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Featured: Melissa Dinwiddie – The Creative Sandbox Way

(Re-posted from my website World of Magnifica)

The past few weeks, I’ve colored some images designed by other artists – I just couldn’t resist. 🙂 What amazed me, though, was that colouring their designs “felt” very different from colouring my own. I had never realized how much we are affected by other people’s creative energies!

This is just one more reason for discovering our innate creativity and for staying true to ourselves: Every person, every artist, every colourist is unique. It’s exactly our uniqueness – warts and horns and all – that makes us essential and irreplaceable pieces of the whole puzzle of Life.

Anyway, colouring these pages gave me an idea: I want to start a new series of Featured Artist posts.

Once or twice a month, I’ll color a design by someone else, and post it here [on World of Magnifica] with a short introduction about the artists and their work. This will also give me the opportunity to supplement my own designs with inspiring work in different styles and from different perspectives.

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Colouring page from The Creative Sandbox Way – coloured by MariaH (see *footnote)

I can’t think of a better artist to begin with than Melissa Dinwiddie, who is in the middle of the launch of her book

The Creative Sandbox Way: Your Path to a Full-Color Life.

I met Melissa over a year ago at a workshop and so I’m acquainted with some of her work since then, but when she sent me an advance copy of this book, I was awed! It’s is so full of energy and life, just reading it made me smile. 🙂

Although Melissa has included many pages and quotes and doodles for colouring, The Creative Sandbox Way isn’t a colouring book as such, more an interactive, playful self-help book for creatives and non-creatives alike: It’s a path to living a full-colour life.

Amongst other topics, it includes great tips on how to deal with various types of life-energy sucking Gremlins (our inner critics) or a drawer full of UFOs (Un-Finished Objects), original and inspiring doodles and pages for mindfully mindless colouring-in (including a Gremlin Family Tree), memorable quotes or very doable and enjoyable daily practices and writing prompts.

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From the introduction of The Creative Sandbox Way – highlighted and coloured by MariaH

My favourite “tiny and daily” practice is the Week of Crappy Doodles – exactly what my Perfectionist Gremlin fears so much that it makes him implode like Rumpelstilzken. 😉

But my probably most important takeaway is for me the insight that creativity is the act of overcoming resistance, doubts or negative self-talk – that creativity starts exactly at that point where I often feel like stopping or sometimes even giving up.

Launch Week Bonuses 15th to 21st November!

You can order The Creative Sandbox Way directly via Amazon.com, (or just read the description and the impressive list of endorsements!) but, as it’s Launch Week, don’t miss out on the tons of extras, bonuses, and an incredibly generous prize (sort of the dream of every colorist) that Melissa has prepared for those who buy the book between 15th and 21st November 2016.

And if you are on Facebook, please come and join us in the private Creative Sandbox Way Readers & Doers group, there’s even more going on!

Hope to see you there!

Maria

By the way, the Foreword is written by Patti Digh, author of “Life is a Verb! (See also my previous post with an excerpt from Walking into this new day. in the Huffington Post.

*Footnote in case you’re wondering how I did it: I used simple coloured pencils and markers for kids. The background is frottage over corrugated cardboard, and then I added the mock-up “mat and frame” digitally with Gimp.

Making of a Master Piece…

25 Days ‘Til Halloween 2011 | Halloween Decorating Ideas

The countdown to Halloween 2011 started on 1st November 2010 :mrgreen: . If you plan to decorate your home – and are still looking for ideas – maybe this post is for you; there are only 25 days left…

Before you ask: No, Halloween is not celebrated in Greece. But I surf the internet in English, plus have subscribed to a few craft blogs, and so it’s next to impossible to avoid Halloween 😉

Today this impressive yet low-budget project for decorating your whole house landed via craftzine in my inbox:

How To: Haunted House Silhouettes by Jeffery Rudell

Apart from on-page instructions and templates Jeffery also offers pdf’s for download.

Is the theme too grim’n’spooky for you? Well, why not pick up the idea and “haunt” your house with happy pumpkins and smiling ghosts?

pumpkin/jack-o-lantern - photo by Evil Erin

jack o'lantern - photo by Evil Erin

"fantome" by Emilie, 7 years old

"fantome" by Emilie, 7 years old

Happy haunting 🙂

Maria & E.D. 

Knitting With Glass – Impossible!?

