Win The Creative Entrepreneur Book

November 24, 2008


I’m so excited to share The Creative Entrepreneur book today because I spoke with my contact at Quayside Publishing Group and she has agreed to do a giveaway here on decor8 – 5 books for 5 very lucky readers (1 book per winner in other words)! I’ll tell you how to enter below, but for now here’s a little show and tell a little as this book is very, very special. I think it will appeal to MANY of you which is precisely why I wanted to approach the publisher about hosting a giveaway.

The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real by Lisa Sonora Beam (founder of The Creative Entrepreneur blog/website) takes creative types on a visual journey into their soul to dig deep, find the right path, and then once on it, how to get from point A to Z. This book just may help you to figure out “What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do”, remember that series of posts here on decor8? If not, read them all here, they are VERY inspiring. If you found those helpful I think that you’ll just love The Creative Entrepreneur because Lisa’s words as an artist, teacher, business woman…and the journal that you’ll need to create in order to successfully ‘complete’ this book will help you get on your feet heading in the right direction.

“The Creative Entrepreneur takes readers on an inner journey of creative exploration to discover how to make their dreams of creative livelihood real… it is a visual, project-oriented, step-by-step approach to business development especially for creatives.”

Psst: If you live in the Bay area, Lisa is giving a workshop for $70 next month that you may like to attend, more information on it here. She’ll also be giving another workshop in LA this March.

Want to win a copy of this book? I thought so. I will select 5 of you who comment on this post between now and Wednesday, the winners will be posted on Wednesday afternoon at 3pm EST and each will receive one brand new copy of this book from the publisher. The book is in English.

To enter: It’s easy! Simply comment below (only one entry per household) with your thoughts on this subject: What are some constructive AND destructive aspects of your personality that are directly influencing your creative process currently? Discuss at as much length as you’d like but remember, enter only one time please.


(images: quayside publishing, lisa sonora beam, holly becker for decor8)


  • Reply Tabitha (From Single to Married) November 24, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    hmm… constructive – I’d say the desire to express myself creatively. You can’t be creative without the desire to be expressive and the willingness to put yourself out there, even if other people don’t “get it.” Deconstructive – attention span. I sometimes get excited about a project only to lose interest a month later when a new project comes along. :)
    great giveaway!!

    Tabitha (From Single to Married)s last blog post: Monday Musings – To Wii or Not To Wii, That Is the Question

  • Reply Shanon November 24, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    I would love to win a copy of this book Holly!
    Constructive aspects:
    I always keep going, I’m my biggest cheerleader, I look for the good, and I let inspiration come to me no matter what form it takes.
    Destructive aspects:
    I’m not outgoing when it comes to getting myself out there. I have a hard time overcoming the feeling that I’m being pushy, even though that might be what it takes to get my work shown.

    Thanks Holly! That was really interesting to see those aspects in black and white. I probably wouldn’t have taken the moment today to be clear with myself about them, so I appreciate that you suggested it to us.

    Shanons last blog post: =)

  • Reply PROLIX from la Normandie ;o) November 24, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    I’ll be autoentrepreneur in 2009.

    An actual artist-job seeker-future autoentrepreneur.

    “What are some constructive AND destructive aspects of your personality that are directly influencing your creative process currently?”

    The constructive aspects of my personality that are directly influencing my creative process currently is that I never give up, whatever the difficulties are.

    The destructive aspects of my personality that are directly influencing my creative process currently is that I never give up, whatever the difficulties are.


    Bonne journ?e,

    from la France

  • Reply Shannon T November 24, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    My ability to design and proactive nature are both constructive to my creative process. But, I?m frightened at communicating those ideas to the public for fear of criticism and THAT is what holds me back.

  • Reply nancy November 24, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I actually am extremely lucky to be doing what I love – photography. However, we all know that doing something for money has its own strings and can start to dampen the creativity. I sometimes let myself be content with having happy clients and making a living without finding ways to keep myself creatively challenged. I need to remember to do more personal projects and force myself out of my comfort zone so that I am still growing and experimenting with my art.

  • Reply Melanie S. November 24, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    What a great contest, Holly!

    Constructive: Persistence and focus
    Destructive: Lack of Confidence

  • Reply Alyson November 24, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    constructive … i have big ideas!
    destructive … i am not great at finding ways to make the big ideas come to fruition OR at taking the risk!

  • Reply Leslie November 24, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    My most constructive trait is that I am willing to try anything new even if I have no idea where to begin or how to finish. The end product isn’t always pretty but I always learn something new!

    My most destructive trait is that when it comes to substantial decisions, I like to be prepared for all the possible outcomes, both good and bad. The problem with this is that sometimes I de-motivate myself from making the changes because I keep thinking about the negative results that may occur.

    Thanks for the great post! This book looks fabulous!

  • Reply Danny Hites November 24, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    I think that the constructive side is that I’m always coming up with new ideas to decorate and design my living spaces and that I’m not afraid of stepping out of the norms. I think that the destructive side for me right now is that I have too many ideas and am afraid to commit. This looks like a great book to help me hone my skills.

  • Reply Natalija November 24, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    What a lovely giveaway :)
    Constructive and destructive aspects?
    I would say it’s one thing for both: I want to try so many things… It’s good, because I learn to do them, but sometimes I loose my interest and start working on something else, without finishing the previous job.

    I’d love to win a copy of this book. Thank you!!!

    Natalijas last blog post: Flea Market Fancy Giveaway

  • Reply Alexandra November 24, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Constructive: I’m very well organized. Something I pride myself on.

    Destructive: I’m too organized! Limits my creativity sometimes and my ability to “think outside the box”

  • Reply doreen November 24, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Constructive: Persistence, endurance, belief, excitement, ideas.
    Destructive: Not being able to hone in and focus on an area of creativity ( I have way too many interests), and creating a clear direction and plan of action. Lack of discipline (probably stemming from not having focus) and regularity.

  • Reply Nali November 24, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    constructive: when i’m on a creative high, i feel like i’m on top of the world and sometimes have a difficulty coming back down to reality.

    deconstructive: i have a hard time putting myself out there thinking that people will not understand or like what i’ve done.

    Wow, i can’t beleive i just got all that out.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Reply cindy k November 24, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    this book looks great and so helpful!. constructive = i’m not afraid to try something new and to work hard at it ; destructive = i compare myself to others and have doubts my work is good enough.

    cindy ks last blog post: park : tree huts

  • Reply Jana Souza November 24, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Hi Holly,

    I like the layout of the book and the creative easy to read casualness.

    My weaknesses are many, of which my husband and I were talking last nite. They translate greatly into my work. I used to be a CPA, albeit boring, easier for me in a way because my soul wasn’t out there for the viewing. I am now an interior designer, have been since 1998, with a brief hiatus to have two babies.

    I recently (April 2008) leased a space for a design studio/ small retail venue. I am still not officially “Open.” Why:

    I am a perfectionist
    I run out of steam to do all the details
    I do not know how to delegate
    I am someone who creates in fits and starts; the fits are delays—delays are part of my process; trying to make friends with this
    I suck at asking for help
    I am afraid of being seen
    I have a love/hate relationship with client/retail demand
    I sometimes get tapped out on working on client work and therefore neglect the sad lil studio that could;
    I am a perfectionist

    OK, enough about me, what do you think of me. It feels good to put this out there and be real—-I am quite fortunate to have a patient husband and well, my friends have quit asking, “when are you opening?”

    smile and thanks,


  • Reply Sonia November 24, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    I really hope it tells you how to juggle a full-time job and pay off all your debt while starting your creative business!

    I’ve been doing portrait and wedding photography for 5 years now (on the side) but would love to do more travel photography which I really feel is my prime creative outlet. Hopefully this can help!

    Beautiful book!

    Sonias last blog post: Supermassive Black Hole

  • Reply Kelsea November 24, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Constructive: I have SO many wonderful ideas!
    Deconstructive: I get distracted, hopping from one idea to the next, without really completing or executing any of them effectively.

  • Reply alanna November 24, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    my boyfriend and i are both engineers who have recently discovered there is little room for creativity in corporate america, especially with the stigma of an engineering degree. in school, we were told that we could do anything our heart desired with our degree. our school gave us a vast amount of freedom to be creative giving us open ended projects such as “create a robot that does something interesting for 30 seconds.”
    i don’t know how many times we’ve been told that you can’t be creative and technical… you’re either one or the other. it’s just simply not the case. all i want to do is find that place where i can be both technical and creative. does that even exist?

  • Reply Courtney November 24, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    I think the hardest part of being a creative entrepreneur is being yourself, and letting that shine through in your work. I studied as an actress in school, and I think that has helped me tremendously to be brave enough to let people see me! Because that is what they are attracted to, not some perfect plastic person. A real, excited, passionate, brilliant, sparky person, who stands behind this craft, or service. I work hard to do this, to simply be myself, and that i think is one of my constructive aspects.

    By the same token, I have a lot of fear and self doubt. I ask myself why people would want to work with me, and not an “expert.” I forget to fake it until I make it, so to speak, and on my worst days, I tell myself that I will not be able to actually make money doing what I love. Very destructive. But I am working on it.

    Thanks Holly, love your blog.

  • Reply JL Grillo November 24, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    I tend to develop a huge number of “good” ideas throughout the course of a regular day. I love to think stuff up – brainstorm new artsy things – meditate on creative thoughts! For me, its easy and it something I enjoy doing, but…

    I overwhelm very easily when it comes to acting on my ideas. I’m not saying that I have a schedule full of creative things to do 24/7! On the contrary, I’ve got regular responsibilities (walking the dogs, balancing the check-book, cooking a meal, etc.) that fill up my days and leave me with a very small amount of “creative action time”… and that freaks me out! I get scared and overwhelmed because there is “so much to do and so little time”. Panic would be a good way to describe it.

    I constantly need to remind myself to not submit to the fear of being overwhelmed. Especially when that fear kicks in before I’ve even started – which it does.

    JL Grillos last blog post: Sticky Rice #11

  • Reply s.patel November 24, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    i think my constructive characteristics are that i am willing to think outside the box and i think anything is possible. my deconstructive trait? procrastination. no. doubt.

  • Reply Fallon November 24, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Hi Holly!

    I saw your post on Friday about the upcoming give away Monday morning and I have been checking practically every 5 mins to see if you had posted the details yet :)

    I would LOVE to have this book…. and I know I would greatly benefit from it!

    In terms of my current creative process
    I have a tremendous desire to create. I love the joy that I feel when something is done. Finding inspiration is my favorite part. Passion; with everything that I do I have so much passion for it, which I think is something you need in order to be successful.
    Destructive: Fear. Fear of failing, fear that people wont understand, fear of judgment, fear of not being accepted. Also distraction… so many ideas and so little time. Lack of direction; also goes along with distraction. I have some many things I want to do and once I decided i want to do it all of my time and energy goes into it yet I lose focus quickly as something new comes along.

    I really hope I will a copy of this book. You know 5 is one of my lucky numbers *fingers crossed* :)

    Fallons last blog post: Bar(ac)k 4 Obama!

  • Reply Hita November 24, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    I think this is just the book I need to give me a push in the direction I am trying to go!!
    Constructive aspects: I have a ton of ideas I am organizing quite well; and have worked out many of the details of actually making/presenting my ideas; I can’t wait to put these ideas/projects out there.
    destructive aspects: I have a ton of ideas; and get completely overwhelmed when it comes to actually implementing them!! also, I tend to get quite critical of my ideas; and then lose momentum.

  • Reply darah November 24, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    This is the first I’ve heard of this book and it looks fantastic!
    The constructive part is that I’m kind of willing to try making almost anything and make it my own. And that I can get inspiration almost anywhere.
    My most destructive aspect is about difficulty balancing. I find that I’ll read a bunch and get a ton of ideas, but forget to let them out. Or I’ll just create and create and find that I’m running on empty. I have a hard time making my input and output equal. Both things feed my soul and my work is better when I am mindful of doing both!

    darahs last blog post: ISO…

  • Reply Julie Mack November 24, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    My constructive characteristics are the fact that I love to do pretty much anything creative & am a quick learner as far as new skills are concerned. My main destructive characteristic is being unable to focus. I like to do too many different types of things and have difficulty focusing in on one single endeavor which I believe to be my downfall.

    Getting this book would not possible come at a better time. I just got laid off at a job I hated and really need to push to pursue my own creative business.

  • Reply hannah November 24, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    great giveaway!

    constructive: the desire to express my personality in my work… i find my best ideas come when i am not trying to fit into the current trends.

    deconstructive: i am constantly being distracted by new things which sometimes prohibits me from finishing current projects.

  • Reply Alicia November 24, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    The constructive aspects of my personality are that I’m extremely organized and driven, and I always follow through on my plans. However, the most destructive aspect is that I sometimes lack confidence to start working on my plans, and I let myself get overwhelmed before I even begin!

  • Reply Renata November 24, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    What are some constructive AND destructive aspects of your personality that are directly influencing your creative process currently?

    Wow Holly. I guess a lot of people want that book.

    As I am in the process of opening a retail (brick n mortar) boutique in the next six months, this would be a great asset for a DIY like me.

    Constructive: Personally coming from the Caribbean it?s really easy for me to use color and nature as part of my creative process. This may not be true but I think its helpful having a diverse worldviews, this I believes make me flexible to some degree. Motivation can be always found in me as I?ve been working on my business idea for almost two years now. I?ve been rejected by banks but that won?t make me stop, perseverance is my biggest asset along with my husband and kids.

    Destructive: I truly feel that being conservative in my views has hindered my creativity. Also adapting to new situations, I?m a bit stubborn and love sticking to my guns. Figuring out how to be confident in my skin while keeping communication open with others who may oppose my style; has proven to be a difficult task. This can be the hardest part when dealing with professionals, I really want to have some tips to try it on my own before working with them.

    That?s my 2cents and best of luck to you all.

  • Reply Laura November 24, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Constructive: I am bold, and I think that translates into my design!
    Destructive: I get stuck in ruts, and once I’ve found things that I like, I have to work very consciously to only use them sparingly!

  • Reply Paige November 24, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    As a writer/graphic designer and a marketing analyst, I face the daily battle of being an artist and being a businesswoman.

    Part of me wants to step outside the box and experiment with ideas. Let’s get a bit fancy with our language. Let’s change our image up so that we REALLY stand out.

    Then the other part of me wants to stay safe. This is what research says. This is what works.

    This battle of the sides of the brain often leaves me creatively drained, and this book would be a perfect solution!

    Thanks for your great blog- I think I’ve starred 90% of your posts in my Google Reader!

  • Reply kaitlyn November 24, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Thank you for featuring this book.. i’ve actually been looking for something like this lately..

    constructively, i think i have the willpower to work in a creative field
    destructively, i need a push or a small glimmer somewhere to really get my wheels rolling

    i want to be involved in a creative field, where i can spread my toes a bit (wings later, once i get off the ground a bit, toes to start!)
    i recently graduated from art school, and to pay off the bills i’ve been working hard in a ‘real’ job, but i need to do more, and it’s got to be the kind of position i can be passionate about and am excited for every day. i want colors and visual stimuli and beauty. everyday. and i find that in the little things in life, but i want to have that where i work as well. i’d love to work in the visual department of a magazine or catalog, but with the job market how it is right now, it’s hard to find anywhere that’s looking to take anyone new on, when they’re trying to so hard just to hold on to those they can.

    this became a ramble, but the thoughts are pouring out.

    i could elaborate more, but i’ll keep it at that.

    thanks again for this great giveaway and for covering these topics, along with the visual goodies you have here, this is a great addition, and covering ALL topics of design and creativity and art and passion are what make me keep reading!!

    keep up the great work!

    kaitlyns last blog post:

  • Reply Its_Lily November 24, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    I see it, I feel it, I can taste it, but I often don’t know how to apply those to the finished product. Perhaps that’s a lack of experience. If I see the finished product I can look at it and figure it out – sometimes improving the product, but I struggle with visualizing how components go together unless I see the finished product.

    Its_Lilys last blog post: I could live in a house like this.

  • Reply Melissa A November 24, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    This book looks like it would get me motivated.

    One thing both my son and I did recently to motivate ourselves was to do a project from the Chicken Soup for the Soul for the Highschool classroom. The name of the story was “Glenna’s goal book”. The principal from the story is Imagination mixed with Vividness becomes Reality.
    The project is to write down 3 goals, Short term, Mid term and Long term and cut out pics from magazines to represent these goals. By cutting out pictures that represent your wishes, you are creating a space in your brain that sees these dreams as real possibilities. The act of repeatedly viewing the pictures helps to add the emotional, feeling-desire component, as well as to regularly reinforce your dream. It is also a reminder to put some action behind it. We hope that by doing this that our goals can really be accomplished.

    I’d say my constructive aspects are to not give up even if it takes alot of time and time goes slow. Always trying to keep my goals in my mind and knowing what my passions are. My destructive aspects of reaching my goals are procrastination and not having confidence that I could be something that I ususually only dream about.

  • Reply Celia November 24, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Wow, this book could definitely help me answer some of the questions I’ve been asking myself lately!
    Constructive aspects include my tendency to dream big, while the main deconstructive aspect has to be procrastination. I mean, I can really procrastinate! If only I could find a way to turn that into a CONSTRUCTIVE focus, then I’d be alright!

  • Reply Kate November 24, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Wow-does this come at a good time for me. A masters degree in fine arts, followed by 10 years in graphic design, followed by 12 years as a freelancer and stay at home mom, I come to the year my youngest is in school all day (wow) and really need some good ideas for kick starting a new era in my life.

  • Reply Lyanna November 24, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Hi! I would love to win a copy of this book it looks like something I would love to add to my book collection.

    I think that most constructive thing I’ve got going for me right now is my ability to focus on a task…once I get my idea in my head I want to work on it for hours on end ’til it is finished. I think that this is good because it allows me to focus without wasting time and I can get a lot of things accomplished under pressure. My most deconstructive thing is by far my perfectionism. I always end up with a different idea in my head then what is ultimately produced. I also always end up procrastinating which stresses me out even more.

    I’ll cross my fingers that this will be my first thing I will have won on a giveaway =)

  • Reply Claire T. November 24, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    What a great giveaway! Thanks!

    As a writer (with not nearly the level of success I would like to achieve yet) I am often struggling creatively and am glad to hear that others are as well–misery loves company!

    Constructively, my ability to think quickly and connect many imaginative elements or scenes together in my head is fantastic for formulated stories.

    Destructively, my constant second-guessing of my initial instincts and ideas really prohibits me from completing stories or projects. I never trust that what I’ve created is actually good. I’m too tough in terms of personal critique.

    Thanks for providing a forum to vent that!

  • Reply meowsk November 24, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    This book looks like a designers dream!

    Constructively I see myself as a creative person that can offer a different perspective to the world through my creativity. I have a natural sense of style that translates into my designs and allows me to draw inspiration from the visuals that surround me.

    On the deconstructive side I sometimes lack confidence in my creative ability and because of that don’t pursue all of the opportunities that I am capable of. Mix that with a little ADD and the result is a lot of ideas tin my head that have not yet been executed.

  • Reply oolong November 24, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Interesting book. And that chapter The Art of Strategy: Thonking like a CEO would help me a lot with staying focused and raising slf esteem. I realy need that. I am my own boss, but sometimes my fear that I don’t do good enough wins.

    BTW: What happened with your german bedroom? Did I miss the post?

  • Reply Alpha Shanahan November 24, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Just the book i need! At the moment, i am experiencing some friction between my creative flow of energy and the demands of running the business side of things. I realize i need to have a timetable so i could get things done. I am a procrastinator, so this tool is very necessary for me! And there are two timetables. One for when to draw and paint (creating), and one for doing inventory, listing online, responding to orders, mailing out, etc.
    But there is ONE OTHER TIMETABLE that rules these two. My timetable for my family. As a stay-at-home hands-on mom, i know time with my family cannot be compromised. Another weakness is my tendency to do it all by myself. :) So, delegation is the key. My husband is mostly willing to do the mailing out of orders for me…. if i only ask…

    Alpha Shanahans last blog post:

  • Reply Paige P. November 24, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    While my enthusiasm for nearly every aspect of design may be constructive, I have also found it to be a bit destructive because I have a hard time finding focus. I want to do EVERYTHING! But I need to learn that “everything” might not be possible… I need help narrowing down what direction to go in!

  • Reply Rafaela Pinto November 24, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    the more descontructive aspect in me is that i always start different types of things but rarely finish, and i know, this is normal but i really freaking out with this! is boring cant get results. other desconstructive is that i always talk (and start talk) about the bad side of my creations and, unfortunately, is a natural thing.
    ok, now lets talk about the constructive things! i’m always trying to do something creative or constructive in some aspect. when i said “always” is true, because lately i’m really anxiously for grow up, and maybe is for that reason that i start million of things but can’t finish them. and I know that I am a creative person but sometimes I feel paralyzed by not finish my projects.
    when I started to write that I did not realize would end in a loop :( Perhaps this book helps me better organize.

    and sorry for the bad english :P I tried to express myself the best I could.

    Rafaela Pintos last blog post: recoleta

  • Reply jamie November 24, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Holly, I’d love to have a copy of this book. I’m currently struggling with being creative but “working for the man”. I really want to launch my own line of textiles and paintings.

    I’m constructive in that I am highly creative and work very well by myself on tasks I’m excited about. I’m deconstructive to myself in that I’m not confident in selling to others. (I discount my worth.)

    Thanks for letting me enter the contest!

    jamies last blog post: Love Sticks

  • Reply cari November 24, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Constructive: I’m a collector. I have so many items at hand when I AM in the mood to make things.

    Destructive: Procrastination. I have so many projects in mind that I become overwhelmed and fail to start most of them.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    caris last blog post: November 17

  • Reply Jenny November 24, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Oh fun, a contest.

    Constructive: I’m a believer. I think every idea sounds great at first, so I’m always open to new projects and willing to give something a try.

    Destructive: The loans I took out for school. They make it hard for me to squeeze in creative projects because I have to work a lot. I’m hoping to transition to more creative work. This book would be great inspiration.

  • Reply Helen X. November 24, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Creative ideas come to me at completely random times. It’s great, but it’s also results in the point listed under “Destructive”….

    I’m easily side tracked by thoughts that’s unrelated to what I’m currently doing. This slows me down at completing the task at hand. =(

    It is great to realize that the two sides are connected, hopefully I’ll be able to work on prioritizing things so I can obtain what’s truly important to me in the long run!

  • Reply LeeAnn November 24, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    This book looks so facinating! If I don’t win it here, I’ll be sure to look at a copy next time I’m at the book store! My personality- I’m highly organized. The con- I have a hard time being flexible. I always need a plan!

    LeeAnns last blog post: Etsy on the brain.

  • Reply Gina November 24, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    I would love to win!

    I am always finding ways of being inspired. I love reading other artist blogs and my mind is always turning with ideas. I dabble in different sorts of things and I am always looking for new things to create!

    Because of my excessive dabbling, I am all over the place sometimes with my ideas. I am also worried if my work is good enough and I am a perfectionist. I have specific goals for myself and I work very hard to meet them.

  • Reply Kelly E. November 24, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Oooh I would love a copy of this book!

    I think my destructive aspect is that I sometimes operate out of fear, which makes me procrastinate which makes me more scared!

    My constructive aspect is my love for the visual world. I love to create and see beauty so I’m never at a loss for ideas.

  • Reply Lisa November 24, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    We each have wonderful, unique ideas; ideas that we become passionate about, attached to and committed to seeing successful (constructive). However, it’s finding the faith to fully believe in your pursuit; the faith in yourself that the investment of your time, talent and treasure will be worth all the sacrifices to your career, friends and family.

  • Reply Jenn November 24, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Constructive: I really appreciate the small things in life, so the big things tend to not get me down as much. I also really feel that I have true passion for my creative expression, which is so important when you’re planning on making it your career.
    Destructive: Following through. I think up tons of great ideas, but as soon as I hit a small roadblock (or if I’m just feeling lazy) then I don’t tend to follow through. Procrastination is also a big one!

  • Reply Anna November 24, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    I think ‘inertia’ pretty much sums up both the constructive and destructive aspects of my personality. It’s great, because when I get in the zone, I can work and work and work until I’ve finished a project (or five), and I feel great. But on the other hand, it sometimes takes me forEVER just to get going. The thought of going through all the steps of a project deter me from even starting.

  • Reply Natasha Chiaviello November 24, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Constructive aspects:
    I love to create jewelry and love to play around and try new things.
    Destructive aspects:
    I have a hard time learning to charge enough for my work and for spending the time to figure out the best way to sell myself and get me name out there.

