children's literature

Blog Finds (courtesy of my bff Kate)

Today's entry features an interview with my best friend Kate (Katie), who started a cool hi-tech inspiration wall online a couple of years ago.  It has evolved into a great way to find inspiring ideas and tag them for future reference.  It reminds me of back in highschool when we would look through magazines for cool ideas, cut them out and make collages - only a lot more efficient! Read below for Kate's thoughts on an online inspiration wall!

Some of my favorite images that she has collected over time are:

"I spend more hours than I'd like to admit skimming blogs online.  My favorites are the Apartment Therapy family- the original Apartment Therapy, Ohdeedoh, Re-Nest and The Kitchn.  I also scope out lots of Mom-written crafty blogs- women making cute things for and with their children, and general style blogs.  I got sick of going back and trying to find the images that inspired me, so I created a Google Picasa Album where I could upload the images that really struck me.

It's purpose is three-fold, it allows me to go back and remember those great ideas I want to emulate, it allows me to share the cool things I find with others and finally it gives me a place to see what exactly my style is.  By putting all these images in one place, I can see which trends and styles I gravitate towards- for example- I never realized how much I love built in bookcases and book displays until I realized I had 10 photos of them in my collection.  It makes sense, I love books, especially children's literature, which tend to have great artwork and lend well to being displayed." - Kate