A Year of Weird Mirrors

2017 was an uphill climb for many people. I wrote, I created a lot, I experimented. I learned about my limits and boundaries. I worked in my Brain often (my sketchbook), and created pages and pages of activities for my book. I also questioned myself. As I created and doodled and poured out my ideas…

How to Avoid the Holiday Overload When You are a Sensitive Creative

Creative people are sensitive people. We can enjoy the subtle differences among Yellows, a beautiful piece of music brings tears to our eyes, and a mall this time of year is the equivalent experience of throwing on all the lights at 3 a.m. when you were sound asleep. Overload to our sensitive systems can happen…

Gallery of Cupcakes

Care to join the virtual designers with your own cupcake design to the Gallery of Cupcakes? Fun Activity: Help Design Some Cupcakes Enter the Cupcake Room, and design a cupcake, but don’t be afraid of making mistakes (see reject cupcakes). Print out and download the sheet below to play. Send me your pics and I…

The Excitement Theory: when you are lost

I hate and I like my 3d animation class. It really feels like Rocket Science and what should take a shorter time always takes forever. I am grateful most of my homework is done during the day when the kids have school because my language at the computer becomes very…colorful. The guy who wrote the…

You are enough

It’s easy to get lost. The world is a little crazy right now. From too much water to too much hate. As an empath or a sensitive creative person you can get lost in the waves of the collective helplessness. Feeling not enough, is the symptom. And those are the times you need to remember, you…

Creative Prompt: Stars in Jars

Take out a sketchbook and draw and doodle ideas for…if you could catch Stars in Jars. In the Invention Room, they do just that. And later sell them in the mall. If you are a writer, write about it. Tell me about this invention. Tell me about stars. Design thoughts: Are the stars pointy? Do…

The Shadow in us we need to greet and Shadow Theater

I anxiously awaited the sun being blotted out while hiding out in the house away from windows with my Giant Ooh Yellow Dog, hoping the eclipse would pass quickly. Crouching down on the couch and pretending nothing was happening, while facing my fears of going blind, I thought about the Shadow. Not the old-time radio…

When the World Goes Crazy, Lighten the Load & Find What Fits

I have such the habit of piling it on. What is mine, what isn’t mine, what is the collective mine, what is out there, what is not my responsibility…And I found myself overloading, again. My stomach goes on vacation without me and I get an headache as a big wakeup call that I’ve been carrying…

The Goal is to be as Authentic as Possible, Part One

As I was writing in my Brain the other day (what I call my sketchbook notebook), I noticed that the underlying theme I was writing was about staying authentic, having that true voice in my creative work. The artists I admire so greatly all have such a unique style. (Think the late Dr. Seuss). They…

What Blocks Your Creativity & What Flows It

I’m excited to get things rolling here at the Idea Emporium. I just started a Facebook page for the world/book, I’m growing my Instagram page to share video clips and drawings, and the book proposal and first chapter are nearing completion. Yay! I’m excited also to have you on this journey and be a part…