    Natasha Chiaviellos last blog post: Beautiful Brooch Bracelet for Jen

  • Reply Ali November 24, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    What a beautiful book! I feel that, in this economy and these stretched times, that beauty is something even more cherished. This would be such a day brightener, it seems!

    Constructive: I have really grand, big picture ideas. I have a lot of creativity and desire to grow in it.

    Destructive: I feel that I lack time, patience, and confidence. I also feel my brain being squashed by an at-my-desk 9-5 job!

  • Reply Shannon November 24, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    I’m so glad to learn about this book. I’ve had a couple not so successful creative ventures in the past, but now that I’m a mother of two the desire to work from home is really compelling me to try again. The trouble is I have so many ideas that I find it hard to focus. I’m not sure if its a lack of focus that begets so many ideas or too many ideas making it difficult to focus. Either way, I could really use some guidance in this area. “What to do when you don’t know what to do” sounds promising. I’m going to read it right now. Thanks for the push.

  • Reply Rita Vindedzis November 24, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    This book looks amazing Holly. Thanks for this opportunity to win one!!
    Constructive-I’m an organized person.
    Deconstructive-There’s so much I want to do that I can feel overwhelmed and un-focused at times.

    Rita Vindedziss last blog post: TGIF and Two More in the Series.

  • Reply Joanna November 24, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Constructive – pushing myself creatively. Destructive – losing track of everything else in the push to be creative. A creative mess sort of qualifies as both, too, as it’s a great way to stir up inspiration but it’s also…well, messy!
    That book looks really cool!

  • Reply Mi-Yan November 24, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    I think my contructive characteristics are my eye’s I’m a film student so I have a way of looking at things and examing them to see how one may interpet certain images. My deconstructive trait is that I have too many ideas that I want to work on.

  • Reply courtney November 24, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    What are some constructive AND destructive aspects of your personality that are directly influencing your creative process currently?

    Wow, what a great prize!

    I would say my constructive traits are that I have a very creative personality, I am always thinking about design and new ways to approach things. I would say that a destructive attribute I have is that I have a tendency to procrastinate… This leads me into a rush mode a lot and hinders my creativity!

  • Reply Kaci November 24, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    First of all, thank you so much for this giveaway! I can tell it’s going to be a must-have on my shelf!

    My constructive characteristics would be that I have a wide range of interests and skills that I can pull from. I have so many projects I’d love to take somewhere…

    My destructive is a combination… one feeding off the other. Not only do I procrastinate like it’s goin’ outta style, but I also suffer from some serious self-doubt. Because of my self-doubt, I procrastinate all these fabulous projects that I want to do…

    Hope Ms. Bean has some suggestions on that! :)

    Kacis last blog post: What to expect at a Level 1 Krav Maga class

  • Reply * TONYA * November 24, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Constructive: My ability to come up with an idea and run with it before I change my mind or have self doubts. My love for the few readers I have who leave positive comments and inspire me to keep going. My ability to keep trying and not giving up.

    Destructive: My lack of faith in myself. If I don’t do things immediately I doubt my abilities. I doubt that people will like what I have to offer. I spend way too much time pouring over creative blogs and wishing that I had half the creativity that these wonderful people do.

    * TONYA *s last blog post: The red book

  • Reply Diana November 24, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Holly,

    Thanks for the chance of entering your giveaway. The book looks fabulous.

    My constructive traits: abundant ideas and inspiration. I’m always trying out new things.
    My destructive traits: lack of follow-through. I run out of steam easily and am lousy at selling myself.

    Thank you!

    Dianas last blog post: Surprise!

  • Reply kristen k. November 24, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    great idea, and great springboard for thoughts on oneself and the creative journey.

    constructively speaking, if the environment is right, i have the ability to become engrossed in a project for hours. once i start, i want to finish in the same sitting! i have intricate systems for categorizing and collating things i come across, whether it’s inspiring advertisements, old letters, or photographs. i’m orderly and this helps when it comes to starting and maintaining projects. i’m also ALWAYS looking for inspiration in all forms, so there’s always a lot bouncing around in my head!

    on the other hand, because i often want a big chunk of time to be creative, and those big chunks are few and far between, i tend to psych myself out when it comes to sitting down and being creative. if i don’t feel like i have time, i won’t do it. i assume that i couldn’t do something in a lesser amount of time, so i end up forfeiting the opportunity altogether. and my orderly mind serves me well sometimes, but other times i think too hard about things and get stuck in the theoreticals of a project instead of just jumping in.

    no matter what my neuroses are, it’s amazing to me that whenever i DO sit down (even if it’s just for a few minutes) and do something beautiful and creative, it does so much good for my soul. it allows my constructive qualities to shine and decompresses the destructive ones, assuring me that i don’t need 7 hours or mountains of thoughts to create something special.

  • Reply Stratos November 24, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Constructive: getting inspired by all sorts of things, even the most seemingly irrelevant ones.
    Destructive: Losing interest too soon if there is not the challenge to keep ii going; procrastinating.

    Stratoss last blog post: Muzine One Year Birthday Party in Thessaloniki

  • Reply Cosette Delpech November 24, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    i really need this book!

    i think that i can do everything
    i think that i can do everything

    Cosette Delpechs last blog post: ya siento el espiritu

  • Reply Allison November 24, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    ?What are some constructive AND destructive aspects of your personality that are directly influencing your creative process currently??

    The constructive aspects of my personality that are directly influencing my creative process currently is that I have lot of great ideas .

    The destructive aspects of my personality that are directly influencing my creative process currently is that I have a short attention span and often start things that I do not finish.

  • Reply Sarah November 24, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    My biggest problem is that I know what I love and am interested in but don’t know how to incorporate that into a career. This book would be oh so helpful! Thanks!

    Sarahs last blog post: Labels

  • Reply Melanie November 24, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    What a gorgeous book – combining beauty and creativity with a real sense of organization and strategy. Something I strive to do…but as we all know, it is hard to find enough hours in a day for dreams (and standards) that sometimes seem impossibly large (bittersweet indeed!).

    Constructive: I am a perfectionist, I am holistic thinker who loves to connect ideas and projects, I am idea factory, I love imagining and visioning, I love planning and lists, I enjoy finding ways to work collaboratively, I am inspired by little things everyday (through my own seeking or mere noticing)

    Destructive: I am often paralyzed because I want the outcome to be perfect, I spend a lot of time planning, prepping and collecting, I often am distracted by multiple ideas and passions, I don’t want to settle

    But I find more and more everyday that I am “just doing it” and diving in…. I am loving the continued pursuit of reconciling the right and left sides of my brain to live a creative life every day.

  • Reply Briar November 24, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    constructive: I have a lot of hope, and I can see things very clearly early on in my process. I love trying new things.

    destructive: no follow-through. Sometimes when I try new things, if I’m not great at them from moment one, I lose heart. I’m also cripplingly shy.

  • Reply amanda November 24, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    I am going to open a furniture and home accessories shop in my small town in about two months. I am totally excited because it is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I got a wonderful opportunity. I am actually buying vintage furniture and reupholstering and repainting all of it as well as sewing pillows and creating other pieces to sell. I have a lot of ideas and a big vision of what I want to do and what I want the shop to become but I am by nature a bit lazy and a major procrastinator. Anything that I can get my hands on to boost my motivation is a welcomed blessing!

  • Reply Jennifer November 24, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Hey, Holly! Great idea – the book looks rocking, and what a great present it would make!

    Personality … that’s a hard question! I guess constructively speaking, curiosity is my great asset. Getting ‘distracted’ by interesting sidenotes definitely influences me quite a lot, and gives me a much broader picture in retrospect. Destructive … probably here at present is mostly getting discouraged due to economics or overall money situations. It’s easy to ogle gorgeous designs, but whilst pinching pennies, I get discouraged pretty fast. Too fast, probably.

  • Reply Shelliecake November 24, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    I spent a full two days last week making a birthday/going away/christmas present for my dearest friend. I wanted it to be special but I also had an amazing time doing it. I made a journal, an address book, a monogrammed wine glass, and jar of bath salts. They turned out better than I could have anticipated and I recieved a lot of compliments on them. I think this book is just what I need to help me jump start my own creative business. I have been anxious to start a blog and an etsy site but haven’t really felt confident in what I’m doing.

    So I guess to summarize my constructive traits: having lots of creative energy and ideas, and the patience to try something twice if it doesn’t work the first go round.
    My destructive traits: Procrastination and being very self critical.

    Anyhoodle – thanks for the chance to win the book. I’m going to add it to my personal wish list too!


  • Reply mika November 24, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Constructiv: A couple of month ago I startet with decoupage and at the same time to blog about it. Blogging requires discipline! Even creativy should be planned :) It moves me to discover new ideas, to create new things, and… i love to write storrys. I’m happy to have a blog platform, to share my writing and my crafts for my readers. I have already readers, who are inspired by my blog :) I really like that.
    Destructiv: sometimes I wish to have more courage to try some new techniques, o just to implement some crazy ideas. I feel I could do more, than I have done yet!

  • Reply jen November 24, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Constructive – I am very detailed oriented
    Destructive – I over-think things way to much and sometimes just need to do something ….

    jens last blog post: Items

  • Reply Anne-Julie November 24, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    This book looks amazing, and must be a great reading for any creative entrepreneur!

    As for your question, I would say that I love and deeply need to create. I like to try my hands at new mediums everyday, that means I’m working 7 days a week. My passion is my job, or my job is my passion. Plus the comments I get everyday on my blog give me a lot of courage.

    My destructive aspects are that I am passionate, probably too much, and I most of the time forget to come back to the real world.. My family say that I work too much, and I don’t take enough rest. I am also a melancholic girl, so my mood can change easily from a day to another.

    Thank you Holly!

  • Reply Kristan November 24, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks for this opportunity!

    Constructive aspects: Passion. Determination. Open-mindedness. I love all things creative, and I think it’s very valuable to look at other mediums or genres to see what you can take into your work to make it more original. I was also the kid who ate Lunchables every day a week for seven years in a row, meaning I can STICK with something. I think you gotta be able to ride the highs and the lows to stay in a creative field, because it’s not all muses and accolades.

    Destructive aspects: I’m easily distracted, and I like crossing things off a list for a sense of accomplishment. These two things combined turn into productive procrastination: I will wash dishes, or do laundry, or clean the house, rather than work on my project, simply because these little tasks are more easily and quickly finished. This is something I’m still struggling to overcome.

    Kristans last blog post: I?ve been rapping for about seventeen years okay

  • Reply *angela* November 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Wow! This book is a dream come true. Thank you for the giveaway!!

    Constructive: I have a lot of ideas and interests and get inspired very easily. I’m also pretty good at doing the necessary research and enjoy the process.

    Destructive: I tend to question myself and my ideas and feel like I shouldn’t move forward until they’re perfect. I’ll spend weeks talking about an idea and mulling it over when I probably should just move forward and trust myself : )

    *angela*s last blog post: hello Pictureline!

  • Reply alex November 24, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I asked my boyfriend what he thought my constructive and destructive traits are. He said obsessive-compulsive and then kindly downgraded that to perfectionist. :)

    I have to agree with him – I am a perfectionist. It does mean that the things I produce are of a really high standard, but it can take longer – not necessarily recoupable (is that a word?) in a financial sense. So I guess that trait is a bit good and a little bad. Having said that, once I prefect a technique, I’m great at applying a ‘production line’ way of thinking to get things happening.

    On a positive, I’m confident to try new things and teach myself new skills (ceramic decals being the latest).

    On a negative, whilst I’m very level headed and quite money savvy in everyday life, I struggle with understanding how to turn my great ideas into money earners. Pricing is particularly tricky!

    (and engineer alanna, i’m an engineering design drafter, and I think it’s definitely possible to meld the creative with the technical (in fact, I think it’s essential!) – if its not, I’m in real trouble!)

    the book looks brilliant so fingers crossed!
    thank you.

    alexs last blog post: the post age comes to an end….

  • Reply Concha November 24, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Well, this os an interesting challenge…

    I think I’m a very motivated person when I love something, but it’s hard for me to stay focused… I tend to do a little of many things in a single day!

    This book could be very helpful!

    Conchas last blog post: Shop update

  • Reply valerie November 24, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Right now I’m happily amazed to find inspiration in anything that surrounds me… I mean really! and I’m so thankful about it, I believe I finally opened those eyes that can catch glimpse of beauty everywhere.
    As I can put what touches me in creative expression I feel myself darkened by thinking about how to put those creations out there… With questions such as a blog or not? How to take magazine like pictures? How does paypal works? I believe I should just jump in, right! ;-)
    Thank you, Holly, for this reflection opportunity, for offering this awesome book and for your blog, so inspiring….


  • Reply Deana November 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Gorgeous book! I LOVE that it looks like an art journal! Inspires me to go CREATE something! :-)

    Constructive: Extremely organized, very creative, very disciplined

    Destructive: Busy being a MOM & trying to do EVERYTHING… kind of a control freak & perfectionist.

    Deanas last blog post: N-n-now that that don’t kill me… can only make me stronger…

  • Reply elle November 24, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    The book would be a gift for someone – so I’m going to list their constructive/destructive traits.

    Constructive: Attention to detail – thoughtfulness into projects.

    Destructive: Can get freaked out about taking to big of a step forward… which only holds him back.

  • Reply rowena November 24, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    OMG, how I would love and need this book as I am teetering on the bring of creative businessing. And spelling.

    Positively influencing my creativity is my belief that I can do it, my ability to shut off the internal editor, and my sticktoitiveness.

    Negatively influencing? Sometimes I get distracted by too many projects and great ideas… which keeps me from taking the constructive path and actually achieving. My babysteps tend to get itsybitsy teenytiny and turn into procrastination.

    rowenas last blog post: The Past, or She Who Does Not Face What Is

  • Reply Emily S November 24, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Constructive – I think i’m very talented, creative, and have a good eye for design

    Destructive – I’m kinda lazy and it takes me forever to get around to completing anything.

  • Reply posh November 24, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    want the book! desperately. want. it.

    constructive traits: im very creative, imaginative, im always on the lookout for the new, inspiring and love to make things with a wow factor.

    destructive traits: IM A PROSCRASTINATOR.

  • Reply Kristen November 24, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    what a fabulous book!!! Just the inspiration I may need to make the leap. The planner in me always needs to know exactly what expect and it looks like this book will give some insight to that. cross my fingers i win! I need it :)

    Kristens last blog post: K is for….

  • Reply Art of Dealing November 24, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    The timing of this post is perfect, and the subject of that book looks to be exactly what I need right now. I recently quit my high paying, high stress, corporate job and traded it in for part time work at my local library. Over the past few months I have had to do some really deep soul searching to figure out what it is I really want out of life. I’ve been asking myself scary questions and have allowed myself not to edit my answers or try to logically dissuade myself from the one simple truth: I was not happy or content with what I was doing, or with how much time and effort I was putting into it. If I were to continue along the path that I was on I would be living a lie. I would have tried to convince myself that this is what I really wanted, I would have been lying to others when I said that I was happy and content. I would have smothered the real me – and to what end? So I quit (although nothing really is that simple, is it?). And still, I am searching.

    I feel like I’ve been searching for the right fit my entire life. Over these past few months, along with the tremendous support of my husband I was able to gather up enough courage to at least try to accomplish what my heart has been screaming at me to be doing.

    So I would say that one of the constructive aspects of my personality is my clawing need to do what is right for me, right now.

    The destructive aspects (and there are many) of my personality would be the wake-you-up-in the middle of the night-sweating fear. The self doubts. The trying to please all the people around me who I love, when I know full well some of them are thinking that I have made a mistake. The worry about letting people down. Of failing.

    When it all gets to overwhelming I just have to say to myself: STOP! and force myself to just get on with it. To just DO it. So right now, I am just doing it.

    …It seems silly to post this comment, since its full of subjects that I should be letting out in therapy and not online in order to try to win what looks to be an awesome book. But again, as an exercise in overriding my fears, here I am, hitting the “Submit Comment Button.”

  • Reply dagmara November 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Constructive: ability to dream big; Deconstructive: self-doubt, FT gig


  • Reply maryse November 24, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Hi! Thanks for hosting this contest! This books seems to uses some techniques I’m currently learning in a creative writing workshop (“How to Think Sideways”, by Holly Lisle… a really great online workshop). Anyway, I think my most constructive/destructive trait is my interest for absolutely everything. I want to start selling my own jewelry line just as much as I would like to sell stock photography and finish to write my damn first novel. This make for a busy and sometime frustrating life… But it’s exciting as well :D

    maryses last blog post: Des cadeaux faits ? la main, ?dition 2008

  • Reply Susan T November 24, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    I’d love to win a copy and be able to thumb thru it at leisure and see just exactly “where” i’m lacking! I’m a graphic designer by trade so my Constructive is an ability to take an idea from conception to finished project in a timely and cost effective way. I have no problem taking an idea and running amok with it!
    Destructive is that by the time i get off work and get home i just want to collapse on the couch, cuddle the cats and read a book or watch the boob-tube for a few hours then go to bed. I keep telling myself that i’ll do something as soon as i get my studio organized, (yeah right). When it comes to doing something creative for MYSELF i’m a master procrastinator!!!!

  • Reply Lauren Corbyn November 24, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    The D-List
    Major lack of confidence which propels lack of follow through.
    Lack of formal education in my newfound career of design/entrepreneurship.

    Constructive List
    Great instincts in design.
    Lots of ideas.
    Desire to bring other creatives together–to learn together.
    Love of learning.
    Unique perspective in the midst of lots of tradition.

  • Reply Anneke November 24, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    I am so glad there are blogs and books out there to help all of us looking for a little guidance and some answers, because things can be overwhelming when you’re starting out!

    The constructive parts of my personality include friendliness and an attention to detail and presentation that make me pretty confident I’ll provide a pleasant customer experience. I have a style, and I’m not likely to get pushed away from it by anyone else, and that’s also a good thing.

    On the other hand, I also like to get things right, and know I’ve got it all covered. This has me taking on more than I should or has me feeling like it’s all too much to figure out (the legal aspects, for example) — luckily I have support around me that reality checks me occasionally. Learning to ask for help — and learning when to ignore it — seems to be what I’m working on!

    We’re all going to make mistakes, and that’s all right, but it feels more all right when we can avoid a few because there are others blazing the path and sharing their knowledge!

  • Reply lindsay November 24, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Boy do I need this book…

    Constructive traits: Highly organized, willing to try new things, committed to my art.

    Destructive traits: I have a restless mind…I would love to be doing 20 projects at once, in all different mediums. This hinders my focus.

    Poor time management. As a work-at-home mom, sometimes I just can’t work with the kids around and I just despise staying up until 2am to find the time…

    lindsays last blog post: Staying cozy, of course…

  • Reply Rachel November 24, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Constructive- I have a good eye for design and I really enjoy creating something new.

    Destructive- I get inspired to try lots of projects but have difficulty following through. I also have trouble budgeting for supplies. I end up paying too much for convenience.

  • Reply Julia November 24, 2008 at 3:05 pm


    The constructive bit is that I know I’m more than a little obsessive compulsive. It’s worked very well for me when I’ve been making things like beach bags and girls dresses which I’ve sold in store in South Florida. I know I wouldn’t have gotten the owners to believe in me if the items weren’t so well made. They were well made because I could sit and make a hundred of them over and over. Only someone with heaping amounts of OCD could do something so mind-numbingly boring.

    The destructive part of my personality that I think affects my personality is that deep down I worry that I’m a quitter. I’ve started and stopped a lot of ventures because I didn’t get the kind of success I’d hoped for.

    Wow, what a lot of self examination on a Monday.

  • Reply pam t. November 24, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    constructive – if i put my mind to do something, i make sure it’s done well

    destructive – i tend to make excuses not to get started on a project.

    pam t.s last blog post: a little purse i just want to own

  • Reply sue November 24, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    What a wondrous wee publication! These colourful pages look like the inside of my head…only much more, well, orderly! Oh what to do when your head can’t agree with itself…i’ve written so many lists of things i could, should, would if i only could, do…now if only i could remember where i put that list! Such a curious thing is our wee brain…at times the thoughts are so multitudinous they scramble for space amongst the grey matter! But just when i’m feeling down about it all i remind myself “at least i have ideas”…if only i could learn how to make them play nicely with eachother!

  • Reply jaana November 24, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Constructive: Organized & skilled

    Destructive: Lack of confidence -> procrastination -> frustration

  • Reply kayte November 24, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    i would love to win this book!
    it’s funny, i think my constructive habits are similar to/ or lead to some destructive habits.

    for instance: i am really good at multi-tasking and usually have a very long to do list every day. on the other hand, sometimes i have a hard time concentrating on one thing and finishing a project before i start on another one.

    another one: i am a total workaholic and have been known to work all through the day and night and on weekend. this causes me to burn-out quicker. sometimes i get a short fuse and i’m grumpy because i don’t take enough time off to relax.

    The most important part of being an entrepreneur is understanding these habits. Bad habits can easily become good ones and vice versa. The key to being successful is to learn balance.

  • Reply Sarah November 24, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    This book looks phenomenal and I really hope Christmas comes early for me and I win one!

    Constructive aspects of my personality that influence my creativity – I am very good at trying to deconstruct ideas into reality – I am a great planner of projects

    Destructive – my impatience withthe project not being perfect and exactly as I planned.

  • Reply Dominique November 24, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Constructive: I have loooooots of ideas
    Destructive: I don’t believe in myself enough, I always fear I will bother people…
    Need the book badly!

  • Reply Sarah C November 24, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Destructive: seeing as i’m more of a left brainer, being creative has always been difficult for me because i’m always looking for a right or wrong, an absolute answer, when in actuality this a realm of things that there is no right or wrong, its simply what you like. so i’m working on this.

    Constructive: i am detailed oriented and a diligent worker, i love to follow things through.

  • Reply Melissa November 24, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Unfortunately, I think I?m more destructive than constructive.

    My things always seem to be disorganized and a mess, which makes it hard me to work. I clean and then make a mess and it?s an on-going process.

    I can be a bit tough on myself. I often compare myself to others and then feel like my work isn?t good enough. This is really bad, I know.

    My brain is always on over-drive coming up with new ideas that my body just can?t keep up with.

    I can lose focus.


    I?ve started creating lists that help me sort out my new ideas and daily projects.

    My husband always tells me to stop talking about it and just do it. So I?m just going for it.

    I get very excited about what I do and my new ideas. This helps me to move forward.

    The book looks fantastic and I can?t wait to read it!

    Melissas last blog post: Pink & Green Tags

  • Reply Malinda November 24, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    constructive – I love to make things and am always coming up with new ways to make them.
    destructive – I don’t take critique well (read that as “I get really upset and could start crying”) unless I show and discuss with someone I trust first. Let’s just say art school was hard for me.

  • Reply Emily Anne (Art-n-Sewl) November 24, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Oooh- I would love to win that book.

    Constructive- I *think* I am very creative
    Destructive- I doubt myself soooo much.

    Emily Anne (Art-n-Sewl)s last blog post: For the love of…

  • Reply kelly jo November 24, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    What are some constructive AND destructive aspects of your personality that are directly influencing your creative process currently?

    constructive aspects of my personality that influence my creative process: as an american, i always enjoy even the hardest parts of living somewhere else that i call ‘home’, from refugee camps to small towns and big cities in africa. i am really good at putting different parts of my life together with the resources around to get creative in a totally new focus.

    destructive aspects of my personality that influence my creative process: i can become really involved with my creative work, so that if something doesn’t turn out right it can feel so horrible i want to give up… (but don’t).

    kelly jos last blog post: Lamu, Kenya: House & Garden Enchants

  • Reply laura November 24, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    destructive: i’m quick to jump…i didn’t even finish reading the instructions before i jumped down to the comments!

    constructive: very vivid imagination.

  • Reply colene November 24, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    What a great topic!

    Constructive: Surrounding myself with inspiration in the form of books, blogs (like this!), creative types. It’s great to be saturated with so much imagination!

    Destructive: Not giving myself the amount of time that my creativity deserves. there always seems to be more important things to do. It’s easy for this to slide to the back burner.

    colenes last blog post: Frame Sale

  • Reply Jersey Girl in DC November 24, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    I love this!

    Constructive: my desire to create beautiful photographs. I see colors that pop or something that is just calling for a photo to be taken and I need to snap its picture. I’m motivated to become a better photographer and so eager to learn more as I find that its becoming my passion.

    Destructive: my inner ADD seems to prevent me from completing one project before moving on to another and another and another and then before I know it, I have a big ol’ mess of unfinished projects. It’s incredibly frustrating to me – and to my husband who lives amongst my creative chaos.

    Jersey Girl in DCs last blog post: GIVING: More Giveaway Fun!

  • Reply Wendy D November 24, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Constructive: I can think abstractly and when I find myself being over-critical. I like to go abstract with a piece or two and work out the old right brain. Then I can continue on with my current project.

    Destructive: I have children and a great husband and struggle with guilt when I’m hit with the creative urge. I want to hole up in my studio and photograph instead of tend to my family duties….

    Wendy Ds last blog post: Blueberry dish Vertical 7×5

  • Reply kyla November 24, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Looks like a very cool book– would love to read it.

    the good: can be creative when I am living in the moment, as well as inspired.
    the not-so-good: stress and worry can bog me down and prevent the good from happening. also a tendancy to get disorganized when I am very busy.

  • Reply Anke November 24, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    …this book looks wonderful!!
    Destructive: I think I lack the discipline to stay with the ( for me) more boring sides of turning my creative ideas into straight business plans AND stick to them.

    Construktive: tons of new ideas, much more fun to invent new things than finish old ideas…!

    Ankes last blog post: You are….

  • Reply Brandy November 24, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    I have been thinking for awhile that very question “What to do when you don’t know what to do?” So this book could be very helpful tool in my current journey of discovery of what exactly I shoud do with all my creative energies and assorted projects lying around my apartment.

    I find that my destructive tendancies are that I spread myself to thin. I want to explore too much all at the same time. I need to real myself in (often), and focus a bit instead of trying to everything at once. As for my constructive process, I try to find beauty and inspiration everywhere I go. I’m constantly aware of the world around me and I try to take it in. I also I have a moleskin and pen in my bag at all times for those moments of inspiration.

    Fingers and toes are crossed and thanks for the great book link too!

  • Reply Rebecca November 24, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    For me, there is one thing about my personality that is both constructive AND deconstructive – my tendancy to follow my gut and act on impulses. In my photography, that is a very good thing…not so much on the business side.

  • Reply Diana November 24, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Great giveaway!! Oooh, I hope I win ;-)

    “What are some constructive AND destructive aspects of your personality that are directly influencing your creative process currently…”

    I think right now it is one and the same aspect… I have all these great ideas popping in my head, and I get very excited about them and rush off to play around with them… This is good, because it leads me down new paths and opens up new doors. However, right now I *need* to spend my time doing some of the more mundane preparation for a huge art show (counting inventory, figuring out my booth setup, etc.). And I’m having a really difficult time focusing on these important, but not as exciting tasks.

    Such is life, right?

    Dianas last blog post: From the Archives

  • Reply steven November 24, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    So when im getting my craft on, and ribbons and fabrics are flying through the air and im covered in fluff and glitter, and the end result increases my beats per minute to beyond medical recomendations, well thats more than constructive….its amazing.

    However when that crafting takes me forever to get up and running and im standing on fallen pins and my sewing machine somehow wont do what i want it to do, and i burn my fingers with my hot glue gun, then that is more than destructive…its painfull, hot glue guns hurt.

    stevens last blog post: i love sparkly things

  • Reply Caroline November 24, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    OK … where to start

    1. Spent 5 years in Art School (constructive)
    2. Decided to be a Flight Attendant instead (deconstructive)
    3. Finally set upon career as a Graphic Designer (constructive)
    4. Decided that clients can hamper the creative process (deconstructive)
    5. Had four children instead (constructive)
    6. Became decidedly done with preschool crafts (deconstructive)
    7. Opened a gift and stationery retail store (constructive)
    8. Heard about the economic downturn? (deconstructive)

    OK … where to start … again!

    Carolines last blog post: Where Are We Going To Hide That Pickle?

  • Reply sam November 24, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    I would say that I really love starting projects, and that I’m constantly inspired by the things I see in my everyday life. HOWEVER, once I start those projects, I sometimes have a hard time finishing them. I have good intentions, but they don’t always get me through to the end.

    This book looks awesome! :)

  • Reply Sondi Caserio November 24, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    I love the IDEA of getting paid to do something creative but the push to get things in motion is always needed! This book looks amazing!

    Sondi Caserios last blog post: Wind and Brains and Pink Stuff, oh my!

  • Reply AlysonIsNeat November 24, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    I frequently in my creative work just get so scared of it looking bad. I hate failure and disappointment, and its mostly on myself. It is hard to find that happy medium of being critical and being a perfectionist. I think this book would benefit me a lot.

  • Reply Elisa November 24, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    This could be the kick start I need to actually start a creative business in the near future.
    I am open to many artistic styles…my constructive side.
    I can imagine that I would not just pick one thing to do but maybe go into 2 or 3.
    My destructive side…is that I am not very big on preperation!

    I so need this book!

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  • Reply rubyred1898 November 24, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Great contest!

    Constructive: Hardworking and detail oriented
    Destructive: Lack of focus

  • Reply Minerva November 24, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    What are some constructive AND destructive aspects of your personality that are directly influencing your creative process currently?

    At first there where only deconsturctive aspects: unorganized place, “silly” mind can’t express all the things in my head. no chance to let all the ideas out.

    constuctive – hard to say. at the moment i train with a coach my habits. learn to accept even I can do things right, not perfect, but right.
    so – what’S constructive…. if I WANNA do something, I do it. not the housework is done – the fab new skirt for a girlfriends baby fe.

    so – i would be glad, happy to win this book. it sounds and looks so great!

    thanks for showing this book!

    Minervas last blog post: F?r mein Tauschkind Nummer zwei

  • Reply Mary-Ellen Kelly November 24, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    I NEED this book! I have lots of creative ideas and get inspired by this blog and life around me, my problem is choosing a project and finding the time to work on it through completion!

  • Reply Elizabeth November 24, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    I think the most constructive aspect of my personality is my creativity and variety of interests. I’m pretty good at identifying something that could be improved or specialized, and then I love to make it happen.

    The most destructive elements are being overly interested in a huge variety of things, and not being able to do them all and then getting frustrated. Seems a common thing for sure! Also, I just don’t know enough or feel comfortable enough putting myself out there and figuring out who would want to buy from me and why, and (especially) pricing once I know they are interested.

    There’s always something to work on!

  • Reply Jennifer November 24, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    wow… I want that book :)

    Jennifers last blog post: this is awesome.

  • Reply Karin Conroy November 24, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    I would really love this book – it ties in exactly with what I’ve been trying to pull together in my life!

  • Reply Emily November 24, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    I think that the thing that is the most constructive aspect of my personality is also the most destructive element of my personality. I have lots of ideas and interests, like to dabble in various mediums and try new things. This is good when it inspires me to create, but sometimes it’s not good because I have too many things going on and can’t seem to finish one project. Every time I see a demo of glass blowing I think wow I want to try that. But I really need to try and focus on the things I’m doing now.

    Emilys last blog post: Color Inspiration #29

  • Reply Becka November 24, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    “What are some constructive AND destructive aspects of your personality that are directly influencing your creative process currently?”

    constructive – i can pay attention to detail, i learned to follow through with something no longer doing it half way, all the way or no way with me, i pick up inspiration from all over, everything i see, hear, touch or do influences me; i also am organized in my projects, i get everything i need to get the job done…people tend to like this because there is not much last minute running around trying to find something we forgot…i now work in marketing, i never thought that would happen

    destructive – i can pay way to much attention to the details and miss something in the bigger picture, i can be a little to organized i don’t get that far, i need the organization but it can hold me up a bit getting a project done or even started, i don’t have enough original design process of my own…i always need inspiration and help with that creative aspect of my life…marketing career is totally new to me, so i am little behind in skills, lingo, jargon, etc

    Beckas last blog post: Dog[s] of the day?

  • Reply kate durkin November 24, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    yay awesome giveaway! i’m so lucky to be able to make art for a living, and i see the constructive and destructive aspects everyday. constructive: i have drive and a million ideas. destructive: i let the fact that i have a million ideas weigh me down (ie: i try to take on too many projects at once), also i’m bad at marketing myself!

    cheers :)

  • Reply Chelsea R November 24, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    What a great giveaway, this book looks wonderful and HELPFUL. I am a graphic designer with the creative bug that is just not nourished at my 8-5 design job! I want to branch out and work on my own….

    Which is a good idea because the CONSTRUCTIVE side of me LOVES LOVES LOVES design and new ideas and being crafty.

    BUT the DESTRUCTIVE side of me can never commit to just one great idea that I can run with. And I am afraid I will not be good enough, I guess just afraid of failure! Ahhhh, it’s a tough one!

  • Reply Kenesha November 24, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    What are some constructive AND destructive aspects of your personality that are directly influencing your creative process currently?

    Constructive: Willingness to try new things, pioneer spirit, can-do attitude.
    Destructive: Procrastinator, too many projects competing with one another, lack of single focus (I prob. need Aderall or something LOL!)

  • Reply Morgan November 24, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    My most constructive aspect is my optimism. I see beauty and inspiration in so many things. Even things like a building or barn that is going to ruin, I see the beauty in it. My work is inherently creative and many of my colleagues put a lot of rules and qualifiers on what they do, or how it should be done. For me, it is all limitless, boundless, and exciting. Cost, color, pattern, anything can be a creative starting point. Some times I get so excited about a thought or an idea that I have taken to writing it all down in a notebook, so that I can refer to it and come back to it later.

    My most destructive aspect is fear. I can get frozen in fear. I procrastinate, make excuses, find reasons why not, all because I am too scared to make a move. It may be the smallest thing, like making a phone call to someone or sending an email. But right now the biggest fear is taking the plunge into doing my own thing, becoming my own boss. But I know I will do it, I will get past the fear.

    Thanks for this post it great inspiration, and a chance to hold up a mirror for a few moments to think.

  • Reply methodpam November 24, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    I am at the same time my own biggest fan and harshest critic. I need to to find the confidence to settle on a constructive area somewhere between the two.

  • Reply Shannon November 24, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    I’m pretty destructive by intellectualizing when I get discouraged. So if I get let down, I’ll think about a project or “plan” it instead of actually working on it.

    But my ability to hammer hare-brained schemes into useable ideas is definitely constructive, as well as my interest in a huge variety of topics. I like to take things from one subject and mix them with an entirely different field (art about science fascinates me).

  • Reply Kt November 24, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Ooh! This is exciting, so many interesting comments and that book looks fantastic…will it be available to buy in the UK?

    Anyway, to the point in hand….

    Constructive: that would be that I am inspired on a daily basis via my job at a school and the blogs I read

    Deconstructive: the fact that I spent so much time procrastinating, thinking, planning and pondering the ‘what if’s’ that I don’t do as much as I could and also the fear that it won’t turn out as good as I hoped!!

    Ouch, the truth hurts, didn’t like admitting that!!!

    Good luck everyone! Kt-xXx

    Kts last blog post: A Lovely Surprise!

  • Reply Kasie@~The Art of Life~ November 24, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Ohhh! I would Love to win this book!

    I’m an artist who’s looking to really make some big steps forward next year. My problem is that I’m always so full of ideas, thoughts and dreams that it’s hard for me to concentrate. I guess you could say I’m a little scatter-brained, lol. I would love some help learning the business side of Entrepreneurship. I guess that would be the constructive and deconstructive parts of me all together; all the great ideas and dreams and not knowing what to do with them.

    Kasie@~The Art of Life~s last blog post: Monday Morning Random

  • Reply Jennie K November 24, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Looks like a great book!
    Hmm, constructive aspects of my personality? I see possibilities in everything; I’m optimistic but grounded in reality; I’m open-minded; I’m interested in a variety of things — and even if I’m not initially interested in something, I can easily develop enthusiasm for it.
    Destructive aspects? I become physically drained easily; instead of immediately dealing with things I don’t like/want to do, I procrastinate; I also get a little blue when something I’m excited about doesn’t happen as I’d imagined.

  • Reply soomin November 24, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Fear and Awe.
    AWE: Seeing great creative is always the base for inspiration. It’s the spark that gets everything going.
    FEAR: It’s fear of looking bad; of not being good enough…but it’s not a bad thing though. It makes me think further and work harder and pushes me to do my personal best.

  • Reply Heather November 24, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    I’d love to win this book… It looks like a good starting point for my crafting ventures!

    Heathers last blog post: New Hydrovibe Interview

  • Reply Lynnetta November 24, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Constructive: Passionate, Energetic, Optimistic, Realistic
    Deconstructive: Afraid to fail, Procrastinator.

  • Reply Tina November 24, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    I like that the book seems to have a process to follow to hold your hand a little; the idea of keeping a journal for this purpose is neat!

    constructive: I’m not afraid to try everything at least once – that gives me a lot of techniques and media to choose from.

    destructive: i’m trying to be perfect to often and it bogs me down and keeps me from being more creative. I often get discouraged if things I make are not “good enough” / not as good as things other people make.

  • Reply Leah Virsik November 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    I’m excited about the opportunity to win this book. Excited enough to move to action. Constructive aspects of my personality that directly influence my creative process are my excitement and passion. I have lots of ideas that fill my head. I have a strong desire to move forward, to learn and to share.

    My destructive aspects are on the flip side of my obsessiveness. I tend to get stuck, overwhelmed and unable to move forward with all of my ideas. I lack focus and am not sure where to start.

    I grateful for my passion and am learning to find a balance between the constructive and destructive parts of my personality.

    Thanks Holly for sharing this great book and for introducing decor8 to Lisa Sonora Beam!

  • Reply Sarah S November 24, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Constructive… I am pretty motivated and can get a lot done with not a ton of free time. I love looking for fun ideas to try out.

    Destructive… I’m 8 months pregnant and can get pretty fatigued. And I get down on my creations sometimes b/c I see others’ ideas that are so much more creative!

  • Reply Kim Bagwill (aka The Frantic Meerkat) November 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    One of the most constructive aspects of my artistic personality is that I’m very driven and organized (not that you can tell that by my desk). I’m always trying to think of new ways to market my existing art.

    One of the destructive things is tied to this (aren’t everyone’s?), is that often I’m so busy trying new marketing ideas, etc. that I never have enough time to create new things, which is what keeps an artist motivated in the first place. I need to plan ways to divide my time better.

    That looks like an amazing book!

    Kim Bagwill (aka The Frantic Meerkat)s last blog post: Men's Favorite Furniture – Gocco Limited Edition Print

  • Reply Janice J November 24, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Oooo! The book looks fantastic – just the page layouts look inspiring.

    As far as me, let’s start with the bad. The most deconstructive aspect of my personality is my propensity to compare myself to others both real and fictitious (as in movie/tv characters). I always think what I produce is awful because someone else did such-and-such and why didn’t I think of that. I think that my most constructive characteristic is…well, actually, there are two: I’m perpetually sunny which gives me a lot of go-power (as in go out and do it!) I’m also able to see things as they could be not just as they are which opens a lot of possibilities.

  • Reply Valerie November 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    While my creativity and spontaneity drive me, those qualities also tend to get in the way when it comes to organizing and having a system. I have a hard time letting go of the creative part of my business to spend time thinking about the actual business part. I haven’t found that balance yet.

  • Reply Preeti November 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Wow, lots of comments on this. As a first time commenter (and what a nice incentive to comment :) ), I wanted to say this book looks pretty cool. Oftentimes, I find myself in awe while in Michael’s or any other craft store, just dazzled by all the exciting crafty stuff there. I imagine what I could do with all of it… and hit sort of a blank white wall.

    My love is photography but I would love to expand that further. I was pretty into art and drawing when I was younger and I think this book would be a great way to get that right side of my brain jump started!

    I think one of the most difficult things I find that prohibits the “creative process” for me, is lack of time or I guess even laziness. By the time I get home from work, it’s pretty late (my commute is anywhere between 1.5 – 2 hours!) and I have no motivation left. I suppose on the weekends, I should have no excuse, but even then, I feel so lazy. There are so many things I *want* to do, with my photography and elsewhere, but it’s so difficult. I suppose it requires a bit of kicking myself in the butt as well.

    Either way, hope to see more of what this book entails!

    Preetis last blog post: He Was Trying to Escape

  • Reply Andy Mathis November 24, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Oh, that looks like a cool book.

    The good things- attention to detail, the type A over achieving personality, lol.

    The bad things- gettind distracted by other things. Once I get started painting something, I’m fine and focused on that. If I ever get out of the habit, it’s hard to get back into a groove.

    Andy Mathiss last blog post: More Holiday Ornaments, even a Pink One ;)

  • Reply minouette November 24, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Dear Holly,

    Thanks for the give-away. Looks like an intriguing book!

    Constructively – being creative is just part of who I am. I don’t really know how not to be creative, and I always have ideas for creative projects.
    Destructively- I’m down and low energy and having trouble with carrying out my ideas right now. It happens to everyone I guess. I don’t get a ‘slump’ in terms of ideas, but I am in a slump in terms of follow-through.

    I am trying to change my mindset by changing my behaviour, starting with completing some simple projects, just for me. Then maybe I’ll be able to naturally want to tackle some bigger ideas, for gifts, or the shop.

    Maybe I’ll win a book with some useful advice for me. :)

    minouettes last blog post: Elephant Pillow- Oliver

  • Reply C. Wilson November 24, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    I think the constructive aspects are generally a good eye for form, function and color, as well as the willingness to try anything.

    The destructive aspects are having too many ideas for one project or area that don’t fit together, trying to decide on one, and then thinking of the reactions of all the different people who may come in contact with that area. It keeps me from being organized and going at it confidently.

  • Reply jennifer November 24, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    constructive – my ability to tune things out and focus on one task at a time.

    destructive – fear of failure. this really holds me back in my creative process.

    book looks amazing. can’t wait to see it!

  • Reply Cameron Blazer November 24, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Wow, this looks like a fabulous book–I would love to win one.

    CONSTRUCTIVE: I don’t sleep much, which makes it possible to work at my creative pursuits in addition to being a mom and a wife and a lawyer: I am very supportive of other creative people, which pays bountiful, often unexpected dividends creatively; I am never satisfied, which means I am always learning new things and refining old skills.

    DESTRUCTIVE: I don’t sleep much, which means that I can get cranky and blocked; I am very supportive of other creative people, which sometimes eats up the little time I have for my own creative endeavors; I am never satisfied, which means I am sometimes easily discouraged when my work doesn’t measure up to my arbitrarily high standards.

  • Reply kate November 24, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Great thought-provoking question.

    Constructive: I thrive on beauty and am passionate about a lot of things (and a lot of medias.) I’m also a perfectionist and want my work to have excellent craftsmenship. I get excited about making things and love the feeling of accomplishment after something is completed.

    Destructive: I’m too passionate about too many things that I often can’t decide which one to work on. Because I want something to be perfect, I tend to take a LONG time to do things, and get grumpy when it isn’t turning into my beautiful vision. I put it away to fix later and put off returning because I know how much work is needed! I’m also a procrastinator and can take awhile to make decisions. Yikes! Its a wonder I ever create ANYthing!

    Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds exactly like the kind of book I need! :)

  • Reply Hilary November 24, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    I know that these are going to seem like they are very similar pros and cons to my creative process but there are subtle differences.

    Constructive aspects of your personality:
    – I’m typically extremely well organized.
    – I’m not afraid to experiment and ask questions.
    – Attention to detail.

    Destructive aspects of your personality:
    – The inability to get started on things quickly. Once I’m started though things go smoothly. (GTD and OneNote are helping a lot. “What the next action…” “Keep the plates spinning…”)
    – I tend to get lost in things that I’m doing even if they aren’t important to the task at hand (like me checking my rss feeds and typing this at the moment when I was originally going to take care of some laundry…)

    The ultimate goal is to be able to spend as much time doing things you want to do (instead of just wasting time meandering through various things.)

    Maybe I’m using the organized side of me to fix the procrastinator side of me… it’s in progress.

    Hope I win a copy of a book but with my luck it’s unlikely. Adding it to my wishlist of things to buy. :)

  • Reply Stephenie Tiedens November 24, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    I think constructively I enjoy making things and the feeling of accomplishment once they are completed. I like to try things I’ve never done before and make it up as I go. I’m motivated to make my home better and create lasting gifts for family and friends. Deconstructively, I tend to find other things that need to get done that can keep my from all my projects. Seems as though housecleaning is never ending and can superseed all other projects. I just need better management of time.

  • Reply Jessica November 24, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Wow, I’ve been eyeing this for sometime! YAY!

    I have a natural curiosity and inquisitive nature combined with a complete obsession to always be progressive. “If I learn this, well where can I take it and how does it branch off into other things that might influence what I’ve already learned.” Everything has more than one source and even more reactions and result and I want to see how things are shaped.

    I’m shy, and I’m my own worst critic often. So sometimes I defeat myself before I even allow myself to fail. I think my fear of failing keeps me from taking my constructive qualities as far as I could.

    Jessicas last blog post: Great start to the weekend!

  • Reply Irene S. November 24, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Looks like a fabulous book!

    Constructive: I have a pretty rich imagination when I let my head roam free, unfortunately, the Destructive part of me is prone to getting stuck and frozen when I compare myself to others and become my worst critic.

    Irene S.s last blog post: Redecorating

  • Reply Coco November 24, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Oh I find it very hard to write about myself and about my constructive aspects. Most of the time I’ve plenty ideas to create, I can imagine how something will look when put together with one or another. I can be pretty persuasive too if it comes to my own ideas. If somebody says my ideas wont work I can be very stubborn and definitly want to show my idea isn’t that totally crazy at all ;-)

    Destructive aspects are that I don’t always have faith in myself despite my stubbornity. I’m afraid of failure. And a lot of the time I find myself lost of time although I most have plenty to kill …… (I know this sentence isn’t correct but I hope you get it…) A lot of people told me I’m quite creative but I don’t believe it personally and most of the time I think the most creative thought of me comes from others. I do adjust them of course but I’m not sure if thats enough to make it ‘mine’. I often have the feeling that what I can do, somebody else can do to. Meaning that I think its simple and to proof it I do it… though I see a lot of people who claim and say they can’t do the same. So lately I try to do more and be proud of the results and let me take the compliments without saying: You can do it too! Though I still think it.

  • Reply michelle November 24, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Yummy book!
    I find that depression in creative types is by far the norm, and there is a balancing between maintianing one’s sesnsitivity in the world and letting oneself be engulfed by such feelings…hhhmmmm…

    michelles last blog post: Flattery

  • Reply Gemma November 24, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    “What are some constructive AND destructive aspects of your personality that are directly influencing your creative process currently?”

    Constructive: I have been crafting for as long as I can rememeber and ever since I was a kid, i always had an emense desire to start my own business and make a living (big or small) off the things that I make. Ive found myself a nieche that Id love to further pursue, but..

    Deconstructive: But (business wise) I have no idea where to start. Its like a need a shove in the right direction.
    This book would be a huge help!

  • Reply diane bouchard November 24, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Constructive?I like to work fast and intuitively. Just grab what is nearby and create. Mainly mixed media collage.
    Destructive? Procrastination. Just lost my job, tons of time to play and create. No excuses. yet i only seem to create when i have a deadline or obligation.


    diane bouchards last blog post: Fall Theme Altered Book Workshop

  • Reply Sarah Pecorino November 24, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    I’m super excited about this book!

    Let’s see, constructive part of my personality: I can deconstruct things and see them in my head before I start a project, especially when it comes to 3-D projects like sewing. It boggles my mother how I can sew a complicated bag or dress without a template.

    Deconstructive: I have a problem with clutter and procrastination, which I firmly believe go hand-in-hand. If my desk and studio is cluttered I can’t think clearly, therefore procrastinate on my project, putting the half finished illustration or sewn dress off to the side and start something new. Then I realize how cluttered my space is and it all comes full circle. The problem is that I KNOW this is an issue, I just keep procrastinating on finding a solution.

    Does it help to win if I say I used to live in Beverly, MA?

    Thanks for the great website! Always a joy to visit!

    Sarah Pecorinos last blog post: ChristmasGenie B

  • Reply Laurie November 24, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    My tendency to view life from a unique angle and willingness to look at things from someone else’s point of view are both constructive to my creative process. The problem is that I have this destructive tendency to not want to start a new project until I have worked out all of the details first. I continuously need to convince myself to dive in and get my hands dirty instead of making excuses.

  • Reply mangarosa berlin November 24, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    OOOOO meus Deus, isto e o que eu preciso muuuuuuiiiiittttooooo !!!!

    It it what I would say in portuguese for a thing that in the moment I really nedd !!!!
    Of course I remember this serie “what to do when you dont know what to do”, which touch me really deep. Then for a long time i decided to do a thing I really love: to work with my hands and with things I love like wonderful fabrics, felt, sewing, and be creative. But always when I want to start I never know which direction: sewing bags or dresses, or childclothes, or Lamps, or feltbags, to try to go back to school to have a really good basic or try learning by doing, and with 2 children, the house, my husband, try to be verywell organized etc.
    I really admire women who can combined all this together !!!
    And now I know what is contructive for my creative personality: to make things which really touch my soul, for several things I find beautifull, poetic, I love details in simples things which open my heart and are a wellnes for me and has a strong antidepressive felling to have a really good daybeginning !!!

