DIY Halloween – Handmade Costumes for Kids

10/13/2010 § 1 Comment

So of course, I’m checking out Martha Stewart this morning and she has an entire spread on handmade kids costumes.  They’re absolutely adorable!! I’m in love with the butterfly, lambs and woodland creatures.

Since she’s awesome, Martha includes easy plans for making the costumes featured on her site.  Most can be made from everyday items you either have or can get on the cheap.  We all know how much costumes can cost nowadays, so why not put a little bit of yourself into it?

I also wanted to check in over at Etsy and share a few kids costume ideas from there as well.

monarch butterfly tutu costume |$55| pigtailsandpearls

yoda costume |$44.95| thegreenhedgehog

super hero monkey business cape |$25| pipandbean

I personally want the Monkey Business cape so I can be Captain Monkeypants for Halloween.  Happy Haunting all!

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The Dreaded Creativity Mind (Road) Block

10/04/2010 § 1 Comment

I am one of those creative types with an overactive brain.  You know the type: we think too much, do too much, have too many ideas.  Creativity unfortunately seems to come with a price.  Once in a while the Mind decides it’s time to shut down.  I get blocked out of my own brain.  It still spins, thoughts still fly around inside, but NOTHING comes out.  At least cohesively that is.

I’m an artist but also a writer.  Sucks to be me when that creative road block happens – it’s twice as painful.

Thankfully, us creative types are, well, creative.  We find ways to recharge and re-inspire ourselves.  Over the years I’ve learned a few tricks that I’d like to share with you.

creative block journal by mypipsqueak

Number 1 – The almighty journal.  Yes, it’s true, the journal could and should be your best friend.  I recommend at least two.  A little one for your bed side table and one to carry around with you.  Ultimately I’d just like to have one in every room of the house.

mini journal necklace by wayfaringart

2.  Word Prompts.  You have a few options here.  There are books, cards and online creative writing prompts.

journal jar by journaljarsbyjen

3.  Stimulate yourself visually.  Go old school and browse some design magazines.  See what Martha has to say.  Go to Flikr and look at pretty pictures.

paintbrushes photo greeting card by broomhillpictures

4.  Walk away.  Literally.  Take a walk, a jog – anything to get your body moving.

dancing in the dark by donera

5.  Consider a media diet.  Go in the complete opposite direction and just shut it all down.  The TV, the computer – everything.

wildflower yoga pants by redbootsdesign

6.  Relax.  Try Yoga, meditation, get a massage.

Creative minds, like the rest of your body, once in a while need a break.  Nurture your brain, treat it with respect and before long you’ll be back on that road to Creativity.  If you’re interested in something to feed your brain (literally) check out this list of Brain Food.

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