March 12, 2015

Why I Teach

I'm often asked: why do you teach? That's a big topic, and an important question.

My goal is to create classes that light up your creativity + add more beauty, joy, color, and richness to your daily life.

That might sound too simple, but actually it's a challenge to stop and enjoy our lives as they so quickly pass us by in a steady stream of work + family + household chores + shopping + everyday tasks.

As I plan my courses, I think about what could delight and inspire you, what would add a bit more happiness to your day + make you smile, which creative ideas might take hold and give you something to look forward to tomorrow and in the days after.
To my own amazement, during the past years, I've received countless letters, beautiful handmade postcards, artwork, and emails from women around the world thanking me for my creative classes.

These ladies tell me that they are now making collages, quilts, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, experimenting with new recipes, taking more photographs, writing and illustrating journals + even sharing and selling their artwork in solo exhibitions.

This is what it's all about for me. 

This is why I continue to develop and offer my classes each year. 

I believe that this is my calling, and I'm here to share everything I know with you.

If I can give a woman the keys to open the doors to her own creativity, then I've done my job.

I come from a long line of teachers, and when you participate in my courses, you are supporting my family too. And so we go full circle in our encouragement, love, and support of one another. Thank you.
You most definitely have a creative spark inside, we all do.

My classes help you nurture this creative spark, allow it to grow, to light yourself up and flourish.

If you'd like to experiment with art, mixed media, photography, seasonal recipes, and journaling, then I hope you'll join me for a creative class online or in Berlin. There is so much to learn, experience, and appreciate in our precious lives.

Taking a creative class can honestly change the way you see + feel + taste + experience your life, and you are most welcome join us.

Greetings from Berlin,

p.s. - * Early Bird Registration for my Creative Spring + 30 Days of Collage classes ends today. *
If you'd like to take part in our next Berlin Art Workshop this June, we now have only 2 spots remaining. More details here. xo

March 10, 2015

Creative Spring in Berlin

Spring is already on its way in Berlin, and I was excited to discover this field of blooms at the botanical gardens this weekend.
Crocuses have started to appear in many nooks and crannies...

and it's glorious to see the fresh splashes of springtime color throughout the landscape.
Inside the greenhouses of the botanical garden, we saw more interesting flora with fantastic shapes and textures.
I particularly loved seeing the cactus plants in all their shapes and forms
and the lush, green ferns too.
My girls were fascinated by the tropical flowers, like this bird-of-paradise
and the blooming camellia trees
and glowing pink rhododendron.
Are you ready for springtime too?

I look forward to going on more outdoor, spring themed photo walks in our new Creative Spring online course together with friends around the world.

Creative Spring starts next Monday, and you are welcome to join us here.

March 5, 2015

Early Bird Registration for 30 Days + Creative Spring Now Open

Hello there + today's the day :)

Early Bird Registration is now open for my new Creative Spring + my 30 Days of Collage online classes, yoohoo!

I have loads of fresh artist interviews + creative tutorials ready for both classes that I can't wait to share with you.

In Creative Spring, we'll go on lovely, themed photo walks, prepare yummy seasonal recipes + make fun DIY projects. I also have new art journaling tutorials, Monday videos to greet you, and 10 wonderful guest artist interviews to inspire you.

All materials will remain online throughout the year, and you'll get a PDF of our seasonal recipes + tutorials to keep forever.

We also have an absolutely gorgeous, friendly, international community which is a real highlight of this course - and we would love for you to join us!
More details on Creative Spring here.
30 Days of Collage is one of my most popular courses ever + this session is going to be a true collage extravaganza!

For this session (the only one in 2015) - we'll enjoy 30 daily collage tutorials + 30 daily guest artist interviews.

To be honest, I'm myself amazed at the incredible range of international collage artists who will be joining us - 30 of the most talented collage artists on the planet! And they all said "yes" to my interview request! So excited to share these inspiring interviews.

Additionally, I'll be sharing many new collage techniques, materials, and tutorials to shake things up and keep our course lively.

Check out all the details on 30 Days of Collage here.
If you're having a hard time deciding right now... the good news is that both coursesare on sale today with an Early Bird Discount!

Both Creative Spring and 30 Days of Collage are now on sale for only 89 Euro - a great price for these joy filled courses that will lift your spirits and get your creative ideas flowing this spring.
If you've taken any of my creative classes in the past, I'm happy to offer you a special Alumni Discount today too.

Just write in - welcomeback - as your Discount Code when you register, and you'll save an extra 10 Euro on both classes too.

I'd love to see you in both Creative Spring + in 30 Days of Collage for an exciting, artistic, delicious, and inspiring springtime together!

Sending you sunny greetings from Berlin,


March 4, 2015

Good News + a Sneak Peek at 2015 Classes

The good news is: March is here! Spring is coming! We had the flu, but now we're well again!

We're especially happy about the coming of spring here in Berlin because it means the days are getting longer and we have more sunlight after many long, dark winter months.

I've been busy making new collages to finish up my 100 Days of Collage project, and I'm also gathering new ideas and materials for my upcoming 30 Days of Collage and Creative Spring online classes.

My daughter Lucy - here dressed up as a pirate girl - has been fascinated by my ongoing collage project and she wanted to make her own collage journal too.

She layered a combination of two-dimensional and three-dimensional elements in her first collage

and she put it all together to create a well-composed, colorful, and fresh abstract design.

I look forward to more creative collaboration with my daughters in 30 Days of Collage and my brand new Creative Courage Kids Summer Art Camp class coming up in August!
Of course we'd love for you to join us :)

Lately, we've also been enjoying sunny, blue skies

fresh cranberry scones for breakfast (my recipe here)

vintage maps (the map above shows the area where I first lived in Berlin back in 1996!)

old-fashioned quotes on cooks and cooking

and soft spring colors, textures, and poems.

What have you been enjoying lately?

This week I'll be opening registration for our next sessions of 30 Days of Collage and Creative Spring.

Both classes will be packed with fun, step-by-step tutorials and guest interviews to inspire you with lots of ideas for your own creative projects.

Course registration details + Early Bird and Alumni Discounts are coming up tomorrow.

Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter and get my free 2015 collage calendar here.

Greetings from Berlin,

March 2, 2015

Happy Everything!

Hello there + I will begin by simply writing "Happy Everything" to you - Happy New Year, Happy Valentine's Day, Happy Karneval + Mardi Gras, Happy Year of the Goat, and any other holidays I might have missed!

The past weeks have been very full - with many good things happening and some challenges sprinkled in too.

We celebrated my daughter's 9th birthday


and we sampled delicious treats for the German Karneval (similar to Mardi Gras)!


I've been drinking plenty of tea to stay warm, while writing stacks and stacks of postcards


and I've continued to work on my 100 Days of Collage project too. I'm currently up to Day 91, yoohoo!

There have been some complicated things to deal with lately as well: health issues, new European sales tax laws (fun!), our daily family chaos, and so on.

But I keep trucking along, making progress, planning new classes, and I'm doing my best to show up each day and enjoy the simple things in life.


As Pema Chödrön eloquently wrote: "It's also helpful to realize that this very body we have, that's sitting right here right now...with its aches and its exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive."


In the end, I suppose we are all works in progress, and it's important to stop now and then and appreciate that our "messes" and our experiments can be beautiful too.


I hope you are having a "Happy Everything" day today!

Several of you have already asked, and I will be sending out my newsletter with details about my 2015 course schedule very, very soon :)

If you'd like to receive a free copy of my 2015 collage calendar + get early bird + alumni discounts on my upcoming classes and workshops, please be sure to sign up for my newsletter here.

Sending sunny greetings to you from Berlin today,

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