A New Year of Creativity

With the new year a few hours away, I want to encourage all of my creative readers to get ready for the new year.

Plan for the New Year

-new products

-new styles

-new colors

-new websites/stores

Reconsider what you’ve been doing and who you’ve been serving in 2010, get ready for 2011

-upgrade: maybe you have some products that you could upgrade to bring in more income or a new market.

-downgrades/remove items: make sure the items you list are still desirable and that you want to continue making them.

-new market: look for new markets and websites you can list your products on

-totally change products: maybe a product or two would be given a whole new life with a face-lift or redesign.

Make sure you’re still inspired for 2011

-check your inspiration: no matter how long you’ve been pursuing the creative market, make sure you’re still inspired to be doing what you’ve been doing.

-schedule inspiration into your life: plan opportunities for inspiration into every day, week and month.  From reading and listening to traveling, make sure you’re getting inspired.

Finally, remember your ‘why’.  Remember why you’re in the creative field, why you’re creating these items, why you’re doing what you’re doing.  If you’re considering a creative career, check your ‘why’ before you get started.

Share your ‘why’ and other thoughts on your creative 2011 below!

Celebrating the New Year

The new year is right around the corner, and as you’re planning your celebration, here are some suggestions to get you inspired and celebrating!

Food

Check out Food Network’s whole collection or see these other links:

cocktail party foods: including mini ceviche, fried motzarella bites, crostini ala romana, smoked salmon dip, stuffed baby bellas, chocolate strawberry dessert and fig and port tartlets.

more winter entertaining food ideas: including Swedish meatballs, potato bites, Guinness sundaes, braised short ribs and more

-drinks: check out these organic cocktail recipes, champagne ideas, and retro cocktails

-dinner party: tangerine beef, pork & chanterelle mustard sauce, and lobster salad entree ideas

-sweet treats: whoopie pie, orange chocolate bread pudding, and chocolate hazlenut tart

* If you’re doing New Year’s Day brunch try these out: cheese potato pie, chocolate drizzled french toast, cheddar, ham & egg casserole.

Decorations

Get creative with your decorating this year.  Celebrate with red, white & blue, or red & green, or all blue all the way. Do something fun and different!

Decorate with: crepe paper/streamers, colorful plates, candles, stars, snowflakes (keep your kids busy!), and lights

Also check out this functional centerpiece idea from Martha Stewart

Activities

While you’re waiting for the ball to drop, or whatever you do to celebrate the arrival of the new year, here are some suggestions for keeping busy.

-board games: an old favorite for many, have everyone bring their favorite to the party.

-music: dancing, guitar hero, musical chairs, karaoke and other fun activities all center around music

-food: don’t just have your guests eat your food, have them help you make it! Do mini pizzas, sundaes and other super hands on and fun activities.

-snow: with the abundance of snow we received this past weekend in the East Coast USA area, sledding, snowmen, snowball fights and other activities are great fun!

Share your ideas for partying in the New Year below!

Creative Growth

Being creative is lots of fun, has many benefits and can also be a great source of income and pleasure sharing.  One of the most rewarding things is to share your creative insights.  But it’s important to stay inspired and not get overwhelmed by your need to produce and create.  Today’s post offers you some ideas for keeping balance in your life and finding new inspiration and ideas.

-take a class online/offline

-read new books

-sign up for email newsletters

-read blogs

-check your gut (make sure you’re doing it for the right reason, and doing the right thing)

-check feedback and community (ask people what they want, what they need and what they’re looking for)

-be in touch with your emotions (authentically creative items are more attractive to people)

-be creative (try something different every so often to keep your mind thinking!)

Share your favorite ways to grow personally and creatively below!

Christmas Carols

With Christmas tomorrow, I thought I would share an extensive collection of holiday songs, each with a Youtube video where you can check the song out.

  1. A Baby Changes Everything
  2. A Christmas Jig
  3. A Holly Jolly Christmas
  4. All I Want For Christmas Is My 2 Front Teeth
  5. All I Want For Christmas is You
  6. Angels From The Realms Of Glory
  7. Angels We Have Heard On High
  8. Away In The Manger
  9. Baby It’s Cold Outside
  10. Baby Please Come Home
  11. Believe
  12. Blue Christmas
  13. Carol of the Bells
  14. Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire
  15. Christmas Don’t Be Late
  16. Christmas Lullaby
  17. Christmas Shoes
  18. Christmas Time
  19. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies
  20. Deck the Halls
  21. Ding Dong Merrily on High
  22. Do They Know It’s Christmas?
  23. Do you hear what I hear?
  24. Feliz Navidad
  25. Frosty The Snow Man
  26. Fum, Fum, Fum
  27. Gabriel’s Message
  28. Gentle Mary Laid Her Child
  29. Go Tell It On The Mountain
  30. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  31. Good King Wenceslas
  32. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
  33. Grown Up Christmas List
  34. Hallelujah
  35. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  36. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  37. Here Comes Santa Claus
  38. Here We Come A-Caroling
  39. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
  40. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  41. I Saw Three Ships
  42. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  43. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
  44. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
  45. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
  46. Jingle Bell Rock
  47. Jingle Bells
  48. Jolly Old Saint Nicolas
  49. Joy To The World
  50. Joy To The World (A Christmas Prayer)
  51. Last Christmas
  52. Little Drummer Boy
  53. Let It Snow
  54. Let there be peace on Earth
  55. Little St. Nick
  56. Mary Did You Know
  57. Mele Kalikimaka
  58. Mr. Grinch
  59. Must Be Santa
  60. New York Christmas
  61. O Christmas Tree
  62. O Come, All Ye Faithful
  63. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  64. Oh Holy Night
  65. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  66. One King
  67. On This Winter’s Night
  68. Over the River and Through the Woods
  69. O Tannenbaum
  70. Pat-a-pan
  71. Please Come Home for Christmas
  72. River
  73. Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
  74. Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer
  75. Santa Baby
  76. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  77. Silent Night
  78. Silver Bells
  79. Sing We Now of Christmas
  80. Sleigh Ride
  81. So this is Christmas (Happy Xmas)
  82. Tennessee Christmas
  83. The Christmas Waltz
  84. The First Noel
  85. The Holly and The Ivy
  86. The Night Before Christmas
  87. The Night Before Christmas- The Story
  88. The Wassail Song
  89. Twelve Days Of Christmas
  90. Up On The Housetop
  91. We Need a Little Christmas
  92. We Three Kings Of Orient Are
  93. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  94. What Child Is This
  95. Where Are You Christmas
  96. While Shepherds Watched
  97. White Christmas
  98. Winter Wonderland
  99. Wizards in Winter
  100. Wonderful Christmas Time

