Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New Artistic Mother's Group Forming; I Invite You to Join Us


I have this deep desire in me to create; but as a busy momma, it is so difficult to find the time; but yet so needed. I do not wish to wait until my children are grown. I would like to live the life of an artistic mother before my children and in turn spark their creativity as well.

Being creative helps me to slow down and bring a sense of wonder to my life and that of my family. I feel that motherhood and art go hand in hand. As Donna Rodgers of Homemaking Made Easy so wisely states, "Art and homemaking are inseparable, and I want moms to know that they can do both. It's my personal vision that our homes and mothering are the place where we are destined and designed by nature to express our art." And to quote Shannon Mucha of Blu-Bambu "Art as life; life as art."

I started this group because I have a hard time balancing doing art every day along with carrying on with my every day life. I figured that other women might struggle with this as well. I thought it would be nice if we all came together as an accountability group to encourage one another, find inspiration from one another and build the habit of doing something artistic each day, even if only for 15 minutes, as we go through the 12 projects in Shona Cole's book, The Artistic Mother. I have already read the book. It's fantastic. Even though she has the workshop where she takes you step by step through the projects, it really isn't a project or technique book. It is more of a conceptual book where she is sharing her vision for making art something you do each day. She shares why it is so vital. She says that as moms we should not deny that inner need to create because then we risk depression. When moms are unhappy, they yell at their kids. Then we have unhappy families, and the family is seen as not such a nice place to be. When moms are happy, she is nice to her children; and they grow up to be happy people. Also, when mom is doing art, she is passing that creativity on to her children as well. She is making her home a more beautiful place and therefore the world a more beautiful place. Everyone benefits. It's important for you to be happy, Mom, for so many reasons.

She helps also the reader to make a vision statement, set goals, set up an art area, to prioritize and suggests ways to get rid of distractions that keep you from your art. She suggest ways to fit in doing art while running a busy household. I am getting so much out of it. I think it will help me as well as other women if we can do this together. Her book also spotlights seven working artists.

So we will spend two weeks on each project instead of the recommended one since I know that life happens to give everyone a chance to keep up. But if anyone gets behind, that's okay. It's a no-pressure group. We will blog about our progress at the end of each week and share the links of the other participants so that everyone can click around and keep up with the others.

Some of our participants include one of the women who participated in the Round Robin Collaboration on Page 22, Cindy Mayfield of Yapping Cat Studio; Audrey Hernandez of Small Creations, one of the guest artists, on Page 124; Shannon Mucha of Blu-Bamboo, another guest artist in the book on Page 16; the designer of the book, Marissa Bowers, Vanessa Spencer, the shoppe manager for Stampington & Company and many working artists who do art shows but find they need this because although they do their art on a pretty regular basis they find themselves working like crazy when getting ready for a show, letting the house fall apart; and then when the show is over, they get out of the habit of doing a little art each day. This will help them find that balance that they need. So this group offers something for everyone. So far we have an amazing group of women who have signed up. The list is at the bottom of my post if you want to click around to see who is doing this. I update it daily. I feel so honored to be a part of this with them. I started the group just a few days ago, and it is already growing so quickly. We could possibly have hundreds join us. Another benefit is that we will find other great blogs and others will find us because we are all linking to each other. If the list is too long for everyone to put the links on their posts each week when they do their end-of-the-week progress post, they could just put the link to my blog stating that I have the master list so that everyone can visit around and keep up with everyone. Or they could put the list with links in their sidebar even. Whatever they want to do. Our launch date is Saturday, March 6th. But anyone can jump in at any time if they can't start at the beginning.

Going through Shona's book has given me just the right inspiration to help me build the habit of doing something artistic each day. Shona Cole of An Artful Life, a young mother of five, ages 1 to 10, has found a way to integrate motherhood and art instead of waiting till the children are older to focus on her artistic side. She is offering a free copy of her book. Go here to find out how you can get one.

As Shona says, "There are so many distractions in life, we need to write down our vision and goals, print them out, read and re-read them every day. And what also helps to keep us on track is having blogger accountability." That is what is so great about this project.

For more reading about how to fit art into your life and more information about this incredible book, you can also read my post titled "How I get It All Done." It is on my sewing blog. Click here if interested.

And for a blog that inspires children to be creative, I would like to recommend my 9 year old daughter's blog, Emily of Super Stitches. She crafts and sews.

Catch the vision. Join us today. The more the merrier. I would also like to invite grandmothers to join us because you spend time with your grandchildren and finding time for you to nurture your creative side can be a challenge as well. Let me know if you'd like to join us, and I'll add your name to the list.