Making the “impossible” possible is creation and creativity at its finest. Creation starts with an idea or vision – but it takes determination, endurance and resilience to bring it into being, to realise what formerly existed only in our mind.

I’ve been a textile crafts addict for thirty-plus years, and although the technicalities of the textile world fortunately 🙂 still bear lots of surprises and challenges for me, it takes a lot to stun my mind into time-out.

Which is exactly what happened a few weeks ago when I came across artwork which I would not have believed possible:  “Knitted Glass” by Carol Milne.

Cakewalk 7" x 11" x 11" by Carol Milne - Kiln-Cast lead crystal knitted glass

Cakewalk 7" x 11" x 11"

What intrigued me just as much as “How can this be possible?” was the context in which Carol sees her Knitted Glass (see Carol’s statement below). I contacted her immediately to ask whether I might feature her work on my blog, and as you see she said yes 🙂

Knit Wit by Carol Milne - Self-portrait in knitted glass and knitted copper. 19" x 10" x 12"

Knit Wit - Self-portrait in knitted glass and knitted copper. 19" x 10" x 12"

Here’s Carol’s brief statement about her work:

I see my knitted work as metaphor for social structure. Individual strands are weak and brittle on their own, but deceptively strong when bound together. You can crack or break single threads without the whole structure falling apart. And even when the structure is broken, pieces remain bound together. The connections are what brings strength and integrity to the whole and what keeps it intact.

Darn by Carol Milne - A fraying, knitted glove with a pun for a title. 10" x 18" x 13"

Darn - A fraying, knitted glove with a pun for a title. 10" x 18" x 13"

I found it very difficult to choose only a few photos from Carol’s amazing site, so here three more.  The last one is E.D.’s favourite – I wonder why… 😉

Bustle by Carol Milne - Kiln-Cast lead crystal knitted glass

Bustle 7" x 16" x 16"

Quadrille by Carol Milne - Kiln-Cast lead crystal knitted glass

Quadrille 5" x 11" x 11"

Eddy by Carol Milne - Kiln-Cast lead crystal knitted glass

Eddy 5" x 11" x 11"

Thank you, Carol 🙂

An inspiring “real world” example for “knitting with glass” – or knitting society by making the “impossible” possible:  Blood-lines of action – Butterfly Effects for Change by creatingreciprocity

Image sources: all photos courtesy Carol Milne www.carolmilne.com

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Featured: The Art of Frugal Living

A frugal life is a rich life 

Frugality is often confused with “poverty”, “cheap” or “scarcity”, not having enough. And in a way that’s explainable, because need and necessity are often the initial sparks which make us do with what we’ve got. The ongoing economic crisis has forced even previously well-off people to consider their lifestyle.

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like this....

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...or like that?

Consumerism is out – frugality is in

But frugality is much more than making ends meet. It’s a lifestyle, a conscious choice to live economically within our environmental and social context. Instead of exploiting and wasting resources on things which end up cluttering our lives, we can take a step back and free ourselves from what we don’t need.

Freedom is in fact one of the great benefits of a frugal lifestyle. Experiencing how little we need boosts our self-confidence and gives us inner safety. Having less helps us focus on what we have already and what we really want – instead of chasing and taking what we can get.

Living frugally and giving freely is quite the opposite of a “poor” mindset 🙂

This week I feature a blog I discovered right in time for this post (meaning today): Notes From The Frugal Trenches – A Downshifting Journey 

I hope you enjoy “Frugal Trenches” as much as I do 🙂

Maria

Image source: publicphoto.org forest dump, green woods

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Featured: “Save Somali Children from Hunger” – an eleven-year-old boy wants to raise $13 million

The East Africa Drought

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"drought" - not only a natural phenomenon, but also a state of deprivation of Heart and Mind

Compassion, choice, determination and action know no age restrictions. Andrew Adansi-Bonnah, 11, wants to raise $13 million for his cause. Read how a Ghana schoolboy launches solo famine fundraiser (Associated Press via yahoo.com), and the related article on modernghana.com.

UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming: “We estimate that a quarter of Somalia’s 7.5 million population is now either internally displaced or living outside the country as refugees. The drought is compounded by prevailing violence in southern and central parts of the country.”

Source of the quote and more on the Horn of Africa famine and how you can help: http://www.unhcr.org/4e16da4d9.html

How do you choose to act?

Maria

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