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2012 Goddess Year Workbook

January 17th, 2012, Comments (7)

I adore Goddess Leonie and her Creating Your Goddess Year Workbooks are always fabulous. What a delicious way to wrap up the year you've just gone through, celebrate all you are, and plan for the year to come. Leonie makes it easy with great prompts, questions, and spaces to dream. Here are a couple pages from my workbook.

A page with some loving affirmations, perfect as my word for the year is Love!

And here's a page about making your home what you want it to be in 2012. I decided I'd like to focus my energies on one room per month, doing some cleaning and clearing in that space.

It's still early in the new year and there's plenty of time to plan and dream up your 2012. You can grab a copy of Leonie's beautiful 2012 Creating Your Goddess Year Workbook here.

Brand New Artist in the Making

January 15th, 2012, Comments (12)

This is my silly, sweet, beautiful girl.

And this is her first drawing. A little artist in the making! :-)

Trying Something New

January 10th, 2012, Comments (20)

Last year at this time, I decided I wanted to learn how to sew. I started out with a book and an old sewing machine and I made a huge, frustrating mess. I didn't want to give up, so I signed up for a class. I drove my pregnant self out to a small, local fabric shop where the owner was offering beginner sewing lessons. Sitting around a re-purposed kitchen table, 2 other woman and I learned how to thread a machine, how to make a lot of mistakes, some stitches, and came out of it with a simple bag.

Leaving the class, I was ready to do more, so I took a book (Anna Maria Horner's Handmade Beginnings) out from the library and used the patterns to create a pair of baby shoes and then a jacket, which was first modeled by a teddy bear, but made for Annabelle. I definitely gained a whole new respect for clothing makers! I also loved making little touches, (curtains and crib skirt) for the nursery, which make the space feel even more special for me.

This year, I'd love to learn how to make flower headbands for Annabelle. I've been gathering up the supplies and will post pictures here when I give it a go.

Learning something new really stretches and inspires me. I think it's good to learn something new every so often, even if it's not something you'll continue. You never know how trying something new will inspire your main creative outlet(s).

Do you have plans to try something new this year? How will you learn the new skill? What kind of supplies and/or support do you need?

Word for the New Year

January 4th, 2012, Comments (31)

Have you chosen a word for the year? Something to focus on? I'm not much of a resolution person, but I do like choosing a word to focus on. It's been one of my practices for the last few years. One year, I chose the word Leap, another year was Commit, last year was Metamorphosis. Each year, I make some kind of art to go along with my word and hang it where I can see, where it can serve as a reminder as the months pass by.

This year, I pondered for a long time before choosing the word Love. I want to remember to love all the little and big moments throughout the year, to infuse all I do with love, to send love out to those I meet, and to put love into what I do. And I want to also remember to love myself because this being a new mommy thing is hard work! :-)

Do you have a word for the year or some other ritual for beginning a new year?

If you're looking for another way to dive into a new year, I highly recommend Goddess Leonie's 2012 workbook!

Happy New Year and Intuitive Ink!

January 1st, 2012, Comments (8)

Happy New Year fellow creators! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready to dive into a fresh, new year of creativity in 2012. I'm excited to share the journey with you!

If you're interested in joining in the 2012 Creative Every Day Challenge, you can read all about how to participate here and then sign up here. The totally optional theme for this month is New, which you can read all about here.

Intuitive Ink!

Are you doing anything new and exciting in 2012? I'm excited to be teaching a workshop at Mindy Tsonas's wonderful new Wish Studio space in Newburyport, MA on January 28th. If you're in the area, I would love to see you there! The workshop, Intuitive Ink, is for artists of all levels. We'll be loosening up, connecting with our intuition, and creating some of those super fun, very portable, wildly imaginative Inkblots that you may have seen me share here.

Here's an example of a before and after inkblot:

And here's one I did during Art Every Day Month this year:

Want to join in? You can sign up right here. Come play!

If you live in the area and are interested in joining the Wish Studio as a co-op member (and then you can take my class for free!), you can get all the info here.

Creative Every Day Theme for January: New

December 27th, 2011, Comments (16)

At the end of each month I will announce the totally optional theme for the following month. For the month of January 2012, the theme will be New.

As always, this month's theme for the Creative Every Day Challenge is totally optional. Use it if it inspires you, continue being creative every day in your own way if it doesn't, or do something in between. You can sign up for the 2012 Creative Every Day Challenge anytime. More info can be found here and the sign-up page is here.

I'll be posting about the theme throughout the month on the blog to help keep you inspired. You can use the posts here for jumping off points or interpret the theme in your own creative way. If you need some suggestions, here are a few ideas to get you started. You could:

  • *What do you want to bring your way in the new year? Make a vision board of what you'd like to manifest.
  • *Try something new this month. A new medium, technique, or style you've been wanting to try.
  • *Bring new life to an unfinished piece of writing or artwork.
  • *Make your space new again by re-arranging things, putting up new art on the walls or bringing in some fresh flowers.
  • *Focus on what's new for you in a poem or piece of free-form writing.
  • *Explore a new place for inspiration.
  • *Try a new recipe or sample a new food that you've never tried before.
  • *Upcycle a piece of clothing to make it new again.

How to use the CED themes:

If you're feeling creatively stuck or blocked at any point during the month, use the theme as a source of inspiration to get you moving. Feel free to focus on the theme in your creative activities for the entire month or as much as you'd like.

Using the theme is entirely optional for CED participants. Use it if it inspires you, ignore it if it doesn't. I'll be sharing posts throughout the month around the theme (among other things) to get you thinking about how to incorporate it into your life. I'd love to hear how you use the theme in your creative world.

And have fun with it!

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” ~Lao Tzu

p.s. The art above is adapted from my piece, A Timely Message, available here.