If you are joining us, you will need to get the book as soon as possible from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or some other bookstore so that you have time to gather your supplies and start collecting a stash of papers, newspapers, magazines, ticket stubs, scrap booking stickers, etc. The first project of the book will have us starting out making our background papers.

And please do a blog post about it and invite others to join. Please give a link to my blog for those who may wish to join so they can come here and get the details and sign in. I am keeping a master list of all participants.

Each week do a post of your progress as you go through the book. Please include a mention of our group and link to my blog. I am keeping a master of all participants in my sidebar. That way everyone can click around and see the other participants' progress as well.

To make things easier for everyone since our group has grown so much,instead of having to put all of the links in each post or on your sidebar, I have made a button for the group. Just grab my button and put that in your sidebar. 

Please check my blog often for tips, notes of encouragement and exciting news. Coming soon will be a post about a Flickr group for our Mothers' art group and also a giveaway

Thanks and have fun!

List of participants so far. Is your name on this list?

1. Trudy Callan of Artistic Creations With Trudy, group organizer
Linn of Peace Living
3. Jenny of All Roads Lead Home
4. Nicole Austin of Life is Beautiful
5. Shannon of Blu-Bambu. Shannon is one of the guest artists in the book on Page 16.
6. *Cindy Mayfield of Yapping Cat Studio is mentioned in the book on Page 22 as part of the Round Robin Collaboration. Good going, Cindy.
7. Deb Robertson of Works in Progress
8.* Lindsay of Banter
9. Debra of Florentine Lily
10. Joyce of Nanas Little Hobby
11. Stampelot Sue of Stamp Art-o-Rama
12. Marissa Bowers of Art * Design * Photo. Marissa is the book's designer! Didn't she do a beautiful job?
13. Dani of And a Sprinkle of Fairy Dust
14. Kathryn of Flexie Smit
15. Crafter of Creatively Chaotic Days
16. Kathy Smith of Laughable Life
17. Mandy of Eight Is Enough
18. Jennifer of Coplings Hobbit Hole
19. *Angelique of An Artistic Mother's Exploration
20. Lynn Toomey of Let's Gogh Art.
21. Kathryn of KV Creative Designs.
22. bitowhimsey of The Road to Whimsey.blogspot.com
23. *Beth of Acorn Pies
24. Diva Kreszl of Diva's Musings
25. Nicks of Nicks Arty Stuff
26. Jeannie of Backroad Family Adventure
27. Bethany Kartchner of Creative Ruminations
28. Holly of Dreams on the Horizon.
29. Kristi of Lived In Life.
30. *Lucy Edson of Lucy's Crafty Life.
31. Audrey of Small Creations.. Audrey is one of the guest artists in the book on Page 124.
32. Melinda of Melinda's Fabric Fancie's
33. Francesca of Ode To Posterity
34. Jenny of Jenny Powers Art
35. Shelly of Green Chic
36. Rebeccakes of Perpetual Backburner
37. Kristin of Twinkle Twinkle
38. Jen of Mysteries of the Juniper
39. Dana of School For Us
40. Ellen of Shimmer & Tulle
41. Vicki of TX Scrap Addict
42. Java Venus of Java's Whimsy
43. Alena of Serinissima
44. Tracee of Vintage Lilliput
45. *Mama Magpie of Midwest Magpies
46. Becky of Create-ive Space
47. Susanne of Zueeuz
48. Jennifer of Art Bliss
49. Lisa of Life Unity
50. *Kim of Whimsy and the Word
51. Shawna of Why Not Both
52. Grace of A Lovely Thought......An Artsy Side of Life
53. Sharon Manning of Sharon Manning Photography
54. Vanessa Spencer of My Art, My Life.... and shoppe manager for Stampington & Company
55.  Lissy of Memories Contained
56.  Colette of Tea Rose
57.  Contessa Kris of Collage Contessa
58.  Anita of Creative Space
59.  Colleen Blake of Main Street Memories
60.  Latisha of Handmaiden Voyage
61.  Mamma of Mamma Loves
62.  Vickie of Art-A-Mama
63.  Lis of Dandelion Seeds & Dreams
64.  Tina of The New England Cupboard
65.  Amelia of Notes From the Edge
66.  Julie of Julie Jordan Scott
67.  Laura of An Artful Passage
68.  Melody of The Demanding Doll
69.  Suzette of Shabbie Skraps
70.  Laurie of A Million Bushels
71.  Adrienne of A Soul Journal
72.  Eden of Artful Fairy Tales
73.  * Monica of Bohemian Shadows
74.  Thien-Kim aka Kim of Cup of Creativi-Tea
75.  Over Yonder of Who's Learning? Who's Teaching?
76.  Imene of A Journey to a Simple Happy Life
77.  Rani of Scrap Yoga
78.  Andrea of Vintage Bella Studio
79.  Heather of My Everyday Graces
80.  Bertie of Life at Wildberry Cottage
81.  Beverley of Bunny's Girl
82.  Rebecca of My Momentary Lapses of Reason
83.  Lorraine of Love of Collage
84.  Jen of By Jen - My Creative Adventure and Inspiration
85.  Carin of Created With Love
86.  Robinsunne
87.  Sassy of Keep Me In Your Heart
88.  Express of Express & Create Imagery
89.  Emily of Super Stitches
90.  Johwey of Johwey Redington
91.  Esther of Emakesart
92.  Tonya of Plain and Joyful Living
93.  Deb of Hand Stitched
94.  Leslie of Words of Me Project
95.  Jodi of Opened Door
96.  *Kelly of Artful Happiness, News & Notes From The Happy Shack
97.  Deanna of A Crafty Mom's Life
98.  Cindi aka Ericksoc of So, That's Why!
99.  Jade Erin Scarlett of Jade Erin Scarlett OSCI
100 Kristen of Acorn Hill Studios
101 Lisa of All Things Wonderful
102.Sonya of Sonya Mac Designs
103.Dawn of Life Lines Journaling
104.Tiffani of Breakfast at Tiffani's (& Lunch & Dinner &...)
105: Jess of The Rented Cottage Life
Now we just need you!

