Thursday, March 7, 2013

why you should color outside the lines



Repeat after me. I am a full-blast creative person.

(And chances are, if you’re reading this post, you really are one of those talented, artsy types).

But say you’re not. Or at least that’s what you tell yourself.

Then repeat after me. I love trying creative things.

Because really. There’s so many reasons you should develop your artistic side even if you don’t consider yourself the type.

Did you know that creative thinking actually reduces stress and keeps your brain healthy? In fact, did you know that creative people live longer. Yep, it’s right HERE.



So what kind of creative personality do you have?


source for both images

Are you a confident and adventurous decorator?

Go HERE to listen to the Creativity Takes Courage interviews with talented bloggers and artists.



Where do you find your inspiration?

Do you find it from a picture or a color you see in nature?


This is my personal decorating philosophy. 

It pretty much sums up my attitude perfectly.

Why wait?

I see something I like and I  immediately begin examining the details of color and structure and materials. My first thought is always admiration

because I adore the creative process and all those who throw themselves wholeheartedly into a project.


Whether it’s writing or painting, sewing or music, crafting or acting or blog design.


The most important part of creating is not worrying about judgment. From others or yourself. Silence that self doubting voice.


Are you trying something totally new? Get support from others.

My latest thing is photography. Do you want to improve your picture-taking skills?

I found a few more places HERE and HERE  to keep me learning.



Don’t be afraid to be different. Make bold choices. Stand out from the crowd.

What’s the worst that can happen? You don’t like it?

Well… guess what? You learned something.


LOOK how utterly unique this is…


That’s right. You’re looking at the ultimate creative event: a surprise WEDDING!

A Secret Wedding In Pictures10

When I stumbled on this charm-filled post by Amy, the talented graphic designer of Saint Gertrude Design and Letterpress, I knew I had to share it with all of you. It’s one of those posts that will make you feel so good, I know I loved everything about it.

Just look at the guest’s faces. Wow.

Now that’s the beauty of creating real life moments….


How about you?

What are you working on?




p.s. This post is dedicated to Trish, who read one of my posts and was inspired to make her first book wreath. Yep, I love getting photos from my readers!! You rock Trish.

I’m linking this post up here:




Linda said...

Just finished Ursala..
She stands 14" and is a creative cloth doll...
I always colour outside the lines!!

Ladies Holiday said...

What a fun, inspired and creative post to read ;)

Thanks for sharing your unique you Leslie!

Anonymous said...

I love this! I always feel so inspired after reading your posts, Leslie. Thank you!!!

Calypso In The Country said...

I just love your posts! Great list on how to be creative!

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Your list reminded me of how important having a little book is and writing things down the second I think of them. The worst thing is thinking up amazing ideas right before I fall asleep and being too tired to get up and get paper and pen. I ALWAYS forget by morning. And I used to have to drive with my pen and notebook right by me. Driving is a great creative time. It's easy to get lost in thoughts in the car. Great post!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Leslie, I grew up with very creative parents and I learned early to color outside the lines. Great post!
xx, Sherry

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Flexing the ol creativity muscle is one of the healthiest and courageous things we can do. Enjoyed your post!

<3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

michele said...

hi leslie.

creativity flows freely for me. singing, painting, writing, cooking, photography...they all get expression here. it's honorable. spiritual even. living the artful life is the life for me!

wonderful post!


Pitter and Glink said...

Such an great, inspiring post! :) I find inspiration everywhere: fabric, clothes, magazines, blogs, Pinterest, thrift stores...

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Wonderful post! I am trying to take risks and learn new things!

Kristi said...

As usual I LOVE THIS POST!!! And I agree with you 110%! I knew that was Edie's house, I love her. And now I'm going to read the surprise wedding post :)

Lori said...

I LOVE THIS!! Everything you have posted lately I feel that you are speaking directly to me. My blank canvas in my new room excites me ~ I am looking at paint colours now ~ decisions decisions! Happy weekend Leslie.

Unknown said...

Fabulous creative post, Leslie...I LOVE being creative and my camera is never far from my side ;-)
Have a wonderful CREATIVE weekend.

Sew a Fine Seam said...

Great post Leslie! Now to go out there and CREATE!

The Divorced Lady's Companion to Living in Italy said...

What a lovely post. It warms me just to read these words. When I meet people who are not creative I sometimes feel guilty for giving it so much importance, when life involves so many other tasks. So thank you. Thank you for Ernest. Thank you for this list xx

Eatlovemerry said...

I'm loving those quotes!

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