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About Studio Mothers

the_assistantsWhether you’re a professional painter, an unpublished novelist, or a hobbyist knitter, creative mothers are full of plans and creative dreams. But the challenges of everyday life with children, a home, and perhaps a paying job, are sometimes overwhelming. Creativity gets shoved to the bottom of the list, or lopped off altogether. Sometimes it feels like combining motherhood and creativity is an impossible proposition.

Of course it’s not impossible — just difficult, at times. For me and many others, turning dreams into reality is easier with a group of supportive friends watching your back. We benefit from a network of women who share similar challenges and success. Checking in regularly, and seeing the progress that others are making, is inspirational food for the creative soul.

Studio Mothers is a community where you can share your creative intentions and struggles — and receive support in making those goals happen. We look forward to meeting you! Don’t be shy — the more the merrier.  All creatives are welcome. A number of our participants are non-mamas — and even male! Don’t forget to join in the Studio Mothers fun at Facebook and Twitter.

If you’re looking for more structured, individual attention, I’m available to you as a coach. I’m a certified creativity coach, writer and editor, and mother of five children ages 22 through 4. I started this blog in January 2008 to support the book I’m writing, A Mother’s Guide to the Creative Life, which is a practical guide to blending motherhood and creativity based on the experiences of dozens of women. A shorter, e-book version of this project, written specifically for mothers with young children, is available here.

In addition to writing and reading, I’m into photography, painting, gardening, and a variety of creative pursuits. I’m also a cat freak. I love cats. And breathing. Breathing is good.

Miranda

PS: In our earlier days, this blog was known as “Creative Construction.” So if you see references to that name in older posts, don’t be confused!


108 Comments Post a comment
  1. I just found this site and I am excited about exploring it more!

    December 12, 2008
  2. cathy #

    great! welcome, dee!

    December 13, 2008
  3. Jen #

    thank you, Miranda! so nice to be here. and welcome, Dee!

    December 18, 2008
  4. So glad I found your site. Sounds like a wonderful place to get connected with other artistic moms. Thanks so much. Look forward to reading and learning more about “Studio Mothers.”

    October 22, 2009
  5. I love this and I will be visiting more often! Thank you for blogging. I hope you can take the time and read my blog if possible. I created the blog about a month ago and I relate so much to what you wrote about being a creative mom how our creativity gets put at the bottom of the list! I always try to use what I believe to be my creative talents on a day to day basis.. as a tool to keep myself sane and to show my son that things don’t always have to be so glum and boring!

    http://blogaboutsomethinglady.wordpress.com/

    Life is beautiful and we must live it to the max!

    Best Regards,
    Eve

    December 10, 2009
  6. Just found you guys on Twitter and am psyched! I am a sculptor and artist who has been a stay at home mom to two kids for the past 3 and a half years. Have started a home business and a blog and really look forward to reading your blog and getting connected to a community such as yours. It’s very important to continue our pursuits as creative people even while we change diapers! Here are my creative outlets in case you are interested.

    http://www.abillionhellions.com

    http://www.freakcycle.wordpress.com

    January 24, 2010
  7. I’m sending you a Kreativ Blogger Award. Go to my blog to read about the details:

    http://DamianDaily.wordpress.com

    January 25, 2010
  8. WOW, I am so delighted to have found this blog! I love the vision and your quote ‘mothers are full of plans and creative dreams. ‘ so true.

    I have bookmarked you, so I will be back

    Shona Cole

    http://shonastudio.blogspot.com/

    February 2, 2010
  9. I have just discovered this blog too, via someone (?) on twitter. Now following too and will hopefully have time to read often. I am always trying to find more time to balance my creativity with mommyhood, work, home duties, etc. Going to go channel some of that spark into Valentines now :)

    February 11, 2010
  10. Just found you guys on Twitter and am psyched! I am a sculptor and artist who has been a stay at home mom to two kids for the past 3 and a half years. Have started a home business and a blog and really look forward to reading your blog and getting connected to a community such as yours. It’s very important to continue our pursuits as creative people even while we change diapers! Here are my creative outlets in case you are interested.
    +1

    May 23, 2010
  11. I just came across your site today-at the very time I am having lots of conflict regarding…being a mother plus taking a class, painting, wanting to open an Etsy store…It’s wonderful to be able to get support and inspiration from other working creative moms. Thanks! Soraya

    May 29, 2010
  12. Am thrilled that searching brought me to this site! I am excited to share, read stories, and grow amongst all these wonderful women (and men!) who are growing through creativity and parenting!

    June 4, 2010
  13. Welcome, new friends!

