Soul sculpting

November 3, 2013

We will make Art from ChattingAtTheSky.com

You have heard me mutter: I haven’t been “creative” in a long, long time.

But I’ve come to find out…

that is not true!

I’ve been learning of this certainty by reading the book A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live, by Emily P. Freeman.

Wake-up words are being whispered into my heart:

Believe in your art. In other words, everything you create that makes you come alive. Yes, everything.

Be brave enough to acknowledge what you long for.

Share it with the world.

It is the task I have for you in this season.

My definition of art — creativity — has been expanding.

On Emily’s blog, ChattingAtTheSky.com an invitation is extended to join a linky-party with a post showing a picture representingthe art I’ve been making/living. So here it is… a photo collage representing my “art” as a…

“Soul sculptor in the name of the King of my heart.”

A collage representing Carol's art

I know. It sounds almost gross. (A soul sculptor?)

But instead it’s beautiful.   And creative.   Artful.

How do I soul sculpt? Mainly in two ways.
the logo for Rotation.orgFirst, I am committed to the Workshop Rotation Model for teaching Sunday school. I write curriculum for this model, which is implemented in our church. And I give it away for practically free at the web site dedicated to the Rotation Model.

Look for lessons written by me under the name: CreativeCarol. (I know, it’s overkill.)

I spend a lot of time being “creative” at Rotation.org! (I wear lots of different hats over there: Member of the Board of Directors, assistant web master, Member of the Writing Team, house-keeper…)

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The second spot for my art is my other blog: The Family Faith Companion. This is where I provide ways to extend the learning from Sunday’s to life. I talk about games to play at the dinner table, and Bible reading plans to follow (with questions!), and about creating space for kids to encounter God… all the while encouraging caregivers that they are the primary soul sculptors for their children!

Yep. Those are my passions. My creativity. My art!

— Carol

Photo in header: From my archives, an iced over American Cranberry Bush Viburnum.
Our Creator gets creative.


Yikes! A long time without creativity!

March 17, 2011

Here is my entry this week to…

How come being creative always gets put way down on my to-do list?

Here’s my latest project (not real exciting but at least it got done)… a shower curtain.

Chosen fabric

Started with some decorator fabric, cut to size. Folded up the hems.

Sewing a couple of seams

Did a bit of sewing… side hems and a hem at the bottom and the top.

Put in rings at the top

Installed some curtain grommets. The bottom one is done. Others in progress. (It was easier than I thought; the package came with a template to mark the hole.)

And presto. A new shower curtain that matches the bathroom pretty well.

the finished shower curtain

Which this photo doesn’t show, because I had to use a flash. In fact I hesitate to even show this… It looks awful! I guess I’ll make it a tiny photo!

What creativity have you been up to?

— Carol

Photo in header: From my archives, an iced over American Cranberry Bush Viburnum – our Creator gets creative. Signature font from Gitzen Girl


Christmas Sewing: Re-usable produce bags

December 17, 2010

Here is my entry this week to…

Button for You: Create

It has been a long time since I’ve gotten to the sewing machine. Too long. DTM (Doing Too Much).

But I had to make something to give as some little gifts! So I made some reusable produce bags.

A Re-useable produce bag filled with oranges

I got the idea from Melissa over at Proverbs 31 Life. (Thanks, Melissa!)

They didn’t take too long. Here’s the steps I took:

a mesh laundry bag

I started with some white mesh laundry bags

The mesh bag undergoes the rotary cutter!

I cut them up into various sizes

Sewing the bag shut on three sides

I sewed the bag shut on three sides

Fabric with corn on it - what else for a veggie bag!

I cut some strips of corn fabric (what else for a veggie bag!) Folded them over a couple of times...

Sewing on the corn fabric around the top of the bag

And I sewed the fabric around the top of the bag.

The completed bag (shown loaded with some fruit)

Then I used a safety pin to snake some cording into the top and installed a push-button cord stop. Ta-da! Done. Well with one, anyway.

It feels so good to create. Why don’t I do this more often?

