Don't Succumb To Cabin Fever: 9 Ways To Boost Your Creativity

by Faith Towers
9 Ways To Boost Your Creativity
Photo: Brooklyn Limestone

The weather is really getting to people around here in Boston. Along with the rest of the city, I've been spending a lot of time at home because of all this snow. But that doesn't mean we have to be bored... it's the perfect opportunity to cultivate our creative skills. So whether you're a seasoned professional or a newbie, you're sure to find some inspiring tutorials and resources in our roundup.   

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A DIY Career Change

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 03/31/2010
created at: 03/31/2010

Career paths can take sharp angled turns when you least expect it. One day you try something new and POW, that's it, you never want to go back. My career, if I can be so presumptious as to call it a career, happens to be in the arena of making things, figuring out how to fix things, creativity, a little photography, writing and teaching. It's perfect for me and my interests. So, here's how I took a sharp right hand turn and landed in this wonderful new world.

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Creative Stimulation at The Selby

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 12/11/08

Before everyone goes all ORGANIZATION and starts decluttering on January 1st, get a load of these homes and spaces of interesting people and other creative types.  We routinely see the tidied up, photography-ready, static, empty room pictures in magazines and blogs, but Todd Selby captures the real life, inspiration-laden environments of the creatively gifted on his website, The Selby.

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Sixteen Recycled Handmade Gift Ideas

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

 

created on: 11/10/08

  If you're condsidering handmade gifts this holiday season, you most likely have some creative genes already in place.  For that reason, this is a quick "off the top of my head" list of found objects you could artistically and lovingly incorporate into your own sweet handmade offerings.  Feel free to expand this as the ideas start flowing. Don't be tempted to buy used and re-give in the same condition.  Your family and friends will treasure...

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How To: Make Recycled Inside Out Pillows

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 11/06/08
 

My Recycled Inside Out Throw Pillow ensemble are handily made out of shirts, jackets or skirts that either button up the front or have a long zipper closure.  The beauty of this is that there's no need to handstitch a pillow closed or insert a zipper or add buttons or buttonholes.  Look for modern patterns and stylish color combinations while shopping for "vintage" and I mean CHEAP used apparel that you can easily transform.  

The only...

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10 Ways To Re-charge Your Creative Batteries (on a late summer day)

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 09/09/08

The past week has caught me under the weather.  The impending end of summer always gets to me in some sneaky way.  It's been a relief to slow down and just lay low.  Maybe I worked too had last week on that Knotty Pine Problem (which I still need to finish).  I have lots of design work, sewing classes and upholstery projects coming up, but it's necessary to re-charge the batteries, embrace the transition and let the creative juices flow again.

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Teenage Mutant Sewing Turtles

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 06/21/08

Five Day Turbo Sewing Camp for teens just finished yesterday.  I say Turbo because they learned how to use the machine in two hours and spent four days (two hours each) sewing, jamming the machines, designing and giggling.  It was hard to keep them supplied with fabric.  Even though it was too short to teach them the perfect sewing skills, they got the feel of the machines and discovered they could create some sweet stuff on the sewing...

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