Creative Every Day Check-In: January 10 – 16

January 10th, 2011

This weekly check-in post is a place for Creative Every Day Challenge participants to share their creative activities.

Join in the Challenge: Read all the details and sign up for the  2011 Creative Every Day Challenge here!

Ways to share: Once you've signed up, you can leave a comment on this post and/or use the "Mr. Linky" widget below to link to a blog post(s) about your creative activities during the days of 1/10/10 - 1/16/10.

The widget below is an optional method of sharing your creativity that makes it easier for others to check out what you're up to. You can use it to link to a blog post (or posts) or flickr image during the week listed. Or if you have a bunch of posts and don't want to link to all of them, you can link to your main blog page once. Do it in a way that makes sense and is fun for you! If you're unsure about how to use the widget, check out the "How to use the Mr. Linky widget" section on the Creative Every Day Challenge page. (If you're reading this in a RSS reader or email subscription, you will not see the "Mr. Linky widget", so click on over to the blog to use it.) If the Mr. Linky widget is missing from this blog post, it's probably a problem with their server and it will come back as soon as it's fixed. You can always leave your link in the comments.

You can also take advantage of the great CED flickr group to post your images and see what others are up to. If you're on Twitter, you can use the hashtag  #CED2011 to help others find your Creative Every Day tweets!

Theme: The (totally optional) theme for January is the Cosmos. You can read more about the theme and some ideas to get you started here.

Happy Creating!

When it is darkest, men see the stars. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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So…I started to hit a wall. I wrote a bit about it on my wall. Then I stopped by here to reread what this is all about and I have to laugh–I’d been starting to take myself WAY too seriously, and to compare myself with all of the established artists here. Silly me!

I forgot that this is “low pressure,” and can be about cooking and doodling, too. I can be so hard on myself!

While floundering in my insecurities I did do something to keep myself goal-oriented: I’m participating in a Giveaway. In so doing:

“I promise to send something handmade to the first 5 people who leave a comment on my blog, following the “Days 8&9″ post (Please indicate that you’re responding to the Giveaway). They must, in turn, post this and send something they make to the first 5 people who comment on their Giveaway post. The rules are that it must be handmade by you and it must be sent to your 5 people sometime in 2011.”

Taking a deep breath and getting centered in the TRUE spirit of this adventure. Thank you!

This week I’ve been on vacation so it’s all been about creative input and not output. I’ve visited 3 art museums so far and 2 additional art exhibits. One more today before I fly home! I feel like painting now!

slow start for me compared to 2010. But I can fell a change coming, it’s like the weather, like a build up, and then a release. :-)

I love Creative Every Day … so glad to be participating this year! Thanks, Leah!

Hello! Happy Monday! I believe I did my post and everything properly this week, well, hopefully!


I have been enjoying myself on this first week of the challenge! Although, I had the last week off from work and school and am starting up again with my busy/hectic/crazy schedule and am worried that I may not be able to keep up with it as well…

Its so nice to be a part of this community of artists who support one another in their creativity- no matter what that is!

Snow day, hooray! Everything got cancelled so I get to stay home and update blog. Added some favorite links as well.

Long, tough and fantastic week. Looking forward to visiting everyone.

I had a difficult start, but the challenge helped me to stay focussed.
Looking forward to visit your blogs and see how you all are doing.

Another commitment to a week of painting for me. I have two smaller works ready to start in the morning. Today I am going to choose the subject matter. Last week’s big 3 X 4 foot canvas went well though it still needs a bit of work. It is resting now but can be seen on my Friday blog post. Best of the week everyone! Terrill

Whew! Guests last week kept me from pursuing much art or visiting all you lovely artists. Looking forward to getting back in the swing of things this week. I got to the MFA last week which was wonderful. I also took a jillion pictures in Mount Auburn cemetery and can feel a new black and white photo collage coming on. Stay tuned….

Hey creative friends! Hope you’ve had a great week! I’ve been mostly working on some class stuff that’s around the corner so for blogging purposes, I did another montage (hopefully this video stays working!) I have one more to do & that will recap the full year.

If you are at the book store this week, check out my article in Somerset Studios, I was asked to guest as the department writer “With One Palette” this month! :) ))

Have a great week!!

