on, encouraging them to follow their dreams and ambitions, celebrating their successes and supporting them when things don’t quite go to plan.

An invitation to all bloggers and writers!

Whether its a friend (on or offline), a relative, or a teacher we would like to invite you to write a post on your own blog all about why they are your number one inspiration.  We wanted to create a collection across the blogosphere, of inspiring stories from our Folksy members, getting all the writers and crafty bloggers involved in this series of posts.  It’s fascinating to read peoples stories about the wonderful, crafty people in their lives and we want to create a collection of posts to celebrate these folks and also to have some fun connecting all of our arts and craft related blogs in this way. Hopefully we’ll all find some new blogs to follow too.  We can’t wait to read them all :)

If you don’t have a blog you could use facebook notes – just ask if you need help!

Once you have written your piece please share it with us over on our facebook page or here as a comment so we can gather all these great posts together and read about the interesting and inspiring crafty folks in your lives.

Please also add a link back to us in your post and if you have time please share our invitation with your favourite craft bloggers to inspire even more interesting writers to join in.  We’ll be writing a follow up in a few weeks time, highlighting some of the excellent posts and blogs we have found. Will you be joining us?

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Paul Bailey May 12, 2011 - 9:28 am

Funnily enough… I wrote about my greatest inspiration a few days ago. Its about the late artist John Blockley: http://paulbaileyart.blogspot.com/2011/05/heros.html

Jen Lewis May 12, 2011 - 10:44 am

Brilliant post, thank you for featuring my ACEO. I hope the work in my Folksy shop is inspiring to all! :o)

Kate May 12, 2011 - 12:03 pm

We did this one a little while back, and hope it brings inspiration to others too:

I’m going to have to go check Paul’s now, thanks for throwing this open to us, Folksy :)

Jenny May 12, 2011 - 5:14 pm

I did this a few weeks back. It features the actress that played Anck Su Namun in The Mummy film.


Konnie Kapow! May 12, 2011 - 6:07 pm

Me too! Over the last few weeks I’ve written about my knitting inspirations http://konniekapow.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/knit-wit-the-beginnings/ and my great aunt http://konniekapow.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/knit-wit-mairnies-jumpers/

Jools (Umbel HM) May 12, 2011 - 6:38 pm

A bit of a re-write of past blogs, but well deserving. This man was my hero and though he’s no longer with us I think of him every day


Carol May 12, 2011 - 8:39 pm

I have posted my offering on my blog and the link is

Marian Cates May 13, 2011 - 6:45 am

Had to google “faffing.” Never heard it before. Be it Brit? I have an e-zine on a blogspot (as well as a blog on another b.spot). My e-zine/blog is more about showing than telling. And I’m showing a 5-part documentary on Peter Carl Faberge, whose Easter Eggs have always inspired me. http://artonline-mwc.blogspot.com/

Myrtle « Ingrid Murnane May 13, 2011 - 11:10 am

[…] The chaps over at Folksy.com are collating a series of blog posts and articles about people that crafters have been inspired by. This is mine, but who are yours? If you want to write your own post and be part of it, there’s some more information here. […]

Ingrid Murnane May 13, 2011 - 11:21 am

The lady who inspired me to knit: Myrtle, my grandmother:


amyorangejuice May 13, 2011 - 1:34 pm

Gotta be my dad, whose ability to make things must have rubbed off………..look what he just built for me! http://wp.me/pzg7F-gi

Lesley Evans May 14, 2011 - 2:38 pm

My most inspirational person has to be my mum!
Not only does she encourage me in whatever I do, she also always ‘tells it like it is’, so for example if any of my photos aren’t very good, she says! This kind of advice is hard to give and to listen to sometimes, but it’s often the most useful!

Juju and Bubba May 15, 2011 - 8:41 am

My very first post on my blog was dedicated to my inspirational Grandfather who was always ‘fiddling ‘ with bits and pieces in his shed. To deal with a somewhat unruly and mischievous meddler (me) he took it upon himself to teach me how to use a few simple tools and keep me out of more trouble…hopefully..

JUJU AND BUBBA ….. tales from a shed:

SHEDS http://t.co/3xgwrAi

samantha gray May 16, 2011 - 2:00 pm

hi im so new to htis , ive been slowwly crafting for years . think i got it from my gradfather !! imlooking at other stuff and i just need a bit more expertise on designing my stuff and getting it seen can any one help , i live in wes tlothian and nee a calss ar group that can realyhelp , i make cards and desighnglas vases and such like any help , links or advice would be great .

Hilary May 17, 2011 - 10:22 am

Samantha – there are lots of posts here on the blog with details on how to promote your Folksy shop – take a look down the sidebars or you can join in with our forums, they are full of helpful crafters :)

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