Blog: Creatively Operating

Handmade Fabric Autumn Banner

05 Oct 2017 »
I love fall, but I don’t have a ton of autumn- or Halloween-themed home decor. To keep my holiday decorating contained and manageable, I usually create a little “altar” of decorations. For autumn it’s candles and pumpkins. For Christmas it’s our little tree with lights. This year I decided to...
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How I'm Building a Kinder Wardrobe

27 Apr 2017 »
It’s Fashion Revolution week this week. Because of my job, I think about ethical fashion every day. My wardrobe is still a work in progress, but for the past few years I’ve started to actually align what I wear with my values. What inspired me to build a more mindful...
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Why Working From Home Sucks/Is Awesome

13 Jan 2017 »
I’ve been working from home since June 2011 = 5.5 years. Before that, I only worked in real offices for 3 years. So I’ve been working remotely longer than I ever worked in a workplace. Wow. We live in the future! Now, I don’t work for myself (I’m not freelance),...
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7 Goals for my 2017 Art Practice

06 Jan 2017 »
Every year I make resolutions but they suck. And I usually try to make too many changes at once, in every single area of my life at the same time. Same old story. I’m over resolutions. That said, I still like the idea of New Years and starting fresh. “Resolutions”...
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Holiday Coloring Pages

14 Dec 2016 »
I made four holiday coloring pages! Check them out right here, or on the Coloring Pages master page. Decorated tree ornaments, crazy overlapping pointsettias, a yummy gingerbread house, and a simpler little Merry Christmas one. The pointsettias is definitely the most complex coloring page I’ve drawn yet. I had a...
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100 Days of Drawing the Internet

03 Nov 2016 »
The 100 Day Project is hosted by The Great Discontent. The official project dates this year were from April 19 - July 24. The idea is to choose a theme and then create 1 thing per day based on your topic. I wanted to choose something all-encompassing that gave me...
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Inspirit

17 Oct 2016 »
In July, I took an online course called Inspirit. Initially I chose this class because I love the idea of drawing inspiration from yourself. Letting YOU inspire your art, instead of always trying to find inspiration elsewhere. Creating art is about trusting yourself, getting in tune with your intuition, and...
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Non-Artsy Ways to Feel Creative

28 Aug 2016 »
Sometimes when you’re feeling creatively stuck, you’re trying to work on your art but keep procrastinating or lack motivation, and doing something similar but different can help get those creative juices flowing. Or not. But as an artist, you feel more fulfilled and successful at life in general when you...
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Why I'm starting over with my blog

15 May 2016 »
Before blogging on & off at my blog RubyBows, I “blogged” at LiveJournal and other online diaries and sites probably as far back as 1999. Ever since we got the internet at home. Most of my old writings no longer exist, and that’s OK. Sometimes letting go of your old...
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Leiah Jansen

Documenting how I operate creatively: bettering myself and growing as an artist and creative human. Sharing my work and my process, thoughts on curious & intentional living, finding soul and meaning in my art and life in general.

make some art and share it.