Where Women Create

Hello and happy summer. I hibernate in the summer–I take time to unplug from media and obligations, be with my family, and clean and organize the corners of my house. I did this long before I fell in love with Marie Kondo's Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (which I did last summer). If you haven't read it, you might want to. So, I've been hibernating a bit. But I wanted to share a cool thing in case you haven't seen it. I was honored to be featured in the Summer 2016 of the stunning, inspiration-fest Read more [...]

Happy Spring … 20% off WHALE PRINT!

Hello there. Long time no see...or I guess I should say, long time no say because I haven't posted here in a few months. I hope you are well and good and emerging from nature's cocoon of winter. Our spring here in the desert has been warm and lovely. The garden bed is singing to me–the heirloom tomatoes ripening, the dill flowers are shoulder high, and the sunflowers are showing us their faces now. We got a puppy this winter. And she stole my attention. First it was puppy love and then Read more [...]

More connection in 2016…less iPhone

If you read this blog, I just want to thank you and wish you happy holidays. I honestly don't know how to interpret backend blog analytics or to understand if my numbers of readers are good or bad, high or low. I'm kinda low-tech. But still, if there are ten of you (other than my mom) who read this blog and support my work then that feels good to me. And if there are a hundred then that's pretty awesome. And if there are 1,000 then that is amazing. But for some people, 1,000 would seem insignificant. I've Read more [...]

Join me at Craft NAPA!

Are you ready for the new year? I'm thrilled and honored to be teaching at Craft NAPA in gorgeous Napa Valley, California at an incredible new retreat created by Pokey Bolton. She is bringing together many fabulous teachers for this event to get your creative juices flowing and help guide you into your creative passion. The teachers are textile designers, fiber artists, sewinistas, painters, mixed media artists and art quilters. During this three-day retreat, you will have the opportunity to Read more [...]

Why it’s hard to be creative and practical at the same time…or the difference between art and business

I’ve been making art a lot for a few months and that process plugs me into my essential nature. In that space we meet all the aspects of the self. All the biggies pop up when we head into the unknown land of our true creativity. (If you haven't yet fallen in love with Jason Silva  you'll probably want to watch this. And then watch all of his Shots of Awe videos. But read my post first.) I don't believe that we must suffer for art. I have never believed that, although there are many Read more [...]

An open letter to all the Little League shamers of the world

An open letter to all the Little League shamers of the world: We see you. We of sound mental health. We are watching you. But today, you went too far, papas. Ranting isn't usually my style. Forgive me because here I am about to place my high horse on top of my soapbox. Today my pen is my sword and it writes on the side of mental/emotional health: Nothing very dramatic happened at first. All the comments I overheard were hushed. A father took his son to the field behind us to practice Read more [...]

The lessons of prayer flags for the Dalai Lama in Alabama

Remember our Happy Flag Project? A year ago we were heading to Birmingham, Alabama to see the Dalai Lama. My mom and I had spent the previous five months collecting handmade, artful prayer flags in honor of the visit. We led workshops in Alabama and Arizona. The whole city of Birmingham got involved–it was part of the University (UAB) curriculum in many departments. The Sculpture department created an installation with 1,000 flags. The idea was to honor His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Read more [...]

Mama’s got a brand new brand!

The Rebrand Well, here we are! These are my new digs. Pretty spacious, huh? Look at all that white space around these words. This is my new blog and my new site and my new brand and a new me. Wait, actually, it is a really old me. I worked all summer with some amazing women named Tiffany and Leslie from Handshoe Design to rebrand and create this new site and I couldn't be happier with what they created: I am thrilled to announce the birth of my new brand: Carrie Bloomston. Yep, me. Read more [...]

Don’t eat the whole sh*t sandwich

Good morning and happy Monday. Isn't Mercury in retrograde? I can already feel it, how about you? Last week I found out I didn't win the Blue Moon label contest. I made it all the way to the top 10 thanks to all of your support! Thanks for taking the time to vote for me. It meant a lot to feel your love. I thought I had a decent shot. So, I did feel hopeful for those few months during the process. I must say that the waiting and not-knowing was absolutely better than the finality of knowing Read more [...]

why you should make things with your hands and tell your story

You know what most people's problem is? Too much money. (You know that I'm only a little bit serious, I hope?) But I've been thinking about this lately. That whole necessity is the mother of invention thing, ya know? I believe that. We are ALL more creative when we have to be. But buying has become the new making. And not just this decade but since the early 1900's and after the industrial revolution. The subsequent plummeting price of goods began to be felt by the masses through places Read more [...]