Today's post follows up a little bit on our post on Six Ways to Find Inspiration and Renewed Energy for Quilting, Sewing and Crafting.
While I was home in Omaha helping my family we took a morning to visit the Lauritzen Gardens. Mom and Dad have an annual membership to this 100-acre botanical garden and conservatory, so they usually get there several times a year. The weather was a little chilly for this trip, but it turned out to be perfect once we started walking around the gardens.
I hadn't been to the gardens for years (more than ten, at least), so it was really fun for me to see all of the plants, flowers and gardens that they have on display. Mom and I kept finding things that would be fun inspiration for a quilt! Mom was especially fond of these large round painted stones that she imagined making into a modern quilt.
One of the gardens that made me especially happy was the model railroad garden! They had three or four different levels of tracks running through the garden along with models of various Omaha buildings. Below is a little trolley car running in front of the model of my high school!
We came away from this local field trip with some new ideas and inspiration. Even though this wasn't a quilting/crafting/sewing specific place, we definitely used the beauty and creativity of nature and the work of the Lauritzen Gardens staff to think outside of the box a little bit.