Help for Creative Procrastination, Quilting with Corduroy, and Drawing Flowers, March 26, 2014

March 26, 2014

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Author, Designer

STEPHANIE DUNPHY

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It’s All About Stephanie. . .

After two less-than-stellar attempts at home economics in 7th and 9th grades, Stephanie’s talented mom probably feared that the creative gene had skipped a generation. Stephanie preferred playing softball and running track.

Fast-forward to the early 1990s and Stephanie was married with two small children, living in Japan and needing Halloween costumes. She finally learned to sew and discovered a newfound love for quilting. She learned the sewing basics, and then took the first quilting class offered at the military base’s recreation center.

A decade later, Stephanie was living in Pickerington, Ohio; her kids were in college and she learned about Etsy and blogs from her daughter. With her daughter’s encouragement and help, she set up Loft Creations and started selling handmade items.

Stephanie’s style is an eclectic mix, and she’s a proud lover of buttons, polka dots, and all things tea. She’s lucky to have the support of her family and friends. Happiness to her is sipping tea and sewing with her dear dog, Abby, by her side. Through her sewing journey, Stephanie has learned that handmade is best!

 

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Corduroy–it’s not just for pants! Celebrate the velvety goodness of corduroy with this collection from popular blogger Stephanie Dunphy. So versatile and easy to use, corduroy is what’s hot–and these exciting designs show what to do with it!

  • Choose from 17 fun projects, including quilts in different sizes, a variety of stylish bags, and a scarf
  • Try corduroy alone, use it with traditional quilting cottons, or combine it with other fabrics such as flannel
  • Find projects for skill levels from beginner to experienced and for tastes ranging from traditional to modern

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On this broadcast of Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, Stephanie talks with me about about all of the tools, tricks and resources for working with corduroy in piecing quilts and bags!

Here is a sampling of just some of Stephanie’s quilts from her book, Uncommonly Corduroy:

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Visit Stephanie Dunphy’s blog by CLICKING HERE

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Meet

Writer, Teacher, Actor,

Creativity Specialist

SAM BENNETT

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Sam, Procrastination Takes Too Long…

Sam Bennett is the creator of http://www.TheOrganizedArtistCompany.com, dedicated to helping creative people get unstuck from whatever way they’re stuck, especially by helping them focus and move forward on their goals.

Originally from Chicago, Bennett is a writer, actor, teacher and creativity/productivity specialist who has counseled thousands of artists on their way to success. She is the author of the surprisingly popular book of poems, “By The Way, You Look Really Great Today,” and the daily inspirational book, “365 Reasons To Write.”

Still a working actor, Bennett started her career at the world-famous Second City Theatre (www.secondcity.com ) and moved to Los Angeles in 1994. She’s worked with many of Los Angeles’ premier theatre companies, including The Open Fist Theatre Company (www.openfist.org), LA TheatreWorks (www.latw.org) and ComedySportz (www.comedysportz.com). She also has extensive television and film credits.

Despite having no background in business, computers, internet sales or programming, Bennett is pleased to find herself an Infusionsoft Certified Consultant. She is one of a handful of experts certified by Infusionsoft, the leader in small business sales and marketing. She was honored as an Ultimate Marketer Finalist at Infusioncon 2010, and if you’d like to talk about automated business systems, she’d LOVE to and she promises it will be neither boring nor sales-y. Email her at Samantha_Bennett@TheOrganizedArtistCompany.com.

Now based in the tiny beachside town of Carpinteria, CA, Bennett offers her revolutionary Get It Done Workshops, teleclasses, public speaking engagements and private consulting to overwhelmed procrastinators, frustrated overachievers and recovering perfectionists everywhere.

On this broadcast of Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, Stephanie talks with me about how to identify if you are a creative procrastinator and how to overcome creative procrastination to finally get your work finished, make money or a reputation with your creative work.

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Stop Making Excuses and Start Making Progress

Creative people tend to see the world a little differently than everyone else. But that doesn’t mean they can’t zero in on their goals, get focused, get organized, and not only accomplish what they want to achieve but earn money doing it. In Get It Done, a beloved teacher and successful writer, actor, and comedian helps you get a handle on your own particular — even peculiar — creative process and harness your energies in positive, productive, and income-generating ways. Sam Bennett’s innovative exercises, inspiring true success stories, and bonus online components will shift your thinking and prompt the kind of insights that turn underperforming geniuses into accomplished artists.

 

Visit Sam Bennett’s Organized Artist Company website by CLICKING HERE

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Meet

Artist, Illustrator, Author, Collector

LISA CONGDON

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Listen to Lisa …

Artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful paintings and collages. Since 2007, she has been illustrating for clients including The Museum of Modern Art, Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Chronicle Books, The Land of Nod, The Obama Campaign and Simon & Schuster, among others. Lisa is also known for her intricate line drawings and pattern design and has licensed her work for fabric, kitchen linens, wallpaper and bedding. In addition to illustrating full time, Lisa maintains a thriving Etsy shop and writes a popular daily blog of her work, life and inspiration called Today is Going to be Awesome. She is the author of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One and Art, Inc., both set to be released by Chronicle Books in 2014. Lisa periodically shows her work in galleries around the country. In 2011, she had her first major solo show at Gallery Hijinks in San Francisco and was in her first museum show at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. She’s an avid cyclist and swimmer. She lives and works in Oakland, California.

To learn more about Lisa in her own words, listen to this podcast of Lisa’s interview with Meighan O’Toole about her work & making art for a living. You can also read this interview with Lisa on The Great Discontent and view this short film about her artwork and life.

 

On today’s Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, I get a chance to talk with Karen about terrific new book, 101 Fabulous Small Quilts.  Karen also discusses IN DETAIL what kinds of ideas and authors she is looking for to publish books, and what the process is to get your foot in the publishing door, whether you are a quilter, knitter, crocheter or other kind of needleworker!

This inspiring sketchbook is part of the new 20 Ways series from Quarry Books, designed to offer artists, designers, and doodlers a fun and sophisticated collection of illustration fun. Each spread features 20 inspiring illustrated examples of 45 themes–tulips, roses, dahlias, and much, much more–over 900 drawings, with blank space for you to draw your take on 20 Ways to Draw a Tulip.
This is not a step-by-step technique book–rather, the stylized flowers, snap dragons, and zinnias, are simplified, modernized, and reduced to the most basic elements, showing you how simple abstract shapes and forms meld to create the building blocks of any item that you want to draw. Each of the 20 interpretations provides a different, interesting approach to drawing a single item, providing loads of inspiration for your own drawing. Presented in the author’s uniquely creative style, this engaging and motivational practice book provides a new take on the world of sketching, doodling, and designing.
Get out your favorite drawing tool, and remember, there are not just 20 Ways to Draw a Tulip!

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On today’s Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, I get a chance to talk with Lisa Congdon about her latest book, 20 Ways to Draw a Tulip and 44 Other Fabulous Flowers.  Lisa also discusses why non-artists need this book how how they can use it with their creative medium — whether it be fabric, clay, thread, journaling, etc.

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Here are just a few of the pages from Lisa’s book, 20 Ways to Draw a Tulip

Just a few other (but not all) books by Lisa   . . .

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Visit Lisa Congdon’s website by CLICKING HERE

 

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