    But some thoughs like oh my God we really need it, are those are material things, if I will beginn to do this or that, will the people find it good or not, or this things I want to create will be good enough!!!! YEAAAh I know such thoughs are very destructive, dont let me go ahead to finally start and make my experience to really decide with what I want create !!!!

    And such a book like this, I think could help to help yourself, not to help to say what you have to do, because for me it is a Illusion. But a book, which can give a orientation to “Keep calm and carry on “!!!!

    Of course I would like to win the book but if it wont happen, I dont care because for me it a great thing and a very good “contructive therapie” to write and discuss about it !!

    Congratulation Holly for the great idea and for the opportunit to take a part !!!

    big regards from Berlin

    mangarosa berlins last blog post: Einzigartig : Dawandaevent-Berlin !!!!

  • Reply Susan Golebiowski November 24, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Constructive: I am realistic, very good at thinking from a consumer perspective and great with color and layout.

    Destructive: It can take me longer than I’d like to start a project. I work best under deadlines, so if there isn’t a deadline…

  • Reply Laurie November 24, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    What an inspiring book! I would love to see more if it!

    Constructive aspects:
    – I am very organized
    – I have lots great projects ideas
    – I can visualize something and figure out a way to create it

    Destructive aspect:
    – I am a perfectionist – which makes it difficult to get started unless everything is just right (and it never is)
    – I get distracted by all the other things there are to do – housework, email, phone calls,…..
    – I find it difficult to put myself out there – I guess out of fear of failure or rejection.

    I could go on but then I would just be procrastinating and I’d have to add that to the list! I think I’ve been inspired to get back to work on my current project! Thanks!

  • Reply jenn November 24, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    This looks full up with creative inspiration, and knowledge to get it done.
    I am a shm who is looking and dreaming of ways to start something new, move forward, and start creating again. This looks like it would be a helpful tool. Thank You.

  • Reply judy November 24, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Great question…
    I think the main constructive aspect is that I’m naturally curious and I ask the “why” question often, which is probably the key driver to any innovative thinking that I have!

    In terms of destructive, I have a tendency to take destructive feedback personally, which is undoubtedly a barrier to growth.. and something I’m trying to work on!!

  • Reply Megan November 24, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    This looks like a fabulous book!

    Constructive – I have a million ideas and a good awareness of what I need to do to take a project from beginning to end. Destructive – terrible lack of follow through. I get so easily distracted by the next shiny project that I abandon things right and left.

    Megans last blog post: in the autumn

  • Reply Becky November 24, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    I would love this book–it looks amazing! I would say constructive aspects are I find inspiration everywhere and the smallest thing or detail can inspire a new idea. I also have to create, which I see as a positive, and I make sure I make time for it. Deconstructive aspects: I can procrastinate and if there is too much clutter around me, I feel like I can’t create. Then I end up doing nothing. Thanks for forcing some reflection ?.

    Beckys last blog post: Bowled Over

  • Reply Skyler November 24, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    My personality is somewhat weak – this is a desconstructive element of my personality in relation to my creativity. I feel so judged by other people that sometimes I feel that it is hard to present my work – I fear that it will be taken the wrong way. As many have said lack of time is a big issue for me.
    But constructive now: I have insanely high standards so I produce good work, I have a very clear style. I LOVE details and beauty and craftsmanship in everything. I take inspiration from everything and anything. I try ot make EVERYTHING that I do beautiful – from my research papers, math homework, artwork and cards.

  • Reply Michelle November 24, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    What are some constructive AND destructive aspects of your personality that are directly influencing your creative process currently?

    The most constructive aspect of my personality is my intuition because it lead me off the beaten path towards art — art as a lifestyle and art as a product. It also lead me to my husband, whose courage inspires me and whose encouragement is indispensable to my creative process. My art is really OUR art, since it is born out of our love for each other.

    The most destructive aspect of my personality would have to be the demons that haunt me as a result of personal relationships gone awry. If I focus on them, it is quite easy to become depressed and disengaged from the creative process — perhaps because they take my attention off of “giving” and onto “taking.”

    Creation for me is a generous effort. For that reason, I think it’s entirely compatible with entrepreneurship — because what is that, except giving back to the community which gave you so much? I love how local it is (even if the web gives you a global platform) — like art, small businesses tend to form genuine bonds among like-minded individuals and allow us to feel a connection, however small, to our fellow human beings.

    Thanks, Holly, for doing your part! And good luck to all those current and future creative entrepreneurs out there!

  • Reply Vica (Flying Umbrellas) November 24, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Hi Holly :)

    First, I am so amazed when I am finding answers or hints to my questions or thoughts, somewhere else, not really inside of me. This happens now also, when I read your post, featuring this great book, because I am in the middle of the process of taking decisions: to start to put my ideas in practice and be more oriented to art-crafting.. or to go further with the direction that I wasn’t so happy until now.

    Now, the aspects of my personality. Constructive: inspiration – I am very enthusiastic when I find something that inspires me, my brain starts producing so many ideas and I can’t wait to put them in practice; perfectionism – I am very careful and meticulous with each detail, and I think that spending time with details is worth it and the satisfaction is bigger; and most of all the happiness when my creations are making people smile. Destructive: fear – that my art won’t be accepted, and sometimes in the middle of creation, I feel myself blocked in thinking that what I do is useless; comparison – I know that we, as artists, by default are different and each of us creates in a personal way, but sometimes I compare myself to other great people and I underestimate myself. Ok, the list could continue but I should focus on my values and I think this book will help me find my way through this magic and amazing art-world and would transform those destructive aspects into constructive ones.

    And even if I will not be one of the winners (although I would love very much to have one of the books), thank you very much for sharing this post with us, and maybe the happy-readers will share with us too the great ideas from the book :)

    PS: I knew, when I have read your post on Friday that you will come up with something great today :)

    Vica (Flying Umbrellas)s last blog post: First ‘Flying Umbrellas’ Bag

  • Reply tiffanie miyashiro November 24, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    yikes! that’s a tough one…. I never seem to be short on ideas or inspiration – I am constantly excited and inspired by my surroundings and the people I see, blogs I read…. But I find it very difficult to focus and hone in on thing, not feel so scattered all the time! I would like to be more organized, not procrastinate, and not make excuses to justify why I can’t get it done (not enough space, my day job taking up too much time. etc.)

    tiffanie miyashiros last blog post: pillows and pills……………………….

  • Reply Courtney November 24, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    I hadn’t thought about a question like this one in quite some time. After thinking about it honestly, I feel more in touch with myself and my creative process. Thanks!

    Constructively, I can count on myself to get up and get to work, each and every morning. I thrive on being pro-active and creative so I don’t like to take time off from projects once I begin. I am constantly brainstorming. I jot down notes, bounce ideas off of those who are closest to me, and toil over the things that make it out of the mental world and into the material creative process. I am also pretty organized, which helps.

    However, I can be terribly deconstructive when it comes to taking the next step and introducing my ideas to a larger audience. I come down with performance anxiety, regardless of what I’m producing. I’m always certain that I could and should make more improvements before sharing my work with anyone else. I’m also uncomfortable when it comes to networking. I like criticism and feedback, but I sometimes feel bad asking others to take time out of their day to care about what I’m doing.

    Courtneys last blog post: A cold Beach House

  • Reply Jessica November 24, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    What a great question, Holly! With certain creative projects, I definitely get stuck in perfectionism–trying to make the project better but usually only making it different. I’d say that my impulsiveness actually serves me well in creativity because it balances that out so if I can throw myself into a project and sustain that initial energy throughout, I wind up finishing it pretty quickly and to a level I’m happy with. When that impulsive, “Let’s try this!” energy wanes, though, I tend to want to make something better (endlessly) before I’m willing to share it.

  • Reply JK November 24, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    :D I would love to own a copy of this book! Let’s see…

    Constructive: I have tons of ideas, tons of creativity, and I’m always excited about new projects, but
    Destructive: I’m not sure how to focus my energy ; I’m also very self-critical of my work

    I’ve always loved arts / crafts but have never had the time to pursue it until now ~ the book would be helpful! :)

    Thanks a bunches.

  • Reply Susie Q November 24, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Holly! This book looks great!

    As far as CONSTRUCTIVE aspects of my personality… I am very positive and can see possibilities in any situation. Even when briefed on pitfalls, problems, and drawbacks, I can see the way through and be excited about a project’s outcome.

    The DESTRUCTIVE aspects of my personality are mainly that I can be so focused and driven as to spend ALL my time working and creating and totally ignore my family, friends, myself. Not good!

    Susie Qs last blog post: SixxDesign

  • Reply Bonnie November 24, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Hi Holly,

    I love to create & I work hard at it. I have faith in my idea & know it?s a good one.

    But, I?m a perfectionist so I?m looking for the ?perfect? time to start my business, which obviously hasn?t happened yet. And I’m terrified of failure and losing my & my husband’s savings.

    I really need to just take that leap, but am too afraid to do it.

    Bonnies last blog post: Hiding my light under a bushel, or a chef’s hat

  • Reply Heidi Jo November 24, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Oh goodness, Holly… my destructive personality traits are the reason I never get any of my creative ideas done and that’s been on my mind so much lately. My constructive traits are my imagination and creativity and my big destructive trait is PROCRASTINATION. So I will jot my ideas down in a notepad with sketches and then I won’t get around to accomplishing them. But don’t worry- my motivation has built up enough in the last few months that I am actually starting to take action and am hoping to open my own etsy shop in the new year. : ) Yay!

    Heidi Jos last blog post: my treasured EMBROIDERED ANIMAL ALPHABET

  • Reply Quetxy November 24, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    WOW! gret contest!!!! reading the motivating posts from other people who took the bull by the horns (?) and made their projects work out are so inspiring! I cannot wait to read the book.

    Made me think a lot…
    My pros: I learn fast and have a very creative hyperactivity… If I don’t know how to do something to accomplish a project, I figure it out. Maybe not the best way to do things, but I know that if I sit around waiting to complete my sewing lessons, I’ll loose interest on the project I was doing.
    My “That’s why you don’t succeed” personality: LACK OF CONFIDENCE! I dont consider my projects worthy of anything once I’m done… Part of it is that I’m in the wrong business. I love to illustrate, but I’m an architect… so yeah, I’ve got lots to learn!!!
    Oh, and I pay attention to stuff as much as a Ferret. I have to do things while my mind is on it.
    Besitos y abrazos a todos!

  • Reply Jacqueline November 24, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Great book. As someone hoping to be self employed in the next year it would be very useful.
    Constructive – I always put everything I have into a project I’m working on, regardless of how much I’m being payed. I’m also really organized and good with deadlines.
    Destructive – I don’t have a lot of confidence when it comes to talking about money. I tend to sell myself short because I’m afraid to charge too much for my work.

  • Reply molly November 24, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    This looks like such a fabulous book!

    The most destructive aspect of my personality, which holds me back, is self-doubt. It takes a lot for me to put myself out there and open myself up to criticism.

    The most constructive aspect of my personality is my creativity. I always have so many ideas and am constantly inspired to create.

    mollys last blog post: Art!

  • Reply Jenny S. November 24, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Oh, Oh, Oh, pick me!!

  • Reply Lauren November 24, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    this is a great question (and a great giveaway) that i have been pondering myself a lot lately.

    – tons of ideas
    – lots of drive
    – great support system
    – passion

    – time and energy… the day job is long hours and high-stress, and unfortunately i’m not at a place financially where i can walk away from it
    – focus… it’s hard to figure out how to divide what little time and energy i have left at the end of the day (laundry or business plan? project a or project b… or project c, d, e)

    look forward to reading your blog more in the future.

    Laurens last blog post: more ruminations on a small patch of dirt

  • Reply Lolly November 24, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Love this book!
    Constructive: I am organized, disciplined and pay attention to details.
    Deconstructive: I am sometimes TOO organized, disciplined and detail-oriented . . . I have a hard time “letting go” of the rules/steps and just creating, without a specific agenda in mind. The very aspects of my personality that made me so successful in the corporate world can actually detract from my creative work if I’m not super careful and self-aware.
    Thanks for asking!

  • Reply Andrea November 24, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    This book looks great! I think that the most constructive thing about my personality that is helping me creatively right now is my patience. I am working on a couple new crochet patterns and having patience to frog and try again and frog and try again is an important tool. On the other hand, the most destruction is probably my self-doubt. It hinders me from really go for it.

    This is a good exercise and it really got me thinking about my personality and how it affects different aspects of my life: as a mom, a wife, a creative individual, a friend. So fun! Thanks!

    Andreas last blog post: A guessing game

  • Reply Jodi November 24, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    What a great giveaway. Thanks so much!

    Most construction: lots of ideas!
    Most destructive: procrastination & lack of focus! Partly due to a very busy full time job…

    Jodis last blog post: Finding time to craft

  • Reply Jacqui P November 24, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    This book looks amazing!

    As for myself, I would say that my skills lie in my sense of style, my love of things beautiful and unique and my organizational abilities to complete projects.

    The areas that I would like to improve (and hope the book would assist with) is giving myself a greater understanding in how to turn my personal projects into a business venture. I also need to really increase my confidence, as it is greatly lacking right now.

  • Reply Sasha November 24, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    This books looks amazing!
    Constructive: my desire to do something creative.
    Destructive: fear of not having enough time to devote to a new venture. Maybe in the future I will have more time to devote to creative pursuits. It is hard to be creative when all your ideas pile up, yet never turn into anything. By the time I get a free moment I have lost interest in the ideas I once thought were so good!

  • Reply Catherine November 24, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Wow, I can’t think of a better time in my life to get ahold of this book. I’m at such a stagnant stage. Constructively, I’m passionate about creating and focus on detail. Destructively, I’m a perfectionist and give myself a hard time. I feel like the guidance in this book could help me move forward (not to mention that it looks lovely in terms of visuals).

    Thanks for the opportunity and for pointing me in the direction of this book!

  • Reply Candra November 24, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Constructiive: I like to be creative and think outside the box.

    Destructive: I tend to spend too much time thinking about the details, and all the what ifs. I need to have more courage to actually take some risks.


  • Reply Janice November 24, 2008 at 8:53 pm


    This is my first time posting, but I have been reading your blog every day for several months. This book has appeared just in time for me. My constructive aspects: the joy I find in the natural world and the creative ideas that flow from these experiences. Destructive aspects: mostly it is the fear of taking the risk of translating my creative process into my livelihood. I have to remind myself that it doesn’t happen overnight or all at once. I will have to earn income another way for awhile and still practice creativity each day, taking small steps toward my goal. Thank you for your inspiring blog.


  • Reply Jen November 24, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    constructive – creative, different ideas. my passion for creating. Its what I live for.
    destructive – sticking to just one idea. I try to do too many things instead of focusing on one. If I could just decide on one idea to work on, I could really make it great, but I get bored with projects easily.

    book looks amazing. can?t wait to see it!

  • Reply Daisy November 24, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Constructive aspects of my personality….I will push myself creatively until I come up with artwork that I am incredibly passionate about, I have a wild imagination – when sparked I am amazed at the ideas I can come up with!
    Destructive…..sometimes I spend too much time on unimportant things (example: wasting hours on useless internet surfing), and I don’t always allow myself creative, introspective time.

  • Reply Lara J. November 24, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    I think of the constructive and destructive aspects of my creative process to be very circular. On the one hand I love to try new techniques for painting, drawing, and repurposing furniture. I love to gather written information and visual images like a cloud gathering rain drops. On the other hand, when I try new techniques, I’m usually teaching myself. It can be an exhilarating and satisfying process, but since I’m often new to the methods, it can be very time consuming. The gentle rain of the project that I imagined can often feel like it has turned into a craft storm! When I can keep this cycle in mind, I’m much easier on myself, and I can relax and enjoy the distinct seasons of each project.

  • Reply Trina November 24, 2008 at 9:09 pm


    Deconstructive – sometimes I read and research much to much, which creates a “fog” in my head that I sometime have a hard time trying to sort out and spit out on my blog or on paper. I could really use and benefit some sort of brain organizer. I just get so excited about the things i’m blogging about or finding online that I have a very bad habit of organizing myself. Since i’m so new at the blogging world, i’m really flying by the seat of my pants 80% of the time figuring out things as I go along, and to be honest, never really thought about it as a business until a short time ago. This book would be fantastic!!!!!

    Constructive – Because i’m looking and absorbing so much on daily basis, it makes it easier to pick out the best of the best to write and blog about. The fact that i’m blogging about it helps me to organize my favorite things as I feel they are “worthy” blogging about.

    I would LOVE to read this book! I’m not even sure it’s available in Canada yet or not, but I know I could benefit from this!

    Happy picking!

    Trina :-)

    Trinas last blog post: Kelly Rae Roberts {mixed media artist & author}

  • Reply Jamie November 24, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Oh, this book looks wonderful! To answer your question:
    What are some constructive AND destructive aspects of your personality that are directly influencing your creative process currently?

    I would say some constructive aspects are that I have a designated space (a mini studio in my home) which I can visit anytime – night or day, when I’m feeling creative. Though that’s not really part of my personality, it definitely suits my attention deficit tendencies – I can come and go depending on how inspired I am. I am inspired by my surroundings so it helps to live near the mountains and great outdoors!
    Destructive personality quirks I have are I tend to procrastinate and I tend to be very critical of my creations.

    Jamies last blog post: Me Me – 8 Random Things – long post!

  • Reply alia November 24, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    I think an artistic temperament can be friend one day and foe the next. I certainly have days when I am floating on a cloud of divine confidence and creativity, only to fall from that cloud days later and look at the same work with an overcritical eye. It is during these ‘art highs’ that I sketch out and plan future projects. On low days I put down the complex stuff and focus on a simpler craft like embroidery or anything on which I don’t put so much pressure.

    (When I call embroidery simple, I am referring to the projects I have undertaken and not the exquisite art itself!)

    I look forward to going back to see what everyone wrote. This blog and its readers are a constant kick-start of inspiration!

    alias last blog post: HOLLYWOOD Regency Martini Set

  • Reply talentedmissripley November 24, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Things that help me: my desire to make things to give my family and friends, the satisfaction I get from physically making things with my hands.

    Things that hinder me: right now being in grad school and working mean that most creative and relaxing pursuits in my life have been pushed to the wayside, especially due to my tendency to procrastinate :-(

    Thank you for having this contest. The book looks lovely,

    talentedmissripleys last blog post: Welcome to the World, Little Sprout!

  • Reply suzanne November 24, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    I have had this book in my Amazon shopping cart for a week now…I plan on buying it, even if I don’t win it here…:)
    I’m such a visual person…I’ve always kept a visual journal, since college when one of my Art teachers introduced the concept to me.
    I am just now taking the leap of faith and ending my “secure” job so that I can attack all of the things that I have been “visually journaling” about….
    Constructive: I have many ideas…many ambitions
    Destructive: The ability to talk myself out of things….need to stay positive and let the chips fall where they may!

  • Reply Tiina November 24, 2008 at 9:44 pm


    It is so great to finally get onto this fabulous website. I first came across Decor 8 when I was perusing the print and pattern website. I tried endlessly to click on the link to bring me here. Now months later, a new condo, and I am finally here!

    I am very excited about “The Creative Entrepreneur”, it is a fantastic idea. I think that it will be very useful, and it will provide a ray of hope for those of us who have decided to leave comfy jobs to follow our dreams.

    Now for a little soul searching!

    Constructive aspects: my love for design and all things beautiful, my patience, and my tenacious grip on my dreams

    De-constructive aspects: lack of confidence, staying inspired, procrastination, and a lack of focus. (I love everything about design, from illustrations, to textiles, to greeting cards. I am trying to do everything, and usually I end up doing nothing)

    This is a great contest, thank you!

  • Reply Evelyn November 24, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Hey Holly! I love your blog by the way. I would really, really, really appreciate and cherish a copy of this book. It looks AMAZING, and is JUST what I need right now! I actually emailed you yesterday for advice about a future in design and how to get started. I’m seventeen and applying to colleges. I LOVE design. I just have such a passion for it. It’s been my destresser and cheerleader throughout my years of high school. I decorate everything: Paper clips, picture frames, my school binders, etc. And I am ALWAYS looking for a new craft, which is why I have seven different home pages, each a different designer/craft blog. I actually made my own planner yesterday! I reorganize my furniture every season, and can do it quickly because I made a paper version of my room so that I can slide paper furniture around it to test out certain arrangements. And I see it everywhere, too. When I watch movies, the patterns off bedspreads and the interior decoration of the room is what I notice and remember. When I cant sleep, I decorate my future house. Basically, I want my future to have design..I just need help getting there, and this book seems like the PERFECT source of inspiration and direction. Constructively speaking, I am unbelievably organized, optimistic, and patient. I am, however, not much of a risk taker and a little shy. WHICH is why I need this book! Designing, crafting, and decoration is just such a sanctuary of peace and joy for me, and a source of CONFIDENCE, something I never want to lose.

  • Reply Amisha November 24, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you for blogging about this intriguing book.
    Constructive side of my creative personality – I love to learn new techniques and experiment with new materials. Put me in a store of materials and I am like the kid in the candy shop. The ideas start buzzing and my mind is busy. I am happiest when I have a project in my head.
    Destructive side of my creative personality – Trying to find a place to put so many different techniques together. Information overload does occur. Also the feeling that there are so many people much more talented out there and to just give up and watch TV.

    Amishas last blog post: Gorgeous Crystal Chandeliers

  • Reply Jamie November 24, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    This book looks so amazing! Just what I was looking into for myself right now!
    I am an interior designer. I currently work for another designer & have been looking into going out on my own.
    I’d prefer to find a way to make a career out of my art. My biggest obstacle is making a priority out of finding the time to make more art. I’m sure once I get over this obstacle I’ll run into a whole wall of others! But right now that’s what I’m working with!
    Thanks for your awesome blog & this fantastic give away!!!

    Jamies last blog post: The to do list didn’t work out.

  • Reply Katy LIn November 24, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    this looks fantastic! please count me in! thanks for the opportunity to win it! :)

    Katy LIns last blog post: Motivate Me Monday!

  • Reply Michaele November 24, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    ?What are some constructive AND destructive aspects of your personality that are directly influencing your creative process currently??

    I have great get-up-and-go… I get a ton of things done, accomplished, checkmarked on my to-do lists each and every day. But because I overdo the checkmarking, the accomplishing…my get-up-and-go burns me out until it’s gotten-up-and-went…and honey, when it’s gone, it’s truly GONE. Immense exhaustion and lethargy settles in, because my body and mind need to heal and rest.

    Balance would be good- along with some prioritizing. I like schedules, I like getting things done- but no one is going to give me more hours to the day, which is frankly, a very good thing. Family time is important, reading is important, creating is important, sleep is important, but sadly, those are the things that seem to slip away as I do more with my other obligations.

    Michaeles last blog post: Updated the Blog

  • Reply anne November 24, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    The book loks great.

    Constructive: I love dreaming up ideas
    Destructive: my inability to see projects through to the end before getting excited by a new one

  • Reply DeannaMaree November 24, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Ooooh pick me, pick me! That little book looks like just the thing I need so I’m thinking hard.. I do not like getting deep or analysing myself so this may take a while!

    Constructive aspects of my personality that are influencing my creative process at the moment are my determination, stubborness, my imagination and my intuition that is always telling me to keep painting!

    Deconstructive aspects.. a lack of confidence, I am very shy – finding it hard to put myself out there, I don’t like being pushy. In fact my personality is such that it just isn’t in me to be pushy or to sell myself. I constantly procrastinate, negative self talk – wondering how I will ever make a mark amoung the millions of talented people out there? Oh – and starting so many different things and never finishing any of them properly.

    My deconstructive list is getting too long, I could go on.. but I think I’d rather focus on the few positives that have come out of this little exercise!

  • Reply Sofia November 24, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    My constructive aspect happens when I picture something in a beautiful or interesting way. That’s when I get excited about it and feel the urge do to it immediatly. In a way I think that believing in the potencial of my ideas and projects it’s not what motivates me, it’s the ability to imagine it all done, finalized. And keeping that in mind I end up enjoying the process.

    On the other hand if the project takes too long or I can’t sart it right away I loose that excitement. I am persistant, but I have so many ideas that action is quite essencial for keeping me interested and motivated. That’s the negative side of me.

    I wish I could do everything I wanna do by ending every single project I start and by starting to work on best ideas I’ve had.

    Reading creative blogs really help me to focus on my creative side;)

    Sofias last blog post: Curriculum

  • Reply Swestie November 24, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    I know that my path is taking me somewhere creative. I think I hold myself back because I haven’t had “success” and feel like there might not be a need for the ways that I am creative.

