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 [...]

Join me in Arizona for my November creativity retreat!

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” ― Mary Oliver Are you ready to live a passionate, creative life but feel scared to even say it out loud? Do you sometimes feel sluggish, bored, stuck or uninspired? Are you ready to do something for yourself? SPARK 2015 CREATIVITY RETREAT  November 12-15, 2015 Ignite your creative bonfire and come alive in the inspiring Sonoran Desert with creativity enabler, Carrie Bloomston, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hands-on Read more [...]

Hail your life

The quiet formlessness of Sundays often inspires me to a tender and soulful place. I was telling my kids that last night, after yet another of our many sessions of watching Shark Tank as a family together, I emailed their casting team and applied to be on it. As I told them I laughed and said, yes, of course the odds are very slim. But, no matter. And then I explained to them why: You have to hail your life like a taxi cab–run into the street in the pouring rain like the passionate and slightly Read more [...]

The Summer of Us

I will never remember all the things we didn't do this summer. I won't remember looking out from the top of the Eiffel tower at all those rooftops in Paris or splashing in the ocean–Atlantic or Pacific. I won't remember waiting for Old Faithful to do its thing– or feeling too tired from jet lag to appreciate that the sun was still up at 9 pm in Amsterdam. I won't remember that book tour I planned for a month that would take us across the country in the Subaru–or the whining about Read more [...]

Scrap bags of STORY for you!

A late summer treat for you!!! My new collection, Story, (see the fab lookbook here) for Windham Fabrics​ hits stores near you in September 2015, but you can be the first of your friends to tell your story with these fun scrap bags! Direct link to shop here. ($20 + shipping) About each scrap bag: This bag of awesomeness contains many (though not all) of the prints from my new collection, STORY, for Windham Fabrics. Pieces will vary in width from 6" to roughly 14" and may contain selvages Read more [...]

Midsummer’s eve post

It is 7:53 pm. I just walked outside into 103 degrees. But more than that, it is deafening out there. You, over there, with your sea breezes and lapping waves–and all you can hear is that lulling. And you, there by the creek, the sound of light rain on all those leafy trees. You outside looking up at the evening sky and hearing...not much. Well, you should come here to experience this Phoenix-in-July thing–Phoenix when everyone leaves but the cicadas. I walked into the backyard just now Read more [...]

The Little Spark in Oprah Magazine

  I feel honored and excited beyond words to be in O Magazine. Oprah has been a hero of mine for a long time. You see, the secret about my book, The Little Spark–30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity, is that it is way more than a craft book–it is more of a self-discovery book. As I was creating my book I knew that the only way to truly touch people with my writing was to go beyond the surface and head for the deeper waters underneath creativity–the stuff that really keeps Read more [...]