What’s inspiring me lately–Quarantine edition

Well, hello friends! Who would have thought we would find ourselves sheltering in our homes in the midst of a global pandemic in 2020?! But alas, here we are, trying to get through this as best we can with our health and sanity in tact.I thought this was a good time for a “What’s inspiring me lately”– quarantine edition.

I have to say, there is no lack of creativity going on all around us and I seek these stories out to stay inspired amidst all of the bad news. So, here are a few highlights I’d like to share.

Just one of many driveway chalk masterpieces from Stacy

Stacy Lazzara’s driveway chalk art–#chalkyourwalk

My friend and former colleague, Stacy Lazzara, is creating THE most amazing and creative driveway chalk art, including her two adorable little girls in each masterpiece. (So good, in fact, it was featured on the TODAY show!) Just when I think the most recent one is my favorite, she comes up with an even MORE creative one! Seriously, go check out these delightful images on her Instagram–your welcome!

candles home decor

A lovely candle from Anecdote shop

Anecdote shop

Strolling through locally-owned shops isn’t possible at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t browse digitally for beautiful treasures. Anecdote is a Chicago-area shop with lots of great home décor for any budget. Even if you don’t purchase anything, it’s fun to just peruse all lovely things! I treated myself to one of their candles and it smells so good. I’ll definitely be a repeat customer.

ina garten recipes

Just one of Ina’s DELICIOUS insta posts for quarantine recipes

Ina Garten’s Instagram

I’m probably a little late to the party on this one, but if you don’t follow Ina Garten on Instagram you really NEED to. Her quarantine recipes are so helpful. She keeps them pretty simple with things you likely already have in the house. And you HAVE to check out her Cosmopolitan recipe post–it’s hysterical. Who knew Ina had such a sense of humor?! Party with Ina Garten is now on my bucket list.


I’m no Mozart but I’m going to make an effort to learn

The piano

I played the organ when I was a kid but it was short-lived. Fast forward to early 2000’s–I inherited a piano from my late aunt. She played the piano most of her life and played very well. This lovely reminder of her has been sitting (mostly idle) in my house ever since. I’ve tinkered on it here and there but nothing serious. With a little extra time on my hands, I will give it another go. It’s in desperate need of tuning but I won’t let that be a barrier. I love music, so playing piano will serve as another creative outlet for me. (I posted about music as inspiration here.) So, if any of my neighbors are reading this, and you happen to hear what sounds like a 7 year-old taking their first piano lessons, I’m sorry.

I hope this post serves as a little pick-me-up, cuz laaawd knows we can all use it! If you have some creative inspiration you’d like to share, drop it in the comments! The more, the merrier!



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