kindness is creative (jan 2014 playshops)

winter playshop 2014 creative girl

Dear Creative GIRLS,

This has been an amazing year of ideas, creativity, play and planning for me. I want to thank YOU for joining the Creative GIRL circle and thank you for coming out and playing with me and the other girls. I also want to thank your families for believing and trusting in my ideas so I could get Creative GIRL out of my head and into our corner of the world in Raleigh/Wake Forest! Weeeeheeeeee! You see???? This is the power of a creative idea coming to life! Together we brought lots of play, energy and creations to the world (and wasn’t it fun!?).

Without YOU there would be no Creative GIRL program. Beautiful Powerful CREATIVE GIRLS, YOU are the reason I started this program! I believe in you and I want to do do all I can to support YOUR creativity and joy in the creative process!

I’m working on the next Creative GIRL playshops, happy to announce they will be January 20, 2014 AND January 21st, 2014. These playshops will mean a bit longer day than previous playshops as I want to get as much into each day as possible, so we’ll play from 10 am until 5 pm. It’s going to be a blast!

You can sign up for ONE day OR TWO, YES come to both days if you are on Wake County’s calendar! Cost is $60 a day and includes your supplies.

Here’s the scoop!

TootoDOoooo! trumpets are calling all middle-school-aged Creative GIRLS to the Winter one or two-day playshop! We are playing from 10-5 (yes new times) and focusing on the power of Creative Kindness in our KINDESS IS CREATIVE PLAYSHOPS.


❤ MONDAY January 20th, 2014, 10-5 you’ll make TWO warm fleece blankets: one just for YOU and one for Project Linus–an org giving handmade blankies to folks in need of a little fuzzy kindness! We’ll also make some fleece scarves: some for you, and some to gift to a cause we determine when we are together.

❤ TUESDAY, January 21, 2014, 10-5 come and learn the art of making handmade books. You’ll make and decorate two different book types. You’ll also make a couple extra books to gift to kids undergoing cancer treatment at the Ronald McDonald House in Durham.

✿ Class size is limited to keep it personal and fabulous! Bring your own lunch and water bottles, PLUS your creative ideas for target benefactors.

✿ Playshops are held in Northeast Raleigh close to Rolesville/Wake Forest. Address will be sent via email.

✿ questions contact me


photo above features creative GIRLS and creations from the Fall 2013 playshop

love & gratitude for creative YOU,

Mother-Daughter HeART Circle playshop added


YiipppppeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! So excited to share a new program especially for mothers and daughters: The Mother-Daughter HeART Circle is a three-part series is intended to nurture communication and creativity between mothers and daughters in 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

Couples are encouraged to attend all sessions as we get to know one another through sharing, fun exercises and creative play.
• Part One – Mother and Daughter Journal: Each couple will create a special journal to foster deeper sharing, learning, love and understanding love through written words.
• Part Two – Work of HeARTS: Mothers and daughters will create a work of art together on a canvas using fabric, paint and ink.
• Part Three – Mother and Daughter Necklace: Mothers and daughters will create a charm necklace including a word they have chosen representing their hopes for each other in 2014.

This series is created and facilitated by yours truly and one of my daughters and will be held in North Raleigh near Mitchell Mill (address sent to registrants.)
Dates/Times: November 6, December 4, January 8, 6:15–8:30 p.m.
Cost: $80 per couple for three-part series, plus a one-time $20 supply fee
Contact me to register at . Space is limited to maintain intimacy. I hope to see you in a couple of weeks!

creatively yours,

photo video from our july playshop– J O Y!

So much gratitude to the girls from the summer playshops. The girls in this video came to play in the July session.

I had so much fun getting to know each of you and learning more about creativity because of our time together last month. You are amazingly creative, smart and powerful girls!!!!

Next playshop for girls who’ve done the intro program is Oct 3-4 from 10-3. Email me to reserve a spot (8 remaining). If this date doesn’t work, let me know when you are on break and I’ll organize another one.

BIG thanks and love to my dear friends Eliza and Adrienne: Eliza for doing the beautiful hair shimmers for the girls, and to Adrienne for coming and photographing our jumps for JOY. (Eliza is available for hire for b-day parties email me for her contact info. 🙂

love, love, and more creative love,

next playshop dates for girls


Hello You Amazing Fabulous Creative Girls!!!

Oh yes we had SUPER creative fun last month at our July Creative GIRL playshop!!!!! I’ll be sharing more about it soon, but had to include this fun photo above … it makes me grin ear-to-ear whenever I see it! (It’s my screen saver 🙂

I’m posting to share our next Creative GIRL Playshop dates for middle school girls.

Our intro Creative GIRL playshop (6, 7, and 8 graders) will be Monday Sept 30th to Wednesday Oct 2nd, 10-3 pm. Cost is $110 per girl and includes all supplies except t-shirt and photos. I have 10 spaces in this program. (this program is for girls NEW to Creative GIRL.)

Oooh and for Creative GIRLS who’ve already experienced the INTRO playshop, I’m excited to announce a special 2-day playshop on Thursday October 3 and Friday 4th, 10-3 pm. I have awesome NEW creative projects, including journaling, jewelry making, sharing, shining, and together we’ll have some MORE colorful fun! Cost $80 including supplies. I have 10 seats remaining in this program. (Once a girl has done the Intro program, she can attend this program including earlier in the week.)

