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How Can Dirty Dancing Convey the True Self?

With its sexy moves and its focus on abortion, Dirty Dancing doesn't seem likely to carry a gospel message. But that's what the awesome performance did for me this weekend at The SHN Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco. Attending the on stage matinée of this old...

What If Busyness is a Beautiful Butterfly?

I struggle with busyness, and today I was graced with a freeing new image for it, which I'm sharing in case you're also challenged with a very full life. I was playing with a creativity tool of the kind I use with my Spirit + Creativity ("Spiritivity") Coaching...

How to Say “Textile Art” in Spanish!

On Saturday, I went to the Organic Market in San José del Cabo and met three of the area’s quilters! Besides organic produce and many good lunch options, the market is full of locals selling a wide array of handmade soaps and beauty products, kombucha and granola,...

How Christmas Quilts & Favorite Traditions Warm Up the Holidays

Finding my 1996 “Christmas Friendship Knots” quilt in a box of Christmas decorations reminded me of all the Christmas quilts I’ve made over the years. I don’t have big quilt walls on which to display them now that we’ve downsized, so I decided to create a virtual...

Soulfulness is the Spice of Life

Soulfulness and treating yourself well are the spice of life. A visit to Restaurant Nora in DC had nothing to do with accomplishment and everything to do with delighting and nurturing. It made me realize how much our hearts and souls crave renewal through beautiful...

5 Looks at Your Life . . . And What You Wish It Included

The past ten days have been full of heart-to-heart happenings that reinforce my decision to celebrate creativity and to help other women transition to more creative living. Yesterday I loved connecting in person with creative women who came to my Sea Ranch home for a...

Never Too Late for You to Live Out Your Calling

Today is my Mom's birthday. From this picture of her, my dad, and me (taken last month), you can try to guess her secret age, but you'll probably be wrong because she's so healthy for her years. Her longevity's a tremendous blessing and reminds me of all that you and...

IRS and Overcoming Obstacles to Creativity

Last-minute tax return preparation is a formidable obstacle to just about anything, including creativity! I'm writing this in October because—like every year—we got an extension. This means I go through two tax-time crunches a year. In April I scramble to gather...

7 Things a Fat Worm Can Teach Us About Creativity

What a Very Hungry Caterpillar and Its Creator Can Teach Us About Creativity 1. Having a vision and purpose works: Eric Carle's is to educate children about art. What's your over-arching purpose? 2. Use your own imagination and experiment with fresh techniques,...

Holiness and HeART

                      Hey, artists, "Beauty leads us to God!" That's what I heard Pope Francis say in Spanish at his address to the World Meeting of Families celebration on Saturday night. He went on to say that...

Can You Imagine Your Compost Pile as Creative?

This Guest Blog Post was excerpted from “Compost as Art,” a much longer essay by Kathie Brady of Orinda, California. I love: (1) the realization that dawned on her about how creativity can be found all around us; as well as (2) her undertaking the creative act of...

Do Drama and Guilt Interfere with Your Creativity?

This is Part 3 of a 3-Part Blog on Women's #1 Creative Block: Habitually Putting Themselves on the Back Burner To read Part 1, click here. To read Part 2, click here. Here's Part 3: Drama and Guilt Can Keep Women Bound One Way or Another Today I have in mind...

Do Your 24 Hours a Day Reflect How You Value Creativity?

This is Part 2 of a 3-Part Blog on Women's #1 Creative Block: Habitually Putting Themselves on the Back Burner. To read Part 1, click here. Choosing How to Spend Your 24 Hours Each Day Ties into Your Self-Definition. How many hours a day, week, or month do you spend...

5 Reasons You Constantly Put Yourself on the Back Burner

Putting Themselves on the Back Burner is Women's Most Commonly Mentioned Creative Block. I hear from women all over, "It seems I always have to put my own projects and all but the most basic self care on the back burner"—from painters who don't finish many paintings,...

Hurt? Defiant? Playful? Sassy? You as a Kid? As a Creative?

Do you ever resist your creative work because you just don't feel like doing it? Your adult mind wants to do something creative, but an inner struggle against actually creating now feels like a confrontation with defiance. "You can't make me," the inner brat part of...

Has Rule-Breaking Helped You Make Better Art or a Better Quilt?

In my book Reap As You Sew, I tell the story of a three-session design workshop in which foreground objects of simple solid shapes (inspired by objects we brought photos of) were to be placed on a background strata made with irregularly pieced prints. I got into the...

Nothing Like Sharing with Kindred Souls!

Sharing your creativity and your faith with kindred souls truly inspires awe! I got to do that all weekend long, and I feel like non-stop Hallelujahs are bursting out of me! I'd flown to DC to attend the 8th Biennial Sacred Threads Exhibit, which features over 300...

When you notice good ideas, how do you catch them?

Intriguing ideas arise in both mundane and extraordinary times—some as you slosh through everyday activities, others when you're on a cherished artist's date at a museum or play, or even while watching 4th of July fireworks! All month I've been posting reminders to...

Unsure of a Quiltmaking Solution? Ask Your Dreams!

Have your dreams influenced your art? Would like to allow them to do that? Dreams are great sources of A-ha's! As a child, Hollis Chatelain remembered vibrant dreams. She never imagined that in adulthood monochromatic dreams would be the basis for her internationally...

Guarding Against Overwhelm

As May comes to a close, let's give thanks for the protection we've received and the protective tools we've become aware of, as well as the energy, spirit, and/or armor of God that helps keep us aligned with our sacred creative calling. As the month ends, let's carry...

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