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Merry Making

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I am absorbing as much magic as I can this holiday season. Appreciating the little moments. So if I'm not here as often, I hope you will understand. My little girl is transforming into a big girl before my eyes. At only nine, I know she still has a lot of childhood left but the little kid stuff, well I see that ebbing away. Each day, as another Advent Activity calendar door creaks open, I feel a tiny loss. Will she want to see Santa next year? How long before she doesn't have time to craft and bake with me anymore?

I know these things will be replaced by different activities and joys and I will love them too, but I can't help but want to hold onto these days for just a little longer. So I'm savoring each moment. Taking a breath. Putting aside things I "should" do, to make time to watch life unfold, minute by minute. I'm hoping your moments are as merry and bright as mine are. 

Personalized Gifts

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Today, while I was wandering the stores, fighting through crowds and browsing through meaningless gifts, I became frustrated with the holiday tradition of gift giving. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE to give gifts, I just don't love to buy gifts for the mere sake of buying them. I don't want to give the peopleContinue Reading

What I Learned on Vacation

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I just returned from a lovely vacation in Maui with my family. Whenever I go on vacation, I find that I bring something back with me. Not just souvenirs or a head cold, but a new mindset. This trip was especially powerful for me as it coincided with my 45 birthday-a birthday that I haveContinue Reading

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to take a minute and thank each and every person who takes the time to visit me on my blog. Because of you, I am able to live the creative life of my dreams. I hope you have a wonderful holiday! I'll be back with tons of holiday tutorials in December!

Family Adventures: La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum

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We have recently dedicated ourselves to going on at least one family adventure each month. Although it can sometimes feel hard to get out of the house on the weekends, we find that we're always much more refreshed if we push ourselves to get out and explore. This weekend, we went to the La BreaContinue Reading

Consumption

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Yesterday, I listened to a Creative Thursday podcast that touched on a topic I've been mulling over for a long time. In it, Marisa talks about how much information is out there in the world and how it's totally un-monitored. Which is good for freedom of speech, but not so good for reliability and content.Continue Reading

Creative Business: Balance is a Myth

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There is no such thing as balance. For years, I have taught women to have balance in their lives. Balance between work and home, balance between self-care and the care of others.  But I was wrong. There is no such thing as balance. In today’ world, balance doesn’t exist. When you are working mom, tryingContinue Reading

Creative Business: What To Do When Etsy Lets You Down

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What To Do When Etsy Lets You Down Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about how Etsy’s policies changes and size have let crafters and artists down. While I don’t want to get into a huge debate over whether Etsy’s policies are right or wrong, I would like to play the devil’s advocateContinue Reading

My Favorite Books on Writing

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I am a bit of non-fiction junkie. I love self-help books, craft and art books, business books, and books on writing. I don't really consider myself a writer, so it's kind of interesting that I devour "how to" books about writing. Yes, I write a blog and some ebooks, but it's not my main gig.Continue Reading

(un)Busy Weekend

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  I've been on a big kick this summer about how we are rotting away at home and need to get out and experience life on the weekends. Last week,as the long weekend began to loom ahead of us, I realized I was feeling stress. Then I realized how ridiculous it was to feel stressedContinue Reading