Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from life around me, from watching people going about their lives. The writer in me is a receptacle open to the impressions and influences I am exposed to on a daily basis. Me, the photographer, captures the visuals and scenes, branding them into my memory for reference at a later date.
One of my favorite hobbies is people watching or eavesdropping on snippets of conversation. I have created some of my best stories, written thought provoking posts or informative articles after listening in to discussions or conversations while sitting in a coffee shop or standing in the queue at the grocery store. Sometimes they are only fragments of dialogue, but enough to jerk my memory, or tickle my curiosity, driving me to my notebook to scribble down the ideas.
I absolutely love being able to retreat to this special place within me, a place that is mine and can never belong to anyone else. This place is a refuge for my soul and a place that nourishes my creativity. If I choose to invite anyone it would be by special invitation. Then I have allowed the words or the images that have struggled to be set free, to finally flow. As if having a mind of their own, they spill out onto the paper, painting visionary pictures for those who choose to read my words.
Inspiration can arrive unexpectedly at my door, but it leads me to be driven with a passion that comes from deep within. Inspiration cannot be defined nor can it be controlled, where seemingly ordinary moments in life become more than they appear. To find inspiration you need to look everywhere!
Where I find my inspiration might seem staid and stale to others who are experiencing the exact same moment with me. Stunning sunsets and breathtaking waterfalls are not necessary to stir the soul, sometimes it’s as simple as watching my 9 year old son sitting in the corner playing with his Lego Star Wars figures and imagining a fantastic galaxy filled with colorful characters and mighty battles.
When inspiration for these decadent fruity and chocolaty buns struck, I gave into them contentedly. While the initial idea was to use cherries, the jar of lingonberries in my pantry appealed to me a lot more. Together with the dark chocolate chunks these buns are a delicious way to awaken inspiration.
I’d also like to share with you an exciting project recently re-launched by my friend Sabra Krock and her husband. Everything but Water is the largest independent retailer of swim and resortwear in the US. Their stunning style section features lookbooks, fashion inspiration/trends and great videos from their fashion shoots. I am loving browsing through their wonderful stories created each week as I find them to be a great source of inspiration on many levels. For example, the Couture Cocktails story – a recipe for summer fun – stunning looks paired with designer cocktails or how about Trina Trunk’s Moroccan-inspired resort collection. Please take some time and check out their amazing work!
Where do you find your inspiration?
Inspiration is a personal thing and each one of us resource if from different elements. I guess, it is important to be open and observant in daily life. I realize inspiration comes easily to me when I am emotionally engaged in daily life, my inspiration comes from living!
These buns combine beautiful flavors and bring them together in perfect harmony. Biting into the fluffy softness of the dough and experiencing the tartness of the lingonberries with the rich dark chocolate will inspire you to new creations. Enjoy!
I am sending these to the lovely Kulsum of Journey Kitchen, who is my current hostess of the Monthly Mingle. I am hoping that the theme yeasted doughs inspired you all to create something delicious too and I really look forward to seeing you all at the roundup.
The theme for the next Monthly Mingle has also been announced. My hostess for September is Divya from Dil Se and she has would like you all to bring along your Scintillating Salads to the event. The deadline in 30th September 2011. Hope you will be joining us!
You might like these ideas from WFLH:
|Nutella Flakey Swirls||Red Current and Marzipan Swirls||Rhubarb Spiced Coffee Cake|
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