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.


  1. I am a big fan of Shona's work. Her advice for busy mom's even relates to the Nanas of the world taking care of grandchildren full time. The only difference is that you young chicks have way more energy and patience than us old hens.

  2. Yes I'm keen. Definitely, if you still have spaces! Do I need to get the book?? (I have followed Emily's blog for ages) Loads of people say they don't have time to be creative, but I say you can always make time for what you want to do.

  3. I think it is an awesome idea. I just don't think I would have time, and since my grands live so far away, I wouldn't be able to do things with them. Boo!

  4. Trudy, this is excellent! Let me know how I can help you guys. I have done the workshop, of course, and can give you any tips you need! Just ask.

    Shona Cole

  5. OK Trudy sign me up. You need at least one Nana in your group. Now I have to find a copy of Shona's book and get my supplies together. It will be a great way to create art with my 4 year old granddaughter Kate. She loves to craft. I only hope that I will be able to keep up.

  6. Joyce.

    I am thrilled that you are joining us. We must have at least one Nana in our group.

    You can get the book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble as well as other bookstores. Don't worry about keeping up. Just do your best. One of the reasons for going through the book together is so we help each other get into the habit of doing something artistic each day and to carve out that time in our busy schedules. This is a low-pressure group. We will try to stay together, but no stress if you can't keep. Just keep on going, blog about your progress and go to the other blogs to see how they are coming along. We will support one another during the ups and downs and cheer each other on.

    We will probably spend two weeks on each project to give us all a chance to hopefully get it done. The important thing is to try your best and don't give up even if you get behind. Do not let yourself get discouraged.

    You are passing a wonderful gift on to your granddaughter doing this with her. Something she will always treasure. You are such a good Nana.

    So now it's time to do a post about this wonderful group project that you are now involved in. Please be sure to tell them to come to my blog to get signed up and to read about all of the details. Get your book, start reading it and make your background papers. The how-to is demonstrated in the book. We will use them in some of the projects and try to be ready to go on Saturday, March 6th. If you aren't ready yet, jump in as soon as you can.

    And remember to blog about your progress each weekend and mention the other participants with a link to their blog in each weekend post, or put their links in your sidebar if you don't want to go to the trouble to list them all each time. Just remind them to look in the sidebar each week when you do your post so they can click around and see how everyone is coming along, be inspired to do art themselves and maybe even join in the fun. Check back here often for an updated list of participants as the list will grow.

    Again, I am so glad you could join us.


  7. Trudy,
    I saw your post on the Taffie Homeschool list. I would love to join you! I already have Shona's book, and have begun to read it. I look forward to getting to know you all better, and finding more time to create!

    Susan (down in League City)

  8. I have been involved with this book from the very beginnings (I am the books’ designer!) and am so ready to start this plan for myself. I am on board as being a part of this group and cannot wait to start the process with other like minded moms!

  9. i would absolutely love to do this!!! the last couple of years i have been reconnecting with my lost creative side. books such as The Artists Way have been marginally helpful but your group sounds like the ticket. also i have a 9 yr. old who would be very interested in checking out your daughter's blog. thanks!!!

