Take Out Your Secret Stash of Colors and Create

Adult ColoringDo you enjoy sitting down with the kids to color? Do you have your own stash of colors (the ones the kids haven’t broken yet) hidden in a drawer? Adult coloring is all the craze now so no more hiding your colors.

After a long day of work, I find that coloring is very relaxing. Even when I have so many things on my mind, I am able to sort out the world’s problems just by putting color on paper. Coloring gives me time to organize my thoughts and make plans for the future.

I use an adult coloring book but if you don’t want to buy a coloring book, the internet has many free printable pages. Even our local library is getting in on the action by handing out free printed coloring pages. Once you find the perfect page for you, just print and color a masterpiece. Pages you have colored can then be framed and used in your home d├ęcor. I have a collection of printable pages on my Pinterest board here.

I use map pencils to color. Do you like crayons or markers better?

Be Inspired,

Dena

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Love You Sign

I love quick, easy and cheap crafts. Today I want to share with you a cute “love you” sign that falls into all of these categories. This last weekend was so busy that a quick craft project was a must if I wanted to accomplish anything.

love you signFor this cute “love you” sign, I used a simple cheap frame. If you don’t have some empty frames you can pick one up at the dollar store. I used two sheets of white card stock and three washi tapes that had red and pink in them.

love you cut outI used my Silhouette to cut one of the sheets of card stock with “love you”. Then on the other sheet of card stock I placed the washi tape horizontally.

wash itapePlace the cut out sign in front of the washi tape lined page and put in the frame.

love you signSee? Quick and cheap. I love the new addition to my valentine decore.

Be Inspired,

Dena

Love Birds Wreath

Love Birds

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away. Since my kids are grown, I no longer have to think about school Valentine’s cards. But one of my fondest memories of Valentines is when my youngest daughter had to make a Valentine’s box. We used a soap box to make a hippo wearing a pink tutu. It was the cutest box I have ever seen (I may be partial). Unfortunately, that was way before we carried around cell phones so I have no pictures of the box. I do have the memories and so does my daughter.

Now that I do not have to worry about school Valentine’s cards, I am focusing on other fun Valentine’s projects. I found a small grape vine wreath and made a fun wreath for my love nest.

Love Birds WreathI used construction paper to cut out two love birds.

Love BirdsI glued the love birds on to string that I tied onto the wreath. Then, I glued scrabble tiles for “LOVE BIRDS” onto the wreath.

Love Birds WreathDo you have any memories of school Valentine parties?

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The Gunny Sack

Desk Calendar

I have been hit by the bug. I have not felt well for days and have even lost my voice. In spite of being down I had a productive weekend. I made a few new things and finish up a few ongoing projects.

Last year, I printed some small calendars and gave them with little easels as gifts. So this year, I didn’t want those little easels to go to waste so I printed up this year’s calendars. I found a great printable calendar at Elegance and Enchantment.

2014 Printable CalendarI printed out 15 calendars and then got out the paper cutter and started cutting. Once I had a calendar together, I but a small touch of glue on a small paint brush and brushed the glue onto the top edge of the calendar. Adding the glue binds the pages of the calendar so that pages do not get lost during the year.

2014 Printable Calendar

I really like the chevron pattern on this calendar. Have you ever made small desk calendars as gifts?

Be Inspired,

Dena

Line A Day Journal

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We are well into the New Year. Have you set any resolutions? I usually don’t set resolutions because I just break them. This year I didn’t set a resolution but made a commitment to write a line a day journal. So while my daughters where home we had a fun night of crafting and made journal boxes.

Line A Day.jpgEach day, I write one sentence about what happened or what I want to remember about that day. Then, when next year starts, I will write a sentence on the next line and be able to review what happened in 2014. As the years pass it will be fun to read about what happened three and four years back.

011214_0213_LineADayJou2.jpgTo get started you will need index cards, a box to hold index cards, a date stamp, and washi tape.

011214_0213_LineADayJou3.jpgStamp the top of each index card with each date. Do not put the year on the stamp because each line of the index card will be a different year. I could not find a stamp without a year so we ended up cutting the year off of the stamp.

011214_0213_LineADayJou4.jpgI used the washi tape to trim 12 index cards for each month. I also used the tape to create a tab at the top of these cards.

011214_0213_LineADayJou5.jpgI am enjoying writing a sentence each day and am looking forward to the coming years. It will be so exciting to see what our family has done through the years.

Be Inspired,

Dena