    But I remember the old adage, Do what you love and the money will come… so I just keep on doing without worrying about the money…

    Of course, to make some would be nice too! I would love to win this book!!

    Swesties last blog post: Encouragement! And More Urban Sketches

  • Reply Sam November 24, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Looks like an interesting book! Constructive…dedicated, confident in my ideas..even the crazy ones, curious. Destructive…procrastination, procrastination, procrastination

    Sams last blog post: Introducing Ant-y

  • Reply Maia November 24, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    constructive: I feel privileged that I have been able to sustain a creative career, I truly and consistently love my work, and I’m a hard worker.

    destructive: I was raised by artists, in artists’ colonies, for much of my childhood, and this left me with a fierce determination never to attempt to make “art” my career. In spite of this, I have never been able to steer clear of creative pursuits. I have attempted to call myself anything BUT an “artist”. The word gives me gooseflesh. I have settled, more or less, on “illustrator”, because it sounds more practical and structured…less “bohemian”. I prefer to think of my work as “craftsmanship”, because that word has more honor in my mind. I guess I have always worn the creative mantle with unease.

    Maias last blog post:

  • Reply Lauren November 24, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    I am hitting a few stumbling blocks on the way to becoming a creative entrepreneur…this book would force me to figure out my way! I am a creative, free-spirit working in a very corporate world until the day my dreams become reality. Working in that corporate world, I get a little lost at times. My goal is to break free to do it all my way! I hope I win! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Reply goshery November 24, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Thanks for this opportunity Holly. The book looks very interesting and I would love a copy!

    Constructive side of my creative personality – I’m creative and optimistic, which I think is important when starting a new business. I also understand business because I’m in the corporate world in my “day job”.

    Destructive side of my creative personality – I’m not very aggressive, so even though I’m proud of my work I want others to find me rather than putting myself out there. I don’t want to intrude . . . I need to get over that!

    gosherys last blog post: Treasury!

  • Reply Ashley November 24, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    I like to dream big, but I also procrastinate far too much. Lack of progress or momentum tends to greatly discourage me.

  • Reply Maria November 24, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Thanks, Holly, for spotlighting this very useful book! I can’t say that I’m much different from everyone else who has commented, but I’ll answer your questions haiku style!

    Heart, vision–my boons.
    Perfect book to help conquer
    drowning in details.

    Thanks again for finding these great resources for the rest of us!

  • Reply Kristen November 24, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    This book looks like the perfect dose of inspiration for me right now.

    The most constructive aspect of my personality is a willingness to explore anything and everything.

    Ironically, my most destructive aspect is the very same thing. Sometimes my curious nature can leave me wandering aimlessly.

    Kristens last blog post: Inspiration Explosion: 14 Rousing Resources For Your Creative Explorations

  • Reply Maury November 24, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    This is my first comment on one of your posts and let’s just say, it is a big sign of how bad I want this book!!!…. :D

    I am originally from Mexico but I moved to Canada recently and I found myself a bit intimidated from the new world outside. I have a small freelance stationary “business” going on but since I moved to Canada I had been procrastinating the moment of going out and look for new printers, paper suppliers, and get my pricing together. I feel stuck in the process and with no entrepreneurial skills what so ever

    My constructive side is the fact I enjoy designing for my clients who almost always give me the freedom to create whatever I feel. I have great attention to detail and I work very hard when something needs to get done; my problem/destructive side comes, when I need to put boundaries on my clients and even myself on how much I give them, my husband says that if it were up to me I would work for free, and it is soooo true, it hurts! I don’t mean to say that I am a very giving person, but I have no limits and when I have to price something is when the fun ends on the project for me, I wish someone else was dealing with that, but I know I have to give myself the right value and time for my work in order for me to enjoy the process and for my client to be always please, I feel I need a lot of entrepreneurial help, from books, seminars, or even going out and exploring the city.

    Holly, thank you so much for sharing your vision through images, people, and the many insights you have, it has really inspired me and get the butterflies running out of my stomach and getting excited for something new to create : )

  • Reply Liz November 24, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    constructive: baking…like, almost everyday

    destructive: worrying.

  • Reply Ayesha November 25, 2008 at 12:05 am

    I think all destructive things that hinder the creative flow take different forms but the root is fear. My fear is not measuring up. The fear that my voice won’t be recognized among all the other creative voices. But the real truth of the matter is that we all have a unique different voice (even doing the exact same task.) Therein lies the beauty. My current BIG goal is to help nourish the creative spirit in us all. Especially those who don’t identify with the word artist. I think even they have a beautiful story to put to life. I also think doing that will help sharpen my skill & my faith in myself.

  • Reply gretchen November 25, 2008 at 12:07 am

    I have a long list of things I want to accomplish in life ? creatively. However, I let my real job take priority or suck the life out of me. I also hate that I have to have security in my life and cannot take the plunge and just do what I know is my true calling which is to be a photographer. For now, it’s only a hobby.

  • Reply kiley November 25, 2008 at 12:11 am

    I’m a big procrastinator. My PhD studies really necessitated learning to use brainstorming and mindmapping as strategies to find my way through managing such a big, extended piece of work. Consequently, if I just plunge headfirst into a project, I’m less likely to be satisfied with the end product and for me, thinking of many alternative paths and outcomes can give a depth and clarity to most things I want to do. BUT when I find myself spending sooo much time on every project that it sometimes drives me (& my whole family) insane, I know I’ve crossed the line!!! Procrastinating over the various uses for that certain ball of wool for over a whole winter is definitely not healthy procrastination!

  • Reply kirsten November 25, 2008 at 12:21 am

    good question….I should call my therapist before I answer!

    I wish I could call everything running around in my brain a ?process?…. but I think of it more like the day after Thanksgiving at the local Target just before the doors open. There?s a line of people waiting to go in…it looks organized but you can just sense the chaos. That?s me, that?s my brain.

    As a creative person I embrace my lack of focus. I think my inability to live inside the lines a good thing because I don?t fall into the trap of the predictability.

    HOWEVER…there are time I would like to ?embrace? myself tightly around the neck and put me out of my own misery. I have failed miserably at putting my ideas into consistent journaling. I have wasted so much time having to walk backwards in my mind and find those ?great ideas?….again and again. I need to be able to focus and stop long enough to capture my creativity.

    kirstens last blog post: it’s not rocket science…

  • Reply yvonne November 25, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Constructive, I believe anyone, myself included can accomplish anything as long as I’m willing to put the time and energy into it.

    Destructive, I have lots of creative ideas and projects and don’t know how to focus my energy on just one so I end up not accomplishing as much as I’d like with any of the projects! So frustrating!

    yvonnes last blog post: Inspiration::Photography, Andrew Dosunmu, source, Clam Magazine

  • Reply MaryBeth November 25, 2008 at 12:50 am

    constructive- my wide expanse of subject matter in photography and in my vintage collections.
    the destructive- uncertainty-not sure what it is that people really want and are willing to by.
    also i continue to struggle with organization- what to do first, how to display,advertise-yes or no??
    I have so much to learn!

  • Reply Julie November 25, 2008 at 1:07 am

    this looks like a lovely book…pick me pick me!!

  • Reply Jennifer November 25, 2008 at 1:09 am

    Constructive: I am very creative and a hard worker.
    Destructive: I tend to doubt my own abilities and tend to take the safe way through life.

    Jennifers last blog post: Things I LOVE Right Now

  • Reply Danika November 25, 2008 at 1:13 am

    Ooooh… this book looks AMAZING!!!

    Constructive >> I’m bold & I take chances. I quit my full time job in July and haven’t looked back! I have a clear vision of what I want and little by little I’m making my dreams come true!

    Destructive >> A lack of confidence in my abilities. I’m uncertain that I will suceed at what I really want to do and this fear holds me back a bit.

  • Reply Melissa H November 25, 2008 at 1:36 am

    Let’s see. constructive: I’m good at math and can do things like business plans and (some) book keeping and I can work quickly but, destructive: I’m disorganized and procrastinate. Also, not sure which category it fits in but I’m pretty risk averse so taking the plunge for my own business would really scare me!

    This looks like an awesome book; thanks for sharing, Holly!

    Melissa Hs last blog post: How to make: Simple pillow cases (with fancy french seams)

  • Reply Chelsea November 25, 2008 at 1:43 am

    What an EXCELLENT giveaway!! That’s certainly a book I would love to own!

    Let’s see, one constructive aspect of my personality that is currently influencing my creativity is my constant longing for what I have come to call “brightness”. I want things to be simple and function, but still bright and beautiful. There’s something so elegant about the simplicity of crisp white sheets… I’m learning to be more selective about the things I choose to use in my home or the home of my clients and it’s making such a positive impact on the feeling of the space that is ultimately created!

    One negative aspect would be my perfectionism. I just can’t quit until it’s done correctly, and sometimes it’s hard to remember to just “let it go”- life isn’t perfect, and honestly, it’s a lot more interesting that way!

    Chelseas last blog post: Kitchenaid Cover-up

  • Reply Cassie November 25, 2008 at 1:48 am

    Holly I NEED this bad!

    constructive aspects- I’m always inspired, I’m always creating, I have the drive, I push forward no matter what, I believe in everything I do, I love to inspire others, I make the things I make because I love it!

    destructive aspects- I don’t know how to really get myself out there, or how to really decide on a medium (I’m always making so many different things), I don’t know where to go beyond Etsy and craft fairs.

    I really need some advice and leadership on the business aspects of being an artist. I love to make things, rather it be sewing a cute pillow case, painting on glassware, or going out into the yard looking for a tree branch to turn into an awesome bright blue centerpiece. My inspiration is abundant as much as my creativeness. However, the business part is lacking. Do I need to stop concentrating on what to make next and go back to school for business? I don’t know! Help!


    Cassies last blog post: This Weeks Thrift Store Finds

  • Reply alice November 25, 2008 at 2:17 am

    constructive – i love to be inspired and to try to think of new twists or takes on old ideas. i’m always trying to improve something or make it better or different.

    destructive – i’m a procrastinator and with working so many hours, i often use that as my excuse not to do more fun, inspiring creative things.

    the book looks awesome!

    alices last blog post: i heart agatha sinks

  • Reply shalvi November 25, 2008 at 2:40 am

    It sounds like this book could be just the thing i need right now. I recently started my own business, but am having some trouble setting the foundation of said business. I walk around saying i am working, but really have no idea where to begin. Just because i have an official business does not, unfortunately, mean that i am actually making any money!!! I have loads of time to think about this, and the reasons why i am holding myself back. I have already taken such a big step, why won’t i let myself really flourish???
    Part of what pushes me forward is the side of myself which is full of ideas. I am quick to learn new skills and techniques, and i love to make things, so my creative springs are rarely dry. However, i have a few issues that are keeping me down. One is definitely a lack of confidence, or fear of criticism or disapproval. Because i actually have had no formal art training i am always afraid of people finding fault with what i do. Also i have a hard time focusing on one idea…. I get this feeling like i can do it all, and then when people ask me what it is i actually make, I can’t really answer. I have had advice now to focus on 1-3 items and take it from there, which narrows it down for me but somehow I still feel like I’m blowing in the wind……..
    Whew, sorry for the rant and rave…… It’s a comfort in a way to bear my soul to a gazillion people who don’t know me!!

  • Reply Mizz Jenna November 25, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Ooh do I ever Need this Book. Im an Interior Design major (Senior! Yay) with ideas flowing constantly, I also paint and am interested in MANY other creative outlets.

    Constructive- I Live, Eat, sleep, breathe Design. Its my passion & I just feel in my gut I can make my dreams happen. I just want to do What I LOVE.

    Destructive- Taking on too many projects and things at once. 2 jobs & full time design student is demanding…I juggle it and make it happen. Also narrowing my focus on one project, I tend to think BIG. I need to start Small & simple, or at least I think maybe…Book would help! =)

    Mizz Jennas last blog post: Dark & Sexy Furniture

  • Reply connie lou November 25, 2008 at 3:02 am

    Hi Holly,

    25 years of stifling my creative soul, in order to concentrate on a corporate job has left me literally crippled. I actually sat here for about a half an hour just trying to find the words to explain the “detoxifying” that my mind, heart and soul is having to go through.

    My “destructive” qualities are:
    (1) The struggle to be spontaneous due to years of the need for compliance to forms and formats
    (2) The fear of failure due to years of performance expectations
    (3) The struggle to be creative due to the expectation to comply

    My “constructive” qualities:
    (1) I have learned to appreciate the satisfaction that the entire creative process has upon my soul
    (2) I don’t rush things anymore, I have learned to be patient
    (3) I understand that sometimes a project has to evolve and may take several prototypes to accomplish my desired goal, and that’s okay
    (4) Remembering and being thankful, daily that I have been given an opportunity to follow my heart

    Thanks for listening,


  • Reply Brenda November 25, 2008 at 3:08 am

    The dream of working from home and for myself has really grown into a deep desire recently. This book is a much needed sign that there is help and advice for my goals, no matter how crazy it may seem especially during this time of economic uncertainty.
    Constructive aspect: determination and desire for my end goal fuels long nights of creating, planning and organizing.
    Destructive: impatience to reach my goal coupled with a fear of failure can be very paralyzing.

    Thanks for the opportunity Holly! Your blog really inspires me to reach for my happiness.

  • Reply carolyn November 25, 2008 at 3:27 am

    Constructive aspects of my personality: I’m very resourceful and can find beauty in ordinary things.
    Destructive: feelings of insecurity when I see all the other lovely things out there on etsy and blogs. I have a fear that I am just not good enough.

    I would love to win this book, Holly. I often think about this issue but more in terms of inspiration/obstacles in my life which currently affect my creativity (answer to both– my kids!). I think this book would help me explore the internal issues as well as the external ones so much!


  • Reply Gizel November 25, 2008 at 3:43 am

    Yummy, this book looks great!
    My destructive characteristic is not believing enough in myself. I see so many talented people struggling and not making it so why would I be different? Sometimes it seems that other people see me as more talented than I see myself :(
    My positive characterist is that I “have an eye” for trends, for things that will be hype in the near future. It happened so many times. I’d start wearing something or made something and soon it becomes big, my friends used to go crazy about this :)

    Gizels last blog post: no blog no fun

  • Reply Lindsay November 25, 2008 at 4:14 am

    I check your blog every morning for inspiration and I’m never disappointed – there’s something about the way you put things together that just speaks to me! I’m struggling with the first baby steps of following my creative dream, and would LOVE a copy of the book. Thanks Holly!

  • Reply Charlotte Tollst November 25, 2008 at 4:16 am

    Great giveaway!

    Constructive: My many Ideas, My passion for what I am doing.

    Destructive: My sometimes bad confidence, That I want to do do so many things at the same time.

    Charlotte Tollst?ns last blog post: A blue morning

  • Reply Nessa November 25, 2008 at 4:21 am

    Brilliant book. I could really use some organization in my head and my life.

    I am a very go-forward type of person. I’m always ready to jump in with both feet on the next fabulous project, and have tons of ideas. I have a true love for my work, and always have a “failure is not a consideration” attitude.

    I find that those very attributes that make me oh-so constructive, are the same ones that hold me back. Funny how life works. My tons of ideas turn into a crazy crazy brain! My head is spinning all of the time with ideas, designs & plans. This book is so perfect…I could transfer my mind into the book, and could close it when I’m done for the day!! Ahh, peace.

  • Reply diana November 25, 2008 at 4:31 am

    Hi Holly,

    that little star from the first picture you are showing (the one with skill, gifts, meaning etc) really hit me. Looking at the terms in this diagram helps me to analyze and bring in some balance in where I am now.
    I (re-)discovered my own childhood favorites a couple of years ago, after a long, long detour studying law and working for a big international company. I learned enough business thinking to get a good start, once I decided (and oh my, th?t was a long process) to give my career a diferent direction. And I’m happy (and proud) that I did take that step. However, now I need to channel my unleashed creativity, build up confidence about the results and learn a new, additional set of business skills at the same time. My strong point I think is that, deep down, I feel 100% convinced this is the right thing to do – and that I can make it a personal success. What I do need to get my head around are my priorities and the daily dose of discipine!

    Thanks Holly for your post! Writing it all down already helps clearing one head and setting priorities (like: Stop surfing NOW – you had your inspiration for today! ;)))

  • Reply Annika November 25, 2008 at 4:51 am

    What a great book!
    I?ve been looking for something like this to help to guide or manage all these ideas in my head/notebooks/post-its; just these things below , make my creativeness distracted… :-)

    constructive: Being able to be creative & being not afraid of new things, and to think sometimes beyond the rules or boxes, borders and out of normal, seeing things differently
    destructive: Not to be able to concentrate on one thing, too many irons on at the same time, feeling not ready yet = insecure of own talents
    (& lack of time: hectic family life taking some toll)

  • Reply C?cile November 25, 2008 at 4:52 am


    That?s a very good question Holly.
    So good to ask myself now as I am planning to do a little business “all by myself”!!!

    the constructive aspects of my personnality: I would say that I always try to be positive, life can be quite hard sometimes but I try not to give up!
    I will also say simply that LIFE is pushing me – and us by the way!- into the process of creativity. Creativity is everywhere, everytime: in the daily routine or in exeptionnal moments.
    I try my life to be constructive (wow! that?s already a greeeeeat project, isnt it???).

    the destructive aspects: I want to please everyone. But in French we say “on ne peut pas plaire ? tout le monde”, we cannot be appreciated by everyone…
    That?s why sometimes I doubt: I did this collage: I find it great, but do other people will find it also nice?
    No finally its not beautiful, its craaaap!!!! Or maybe its cool…Or maybe not….Well, I would say the most destructive aspect of my personnality is HESITATION!!!!


  • Reply Bettina November 25, 2008 at 5:01 am

    The destructive aspect:

    Information overflow. I have a hard time deciding on one idea to follow up and finish, while not getting distracted by new ideas coming at me right, left and center. And as there’s only ever time for one project and not hundreds, I almost always finish none.

    The constructive aspect:

    To live life to its fullest.

  • Reply Frederieke November 25, 2008 at 5:18 am

    ?What are some constructive AND destructive aspects of your personality that are directly influencing your creative process currently??

    At the moment I’m standing before a crossroad.

    In the new year I’m starting a new chapter of my life, I’m moving in with my boyfriend moving to a new city. My current job is not one I want to do for the rest of my life. However it’s a steady income.

    I want to do something creative, something like weddingplanner/designer.

    Constructive: I am a creative person, bursting with ideas.
    Destructive: I do not know if I should follow my dream or be safe at my current job with it’s steady income.

    I need help.

  • Reply chris November 25, 2008 at 5:26 am

    I’d love to win this book! My constructive traits are organization, love of collaboration, never give up mentality and conceiving new ideas.
    My destructive traits are lack of balance in life, bad punctuality and being a perfectionist which can cause time management issues.

  • Reply veda November 25, 2008 at 5:57 am

    Hi Holly,

    What a lovely book!

    Constructive Aspect:

    When I take up a task, like making something creative for occasions like weddings, etc I am definitely positive about making a “perfect” one which brings about a “WOW” expression on everyone’s face. Such is my dedication to it.


    I think I lack a keen Business sense or I am scared to plunge in to one. Basically let me say I know where to start but the apprehension whether i will be successful or not makes me withdraw. Hopefully this book might help me get over my inner fears and be successful entrepreneur one day!!!!

    vedas last blog post: Orchids with Prismas!

  • Reply Bess November 25, 2008 at 6:10 am

    Oooh, this book looks really inspiring!
    For me, the constructive element is mainly an overwhelming desire to make things, a love of problem solving, and the sense of satisfaction it brings, and I guess more destructive would be a slight hint of laziness and procrastination…!

    Besss last blog post: NYC Stories # 1: Specials

  • Reply Oksancia November 25, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Seams like a wonderful book!!! I’m reading this blog for some time already, but never posted comments [shy, maybe :)]. Can’t help wanting this great book! Constructive element for me is the ability to organize all the ideas, that come to my mind, as well as the management of time… Destructive side is that I sometimes cannot get to work as I planned. I get easily carried away by different things, but I’m working on it! :)

    Oksancias last blog post: Winter holidays shop

  • Reply Caroline November 25, 2008 at 7:07 am

    Fun Idea! Beautifiul Book!
    Constructive: I am courageous, have strong believes and artsitic point of views – like an inner motor. I am patient enough to let the process have its course; focused enough to listen to what it takes to complete it.
    Destructive: I work from home and by myself and at the moment also live by myself. It dries me up. I have a need for stimmulation that comes from co-workers and other artist/people but I am not always good at getting it. I just started my own business and this area I found hard to tackle. I live in Sweden where entreprenuership is not the norm. It’s a challenge indeed.

  • Reply Jen November 25, 2008 at 8:04 am

    First of all – the book looks lovely.
    Constructive aspects of my personality are that I try to let the creative process run its course when I’m doing a project without judging myself too harshly. Often times, the finished result does not end up resembling my original vision. Sometimes this is disappointing, but most of the time it is rewarding because I learn something new. Learning is the key to developing myself and my creativity.
    The destructive aspect of my personality is my impatience. I find that I often I have an idea of how long a project should take and when it feels like it is “taking too long” and I’m not getting immediate satisfaction, I abandon it.

    Thanks again, Holly for a fabulous blog full of inspiration and giveaways!

  • Reply Linda November 25, 2008 at 8:53 am

    This book is visually amazing!
    Constructive: Stamina, will and still enjoying the long hours to accomplish what needs to be done.
    Deconstructive: The inability to find more time to learn knew things which I am desperately desiring at this time.
    Thanks Holly, love your site! It fills my day with gorgeous inspiration and pleasure.

  • Reply wiyomu November 25, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Wow! What a fabulous giveaway!

    I consider being constantly creative destructive and constructive aspects of my personality. I simply never stop sometimes. :)

    wiyomus last blog post: Sultry Siren

  • Reply Mariana November 25, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Hi everybody!
    The creative process is a fantastic trip: when you start you are so happy, so confident, so full of ideas! Your imagination flies, you can do everything.
    You can follow your plans or improvise. (This is the constructive part).
    But (why there’s always a but?) suddenly, you are lost, you hesitate, you don’t know which is the right way. And you are also stubborn, and you want to follow this path, but it doesn’t works. Aaaah, why I didn’t planned it better, make a list, organise myself before the trip? (This is the destructive part).
    Conclusion: We just have to follow our instinct and enjoy the trip!

    Marianas last blog post: The Kermitage Collection

  • Reply zahraa November 25, 2008 at 9:39 am

    I am inspired by everything around me whether it is visually appealing or not, I have an ability to take what I think isn?t great and make it lovely!but I think that my impatient nature is destructive to my creative process.

  • Reply Elisa November 25, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Oh, what a fabulous book (and giveaway)!!

    This sounds like just what I need. After going through a hard time for the past 2 years, and felt like I had lost myself a little, I seem to have managed to somewhat focus my energy into something I could share with others ? but I feel like I have a long way to go and would love to have this book to guide me.

    I’m not an artistic type, not in the traditional sense at least ? I can’t draw, paint, sing or play an instrument. I am useless at crafts. I do, however, LOVE to write, always did; and I enjoy playing around with web graphics. I may not be an artistic type, but I’m very creative. I am constantly thinking up new things, coming up with ideas, and planning.

    Unfortunately I am sometimes my worst enemy, because I have a tendency to procrastinate and get bored quickly, so many of those ideas never see the light of day because of one or the other of those personality traits of mine.

    It’s a challenge, and I’d love to be able to focus better and channel my creativity in a way that will actually be more productive.

    Elisas last blog post: Cool finds of the month: Holiday Edition, part 1

  • Reply Emmanuelle November 25, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Hello, guten tag, bonjour Holly!

    my life has changed drastically since i went back to university and had a baby 2 years ago!
    Before: busy but bored French teacher
    After: over over busy mum, graduated in Fashion! Tada!
    Now that Charlotte is more independent, I’m working on a project dear to my heart. I want to open a gallery/concept store revolving around contemporary floral design where artists and artist-in-the heart could meet and express themselves with nature as a source of inspiration and thought.
    Constructive: I am patient, willing to share and creative.
    Destructive: I feel like on an desert island! My project is not traditional and most people I talk to about it think it’s not worth trying (“you’re a teacher, what do you need to do that for?” “Well, ok, i once apon a time taught but today i just want to be me. It’s not fairy tale time. Everyday life can be great and challenging.” So i guess i have to prove me right, get organized and started. Any help is highly appreciated then!!

  • Reply Frizz November 25, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Constructive – I am creative and want so bad to make it as a freelance artist.
    Destructive – No confidence and lots of fear.