Enjoy this collection of Christmas melodies!  Share your favorites below!

Kwanzaa

The time has arrived to celebrate, and one of the holidays you may be celebrating is Kwanzaa.  Kwanzaa was established in 1966 as an opportunity for the African American community to celebrate their heritage and reinforce positive community values.  It runs for 7 days from December 26-January 1.  However, I think that celebrating heritage and reinforcing positive community values is essential for all cultures around the world.  So even if you don’t celebrate Kwanzaa, look for ideas to how you can celebrate your heritage and be a trustworthy, upstanding part of the community.  Share your Kwanzaa (and other traditions) stories and ideas below.

What is Kwanzaa?  Check out these 1, 2, 3, 4 websites with great information.

Celebrating Kwanzaa:

Make/use woven baskets

Kinara- Candle holder with 3 red, 3 green and 1 black candles

Dashiki – A shirt or suit worn during Kwanzaa celebrations

Kaftan (boubou) – A dress worn by women during Kwanzaa celebrations

Kufi- A cap worn during Kwanzaa celebrations

Kwanzaa foods:

Holidays.net ideas

Ideas from The Holiday Spot

Better Homes and Gardens celebrates Kwanzaa

Food Network recipes

Decorating for Kwanzaa

The colors of Kwanzaa are black, red, and green, not only are they the colors of the Kinara, they are symbolic for the holiday too.

Kwanzaa’s 7 Principles:

Unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

Share your Kwanzaa related ideas, recipes, blog posts and stories below!

Spreading Holiday Movie Joy

Today I’ve got a couple of movie quotes to help you really share your creativity and spread some holiday cheer with you.

Use your words!

Love Actually: ” Dear sir, Dear David, Merry Christmas and I hope you have a very happy New Year. I’m very sorry about the thing that happened. It was a very odd moment and I feel like a prize idiot. Particularly because  if you can’t say it at Christmas, when can you, eh? I’m actually yours. With love, your Natalie.”

Write a poem, song, or just express your thoughts in a card.  It means a lot to receive a heartfelt word during the holidays.

Give Yourself!

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) “That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? That’s what it’s always been *about*. Gifts, gifts… gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts. You wanna know what happens to your gifts? They all come to me. In your garbage.”

Tangible gifts don’t last forever.  Gift something like going for dinner/dessert/coffee.  Even if it’s not a fancy restaurant, maybe get a little more dressed up than you usually would and perhaps splurge on a special dessert or drink.

Be Yourself!

It’s a Wonderful Life: “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

You have special gifts and abilities that no one else has.  Don’t give gifts that don’t feel right or don’t meet your standards.

Share Some Joy!

Miracle on 34th Street: “Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind… and that’s what’s been changing. That’s why I’m glad I’m here, maybe I can do something about it.”

No matter who you are or what your financial situation is, you can share a positive attitude, loving heart and creative spirit with everyone.

Share Spirit!

Scrooge (1951): “Mortal! We Spirits of Christmas do not live only one day of our year. We live the whole three-hundred and sixty-five. So is it true of the Child born in Bethlehem. He does not live in men’s hearts one day of the year, but in all days of the year. You have chosen not to seek Him in your heart. Therefore, you will come with me and seek Him in the hearts of men of good will.”

You’ve got creative skills and talents, and a creative spirit that fills you.  Don’t let the holidays be the only time you share your skills, talent and spirit with the world.  Share your love, creativity and heart all year-long.

Share your favorite holiday movie quotes and thoughts about creativity below 🙂

25 Days of Christmas Creativity

Today’s post features 25 festive and creative ways to celebrate the holidays in decorating your home or special space.

On the table

Spruce up your table with glasses (1 2 3 4 5 6), plates (1 2 3 4 5), centerpieces (1 2 3 4 5), candy (1 2), candy canes (1 2 3 4)

Decorate your home

Every home deserves some holiday cheer with garland (1 2 3 4 5), stockings (1 2 3 4 5), candles (1 2 3 4), fireplace mantle (1 2 3 4)

Holiday Friends

Nativity (1 2 3 4 5 6), snowmen (1 2 3 4 5), nutcrackers (1 2 3 4 5), Santa & Mrs Claus (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8), elves (1 2 3 4 5), reindeer (1 2 3 4 5)

Symbols of the season

Bells (1 2 3 4 5), lights (1 2 3 4 5 6), stars (1 2 3 4 5), snowflakes (1 2 3 4 5), Christmas cards (1 2 3 4 5), special touches (1 2 3 4)

And don’t forget the natural touches

Wreath (1 2 3 4 5), tree (1 2 3 4), Christmas trees (1 2 3 4 5), pine cones (1 2 3 4)

*For Etsy.com items, I apologize if someone beat you to them!

Share your ideas and suggestions for holiday decorating below!