Wednesday, July 11, 2012

"Creative Magic" Featuring~ Carrie Hannegan~

"Violet Cottage"

What inspires me has changed a lot through my life as well as the mediums in which I choose to express my creativity.

 I used to own a gift boutique and I loved creating spaces that my customers could experience all around them. I frequently would get inspiration from going to Disneyland. We lived in Southern California and Disneyland was my retreat, my way to recharge and be surrounded by, what I felt was, pure joy. The Imagineers were constantly changing and updating the park and their window displays, so I was always on the hunt to discover what was new, I loved it! In my shop, each display area had a different theme and story. I would get into the head of the person that might live there, in that space, and create a world for them. I would re-paint or wallpaper the walls, paint on the furniture and create new pieces for my new displays. I would pick out scented candles that matched the new environment and I even changed the music in my shop to reflect the new themes, so I could really utilize all the senses!

These days, to inject passion back into my artistic endeavors which include painting, card making and jewelry design, I look at other blogs, check out Pinterest and browse Facebook to see what is new. I particularly love to see party and wedding themes and designs... the creativity is astounding!

All ready to PARTY with the party hat Carrie created!!

 Sometimes, a good long hot bubble bath is a great way to spark some new ideas, too!

I do miss working in three dimensions in a space that surrounds my guests and I can utilize all five senses, but I'm really enjoying working in two dimensions, too!

~Some of Carrie's Favorite Quotes~

 found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had no words for.
Georgia O’Keeffe
A Good artist has less time than ideas.
Martin Kippenberger
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Pablo Picasso
Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.
Lewis Carroll
Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.  Camille Pissarro

Violet Cottage-

Pictures of my displays and jewelry:

Blog posts with my art:

And dog portraits:


  1. stopped by to see your submission for the Arnold Grummer DT call..

  2. I really love that Meg is in this post, too! Thanks so much for featuring me... it is an honor!!