Art Highlights Oct-Nov 2010

I started a new challenge this week: creating “Small Stones” for 31 days straight. You can view small stone #1 here: and read more about small stones here:

That second link is supposed to be :

I’ve been creating everyday while thinking about the Cosmos. Might incorporate that theme yet.

I’ve managed to draw and post everyday this last week, YIPPPEEE! What a fun start to the year!

Leah, thanks again for continuing to host this wonderful site. I will strive to attend one of your on-line classes this year: a New Year’s Resolution.

In the meantime, I’m fusing fabrics like mad for my Sue Benner workshop at Empty Spools Seminars in Asilomar, Calif. this spring. My latest blog post is about my brief and rather frustrating visit to Las Vegas, Nevada, last week, while fusing, fusing, and fuming!
Tina in San Diego

I have been really creative today. I bought (didn’t say used) some more storage boxes for my stamping area and told my dh again that I need a system for my punches. They are just so heavy. But what was really great about today is I am working on a project that uses up left-over embroidery thread. First you create an outline: the one I am using right now is a row of hearts, then a row of upside down hearts and so on until you have the number of rows that you want. Then each heart and the spaces in between are filled in using all those left over pieces of thread. There is another outline that I found in the same old x-stitch book and it is overlapping circles that come out looking like cathedral windows without all the fabric folding. Now for the “everything that goes around, comes around”—There is a circle fabric at Hobby Lobby with the exact same pattern in all different shades of green. I may do that next and do regular embroidery. I have a lot of skeins and parts of skeins because I did a 16 by 20 basket of flowers (using crewel and regular embroidery thread) for my mom. I am a really slow needleworker so it took me forever, but I am proud that I actually finished it. lol I will try to get dh to take a pic of what I am working on. It is just a perfect “waiting for the doc” or “picking up the kids” project. Once you get the outline there is nothing from a chart and it doesn’t matter what color thread you use. I hope that this post was not too long winded. Since I don’t have a blog, I am assuming that if dh takes a pic of my work that I would just e-mail it to you to be posted?

Hi Leah! And Happy New Year! I’m so glad to be participating again this year. Thank you so much for hosting it again!

I’ve been busy having fun making background papers for art journals and working in one I already have put together. I have also re-worked a mixed media canvas several times. I have finally learned to have fun with art instead of taking it so seriously and thinking it has to be perfect. I’ve loosened up enough that I’m no longer afraid to paint over or paste something over the part I don’t like on a piece. I’ve also gotten interested in needle felting. I got a new stash of art supplies for Christmas and a new laptop, so I’m set for a lot of arty fun, and I look forward to sharing another creative year with you all. Happy Creating! :)

Great job, everyone!! I love seeing all the beatufiul creativity!

Mosaic Mama, I think it’s so easy to be hard on ourselves. Good for you for recognizing it and turning it around!!

Melissa, yes, you did it right! :-)

Mel 2, It sounds like you’ve been up to a lot. That’s wonderful!

I don’t post images on my blog, so instead of emailing it me, you could put it on Flickr (it’s free) where there’s a Creative Every Day Challenge group you can add your images to! Here’s the link:

Happy monday everyone,
I’m glad everyone had a good week. I’m happy I had a good week I managed to draw a comic everyday and post it.
Happy next week.

It took a little getting back into the new routine of the kids being back at school and getting over this fluey bug we’ve all had. But I’ve used the focus this challenge gives me along with A River of Stones challenge (see Mlissabeth’s comment above) & the weekly Inspiration Avenue challenge. Hurrah for all the supportive inspirational people – all of you – that keep me on track! Thanks all!
Kat X

I’m with Kat. Finally getting everyone back in a routine at school has been good for the muse. Is there a snow day muse? Looks like I’ll need her tomorrow. Sigh.

But teenagers are good fodder for drawings too.


It seems that everyone has a good start for this creative year. Good luck to you all!

Today I have just finished my long-time project. The Sketchbook Project 2011. So happy and excited!

This week, so far, I’m posting the Cosmos theme within an already existing blog branch–Morning Trip. With my computer virused and out of order twice in a row now, my creativity and ability to gain access to my images and things that I use to create online, I have felt stagnated and trapped. I do not function well if I feel my expression is thwarted. I haven’t decided yet if I need or want to change this part of me, for now, it stays.

Posts that are made in relation to Creative Every Day will be marked so show in that menu to the left, including by monthly topic(january cosmos). The Morning Trip, for the most part, are bits and pieces that come to me that express something that I am thinking or something that strikes me. Most times, appropriate music in the form of video is pared with it. For now, for the Challenge, I’ve change this a bit and have begun using my own images. Now I’m off to see if I can navigate this to view others’ works. Good Day!

I’m checking in on the late side, this week. Lots going on. I’m really looking forward to looking at the video that you’ve posted, Leah. The conjunction of art and spirituality is very fascinating to me. I’ve got a cosmos piece on my blog, if folks have the time to check it out.

Thanks for a great project. I participated in #reverb10 and now in WordPress’s #PostaDay2011 –as my first ventures in acknowledged daily creativity. My blog is where a lot of my production shows up — however, my work as a Feldenkrais teacher, finding novel ways to help people find new patterns of movement that depart from the habitual — I think also requires a lot of creativity. The writing and the work with individuals feed each other, so I am looking forward to participating!

Getting back into the studio is challenging after the holiday seige of 2010. Next year, I will stay in the studio. Give myself that gift for Christmas. Terah

Working on 1st artistic challenge made me realize how much I missed doing “artsy” stuff. I am rusty but glad I signed up for this. Wishing everyone good luck with their challenge this week.

… and so she tripped over this blue tree as only a blue frog would…huh? Oops! I think you were expecting something different here. Hmm, you know, so was I but today I happened to have landed here on your site and one of my crazy muses made me sign up for this challenge. Gosh I am so bad with challenges… literally challenge challenged!^^ But ready or not, here I come and I wonder where we are headed… I have started several projects this year and I am going to need every muse in the world an every best friend I can find to see me through these. I am petrified, but at least now I know I am in good company. I look forward to this journey… Hold on to your socks… hats are still optional!

My goal this year is to make time for painting, and having inspirational challenges is a great start. Receiving feedback is great encouragement as well. Thanks!

I love this site! I wrote a poem this week, and I’m actually starting a poetry exercise where I am going to write 51 different forms of poetry to practice and try and get some diversity in my writing.

Hi again,
Worked on photographing Las Vegas in a creative way: Vintage Neon, Heddy’s fabrics, etc.
Please, let’s share a moment of gratitude for this wonderful site!
Tina in San Diego

In the new year I am still having problems keeping up with my blog and being creative – too much snow around here, but it is pretty. I did start digging out inside (de-cluttering) and that is so much fun! Oh the treasures I am finding :-)

It is great to be part of this group again! Thank you Leah for all that you do.

I wrote a blog post this week on how to keep acrylic paint from drying out. If you’re struggling with this problem, like I was a year or so ago, you may want to take a look.

Hi folks, back again after the November stint of Art Every Day..December was brutally busy…Playing catch up, all of those nice journal type pages I started from AEDM are completed and the sketchbook has been mailed to the Art House Co-Op to complete my Sketchbook Project. I am reposting many of those on my blog and I my website has the entire book up as well.

This month, I went to a class and learned out to make my own sketchbook, that’s what I posted on CED.

Happy New Year everyone!


Good Morning!
I have been posting Cosmos themed Morning Trips all week. Here the one for January 15, which is my daughter’s birthday!

I haven’t painted for a week but today I finished my pine dresser project (from dingy pine to aged off white loveliness!) and am making banana bread, so at least the creative energy is going somewhere!

I am to late but thought I would indicate that all the artist that I have been seeing are surely inspiring me to look at art in a totally new way…my way for what I see it and then express it…to a new year…thank-you,Tootsie

OOOOooooooooooooo!!! I am so pleased at this moment! I have been gifted with inspiration for a poem! The poems that I write on Purple Profundity spring forth of their own accord, written in a flurry, so as not to miss a word. Flashes like lightning, here and then poof! The additional gift today, is that it applies to the Cosmos theme. There, is the title.

Goodness – I almost forgot to post this week. Please check out my daily Art Apples! I’m on day 108 consecutive days today! Jenna

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