— Carol

Photo in header: From my archives, an iced over American Cranberry Bush Viburnum – our Creator gets creative. Other photos also taken by moi.
Signature font from Gitzen Girl


You: Create – Tattered Flower Pin

November 5, 2010

Here is my entry this week to the place where a bunch of us share what we’ve been doing in the category of things “creative”…

You can click on that button above to go see other creative pursuits.

It has been too long — Yikes, 6 weeks — since I’ve been creative! Despite my blog’s name! Just doing too much other stuff. (Which I recently learned has it’s own acronym: DTM.)

I’m glad that I tried out this easy project that I found at Sew4Home – Tattered Flower Pins.

Not the best photo… a bit blurry… photography is not where my creativity lies!

a pin I made, a "tattered flower"

What have you been creating?

— Carol

Photo in header: From my archives, an iced over American Cranberry Bush Viburnum – our Creator gets creative.
Signature font from Gitzen Girl


Taking time to be creative

September 23, 2010

I am guilty of thinking that creativity is something to be indulged in only when everything else is done.

Which, of course, it never is.

I am working on remembering that….

  • God created me to be creative. God values my creativity.
  • If I don’t allow myself room to be creative, I am missing out on living the whole of who I was meant to be.
  • That stopping for 30 minutes a day and working at something creative, gives me so much more than just (eventually) a finished project. (The process is more important than the product.)
  • That being creative allows me to feel good about something I want to do, rather than all those things I have to do. (Not that I don’t like some of the things that I have to do… you know what I mean.)

Here’s what I’m working on this week

An outdoor lounge chair under construction

It doesn’t look like much yet does it?

I am building an Outdoor Lounge chair for the front porch using plans from Ana White’s great site (formerly known as Knock Off Wood.com). I started this building project in late August. I’ve been working on it for a month!

It should be ready for use by next spring (at the rate I’m going). But that’s OK. Because I will be creative while I work on it.

What will you do to be creative?


You: Create – really simple, but very functional

September 16, 2010

Here it is Thursday already! Time for my entry to…

I am really trying to force myself to spend time being creative. One wouldn’t think that I should have to force myself to be creative! Getting started is what is hard. It felt so good to sit at the sewing machine! (Even though I was only there for about 5 minutes!)

What was I creating?

Something really simple, but very functional: A hanging bag for clothes pins.

A completed clothes pin bag made from a little kids shirt

I started with a little kids shirt (did they really used to fit something that small!?) I sewed together a portion of the front and then sewed the bottom of the shirt closed. Five minutes of sewing (including changing the thread color).

Then I had to hunt for a wooden hanger. I noticed that I needed to saw a bit off the ends of the hanger because it was too long in the sleeves.

The wooden hanger is too long for my clothes pin bag - it peeks out of the sleeves of my little kids shirt.

So I got out the saw – which required some more hunting! See that cobweb on the blade?

Sawing off the ends of a wooden hanger

Next, I stuffed her full of clothes pins and tried her out!

The completed clothes pin bag hanging out with the laundry

Yeah! I no longer have to bend over to fetch a few pins! (And I am loving being able to hang out clothes at our new place!)

What were you creative at this week?

— Carol

Photo in header: From my archives, an iced over American Cranberry Bush Viburnum – our Creator gets creative.
Signature font from Gitzen Girl


A quiltaway (otherwise known as a give-away)!

September 5, 2010

I’ve just “met” someone named Cecily. (well, we haven’t even been introduced! You know how it goes in the blogging world.) Cecily started a blog for kind of the same reason that I did. Why do I mention her? Cecily is giving away a quilt! And posting about it is one of the ways to enter to win this beauty… So of course I’ll take this opportunity to point out someone else who is capable and creative!

the quilt being given away

Isn’t it pretty?!

Even the back is beautiful…
the back of the quilt being given away

For more pictures of this quilt and details about how to win it, visit…

— Carol

Photo in header: From my archives, an iced over American Cranberry Bush Viburnum – our Creator gets creative.
Signature font from Gitzen Girl