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How to Manage Overwhelm: Art Made Easy 031

How to Manage Overwhelm: Art Made Easy 031

By on Oct 26, 2016 | 9 comments

Are you feeling overwhelmed? I must admit that this year has been an intentionally busy one for me. In order to prevent overwhelm, I fall back on 5 strategies that keep me focused on what is important, what I value and the most important tasks I need to accomplished in a day. This episode will help you identify when you are about to go down that overwhelm hole and how to get yourself back on track. After you listen to the episode, let me know how you handle overwhelm. Share in the comments below… IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN: How change can never happen without some level of being uncomfortable How the recent expansion of Deep Space Sparkle is exciting, but overwhelming at the same time The three main factors that contribute to overwhelm When you give yourself permission to alter things with your own twists, the expectation placed on you go way down How saying “Yes” too many times can lead to you feeling depleted How information overload can lead you down the rabbit hole of overwhelm, and how choosing what to focus on can help Why that “little voice” in our head doesn’t serve us How the mind is a powerful tool that can be used to your advantage when facing overwhelm Why going for a walk in nature often solves everything, particularly for someone who is introverted Subscribe to Art Made Easy and receive new episodes directly on your phone via your podcast Ap.  Note: If you have an iPhone, subscribe in iTunes. If you have an Android phone, subscribe in Stitcher. SHOW NOTES: AME 016: 5 Mindset Shifts That Made a Difference in my Life AME 026: Unlocking Your Potential with Personality Tests A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (Oprah’s Book Club, Selection 61) A New Earth with Oprah and Eckhart 10-part...

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Crafting with Red Ted Art: Art Made Easy 030

Crafting with Red Ted Art: Art Made Easy 030

By on Oct 19, 2016 | 0 comments

Do you love creating crafts with your kids? Or creating art based on famous artists? Learn how engineer turned crafter, Maggy Woodley started Red Ted Art, an arts & craft blog for kids. The success of her blog lead to her first book deal, Cute & Easy Crafts for Kids and grew her Facebook page to 1.8 million fans and almost 91K subscribers on You Tube. Amazing, right? Maggy was so much fun to talk to. She shares so many secrets of how she grew her blog following while raising a family. Even if you aren’t a blogger, I know you’ll find so many gems in this conversation. Enjoy the show! IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:  How getting content out there can help you define your niche How Maggy defines art vs. crafts What types of recycled materials around the house can be used (instead of expensive supplies) Maggy’s favorite craft products from Red Ted Art How she uses Facebook and YouTube to build a following with both adults and children Advice from Maggy on starting a blog and the challenges that come with it Why building a network or meeting blogging friends can help you succeed The benefits of blogging courses and why waiting six months proves your chances to succeed. What resource Maggy calls “Invaluable” Subscribe to Art Made Easy and receive new episodes directly on your phone via your podcast Ap.  Note: If you have an iPhone, subscribe in iTunes. If you have an Android phone, subscribe in Stitcher. SHOW NOTES: Red Ted Art blog Red Ted Art Cute & Easy Crafts for Kids YouTube Facebook Barbara Richardson Andy Goldsworthy Lesson on DSS Check out Maggy’s favorite crafts – Walnut Babies and Halloween Lanterns...

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My NAEA 2016 Debrief…

My NAEA 2016 Debrief…

By on Mar 26, 2016 | 7 comments

Did you miss attending the NAEA Conference this year? I almost did. Just two weeks before the event, I purchased my ticket after realizing that this might be the only chance to meet with my Art Workshop co-teachers, Cassie and Laura, before the summer. Plus I wanted to meet Christa from Faber-Castell who provides art supplies for my summer workshop and who I have worked with this past year creating lessons. I’m so glad I went. This is what I did…. I going to confess up front that I didn’t attend one single session. Not a single one. Time was short. I arrived late Thursday afternoon, took an Uber to the Hilton and grabbed a coffee before heading to a Faber-Castell focus group for art teachers. As I was heading up the elevator, I ran into Laura, Cassie, Ginger (Paintbrush Rocket) and Jennifer (Nashville). How fun to meet these ladies for the first time. And I really felt like they were old friends. Love the online world. After the Faber-Castell meeting, I went out to dinner at Ralph Lauren with the Faber-Castell crew. We had the BEST  time. It was St. Patrick’s Day and things were rather crazy. Let’s just say we had 250lb men playing the bagpipes as we sipped wine and ate braised short ribs. On Friday, Laura and Cassie and I had our Breakfast Brainstorming sessions, planning the lessons and refining our theme for my Summer Art Workshop. It was amazing to sit back and listen to these ladies come up with ideas. I just had to sit back and listen. Inside I was giddy-happy for everyone who is coming to the event. They have no idea how much they are in for! Meeting my blogging friends at The Art of Ed booth in the convention center was the hi-light. I got to see my friend, Donna, met Amy and Marcia for the first time and had a chance to talk to art teachers about their programs and projects. In fact we talked so much that I missed my chance to attend the last sessions of the day. On Friday morning a group of us headed to breakfast chatted over green eggs and ham & strong coffee and headed...

