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. 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. Back to me. Full circle. (I’m not really a brand–just a mom in an apron trying to change the way we love ourselves with art.)

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. read more

You ready for STORY?

Just one more week until my friends and I will share our stories with my new fabric collection, Story, for Windham Fabrics. We will have a big ol’ party here to celebrate and there will be much confetti throwing via social media. There is so much to share and much to say about this collection. I can barely wait! Did I mention that I LOVE my friends? Also, did I mention that they are unbelievably talented? Just you wait. You’ll see. read more