  10. Trudy, I had sent this seperately in an e-mail.

    Dear Trudy, I saw the group you are forming over on Shona's blog. It sounds great---I would love to join. I had been blogging for a couple of weeks, when I found Shona's book at B&N. I started the workshop on my own, but, of course, it would be much better to participate with others. Here's my blog:


    Thanks so much. Looking forward to it! Kathryn

  11. This is so awesome! Sign me up for sure. I can't wait to read more on Shona and her book but this sounds like fun! Thanks!

  12. I would love to join!! This is perfect for me. I used to craft all the time and then I started home schooling this year. Now I never have time and when I do I am tapped out!!!



  13. hi there...mandy from australia...i love shona's blog to bits...and would love to join your group...we don't get the book here in australia til 8th mrch...so i will be a tad behind the team...can't wait to start....xxx
    this is my blog...

  14. Picked up the book today and I'm ready to go. Kate is all excited to craft with Nana. Glad to be able to represent the grandmothers out there and to get them crafting with their grandchildren.

  15. Yea! You got your book.

    You are setting a wonderful example for all grandmother's everywhere. Thank you.

  16. I just learned about the book and the group. I would love to join and will get the book as soon as possible. How will I know that I am in? I could use some accountability and hand as I am still trying to find my style in this arty world.
    This is great I am excited!!!


  17. Hi Trudy:
    My name is Lynn and I'm an artistic mom with artistic children and an arts-based business, Let's Gogh Art. I would love to be a part of this project. What's the next steps?

    Thanks, Lynn

  18. Hi,
    I would LOVE to join the group doing the Artistic Mother! Please let me know what I need to do!

    Artful Blessings,

  19. Yes, I would like to join! I try and do art everyday but like all of you I find it hard to fit it in to a busy schedule. When I have an art show I am much more motivated but then I run around like a crazy person and the house falls apart! haha. So this would be a great way to keep the art flowing even when I'm not preparing for a show! Thanks for doing this!


  20. this sounds like a wonder filled project using special ingredients...art.moms & kids! I will watch with interest . encourage when needed!

    I am reading my "baby" to graduate from high school in June ...I 'm in a different season

  21. I'm ready! Ordered my book today. Hope I can keep up!
    My blog is takingthebackroad.blogspot.com

  22. I would love to participate! Thanks for telling me about it! Beth of Acorn Pies

  23. Hi Trudy! Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog and taking time to comment. I'd love to join the group so please count me in! I hope I can keep up and do it justice. I've had the book on my wishlist at Amazon, I'll go order it today!

  24. Hi there, thanks for the invite, I would love to consider joining you but the book doesnt arrive over the pond in the UK till the 25th, by which time i guess you guys will be deeply engrossed

  25. Would love to know more about your group - just came across your blog. Please tell me more!

  26. What fun! Sign me up! Thank you for the invite!

  27. Hi Trudy,
    Please do sign me up for this group! I have a feeling I'm going to be over my head soon (I'm taking two other online courses at the moment, plus my normal everyday stuff), but what is living worth if you aren't living it to it's fullest? And who needs sleep, anyway ;) I've blogged both about the book and your group on my two blogs:


  28. One more week till we start. I'm getting excited. How about you?

  29. Sounds fun. Sign me up. It will be great to hear how everyone balances life and the NEED to create. Thanks for stopping by to introduce yourself and the group.

  30. I'm interested, too! I just started reading Shona's book and think this will be a great way to put her ideas into practice.


  31. Thank you for coming by and letting me know about this group! I do not yet have the book, but I'm sure it will be wonderful - I love what you are doing and think it sounds great - I will check back and hope to participate when I have the book. Thank you! Kristin xo

  32. Hi Trudy...thank you for your email and the invite. Please sign me up. I will probably be doing a blog post on Wednesday and I will make sure to mention the group and a link to this blog post. Thanks again :)

  33. Wow, you are so artsy, I'm impressed.

    Hello. Fellow Texas Blogging Gal member here to let you know about a giveaway of my Snail Mail Notes. Notecards include Texas themes. You can see giveaway details at http://lonestarlifer.wordpress.com/2010/02/28/snail-mail-notes-giveaway/ and see my notes at www.snailmailnotes.com.


  34. I would love to participate and Once I hear from you, I will get the book ordered....thanks so much....Melinda

  35. Hi Trudy - so so happy I for Shona's book, and now this blog to assist in 'making art happen' everyday in my life.

    Sign me up!


