My book, The Little Spark: 30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity, can be purchased wherever books are sold:
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You were born with a creative spark inside. Do you look at yourself now and wonder if the spark has gone out? Ignite that inner fire with the 30 engaging exercises, fun activities, inspirational images, and motivating ideas in this book.
Come to make use of this beautiful chance to get back all that your inner self-has been losing so long. Taking this as a resource for this article I take the pleasure to tell you how useful this can be to your senses.these are simple yet effective choices you make at the right time to ensure a realistic and beautiful long life.
Learn what your Little Spark of creative passion looks like, how to capture it, and how to make room for it in your life. Read the book cover-to-cover and use it as a month-long creative roadmap, or just dip into the exercises as your time and inclination allow. Either way, you will change your life.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LITTLE SPARK…
“A professional artist presents a guide to unlocking one’s inspiration and inventiveness. In her debut how-to manual, fabric designer and artist Bloomston offers hands-on techniques and hand-holding encouragement to help overcome an inert imagination. The author recognizes that inspiration can be blocked, and that creativity is sometimes offset by procrastination. In this book, she presents practical advice, motivational words, fun suggestions and write-in exercises in a colorful, highly attractive format designed to produce tangible results. The book’s design beautifully weaves together text, blank write-in spaces, stellar photos and a host of other charming design elements. The titular “spark” refers to a person’s creativity, which the author says is “like a pilot light—it’s always on, even if you aren’t using the stove.” She explores how to get cooking creatively in 30 short chapters that advise readers to, among other things, not be stingy with materials, begin with tiny goals (“achievable, quick steps you can take every day until you are less intimidated by starting”), carve out workable work spaces, discover personal learning styles and disrupt normal patterns of activity to “see the world with new eyes.” Along with encouraging quotes, the author offers practical ideas, such as keeping mugs and jars filled with markers and colored pencils at the ready for when inspiration strikes. The book also offers ways to “share your creations with the world.” Extremely valuable “Do This” exercises in each chapter invite readers to make specific items, such as a “soul box” or a “vision board”; to answer soul-searching questions; and to do activities outside the home that may be beyond one’s comfort zone: “Step outside the normal. Step outside the expected to find your creative self. Be curious.” Bloomston also offers her own personal anecdotes, as well as stories and tips from numerous others; the extensive list of contributors includes designers, artists and business owners. A sparkling blueprint for stimulating creativity.” (Kirkus Review, 12/18/14)
Plunge into a riot of color and shape, slathered with a big helping of encouragement. Bloomston, a fabric designer trained as a painter, offers 30 tips for finding and nourishing the inner artist. Creativity books can be a bit pious, but this one emphasizes the fun of creation. The book is chock-full of concrete, hands-on tips that can help the newbie develop habits of creativity by making things and then making some more things, the principle of repetition (spark #23). (Publishers Weekly Starred Review, 10/7/14)
According to fabric designer Bloomston, creativity is not something you do, it’s who you are. Therefore, the author’s exercises are designed to help readers think from their hearts and outside the box. Some of her “sparks” advise to get involved with physical materials by looking online for craft or community education classes or creating a ritual or talisman. Other ideas comprise removing doubt through positive self-talk and developing a sense of wonder through slowing down. The color photographs and layout of the book are particularly pleasing and inspiring. VERDICT A beneficial and enjoyable title for people who need a bit of a nudge to try something creative, or those who used to paint, write, or sew, who want to do it again. (Library Journal, 11/25/14)
You may know Carrie Bloomston from her work as a rising star in the world of fabric design… Bubbling up inside of her was an idea about an unusual how-to book that would lay out in a playful fashion “all the pieces of wisdom that I’ve learned about creativity from my teachers, or picked up over the course of my life.” She says at the beginning “Your creativity is like a pilot light — it’s always on, even if you aren’t using the stove.” Some of her exercises will help disrupt your normal way of working or looking at the world. Others help you deal with fears or figure out your working style. There are a few projects, including a vision board and something called a Soul Box. How can you not love a book in which the final spark is “Nothing You Need to Know is in This Book Or Any Other”– but still guides you to be more playful and creative? This book is for any person you know who wants to make stuff, any kind of stuff, that is an authentic expression of themselves. (Meg Cox, author of The Book of New Family Traditions, Quilt Journalist Newsletter, 11/24/14)
“One of those books with its own energy and enthusiasm that literally lights you up! Not sure how to describe it because the book is so much more than words. I recommend to anyone who is needing a little creative pick-me-up! 5 stars plus another 5 for the author’s authenticity which makes creativity true, soulful, and powerful! LOVED THIS BOOK.” (Dave Romanelli, author of Happy is the New Healthy, 12/29/14)
I haven’t felt this way about a book since The Four Agreements, which I purchased and gave away repeatedly. (Karen LePage, One Girl Circus, 11/25/14)