Inspiration through Quotes

Inspiring quotes are always necessary on a rainy day. You can find them in the most unlikely places at the most unlikely time. I called into my local gift shop in the  high street this afternoon. The sheer relief on my daughter’s face after finally finishing her GCSEs today was a picture indeed.  She decided to buy some teachers presents to give them on her last day at school.

It’s one of those quaint little shops with all sorts of lovely little gifts. Lots of candles, jewellery, greeting cards, as well as some lovely little one off pieces for friends or new baby gifts or weddings. You know the sort of shop I’m talking about I’m sure.

Lovely Ceramic Hearts …

What caught my eye were these lovely little ceramic hearts. It’s something I have been thinking of venturing into although without having a kiln I’m not too sure how to go about it. I live in Staffordshire which is the home of the pottery as this part of the world is famous for the different pottery and ceramics around these parts. They even have pottery factory shops in Stoke On Trent and china and glassware etc., although I don’t go there very often. I had bought one of these little hearts a while back now. This quote I have hanging on my door reads

“Laugh Often, Talk Much, Sit Long”

This is something to be mindful of isn’t it? How often we let time pass by so quickly without just taking stock of how much of our lives we actually make a point of doing. Of laughing, talking and sitting, spending time with people. Life is very short and we want to look back and make sure most of our life is filled with joy.

The other ceramic heart that I took a photo of (which you see here) made me smile. I wish in a way I had bought it now. (I had already spent all my money on three teachers presents so not meant to be.) I took a photo of the heart and the reason it made me smile, was not only are the words really meaningful and something to think about on a daily basis but it brought back a memory.

Road Trip Around the States

Last year I went on a road trip with hubby and daughter. We flew into New York and then hired a car and travelled to Long Island, and then to Martha’s Vineyard. (That was interesting because when we arrived there it was President Obama’s birthday and Bill Clinton was there celebrating it too.) All the security guards were standing at the end of his drive looking very cool with their black sunglasses and their big black cars. Looked like a scene out of Men In Black.

There’s me on this tiny little island with two presidents…lol!!.  We then made our way to Boston, Niagara Falls, and finally back to New York. We stopped off on a remote island en route somewhere.There in a beach log cabin, with palm trees everywhere was a tiny shop selling little wooden quotes and sure enough this quote was written down. According to his lordship it’s a quote from Winnie The Poo. I love it and I think I will somehow create a piece of art with those words on it. What do you think? Good idea or not?


What Quotes Inspire You?  ….What’s Your Favourite?

Do Let me Know ….   Joan x

By |2018-07-22T16:13:59+00:00June 20th, 2016|Seascape Artist|14 Comments


  1. Abi Steel 20th June 2016 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    At the moment, in the front of my notebook, I have the quote: “Don’t ever be afraid. Hit ‘publish’. Apologise later.”I’m not sure its really a ‘proper’ quote but I like it for this blogging push we having.

    • joan 22nd June 2016 at 7:29 am - Reply

      Yes Abi, we have to remind ourselves to not be afraid. I think so long as we are not offending someone but mean the very best through loving action then yes hit that bloomen button !!!!

  2. Sue 21st June 2016 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Hi Joan. Lovely blog today.

    My favorite quote of the moment is

    She thought she could so she did!

    • joan 22nd June 2016 at 7:27 am - Reply

      thank you so much Sue…Im behind by 2 blogs now…and today will be about quotes again xx

  3. Barbara Steadman 21st June 2016 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    I really love “the doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” I also tell myself “I can and I will, watch me!” quite a lot. It helps me believe I can.

    • joan 22nd June 2016 at 7:26 am - Reply

      oh Barbara, they are both really great quotes for sure! …I’ve woke up this morning thinking…I’m going to do some paintings /posters with quotes …I think I will use those indeed they are great ! x thank you for reading my blog x

  4. Petra Omoregie 21st June 2016 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    I write a quote on big paper and put it on wall so I can see it and read it often. I have one in my drafts for a blog post, so you may see one on my blog soon. Here is one quote for you that I like: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” It is from Winston Churchill. Keep the good work 🙂

    • joan 22nd June 2016 at 7:25 am - Reply

      love it 🙂 thank you for sharing Petra. I’m behind by a day so 2 blogs to day…..and will be continuing with my quote topic ..hope you enjoy xx

      • Petra Omoregie 22nd June 2016 at 8:26 pm - Reply

        Quotes are very good topic for us artist. Are you thinking about creating some art with quotes? I will be definitely crating photos with quotes and write about it more on my blog too. I like positive thoughts. I will definitely come back and check your new posts, its very nteresting 🙂

        • joan 22nd June 2016 at 10:06 pm - Reply

          yes Petra, I think I will do …I have thought about it for some time and I think the sea is very calming, so both together might be nice 🙂 xx

  5. Ruth Wright 23rd June 2016 at 8:27 am - Reply

    The one quote that has stuck with me was from Nadiya …the lady who won ‘Great British Bake Off’ ….she said. “I’m never gonna put boundaries on myself ever again. I’m never gonna say I can’t do it. I’m never gonna say ‘maybe’. I can…. and I will” …makes me tingle every time!

    • joan 23rd June 2016 at 9:05 am - Reply

      yep hold yer nose..close yer eyes and just jump…you won’t drown

  6. Grace Segal 19th July 2016 at 6:39 am - Reply

    My very favorite:

    Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
    Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!

    — Goethe

    • joan 20th July 2016 at 2:11 am - Reply

      oh I like that indeed. I am thinking of creating some art and adding quotes to it. This one sounds a rather good start 🙂

Leave A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.