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Creative Family Series | Paloma’s Nest

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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I love getting a glimpse into the lives of creatives—whether they’re classic makers, or anyone who feels passionate about celebrating creativity. In fact, I’ve discovered it’s something I need to keep me going; that act of discovery, hearing from others, sharing. So with that little lead in, we’re bringing back the Creative Family Series. (cue the confetti!)

Today we have Caroline Vásquez, part of the husband and wife team of Paloma’s Nest. I am a huge fan of their work and their mission to support other creatives and makers like themselves.

How do you define creativity?
I define creativity as an expression of anything that is heartfelt, coming from your soul. Creativity is unedited, unfiltered, pure and honest. (more…)

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Creative Family Series | Jenna Park of Whimsy & Spice

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Jenna + Mark from Whimsy and Spice

Jenna Park’s Sweet Fine Day was one of the first blogs I ever got into. I’m not sure how I stumbled across it. Maybe a friend recommended to me or I clicked on it from one of the numerous ‘best of’ lists it’s made. Or perhaps it was through the a-may-zing confectionery shop Whimsy & Spice. Have you ever sampled their stuff? Heaven. No lie. Their brown sugar ginger spice and chocolate cardamom cookies are two of my favorites. And their marshmallows? To die for.

I guess it doesn’t really matter how I discovered it, the important thing here is, I did. And I was instantly hooked through its design, photography, and writing. It didn’t hurt that Jenna was part of a husband and wife team who have been together as long as Dave and I—it was like finding a kindred spirit.

I met up with Jenna this past June. She is just as funny, smart, talented and lovely as she appears online. In fact, I grew to love her work even more after meeting her. I asked Jenna if she’d be up for talking about creativity, since she and her husband Mark live it every day. Here’s what she said…

How do you define creativity?

Creativity can mean a lot of things – being able to problem solve, expressing yourself through visual imagery, words or sounds, generating ideas, or breathing life to an idea. Creativity doesn’t have to mean “art”. It exists in all disciplines.

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Have you always considered yourself creative?

I have always been creative since I was kid, whether it was painting, drawing, designing and sewing clothes, making jewelry or later in college, writing music. I feel like I’m creative in a different way now, mostly because I design for a living and I’m designing for clients. I would like to get back to the kind of creativity that I was immersed in when I was younger – art for just art sake and making things with my hands. In recent years, photography has occupied that space to some degree.

creative family interview with jenna park

How do you nurture your own creativity? (more…)

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Creative Family Series | Tracey Crooks

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

creative family - Tracey Crooks

It’s hard to believe the Creative Family Series has turned two years old! I’m excited to celebrate its birthday with a fantastic interview with the super lovely and talented Tracey Crooks. Tracey is a writer who works in television. She’s also a mom to two lively and adorable kids. Her passion for storytelling started at a young age and continues today. Everyone, meet Tracey…

How do you nurture your own creativity?

My best ideas tend to come to me when I’m not actively trying to “be creative” – like in the shower or when I’m out on a long run. So I run a lot. And I take really long showers. I think giving myself time and space to not think helps clear my mind enough for the good stuff to get through.

Did you grow up in a creative household? If so, what were some of the ways your parents nurtured your creativity and curiosity?

My dad loves music, and I remember there always being music playing in our house growing up. He used to quiz my sister and I on who sang any given song that happened to come on, and would offer up a dollar if we got it right. That was incentive for us to pay attention to artists and their sounds. I also remember a lot of oral storytelling growing up, from both my parents and other relatives. My grandmother especially told the craziest stories about growing up in Trinidad that always seemed to have some supernatural element. She told these stories about things like witches and shape shifters with such conviction, like they were the absolute truth. Sometimes she scared the bejesus out of us. But they were great stories. (more…)

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Creative Family Series | Small for Big

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

interview with mari richards of small for big

I’m just going to come out and say it: I have a girl crush on Mari Richards. She’s an accomplished toy designer, writer and she has the cutest family ever. She’s one smart and talented woman. Mari generously gives us a peek into her world today as she talks about family life, her creative process and how she manages the whole freelance thing. I’ll be taking notes for sure.

How do you define creativity?

Creativity is being open-minded, taking an old idea and making it new, finding pleasure in the smallest things, thinking about things in a new way, drawing for drawing’s sake, and laughing out loud.

But it’s also making a killer spreadsheet, picking the right meal for dinner, skipping down the hallway, finding a better way to get through to your kids, and staying positive amidst the dregs of daily living.

It’s a combination of transcendent moments and everyday decisions.

Have you always considered yourself creative?

Yes! Though as a kid it wasn’t a conscious decision, it was just the choices I made. I was always labeled the artist in school. (well, that and “nerd”, but we won’t go there) (more…)

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Creative Family Series | Jessica Alba

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

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I don’t think today’s interview needs much of an introduction. All I have to do is say her name and you’ll know her instantly: Jessica Alba!

I know, right?! She’s here. Today. On Classic Play! Ahh!

The actor, founder of The Honest Company, wife and mother of two was named Fast Company Magazine’s 100 most creative people in business. So yeah, she’s got the creative thing down solid.

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jessica and ask her a few questions about creativity and parenting. People, I’m just going to come out and say it: she is as charming and genuine as she appears.

Did you grow up in a creative household? If so, what were some of the ways your parents nurtured that?

I did. Everyone in my family that I grew up with, weirdly not my parents, were creative. I lived with my grandparents off and on growing up and was also surrounded by my extended family who were all artists—everything from musicians to sculptors and painters. My grandmother can sketch anything and it’s amazing. Everyone sings and everyone can pick up an instrument and play it. And they all did theater—that’s how my grandparents met actually.

Your grandparents met doing theater?!

Yeah, when they were like children—they were 13 and 16. My grandfather was playing guitar and singing and my grandmother was dancing and singing.

That’s really sweet.

Yeah, we’ve always had very creative family. It’s weird that I chose to be an actor on film. I think it’s because I never felt like I had a voice in the family. Everyone’s so over the top and so creative they all wanted to be heard. I think I became an actor on television because it was the opposite of what everyone else did. I had to find my own voice. (more…)

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Creative Family Series | Living On Love

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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I have had the good fortune to meet many amazing people through blogging. In fact, I think that’s what I love most about it. Sure it’s fun to come up with ideas and share things, but meeting people—great people—is what keeps me going.

Today, I’m excited to introduce you to one of the loveliest souls out there, Lacy of Living on Love and Tulie and Woo. I met Lacy through a group of friends and have been so impressed by everything she does. I invited Lacy to sit down and share her thoughts on creativity, parenting and how she’s been able to make writing her career. Here’s what she had to say…

How do you define creativity?


As a teacher, this is one of the first questions I ask my students each year. I have them tell me what creativity means to them. What amazes me is that the answers are always so different. That’s what creativity means to me – being unique and vivid and seeing the world from your eyes only, challenging yourself to create something, whether dark or beautiful or hilarious or delectable.

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Have you always considered yourself creative?

For some reason, I feel kind of guilty by answering “yes” but it’s the truth. I suppose I was told I was creative growing up, and that little superlative has stuck with me. It’s funny though, I would never describe myself as artistic. “Creative” and “artistic” seem to hold hands with one another. 



How do you nurture your own creativity?

Most of the time, my creative inspiration comes from my children. Songs I write, inspiration for my writing, recipes and projects and adventures all seem to revolve around my girls. Keeping up with the work of other creative individuals always keeps me going as well. Seeing others inspired to make magic happen in their daily lives inspires me to do the same.

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Creative Family Series | Small + Friendly

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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Today, I’m excited to introduce to one of the loveliest people on the internet: Carla Wiking of Small + Friendly. You may have seen her work on Cup of Jo or Apartment Therapy, like here, here, and here.

She’s wildly creative and true DIYer. Plus, she has a heart of gold. That’s my kind of woman.

How would you define creativity?

I love the Albert Einstein quote, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” I think of creativity as an outlet for my sometimes over-active mind. It’s about making something, anything, with your own hands and from your own ideas.

Have you always considered yourself creative?

Crafty, yes. Artistic, no. So creative, maybe? I was always the kid who wanted the bead loom for Christmas and yet never considered myself an artist. I used to separate making things and artistic expression. My opinion has since changed. I love creating functional items: food, clothing, etc., and I have realized that using creativity to make such things is an art.
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Creative Family Series | Crafting Connections

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Andrea and Danielle cofounders Crafting Connections

Creating is magical. Creating with others is otherworldly. Today, I’m excited to chat with two women who have teamed up together to create something special. They come from different backgrounds—Danielle didn’t grow up in a creative household, Andrea did—and yet, they share a connection that runs deep: both found their creativity blossomed after they had children.

I’m excited to chat with Danielle and Andrea the team behind Crafting Connections about creativity, parenting, side projects and how they found a way to nurture their own passions.

How would define creativity?

Danielle: To me creativity is a way of using your hands to make something, anything. It can be cooking in the kitchen, stitching on the sofa. It can be following a pattern, or making it up yourself. Making stuff. That’s creativity to me.

Andrea: Creativity is a new way of thinking about or doing something – anything, really. People think they need to be crafty or artistic to be creative – not true! I think many people sell themselves short, they are doing creative things or thinking creatively without recognizing it as such.
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