Inspirations can come from any source. A mural can come from rolls of butcher paper during a contest. A poem can come from an empty can rolling across the sidewalk. A story can come from an abandoned glove.
Anything can come from anywhere. Even writer's block.
It's what you put into the story that is important. The story is imagined, "Where did that glove come from," and that thought leads to another, "I bet their hands are really cold right now."
Inspirations are inspired and the Muses are everywhere.
I am lucky to have found a fantastic group of crafty friends who are full of inspiration. If I can't use it, maybe one of them can. Maybe they have an idea that sparks one of my own. My friend Kristin, designer and creator of our mural and art group, has brought in some of her wonderful projects for our sew 'n swaps along with our other groups. My friend Sarah always has abstract, crazy, wonderful ideas that are completely off the wall but are inspiring. My son always has some idea that inspires me to take up the challenge and make him something (although the plarn bag turned out too girly for him. I have to make another one in more manly colors).
Who inspires you? Where do you get ideas from and who helps you realize those ideas?