The Importance of Creative Spaces

Creative spaces invite artistic flow over and around the obstacles of life. Without table tops, nooks, and arts and craft rooms where we, creative eclectics, can put together what delights our eyes, our streams of artistry run dry. This awareness revisited me yesterday when magical moments plumped up the pumpkins and crackled the candles I …

New Painting: Caged Bird, Sing Me a Song

This post will show you the progression of an acrylic painting of the world. I've included the first and last photo and a bit of the poem, but Elya Filler's post includes a whole lot in between. Visit the post to see the entire process and poem. New Painting: Caged Bird, Sing Me a Song. …

My Dabble in Jewelry Making

My daughter's creativity never ceases to amaze me. Here's her recent post that features one of her artistic loves, Jewelry making: For this past Christmas, I tried my hand at making necklaces for a few of my close friends and colleagues. My good friend, Liz, originally taught me everything she knew and took me to …

This is family. This is church.

In a lower-income neighborhood by the school where I teach is "The Neighborhood Impact House." A local church* provides a cozy family environment with homework help, arts and crafts, music lessons, sports activities, a community garden, and a kid-friendly bible study. Children and youth flock to this home, and I go more for the gifts of …

How to Make a Masquerade Mask Part I

Do you want a fun project to do that expresses your identity exploration? Try making your own masquerade mask. This idea resulted from my most frequently visited post, Self Disclosure. Daily, people find my personal blog through searching for post about masquerade masks. Masks possess an appeal for some people. Perhaps their mysterious nature invites hiding parts …

57 Designing New Identities

Words You pickpocket of creativity Stealing innovation and energy Shall you alone define my destiny? Words Recently, my daughter, Andy, came for a visit and we immediately headed for Michaels. We bought supplies for the masquerade masks we envisioned making. This project has simmered in our minds for some time now. Besides, I needed a break from words, words, …

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