  36. I'd love to join this!! My blog is jennypowersart.blogspot.com.

  37. Hi Trudy!
    Thank you for your kind comments and for the offer to join your group. I actually looked for the book today - to catch a glimpse of the projects - but they must not have it yet at JoAnns. Either way, I will get a copy and would be honored to join. Please do add my name to the list. I will be checking back and look forward to the start.
    Thank you,
    Twinkle Twinkle xo

  38. I am interested in joining you ladies! i just bought this book. add me to the list!

  39. Please add me to the group!!! I promise I will pick up the book TODAY! To think I almost got the kids out of bed on time, instead of "just a few more minutes on the web", and I would have missed this! My blog-in-training is perpetualbackburner.blogspot.com
    Thank you!

  40. Hi again!
    Yeah, an excuse to go to Barnes & Noble! I will try to get it today - in case you need it, here is my email: kdvanvalkenburghatmsndotcom.
    Thank you,
    Twinkle Twinkle xo

  41. Hi Trudy. Would love to join the group - although I live in Canada and the book won't be available until March 8th here... but then it will be on its way to me. Thank you!

  42. I'll give it a try. I'm a friend of Shona's, though we haven't seen each other in a few years. I'm thrilled that she has published a book! And, I'd like to fit more art into my own life.

  43. Hi there! The link is on my blog.
    Thank you,
    Twinkle Twinkle xo

  44. Trudy, I'd like to join. Has this started already?You are so right about definitely needing (for so many reasons) that "creative time" -- as an outlet, as a relaxer, as a way of encouraging the creativity in our kids etc etc. I am so in.

  45. This is a wonderful idea! It is so hard to balance time between family and creativity. And, yes! this momma does get cranky if she can't create! count me in!

  46. I would love to participate in this...Please count me in? What is the next step?

  47. Sign me up, sounds fun. Thanks

  48. I'd love to join in!


  49. I just ordered the book-can't wait to join the fun!
    What a fantastic idea!! I am loving your blog, you really have a lot of good advice. I found you on Lisa's blog, LifeUnity.

  50. I am excited to join up...ordered my book two days ago and I'm counting down the days until it gets here! Thanks for doing this :)

  51. Well Trudy this looks like it's going to be a great group...just look at all the gals who have joined...I"m a grandmother and will not be joining in the fun, but wanted you to know I did post it on my blog!!! (((hugs)))

  52. Trudy,
    I'd like to join this group. Can't wait to get the book and start the first project. I'm new to this blogging world so hope I can figure out the linking business. Thanks for setting this up, looking forward to seeing how different the same projects will look!

  53. Trudy,
    I emailed as well but would be thrilled to join this group! I am devouring Shona's book and simply amazed at the wealth of information that is in there. Thank you so much for creating this group!

    (I did blog about it as well - the book and your group - at http://lifeunity.blogspot.com)

    Many blessings!

  54. I'd really love to join this group. I too am a homeschooling mom. Only 2 of my 4 are home at this point. I'm also in process of certifying to become a doula, so my art time has suffered greatly. I read your comment on Mama Magpie's blog, went out, bought the book and here I am. We'll see what happens in reality. WHere are you in the process currently? Guess I'll look at the most up to date page on your blog.
    Blessings, Kim
    the blog I'll be using is "Whimsy and The Word" on blogger.

  55. I would love to join this group. I am not a mother and I do not have a art blog. I am however a busy women with work, church and the League. I have met Shona and am a cousin of Shannon Mucha. I look forward to this being the kickstart of a productive artistic life!

  56. Hey Trudy,
    I would like to join...hope I'm not too late!
    Thanks for doing this.

  57. Shawna, we would love to have you. I've left you a message in the comments on your Why Not Both Blog.

    Grace, you're not too late. So glad you can join in the fun.

    We welcome those you want to join us after we've started. The more the merrier.

  58. Hi Trudy,
    I'd like to join you on this journey. I have ordered the book, but being in Australia, it may take a little more time to get to me!

  59. Hi Trudy, I have the book and would love to join this challenge! I'm the Shoppe Manager for Stampington & Company and we just added the Artistic Mother to The Shoppe today. I'm really inspired by the book - hope I'm not too late to be added to the list!

  60. Sharon, just jump in when you can.

    Vanessa, it's not too late to join us.

    Glad to have you both.

  61. Hi - I have ordered my book...and I'm waiting for it to arrive :) Can I join in too please? Lissy

  62. Lissy,

    We would love to have you. Do you have a blog or would you like to start one where you can post your progress? If you have one, then we can link to you. If you don't have one, you may still follow along and do the projects. You'll have all of the support you need by coming to my blog.

  63. Hi there- yes I have a blog :) Memories Contained http://liscassey.blogspot.com/

  64. Hi this sounds so lovely I do love Shonja's beautiful creatve expressions. I'd love to join in. I'm also from Australia and am just ordering my copy of the book now.


