Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What Inspires You?: Royal Milk Tea

Hi All! Another great guest post today coming from the lovely Lyndall over at Royal Milk Tea! She is so super amazing, sweet, and talented (check out those sketches!). I totally love the post she put together for us and I hope that you all walk away with a bit more inspiration, I know I have! Thanks so much to Lyndall for visiting with us today, it is a great honor! :) Enjoy and go check out her great blog! -Lo

Hi everyone! I'm Lyndall and I blog over at Royal Milk Tea.

I am constantly finding and collecting inspiration from everywhere in my life, so I am really happy to be sharing some of my main sources of inspiration with you ♥

Books, magazines, and lovely films
I love to read, and I always feel inspired after reading an amazing book. My favourite stories have engaging characters, a setting that is somewhere between the real world and a fantasy, a journey, a love story, and (very importantly) a beautiful cover. I also love curling up with a big cup of tea and browsing my favourite magazines.

As a librarian, I'm so lucky because I can see all the new books as they arrive in, and I can order things that I want to read! Our periodicals officer shares a similar taste in magazines to me, so our library has subscriptions to some of my favourite titles like Frankie, Peppermint, Real Living and Australian Country Style.

I used to work in a video store, so I love watching movies and going to the cinema. Watching a really beautiful, engaging film always makes me want to run off and create a something wonderful. I find Sopia Coppola's movies especially inspiring, and my favourites are The Virgin Suicides, and Marie Antoinette. They're so dreamy with such a perfect combination of lovely music and soft light. I don't think I will ever get tired of watching them.

Getting back to nature
I live in the inner-city now, but I grew up on a small rural property about an hour away from Adelaide. I love the city, but I think there will always be a part of me that feels most at home in the countryside. I love the trees, the fresh air, and the way the sky is so clear at night. One of my favourite things to do is get in our little car and go for a drive to the Mount Lofty Botanic Garden for a little picnic. Leaving the city and having a change of scenery is so relaxing, and I'm always full of new ideas once I get back home.

Keeping a Journal
I've started carring around a notebook with me everywhere, so that when I have an idea, I can write it down! I write goal lists, blogging ideas, and sketch little pictures: either just for fun, or to make into bigger, more finished artworks at a later time. Most of the drawings I share in my Sketchbook Love posts come from my pocket journal.

I've found the more goal lists and plans that I write, the more productive I am. Having a list of blogging ideas is great for times when I'm having writer's block. And it's so satisfying to check off things from a to-do list! To be honest, I wasn't much of a note-taker or journal keeper before, but growing on me ♥

And finally...
One of my biggest sources of inspiration is other bloggers! I feel like the blogging world at the moment is filled with so many amazingly motivated and talented individuals. I love how there is such a culture of support and encouragement- everyone is sharing ideas and inspiring one another to live their dreams, be positive about life, and create wonderful things!


  1. This is such a lovely post! I really admire your work, Lyndall!

    I love Frankie magazine so much- I have only been able to get my hands on a few issues here in the States though!

    Thanks for sharing your story!

  2. gracious, Lyndall has a new, refreshing space that i've been enjoying tremendous amounts lately. so nice to see her featured here and it's nice to meet you too Lo!

    reading about the inspirations behind the designs was fun! truly creative genius going on i must say! cheers on this grand collabz. ♥


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