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Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to contemplate what’s working and what’s not, so that we can make changes for the better.” ― Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy

 Dear Friends, Sunday I was leveled by the most intense bout of intestinal flu I have ever experienced in my life! One moment I was fine, the next I was on my knees. I have been absolutely laid low–unable to keep even water down, a fever of 106 degrees, and so weak I have been sleeping in a tangled knot of bad dreams for days & days now. If it weren’t for my Sweetheart taking such loving care of me, I’m not sure I would have made it all. As a result, I am behind on getting my June class schedule out (and a thousand other things!) and I’ve been forced to cancel all of my activities this week. Please be patient with me…I am trying to learn to be patient with myself. This has been so very, very humbling…and the message to slow down my life and take better care of myself has been heard loud and clear. Thank you for knowing that I love you and I’ll be back to my life very soon–perhaps better and stronger for this incredibly intense lesson in the need for radical self-care.



By Kaitlin Meadows

Ruby Tuesday Yard Art Fun!

 “Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.” Rumi

Wow! What fun it is to gather a group of wonderful, playful, creative women and pile a bunch of junk treasures and rusty stuff in front of them and say “Have Fun!” And they do!!!

Cissie'sCissie made this magical creature called “Windy” (cuz she’s gonna hang in a tree…)

and Polly made MatildaPolly's

and added some bed springs for legs Matildaisn’t she cute?

And Morgan conjured Minerva…who Morgan'sseems to be amused!

Teresa invented these three yard art whimsies:

Teresa 1

teresa 2

tersa 3

And a fine day was had by all! It’s so exciting for me to see all the little treasures and trinkets I’ve collected over the years become ART!

I’ll have my June schedule of classes will be out this weekend (posted on the blog first!) and there will be lots of new adventures to share–all kinds of fun, new classes planned over the next several months! Sign up early–classes fill fast in the summer months!

The Creative Cottage is your great summer get away destination–come play–you deserve a little FUN in your life and I know just the place!

P. S. Dearest Nancy K gifted me with these delightful new slippers!!!!!!

my slippers

–can you guess how thrilled I am!!! Thanks Ms. Nancy K for bringing me such joy!

Thanks to all of you who bring things to share with me and The Cottage and The Girlz With HeART! I am so grateful for you all and the great happiness you add to my life!

“Being with real people who warm us, who endorse and exalt our creativity, is essential to the flow of creative life. Otherwise we freeze. Nurture is a chorus of voices from within and without that notices the state of a woman’s being, takes care to encourage it, and if necessary, gives comfort as well. I’m not certain how many friends one needs, but definitely one or two who think your gift, whatever it maybe, is pan del cielo, the bread of heaven. Every woman is entitled to an Allelujia Chorus”

 Clarissa Pinkola Estes

© Copyright, Kaitlin Meadows, 2015. All Rights Reserved.



The days are busy, the list is long, the hours are short…but I am trying harder every single day to make more time to play!

Play is at the heart of my happiness. Getting out my paint box, scribbling in my art journal, reading the wonderful pile of library books always beckoning–that’s what feeds my soul, not ticking off: “do the dishes, make the bed, clean the garage.”

I find I get waaaaay more done on my TO DO List if I take time to play.

By not scolding and berating myself for not doing all the stupid, meaningless “chores” I’ve assigned myself, I find time to open a cookbook to a random dessert recipe and make it! When I’m not feeling overwhelmed and sitting around feeling like I’ll never dig out from under the millions of tasks (literally!) that I’ve assigned myself, I love sneaking out to laugh at the antics of the butterflies in my garden. When I stop beating myself up for all the beautiful fabrics I’ve bought over the years thinking I was going to make all my own clothes,  I love sewing the colorful scraps together to make little quilts for throwing over me while I’m watching Masterpiece Theater. 

My Pinterest boards are filled with a zillion magical projects I hope I live long enough to try–but, if I don’t, I love DREAMING about them!

Yup–there are plenty of things to fill up my mind and take up my time,,,but, still, I try to find time to daydream about being a mermaid who lives in a little cottage by the sea or building a fabulously funky tree house with a ladder I can pull up–“No Boyz Aloud!”

I believe creativity is a divine spark that requires constant kindling. Despite the “nose to the grindstone” old Calvinist adages that make play seem somehow wicked and wasteful of one’s precious time, Einstein and I think…

creativity is intelligence-mysticmamma-com

So, just cut yourself some slack (and maybe a slice of that yummy new dessert that you just pulled from the oven), go outside and sit in the garden for a moment, take your journal and a slew of colored markers, breathe…


Stop waiting for “free time”–stop waiting for life to get easier–stop kidding yourself that “one of these days” you’re gonna take time to play. Just go do it!

It’s not about your accomplishments: all the tasks you have done or all the chores you will do.

It’s not about only allowing yourself to have fun “when”: when you lose ten pounds, when all our clothes are neatly mended & ironed (and hanging in color-coordinated splendor in your organized closet!), or when your oven is spotless…Stop listening to the big, loud, bossy voices in your head that say you can’t or you shouldn’t or “maybe later.”

Claim some time, make some room, give yourself the gift of a little fun, find a way to make yourself giggle and grin!

You deserve it–you’ve earned it–you’re WORTH it!


It’s the wild, precious, wonder-filled YOU that the world needs, that your family needs, that your friends need! It’s YOU–messy, muddled, crazy, silly, non-stressed YOU!!!


And remember–

I love you JUST THE WAY YOU ARE because when I extend you that grace, I can claim it for myself!


(Or come on over to The Creative Cottage where lots of us convene to eat dessert, make art, and just BE!

Love And Happy Play!

From Kaitlin

The Mistress of Merriment

©Copyright, Kaitlin Meadows, 2015. All Rights Reserved.