Archive for the ‘Creativity’ Category

Wherein I Find Myself Declaring “I’m Not A One Woman Show”

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012


For the past month or so, I’ve been having honest, unedited (and scarily revealing) conversations with my friend Sandra about living a creative life.

First, I bared my soul in a conversation about copying vs. inspiration. Next I owned my jealousy and envy when it comes to blogging. Now I share my struggles with balancing it all as Sandra asks, “What is realistic when you want to create AND you have a life too? What about our dreams?”

Today on Raincoast Cottage I reveal my secrets: how I juggle my personal/professional projects with kids home all day, what I’m working on next and also offer my three pieces of advice to friends who ask how I manage it all. [Spoiler Alert: I don't always.]

Head on over to Sandra’s site to listen in. We’d love to have you add your own thoughts, struggles or solutions in the search for “balance”. We’re all in this together! You can catch an excerpt from the exchange below. See you there. (more…)

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Wherein I Tell People I’m the Oprah of Envy

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012


A couple weeks ago I bared my soul in a conversation about copying vs. inspiration. Today, I’m back with Sandra discussing jealousy and envy when it comes to blogging. I may have said I’m the Oprah of envy and asked people to check under their chairs. Would you believe me if I told you it’s all a hazy blur?

Head on over to Raincoast Cottage to check it out and add your own thoughts on envy and jealousy. You can catch an excerpt from the exchange below.

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Wherein I Suggest Creativity is a Love Child

Thursday, May 31st, 2012


A month or so back, Sandra approached me with a new column idea for Raincoast Cottage. The idea was to create a dialogue around a topic creative people struggle with and document the conversation. She wanted to capture a conversation in real time, or as close as she could get it.

To achieve a level of intimacy, the conversation would occur over email—just between me and her. There was only one rule: you couldn’t read the response until you were ready to write back.

Using this method, we’d say things we wouldn’t necessarily have said had we spent time polishing our answers. She was aiming at capturing how we really felt. What we’d really say to one another.

I decided the concept fell somewhere in the land between terrifying and thrilling. Naturally, I was in.

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Through the Lens

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Last month, we took a trip into DC. While there, we thought we’d stroll past the White House. Now, Dave has walked by it countless times, but the kids and I had never seen it in real life. I know! I’d been to DC so many times and yet had never seen it. I felt so deprived.

On our way to there, we stopped by a CVS to pick up a camera for our son. He was the only one who wasn’t properly equipped for such a touristy destination. I’ve mentioned before how much I love the idea of giving kids cameras. It’s incredible to see what they capture. This time, however, I thought it’d be interesting to see photos from parents vs. kids.

This spring break (or summer if the kids are already back in school), give this photo project a try: take the family somewhere, give them all cameras and see what everyone captures.

For our project, I paired images with each photographer’s response to three questions. Let’s begin… (more…)

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The Best of Vimeo

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Address Is Approximate from The Theory on Vimeo.

What’s not to love about Vimeo? The videos are beautiful, experimental and short enough to hold my ADD-like attention span. The other night, the kids and I put together some of our favorites for you. So grab a box of Junior Mints, kick back and enjoy. (more…)

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Recycled Art with Cardboard Rolls

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Little Monsters | Owls | Mini Crowns

Check out the inspired pieces of art above made out of, wait for it …toilet paper rolls. Now, let’s be honest with each other here: TP roll arts + crafts projects are usually, well, I’m just going to say it, kind of hideous. These artists, however, have transformed the rolls completely. Pretty astounding, yeah?

Photos are property of the owners. Visit their sites (linked above) for tutorials.

Want more ridiculously cool stuff you can make using cardboard rolls? Check out these links:
Where the Wild Things Are characters
Wall Art
Oragami-like masks, trees, peek-a-boo scenes and pixel characters

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Makego App for iphone

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Creative guru Chris O’Shea, of Little Magic Stories fame is at it again with Makego, a new app for the iphone. (more…)

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Lunch Bag Art

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Before we left for the museum trip that wasn’t on Monday, I packed each kid a snack. To make the snack feel extra special, I added a little doodle here, a little doodle there, tied it off with friendship bracelets (that I finally finished) and voila!

Now, I did a little searching for this post and stumbled across some amazing dads who have elevated the lunch bag doodle to an art form. Apparently, there’s a whole underground lunch bag art world. Who knew?! Check ‘em out… (more…)

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