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A Mother Who Is a Playwright / A Playwright Who Is a Mother

By Jennifer Berry The two most empowering choices I ever made were choosing to be an artist and a mother. Against all odds and by sheer…

My Human: A Visual Poem

Lauren Haldeman is the author of the poetry collection Calenday (Rescue Press, 2014) which was a finalist for the 2014 Julie Suk Award. Her work…

Like Grandmother like Granddaughter

“Jessamine was sort of a Renaissance woman on the range,” Tempe Javitz says of her late grandmother. “Nowadays many are run totally by women or…

Creative Partnership Between Two Moms

by Rohana Kenin When my co-writing, co-producing, co-starring partner Laura Frenzer and I decided nearly two years ago to write and produce the comedy web…

How I Re-Kindled My Design Creativity as a WAHM

By Heather Smith I began my journey as a work-at-home mom 4.5 years ago when my oldest son was born. As a designer I was…

The Conundrum of Lyle and My Creative Life

By Kristy Ramirez His tiny leg bones were too small for the layer of fat hanging loosely off his thighs. When he yawned or cried,…

On Marrying An Actor…

  By Jennifer Weedon Green “Oh, I make it a rule not to date other actors.” I’ve heard this blanket statement time after time from…

Does my creativity help or hinder my child’s confidence?

I was recently reprimanded for drawing with my young daughter. Upon observing this horrendous act – of us drawing together – a very experienced and well-meaning…

You Don’t Look Like a Graphic Designer

By Bec Adamczewski Mothers judging other mothers. It happens, and is possibly an unavoidable part of parenthood. It’s so easy to say ‘who cares what…

Acting While Pregnant | How I Managed a Successful Career with Baby

  By Jennifer Weedon Green When in doubt, Google it. That’s always been my motto. I’m big on research, both online and off. When my…

The Morning of Imperfect Butterflies

By Becky Tountas The rhythm of the rain on the roof made a pitter-patter sound and the windows were foggy from the moisture when I woke up….

Pop! Goes the Surrealism with Painter Seonna Hong

I love these painting which evoke my childhood memories of wandering through nature and feeling adrift in all its richness. The graphic lines and use of color makes it unmistakably…

Visual Inspiration: Photography by Laura Heyman

  Laura Heyman is an artist and curator and mom who has exhibited at The Deutsch Polen Institute, Darmstadt, Germany, Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco,…

Focus

by Ruth Dawkins A few years ago, I discovered the Unravelling the Year workbook that Susannah Conway publishes on her site. It always provides a…

Visual Inspiration: Mixed Media Artwork by Tasha Kasuma

Tasha Kusama is a contemporary mixed media artist, mom and painter based in the Los Angeles area. We love her use of color and dreamlike…

Love + Art = Marriage

by Melinda Fay Cohabiting like marriage is tough on the ego. Particularly when you come together later in life after all your bad habits are…

Mothers Gain Confidence Through Creative Projects

I don’t know about you, but being a mom challenges my confidence every day. Not a day goes by when I doubt my ability to…

Painting with Thread by Stephanie K. Clark

    Salt Lake City based artist Stephanie K. Clark created these mixed media portraits and paintings using a mixture of paint, chalk, pencil, and…

A Pumphouse of One’s Own

by Jennifer Savage In graduate school, when I left the man I was engaged to but not in love with I moved into a dark…

Visual Inspiration: Photography by Dina Goldstein

  Dina Goldstein is an Israel-born photographer and pop surrealist based in Vancouver, where she lives with her filmmaker husband, 2 daughters, and a dog….

Visual Inspiration: Everyday Items into Art by Tara Donovan

     Brooklyn based artist Tara Donovan created these large-scale installations and sculptures from everyday objects like scotch tape, plastic cups, and toothpicks. Her artwork…

Visual Inspiration: Giant Flowers by Tiffanie Turner

San Francisco based architect and artist Tiffanie Turner fashioned these gorgeous giant gossamer paper flowers from paper mâché and Italian crepe paper. The exploration of scale…

I Am Not a Poet

by Ruth Dawkins I used to collect poems, like some people collect postcards or glass paperweights. I’d keep a notebook, and if I read or…

You In Our Bed

By Stella Padnos-Shea Tonight, like last night, husband tempted by the couch’s quiet: that plush other woman, slightly concave in the middle like my body…

Are you suffering from monetization exhaustion?

by Mary Kastle A few years ago, I hit a big wall in my music career. Looking back, I think it was “monetization exhaustion.” Don’t…

5 Wonderful Things About Having a Creative Side-Business

by Jessica Blue 1. Perfect creative outlet My passion/compulsion to create comes from needing something I can do that feels concrete. Teaching and parenting are so…

It All Began with an Argument About Money, but Lead to So Much More

by Janine Huldie I forget how that fateful fight started, but do recall it was over money — or the lack thereof. Between my husband…

Mother versus Writer: A Tug of War

by Julianne Palumbo The place where motherhood and creativity intersect is a precarious one. I say this—two books, a magazine, and three children later. When…

Baking Without Regrets

by Liz Weidhorn The phrase “I live with no regrets” has never been uttered from my lips. Don’t get me wrong—I’m a relatively happy person,…

Did I Mention My Invention Convention?

by Stephanie D. Lewis If you can’t be a famous Blogger, you might as well become a well-known inventor, right? I come from a long…

Launching a Product, Kickstarter Campaign… and a New Baby!

by Lily Jones Last week I sat with my newborn son in the Ergo, bouncing him on a yoga ball as I pressed “launch” on…

Screw Your Plan

by Tiffany Han “Well, first, I need to make a plan,” said every single person in this world who wanted to take on a scary…

Confessions of a Paper Hoarder

by Ruth Dawkins I’ve always been a paper hoarder. As a child, and even as a teenager, I’d spend all my pocket money on magazines…

Polka-Dots, Stripes and Glitter Everywhere: How I Learned to Let My Daughter Dress Herself

by Kimberly Haydn Until April 11, 2015: Follow us on Instagram and join our “Best Self-Dressed” Giveaway! At my core, I am a perfectionist. More…

Writing a Book in 34 Easy Steps

by Kaly Sullivan I wrote a book and it’s coming out soon. Within weeks, I will have in my hands 256 pages of my own…

How to Turn Your Photo Project into a Published Book

When I first saw Lucy’s book Balancing Acts: Three Prima Ballerinas Becoming Mothers I nearly swallowed my gum — a whole book of gorgeous photographs…

4 Reasons Why Failure is Good: What I Learned From My Disastrous Stint as a Live TV Sports Reporter

by Angela Tsai Failure is kinda awesome. It takes some audacity for an artistic yet Type-A person like me to utter the words above. It…

The brand of my boy.

So in my quest to advertise you into greatness, the first thing to do is to create a brand. Your brand will not be based…

How to Sell on Etsy and Keep Sane: Tips from 9 Successful Etsy Moms

One of the easiest ways to start selling your creative work online is with the Etsy.com marketplace. Set up your account, upload your product photos,…

The Power of Pretend… At Any Age from Lily Jones, Teacher and Founder of CreativityPacks

When we got up this morning, my nearly three-year-old daughter announced that she was a baby porcupine and declared me the mama porcupine. She explained…

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