How do you keep your creativity from dying?

Lately I've been trying to make it a point to do things that help stimulate creativity in my life. I don't consider myself a naturally "artsy" person. I'm not good at crafting, sewing, or decorating (in my opinion) but I do know that everyone has some level of creativity in them. I think some people knave to work a little harder than others to keep the creative juices flowing. I am one of those people. And I love thrift stores. So a thrift store is usually where I go to get some creative ideas. For the most part I go just to look around (shopping vs. shopping and buying, as we say in our house) but I try to come up with ideas while I'm there. This week I went to a couple of Goodwill stores in my area (one in Joliet and one in Bolingbrook). It seems like Goodwill either has a lot of great stuff out at once or nothing at all. This week was a "not so much" week. I snapped a few pictures of things that caught my eye that I thought had some great potential. 

These set of corner shelfs were in a cool blue-ish color. They would look great repainted and maybe some new hardware. (Joliet Goodwill)

I took a picture of these umbrellas just because they were so colorful:) 

I love these lamps. Take out all the ugly potpourri and maybe even paint the bottom, wood part white and put on a fun lampshade and voila! Awesome! 

With my shopping buddy. We left with a $.99 soccer ball for him. 

What do you do to not lose your creative edge? 

Do you have people in your life that inspire you to be creative? 

In what areas of your life do you struggle to be creative? Areas you are naturally creative?

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