In my case this is to get out and drive somewhere in country lanes and get my inspiration back by just enjoying the moment. Last week I went back to Lewis, which is a wonderful town in East Sussex, full of antique and gift shops and lovely places to eat.
I started with early lunch at The Needlemakers Cafe, which used to be actual needles factory, but these days is a great find for unusual gifts and lovely food. The Cafe serves freshly made quiches, salads and handmade cakes and the interior is so welcoming and unfussy with mismached chairs and tables. I enjoy my lunch whilst reading my book ( I know, not healthy, but I do not get the chance to just read books normally).
Whilst still at The Needlemakes I visit another inspirational place - a fabric shop called Patchwork Dog & Basket. If you follow the link to their website, don't be fooled by the impression it makes... The shop is full of unusual fabric, ribbons, spools and everything you might need for patchwork. They have recently started to run courses from another vacant shop in the same building and if I lived closely, I would have loved to join. I always visit this shop and never can leave without buying something, which inspires me and gives me ideas for the next project.
There is so much to see in Lewis - you can do the castle, have a stroll by the river and of course visit all the antique shops. I like 'Antique Centre' in the main shopping area, which is three storey building jam packed with restored and painted furniture ( I do like Lollipop & Pepper), vintage clothes and other quite practical things. I say 'practical' beause unlike other antique shops you won't find Louis XVI chairs in here, but actual stuff you can use and your purse can afford. This time I bought wooden carry box with the sign French Truffles (this box was for the real thing, but as I make chocolate truffles, I though I would be rather lovely to have).
By the end of the day there is nothing better then just relax and read more of my book, whilst sipping coffee (and eating cake !) at The Buttercup Cafe. Now, this is a real find - the cafe is in the quiet area surrounded by antique shops, serves really good food and feels really homely. I can just sit there, quite happily, until I realise, that probably I should be getting back...
...and write this blog for Handmade Monday.