How She Creates Ep 211: Big Projects

Want to take on a BIG project or challenge? Here are concrete steps and tips to setting your project up for success, keeping your momentum and finishing strong. Click through to listen.
Today is a special episode! It’s just me today and Im walking you through, in depth, how to choose, prepare, start, maintain and finish a big project well. I share my story and tips from completing the 100 Day Project this year and how you can complete your own project. This episode is SUPER practical and hopefully will help you be very successful in any project you do, no matter the size. This episode is actually a free lesson from my new course Stories From Here. Which is a course, based on my 100 Day Project, that helps you tell the story of where you live through photographs and stories. This can be a big project, so I want my students to be prepared to be successful at it and any other big project they tackle. To help you get started with a practice challenge and to test out the course I have created a 5 day instagram challenge with prompts similar to the course prompts. 5 photography and 5 journaling prompts that will help you tell the story of your home, neighborhood and city. All you have to do is to sign up for my newsletter to get the challenge and participate by sharing your photos on instagram using the hashtag #storiesfromhereclass.

 

How She Creates Challenge

Sign up below to get access to the challenge. I’ll also be doing a giveaway to anyone who participates this week, one person will be entered to win a spot in the course free! Share your work under #storiesfromhereclass and #howshecreates to be entered to win.

 Yes! I want the Stories From Here free Instagram Challenge



Now go listen & enjoy the show!

Show Notes

Meet Your Host

Lauren is an American crafter, adventurer and storyteller living in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, with her husband. Lauren is an art maker, grace giver, photographer of life, laugh enthusiast, creativity chaser, believer in people, inspiration aficionado, street food lover, and DIY fanatic.

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Get Messy is an art journal community designed to help you become the artist you desire to be and to meet your creative BFFs. Get Messy will teach you the foundations of art journaling and, every day, help you add a new creative tool into your art toolbox with art prompts, tutorials, inspiration and more. The best part of Get Messy is by far the private community where you can ask any art questions you have, make friends and participate in fun, worldwide artist events like material swaps, collaborative journals and more. To help you get started with your art journaling journey Get Messy has 3 free classes for you: Introduction to Art Journaling (beginners), Elevate Your Art (intermediate) and How To Find Your Style (all levels). Sign up for Get Messy’s newsletter below to receive instant access to all three courses.

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How She Creates Ep 210: Community COFTA

One of the best gifts you can give yourself is carving out time for art in your day to day life. Listen to COFTA founders share their thoughts, stories and tips for how to prioritize your art. Click through to listen and connect!

 

This weeks episode is really fun! I am chatting with Marrisa and Heather from Carve Out Time For Art. These ladies are the perfect example of the kind, down to earth and creativity loving people you can meet online. Their mission with COFTA is to connect makers and help them find time in their days to create more. This episode is really fun and has a ton of very specific and helpful tips for you to push that guilt to the side and say, ‘making is important and I will prioritize it!’. So dive in and listen today.

 

How She Creates Challenge

 

We want to see how YOU carve out time for art! Show us how, when, were and what you are working on. Share the small cracks of time you are finding in your day and what you are using it to make. Use the tags #howshecreates and #carveouttimeforart so we can see!

Now, go listen and enjoy the show!

 

 

Show Notes

Meet Our Guest

Heather Kirtland received her BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1997.  She was a recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, that same year.  Heather participated as a resident artist at the Holt Center for the Arts from 1998 – 2000.  The Make-A-Wish Foundation and Montessori school have commissioned her work as well as many private collectors.  She currently teaches encaustic workshops, focuses on her own studio practice and works with clients to create commissioned painting.  She shows her works throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and has exhibited in both Italy and Wales.  Heather recently moved from Baltimore to a more rural part of Maryland where she lives with her husband and two children.  When she is not painting she love to read, run and encourage other mothers to find a creative outlet through a project she fosters with Marissa Huber; Carve Out Time for Art.

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I’m a painter, pattern designer, writer, mother, creative instigator, and human being trying my best to be a good person with a healthy does of mischief. My greatest joy in life is connecting with other kindred spirits over an experience, a funny story, or shared dreams and feeling positively lit up. I live in South Florida with my artist husband Mike East, and the world’s most hysterical and talented Lego Master-builder, Henry “Pickles”. My passion projects are working on my own art, learning how to make better digital patterns, and thinking up creative antics for the Carve Out Time for Art community.

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Meet Your Host

Lauren is an American crafter, adventurer and storyteller living in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, with her husband. Lauren is an art maker, grace giver, photographer of life, laugh enthusiast, creativity chaser, believer in people, inspiration aficionado, street food lover, and DIY fanatic.

Connect with Lauren:
Blog · Instagram · Courses · Pinterest 

Thank you so much to our sponsor: Get Messy Art Journal!