    Don’t be shy about submitting a post to Studio Mothers — you’re welcome to cross-post something related to motherhood and creativity that you already posted at your own blog or elsewhere — just send us an e-mail (see link under “How to Join” at top of right sidebar).

    June 9, 2010
    • This is right up my alley! I just started http://www.theroommom.wordpress.com, so I could post all of the different crafty things I do with my kids as well as share great books we read together (and keep up with my teaching job).

      June 21, 2012
  14. Just found you guys on Twitter and am psyched! I am a sculptor and artist who has been a stay at home mom to two kids for the past 3 and a half years. Have started a home business and a blog and really look forward to reading your blog and getting connected to a community such as yours. It’s very important to continue our pursuits as creative people even while we change diapers! Here are my creative outlets in case you are interested.+1
    +1

    July 19, 2010
  15. Meeks #

    Love the concept of this blog! I’m looking forward to reading about how other mothers balance keep their creativity alive! I can tell that I am going to get a lot of inspiration from all of you.
    Thank you for following me on twitter ;)

    January 5, 2011
    • We look forward to hearing more from you, Meeks — thanks for the kind comment!

      January 9, 2011
  16. ali #

    I just found this site, and I love the premise, voices and spirit. Creativity is so important, and I love how this supports those visions held by the ultimate creators – mothers.

    July 23, 2011
  17. kidsART2canvas #

    I’m thrilled to have stumbled on this blog! It looks terrific and right in line with what I’m trying to do as a professional artist and mother of 7. Quite a juggle:) We mama’s need all the support we can get, especially the ever delicate balance of work and play. Looking forward to learning more…

    April 9, 2012
  18. i am pleased to have found this site. i just began painting, and have been trying to find the best brushes for projects. do you have any suggestions?

    June 21, 2012
    • Thanks for stopping by! The right brushes depend so much on the medium you’re using and what you’re trying to accomplish (as well as your budget). I recommend a trip to your local art store to talk to a knowledgeable salesperson about what you’re looking for.

      June 21, 2012
  19. I’m excited I found you guys! I’m a mother of two and just started a home organization business. I’m looking forward to your posts!
    ~Erin

    June 23, 2012
    • So glad to see you here, Erin! Thanks for commenting — and best wishes!

      June 24, 2012
  20. Oh, this blog is sooo me. I think I’ve found a home here and am definitely following. How I wish I could be on your list but I’m one of those already squeezing in those niches of time everyday. Also, I have been reclaiming the artist in me seriously for only about three months so I consider myself just a wanna-be right now, still in the crawling stages—pun intended.
    I look forward to the jolts you will inspire.
    Peace,
    Alexandria

    June 24, 2012
    • Wonderful, Alexandria — when you have time, do come back and let us know how things are going — in general, and with Aunt Zelda ;-). xo

      June 24, 2012
  21. Hi! We’re not mothers, but we love your blog! We recently started a site with a similar message of freedom and self-expression. It’s great to find like-minded people out there.

    June 27, 2012
    • Thank you for saying so, League of Champions! You’re doing excellent work :-D

      July 2, 2012
  22. I have nominated you for Very Inspirational Blogger award http://theblumen-artgallery.com/

    July 2, 2012
    • Many thanks, theblumenartgallery! :-D

      July 2, 2012
  23. Dear Friend
    I just received the Versatile Blogger Award, and one of the cool things about it is that your task upon accepting it is to pass it on to other wonderful blogs!
    So you are the recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award – see your nomination here

    http://dyefeltsool.com/2012/07/07/versatile-blogger-award/

    Thanks for the amazing inspiration!

    Beth

    July 8, 2012
  24. lifeofministermom #

    I’ve nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Check out the details here: http://lifeofministermom.wordpress.com/blog-awards/

    July 16, 2012
  25. Hi! I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award! Please read about it here: http://christinadesignsart.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/versatile-blogger-award/

    August 9, 2012
  26. Happy to have found your blog. The NaNoWriMo got me in, and I’m here to stay :-). I try to write and some days ‘life’ just gets in the way, but this gives me new inspiration (might mean I’m not reading many other blogs for the rest of the month!). Thanks again, Faye

    November 6, 2012
    • How did it go with NaNoWriNo, Being Mum? :-)

      January 1, 2013
      • Hi Miranda,
        Well I got to 32000 words, so not quite the 50k but still I was pleased with my first attempt in between looking after the little man and the big man fully into Ironman training! I’m now aiming to get my young adult fiction book finished by my wedding – 30 March as I have 2 nieces from the UK coming over who are avid readers and I thought they’d be good critiques :-).
        I love your blog, it gives me lots to think about (and wishing I had more time!)
        Happy New Year!
        Faye :-)

        January 2, 2013
      • Bravo, Faye! That is a *huge* accomplishment! Well done, you :-D

        January 2, 2013
  27. I nominated you for a super sweet blog award. You can see details here http://ahecticlife.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/super-sweet-blogging-award

    November 27, 2012
  28. What a beautiful concept for a blog. Count me in as yet another avid reader – you have me hooked already!

    December 1, 2012
    • Thank you so much, Sindhuja! :-)

      January 1, 2013
  29. Great blog!! As a mom, a full time worker, as well as a full time student who loves to write, paint, and explore my creative side. Never seems like enough time to do it all. Looking forward to following your posts!!!

    January 1, 2013
    • Wonderful to have you here, heart! xo

      January 1, 2013
  30. I thing the idea of this blog is great! I am also a mom with creative ideas and I am glad to find this blog.

    February 5, 2013
  31. I am very happy that I stumbled across this blog. I am a single mother of two and dabble in pretty much any creative persuit I can sink my teeth in. I write, I paint, I do wood and stone carvings, and will be trying my hand at pottery soon. I believe that being creative helps me to keep my sanity.

    February 24, 2013
    • Wonderful, Teresa! How are things going?

      April 2, 2013
  32. what an awesome idea – excited to check out your site more.

    March 9, 2013
  33. This site is perfect for me right now in my life, and my toddler daughter. I am eager to search some more. I love pottery, writing, reading, crafts, photography and basic sewing. I am new to blogging and am enjoying the community and opportunity to express myself. Your site is a motivation and inspiration boost. Love it!

    March 13, 2013
    • Thank you so much, dbubble! Wonderful to have you here.

      April 2, 2013
  34. This is a wonderful blog. I wish it was around when I had my babies. Creativity can be key to saving sanity and well being in my opinion.

    March 28, 2013
  35. Julie #

    I just found this site, too. I’m finally at a place in my life where I feel the courage to truly try to push myself as an artist yet I’m also feeling a ‘baby freakout’! The timing is terrible and seems impossible. I’ll be 38 soon and my boyfriend has no interest in more kids (he has 2 from a previous marriage- they are grown). I thought I was okay with not having kids and have been feeling fired up to make this big life transition (quitting my corporate day job and going for it with making art the focus of my life). I almost wonder if it’s not self-sabotage, yet I’ve been crying my eyes out. I just don’t see how it’s possible. I’m glad to see you have created this blog because women-creatives need this support.

    April 1, 2013
    • What a difficult place, Julie. My heart goes out to you. I’m sure you already know (at least intellectually) that many, many women have fabulously satisfying lives without kids. And when you do have a few of them, it’s hard not to see all of the amazing things that your childless counterparts are doing — enjoying major creative successes, traveling, living with freedom. Maybe it’s just a grass-is-always greener thing that is part of the human condition. If I can be of any help, or even just a sounding board, feel free to e-mail me at miranda (at) mirandahersey (dot) com. xo

      April 2, 2013
      • Julie #

        Thanks much, Miranda. Definitely feeling the need for support right now!

        April 3, 2013
  36. I’m a single parent who has been trying to make a little time for creative cooking and photography. It’s not easy but so worth it. Thanks for the setting up this site. I’m at http://www.theflashcook.com. Will be returning.

    April 8, 2013
    • Thanks for commenting, Claudia! Your blog is lovely.

      April 22, 2013
  37. Hi. I am putting you up for a Versatile Blogger award. You can find out more at my blog. Congrats to you and please keep the excellent posts coming.

    http://ambitioninthecity.com/2013/04/08/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    April 8, 2013
  38. Gala #

    wow I just came across this blog ! what an amazing and inspiring thing you created here.
    I love it.
    I am also an artist and a mom (11, 8, 4) trying to juggle both :)
    Ill continue following you !!!
    Gala

    April 16, 2013
    • Great to hear from you, Gala! Best wishes for your creative journey. xo

      April 22, 2013
  39. Hello!
    I have nominated you for The Sunshine award ( hope you don’t mind ).
    I enjoy reading your posts, some have motivated me and some have sparked a little more of my creativity. Those are the reasons why I think you deserve this award.
    If you would like to know more about it ( or even if you already know about it ) click here http://familyeverything.wordpress.com/2013/04/20/thank-you-the-sunshine-award/
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    April 20, 2013
  40. Thank you so much for this! I stumbled upon it as I’m preparing an exhibition of collaborative work with my five year old. Heck, I figure she would just come into my studio and scribble over everything anyway. Just wanted to say thanks so much for this resource.
    JJ

    April 23, 2013
  41. Hi!!!
    I’m a stay home mom of an 8 months baby girl and at the same time I’m trying to draw again and I just found your blog!! You are amazing! I’m so glad I found you!!

