August 2016
    the be creative issue
 
A different kind of creative brainstorm

A few weeks ago, Bismarck had one of its first big thunderstorms of the year. And it hailed -- hard. As was to be expected from living in a top-floor apartment during a s...


Hot (glue) summer night project

It's hard to think about staying indoors and doing crafty things during our limited summer time; but sometime the nights are so hot we just want to stay indoors! During the summ...


Reuse, recycle, repurpose: A new way to knit

We all have them. That stack of old T-shirts, sweatshirts, and polar fleece sitting in a dresser drawer or stacked on a shelf in the closet.

Maybe you participated in a ...


Creative classes: J&R brings out your inner seamstress

The hum of sewing machines is heard as fabric, scissors and patterns fly about the room. Rosemary Person and each of her students have been working hard for 5 weeks and today is...


Behind the scenes at Urban Harvest

For the past twelve years, Urban Harvest has provided a place for fun, food and friendship downtown. Each Thursday for six weeks (the 2016 season runs from July 7 to August 11),...


Three paths to creative health

Contrary to the stereotype of successful artists as long-suffering addicts, we are often at our most creative when we are taking care of our health. Beyond regular sleep and exe...


Be smart, be organized

Organized spaces for otherwise cluttered surfaces or closets encourages functionality. Whether decluttering a kitchen pantry, streamlining an office niche or even discovering hi...


Yes, you can!

Food preservation is as old as humans, right? Maybe. Let's start with the modern revolutionary who got us cranking on preserving food: Nicholas Appert. When Napoleon was searchi...


Fabulous fashion DIYs

Is your wardrobe lacking pizzazz? Try adding some unique, one-of-a kind pieces to spice up your wardrobe. These easy do-it-yourself projects can help you get the most out...


What to do when things go bump in the night

It's embarrassing to admit this, but I really need the help! My nine-year-old daughter insists on sleeping in the same bed as my husband and me and says she has nightmares i...


The creative spark: Three books to boost your creativity

Fates and Furies

by Lauren Groff

Riverhead Books (2015)

"Fates and Furies" is a novel that examines creativity and its mysteries through its tw...


"Big Eyes" is a welcome surprise from Burton

A woman races through her picture-perfect 1950s suburban home, grabbing the only two things that matter to her: her daughter and her art supplies. She drives off to a San...