Get Messy is an art journal community designed to help you become the artist you desire to be and to meet your creative BFFs. Get Messy will teach you the foundations of art journaling and, every day, help you add a new creative tool into your art toolbox with art prompts, tutorials, inspiration and more. The best part of Get Messy is by far the private community where you can ask any art questions you have, make friends and participate in fun, worldwide artist events like material swaps, collaborative journals and more. To help you get started with your art journaling journey Get Messy has 3 free classes for you: Introduction to Art Journaling (beginners), Elevate Your Art (intermediate) and How To Find Your Style (all levels). Sign up for Get Messy’s newsletter below to receive instant access to all three courses.

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Holiday Parties, Cards, Invites + Cookie Recipes

Click through for simple, party winning Peanut Butter + Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes. Plus! Holiday party tips and invitations.

Who’s ready for holiday goodies galore?! This time of year is so exciting and can be so so stressful. So today, I’ve got a few tips and tricks to help you make your holiday season a breeze! Ok, well at least a little less dramatic than aunt Tilda’s Christmas beehive incident…

Click through for simple, party winning Peanut Butter + Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes. Plus! Holiday party tips and invitations.

First, let’s talk cookies. There seems to be an endless list of events that need to be attended that, oh yeah – you gotta bring a treat to share! #eyeroll but also #yayforgettingtoserveothers 😉

Im here to help! This is my all time favorite, quick and easy, show stopper Peanut Butter Cookie recipe. I guarantee you already have everything you need to make these in your pantry. Plus they are just SO good. Everyone freaks out every time I bring these to events.

Click through for simple, party winning Peanut Butter + Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes. Plus! Holiday party tips and invitations.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter (any kind works, but my favorite is Peter Pan Cream Honey Roast!) 
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Handful of any type of chocolate chips (my favorite are white) 
  • Bonus (but not necessary) 1 scoop of Biscotti Cookie Spread 

Click through for simple, party winning Peanut Butter + Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes. Plus! Holiday party tips and invitations.

Directions:

  1. Combine and mix all ingredients
  2. Make into small balls and place on greased cookie sheet
  3. Bake on 350 F 10-12 minutes
  4. Let sit and harden 

***Important note! The goal here is to NOT let them get brown. Watch them closely and when in doubt, take them out earlier than you think. No one likes burnt peanut butter, but if you take them out quick enough they will stay a little soft and gooey inside and this is THE BEST. This also means these cookies tend to bend and break easily, but they are SO worth it. So let them sit and cool or else they will still be like hot dough if you try to grab them too soon. Seriously guys, showstopper.

Click through for simple, party winning Peanut Butter + Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes. Plus! Holiday party tips and invitations.

Next lets talk parties.

First, you need cute invites, right?!

Basic Invite created these gorgeous and simple invites with their holiday party invitation template and sent them to me! I just chose the template I wanted and plugged in my few bits of personal info and bam the invites were done and in the mail to me. I loved this template and didn’t make any changes (which is rare for me) but you can go in and change everything about their templates to make them match your color scheme, font preference, etc. The whole process is simple and quick. Plus! They will even address (return and guest) your envelopes in a beautiful font so you don’t have to. You can email all your friends a link, they input their address info and Basic Invite saves it for every future order. It’s so smart and takes one more thing off your list. I was so happy and impressed with the quality of the cards, the colors are really vibrant and beautiful and the paper is a great quality, that I ordered my 2017 Christmas Cards through them.

Bonus!! Right now Basic Invite is offering 30% off with coupon code: holi30

Next, you need to throw your party. Here are my best tips for a simple, fun evening.

  • Keep it simple. Don’t try to do everything yourself. Include on the invite for everyone to bring a snack to share. You provide the place and the plates, they provides the treats.
  • Be clear that people can also bring savory treats and drinks, not just cookies or sweets to the event to avoid cookie overload and sugar comas.
  • Turn the lights down low, light some candles and call decor done!
  • Make everything accessible. Don’t play hostesses/waitress all night. Have everything your guests need already ready to go and easy to see/grab. Cups, ice, plates, etc. Have it all set out in a heavy foot traffic area and it will cut down on questions and needy guests.
  • Have Tupperware or ziplock bags ready to go so at the end of the night you are not left with 300 leftover cookies and snacks. Send everyone home with a goody bag.

A stress free party is truly the greatest gift of all. Focus on connecting with your friends and family and worry less about making everything perfect. All of my favorite nights and events I remember are those fuss free ones where I felt comfortable and there was lots of laughter. 

I hope that describes your holiday season….and if not well, we all right there with you. Deep breaths friends!

And here is a sneak peek at our 2017 Christmas Cards, that I ordered and paid for myself, through Basic Invite. The paper is nice and thick and that gold embossing is to die for! They have so many great templates, again that are all editable. They will make the perfect Christmas cards, cookie party invites or even a company christmas party invitations!

Click through for simple, party winning Peanut Butter + Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes. Plus! Holiday party tips and invitations.

Thank you so much to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post and sending me the lovely Cookie Party Invitations. Sponsors like this help keep this blog running and me sharing lots of great DIY with you! Visit Basic Invite and be sure to use the code holi30 to grab all the cards you need for this lovely holiday season at 30% off!