Category Archives: Creativity

Letterpress & Laughter

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Find the bridge to laughter,
awaken the chid within
and honor its role & rhythm.

Allow laughter to carry you,
and to renovate
the tender heart spaces
with its uplifting wings.

My friends rallied to celebrate my birthday recently.  Their planning was genius and we celebrated creatively at Bay View Printing after a separate yoga event.  Speechless with gratitude and feeling the love on this particular birthday.  I will share more of the creative gestures of kindness soon; but today I am excited to inspire you to try letterpress!

Ordinary Creative Letterpress

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Our gathering was a treasure hunt exploring the vast variety of fonts and typeface options while assembling phrases without a keyboard.  The delightful owner, Ashley is keeping ‘letterpress’ alive at this century-old Wisconsin print shop near Milwaukee.

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The tactical experience of “writing” without a pen and stringing together actual letters led me to rediscover a classic Spoon song, Written in Reverse.  

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There is

JOY

in this creative haven.

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One more song tip:  Hey, Soul Sister by Train. I love my entire tribe of soul sisters: here, there and everywhere.  Sharing Soul Sister Pinot Noir, creating and laughing with friends: pure bliss. letterpress image ordinary creative

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And, I Quote: Wonder Words on Creativity

The Artisan Soul quote onFor four years I have been spinning a web of words here.  This is my creative anchor but I still haven’t cracked the code on a real breakthrough.  I believe it is all about the practice:  day by day (or let’s be realistic hour by hour).  The routine is simply ordinary.  Perhaps the pattern will one day give birth to something extraordinary – who knows.  I will just keep showing up with faith, honest insecurities and excellent music to accompany the work (just wait for today’s song suggestions).

Lately I have been busy reading about creativity; versus practicing creativity.IMG_3345

I sifted through my favorite photos and current stack of books to assemble this series.

 I hope you find something that resonates and ignites your creative journey.

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never to late to work on creativity quote by julia cameron

If you have an idea that’s been tapping you on the shoulder consider that it just might be put there for a reason.  Maybe, just maybe, it is a divine nudge that the world is waiting for your unique gift.  As Steven Pressfield said, “Give us what you have got.”

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creativity is subtraction austin kleonHave you have read, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon?  He elaborates on the power of subtraction.  Essentially he says that since we live in an age when we can access an abundance of information, the key is focusing on what to omit.  According to Kleon, “Nothing is more paralyzing than the idea of limitless possibilities. The best way to get over creative block is to simply place some constraints on yourself.”

His recipe for cultivating a creative life: kindness, curiosity, and “a willingness to look stupid” — demonstrating that creativity is not some abstract phenomenon bestowed upon a chosen few.

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To celebrate the end of my creative hibernation I used a random collection of letters, Mod Podge and tissue paper to honor my mantra below.

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Ready, set, create with these songs:

Can’t Go Back Now” by The Weepies

and “Keep on Keeping On” by Colony House.