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Living Artfully: Create the Life You Imagine Hardcover – October 10, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; First Edition edition (October 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743291050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743291057
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,142,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This sweet little "why-to" (as opposed to "how-to") is full of homespun ideas for welcoming a new baby, cheering up a sick friend, and celebrating a birthday or a wedding or a new home. More importantly, artist and author Magsamen's book is designed to kick-start the creative process in an easy, everyday way, demonstrating the imagination's ability to provide strength and relief. For the most part, ideas are cheery, easily accomplished, and frivolously smile-inducing: "hang wind chimes from the nearest tree to your bedroom window," "knit a scarf," or "make Friday game night." Magsamen devotes the balance of the work to stories about neighbors and quotes from famous people that are equal parts inspiration and sentiment. Once in a while the author's suggestions sound precious or anachronous in a Martha Stewart way-suggesting a world in which moms cook daily breakfasts, maintain "sewing rooms" and have the time and money to "build a koi pond" in the garden. Still, the bountiful enthusiasm and goodwill in these pages make the book a charming self-help, with a real generosity of spirit.
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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"

More About the Author

"I'm a message maker. I create products and ideas that help people connect one heart at a time." - Sandra Magsamen

Sandra Magsamen has touched millions of people, one heart at a time. Her products have been warmly embraced for over 25 years. As an artist, art therapist, mom, and award-winning author, Sandra uses her own creativity and spirit to design gifts, books, and collections that help people express themselves and connect with one other. Sandra reminds and teaches us to explore and experience each day with more heart, meaning, purpose, and joy.

In 1987, Sandra began creating her own art in her kitchen to commemorate the varied experiences and inspirations embedded in everyday life. She created a collection of pottery for her newborn daughter as a gift of life lessons. This gift became the essence of her life work.

In response to a growing demand for her handmade originals, Sandra founded Table Tiles, Inc., her handmade gift company in 1991, which, in less than a decade, expanded into a multimillion dollar gift business.

In 1997, she began licensing her ideas. Since then, she has designed successful collections for national department stores, mid-tier, specialty, and mass market through her national lifestyle brands From the Studio of Sandra Magsamen, Messages from the Heart, Wishes & Kisses, and Treasured.

Sandra's reach has grown both in categories and partnerships over the years. Today you can find her successful greeting card program in over 10,000 U.S. Post Offices as well as Office Depot, Barnes & Noble, and various other outlets across the United States. Her gift, accessories, and jewelry collections can be shopped in a boutique setting at JCPenney, regional department stores, specialty stores, and Walmart.

In 2013, Sandra partnered with online retailer 1-800-Flowers and their sister companies Popcorn Factory, Cheryl's, Fine Stationery, and Fannie May to design exclusive collections for their customers. Sandra has said of the collaboration, "1-800-Flowers wants to help connect people and so do I, so our partnership is one of deep understanding and shared commitment."

Sandra is a best selling and award-winning author of over 55 adult and children's books and has sold over 2 million copies to date. Her children's books consistently rank as best-sellers at Barnes & Noble, Target, and Walmart and are additionally sold nationally at wholesale clubs, specialty markets, and online retailers.

Sandra's signature lifestyle book, Living Artfully, and "Living Artfully with Sandra Magsamen," premiered on PBS stations nationwide on December 2006. Sandra has been featured on The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Oprah Magazine, Woman's Day, Woman's World, In Touch, US Weekly, and Life & Style. She is a featured columnist on Oprah.com with 200+ articles.

Personalization is a natural extension of Sandra's work and in 2014 announced partnerships with Walmart.com, TysToyBox.com, and 1800Flowers.com to bring them personalized product for their customer. Sandra is also developing a personalized publishing program with PutMeInTheStory.com launching Holiday 2014.

Sandra continues to create and collaborate with new partners. She shares her time between her home in Maryland, near where she grew up, and her studio in Vermont, living artfully with her family.

Connect with Sandra at www.sandramagsamen.com where you can find links to her Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter profiles.

