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What inspires you?

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Art, Maggie's New Art, Maggie's Studio News, Motivation | 2 comments

What inspires you?

People ask me questions about my book art all the time. There is no doubt it’s an unusual medium, and not the kind of art you typically see in someone’s home. When a visitor is in my studio, they always want to know how I get my ideas, how I learned to make the books, what motivates me and more. For a few weeks in my blog, I’ll share some of those questions and my responses. What inspires you? In a nutshell: solving a problem. When I start working on a project, the most exciting part is working out HOW to do it.  Of all the stages of an...

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A Helium Hand?

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Art, Creativity, goal setting, Motivation | 1 comment

A Helium Hand?

Don (my husband) says that I have a Helium Hand. He has observed that whenever someone asks for a volunteer, my hand goes up… all on its own. He was definitely on to something there. The first part of a solution is identifying the problem. And to be honest, after his comments, I got a lot better about saying no to all the volunteer opportunities that are flung my way. (He just agreed when I told him I was blogging about this topic.) A more recent problem cropping up is saying no to IDEAS. Ideas for art projects, ideas for art venues, ideas...

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A book in bloom

Posted by on April 26, 2017 in Art, Art Appreciation, Maggie's New Art, Maggie's Studio News | 0 comments

A book in bloom

Want to see art being made? Click on the video still to see how I went from the flat page to the blooming flower: The cut page of a book called America the Beautiful Wonders of Nature (using America the...

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Take Action (even imperfect action)

Posted by on April 21, 2017 in goal setting, Motivation | 0 comments

Take Action (even imperfect action)

Have you ever found yourself wanting to do something but holding back until you are sure you will get it right? My main lesson with IMPERFECT ACTION happened a few years ago with creating a website. I knew it was the next move, but month after month it wasn’t done because I wanted to be sure to have all the ducks in a row and have it all just right before going live. Then I joined a mastermind group with business coach, Theresa Ceniccola and that turned my paradigm upside down. The clear message was “Act, even if you have to act imperfectly.”...

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Wag more, bark less.

Posted by on April 7, 2017 in Art, Motivation | 2 comments

Wag more, bark less.

Today’s post is inspired by this new piece of art. Try it, just for today:  wag more, and bark less. Go out of your way to be enthusiastically friendly to everyone you encounter, at work, in the store, at home (especially at home).   And when you feel a gripe or complaint working its way to the surface, stuff it down and replace it with something enthusiastically positive. Do this for yourself, and at the end of the day, reflect on what a difference it made. Just for today: wag more, and bark less. What do you...

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Are you on the cusp of change?

Posted by on March 31, 2017 in Art, goal setting, Motivation | 0 comments

Are you on the cusp of change?

Are you poised for something big? Craving a change, or an accomplishment. I got a red flag about this at the gym this morning.  After 20 minutes on the elliptical, I was ready to buy a Veggie-Matic, the PiYo exercise CD set, and a “tiny house” in Alaska. Oh, and possibly sign up to foster a child. My gym equipment was (unfortunately) stationed in front of the infomercial channel. And the advertisements kept catching my eye.  Normally I don’t pay ANY attention to sales pitches like that…I tune them out with no effort at all. But this morning I...

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If you have no goals…don’t bother reading this.

Posted by on March 17, 2017 in Art, Art Classes, Art Classes for Adults, Brain Science, Creativity, goal setting | 0 comments

If you have no goals…don’t bother reading this.

SMART is an old acronym for goal setting. But with my art class next week it’s going to take on a new meaning!  We’re going to make smART goals! Have you been procrastinating on something lately? Come to my class next Wednesday and break through the block so that you can get it done. We are going to apply ART to your goal, and capitalize on all the mental power that ART contains! You already know (from last week) that “the car goes where your eyes go.” Where you set your sights—that’s where you head. What you focus on, that’s what...

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Hope For …..

Posted by on March 10, 2017 in Art | 0 comments

Hope For …..

Hope For … This book art is about hope for everyone!  I wanted to do something with the pink ribbon and found this wonderful book called Picture Your Life After Cancer.  It’s a montage of photos and stories of cancer survivors. I read through most of it before making the book (something I usually don’t do), and at times had tears streaming down my face.  The stories are so uplifting and inspiring! Not long after finishing the book I discovered that my cousin, Mary, had been diagnosed with cancer, which she is bravely...

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Ace Up Your Sleeve

Posted by on March 10, 2017 in Art | 0 comments

Ace Up Your Sleeve

Ace Up Your Sleeve After deciding to try the four suits of cards in a book, it seemed like hitting the jackpot to find a book called Cheaters at the thrift store.  Perfect! This would make a great gift for a card shark or a gambling aficionado. To buy enter your name and email.  I will contact you about actual shipping costs (if applicable): Name and email   Isn’t this a cool view from the...

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Light reading

Posted by on March 10, 2017 in Art | 0 comments

Light reading

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