Create, Don’t ReCreate

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Just a handful of weeks ago my eldest son and I did a little making for Sparkle Stories – a puppet theater. To be perfectly honest, the project wasn’t anything super special. The theater, a repurposed cardboard box. The puppets, simple wooden spoons with faces painted in the bowl.

But when it comes to puppets and puppet theaters, I’m a firm believer that it doesn’t have to be fancy. The magic of puppets comes in the stories. The puppets and theaters are just there as props to help the stories pour out.

The stories that poured out from my boys from behind that theater were magic and made me glad enough to have spent the afternoon putting it all together with them. But besides the stories, the puppet theater also reminded me of a remarkably important creative lesson. One that I frequently find myself forgetting.


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Nature Art Inspiration

With the weather warming, you are hopefully finding yourself outdoors a lot more. As we’ve talked about before, just because you’re outdoors doesn’t mean that you have to stop creating. Just as fall and winter lend themselves to cozy crafting, spring and summer lend themselves to a new, beautiful, and spontaneous type of creative making… 

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This is not a competition.

I want to talk to you today about something that, it appears, lots of people are confused about. I see it in the grocery store, at the playground, at schools and even friendly get-togethers. Apparently, there’s a bit of confusion over what, exactly, is a competition. So I’m here to break that down.

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Three Common Myths About Living a Creative Life

I think there’s a lot of myth surrounding creativity, about what you need to have and what you need to do in order to live a creative life. And you know what, most of it is rubbish and poppycock. Truly.

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Creative Tools Mini-Series

Oh, we’ve been hinting on social media about a little something we’ve been cooking up. Something that’s made us so excited. And something that we’re ready to share! Well, there’s a reason we’ve been excited – it’s super special and we think you’re really going to like it! Today we’re launching our very first creative… 

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Start with Success

This life – this beautiful, messy, full life  - is undeniably busy. There’s no question about that, and no use pretending it isn’t the case. It’s so very easy to start the day at a frenzied pace and end it wondering just what happened to the day, and how all those hours managed to slip away. Recently,… 

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Creative Parenting

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently – about creativity, about parenthood, and specifically about the way the two play together. Often times I hear parents – mothers and fathers alike – lament the loss of their creativity since their little ones arrived on the scene. And I know how that is. Those early… 

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Just A Heads Up

Hello there lovely readers, friends. In just a handful of days we’ll be rolling out the first big change of a rather exciting – nearly six month – process planned for Crafting Connections. Starting on Monday there will be a brand new look in our little corner of the internet. When you visit, you will be greeted by… 

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How to Build Creative Habits

This is Part 4 of a 4-Part Series designed just for you! Read Part 1: Help! My child hates art!  ::   Read Part 2: The 6 Best Tips for Finding Time for Art with Kids  ::  Read Part 3: Why Pinterest is Killing Your Child’s Creativity (or 6 Time-Saving Tips for Coming Up with… 

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