Reconnect with Your Creative Self and Get Happy

Want more joy and playfulness in your life? Start to unleash your childlike creativity.

Four things accompanied me everywhere I went as a little girl: Snowy the threadbare cat, a field guide to garden wildlife, a children’s encyclopedia of science, and the latest copy of Twinkle magazine (yup, I am British). Among the latter’s 20-odd pages of stories about Nurse Nancy who ran a hospital for poorly toys, and […]

When Instagram Becomes Our Meditation Mat

What if we used our passion for taking photographs as a means for getting to know ourselves, others, and the world around us more deeply?

“It is estimated that one trillion photographs will be taken this year,” says photographer and Zen practitioner, David Ulrich. With high-quality cameras on our phones, digital photography and the advent of platforms such as Flickr and Instagram, we have all become photographers – perhaps taking dozens of photos over a week. But what kind of […]

Portrait Parties: Sparking Creative Expression Through Community

An international community of artists shows us how to create, inspire and connect.

Even with advances in digital photography, capturing a person’s essence with mediums other than a camera is still as treasured an expression as ever, and portrait parties, where artists can come together to draw and paint one another, are becoming increasingly popular.

Family Photos: Tips for Capturing the Magic of the Holidays

With the holidays approaching, you’ll likely be snapping pictures faster than anyone can say “cheese.” But to really capture the moments that you’ll want to frame and keep forever—or to make that killer family card you send out every year—check out some of these “photo recipes” from Me Ra Koh, author of Your Family in Pictures: The Parents’ Guide to Photographing Holidays, Family Portraits, and Everyday Life.

Drop-Dead Easy Knits for Fall

We’re coming to the time of year where all we want to do is be cozy. And what better way to do that than to knit by the fire…and then cozy up to your finished product! Drop-Dead Easy Knits is a new book that is perfect for finding fantastic projects that don’t require you to study […]

Crafty Ways to Spruce Up Your Home for the New Season

If you’re anything like me, it doesn’t take long before you're tired of every small detail in your home. At the change of every season I feel inspired to spruce up some element of my home, whether it’s painting existing objects, rehanging wall items in a fresh new way, changing the throw pillows, or simply moving the furniture. It’s my way of readying my home for a new season and new set of adventures.
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