Well, Color Me (sort of) Happy

I was coloring plein air this morning at the park. It was a breezy, sunny fall day. The kind that requires jeans and a sweatshirt. YES! My kind of weather in Wisconsin! Here’s what I was working on:

color-me-stress-free-zen-coloring-book

I found this gem at JoAnn Fabrics. To give credit where it’s due – the book is by Lacy Mucklow, Illustrated by Angela Porter

It’s fun! My 5 and 6 year old kids even take turns coloring the same picture as me or working on their own, so it’s a shared portable coloring book.

What makes me laugh though is the introduction. It talks about common sources of stress in life and how each chapter of designs can help counteract stress and overall promote well-being. Great. I’ll take it!

Keep on reading, and you’ll find a disclaimer.  This book…

“is not meant to replace the services of a professional therapist if more direct intervention and personal guidance are needed.” 

Ha! Gotta love disclaimers! If you have an adult coloring book, see if there’s a similar statement in the introduction. Comment below and share what it says!

Cheers & color on!

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Creative Kid’s Art Recycling

I like breaking out the art materials for my daughter.  Last time we had the crayons out, my 1 year son even grabbed one and did some scribbling.  Concentrating on an art project can quiet and calm kiddos like magic!  My daughter has cut paper for 45 minutes non-stop – incredible, right?!  She just likes to cut paper.  I’ve tried introducing the collage concept, but glue sticks just aren’t her thing right now. We have  a lot of scrap paper around and receive old office paper from my mom, but still I wanted to do SOMETHING with the pieces.  So I came up with this cute card idea.

Paper scraps

Heart collage card

We also had a lot of fun finger painting and tracing hands a few times.  The finished pieces were cute for sure.  I turned them into big flowers to decorate my daughter’s bedroom.  I’m glad I took pictures of this because the next day she ended up tearing them down during her “nap” time.  Sigh…I guess the next room decor is only one more art project away.

Handprint Flower

homemade flower decor

Other Project Ideas to check out: