Creativity. Chanukah. Christmas. Charity. Connection.  So many C’s, so little time…How many can you find or add?

Alyson Stanfield, artbiz coach asked the question in her blog yesterday, “Do you find it hard transitioning between studio and business/office time?”  It was great to see how other artists approach this dichotomy.  Many of the comments shared their practice of designating separate days for studio vs. business, others talk about the constant juggle of various responsibilities in addition to their studio time, be it a full time job, teaching, and family.  

It came be challenging to stay on on schedule with our studio and business tasks. The holidays add shopping, preparation, travel and other responsibilities to the mix. To avoid the
crazies it is imperative that we find some creative outlet and even better to Pay it Forward (one of my favorite movies!)  by sharing your artistic vision with others.

Recently, I went into my son’s 5th grade class to make holiday cards for soldiers overseas.
In my bag of tricks I had colored card stock paper, glue stick, wrapping paper pieces, left over holiday napkins and everybody’s favorite – Glitter Glue! One of the other fifth grade teachers has a nephew in Afghanistan so she was taking care of the mailing- but you can check out 
Army Mom Strong for guidelines to mailing to soldiers overseas- but hurry, deadline is coming up soon.

A sample of Ms. Carroll’s Fifth Grade
Holiday Cardsfor the troops in Afghanistan

Afterwards, I felt inspired to go home and have some fun on my own…

Happy Collage Holiday Card! (detail)
How do you check in to your creativity when your Holiday To Do list has run amok?

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