    Frizzs last blog post: m is for monkey

  • Reply rochelle November 25, 2008 at 10:06 am

    oooo….me, me, me (raising hand excitedly in the air)!!! sooooo could put that to good use.

    rochelles last blog post: Nettleton Hollow

  • Reply Kelly November 25, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Constructive & Deconstructive……….both such fresh words to me right now as I am in the early stages of starting a company (bedding collection).

    C: My passion for creating not only beautiful, but new and innovative textiles.
    D: Business plans! I am currently reading a step by step guide to creating a business plan, but think that your giveaway book looks much more interesting!

    Great giveaway, thanks!

    Kellys last blog post: Mirror – Soft Pink Rose

  • Reply Meghan November 25, 2008 at 10:12 am

    The book looks great and really inspiring!

    Constructive: I have a lot of ideas and thoroughly enjoy being creative.

    Deconstructive: I over think things. Put too much thought in things that should be simple and then overcomplicate them until I am discouraged and frustrated!

    I am beginning the planning stages of starting my own creative business, but even though I know I am talented I start to overthink things resulting in me putting things off even more.

  • Reply Chantal November 25, 2008 at 10:13 am

    I was reading all these posts above and can’t help but admire all these women, living, dreaming…some of them actually living and DOING their creative dreams. I’m a graphic designer at a crossroads right now. I made the wrong choice for the right salary and am…. miserable.

    I love reading posts here on Decor8, it inspires me to see so many other women, talented and creative and see what THEY do to get inspired. Because right now, I need that creative spark to light up!

    So thanks Holly for a wonderful blog that I read every single day and to your lovely readers for inspiring me. I now need that little oomph to see where to go..continue on the design path or see what other creative stuff I can realize and make come true.

    Chantals last blog post: A Bright Light has Gone Out but a New Star Shines Bright

  • Reply Elizabeth November 25, 2008 at 10:14 am

    This books looks very inspiring and beautiful!
    I have a real passion for art and creating it. I work hard and have held a regular job while pursing my dream…I don’t give up. I have business sense, patience, and motivation.
    I can be disorganized, guilty feelings of putting family on hold, holding onto a regular job and not giving it my all

    Elizabeths last blog post:

  • Reply Renate November 25, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Hm.. constructive: I love a new project. I’m constantly inspired by stuff I see on blogs, Etsy, pictures in books or magazines or just people I meet. Sadly, most gets stuck in the planning phase as I can’t decide what to do first. And when I do start something that isn’t finished quickly enough, it can take me forever to get round to picking it up again and finishing. Only to discover after I do finish a project, that it wasn’t nearly as much work as I’d anticipated. It’s a hard pattern to break through but something I’m trying to get started working on now! ;-)

  • Reply Pam Simos November 25, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Sometimes I feel like my constructive and destructive traits are different aspects of the same thing. Examples?: High standards give me something to strive for/perfectionism can keep me from starting or finishing a project. And I’m great at brainstorming and generating ideas, but sometimes following thru is less intriguing (and takes a lot more time).

    This book looks like a great mix of ideas and imagery. Thanks for spotlighting it. Cheers.

  • Reply shana ivey November 25, 2008 at 10:32 am

    It must be karma – I have been heading in this direction – needing and wanting something that makes my soul happy. this is my goal for 2009 . . .

  • Reply AfterGirl November 25, 2008 at 10:33 am

    What a beautiful book.

    My constructive side is that I have great ideas and I am a marvolous desiner.

    Destructve: Fear. I am afraid of going out on my own I need to find a way to conqur my fear. (Working on it!)

  • Reply ArtShades November 25, 2008 at 10:33 am

    How exciting!

    Constructive traits: I am always inspired and have lots of new ideas. I’m a perfectionist which means my work is never sloppy.
    Destructive traits: I am easily distracted (oops, it happened again as I am commenting here!) and I’m a perfectionist which makes me over-think my work.

    Hence if I win the book it will be an inspiring distraction and you’ll be sure I won’t crease the pages!

  • Reply Zee November 25, 2008 at 10:50 am


    My constructive side is that I have ideas, I like creating and building, great craftmanship, attention to details when doing something, good with colors…
    My destructive is mainly lack of motivation and I don’t really like to talk to people about what I do due to my introveted nature.


  • Reply Kelli November 25, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Oh, I would just love a copy. Thank you for sharing this!

    Kellis last blog post: Autumn Treasure

  • Reply Emma November 25, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Con: I am creative and new ideas come easily to me.

    Des: I finish 95% of the project very easily, but the last 5% is nearly impossible and I have so many unfinished projects lying around. It’s like an impenetrable psychological barrier for me. I have wrestled with this problem for a very long time. If this book helps in any way, I would forever be grateful.

  • Reply Jennifer November 25, 2008 at 10:59 am

    As far as being constructive..I will almost always do whatever I set my mind to do. I’ve gained a lot more confidence in myself in the past two years than I have ever had. I am definitely destructive though…When it comes to my work area I find it so hard to be organized. I am a big “list maker” but I’ll make lists on thousands of random sheets of paper and then can never find them! lol Also I have a hard time doing one thing at a time. I try to be so over-productive by multi-tasking and then it takes even longer to finish a project.

  • Reply Niki P November 25, 2008 at 11:08 am

    – I *believe* that I can be creative.
    – In my gut, I have that feeling that I need to create and explore.

    – I am afraid to explore my creative side out of fear. The fear of not being good enough and the fear of failing.

  • Reply Judit Gueth November 25, 2008 at 11:08 am

    It seems like a great book!

    Hmm… some of the constructive aspects of my personality that help my creative process, and my business are: I don’t give up. If I have a good idea, I will look for ways to make it happen, even if some people tell me that I’m crazy. I’m pretty organized and meticulous, and like to think things through. Sometimes I think and research too much though, and looking for the perfect solution can slow me down.

  • Reply Christine November 25, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Working from home can be such a bore,
    Alone and wondering how you can be more.
    We all need to be lifted
    If this book I am gifted,
    I think it will set my spirit a soar.

    Constructive: I find that pursuing my creative passions has increased my quality of life tenfold…that is the most anyone can ask for!
    Destructive: terrible at rhyming :)

    Christines last blog post: Nifty Thrifty Dry Goods

  • Reply Michelle/WhenIGrowUpCoach November 25, 2008 at 11:19 am

    CONSTRUCTIVE: I’m so driven, it’s dumb! I have a day job, am finishing up my life coaching certification & working on getting my business off the ground – and yet I’m making sure my schedule is clear to (hopefully) be in a show this winter. It’s a company I love working with, the musical is super cute & the part is PERFECT for me!

    DESTRUCTIVE: I constantly put too much on my plate & often feel overwhelmed. It’s tough to be creative when your brain is flooded with particulars!

    This book would be amazing in helping me with my own business as well as helping my clients! I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

    Michelle/WhenIGrowUpCoachs last blog post: Motivation Monday: Installment 4

  • Reply Catherine November 25, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Great giveaway! Love to see this in person.
    Constructive: Desire for a creative outlet.
    Destructive: time management, procrastination, too much on my plate.

  • Reply Pat Sloan November 25, 2008 at 11:25 am

    This sounds like an amazing book!
    –constructive aspects of my personality that are directly influencing my creative process currently
    I’m SUPER flexible and willing to work/try new things. I thrive on change. I am a can do gal, never saying it won’t work until I’ve given it a try. I look at all things as opportunities and have a positive outlook on those.

    — destructive aspects of my personality that are directly influencing my creative process currently?
    –saying yes to way more things than I should. Not reviewing which things are best for business, so taking on projects that did not have much bang for the buck. Working too many hours and burning out.

  • Reply Goody November 25, 2008 at 11:27 am

    the most constructive is that i can see an idea for being creative in almost everything. a word on a page. the look on a persons face. the leaves blowing. you name it.

    but the flip side of that is that procrastination and a need to try to be perfect has really been the killer of all things creative in my world.

  • Reply Susie November 25, 2008 at 11:28 am

    I would just LOVE this book!

    I just opened my own Etsy shop sewing dog collars. Animals are my passion and sewing is my favorite hobby. I think I found a good combination there.

    I love creating the collars and shopping around for the best and cutest materials. But I have trouble with the administrative stuff like staying organized, finding cute things or letters to add to the packages, getting business cards and all of that stuff. And I don’t just want to learn from any old business book, I want to do it with a DIY feel. I want to learn how to do all of the little extra stuff with style.

    This book looks perfect!

    Susies last blog post: Cute Paw Prints Dog Collar – Available in 4 Colors

  • Reply Adrienne Breaux November 25, 2008 at 11:31 am

    I own my own business right now. I do interior design consulting, writing and an odd combination of house and pet sitting. I really just want to make things. I have a million ideas for things to make, really simple but thought-filled clever ideas. I make some of them, but not nearly enough. The truth of the matter? I don’t actually know what it is that is destructive about me that has stopped me from reaching my dreams or goals in that area. It makes me question whether or not it’s what I really want, but I know that it is. I am frustrated and would love direction.

  • Reply Brynn November 25, 2008 at 11:34 am

    I just think that book is so cool, i would love to get my hands on one, and see how creative it is.

  • Reply juliette November 25, 2008 at 11:34 am

    practical book!
    Constructive: I find inspiration in almost anything and am willing to work with different mediums.
    Destructive: I let myself get bogged down by the mundane (time, space, money) instead of rising to the challenge. I need to make time to come up with a game plan with reasonable goals and I think I over complicate that process.

  • Reply Angela November 25, 2008 at 11:41 am

    I could really use this.

    Constructive: I’m an organized, efficient, hard-working multi-tasker with good ideas.
    Destructive: Confidence! And concentrating on something new, while still balancing a full-time job, husband and children.

  • Reply Hailey November 25, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Constructive – you really have to have a passion to be creative. You have to really want it! The more you want it, the better it is :)

    Destructive – I am scared of being rejected and I am also scared to put myself out there.

    Thanks for this awesome opportunity!

    Haileys last blog post: My Dream!

  • Reply * StelitA * November 25, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    What are some constructive aspects of your personality?
    Belief that I can achieve anything (as long as I want it), being a hard worker

    AND destructive aspects of your personality ?
    I’m disorganized

    LOve and many happy artsy days.

  • Reply Mithi November 25, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    What a great book to have Holly!

    What can I say, I’ve taken the plunge and am re-training as an illustrator after being so very unhappy as a scientist. But sometimes I wonder if I’m only doing this to delay the fact that I’m going to have to face the world and make a living out of my creative endeavors.

    Fortunately I still have a year and a half to go of cushioned student-ness. But what I want is to hit the floor running, having started being entrepreneurial even before I graduate. Part of why I feel I haven’t yet managed to do so (or at least start on the road to doing so) is I’m actually quite overwhelmed by all my coursework (or perhaps I use it as an excuse …), and a lot of it is about creative thinking, not necessarily about entrepreneurial thinking.

    I’ve loved every one of the ‘what to do when you don’t know what to do’ psts here and perhaps a book like this would put me on the right path …

    Mithis last blog post: Experimental print

  • Reply melissa deakin November 25, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    This book looks fabulous and something I could really use. I am a planner by nature, so I seem to overthink things at times and this can get in the way of being creative. Right now, I struggle with finding the time to pursue all that I would like to with regard to making and creating things. I don’t feel ‘whole’ if I am not creating, yet family obligations, etc. often stand in the way. I need to find a way to balance the two. In terms of a constructive aspect of my creativity, I am very passionate and always willing to try new things. If I don’t know how to do something, I will work on it until I figure it out.
    Thanks so much!

    melissa deakins last blog post: Thursday’s thought…

  • Reply Alling November 25, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Something about my personality that is destructive to my creative process? I do too much at once. I get an idea, or twenty, and I try to get them out at once. Often leaving me frustrated and tired and burned out. Oh, and I am also extremely self critical, but that might be a good thing.

    And something that helps my creative process? I am organized. I look at a situation and immediately start to compartmentalize in my head. I like things to be neat, in line, in order – not necessarily logical though.

    Allings last blog post: Eco Pet Bed

  • Reply Molly November 25, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    I’ll be heading to the blog right after this comment! So exciting.

    Constructive: I can find inspiration out of the simplest things.

    Destructive: Being too critical of my work or second guessing my end result.

  • Reply Duncan November 25, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    I have recently began creating idea boards of what I want to attract to my life. It has totally helped me to narrow down what I want to be and have and do. This book would be a fabulous addition to my research and tools.
    I believe that PERSISTENCE IS MY MOST CONSTRUCTIVE asset and impatience is my most destructive asset.

  • Reply Casey November 25, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Constructive: Focus and determination once I’ve committed to a project. The mentality that everything I do should be done with quality and purpose.

    Destructive: Perfectionism that often hinders things from getting past the ideation stage.

    Caseys last blog post: Greening the Cleaning

  • Reply Annette November 25, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    I would love to win a copy. As a child I was extremely creative and then growing up happened and I was told I could not do this or that or could not make money doing something else and my creative side kind of dwindled. I am trying to awaken the creative part of me and have had some amazing moments. I know it is still inside, slumbering and believe it is time to wake the muse within me and live the life I dream of. Thank you for this opportunity!

    Annettes last blog post: Seed Catalogs

  • Reply abbydennis November 25, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    ack! i need this book. i’m not very good at the discipline of finishing thing so no only could this inspire, but i’m sure it will help point me in the appropriate direction and provide a wealth of how-to into that would normally leave me feeling swamped and unable to start anything new in the first place!

    abbydenniss last blog post: good and soggy

  • Reply judy lake November 25, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    What a yummy book. Love the drawings and looks like it gets to the heart of starting a business.
    constructive. I think to really be a success you have to LOVE what you do. I have always been creative, a little batik, a little quilting, lots of knitting, some sewing, lots of spinning, and on and on. A friend once said to me, Judy, focus on one thing!!! I’ve had a hand crafted lampshade business for 22 years, starting on the kitchen table moving to a small design studio/shop in our little village and now just finishing a craft book on making lampshades. Who knew…..Do one thing you love and do it really well. Keep learning and growing as an a small business owner and artist. There is never a day that I don’t try a new idea or learn something new. Life short, make the best of it.

    destructive. Not taking enough time away….. do I hear a small, tropical island calling…

  • Reply Vela November 25, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Gorgeous book! My most constructive personality trait is perseverance. I keep at something until I get it right. Unfortunately, my destructive personality trait perfectionism, makes this a vicious cycle. Sometimes I am so paralyzed by the need to do it perfectly, that i do nothing at all. I really need to play more, and allow myself to make more mistakes.

  • Reply Anna Weber November 25, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    I often get overwhelmed by the possibilities! I go to stores like Anthropologie and am continually reticent to spend that kind of money because I am always thinking…I could do that! But then, when it comes down to it, I never actually DO THAT.

    However, I love the DIY community and that makes it worth it!

  • Reply Nikki November 25, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    I am lucky to have a very active imagination, so for me, thinking and creating in my mind is constant and exciting! My downfall is when it comes to actually doing something about any single one of all those wonderful ideas. I’m working hard to become more of a do-er, I promise!

  • Reply bhart November 25, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Have a hundred ideas and no Step One…

  • Reply Juli November 25, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Constructive: I like to call myself a linear artist – I love creativity as well as organization.

    Destructive: The hardest part of any project for me is just getting started.

    This book looks like a great resource and encouragement to get me started!

    Julis last blog post: JUST THE FACTS ~

  • Reply Shanna November 25, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Constructives – Proactive, persistant, and love trying new things with all my projects.

    Destructives – I have an unrealistic expectation that the things I do must be right the first time, and if they aren’t then I find myself thinking that it must not be for me… which is basically lack of confidence. Which is pretty normal according other peoples comments.

    Great giveaway… whoever gets these will be getting a great gift.

  • Reply Andrea November 25, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Oh this would be so helpful. I’m entering a huge transition in my life.. new baby.. and I think I am at the point that I am so ready to take the leap to start my own business. I’ve been a graphic designer/photographer for over 10 years with I think a very well rounded portfolio… but where to start?? So many ideas but no focus.

  • Reply Janelle November 25, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Fantastic giveaway!

    Constructive Aspects: I am a creative and flexible thinker and have many ideas, and the ability to see the big picture and how things could/would work out.

    Destructive Aspects: I am also a bit of a perfectionist and wonder if my product/ideas are good enough. I am also very private and much of what I do artistically is personal, and involves my personal life, which makes me hesitate to put it “out there”.

  • Reply Sophia November 25, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Holly,
    I guess this is a question that everyone must have wondered a few times in their lives… As for me I can only answer by how things have come in reality, so far when you see me for the first few times you get the feeling that I’m a person of low self esteem and not so much of an aspiring creativity to share but when you get to know me you see how much committed, creative and dedicated person I really am. Well, for my personality deconstructive parts come first and good things follow!

    PS; Thanks so much for giving us a chance to express our inner self.

  • Reply caylen November 25, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    i think that the constructive and deconstructive aspects of my personality that influence my creative process sortof mesh together and “flip flops” between aiding or hindering my creativity…

    here’s the thing. i am indecisive, curious and thoughtful. i will ponder a color choice/fabric selection/finish option until i cannot stand to look at it or be in the same room with it anymore. irritating? absolutely! i wonder, think and rethink almost every choice to make sure it is the right one. essential? absolutely. i am a designer (commercial), and what client would want the person they are trusting with their space to make haphazard decisions? at the end of the day, it’s a handicap as well as a necessity. it’s a daily struggle and i love it!

  • Reply Kathryn November 25, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    When I was a child I used to love doing hands on crafts. Art and History were always my strongest subjects. As I got older, the computer got more and more important (when I was 11, I made a computer out of a card-board box, I made the keys and planned on having a scrolling screen out of paper). All throughout high school I seemed to have a good balance. I did handcrafted art such as drawings and paintings, but also started learning computer software. Now that I am in college, I find that I use hand craft hardly EVER. I feel that this is destructive. I have let my love of computers over take my love of hand crafted art. I look to the computer for inspiration, help making a perfect circle, but along the way I lost what’s so fun about creating. It being personal. Nothing is personal about Photoshop besides the brush you made last week that you think is cool. I find the more I use some sort of hand-craft, the less self-doubt I have because after all, everyone has Adobe, no one has my brain.

  • Reply sam November 25, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Oh my goodness, I know this book was made for me.

    Constructive aspects: I LOVE creating, in whatever form that may take, I love working with my hands. I love working on a project endlessy as my creative juices flow. I love thinking about the project when I can’t get a chance to work on it. Being creative is what i was born to do, this I know!

    Destrcutive aspects: I’m a little terrfied of picking one thing and having to stick with it. I love to dabble, I love to try different crafts, working with a variety of mediums. I want to be able to experiment for the rest of my life, and I’m worried picking just one aspect to expand will limit me……silly, I know.

    Pick me, Pick me! :)

  • Reply porter November 25, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Wow! What a great give away!! Soo fun

    porters last blog post:

  • Reply Betsy November 25, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    hi holly,

    this is my first time commenting on any blog, but i felt so passionate about the topic of the book that i just had to. i know you’ve written about this before – being a creative stuck in a business person’s body.

    i’m just starting to let myself explore my creativity and while i’m so excited (and scared!) about it, i’m also sad that i’ve hidden this or trapped it for so long. don’t get me wrong, i’m not old by any means, but when you tap into that creativity personally, it propells you to work harder and harder to achieve what you want. now, i’m at this crossroads (like many i’m sure) and there are two major directions: 1. pursue a creative “career” or lifestyle and let myself be who i think i was made to be or 2. stay in a stable, 8-5 job. the toughest part about these two paradigms is the external forces, like the economy, insurance, etc. but the question i keep asking myself is: does the drive to be your creative self out-weigh all of these practial influences? maybe.

    personality wise, i’m the kind of person who is really really good at making large, sweeping changes. the smaller changes are the hardest for me. i get impatient that things aren’t happening faster and that i’m not getting to that “place.” the thing i need to remember is that none of us are ever at that “place.” the whole point is to enjoy the journey, and i think in my desire to achieve, the journey gets lost.

    i also think i let the fear of the unkown take a hold so often and i wonder if i just jumped, like you did, would i be o.k? would it all work out? would i be taken care of? is trust all i need?

    questions aside, i absolutely can’t wait to devour this book. thanks to you and the publisher for offering!!

    oh, and thanks for all of the personal wisdom and advice you have shared and will continue to share with all of us. it seriously means more than you know!

    ** betsy

  • Reply Lauren November 25, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    This book looks great!
    My constructive traits: love all things creative, willing to try anything!
    My destructive traits: need to believe in myself

  • Reply Morgan November 25, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Interestingly, when I read your question, I thought of constructive and destructive in the literal sense! Going with that interpretation:

    A constructive aspect of my personality is – what I’m coming to realize – the unique way I arrange and assemble objects to visually express ideas. I’m tacit by nature, and feel most comfortable communicating with images or written (as opposed to spoken) words. Early in my life I discovered the power of collage, and have been expanding my definition of collage ever since.

    Currently my visual collage-ism is influencing the way I’m interweaving the home my husband and I are making together (our first anniversary is December 31). In keeping with collage, I’ve identified the ideas at the core of our distinct styles – his is Danish modern, mine more femme-y Queen Anne – and have been using key elements of each as input into every vignette in the meta-vignette of our home.

    Collage, by necessity, requires the selection of a subset of the whole. In traditional collage, a sampling of an image, pattern or material is used as input into the creation. As a sampling is used, the original must be destroyed (or at least altered) in the creative process. Sometimes the original is scrapped or recycled after the sample has been excised.

    For as long as collage has been a communication tool for me, it has similarly played an emotional role in my life. While I couldn’t always control what happened in a topsy family and turvy childhood, I could mark and cut boundaries on paper. This early use of scissors to extricate my intended meaning from the mismash of possible meanings in a busy original image has left me with an appreciation for a well-constructed pair of scissors; hefty, sharp and clean. Destruction of what is a seemingly intact “whole” has been a prerequisite to extracting the images and meanings I’ve put into every form my collage has taken.

    Likewise, in the nesting and home creation process my husband and I are embarking on (in a 900 sf house), we’ve had to examine every one of our belongings and ultimately eject some of them from our lives. While we aren’t taking a sledgehammer to the pieces, we are cutting them out of our lives. Rather than scissors, the valuable tool used to remove unneeded bits from our life is Craigslist :]

  • Reply Allison November 25, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    The book looks fantastic! I can think of more of the negative sides of creativity. I often get really into one thing and find it fizzling out, so it is very encouraging when I find a creative project (quilting for me) that really sticks and lets me engage my left and right sides of the brain. I sometimes get too worried about it being perfect though that it paralyzes me from starting. I have to remember to relax and enjoy the process, get back to the fun of creating something and being able to share it with other people!

    Allisons last blog post: Hopscotch Quilt Design

  • Reply Joanne November 25, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    This is a great giveaway! thanks Holly for such amazing inspirational boost!

    I have to say the greatest aspect that influences my creative process would be passion. I have great passion when it comes to my creative outlet. I dream, idealize, and think about an idea or project constantly. Sometimes I get excited for days about the end result of an project that has not even started on yet. Sounds a little bit crazy? I guess so but I rather work because I’m passionate about the job instead of going to work hoping to find something to be passionate about.

    Although I’m passionate, I sometimes let fear overpowers me. I spend a lot of time on gathering resources because I fear of failure. Maybe this book will help me tremendously :)

  • Reply Michelle November 25, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Interesting book….I collect books like these and read them, make notes and keep wondering why I still am where I am, maybe this one will be different.

    Constructive: Confident in my work, background in business, management and sales/marketing. Very good at many things, give me a drill, saw, paintbrush ,mac, sewing machine you name it, I can make it or design it.

    Deconstructive: What is that they say: jack of all trades, master of none. I wallow in the forest of where should truly be and what should I do that could actually make a difference in this world. To have a creative gift means nothing if it can’t develop into something that benefits and inspires the life of others.

  • Reply Julie (Fabulous Finds Studio) November 25, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    I am a perfectionist and that trait isn’t good when I work on my artwork. I have had to learn when something is “good” but not perfect. A good trait is that I’m strong-willed!
    Have a fabulous day!

  • Reply krista November 25, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    hmmm, I’m a bit of a procrastinator. But the good thing is, the whole time I’m not creating what what needs to be done, I’m thinking of ideas. If I did things right away, I wouldn’t have the cool concepts I have when I do it last minute.

    kristas last blog post: the life

  • Reply Terri November 25, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Yikes, I better get this in before the deadline because I NEED THIS BOOK. I am going through some serious soul searching as I just had my last (and final!) baby and I need to figure out my path.
    Let’s start with the negative so that perhaps the positive is what you’ll remember. The destructive aspects of my personality are that I tend to overcommit to something and then even when I rationally know the opportunity or relationship is over, I hang on until there’s nothing left to hang on to. I also find that I can’t focus my interests. I feel like I’m all over the map: KNITTING! COOKING! WRITING! TEACHING! BIOLOGY! I feel like my interests are dichotomous and conflicting and I don’t know where or when to hone my passions. What should remain an impassioned hobby and what should I pursue career-wise?