I offer a $10 sibling discount for sisters registering for the same session and also offer a “pay what you can” program so no girl will be denied creative fun due to financial constraints!

Contact me to reserve a space for either of these playshops or if you have any questions.

love and gratitude,

creative girl is born

Last week a HUGE-ENORMOUS-GIGOOOOONTIC thing happened: one of my BIGGEST dreams came true: Creative G I R L was born.

I finally stopped believing that certain things needed to happen and let go and trusted that the time had come. I trusted that GIRLS would come … AND guess what?! They DID!!!!

The night before I had butterflies: I was so excited. I had been planning for weeks; planning the things we’d make, talk and share about, and the gems of wisdom (quotes) and journaling prompts. It was a ton of work, but JOY WORK that sent me to sleep with productive dreams and more butterflies.
My intention behind Creative G I R L is to offer a fun program for girls to create together while they gently become more aware of the power of their inner critic and other people’s opinions of them … and to CREATE ANYWAY. We talked about how much we enjoy being creative and that creativity comes in so many different forms. We talked about being creative for the personal joy of it, not just for other people’s approval.

We all have a right to creativity and self expression. Our world desperately NEEDS our children’s bright thoughts and original ideas. We need to do things to preserve and nurture their imaginative essence. So many things in our culture squash the creativity and joy out of us. We need an antidote: I say that antidote might be awareness and multiple opportunities to be creative simply for the joy of it.

I learned from these amazing creative girls and I am deeply grateful for their parents’ trust.

Here is the video montage, it’s a joy to me. I will always treasure this summer.

If your daughter was part of my first playshop, thank you for letting her be a part of Creative G I R L . And for you Creative GIRLS … thank you for sharing your special powers and ideas. You are CREATIVELY AWESOME!


new moon magazine for every creative girl

I’m thankful to New Moon Girls Magazine for sending a copy of their inspirational magazine for every Creative GIRL coming to this summer’s playshops! My older daughter is a magazine subscriber (thanks Nana 🙂 ) and treats every magazine like her special private treasure. She races to her room to read it cover to cover and I feel good knowing she’s taking in something worthy of her 11-year-old developing mind.

New Moon Girls Magazine is written by girls for girls, ages 8 and up. It’s ad free and shares inspirational stories about girls around the world doing powerful things, sharing examples of real girls in real life, living creatively and authentically in a real un-photoshopped world. They also have a safe online community for girls to share and shine together.

I’m thrilled to welcome New Moon Girls as our magazine sponsor and super excited that every girl in my playshop will have her own copy. But wait … there’s MORE!!! New Moon Girls has given us a special code: save 10% off the base membership price with code LUNAGIFT. Wooohooooo!

my field of dreams


Hello there, you Creative Girl!

The past few weeks have been an amazing rush of organizing, sharing, promoting, facebooking, dreaming and CREATING as my vision for Creative GIRL is coming to life. Ummm, not to mention the crazy bizzies of my Sonshine starting preschool, and my girls end-of-year tests, concerts, Girl Scouts, and finishing 5 and 6th grades!) whew. It’s all goin’ on!

The first ever Creative GIRL playshop for girls is 10 days away and I’m getting things crossed off my to-do-listypoo …

❤ The paint is here!
❤ 216 pieces of fabric have been cut, folded and ironed for super-cute headbands we are making (yes dear Mum, I actually ironed, here’s proof)
headband material

❤ The rocks are in (think monster and kindness rocks)
❤ The aluminum wire and a bazillion satin and chiffon ribbons have been cut–Shhhh, surprise for Moms!
❤ The cardboard and muslin has been cut (ready for glue and gesso for the girls to make their own handmade teeny canvases)

❤❤❤ AND 3 amazing Creative WOMEN have sponsored girls who may not otherwise be able to join in the creativity celebration. We offer scholarships to help families and ensure no Creative GIRLS will be turned away.

❤ I’ve set up Creative GIRL on facebook and began conversations to create a collage containing quotes and sentiments to share with the girls in a co-created collage. AND requested suggestions for songs girls ages 10-13 should hear. (You are invited to add your suggestions in comments below or visit and add on the fb page.)

❤ I’ve begun receiving art and creations to show to the girls made by amazing Creative WOMEN. Do YOU have anything you’ve made that you’d like to share/loan me?

❤ I’ve been bowled over by the response: the support and encouragement I’ve received from my friends and family. It’s my JOY and honor to be creating this program for some amazing young girls.

❤ And now you are reading my first official blogpost on Creative GIRL.

If you’d like to register a Creative GIRL in your life (rising 5, 6, 7th grader) it’s not too late. I still have a few spots in the June 12-14 playshop, and the July 10-13 playshops. (If these dates don’t work, please email me your girl’s next school break as I’m organizing future playshops directed by interest.) Ohh, and if you are a grown-up girl, I will be announcing our Kindness Retreat dates and info soon, so sign up top left to receive my invitation. This is for any woman in the world! (ooooohhhhh, and if you are a Creative BOY or MAN reading this thanks for everything you do to support the creativity of girls and women in your life.)

Thank you for your love, support and faith in me and my Creative GIRL dream. Off to bed I go to dream of ironing boards and paintbrushes…