Creativity Takes Courage {Bari Ackerman}

Our newest Creativity Takes Courage interview starts right now!


For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series.

A year ago we expanded our creative network to offer free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world.

My first interview of the Creativity Takes Courage series was with the amazing Stephanie Lee.

The February interview was with my good friend Melody Ross.

The March interview was with the lovely Edie Wadsworth.

The April interview was with my friend across the ocean Pamela DuMont.

The May interview was with the funny and open hearted Shannan Martin.

The June interview was creative Christy Tomlinson!

We took the summer off and the November interview was with entrepreneur extraordinaire Marian Parsons.

The January 2014 interview was the super talented Danielle Donaldson.

Our February 2014 interview was with my functional medicine doctor Dr. Shamanie Haneca.

The March 2014 interview was with New York Times best selling author Courtney Walsh.

The interview this month is with licensed artist Bari Ackerman!

I have admired Bari’s work for years and remember when she was even making purses.

It was so much fun to sit down with her and here more about her creativity journey, her creative process and more about her licensing.


To watch the video you just need to be registered at (registering is free).

Once you are on the site you will find this series, free videos (business and art) and new online courses along the left hand side of the page.

You will find all of our courses/videos under the COURSES heading.

If you want to watch Bari’s interview:

1) Go to COURSES along the left hand side of the page

2) Click on Creativity Takes Courage {interviews with courageous friends}

3) Click the +join button on the upper right hand side

4) All of the details are on the page and you are all set.

Tell your friends!

We want to create an online community where you can create, connect and be inspired.

Come on over and check out the interview!


For today only I am offering 40% off everything in my Etsy shop.

Use code TAXDAY at checkout.


Are you ready to take your dreams to the next level?

Do you already have a business and you want to see it grow?

Join Marian Parsons, Jennifer Rizzo and Me in Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0.

This three week online course will begin May 20 and will be available for one year.

To see the course trailer click HERE.

Don’t Be Afraid {Grilled Artichoke Hearts}

One of my favorite foods in the world is grilled artichoke hearts.

If you have never cooked with them before they can be pretty intimating but I am hoping that by the end of this post you will give them a try.

So many people don’t know how to cook them so when we cook them for friends they give us way too much credit for being the most amazing hosts in history.

Maybe they just had a few too many of my really killer margaritas:-)

The lesson here is to fool your friends into thinking you are amazing by feeding them grilled artichoke hearts and garlic aioli sauce.

I am so hungry now just typing this.

Let’s get on with it and master the artichoke!

1. Cut off the tips of the artichoke.  This allows you to steam them and place them face down in the steamer.

2. Cut up a few lemons to throw in with the water you will use to steam the artichokes.

3. Place 3-4 cups of water in a large pot and add the 2 sliced lemons.  Bring to a boil. Once the water is at a boil place your steamer basket in the pot.  Place your artichokes face down in the steamer, close the lid and let steam for 20-25 minutes (I go the full 25 minutes. I like them really tender).

4. Once they have steamed bring them out, cut them length wise and scoop out the fuzzy part which is called the choke.

5. Place all of the artichoke halves on a baking sheet and lightly brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

6. Have your grill heated (medium heat) and place your artichoke halves face down onto the grill.  Grill for 10 minutes checking to make sure you don’t burn them.

7.  Turn the artichokes over and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese (just a little) and continue to grill for another 5 minutes with the lid closed.

8. Time to dig in!  We like our grilled artichokes with garlic aioli.  I have made it from scratch and also made it from mayonnaise and we love it both ways. 

Garlic Aioli {the easier version}

1 cup mayo (we use Earth Balance egg/dairy/soy free so everyone in the family can enjoy it)

4 garlic cloves minced

salt and pepper

Stir it all up, chill and it will be ready when your artichokes come off the grill.

Go wow your friends and it never hurts to serve margaritas with them:-)


Are you ready to take your dreams to the next level?

Do you already have a business and you want to see it grow?

Join Marian Parsons, Jennifer Rizzo and Me in Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0.

This three week online course will begin May 20 and will be available for one year.

To see the course trailer click HERE.

Take Your Business To The Next Level {Giveaway Too}

I have a heart for women.

I am constantly amazed at the depth, quality, beauty, talent and strength of women.

I had promised myself when I first started my business that if I ever figured this whole thing out (and I am still learning) that I would share how I did it.

Along the way I have always tried to answer emails, encourage and support other small business owners (and dreamers).

I had questions at the beginning and I wish I had had a person to turn to.

I didn’t have a mentor and I could have really used one.

Not because I wanted to do what they were doing…because I wanted the knowledge and support to follow MY gifts.

I wanted to create a community of women that I can share my heart and journey with and then in turn they will encourage and support one another.

I am so excited to tell you that I have taken all of the best parts of the original Building a Creatively Made Business and have made it even better!

This time around I have asked my good friends (and business owners) Marian Parsons and Jennifer Rizzo to join me.

Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0 is full of our experiences in building successful businesses.



Are you a dreamer?

Do you have ideas, dreams and a beautiful product to go with it?

Have you been putting off starting your own business?

Do you feel stuck in the online business you have already created?

Do you just need someone to take your hand and walk you through the process?

It is time to take yourself and your dreams seriously.

Let’s start at the beginning.

Join us for a three week journey in building a “Creatively Made Business 2.0”.

SOME of the topics we will cover …..

Setting up your business


Social networking

Promoting your business

Pricing and staying competitive

Photographing your product

Setting yourself apart

Growing your brand

Markets and shows




Reproducing your work

Keeping the books.

We will talk honestly about what worked and what didn’t.

We will talk about growing pains and when you will know it is time to expand.

We will talk about all the things we wish someone had told us before we started our businesses.

Each week you will hear from other guest business owners and they will share what they wish they would have known and give you their best piece of advice.

You will have access to the community and Facebook group so you can connect with other business owners (or dreamers) in the class.

Each of the three weeks we will have a live chat where you can ask questions.

You will have printable PDFs each week that will help you brainstorm, take notes and see your business with clarity.

All sessions are pre-recorded and available as videos for you to watch at your convenience. You will learn at your own pace and around your own schedule.

Over 75 videos about how to grow your business and/or how to begin.

Growth, dreams and possibilities are right around the corner.

Registration is now open!

The course will begin May 20th and will be available for one year.

Early registration price is $49. The price will go to $59 on May 1st.


To celebrate the launch of Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0

I am giving away

** a 1 ½ hour phone or Skype business consultation with me

** my day to day journal set for writing down inspiration

** my favorite planner that has made all the difference with helping to manage home, family and business

** Building a Creatively Made Business 2.0 Workbook


To enter to win the package above please leave a comment on this post sharing what you would love to learn from this course.

For more chances to win a spot you can:

*Facebook about the course (please link back) and then leave a comment telling us you did.

*Share on Twitter about the course (please link back) and leave a comment telling us you did.

*Blog about the course (please link back) and leave us a comment telling us you did.

*Pin the course on Pinterest (please link back) and leave us a comment telling us you did.

*Share the course on Instagram (please link back) and leave us a comment telling us you did.

This gives you SIX chances to enter for the consult and business giveaway.

I can’t wait to see you in class!

{I will announce the winner next week}