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Great imagery, inspirational text.
Sheree
Living Artfully is a very gentle wake up call to appreciate those around you and to see life in loving and artful ways.
J. Goodman
I have given this book to many of my friends.
Jill B. Whiting

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Katie C. Nelson VINE VOICE on October 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Earlier this week I was feeling a very big low in my creativity so I thought it would be the perfect time to read "Living Artfully", a book I've been wanting to spend some time with. You see, I always have dreamed of being an artist, but I have never really felt like I was one. Scrapbooking did help me realize I had a lot of creativity, and I have felt that even more since taking up digital scrapbooking and designing. But I wanted to be an "artist", someone who was inspiring and who made others want to create.

I couldn't wait to open this book and figure out how to finally achieve that. What I found is that I always have lead a very "artful life." I have a new definition of what it means to be an artist, and it turns out...I am one! This book is worth way more than the cover price just to figure that out!

Putting memories together in a meaningful way...that is "living artfully"

Creating celebrations for my family... that is "living artfully"

Preparing a meal for my family, organizing our belongings, having fun with my children... all of those things are "living artfully"

Typing blog entries...that is "living artfully"

Thank you Sandra Magsamen for helping me to realize that! And thank you for the book full of fun ideas to make my life even more "artful" and full of joy!

Katie the Scrapbook Lady
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carol Bianchi on November 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"I am definitely creating special cozy spot in my house for me to relax, sit

with my friends, read a book, learn to knit (finally I have been wanting to

do that for years). Sandra gave me a whole new way of looking at my life and

what living artfully as she says is all about. I would recommend this to

everyone."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Goodman on October 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Living Artfully is a very gentle wake up call to appreciate those around you and to see life in loving and artful ways. Sandra stresses that you don't have to be an artist, or even perceive yourself as being creative to live life artfully.

The book is filled with suggestions of things to do and creative ways to show friends and family that you love them. Although it is hard to imagine actually doing most of them, it is great fun to read and think about the few that you might do and the meaningful result those actions will have.

The thing I loved about the book is Sandra's ability to reconnect to the joy of living, the the joy of play and laughter that generally exists in childhood and gets lost bit by bit as we get older. Sandra shares her stories and offers memory triggers to help recapture your youthful spirit.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on April 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write if he is ultimately to be at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be."

-- Abraham Maslow

One morning of channel surfing I stopped to watch Sandra Magsamen being interviewed and was drawn in to her talk about being creative and living artfully in our life. When this book became available for review, I jumped at it.

What does it mean to live artfully? The chapters are filled with ideas--simple, easy-to-do, no-cost ways to live artfully in areas like:

-- Making connections

-- Rediscovering your creative power

-- Creating moments that matter

-- Making your home reflect you

-- Artfully ways for special days

-- Making your mark on the world

The stories are wonderful, both from her own family and the other people she allows us to meet. The illustrations by the author are light and cheery and are complemented by the well-chosen quotes.

In the Home section, the author reminds us to celebrate the little things--change of season, different kinds of "homes," what home means, etc.

Maya Angelous said, "I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself."

As I write this mid-April, the robins returning to Minnesota are celebrating a late-spring snowfall as they dash from tree to tree, eating last season's fruit. I want to be as happy all day as they are this morning.

My favorite section was "Imagine the possibilities: Rediscovering your creative power." It's full of hope--of possibilities of living creatively. "Each day is a gift we get to unwrap--in our own way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CharmingBirdie on January 30, 2007
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this book will get you inspired and get you ready to create!!!! Love every bit of it!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Barnes on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Sandra challenges us to live life with placing more meaning on time spent with people or creating meaningful moments for our loved ones and our community. Her ideas make common sense, but in our busy world we need this book to bring our focus back to what matters in life. As soon as I got it, I read it from cover to cover.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Forrest on June 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I must admit I originally bought this book expecting it to be about living ART fully - so more about being a artist and living then what it is actually about...which is the idea of living artfully in the sense of finding small creative ways to make each day memorable or to mark ocassions.

There were some great creative ideas in the beginning and the end. I lost interest a bit through the middle - the book appeared to repeat earlier points a little - but I persevered and the tail of the book regained some strenght.

A light hearted read. Good for a rainy weekend. I'm not sure I'd read it twice but I will refer to it for special occasions as there was some wonderful ideas suggested.
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