    Now the positive aspects of my personality are thus- I am not a quitter. Sometimes, like described above, this is a hindrance, and sometimes, it is a salvation. I find that as long as you just show up to something, be present and true, you will hardly ever fail. I’m also intelligent and I get along well with a lot of different people. I think growing up in rural Vermont, although racially and politically homogenous, is actually intellectually and culturally well-diversified.

    Thanks for the opportunity, Holly.


  • Reply Sue November 25, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    For me they are the same things. I am a dreamer and spend far too much time dreaming of what I want to do creatively which is destructive in the sense that I have to fit my creativity around a full time job. On the other hand being a dreamer is also a great way to gain inspiration and to escape from the realities of life which is the constructive part.

    Sues last blog post: Grey Circle Card

  • Reply Elisabeth November 25, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Well apparently one of the biggest problems with my personality is, when it comes to creativity, that I don’t have enough constancy. I have hundreds of different things in progress at the same time and therefore there are many projects that stay unfinished.
    As I’m always trying new things, I don’t have much skills – just don’t have time for learning something completely. I have lots of ideas in my computer and sketchbooks, but when it comes to actually making something, I usually screw up.
    But that doesn’t mean I’m completely bad :D. As I said, I have ideas. I write them down on stickies and notebooks, mobile phone and diary. It’s great to check them once in a while to get inspiration.

  • Reply Yoli November 25, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Oh what a joy to win that book!

    Contructive: I know exactly what I want it to look like and am quick to gather the elements needed

    Destructive: Not showing it to anyone. Too embarrassed.

    Yolis last blog post: If you don’t think one person can make a difference – Watch This!

  • Reply Melissa November 25, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    By all accounts I should be a creatively happy person. I have a great “creative” job, I spend my time with interesting people, and at the end of the day I have a supportive and inspiring family of friends to encourage me. The problem is, I am not! The drudgery of being at a computer, day-after-day, fulfilling someone else’s vision has nudged my towards quiet creative insanity. I look into switching fields and switching jobs, but I know (not so deep down) that what I need, what I want, is the fulfillment of allocating my time and skills to cater my own dream, to make beautiful things with my hands and design with my eyes and not with my screen. But, alas, how do I get from here, to here?

  • Reply Mr. Peacock November 25, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    You always have such great giveaways!!!!
    Constructive: I have the ideas and enthusiasm.
    Destructive: Second guessing ideas.
    Thank you Decor8!
    Mr. Peacock

    Mr. Peacocks last blog post: Taproot Foundation?do it pro bono.

  • Reply Jessica November 25, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I think my most constructive and destructive creative tendencies come from the same place: I tend to jump in to each new endeavor with both feet–spending such long hours at my computer screen that when I lie down to sleep at night, my mind is still racing, mulling it over and over. I becomes all consuming, and it’s difficult to step away for a break. Burning out halfway through a project is often the result, which is (obviously) less than ideal. I need to work on improving my pace.

  • Reply Krista November 25, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    I am really good at learning something new and loving the learning process. Currently I am taking an art class – long over due. Definitely the cause/downfall/destructive aspect of my personality is fear of failure, letting myself down and not following through. I have put off my creative endeavors, comparing myself to others’ work – when I only see the completed project! Not the hours and days and weeks and months of failing to achieve exactly what they wanted. I am learning to enjoy the creative process and focus away from an urgency to hurry something. Its a really great feeling, actually! Like I’m coming into my own. This book sounds like such a cool focusing ‘touchstone’ for any creative person. Thank you for bringing it to my attention!

  • Reply Joe Ford November 25, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks for this giveaway!

    Pros: lots of ideas and ability
    Cons: not a lot of business savvy

  • Reply jana November 25, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    thank you for such a great opportunity to win this giveaway!! i hope i will win!
    constructive: i’m a commercial graphic designer working p/t while taking care of my two kids as well, i have millions creative ideas in my head but need some guiding on executions.

    deconstructive: start projects one or more and loose tract because of millions of other things on my place.

    thanks jana!

  • Reply Tracy French November 25, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Wow, that book looks very cool!

    Constructive: I am very creative and I love to think outside the box when scrapbooking, taking photos, and writing (my 3 passions).

    Deconstructive: I procrastinate out of fear. I am either a perfectionist or terrified of failure, b/c even though those 3 things are my passion and what makes me happy, I seldom do them. I think I am never happy with my work, I always go back and see something I could have done differently, and then I think I am not that remarkable, anyone can do what I do. So it can be a battle to just do it and enjoy it.

  • Reply Kerry November 25, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Great question!

    I just recently have really wanted to get into creating and selling SOMETHING, I am just not sure what yet, but that is not what I find destructive:) …..

    Constructive: Once the idea comes to me, I can run with it pretty far, turning and mixing it in my head until it forms lots of little ideas

    Destructive: Whenever I have an idea, I always end up thinking that if other people wanted one, they would just make it themselves rather than buy it. Obviuosly not true as is told by the popularity of everything from etsy to local boutiques.

  • Reply Nicole November 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    This book looks AMAZING! and seems to completely hit home with me write at this moment in my life.

    My constructive traits would be that I think BIG, and am completely passionate about what I am creating. I have a vision, great design skills, and multiple talents.

    The above can also be my destructive traits. I have so many ideas. I can get overwhelmed, bogged down, and unproductive. I think I pretty much have it narrowed down as to what I want to be doing, but now I am at a stand still of how to get there. I currently work a 9- 5 graphic design job, but really want to be more hands on and creating my own products. I need more space and more time, but most of all I just need to take the next step forward, instead of idling at the yellow light. . .

  • Reply phoenixc November 25, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Constructive: Once I decide to do something, I’m impatient to get started right away to realize the vision.

    On the other hand,

    Destructive: I’m also afraid that the reality won’t stand up to the vision and let that get in the way…this usually happens more often when I’m trying to put thoughts onto paper and I edit myself to death….or so it seems.

    phoenixcs last blog post: 2 Jane and the freebie!

  • Reply Tara K November 25, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    We all have some central driving force behind our creativity-for some it is easily definable and for others like myself it is something like a breath or a sound, that comes and goes quickly and is only noticed when paying careful attention. I think this reason is because it has become something very much organic to my being, just as I often get busy with creative life and just purely, life- I unconsciously breathe into the next direction without noticing much whether or not my creative spirit is intact. But you see-this is because it is always there, It’s in my soul, my breath, my being, my hands, my thoughts. I want a life made out of creativity, one that influences the world around me as well as my budding family.

    Both constructively and destructively I am obsessed with all things creative, which both inhibits and excites daily life around my house. Constructively I am passionate, forward thinking, spontaneous, hard working. Destructive patterns of my personality pertaining to my creative processes right now are simple, I am obsessed. Simply- I do not know how to not infuse creativity into everything I am and do, and quite frankly would not want such an uninteresting approach to life anyway. However, being so obsessed gets us to sometimes think we are losing sight of reality, and this is the sort if thinking I believe a lot of other creative individuals get stuck in. I think this book might help us to believe, A life of creativity can be our reality…
    Much creative love-Tara

  • Reply Leanne November 25, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Can this book find another 4 hours each day??

    Constructive: I love making things. I usually can complete the initial idea – and enjoy all aspects of the process.

    Destructive: All of the other “details” that are required for a successful business are hard for me to maintain. I really need to learn better how to be Effective – not just Efficient.

    Leannes last blog post: Camp Tea Towel Series, Camper, Canoe, Tent , Hand printed

  • Reply Treva November 25, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    C: i have vision, can work to deadlines and budgets and sometimes can find my zone
    D: i am very easily derailed by the comments or attitudes of others, i need affirmation to stay in my zone otherwise, i withdraw

  • Reply Colleen November 25, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Looks like a great book!

    Constructive: detail oriented, lots of ideas, the best of intentions, can find a solution for pretty much any design problem

    Destructive: easily distracted, fear of failure and quite possibly fear of success, procrastination

    Thanks! and Happy Thanksgiving : )

  • Reply Rebekah November 25, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    honestly this book sounds amazing and such a must biggest struggle is really not the creative side but rather the confidence to “go for it” and put myself out there with my work. I am a stay at home Mother of two and it is also just really difficult to find the time and motivation after they are in bed and for those of us who are financially not it the place to hire constant help it makes it difficult.
    I love this blog, the creative inspiration, the constant support of a growing and thriving art community, it is a gift and another reason to give thanks this holiday!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!

    Rebekahs last blog post: good morning

  • Reply Alissa November 25, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    There’s this stereotype about the flighty artist, one who lives for the moment and dwells in their own world. I am practical, forward-thinking and far too reasonable for my own good. I am swayed by things like health insurance and the practicality of paying my bills while pursuing my career as an artist. Of course, this is both constructive and destructive as my alternate career (Visual Arts Teacher) allows me to pay the bills and go to doctor’s visits. However, at some point, I need to find a way to balance my creative and practical side. Though my job allows me to work with the arts, I am merely a director of the process while my students get creative. Exhausted by the end of the day, I don’t find the time to pursue my own art.

    However…the plus side of being a teacher is that I have holidays and summer breaks during which I can play creatively. The plus side of my practical personality is that I plan ahead and complete every exterior need so that these breaks are spent wholly on artistic endeavors. I maintain journals throughout the year full of ideas that I want to pursue during these times. My practical side hopes to save up a sum of money that would allow me to teach less and create more. Now if only I could choose one type of art/design to focus on instead of daydreaming about projects from jewellery design to creative cooking…!

  • Reply Amy C November 25, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    That book looks awesome!
    Lets see here… constructive: I can really be a perfectionist, which means that I don’t settle for anything less than the best when making my jewelry.
    Destructive: I am the queen of procrastination, so it can take a while for my designs to become reality, and it takes a while for me to get them sold.

  • Reply Devi November 25, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Hmm.. I’m curious of the book :)

    I think, my perfectionism affects both the constructive and destructive sides. It’s constructive, as it supports me in everything that I start with deep love and details. So, the results are mostly great (to me at those moments at least ;)). But it’s destructive and annoying as well, as it won’t let me finish my projects. It keeps looking for something to make it better and better. I often didn’t find an end point. Sometimes it won’t even let me get started, if I only have a vague idea of something. I think, my perfectionism is also the reason, why I get bored so quickly. The bright side is: I’m aware of this, so I keep on “fighting” it – I try to accept my perfectionism as my guide to do things that I love, but not to follow it, once I realized, I’m walking in that circle. As my brain works very rational, I try to create irrational things every now and then just to balance it.

    Devis last blog post: dancer

  • Reply LethaColleen November 25, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Well… First how wonderful it would be to have a copy of this book at this very point in my life — I am currently very much amidst the process of starting an artistic business and have experienced an explosion of creativity and production of new works. I don’t know where it will all lead, but I am very engaged in it and thrilled with all the new feelings and perspective on life I am experiencing…

    Constructive personality traits: Optimism, passion, gung-ho-ness… A deep store of self confidence — I?ve met very few things in life that I didn?t think I could do? Once I start something it’s like the little engine that could.

    Deconstructive personality traits: laziness, over planning to the point of not STARTING, tangenting in a relentless manner — getting the little engine started is the biggest block to all the great things I could be doing for myself and others…

    Anyhoo — thanks for offering up this give away and for continually being, yourself, a resource for inspiration and knowledge to your fellow entrepreneurs (no matter what stage they might be in).


    LethaColleens last blog post: Jon Klassen [burst of beaden]

  • Reply Willow November 25, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    There is a saying in yoga that when the pupil is ready the guru appears. With that said, I think this book has appeared in perfect timing.

    As an interdisciplinary artist, I have been encouraged and have tried (multiple times) to engage in my own practice. I am a painter, photographer, illustrator, graphic designer, book maker, letterpress practitioner…etc. I simply can’t express myself in only one medium when there are so many to choose from.

    Here is what has stopped me in the past (destructive):
    Uncertainty about the validity of what I do- does this practice really contribute to society? Difficulty finding a specific market for my art/crafts. Disorganized creation- a series would take months rather than weeks to finish.

    And this is why I am ready (constructive):
    Now more than ever we need to see clearly through the arts, people are gathering together to create something new and I want to be a part of it- a successful part. It’s just time to represent myself- not the corporate “man”.

    Willows last blog post: commitment issues

  • Reply Marina November 25, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    I bet lots of people have the same problem as I do. I love to plan, plan, plan and make lists and do research before I start a creative (or any) endeavour. This is definitely constructive as I know exactly what I’m getting myself into and exactly what I need to do. But! It’s also destructive because sometimes I overplan and become obsessed and frustrated with the minor details that are really not that important – or even likely scenarios.

  • Reply Shashi November 25, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    This has been a really big year for my own personal development. It hasn’t always been easy and a big portion of it has been about accepting all the many parts of me. One of most important aspects is really giving my dream a try. Learning more about graphic design and experimenting with hit, getting outside my comfort zone, etc. Most importantly is coming up with my own vision. I’m inspired by some many great artists, but until now have had a hard time vocalizing what my own vision is. To that end, it’s been a year of exploration and putting myself in uncomfortable situations – like classes with 19 year old graphic designers (eek!). What I have found from all this is:

    What is constructive about me: being more thoughtful about planning during the creative process, drawing my ideas out (something I never thought I would do), taking inspiration from everyday, being socially responsible about what I design.

    What’s deconstructive about me? – looking at other people’s design and wishing I could do what they do. I can’t do it because I’m not them, so accepting my own concepts for what they are is something I’m working on. Time…there’s not enough time to put all my ideas down with everything else going on in my life! I get overwhelmed by everything going – all the ideas. Sticking to something and committing to it is a challenge.

    Shashis last blog post: Bread Box

  • Reply Sarah November 25, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Hi Holly, I’ve been meaning to delurk for ages and this is such a great giveaway I couldn’t resist!

    What are some constructive AND destructive aspects of your personality that are directly influencing your creative process currently?
    Great question too, well when it comes to personality traits I would have to say that the constructive ones are:

    The ability to find inspiration in everything, attention to detail and enjoying seeing an idea through to completion – from initial idea through to the finished product.

    Destructive – not hugely original here but procrastation and lack of organisation are definitely the destructive traits which prevent me from finding time to develop my ideas.

    Sarahs last blog post: Winter Warmth

  • Reply stacy di November 25, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    ooh thanks for the giveaway…what a great looking book!
    constructive: I have plenty of creative ideas!
    destructive: Lack of focus sometimes. My scattered brain {although filled with ideas} is all over the place!

    stacy dis last blog post: sew adorable.

  • Reply Paula November 25, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    The constructive: loads of ideas, ability, finance and time and to see things through to completion.
    The destructive: no planning or direction or focus. I create then end up giving it all away or selling it for ridiculously small sums to friends only. While I have confidence I don’t have any knowledge of getting past the creating stage.
    Oh, how I need to devour this book from cover to cover.
    Thanks for the chance.

  • Reply Angie November 25, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    I am loving your blog!! Thanks for the chance to win this incredible book!

    constructive: LOTS of ideas, ability

    destructive: don’t know where to start, procrastinator

  • Reply Allison November 25, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    The constructive aspects of my personality that help my creative process are: my ability to pick up inspiration from just about anything (a shop display, a design on a clothing tag, or the shape of a leaf) and apply it to my art (which is mostly collage/mixed media); my bubbling enthusiasm for just the sheer joy of “making stuff,” a huge treasure trove of, not only collected items to use in my art, but also of never-ending ideas.

    The destructive aspects of my personality are that once I begin executing my grand ideas onto paper, I freeze up. Not wanting to waste my precious papers and supplies on a less-than-stellar collage suddenly puts the pressure on me and my free-flowing wand of creativity gets stuck. I also suffer from major self-doubt. As much as I say that I do art simply for the joy of it, I am really dying inside to have someone want to buy my work. I recently submitted two pieces of art to a local art auction and they didn’t sell. It put me in a tailspin of self doubt. And i’m still wallowing in it….

  • Reply Jodi November 25, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Construction: lots of ideas and an eye for color and design.
    Destructive: too many ideas, hardly any enough follow through.

    this book looks fantastic!!

    Jodis last blog post: rainy day accoutrements

  • Reply Pinky November 25, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    To date my creations range from deliciously scented candles, to crochet bikinis, wall art, and even short films!

    I can say that my personality is just like the energizer bunny when it comes to the creative process. Once I’m turned on (once I get my inspiration ok!), I just keep going, going… and I can’t stop! I just overflow with ideas- some that were so great that I ended up in a full page of the lifestyle section of a major newspaper in the Philippines (when I created a line of deliciously scented candles way ahead of its time). I’d be in the middle of a shower (where most of my ideas pop in) and then I’d scurry out and have to write it down wetting my trusty idea notebook and wet the pages (that’s why I love uni-ball waterproof sign pens!). Great ideas come often, and some of them have come to see the light of day!

    Then again- I have this fear, of not being financially stable, failure, or who knows, maybe even success, and this fear has sort of put all my projects to a halt and go on with my day job (it’s still creative anyway, I work as a post production online editor for TVs and movies- just not MY creations) when my creative well either runs dry or gets to overwhelmingly out of control. Procrastination and lack of focus also are my weaknesses. I want a stop to all of this!

    I think this book is a great guide for the creatives who need more direction and discipline, and especially inspiration to move on and the the next step!

    Pinkys last blog post: Keep Calm

  • Reply lori November 25, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    this looks like a fabulous book!
    constructive: not afraid to jump feet first. major determination and drive.
    destructive: getting distracted by blogs all day long! ;) not feeling like i am a good salesperson for my products. too many ideas and not enough cash flow to produce them all.

    loris last blog post: november 25, 2008 – photo of the day

  • Reply Alicia November 25, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Oh, this book looks great!

    Constructive: I really jump into things head first. I know how to go out and get what I need to get the job done, quickly.

    Destructive: I sometimes jump in head first and bump my head! Then I get discouraged and I don’t want to do it anymore. I start with too much steam, and I fizzle out.

    Alicias last blog post: greenmarket

  • Reply Cyndi November 25, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    The constructive? A positive sense of self — who I am and what I’m about.
    The destructive? A tendency to procrastinate! Though this can be a positive, since my brain is always working on the project even if I’m not actually physically working on it and sometimes this leads to more creative work.

    Thanks for the contest Holly! I love reading your blogs and I check them every day!

  • Reply Linda Chapdelaine November 25, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    What a great contest! I have been thinking about jumping off that diving board for a long time and with cutbacks at work… well, it seems like perfect timing. Would love to win this book and create my creative future!

    Thanks so much.

  • Reply Tami B. November 25, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Constructive–my mind whirls with ideas and thoughts on ways to “up-cycle” vintage finds…I LOVE to create in my mind.

    Destructive–time. With family & work, it’s tough (right now, during this season) to find the time & energy to makes those images in my mind come to life. Guess that’s why I love that ‘dreaming’ is free and there’s always time for that :)

    Tami B.s last blog post: silver bella part 3…shopping in the old market

  • Reply Elle (boltandfrolic) November 25, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Hi Holly, this must be a great book for you to spotlight it as a giveaway. I’m going to hop into the hat here, along with so many folks who have similar challenges…

    Destructive tendencies include anger and overwhelm (for having to put on ALL the hats needed to sell my creations; I don’t like dealing with the business part) In turn, that anger and overwhelm morph into despondence and the joy is lost. Fear also, of keeping up with everything once I do begin.

    On the other hand, I do have talent, a great eye, sketchbooks full of solid and original design concepts, a niche (I absolutely adore my subject matter!,) and deep gratitude?not only do I have friends and family who support my vision, but folks I’ve never met in person have told me that they await my next creations, and wonder when I’m going to open an online shop so they can purchase what I make.

    Whether or not I’m one of the lucky ones who get the book, I appreciate being able to share my situation here in your kind and safe forum. Thank you!

    Elle (boltandfrolic)s last blog post: Bolt and Frolic

  • Reply Lili November 25, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks for this opportunity, Holly. I’m an artist/writer/actress with boundless creativity, but not a lot of confidence in my business skills. Also, I grew up partly in a socialist collective in Israel (a kibbutz), so I didn’t learn much about money until I was a young adult and came to the US. Actually, still have no idea how money really works ;-).

    On the plus side, I worked with the artist-in-residence during high school as an apprentice and learned all kinds of media, from photo to printmaking to painting to jewelry to batik to murals, never felt it necessary to confine myself to one. Result: I paint, make music, write fiction/poetry/theatre, design jewelry, turn castoffs into all kinds of interesting and useful and beautiful things, can make even the most hovel-like space a haven (on a shoestring!).

    I believe in using my abilities in a way that benefits not only myself, but the community, have run arts workshops with low-income kids, in homeless shelters, with Palestinian and Jewish children in Israel and Palestine. It’s all very meaningful and fun and yet, I am still not making any sort of living. This book sounds like a wonderful way to fill in the gaps and shore up my confidence so that I can envision, create and grow a successful business that allows me to create and also, to contribute to others.

    Strengths: Curiosity about the world; Sense of humor/flexibility; willingness to learn; facility with many media

    Challenges: Inexperience; discomfort with publicizing myself; clueless about money/marketing, etc.; not sure how to blend personal success and financial stability with community-focused art-making.

  • Reply Jill November 25, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    This comes at a perfect time, it’s just what I’ve been thinking about lately. I’m turning 29 on Dec. 1st and I really feel like I’m at a stand still as a small business owner and crafter. I need help getting my thoughts straight and making a real plan for my future.
    Constructive: Confidance in own natural talent, value of self taught skills, Personal drive and desire to live a life that’s true to everything I love.
    Destructive: Not having a real plan, hoping things will fall into place and just work out somehow…
    Fear of failure. Fear of “i told you so’s”.

    Thanks for introducing us to this book. I’m so intrigued by it’s unusal and artistic format. Fingers crossed!!!

  • Reply Holly Gibbs November 26, 2008 at 12:05 am

    The constructive: A thousand ideas going through my head at all times, the creative itch that keeps me going, the refreshment of being at the beginning of my career as a graphic designer and feeling like the world is in the palm of my hand.

    The deconstructive: I know there are so many talented designers out there, so I often don’t give myself enough credit. Also, by the time I finish a project I feel like I need to go back and re-do everything because I could have done a better job. They say hindsight is 20/20, but I guess it keeps me on my toes!

  • Reply kate (pm) November 26, 2008 at 12:09 am

    I can’t add much new to all the wonderful comments. There are so many deserving people. good luck, everyone!

    constructive: translating inspiration into vision (& hope)
    destructive: my lack of confidence. i should learn to give myself more credit.

  • Reply lorigami November 26, 2008 at 12:15 am

    wow, so many comments already! well… here’s hoping, the book looks SO intriguing!Thank you!

  • Reply LuckyGirl November 26, 2008 at 12:44 am

    I can get lost while creating something and spend hours and hours. Good for creating, but not always good for business–it’s difficult for me to find a balance.

    LuckyGirls last blog post: Make Something Mondays: Self-Bailed Dichroic Glass Pendants

  • Reply luxxury livving November 26, 2008 at 1:04 am

    I’m amazed at so many posts about this… and actually kinda nice to know I’m not the only one looking for something more and wanting to find my creative outlet. My issue is I have waaaaayyyy to many interests and can’t seem to focus on one thing… I luv art… so I paint… I luv blogging about things I luv… so I started blogging… I luv anything and everything about home decor… but don’t know how to go about finding something I can do everyday with it… literally, my list goes on… but I guess I’d rather be into lots of things than not know what I enjoy… I enjoy alot of things… but right now I would luv to find somehow to make my creative desires/dreams into reality… into full fledged successful businesses that people luv and enjoy… and that I luv and enjoy doing everyday.

    Thanks for listening :)

    luxxury livvings last blog post: ROOST Porcelain Wall Plaque – As Seen in Lucky Magazine

  • Reply katie w. November 26, 2008 at 2:31 am


    The passion, drive and creativity is all there. I’ve educated myself with every resource possible. I’ve been designing spaces since I was eleven. I want to see if Lisa has ideas for starting a career without the required education everyone says I must have.

    If I don’t win the book I’ll buy it…no question.

    Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble Gobble!

  • Reply wendy November 26, 2008 at 3:26 am

    Wow, that looks like a great book!

    The constructive: I’m very creative and very talented. I have good ideas. I am precise in what I do, and patient enough to work through til I get the desired result.

