Friday, February 26, 2010

"The Artistic Mother"

I've recently found a new book that I want to add to my bookshelves.  After a thorough reading, of course!  I'm an admitted bookaholic, and avidly read anything that catches my fancy.  I've also got a problem.  Well, according to my husband, it's a problem!  I don't want to borrow books.  I want to *own* the books.  That way I can go back to them and reread them and reread them and reread them.  And I do have the feeling that it will be that way with this book.  

This book being "The Artistic Mother - A Practical Guide to Fitting Creativity into Your Busy Life" by the talented Shona Cole, who is a regular with the Stampington & Co's publications and a wonderful blogger/mother/creative person in her own right.  As soon as I'm able, I will be purchasing this book!  I really can't wait to dive in, either :)

I will also be joining a group that has been formed by Trudy Callan of Artistic Creations with Trudy to work through the 12 projects in the book.  And hopefully I'll be able to complete all of the projects!  I do think that the accountability I'll be held to by doing the projects with a group will help quite a bit, though.  

So please join me in reading this book!  I'm quite looking forward to it. 


Trudy Callan said...

I'm so excited that you are joining us. Sleep is overrated anyway, right? I totally agree that life isn't worth living if it isn't lived to the fullest. Take chances; get messy, You have nothing to lose. Right? Well, except a little sleep as we've already said. I think all moms are sleep deprived anyway.

Which blog will you be posting your projects on at the end of each week so I know which one to list for you, or will you be double posting?

Melinda Cornish said...

I love books too and am a hoarder...I admit it. this one looks great and I am going to go and check trudy's sounds interesting!

Trudy Callan said...

I am so thrilled that you are joining The Artistic Mother's Group.
We will be allowing two weeks for each project. But if you get behind, please don't worry. Just keep working a little each day. The whole point of this group is to develop the habit of doing art each day. It is also so we can encourage one another and be an accountability group. I personally need the accountability part of it. Knowing that others are coming to see what I'm up to is very motivational; otherwise, I may not finish it on my own. Some projects may be easier for you than others and may allow you to catch up. But if you don't, don't get discouraged. Just keep on going. This is a low pressure group. I want everyone to have fun and also enjoy visiting one another.

Each week do a post of your progress as you go through the book. Please either include links to the other participants in your posts each week or keep them posted in your side bar or you can give the link to my blog in each progress post stating that the master list is on my blog that way everyone can click around and visit all of the other participants' blogs and see everyone's progress for encouragement, inspiration and to encourage.

A real easy way to do the linking would be to have a separate blog list from your main one labeled The Artistic Mother Group and keep all of the participants on that list on your sidebar. Then you don't have to put the links in every progress post. That's what I'm going to do. Each progress post I make, at the end of the post, I will list any new participants. So please check my blog each week for the new comers so you can update your participants' list.

Other things to be doing before we get started: Buy the book if you haven't already, start reading it, start gathering a stash of papers: newspapers, magazines, flyers, ticket stubs, scrap booking stickers, etc., to be used in future projects. The first project will have us making background papers.

I am signing up as follower and putting you on my blog list so I can know when you post, and I am adding your name to the list right now.

Again, I am so glad you could join us. See you on March 6th, our launch date.

Note: Due to copyright laws, we are not allowed to do tutorials or step-by-step photos of the projects on our blogs or take photos of the pages in the book and post them. You may post a photo of your version of the project and talk about your experiences and feelings relating to it.

Also, if you are doing this project with a friend, each person must have their book unless you are doing it together under the same roof. No photocopying of the book, please.

Colette said...

Hi Holly. Love your jewellery. Thanks for visiting my blog.


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