Hey Los Angeles mamas, creatives & inspiration-seekers…

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When we lived in Minneapolis I hosted a few local meetups and I SO ENJOYED them! Now that we’re in Los Angeles I think it’s time I continue my tradition ;D It is so fun meeting new friends and we can talk about books and creating and goals and our favorite new coffee drink and maybe even that new bottle of nail polish? Basically, we can chit chat about anything we want!

If you are a local to Los Angeles mama, creative, or inspiration-seeker, send me an email and I’ll reply with the details of our upcoming coffee date! We’ll meet somewhere near the Culver City/Santa Monica area and it’ll be great. Hope to see you soon :)

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Overcoming an impossible creative hurdle!

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GREAT NEWS! I’ve been working on all sorts of creative projects, mostly little things and mostly with my babes beside me, but it’s progress! Great, wonderful, fun, “making the day fly by so fast” progress. My desk is a mess with various materials, a little (folded) laundry, and my red journal. I love it!

Zack worked all weekend (sad face) but I didn’t let that get me down. Over the two days I was able to sneak in an awesome nap while the kids were napping, I used my sewing machine multiple times, I went on a solo run early one morning, we went to church, and Max helped me make the most delicious pizza dough on Sunday afternoon. Basically, we made the most of the weekend while our favorite handsome guy was away at work. Pizza party to the rescue! ;)

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I can’t stop thinking about Astrid’s description about mothers who create, that it’s a lifeline to make everything else that has to happen each day possible.” Her words are dead on, and I didn’t realize how much I needed to hear her perspective, until I did. So powerful.

By the way, I can’t believe I’ve overcome a once-impossible hurdle of pursuing more creative projects. I’m setting World records, folks! ;) Re-reading my list above of the projects we did over the weekend shows me my personal progress.

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If I had to pick my three favorite hobbies I’d say painting my nails, working with color (sewing, embroidering, etc.) and reading a paper book.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on motherhood and creating. Do you make time for creating? How exactly do you create? Everyone has different hobbies and relaxation tips, that’s for sure — what are yours?

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Spring/Floral theme bundle giveaway: nearly $800 in prizes

We’re ready to welcome a beautiful new season with a trio of giveaways inspired by a Spring and Floral theme! We’ve partnered with 14 shops to offer three readers of the Maggie Whitley Designs community the chance to win one of the below bundles. Each bundle includes over $220 in product!! We’re so excited, these bundles are generous and totally inspiring — perfect for welcoming the month of May later this week. Thanks so much for entering our Spring/Floral giveaway, and I hope you win! ;)

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BUNDLE #1 DETAILS: Dentalium Tusk Bullet Earrings from Crave Jewelry Design, $35 value; Adjustable Mint Bib Teardrop Necklace from Arelle Hughes Designs, $68 value; Mason Jar Tumbler from Caroline Randall Made, $20 value; $35 gift card t0 Linen and Lace Shop, $35 value; Floral Swaddle Blanket from Posies Handmade, $30 value; Mint and Gold Leather Dipped Pouch from Candied Cottons, $10 value; Double Floral Vine Headband from Acute Designs, $26.50 value // total bundle value is $224.50 USD

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BUNDLE #2 DETAILSMorning Glory beach/diaper bag from edeenut, $48 value; DSLR Scarf Style Floral Camera Strap from Paisley Maze, $27.95; do LIFE big tank from livi joy, $25 value; “Ollie” bandana drool bib two-pack from Hemming Birds Boutique, $33 value; Ballerina Flower Crown from Sydney Paige Designs, $15 value; The Josie Bomber from Evy’s Tree, $109.95 value // total bundle value is $258.90 USD

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spring/floral giveaway bundle | maggie whitley designs

BUNDLE #3 DETAILS: Travel Crib Light from BabyBjorn, $299.95 value // total bundle value is $299.95

To enter the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter entries below. The first entry is required (leave a blog post comment) but the remaining are not, although we’d love for you to share this giveaway with your social media communities. One winner will be selected at random and notified via email. Please note: this giveaway is open to US residents only. Good luck!

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A lesson from my neighbor on creativity.

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On Tuesday I shared that I have been feeling pretty empty creatively, but after reading through the comments I suddenly felt so rejuvenated. You are all so smart and encouraging, and I felt my spirits lift as I read through your words. It reminded me of this post from Astrid (her IG handle is @redredcompletelyred):

There’s this myth about mothers who create — that they have figured out the whole raising children thing, and so expand, in need of a new challenge. What I think is more true, perhaps, at least for me, is that the whole raising children thing is such a magnificent challenge in itself that in order to survive it, an injection of creativity is needed simply as a balance, a release, a bit of on-hand, in-home daily therapy. Sewing seems to have, for me, a magical ability to create more energy from the limited supply I wake up with — a sort of fabric-fueled alchemy — and so rather than being a bonus, an extra activity after chores, I kind of see it instead as a lifeline to make everything else that has to happen each day possible. #youaresewloved

And now I want to modify how I felt on Tuesday. Yes, I was (am still at times?) feeling creatively empty, but it’s something I have more control over than I had realized. Like with that striped sweatshirt up there, I have a re-discovered creative project in mind for it. Similarly with me running: I have the power to change my attitude and emotions relating to it. (I didn’t want to work out Wednesday night but I did anyway and I felt so so good about five minutes in.) And then just yesterday, the babes and I went on a much-needed morning adventure. We stopped at the craft store first (because I knew that would light a spark) before playing outside together.

We browsed the aisles and touched a dozen different textures: wooden signs and glass beads, fabric and elastic, candle jars and votive holders, embroidery books and plastic hoops, bird houses and cupcake wrappers, receipt paper and a bouncy ball. It was amazing.

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Afterward we stopped to get lunch and then ate it picnic-style at the park. Natalie was fascinated with the trees and birds flying above; such a simple thing to see, yet so inspiring. After lunch I spent at least 13 minutes on the teeter-totter with Natalie on my leg while varies kiddos Maxwell’s size hopped on to bounce at the other end :) It was amazingly adorable. (Also, hello thigh workout.)

I think I need to push through these, “ahhh, this is sooooo hard” moments and be creative more often. And I need to involve my children more with my creativity. I need to let something take longer than expected because, well, who cares? The clock isn’t judging me. And I need even more outside-the-house time, even more adventures with the babes, even more moments of honesty so my neighbor and I can encourage one another.

Thank you, honestly, for being my neighbor. It’s a real joy to be sharing parts of my life with you.

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