{Book} Surprised By Motherhood

Lisa-Jo Baker’s book “Surprised By Motherhood” was released today, and I can’t wait to read it. Lisa-Jo is the hostess of Five-Minute Friday, a 5-minute writing prompt I like to join here when time permits and I remember (keeping it real). Unlike Lisa-Jo, I wanted to be a career mom. Motherhood is my favorite role, and I’m still adjusting to being mom to 20-somethings.  I miss the season when all my chicks were under my roof together. I know how to do that! This new season is just as confusing, frightening and unpredictable as the former seemed at the time. Mercy.

This video made me cry, because I’m a mom and I get it.

Learn more about Surprised By Motherhood here.

{Book} Nurture Your Creative Spirit

A few years ago I wrote a post about quilt artist and teacher, Vikki Pignatelli, and her willingness to help a newbie quilt artist. I finally had the opportunity to meet and work with Vikki in person, and she is the real deal.

In the spirit of creating fearlessly, I want to rave about her new book, Nurture Your Creative Spirit: Wisdom and Insight Learned Through the Art of QuiltingThough Vikki’s insight is gleaned from her quilting journey, the truths contained in her book apply to any artist, regardless of your chosen medium.

Vikki writes in a style that feels like you’re snuggled into a big, comfy chair, sipping tea with a close friend while she shares the behind-the-scenes of her creative process. She discusses traits that nurture creativity (humor, flexibility, curiosity), and how our life experiences can influence our art and foster creative growth if we let it. Full of rich photos and practical advice, this is a book you will go back to again and again.

You can see a sneek preview of the book here.