    June 24, 2013
    • Great to have you here, ritavegas!

      June 24, 2013
  42. What a wonderful blog!!! It’s just so wonderful to see people helping other people. :) Love it!!!

    July 8, 2013
    • Thank you so much, Reinvigorate! xo

      July 15, 2013
  43. Hi, I am so excited to have found your site. It is great to know that there are other mothers who struggle to balance their lives with obligation to their kids and husbands/partners. Trying to find time for themselves is a challenge. I started blogging a year ago and I love it! I aspire to be a writer and need all the help I can get. My goal is to be a great communicator one that positively changes a person’s life. I look forward to following. Have a wonderful day, Allie.

    July 8, 2013
    • Great to hear from you, Allie! Come back and give our Monday Post a try :-D

      July 15, 2013
  44. This site is a GEM! So excited I stumbled across it! I am a happy Mom to a handsome 19 month old boy. He surprises and amazes me everyday. Creativity is very important to us, but as a first time Mom it’s hard to know what to do and how to do it. After reading only a couple of your post I can tell this will become one of my favorite blogs fast! Thank You for sharing!

    July 20, 2013
    • Thank you so much, Erin! Great to have you here :-D

      July 30, 2013
  45. I really like your site-what a kind idea to all creative moms.

    August 9, 2013
  46. ashantininja #

    wow! I just stumbled across it and its a great idea! I am a single mother and an artist. Ive just started my own business in sewing alterations and dressmaking and I also home educate my kids. Id love any tips and advice :)

    August 28, 2013
    • Thanks for stopping by, ashanti! (I bow down to homeschoolers and unschoolers.) For some of our favorites, try the sliding articles at the top of the home page. And if you ever have a specific issue or question, feel free to post it at our facebook outpost! :-D

      August 30, 2013
      • ashantininja #

        Thank you so much. I will do. I look forward to reading more of your posts. :)

        August 30, 2013
  47. Sassy #

    I ‘just happened’ to. Find you on Pintrest (everything has a reason or can be an inspiration or better yet, both,) I also “look for it.” I have a working studio at home with no pretences. My creative interests take me into varied mediums, Right now I am painting reverse on old wheathered windows suspended by old chain.I see the windows everywhere however I’ve had them a LONG TIME.Hope to create”a little SaS

    September 12, 2013
    • Thank you so much, Sassy! :-D

      September 13, 2013
  48. Meighan Morrison #

    Very inspiring blog…
    I wrote and illustrated two children’s books which were published in my twenties – then became a single working mom and somehow two decades slipped by. I have decided it is time to get back on the bike. The 20th Anniversary Edition of Long Live Earth is now available for pre-order (10% of proceeds to go to 350.org – working hard to solve the climate crisis).

    I hope you might take a peek… feedback most welcomed!

    http://www.meighanmorrison.com

    October 18, 2013
    • Fabulous, Meighan! So glad you’ve decided to start pedaling that bike again — wonderful to have you here.

      October 18, 2013
  49. I have just found this blog and as a mother of 2 children (one with ADHD and one with Autism) I have ignored my creative voice for many years now in an attempt to put their needs first. I am so happy to have recently re-discovered my creative side but it is a daily battle against everything you speak of in your blog. However, you have lifted my spirit and re-inspired me! I have just begun a new journey as a facepainter and have started a blog of my attempts to move from beginner to professional (but suspect it will develop into so much more as the artist within me fights to be seen and heard). So thank you. What a lovely start to my day to have found this blog and so many other creative Mums.
    I love a quote and find they can be both inspiring and powerful so here is a simple one I tell myself when doubt creeps in and fear holds me back….
    “Leap and the net shall appear…”
    Maz.

    October 24, 2013
    • Yay for you, mazmeekcoms! I love that quote — and I especially love a twist on that quote from poet Maya Stein: “The leap IS the net.” Isn’t that awesome?

      Looking forward to hearing more from you! xo

      October 24, 2013
  50. Having blundered onto this site you are stuck with me. I stopped writing to rear my children and am now back focusing all my spare time to being creative so I understand where so many of you are coming from. Great site.