    The destructive: I’m held captive by my need for things to be perfect. I get overwhelmed too easily, and shut down my creativity. I’m afraid to charge fair prices for what I do.

    Hmmm. I’ve obviously got a few things to work through :)
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a book – and thanks for bringing it to my notice. I will get my hands on it, one way or another!

    wendys last blog post: typical, hey?

  • Reply annie November 26, 2008 at 3:43 am

    The constructive parts of my personality are imaginative, dreamer, determined, and passionate. The destructive parts are self-doubt, inner criticism, and anxiety. It’s a matter of love overcoming fear, i suppose… Congratulations on this beautiful accomplishment, it looks fantastic and inspirational.

  • Reply LA November 26, 2008 at 3:44 am

    Currrently I work in the fashion industry but have come to a crossroads in my life. I still love fashion I find myself so much more interested in interor design/decor now. H/ever can not seem to find a way to make the transition. I took an intro class at the School of Interior Design in NYC but realized I do not want to go back to school. This books sounds just like the starting point for me to now creatively try to figure out how/why/what to make my move instead of using my left brain.

  • Reply Alvaro November 26, 2008 at 3:57 am

    My personality is severely obstructing my creative process up to the point that of feeling not creative at all. When I look at other person’s work, I sometimes feel pity for myself for not being able to be enough creative (at least for myself). I think my shyness plays a big part of this.
    Nevertheless, there is a playful part of me which sometimes, just sometimes, allows me to generate new ideas, and that I achieve by being relaxed.

  • Reply Artemis November 26, 2008 at 4:18 am

    Hi Holly, I’m Artemis again, I’m been following your website since the beginning and this is the second giveaway entry that I’m participating because I didn’t how to be part of the blogs at that time, I was afraid to be wrong with my thoughts and ideas. Now I have a blog that I put my efforts on it, because I feel that here in M?xico, more precisely in Hermosillo, Sonora have to know the beautiful things, art, fashion, culture that exists outside of this world.

    Well the answer for the question is a little difficult to express in print, because every second my ideas, my past vivid memories, the things that I want to do right now and the future that I dream to became is hard to follow. So, I want to beging with so…urgmmm…

    I have the Freedom to do whatever I want to do. I have the freedom of my mind, my body but sometimes the Determinism, why? The reason is because I worry a lot about everything, like my dad and mom, because I so far away from them and they are alone and old. Also I have the credit debt from my college and I don’t have work because everybody WANTS experience, when I have the determinism to do it excellent.

    Another difficulty here in Hermosillo or M?xico is that there are no facilities a lot like you have there in USA or Germany, because the culture don’t rise and the people become more passive, don?t read, and prefer have the chit chat of gossips.

    I am uniqueness like every people in this world and I like the universality, because the knowledge grow every second, I have learn a lot from you and all the people here on the blogsphere. So the last one is like my mind, alway thinking a new idea, but difficult to have the money, bookstore, or friend to talk about it.

    I’m so active when I want have things done, and sometimes not all the time I’m reactive when don’t have the patience of the people to me or with me because I didn’t have the result on time or perfect like I wanted.

    I’m so optimistic whit all, really! And that is good or maybe excellent, that feeling to have filling my body to succeed my idealistic thought but my enemy the half of time is the Pessimistic Artemis, when I think that I can’t achieve anything and when my like sucks in this moments of times.

    So …mmm I hope that you can comprehend me. I’m a frustrate girl, with a free and loving spirit to explore the New World, or the World Now.

    Thanks Holly for doing me think this time. I didn’t write all I have think but this is the parts that I can write for the moment.

    Loving Decor8 a lot!


    Artemiss last blog post: Una boda real

  • Reply Sarah November 26, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Oooh! This book could really help me right now… I feel as though I am floundering with what to do with all the things swirling in my mind. Right now my life is in a state of disarray- lots going on and much of my personal interests & time has to be set aside. It’s like lopping off an appendage- some days worse than others. Then I’ll sit down & these ideas will just FLOW for hours. But where to go from there?! And it’s gone as quickly as it showed up… my creativity is such a strong part of my identity (in my opinion) that it needs some boosting…

  • Reply Kerrie November 26, 2008 at 6:18 am

    Originally from the United States, though currently, I am in Hong Kong, a very commercial city, I feel like I am bit lost. Upon graduating from an arts college and studying jewelry and metalsmithing, I decided to enter into a jewelry manufacturig company just to try something new and gain a rewarding experience. Also, partially because I have to look realistically in obtaining a job. However, this nature turned out to be destructive because design is very limited and the working environment is limiting my creativity. I have lost the creative community that I once had in art college. I miss it so much. But being away from home can be looked positively as well. I have a bit of a lonely personality. On my own, I let myself concentrate in my intersts. I have been researching on the internet to continue my growth. I am trying to obtain and collect as much resources as I can get. Being open, I am looking at this experience as a period of growth, letting new influences develop my process.

  • Reply debra o November 26, 2008 at 7:39 am

    As a small business owner I find that the hardest thing to organize is my time. As Ann Landers once said, ” Everyone in the world gets 24 hours in a day, it’s what we do with ours, that makes a difference”

    Sometimes for me, it’s trying to find a balance between which things are important- creative energy vs. marketing research, shopping online hunting for wholesale goodies vs. trying to manage sales tax reciepts, trying to keep the little shop open vs. still working my real life freelance gig (which pays the bills and keeps junior in college)

    It’s all about the tick tock of the clock….

    debra os last blog post:

  • Reply Timothy Selig November 26, 2008 at 7:59 am

    I lost both my legs to diabetes over 6 years ago. I’ve pretty much accepted
    it mentally. The only thing I have a problem with is a lack of purpose with the rest of my life. I lack direction and meaning. Winning this book would be a great learning tool 4 me.

  • Reply mandy November 26, 2008 at 8:33 am

    ?What are some constructive AND destructive aspects of your personality that are directly influencing your creative process currently??

    well, thats a pretty tough question to think about. i made a list of pros and cons; pros: i read a lot and i am like a sponge, i have high standards and can push myself, when i do something i bring it to an end, i like drawing, painting and writing a lot(and i did it very often); cons: i don’t talk a lot about myself, i am too shy to put me in first place, although my standarts are high i think i can hardly reach them, so i often give up before even trying and failing(but i start to get better at this), and though i tend to end the things i startet it takes too long to end them, and i like being crafty i don’t have the time to do so :-(
    so, i would like to have this book, just to organise my life and the things i can do a bit more

    mandys last blog post: going to the movies

  • Reply Ali McMahon - I heart Olive November 26, 2008 at 8:45 am

    This really hits home right now because after 10 years of wanting to own my own boutique, I just opened one! This really has been a life long dream and now it has come true!

    I am so happy and so excited to be doing this!

    However it is hard to keep the stamina going after having a day of no sales or feeling like I bought too much or too little etc. I am very new at this business thing so I could use ALL the encouragement and positive thoughts to move me through this ;)

    My fiance and I are both visual, artsy people. In fact we used decor8 as one of our inspirations while building the store. We re-used all the old wood from the previous store to build ours! And everything in it is either fixed up from thrift stores, or from Craigslist! It turned out exactly as we wanted it to. Please take a look at our blog to see the progress. I hope you enjoy!

    Anyway I would LOVE a copy of this book, as a creative entrepreneur, to really drive home what I need to do to stay successful in this business and how to do it creatively!

    Thank You!!

    Ali McMahon – I heart Olives last blog post: Finished Product! Part 2

  • Reply Tajana November 26, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Dear Holly,

    thank you for the opportunity to get that lovely and useful book.

    So, the constructive aspects of my personality that are directly influencing my creative process currently is that I thankfully never loose curiosity, hope and will for learning/seeing/understand something new.

    But, the deconstructive aspects of my personality that are directly influencing my creativity is procrastination, which is undercovered fear of failure and lack of clear direction. Too many interests, too many appealing paths & too little time.


  • Reply Meri November 26, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Hi Holly, Hope i’m not to late for a chance to win this inspirational book!!!
    Because right now that is what i need!!! I am in very deconstructive mode, no passion, no desire, no idea which road to take. But constructively, i know i am creative, i know i have talent, i know i can do this, so my heart is ready but my mind keeps telling me otherwise.
    Please help
    Thanks so much Meri xxx

  • Reply Beautymist November 26, 2008 at 9:59 am


    This book appeals to me a lot not only because of its subject but because it is very visual and hands-on.

    As an independant artist, i’m a perfectionist, and i believe it’s a positive side of me.

    On a negative side, i am afraid to just jump in and start my small biz.


    Beautymists last blog post: C?cile Wright, a French Eco-designer

  • Reply Virg?nia November 26, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Reader from Brazil, i’m crazy for decor 8, my daily inspiration. I usually spend my first hour of work reading the site, i love your this blog and i would be a bless to win this book! =D

  • Reply Janelle November 26, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Oh “The Creative Entrepreneur” looks like an incredible book! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. This book looks like a tool that can both inspire creativity and promote productivity. The constructive side of my personality is amazing, once I get on a roll. Unfortunately, the destructive side of my personality includes procrastination so it can hinder the “roll”. I also have a fear of failure/success. Once I overcome it, I tend to produce some amazing work. But when I’m sitting in the fear, it can take awhile to convince myself to kick it in gear and dive in to a project. Fortunately, I can watch a design show or look at a scrapbook/craft magazine and usually get inspired to start or finish a project. The constructive side of me is about to get even more inspired as I am making over my craft room. I will have a much bigger work space and it will be more organized than it’s ever been. Can’t wait!

  • Reply carla November 26, 2008 at 10:04 am

    hello, I dont think I can be a part of the contest (I live far away) but lately I have felt very inspired by all the articles I have read here, and this issue in particular has been in my head a lot lately.
    I must say that I live in a very small country and if you do not have a name or contacts, you are nothing. and as I do not have any of those, i think my biggest destructive aspect is not be able to overcome these barriers and fight as they do so many people. This depresses me and I feel that it is not worth doing something creative.
    but on the other hand my greatest constructive side, is that I can never stop creating, my head is all the time thinking about how to create, improve or investigate diferent projects, and it is great fun because it makes me happy and gives me hope to continue.
    thanks for showing so many talented people who succeeds inspire the rest, for me is one of the best things about your blog

  • Reply Sarah November 26, 2008 at 10:10 am

    I think that what my most constructive trait is that I like seeing things through, I’m not afraid to call people or get things done and I do a good job.

    My most deconstructive trait is my fear of failure, sometimes that fear stops me in my tracks from even starting something that could be a good thing.

    Sarahs last blog post: I did it

  • Reply lillianna November 26, 2008 at 10:24 am

    deconstructive: fear
    constructive: I need to create. So I’ll do it no matter what.

  • Reply Jamie November 26, 2008 at 10:52 am

    My constructive and destructive aspects are both the same trait: I’m an idea machine.

    I love that I am constantly thinking of new projects and designs and combinations and plans and adventures, and I wouldn’t trade that aspect of my personality for anything.

    But I know there are times when the volume of output keeps me from acting on ideas. The sheer volume of output can be overwhelming and/or distracting, and can cause a clog in the flow between thinking and doing.

    I would love to see if a tool like The Creative Entrepreneur can help me focus, hone and organize to bring my ideas closer to the constructive end of the spectrum.

    Regardless, thank you for hosting this giveaway!


    Jamies last blog post: My New Favorite Blog

  • Reply Nancy November 26, 2008 at 11:03 am

    As an artist we constantly have to refuel and reflect. It’s a life of struggle between creative inspiration and the cold-hard facts of making a living.
    I welcome any new insights on keeping the flame going!

  • Reply Valerie A. Heck November 26, 2008 at 11:23 am

    At this time I have a big problem with taking time to relax. I continually burn myself out and then I?m not able to sketch and design. I?d be a lot happier and more creative if I could find that balance.
    I am very good at accomplishing things and entering contests and getting press.
    Striking a balance so the creative process can flow is my goal!

  • Reply Christine November 26, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Thankful thankful thankful ? I have the best friends & family who provide constant encouragement & give me an extra push here & there. Thankful for opportunities that come my way (awesome screen printing classes) which make me want to squeeze every last drop of knowledge I can from them.
    Inquisitive ? I want to know how everything works & how to create various pieces of art ? especially since I have had minimal art training?

    Compare myself to others – I feel like I will never catch up to their level of expertise which causes me to sometimes put my projects on hold.
    Procrastination ? See? I waited until the last day to post this. Ha!

  • Reply Jenni Horne November 26, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Oh what a great book. If I don’t win, I’ll just have to order it right away!So, constructive aspects are my willingness to learn, move forward and create. Deconstructively I sometimes fear the failure and therefore don’t put myself out there.

    Jenni Hornes last blog post: Oh to Sip and Sell!

  • Reply Liz November 26, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Hi Holly,

    Love your site! This looks like a terrific book!

    On the constructive side: I have passion, fire, talent, but the destructive side is holding me back – fear of failure, fear of investing too much, and the frozen “deer in the headlights” attitude that all this fear leads to…(not to mention the practical aspects of running my own business.)
    Happy Thanksgiving to all,


  • Reply Kimmy November 26, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Hi Holly,

    Hope I still have a chance to win this book.

    Constructive: I always have ideas, they run around my head. Screaming to get my attention
    Decontructive: I can’t get myself to really create since I don’t have a space to dedicate to it. Yet. I will have one in the next year. I know I should just create the space inside my head for now. Until I have a physical one. I hope to get it going soon.

    This book would help me so much to do it someplace.

    XX Kimmy

  • Reply Ramir November 26, 2008 at 1:10 pm


    I hope I can win it, it’ll be great to read and ponder over this book (which isn’t available in my part of the world!)

    Positive: I always think outside the box, I do not limiy myself with the usual, I’m a dreamer, who’s not afraid to try new things, new ideas.

    Negative: I sometimes fear that other may criticize me, I may not fulfill their ecpectations, that bothers me a lot, and at times proves to be a hinderance for me to carry or execute any activitity.

  • Reply Beth November 26, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Well it’s too late probably but I thought I’d throw in my two cents because that book looks so neat!:)

    Hmm I think the fact that I am not overly precious about anything has a really constructive effect on how I create art. I work fairly quickly & spontaneously – I don’t “cry over spilled ink” or labor over things obsessively. That’s probably due to my classical animation background where you’re drawing 24 frames a second. Making pattern designs like I’m doing now really suits me because I can pick up a doodle or a sketch where I left it before, and then develop it into a pattern when I feel drawn to it again – which could be weeks or months after jotting it down. I find that really satisfying.

    A destructive aspect of my personality towards my art would be – well, probably a lack of confidence that makes me chronically undervalue my work. Some of that is because I feel like when I am in the zone I am working so quickly & easily it’s pretty much effortless – so how the heck do you charge money for that? At that point I think, well then I need to place the value on ME and not necessarily my *time* – and that’s something I am wrangling with.

    Then when I think about it in those terms I start to realize how on the surface my “strength” is also the source of my “weakness” … how unoriginal… *sigh* :))

    Beths last blog post: Corvus Seamless Pattern Tif Designed for Spoonflower Fabric

  • Reply wendy mc. November 26, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Oh, wow – I’ve seen this book on Amazon but now that I’ve seen some of the inside pages, it’s a must-have! I hope I’m not too late for the drawing – it looks like a wonderful book! The constructive aspects of my personality: I’m a bit of a bulldog, so I won’t give up on a project until I figure out how to make it work. The deconstructive: I can be a bit of a perfectionist, and that nagging little voice is sometimes waaay too loud!

    Thanks, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    wendy mc.s last blog post:

  • Reply fabframes November 26, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    I need this book because I have great ideas [constructive] that sometimes lack focus [destructive]!

    fabframess last blog post: We?re Dog Crazy at Fab Frames!

  • Reply Lori November 26, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    I would *love* to get my hands on a copy of this book …

    Destructive: Unfortunately I let myself get discouraged by *friends* comments — who only see me in one way — and when I try a new direction that want to derail me…

    Constructive: Going out on my own to sell at craft shows is helping me find my artistic voice and sensibilities — and someone paying for something creative is reassuring and encouraging me to keep exploring new avenues of art and sales.

  • Reply Tyshawn November 26, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    After have a bout with doubt recently, I came across a list I wrote some time ago. One line in particular that stood out read, ” I believe in patience and perseverance.” I took this timely rediscovery as a sign. Sometimes I need to take a step back, retool and come back to a project. My belief in myself- in spite of failures and sometimes feeling that I don’t know what I’m doing- along with my persistence helps to keep me going.
    Alternatively, I struggle with focus that can keep me from being as productive as I would like at times. It’s a fault I recognize and one I try to work on virtually everyday.

  • Reply Maria Francisca Soto November 26, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Ohhh Holly!!This book will be so helpfulll here in Brazil…I have so many natural inspiration but sometimes I just don?t know if I have found my artistic identity…and I have an especial difficulty to transform it as a commercial product (prices, etc)
    Anyway, thank you very much for your attention and BIG heart!
    Beijos (kisses)
    God Bless You

  • Reply Rebecca November 26, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    I would LOVE a copy of this book. I have so many ideas but haven’t figured out how to turn them into self-supporting businesses. This can only help.

    Rebeccas last blog post: Cookie Day, 2008

  • Reply ann November 26, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    This book is so what I need right now… I am an american living in england who just married a brit three months ago. I am between jobs wanting to switch from working in a counseling role with a charity/non-profit to something with more of an opportunity to be creative. I have had so many changes recently, though, and am feeling stuck!

    I am definitely deconstructive in my desire to have things look “perfect” on the first draft, my lack of confidence in my abilities, and just my current state of mental fuzziness as I adjust to a lot of newness.

    I am constructive in my desire to learn, my curious george-ness, picking a husband who is my biggest cheerleader when it comes to art, and finding beauty ALL around.

    Thanks so much for this website… it has been a real inspiration and boost to me recently. You find such treasures… thanks for sharing them!

  • Reply Amanda November 26, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    I’d love to jumpstart my 2009 with a great motivational book to keep me on track. I have so many ideas, that I find my biggest challenge to hone in on one passion. I think this book would be a great way to organize my creative process. I’ve been blogging to keep my ideas in one place lately.

    My final goal: To start and run and profitable handbag business and use it as my main source of income. I’ve been dabbling for years and am ready to take the plunge! Love the blog- thanks for all the ETSY features.

  • Reply Diane November 26, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Hope I’m not too late!

    Something constructive about my personality that helps is my abstract way of thinking.

    Something destructive right now is my lack of motivation.

    I’d love to recieve a copy of this book!

    Awesome giveaway!

    Dianes last blog post: Art Exhibit

  • Reply ~marilyn November 27, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Constructive: I have lots of time and space in which to work on my ideas and projects. Endless inspiration.

    Destructive: Procrastination, trouble finishing projects, timidity.

    This book looks AWESOME and I will be buying a copy for my good friend who is working hard at launching a viable business to market her work. I hadn’t even heard of this book before so THANKS for the heads up!

    ~marilyns last blog post: 18th Birthday–Part II

  • Reply Margie November 27, 2008 at 11:43 am

    I find so many things interesting and inspirational (constructive) my “idea bank” has become so large and overwhelming that I have problems committing to something and then staying on track with it. For some reason that I don’t understand, this has become more of a problem the older I’ve grown, and now that I am in a transitional time of life, essentially building a “new life” for myself, I feel paralyzed. Shouldn’t it be easier because I am older, have been through so much of life and “know myself”? Is it the sudden freedom and seeming wealth of time that are holding me back?

    The book looks great!

  • Reply Noel November 27, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Well, I’m #407…..maybe this will be my lucky number. The book looks like it’s full of inspiring ideas and it’s being raved about all over the blog world.

    Noels last blog post: Have a Wonderful Safe Thanksgiving!

  • Reply caryn wong November 27, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    erm.. i think the giveaway book is so good.. which i cant wait to have it on my hand ! haha ..
    well.. well… i’m always keen to draw out whatever i think n see rather express it as writing tonnes of words.. ha .. this book will be a great good book to read on ..
    my only concern is if i have that book… i couldn’t get rid of it.. haha!!!

    seriously.. i meant it… thanks for the wonderful opportunity given out.
    by the way.. i always enjoy reading your blog..

    caryn wongs last blog post: hong kong trip

  • Reply Ina Ftacek November 28, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    My creativeness comes from studying shapes…and seeing beyond them for other uses… my mind is always open to new things concepts and ideas…enjoying a full range of tates and artworks keeps my creativity flowing… My deconstructiveness comes from feeling overwhelmed at times with too many ideas and wanting to absorb and do them all…and having to make up my mind to be more simple and not everything so complex and feel cluttered by ideas and thoughts…I also bore easily and do not like to do the same thing again and again …I am a one shot type of person and then move on to something else… My constructiveness also comes from my ability to learn…learning in itself is a great creative experience…and writing whether it be poetry which I love or journaling and the free expression of onesself motivates me… The whole artistic creative expression shows me who I really am and gives me tranqulity and peace..I am happiest when i am creating…from the smallest to the largest piece…learning as much as I can absorb about supplies and technicques and applying those learning skills to my artwork. Thanks for letting me have the opportunity to express myself here too!!! Ina

  • Reply Noelia November 28, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    I am very creative and have lots of ideas all the time…but…i don?t have de perseverance to develop those ideas and make some good out of them!!

  • Reply Sharon Adams November 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    When I saw the description of THE CREATIVE ENTREPENEUR, I actually witnessed the little light bulb that flicks ON in my minds eye, ABOVE MY Head!. I have been in a creative slump since I have moved into my very tiny house. I have in the past educated myself in a variety of art mediums, and have even sold my creations in the past, <—Constructive(?),yes .Being so limited on space now has halted my my “flow” and thus leaving me a frustrated, frazzled and frayed thread of creativity, <– DEstructive,. The book sounds as though it may be the correct size to boost me up to the shelf the new light bulbs are stored !.

  • Reply ronald weaver December 2, 2008 at 2:42 am

    Just a few thoughts ( I don’t want to overthink it…see below)

    Constructive…I’m always looking. I feel my personality shift between its facets each day, and each has something it wants to say, to try, to produce. To distill all of the interior and exterior activity into an idea, a point of view, and communicate it. If possible, to reveal something new in a convincing way. That said…

    Destructive…I never stop looking. It’s hard to choose, between voices, images, audiences. Over-analysis creates confusion, the need to focus, to control, steals inertia.It becomes impossible, at times, to breathe, relax, and let things go.

  • Reply Connie Singer September 3, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Great giveaway! The Creative Entrepreneur looks like both a personal and practical guide to bringing success to a creative business model. I am a “slash” sole business owner, styist/photographer/blogger, trying to market my visual skills in a design driven marketplace. It is both an economic and a professional necessity to grow and transform in any creative career. The most constructive model I try to live by is to keep at it! I try to schedule the time in-between-jobs for creative projects that can be shared on my blog.

  • Reply Cindy Kunz September 4, 2010 at 3:36 am

    The constructive habits I have include being able to look beyond the obvious – both in design and implementation of projects. I LOVE to figure things out. My mind works on overload (thank goodness for a good night’s sleep…) and I am never at a loss for ideas. I finally learned, after involving myself in lifelong creative endeavors of many different types, that it is OK to be a “Renaissance Woman” and that to choose a focus does not mean you have to give up everything else. As a personal coach once told me “choosing is not losing.” You don’t have to do anything forever and ever – so focus on something now, get your teeth into it, and move along later.
    However, My destructive habit concerns a funny cycle I run – enthusiasm, hard work, creative successes, projects galore…and then collapse in a heap of wrung out designer. If I languish too long in the “deflated” zone, I trip myself up, start doubting myself, and have a hard time getting back in the groove. My solution is to SET DEADLINES for every project and every client – and stick to them. That way if I poop out for a week – I know that I have to get myself back in gear to meet a deadline. I sure wish I could forgive myself for this pattern!!!! I know it’s bad when I start writing ridiculous lists. Hope to win this book!

    • Reply decor8 September 5, 2010 at 11:01 am



      Thank you!

  • Reply Kylie Loy September 4, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Holly thanks for the opportunity.
    Constructive – I am passionate and know that one day everything I create will pay off. I am not afraid of putting myself out there and having a go and working damn hard to get there.
    Destructive is my biggest pit hole. I am impatient. I compare myself to others WAY too much. Then I feel that my product isn’t as good, or different enough, and struggle at times with finding my own unique style, worried no body will love it as much as I do in the market place. I analyse everything way too much instead of focusing on the enjoyment at times. Crazy thoughts I know but ones that are somewhat crippling, almost producing stage fright.

  • Reply Diane Ackers September 5, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Love this giveaway!
    Constructive….I have so much passion for creating art..
    Destructive……Always second guessing myself.

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