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

By on Dec 23, 2015 | 2 comments

Neil and I want to wish all of you a very happy holiday and bright and shiny new year. 2015 has been a year of growth, change and new directions. I can’t wait to start my podcast, open registration for my summer conference and offer you more tips and resources for creating art with your students and children. It has been a pleasure creating content for YOU. See you all in the New Year…....

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Books to Understand Your Creative Journey

Books to Understand Your Creative Journey

By on Oct 12, 2015 | 2 comments

A few years ago, a good friend was collecting nuggets of advice for her daughter’s 18th birthday. She created an album and inserted notes from friends, relatives and loved ones.  I happily agreed to share my advice. When in doubt-read a book-Patty My friend was put out over the brevity of my note. After all, I had known this girl since she was a baby. Didn’t I have more to say? But for me, if everyone who ever had doubts or concerns or was curious or intolerant, all they had to do was read a book. The perspective you gain from reading someone else’s words is one of the most enriching activities you can do. I thought the advice was the truest thing I could say. I love both fiction and nonfiction. I’m a crazy reader. I often have 4-5 books on my bedside table, by my bathtub and in my living room–all book-marked at random pages.  I’ll pick up what suits me. Lately, there has been a huge influx of amazing titles by some of my favorite authors who are speaking about creativity. Here are the ones I have loved the most: 1. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear   I haven’t finished this book yet and there is a very good reason for it: every sentence needs to sit with you for a while. Elizabeth Gilbert is a wonderful storyteller. She wrote one of my favorite books, The Signature of All Things, and infuses her knowledge of creativity and fear with stories and personal notes. That’s what makes this book so worth reading. She is speaking to all of us. As art teachers or parents or teachers–whatever roles we take on–understanding the stories we tell ourselves really helps bring our own creative voice to our work. And when you are comfortable with your voice, you can help others bring forth theirs. I shared my love of Big Magic with you earlier this week in this post. DSS Newsletter subscribers may remember the video link of Marie Forleo interviewing Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s one of the best conversations I listened to in a long, long while, so grab a cup of tea, find a quiet place and listen to what she has to...

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What I learned in 2014

What I learned in 2014

By on Dec 31, 2014 | 4 comments

Lessons learned. Always good to reflect back and see what resonated with you most in the past year. Here are my biggies: 1. Despite feeling awkward and just plain silly, nothing makes you feel seven again like wearing a tiara. Thanks Jonna for pulling out the tissue-paper, sequin encrusted birthday crown again this year. 2. Loved attending my first 2014 NAEA conference. Meeting Phyll and Cassie and Rina and Donna and Jessica made me realize that people are always better in person, which is amazing because these women rock the online world. 3. Watching Elly go through her JV softball season had its up and downs but having big brother attend her last game and celebrating with a rare hug, made a good moment better. 4. Neil and I went to the Authority Intensive conference in Denver in May. It was swanky, cool, informative and kicked our butts as far as how much work we still need to do on our site. 5. My middle son graduated from high school and is now in college. A bit of a relief. Not because I don’t miss my son, but the college application process was a grind. And he did most of it. Hope the process changes before our family has to do it again. 6. We live in a robust wine-producing county. Maybe it’s my farming roots, but learning the ins and outs of viniculture is absolutely fascinating. And the samples you get at the end of the tour are really good. 7. Taking Neil to Jedlicka’s in Santa Barbara and having some cute gal outfit him in a starter-kit cowboy ensemble was tops on the fun list this year. Engineer to cowboy in about 15 minutes. Not bad. 8. No matter how reluctant you are about milestone birthdays, they still happen. May as well drink champagne. 9. One of my big bucket list things was to do some salmon fishing in Alaska. We hired a charter to take the family on a 3 hour fishing trip and we barely caught anything. Dang, those rods are heavy! Most fun boat ride ever, even in the rain. 10. Sitting beside my nephew Jeff while he dissected a lobster at our family reunion was very interesting. I’ve been eating lobster all my life but...

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