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Living Artfully: Create the Life You Imagine

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Many people today are looking outside themselves for well-being and happiness when what they're searching for has been inside them all along." -- Sandra MagsamenLiving artfully is expressing who you are through the moments that you create. "Living Artfully" reminds us to explore and experience life with more heart, meaning, purpose, and joy. It asks us to imagine, to dream ...more
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Free Press
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Jan 02, 2012 Rachelle rated it really liked it
Relentlessly positive, cheerful optimistic, and encouraging about expressing your creativity, imagination, and playfulness. There are personal stories, eye-catching graphics, hand-written notes, and artful ideas. Magsamen reminds us that we are creative being and "To live artfully is to live life fully, with meaning and a purpose -- to bring beauty into being". I felt inspired and upbeat! But Magsamen is definitely writing to a female audience in America, with cultural assumptions about shared e ...more
Jan 22, 2008 HeavyReader rated it it was ok
Shelves: art
This is a piece of fluff all about how all of us are creative, wonderful beings. While I do actually believe that all of us are creative, wonderful beings, I worry about people who need a book as insubstantial as this one to convince them. I don't know, maybe this book would be useful for people who never thought about all the possible ways to be creative, but it wasn't at all helpful or enlightening to me. The writing is so fluffy that I barely had to concentrate to read it. It was easier readi ...more
Jessi Koontz
Jan 06, 2016 Jessi Koontz rated it it was ok
Spotted this book on the shelf @ Goodwill & was instantly drawn to it.

I consider myself to be a creative person, but last year I found my inspiration & motivation lacking.

I was really hoping that this book would rekindle my creative spirit, but it did not. I am not entirely sure what I was expecting, but this book just didn't do "it" for me.

I really like the preface that we are *ALL* creative, whether it be knitting, sewing, flower arrangements, gardening, cooking, etc. It's true &
Aug 18, 2012 Jen rated it did not like it
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Mar 29, 2009 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: crafty-books
I REALLY wanted to read this book. It was an interesting read, but not exactly what I expected. She did include ideas to get you started, but it was mostly quotes and snippets from her life, along with her telling us to imagine our lives and what we could do to add art to it. I was hoping for more suggestions, pictures, examples. Get this from the library like I did, before you decide to buy it.
Michelle BF
Oct 02, 2007 Michelle BF rated it really liked it
Shelves: craftybooks
Although this book has lots of fluff to it, I liked its message which seemed to go along with the way I have tried to live as an artist by sharing my art and my talent with others. I also like that it shows the many different ways of being artful that typically get lumped in with Martha Stewart types--making a home, being neighborly, home cooking and homemade things.

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Weegee Sachtjen
Aug 15, 2013 Weegee Sachtjen rated it it was amazing
love! Love! love! This book served up the perfect reminder that each of us are creative inour own artful way.Creativity is really just away to effectively communicate gain thoughts, feelings impressicns to the This lock invites yaeeo create your own wa and not let fear stand in you way. at is beautifully Written with touching stories and Lovely ideas
Apr 04, 2013 Jean rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It is filled with wonder ideas for having and living a more creative life, for sharing life, for making life better for those around one, and one's self. All of the suggestions are "doable" and lead to even more creative expressions of kindness and love. Well worth the read and well worth engaging her ideas.
May 10, 2011 Maureen rated it really liked it
Exploring the creativity in everyday life and trying to exercise a more complete sense of the use of our creativity at any will also make you think on how you are projecting your creative side of your life and how others might view you in that creative light and how you can make it shine
Apr 02, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: happy-books
This book was a recommendation in the O Magazine a couple summers ago. I didn't love it, but I think if you are looking for some exercises to help stimulate your creativity, it could be a helpful tool.
Jun 12, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
this book held many fun and inspirational ideas on how to break from the routine and make life uniquely one's own.
Sep 11, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, self-help, craft
Loved this book. Full of loads of ideas and inspiration on how to be creative in every area of your life.
Jun 27, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-wish-list
GREAT book; I may have to blog about this one sometime. But really, helpful for us struggling creative folk.
Feb 16, 2008 Chiara rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and loved the little ideas of adding creativity and art to everyday life.
Jan 04, 2008 Jeri rated it really liked it
Love Sandra's attitude, she is very inspirational for me.
Aug 10, 2013 Samantha rated it it was amazing
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Loved loved loved this!
Oct 14, 2007 Wendy rated it really liked it
worth your time
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