  65. is it too late to join the group?? i hope not!! i've created my art area...just gotta jot down my goals..

  66. Cindy, you are welcome to join us. Please send me your email address. You can get my email from my profile by going through my about me.

    I need to know if you have a blog so I can add you to the blog list of participants so others can come visit you. If you don't, you may be still join us and follow along with your book. If you don't have a blog, would you like to start one so you can post your projects on your blog? It's not required. You may also post photos of your projects based on the book on our Flickr group. I have a Flickr button on my sidebar.

  67. I would like to participate. I don't know if I'll get to every project but I will do my darndest. Can I still play?

  68. Just do what you can. You won't get kicked out if you can't get to every project. We are trying to build the habit of doing a little art each day and learning how to fit that into our busy lives; so you'll be fine. And yes, you may still play.

  69. This sounds perfect. I just got a library copy as I wait for my copy from amazon. I just started a craftdisaster blog, a newbie looking for advice, and am having trouble posting. So I was also toying with the idea of starting a group crafty projecty thing to help keep me motivated, this is perfect.



    handmaidenv (at) hotmail (dot) com

  70. I would love to join, but I don't have a blog yet. I'm very interested in starting one, but am kinda overwhelmed and don't know where, or how to get started. I'm not computer savvy at all so....yikes. help?!!


  71. Esther, Email me at sewingwithtrudy at yahoo dot com and I'll walk you through it. Also, if you go to the top of my blog, see where it says "create Blog." click on that, and it will take you through the steps. It's so quick and easy. You would not believe it. As soon as you get it going, let me know what it is and I'll add you to the list.

  72. This sounds wonderful. I'm such a newbie, but I know I need to make time to create in my life.

    Thank you.

  73. ah...realize my profile list my old blog. New blog located at http://www.mammaloves.com

  74. Please count me in! i've done the walking in this world group and it was really inspiring...i've been eyeing this book and love it.

  75. i would love to join in ... just got the book today and am eager to get started, albeit a bit behind!

    my blog is: http://dandelionseedsanddreams.blogspot.com

    what a wonderful way to usher in Spring!

    :) Lis

  76. I found this project through Ilka's Attic and thought it was just the right jumping off spot I needed. My blog is http://newenglandcupboard.blogspot.com. I just started blogging so it's pretty bare and I'm still working out the kinks.
    Thanks For hosting this

  77. I suppose better late than never!

  78. ok, you've got me! My childhood friend, Lis, mentioned this on her blog and I am going to head over to Amazon and order this now.... please put me on your list.

    Do you need my email address?


  79. This is amazing that I found out about this group- it is just the right time as I am trying to reinvigorate my art but I never feel like I have the time and I have unfinished projects tucked away all over the place. Please add me to your group. I just started an art blog and I'm floundering, so bear with me as I figure out how to add the badge.

  80. woohoo, button added and book ordered! can't wait to start.

  81. What a great idea! I have gone from being a mom with all in school to helping my single daughter raise her baby. Talk about no time and now baby is a toddler and into everything....love her too bits!!!~ Suzette

  82. Fabiella and Adrienne, I would love to add you to the group, but I need your bog address.

    Suzette, I am adding you now.

  83. Oops! adrienne.knight@ymail.com

    Thank you :o)

  84. Hi,

    This is a lovely idea. I would also like to join. Thank you so much.


  85. Isabelle SavignacSaturday, March 20, 2010

    I would love to join! Is it too late? I am a stay-at-home mom of a beautiful 2-year old little girl. We live in Montreal, Quebec - and Spring is the perfect season to start my creative process again!

  86. It's not too late, Isabelle. Do you have a blog so that I can put you on your blog roll?

  87. ah, i see that you're still accepting people. just got my book, if it's ok i will plan for two days and then send you my blog information. don't want to have you link me unless I know I can commit to it.

  88. Sounds good, Karen. Just let me know when you're ready, and I'll add you to the list

  89. Isabelle SavignacTuesday, March 23, 2010

    Hi Trudy!
    I have been thinking about doing a blog, but have been a bit scarred to actually start. Can I still participate even if I don't have a blog yet? I just received the book yesterday!
    On the other hand, maybe I should just go ahead and start my blog detailing my experience with the project!

  90. Isabelle,

    It's up to you. You can do this however you want. You are welcome to join us in doing the projects even if you don't have a blog. Just come to my blog and visit the other blogs, found on my sidebar near the top titled The Artistic Mother's Art Group Blog List to know what we're doing and for inspiration. It would be more fun for you, though, if you had a blog and could post your progress. You would also then receive encouraging comments from others. If you start a blog, let me know if you decide to start one, and I'll put your blog on the blog list.

