Friday, April 17, 2009

Inspired Image: Kathleen of Twig & Thistle

Hello, my name is
Kathleen Kennelly Ullman

You can find me at Twig & Thistle and Twig & Thistle Etsy Shop

This image comes from Growin' Up's Flickr Set (found via This piece was done by Sam Spencer, an art student of Goldsmiths College in London. He was commissioned to create a piece inspired by the color yellow.

It inspires me because the yellow of the umbrellas seems so utterly optimistic and cheerful! I live in Seattle where an umbrella is part of your wardrobe and a bright yellow umbrella would just make the rain seem so much less gloomy and foreboding.

I particularly love the scale! I wish that I could visit it in person because I imagine that it would be that much more dramatic.

It makes me feel a sense of reassurance and cheerfulness just looking at this image! I could probably look at it each morning and be inspired by it's loveliness!

The 3 words it conjures up are bright, happy, alive.

I just love Twig & Thistle, which if you aren't familiar is a blog that calls itself "a collection of daily inspiration for home and life" which it completely is. Plus, aesthetically, it's really calm and soothing, which to me makes it even more inspirational. (Also, incidentally, the background pattern on the site is very similar to a fabric that I'm currently quilting, so it's feels very familiar!) I'm also very enamored with the items in Kathleen's etsy shop. Check these out!

Li'l Tweet Stitch Kit: the sweetest kit to sew a pink owl as a baby shower gift, a cute keepsake, or just a nice gift for a friend who likes to sew (like me!)
**I announced the winner of the EllynAnne Geisel books on Wednesday and I haven't heard you Carol. So, I hope to hear from you by Sunday night, but after that I need to go to the next winner in line. Fingers crossed! (If you miss the window and email me after, I promise to send you a surprise gift!).

Okay everyone, thanks for reading this week and enjoy the weekend. The forecast is calling for a sunny 75 degrees here in the city tomorrow. To which I say, HOORAY SPRING!!!!


  1. All of this is great! I love the yellow umbrellas and the Twig and Thistle items!

  2. This is such a beautiful site! I actually won the Owl stitch set at Twig and Thistle's giveaway! Can't wait to get it so I can stitch the owl for a friend's new baby.

    p.s. our sites have similar names!

  3. I love looking at all the pretty images on your blog! I also love twig and thistle's items as I too have a passion for making unique favors and gifts!



  4. what a great post. they are so talented.