A creativity expert dedicated to helping others live their most creative life through education!
From HGTV to Hallmark to InStyle and SchoolArts Magazine (and more!), Carolyn is doing it and doing it and doing it well.
Her food is delicious.
Her art is super fun.
She has talents that can benefit everyone!
Contact us with questions, media inquiries, creative assistance, Reiki services, feedback, or just to say hello by using the simple form on the CONTACT US page!
Carolyn currently lives with her husband (Tommy), two Maine Coons (Ross and Monica) and American Eskimo (Minne Pearl) in Louisville, Kentucky.
More about Carolyn’s Life Journey:
Carolyn has her Master’s degree in Art Education and her Bachelor degree in Art/Photography. She worked on her Master’s while teaching part-time at a small private school. After she received her Master’s, she applied for the public school system and was hired. While she loved teaching and all things art, something else started calling her name. While teaching, she developed Carolyn’s Blooming Creations and started creating unique and delicious cakes and desserts. She also did quick creative bits with HGTV, SchoolArts Magazine, InStyle Magazine, The Courier Journal (a Louisville, KY based newspaper), various jobs in a talent agency, and more.
Teaching was fun for the 10 years she did it, but she felt in her heart that it wasn’t exactly what she was supposed to do full time anymore. Teaching (and all the prep work that goes along with it) took up a lot of her time and she yearned for more freedom to work on more of her own creative projects.
So, she decided to look for something new.
Her husband worked for a large health insurance company. One day he saw a position at the same company that looked like something Carolyn would be very good at. She applied, but was immediately rejected. Her husband knew she was right for the job, contacted someone in the department where she applied, and pleaded with them to give her a chance. They agreed. After Carolyn met with them, she was hired to be a Learning Consultant/Instructional Designer. While at the company, Carolyn learned marketing, business and people skills (and had some fun too). The position allowed her a little more freedom than teaching did and she also was able to use many of her creative talents to solve lots of problems. In her spare time, she kept Carolyn’s Blooming Creations going, but started branching out her brand include to wedding planning, special event planning, catering (with the Louisville Ballet Partners), continued making cakes/desserts, recipe creation, graphic design, Reiki energy healing, and more.
However, she heard her name being called once more to do something different.
After working through financial details and more with the help of her husband, she quit her job in January 2018. It was something she struggled with (who quits their full-time, decent paying job, based on a hunch?!), but knew it was necessary.
Guided by faith, and lots of support from her husband, family and friends, she started creating, creating and creating and has never been happier! She is now dedicating 100% of her time to her God-given artistic talents and Carolyn’s Blooming Creations.
Check out the amazing, packed-full-of-creative-ideas pages of her website today!
Her current projects include:
Carolyn loves creative challenges:
Her husband’s stomach issue/lactose intolerance fuels her passion to create recipes that are vegetarian and vegan. Her own struggle with how her body responds to too much sugar and dairy also fuels her recipe creations. She also posts meal plans every week (to help others seeking healthy meal options) to her page Carolyn’s Daily Dishes.
Her love for reading and writing fueled her to write one young adult novel (which will be a book series) and two children’s books in 2018. She has turned the children’s books into podcasts that quickly became popular with her friend’s little girl, Brinley.
Her love of adventure is guiding she and her husband to sell their home in 2019 to travel in an RV across America. They are posting before and after photos of their home renovations on the page It’s a Bradenful Life before taking off in the RV. The page will then be dedicated to their travel adventures.
A big creative challenge that came her way in 2017 was illustrating a children's book. The book, Bridging Connections, by Ellen Venhoff and Margo Smith, is due out in early 2019.
Follow this petite creative whirlwind on social media to see where she lands next.
Did you know about Carolyn's other blogs?
Carolyn has created many blogs where she has discussed different topics over the years. They are all visual with photography (as one of her degree's is in photography) and also include written thoughts. There are links to each blog below and descriptions of each if you'd like to check them out.
The blog Carolyn started when she had to cook in the laundry room for while she and her husband renovated their kitchen. She calls the blog "The Laundry Room Chef". http://cookingwithcarolynbraden.blogspot.com/
The blog Carolyn started when she was a classroom art teacher. It is full of creative ideas for teachers and parents. http://bradensartstars.blogspot.com/
The blog Carolyn started when she wanted to share her love of fashion and style with the world. http://carolynsbloomingcreations.blogspot.com/
The blog that Carolyn started when she wanted to share more personal ideas and feelings. It is also about her journey of creating some of her wonderful characters, Pammie the Peacock and Humphrey GoKart and his friends. http://pammiepeacock.blogspot.com/