  91. Okay, I just got my copy of The Artistic Mother at Barnes and Noble and I just love it. I was reading it in between red lights while on my way to pick up my daughter. Can I join the group still? I saw some of the projects in the book and I can't wait to try them because I actually think I can accomplish them! Which for me is really exciting! Its such a lovely wonderful book. I hope I am not too late. I do have a blog so I can post my creation or creation(s).

  92. Please count me in! I'm only recently rediscovering my creativity. And life with a demanding but wonderful toddler who doesn't sleep doesn't give me tons of creativity time. But I'm working on it! This will be a great way to keep me on that path.

  93. Hope I'm not too late. I'd love to join in.

    Thien-Kim of Cup of Creativi-Tea

    Thanks! My friend Mamma from Mammaloves told me about it.

  94. I have been studying ;) the book for a few weeks and gradually gathering supplies. I have even worked on using some gesso and practic painting on it. Can I join??

  95. Hi Trudy!

    I would love to write a blurb about your site on my blog. I will also link to your blog on my sidebar. Look for it very soon!

    Thank you so much for your comment on my post. My two teenage daughters are a constant inspiration. Truly amazing!


  96. I'd love to join. I don't have the book yet because I had just found the blog but it's on order.

  97. Jennia,

    We would be thrilled to have you join us. Could you please email me your email address and let me know what blog you would like to post your progress on the projects on? Will you be posting on the Upcycled Crafts site, or would you like to start another blog to keep the two separate? My email address can be found by going to my profile through my "About Me." As soon as I hear from you, I will send you a welcome email with instructions.

  98. I want to join!! I just finished Shona's book and would love to participate!

  99. I would love to participate too. I will send you my email address.

  100. I am ordering book from Amazon! Would enjoy participating with you all!

  101. I am ordering the book today! Please add me to the group!

  102. Trudy, I came by the site yesterday and was interested in this adventure and then saw the book today while I was out and about. So... I purchased and would like to participate in this journey. I am not sure how to go about it exactly. I will write a post, and I think I can add the button to my blog:) I am new at blogging and being creative for creativity's sake, but am excited to try some new things. Is that all I need to do so far? Thank you much, Heather

  103. I have been reading the Artistic Mother and I have come to Week One...and so I begin with backgrounds and lists...Eden

  104. I would love to be a part of this and am very inspired by your work...my blog is www.wildberrygatherings.blogspot.com. thankyou so much! bertie

  105. The book finally arrived in Singapore yay!!!!! I am not too far behind so I'm off to play catch up :o)

  106. i am starting late and not sure where this will take me but i did walking in this world with a book by Julie Cameron and loved it. i struggle with creating and being a mom at the same time but i'm getting it slowly but surely. Happy to see all of you here.

  107. I have just discovered your group and Shona's book - would love to join in. The idea of incorporating art every day is so appealing.I have been trying but love what you have done.

  108. I commented yesterday using my phone and it must have not worked. I would love to join too, if there is still room and time. I don't want to be the "screaming" mom. I ordered my book yesterday and it shipped today. Thanks!

  109. well my book arrived today and very impressed at the way it is written so would love to join and catch up

  110. I would love to join in if it's not too late. I got Shona Cole's book mid-March and have been loving it. I've been working a bit on between week 1-2 and can't wait for week 4. I am so excited to be working a bit of art into each and every day. It's made me so happy so far =)

  111. Hi, found my way over from both Mon at Bohemian Shadows and Lis at Dandelion Seeds and Dreams. I just got my book in the post yesterday, read through it, think it's a fabulous book and would love to join in if it's not too late. I am at http://createdwithlove.typepad.com/

  112. Hi, I am hoping that there is still room: I would like to join the group. I have a book on the way... Robinsunne

  113. Can you squeeeeeeeze me in? I still need to order the book but am thinking this is the motivation I need. I am just a plain Jane that dabbles in scrapping and stamping.... a wannabee artist. I am not a grandmother and my children are grown. My job takes me away five days a week, 11-12 hours a day... by the time I get home, make dinner, yadda dadda dadda... I am exhausted. Perhaps this will be my WAKE UP each evening so i don't feel like I sleep, I work, I eat... repeat. Time to order the book and even if you have reached the max here it may be my inspiration to begin to take care of myself on my own.

  114. If you still have room, I would love to participate!

  115. I'd love to participate, if it's not too late.

  116. crackersandanimalsTuesday, May 04, 2010

    I'd love to participate too if it's not too late:) but since you started in February?? I might be a day late and a dollar short. If you start again, I'd love to do Shona's book with you

  117. Crackersandanimals, you may join in. We spend two weeks on each project; so you would have time to catch up. You may also go at your own pace. This is the only time I will be going through this workshop. I won't be starting another one in the future based on this book. We will be going through these projects through the end of August and possibly September; so jump on in. Do you have a blog so that I can add you to our list? If not, would you like to start one so you can post your projects as you do them?

  118. Hello,
    I just ordered the book and would love to join in if it is not too late.
    So sorry about your family's loss
    Blessings, Tonya

  119. Hi, I have already started some of the projects on my own, but would love to join up with others who are doing the same thing.
    I have posted a couple in my blog.
    Its good having something to work towards.

  120. Oh my gosh...how have I not found your blog before? It is a breath of fresh air for this busy mom of 2 homeschoolers:-) I have not seen the book but it sounds like just the thing I need so I am ordering it. I realize it is too late to officially join in but I am going to start visiting the others to get inspired by what they are doing.

    Like many, I love being a wife and busy mom, but sometimes I wander by my little studio and feel so sad that I have given up almost everything except making tutu's. I probably would feel I didin't have time for that either but my 15 year old ballerina likes to help me so that one has stayed. I miss being creative and often think there is no reason why I can't find at least 30 min. a day...yet I don't seem to. You have inspired me and I know the others will too.

    Lovely blog...so happy to meet you and follow along.

    God Bless,

  121. Hi, Trudy! I finally found Shona's book over the weekend and bought it. I LOVE it!! Right now I'm setting up my creative space...

    I would enjoy being a part of this group. I am a bit nervous about it...but excited, too. I will grab a button and post about it this week.



  122. Hi Trudy,
    I found you thru Shona's blog...I have only done the first 2 weeks of projects, but would love to join the group if I still can. Love to connect with other artistic mothers.

    Here are a couple "Artistic Mother" blog posts:


    Your comment to Shona's blog post "Little Momma" was just precious...that inspired me to check out your blog. Your sweet words just revealed that you are someone I'd love to connect with. So, I'm excited about this group!

    Jodi Shaw

  123. hi trudy, just found this through Lis's blog. are you still taking new members? i'm a full-time working mom of six year old twin girls. i struggle with this EVERY day! :-)

  124. I just happened to come across you blog, by linking from someone who has joined your group - I'd love to join, though I'm a little late. I love this book, and would love to see what other mom's are doing with it!

  125. I just happened to come across Shona's book last week while looking for some books on Barnes and Noble and I fell in love with it immediately, couldn't leave the store without it! I'm still reading it but I've already started week one and finished several background papers (and I must confess, I jumped a little bit on the schedule and already made the Poetry Tote and the Butterfly Reminder). I'd love to join this group and create the projects alongside other artistic moms. BTW, I'm a mother to a teenage boy. It might sound like it's easier than having a wee one, but, boy, oh boy! I know now how much easier it really was when I knew what and where and how and with whom he was all the time! Not to mention how difficult it is to keep up with his homework and all the other school assignments and all the extra stuff he does. It's still pretty hectic the life of a teenager's mom!
    Hugs and have a wonderful and creative week. And I hope I can join!

  126. I'd love to join in as well! Although I am a little late too...I just got the book last week and am loving it...already made some background papers, and have been gathering my supplies! Let me know if I can join! :)

  127. Interesting blog.
    I am an Ina (mother)writer and photographer... I will link to you from my site.
    glad I stumbled upon you

  128. I'd love to join, Although I am really late, but here in Tennessee, it's the first day back to school already! Let me know if I can still join?

  129. Hi! I really really really want to join. :) CAn I still?

  130. Dotty, I would love to have you join us. Do you have a blog, or would you like to start one so that you can document your work and have others visit and encourage you? It is not required. Just let me know if you do so I can add your blog to our list. Otherwise, just join right in and start reading your book and start with Project 1 and you can visit the other participants on the blog roll for the group I have near the top of my blog in the sidebar. Welcome.

  131. I have finally gotten a copy of the book, moved across the country, and am officially ready to join in on the fun!

  132. I took the book out of the library. The librarian chuckled and said "Perfect title for you...". I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. I have now ordered a copy and am waiting for it to arrive. I would like to start a group here on Prince Edward Island of mothers who can go through Shona's workshop together, on a weekly basis. I would also love to follow along online with the rest of you. :o)
    Jo Jory

  133. How wonderful that you are starting a group that will meet each week and do the projects in The Artistic Mother by Shona Cole together. Thank you for sharing that with me.

  134. I would love to join your group! I'll also grab your button and do a post this week.
    Jess- The Rented Cottage Life

  135. I'd love to join also! Though I'm very late, I'm an artistic Mom! My son will love interacting with me as we *Do Art! Thank You so much!

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