Category Archives: Creative Life

Creative Juice #209

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Creative Juice #209

Some interesting stuff; some funny stuff; some deep stuff.

  • This one’s a little hard to look at. A sculptor made prosthetic masks for soldiers disfigured in World War I.
  • Can you stand any more Covid-19 jokes?
  • Many variations on the tangle Printemps.
  • How to machine-quilt a border with an S-curve ruler.
  • A prayer from 1968 that is so timely today.
  • Do you have books you read and reread multiple times? Me, too.
  • What if they had texting in Medieval times?
  • The truth about Meissen porcelain.
  • A professional watercolorist’s life.
  • Spiritual director Marsha Crockett’s journal provides guided meditations and contemplative helps. You can also follow her on Instagram.
  • One of my favorite artists painted a lovely portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsberg and paired it with a poetic tribute.
  • I’ve read some of these books (and they were great) and seen rave reviews of others. Anyway, if you don’t know what to read next, maybe pick something off this list.

In the Meme Time: Start Them Young

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In the Meme Time: Make Do

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Creative Juice #207

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Creative Juice #207

Excellence in creativity:

  • A wonderful quilt show from a few years ago.
  • Zentangle meets lettering.
  • More than 40 years ago, my hubby and I used to scuba dive. The most exciting things we ever saw underwater were lobster, which Greg captured and we took home to eat. Click on the link to see some even more awesome sights.
  • Cleaning out Grandpa’s house? Don’t you dare toss those old snapshots without looking at them.
  • I don’t think I’ve ever seen these Picassos before. They are not what I would have expected.
  • The writers will get this.
  • They don’t make cars like this anymore.
  • I enjoy this artist’s Instagram page.
  • I wish I’d sketched my kids when they were small. How precious those pictures would be.
  • If you like a little science or technology with your romance, you might like these books.
  • You’ve never seen insects fly like this.
  • Are tiles low art?

Creative Juice #206

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Creative Juice #206

Great inspiration for your creativity this weekend:

In the Meme Time: Sprout

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Sprout

Creative Juice #205

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Creative Juice #205

Lots of pretty stuff here.

  • Do you love hamsters? Then you must follow this artist on Instagram.
  • If 100 of you each want to chip in $4 to buy me this dragon, I won’t stop you.
  • Beautiful star quilt.
  • Books have the power to change people; people have the power to change the world. As for me, The Hate U Give woke me up to white privilege, something I thought didn’t apply to me.
  • Super-realistic drawings done in colored pencil.
  • I love every one of these reading nooks, but my favorites are the ones where you can look out the window at a beautiful view.
  • Interesting zentangle project.
  • Award-winning photos people took with their iPhones.
  • This free mandala-drawing class looks like it will be fun.
  • This article is especially for elementary general music teachers, but if you like music, you might find it very enjoyable.
  • I know I should be doing this. But, somehow, I’m not.
  • This watercolor artist was in her fifties before she began taking her art seriously.

In the Meme Time: Bedtime Routine

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Bedtime routine

Monday Morning Wisdom #272

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Monday Morning Wisdom #272

MMWIf you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.

You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God.

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got. ~Steven Pressfield in The War of Art

Creative Juice #204

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Creative Juice #204

 

Interesting stuff this week: