Playful Fabric Printing book party and giveaway!

I'm so excited to share your new favorite book today! It's called Playful Fabric Printing. Have you ever wanted to play with fabric printing or making your own cloth? This is the book for you. I'm a little biased though. My amazing friend, artist, textile designer, and activist, Melanie Testa, teamed up with Carol Soderlund to create the very first imprint of the brand new publishing house by bright light, Pokey Bolton, called Crafting a Life. And let me just say, if this first book is any indication Read more [...]

Amy Butler’s Piece Keeping blog party!

  It's a party! I was thrilled to be included in the blog party and G I V E A W A Y in celebration of Amy Butler's newest book, Piece Keeping! Amy is a gorgeous, inspiring human on many levels, not least of which is her generous soul. (Plus I learned to sew six years ago making her Birdie bag.) You will absolutely love her new book. It is filled with inspiring patchwork projects to unleash your inner sewinista in boho style. It was really hard to pick a favorite project but I chose Read more [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Little Spark book tour + COSTCO!

My summer book tour schedule is up and I can't wait to meet you if you live in or near these cities. I will be speaking in some wonderful book stores, quilting stores and maker spaces across the country. Save the date and check the events page for updates to the schedule as there may be additions. In other exciting news...my book is in Costco! Holy crap! I'm a huge Costco fan so this is a dream come true. Costco totally gets the concept of surprise and delight. I buy green juice, organic Read more [...]