• A Life Changing Tool You Can Enact Right Now

    If you missed my post on Instagram, you didn’t see my awkward pic of Elizabeth Gilbert or read I attended the Wanderlust festival this year. If you’re curious to know what Wanderlust on Oahu is like, I wrote about my first experience in an essay here. I also wrote about this year’s festival and the small piece of advice Gilbert gave to writers. Anyway, I wasn’t expecting the half day workshop to be as emotional as it was. To start, “Big Magic Creativity Workshop,” was a little misleading, in a good way. I imagined we’d be sitting in groups painting and writing. While the around 250 of us did pair…

  • Two Simple Ways to Boost Creativity

    If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter, you know I’ve been reading and loving Jeff Goins’ new book Real Artists Don’t Starve. I’ve gleaned a ton of creative information from this post. It’s a must-read for creative folks looking to drum up more financial success in their life. Personally, I finally got why I could never stand rules growing up. It had to do with creativity. Evidence 1 from Real Artists Don’t Starve: “‘The creative kids are the ones who rail against the rules the hardest,” said Bonnie Cramond, a former student of Torrance (Professor who did a study on creativity and psychology), in summary of her teacher’s findings. ‘Creative kids…

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  • Cozying Up to Fall

    I used my recent handmade pineapple cozy to cover my coffee cup the other day. It was kind of nice to say, “No thanks,” to the extra cup and cardboard sleeve. Another bonus? I find sewing stress-relieving. Maybe if I keep this up, I won’t have to spend another week here, although I wouldn’t mind it truthfully. It actually inspired my latest felt cozy.  I fell in love with the peacefulness of the stacked rocks. Here’s my inspired rendition: Hand sewing is a creative way for me to let go of all the taking-care-of-everyone-else-itis I’ve caught since I’ve had kids. It’s also inspiring my writing. What about you out there? What…

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  • Easy Mother’s Day Craft Even Your 3-Year-Old Can Do

    I saw a beautiful beaded necklace in a catalog and wanted to get it. Until I saw the price. It was over a hundred dollars! Taking a second look I realized I might be able to do it and possibly even get my son involved. A trip to the craft store later and I was set. The best part? I had most of the materials. And if you have ribbon, paint (I used kids washable paint) and paint brush then you will have most things too. I purchased wooden beads (make sure they have holes through them) for about $8 and then I was ready. The hardest part? Getting my…

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  • No Backlash Backsplash

    It’s funny how nature’s perfection can inspire me to be courageously imperfect. Like doing my backsplash, for example. I’ve never done it before and I’m horrible and cutting straight. But when I saw things like this: It made me inspired to tackle a kitchen backsplash. Peel and stick ones (I got mine from Home Depot) are super easy I’ve found. It literally just takes cutting with an x-acto knife, peeling the back and sticking it onto a clean surface. I’m really happy with it. But I’ll let you know how it goes after a few weeks of aggressive use. If you remember, then you must have followed my blog for…

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  • Reusing Your Kid’s Drawings

    I don’t know about you, but I’ve been at war with my son’s art. It was becoming an insurmountable pile of daily school drawings. Hating to discard it, I’ve come up with one creative way to reuse it. In three words-homemade greeting cards. Since Valentine’s was around the corner, I thought it was a simple way to incorporate my son’s drawings. Also, it would prevent me from having to buy cards that would end up in the trash. I just happened to have the free (sort of since I had to pay for shipping) personalized notecards I got from Shutterfly. Then, I cut hearts from the paper and glued them on. Stamps…

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  • A Gift With Multiple Benefits

    It’s been a month since Christmas, but hiding under my bed is a gift I’ve been anticipating since before the holidays. I first heard about Little Loving Hands from author Glennon Doyle Melton’s Momastery newsletter. It was one of her picks for “Good Gifts.” This week, I finally gave my son and I the gift of doing something together for someone else. Inside the box, was two crafts: 1) wooden hearts for painting into memory cards 2) felt for creating a “Love” pillow After they are completed, the handmade gifts go to Enchanted Makeovers for children and families in homeless shelters. It was the perfect craft for my three year…

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