June 13

Inspiration Results – June 13

Posted by lori . 10 Comments


Every Monday, I post a painting “inspiration.” Every Thursday, I post how I interpreted the inspiration. I decided to do this to keep myself painting, to strengthen how I go from an idea to a painting, and to give myself permission to play and try new things. For the next several weeks, I’m taking my inspiration from the great ideas you sent me.

This week’s inspiration comes from my friend, Amy…IF FREEDOM WERE A GIRL.

Freedom Girl

How to be HAPPY!


Every Thursday, Jay of The Depp Effect, posts something that makes her happy, and I’m playing along. She encourages us to look around and notice the things that make us happy. I enjoy this challenge because it makes me consider the things that make me happy, but are easily overlooked. It’s a wonderful exercise in attention and gratitude. Please grab the badge and join in.

Here’s something that makes me happy…FROGS.

Frog Letter Opener

I’m a frog collector…well, kind of. I started collecting frogs when I was a little girl. Back then, frog knick-knacks weren’t plentiful so my collection grew slowly and it was fun to find and receive new ones. Over the years, as many collectors have experienced, I became a frog magnet. I received frogs from everyone, for every gift-giving occasion. At my highest point (or more accurately, my lowest point), I had frog everything. It was getting a little weird. So, I went through my collection and got rid of everything except my most treasured frogs. Today, I have a healthy relationship with my collection. I don’t necessarily consider myself a frog collector anymore; I just tend to like some things that have frogs on them. The picture above is of a letter opener. I picked it up in Virginia when I was there for an Army assignment. Useful item, happy memory, cute frog…the perfect mix.

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10 Responses to " Inspiration Results – June 13"

  • urban hounds says:

    I really like that picture, lovely hair color! I’ve always liked frogs too but have only one frog collectible

    urban hounds

  • I once had a similar pig collection. And had to do the same thing eventually. Now just the favorites are still around. Love that froggy though! It reminds me of the bedazzled tape dispenser and stapler I got for Christmas. They make bill paying so much better…well…sort of.

  • Lovely painting. We collect frogs as well. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  • Sue says:

    Really like the painting.

    My sister in law whilst playing leap frog with the kids at the nursery where she then worked, slipped and broke her leg. Ever since then friends and family have been buying frogs for her. She’s got loads:)

  • sue taylor says:

    Lori the painting is gorgeous absolutley beautiful!

    Frogs NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! they scare the pants off me.

  • Wow, I do like the little frog letter-opener! I also think it’s a great souvenir. I have decided that souvenirs are better when they’re useful objects; tea towels are a favourite souvenir item here in England I do use them. It’s nice to remember a favourite holiday or day trip while I’m drying dishes! Also I have knives, hats, a belt or two (a recent acquisition being a lovely spotty pink leather one from Florence), mugs etc.

    The same thing has happened to me with Johnny Depp stuff. I have a TON of magazines with articles and photos in them, framed pictures and movie posters, letter openers, jewellery, bags – all kinds of things. And it’s out of control … I must prune it somehow, but it’s so difficult!!

    I like your ‘Freedom’ girl. You are developing a crisper style, I think – or maybe that’s being led by the subject for this one? Anyway, she has a nice look of determination about her!

  • Penelope says:

    Wow! We have frog collection too! It too has been culled…and while culling, I noticed there were many owls…

    • lori says:

      I certainly understand this phenomenon. Oddly enough, I think I have several owls in my frog collection too!

  • Martha says:

    You’re the 3rd person collecting frogs I’ve met, Lori 🙂
    I remembering once I had a commission – I glass painted a big vase with 3 different green cartoon’y frogs on it for my colleague’s mum 🙂 (I think I even blogged about it on my blog, if you’re interested)

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