Living Artfully: A Heart-full Guide of Ideas and Inspirations That Celebrate Life, Love, and Moments That Matter

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Living Artfully is expressing who you are and connecting with others in inventive new ways, through caring gestures -- an unusual, encouraging card, some homemade treats, a shared cup of tea, an uplifting song emailed during a difficult day. Living Artfully explains how you can create your own messages from the heart to celebrate the people, places, and moments that make your life truly meaningful by using everyday things -- a note in a lunchbox or suitcase, a scrapbook of a trip, a favorite comfort food made on the spur of the moment. This beautifully illustrated, transformative book shares the inspiring stories of people who pursued their own creative impulses or their desires to connect with others and were rewarded with unexpected, delightful results. Here are their secrets, which you can adapt to your own aims and means, people and preferences.

Living Artfully also presents ten principles of creative thinking that lead you on an exciting journey of self-discovery. You'll learn to dream big, believe in yourself, and make each day count. Each chapter is filled with practical, fun ideas, from decorative touches (an empty wine bottle can be a unique picture frame) to simple ways to make one-of-a-kind gifts (quotes for hilarious birthday cards) and celebrations your loved ones will never forget (a surprise baby shower in which everyone participates; an anniversary filled with sweetness). Sandra's multitude of appealing ideas and her beautiful artwork will jumpstart your own creativity and invigorate forgotten talents so that you can create the life of joy and beauty that you want -- for yourself and others.

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Sandra Magsamen is an internationally acclaimed artist and author who shares her meaningful messages and motifs through a widely popular range of books, ceramic gifts, cookware, stationery, home decor items, greeting cards, and calendars, all bearing her signature images and Messages from the Heart™. She lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit the author at www.SandraMagsamen.com

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"Open this charming book on any page and you will find fresh ideas for making your life more satisfyingly creative and fulfilling. Sandra Magsamen's generous mind shines through her writing and seems to brighten one's whole world. This is a book to pick up every day for a refresher course in how to live a beautiful life." -- Betty Edwards, author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

"Living Artfully is bulging and vibrating with creative illuminations, inspired action-taking, and insightful reflections on the art and joy of being splendidly human. Sheer delight!" -- SARK, author/artist SARK's New Creative Companion, www.planetsark.com

"Sandra's ideas about how to live a life filled with joy, meaning, authenticity, and creativity will never go out of style. Meaningful, inspired, and classic, Living Artfully is destined to positively and forever change the lives of individuals, communities, and the world." -- Albert Nipon

"Magsamen's book is full of warmth, beauty, creativity, and a deep love for the world and all that is in it. . . . A practical vision for a meaningful, joyful life." -- Roger Housden, author of Ten Poems to Change Your Life and Seven Sins for a Life Worth Living

"A beautiful reminder of the power that radiates from the smallest act of kindness. Creative, inspiring, honest, and heartfelt, this book will touch the lives and hearts of many people all over the world." -- Dame Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop

"Joyful inspiration and wise guidance for discovering true happiness. Living Artfully is a practical handbook for embracing 'La Dolce Vita' -- the sweet, soulful life." -- Michael J. Gelb, author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci and Discover Your Genius

"You can live your dreams with help from Sandra Magsamen's inspired Living Artfully. This book will change your outlook forever. It's a beautiful guide to the art of living." -- Kathy Ireland, Chief Designer and CEO, Kathy Ireland Worldwide

"A joyful approach to daily life, woven with heartwarming anecdotes, inspiring quotes, and a multitude of creative ideas." -- Jennifer Appel, owner of The Buttercup Bake Shop and author of The Buttercup Bake Shop Cookbook

"This is a warm and practical book." -- Dr. Edward de Bono, author of Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step

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