    October 31, 2013
    • And we’re delighted to have you, Maria! Warmest wishes! xo

      October 31, 2013
  51. Christina #

    It’s always so fantastic when you realize that you’re not alone in the thick of it!!! Before I saw the trailer for Lost in Living I struggled, suppressing my need, my constant sense of urgency to make art, because i knew of no other moms that shared my innate NEED to make art…and so i continued in my silence… “lost in living”….a tired mother. i stumbled on this site just today and love the idea of being part of a circle of moms who know how i FEEL! i look forward to having a virtual back up team when i’m in the midst of a mommy breakdown and haven’t made art in weeks! THANK YOU! :)

    November 7, 2013
    • It’s so wonderful to have you here, Christina!! Come back and let us know how things are going….the Monday Post is an especially useful way to stay in touch. xoxo

      November 8, 2013
  52. Oh dear. I can already tell, I’m going to be obsessed with you guys. I mean that in the healthiest form of obsession possible, if that exists! [: Everything about this site screams “amazing-ness and possibilities!” I love it! I look forward to learning more about you guys! [:

    November 13, 2013
    • We’re delighted to be obsessed over, Jasmine! Welcome — and don’t be a stranger! :-D

      November 14, 2013
  53. thrilled to find you! i think i have found the pod & many like peas!

    December 8, 2013
    • Glad to have you in the pod, melibelle!

      December 12, 2013
  54. This is just the community I’ve been looking for! So excited to read and learn more.

    January 3, 2014
    • Great to have you here, birdstring!

      January 11, 2014
  55. A friend just passed your site on to me and I’m so happy to have found it! I’m excited to join the community and explore. I am also just at the beginning of a Kickstarter campaign for my first children’s book, and this community might find it of interest! I’ve been working through all the issues related to making time for art and self with a new baby and after three years have completed this project. It contains brightly colored collages and sweet rhymes about adventure and the months of the year. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1464632193/where-are-you-going-little-one?ref=email

    February 16, 2014
    • Great to see you here, Bryanna — very best wishes for a successful campaign!

      February 17, 2014
  56. Bee #

    Confession: I nearly shed a tear when I found this website. My fiance and I have struck out on the Big Quest to build our own life and family, and since we’re both extremely creative, adventurous people, one of the things that terrifies me is the thought of that ending when we add to our little family. Even NOW it’s difficult to manage sometimes.

    I’m really looking forward to speaking with like-minded folks and throwing those fears to the ground. <3

    February 28, 2014
    • So glad you found us, Bee! We’re here to help however we can xo

      March 12, 2014
    • Bree, it’s not the end of creativity, you just have to be creative with your time. It’s hard, but it’s worth it. :) Been there, seriously.

      March 22, 2014
  57. Wow this is a fabulous concept and blog. I am a writer just coming out of hibernation. I’ve started a blog to get my creativity really rolling, but this is just perfect. Thank you!

    April 7, 2014
    • Wonderful to have you here, Michelle!

      April 22, 2014
  58. Wow, this is an awesome blog!!! Creativity is the key to reach your dreams! Congratulations!!

    May 13, 2014
  59. aww. I just found your site. I just started blogging. I am also a mom, a creative, and recent BFA grad. I will certainly be following.

    May 18, 2014
  60. DoubleEspresso #

    hi! glad i found you. sahm with no time energy or motivation … trying to find time energy and motivation. :)

    May 26, 2014
  61. I agree with the need to create. I just recently started a blog about my creative journey in between parenting, work, family and friends. I hope it will inspire all who read it.

    June 15, 2014
  62. I have just found your website and love it, wonderful and so inspiring – I can’t wait to read more. I am new to blogging, having started my blog about making fun crafts with my young son so it is great to be in touch with others – your site will really motivate me. Becky http://www.pebbleandscribble.com

    July 8, 2014
  63. So excited to find this blog. Thank you. Am trying to add more creativity to my families everyday life. I was an art teacher for many years and since marrying and moving countries and having children it seems, like most I am sure that art took a back seat. . . Even though I love it so much, it makes me immensely happy!! I hope to use this site and other resources to integrate creativity readily into our daily lives.

    August 10, 2014
  64. Have recently started to try and make art and creativity part of our families everyday life. I was an art teacher for many years before getting married, moving countries and starting a family, cooking became my only creative outlet but after a few creative tasks here and there I have begun to remember how important art and creativity is to me and hope to instil that in my own children! Hopefully with a bit of help from this site it can become a reality.
    Thank you Miranda

    August 10, 2014
  65. Studio Mothers is such a beneficial blog. I wish this kind of support had been available when my son was a child.
    Although my son is grown, and I worked outside of the home as a teacher, I always had the yearning to create. I worked in many mediums whenever I could squeeze it in. It is important to find time to create. It feeds the soul. I recently started a blog to share ideas on inspiration and creativity. saltairandpistachios.com

    August 11, 2014

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