5 Colorful, Simple Crafts to Cure Your Spring Fever

March is National Craft Month which I think is a perfect excuse to start getting in the mood for Spring! Crafting can be a great way to relax and unwind after a busy week. With Spring on the way, it’s time to add some color to your home. Get crafty, blow off some steam, and give into that spring fever!

Here’s my little ‘Springtime’ Crafts Wrap Up to get you started!

Add some warmth and color to your front door with a Front Door Mason Jar Vase from Craft Box Girls.

Sip your tea and countdown the days until the first bloom in this Watercolor Flower DIY Sharpie Mug from A Piece of Rainbow.

Add some words of wisdom and inspiration to your plants with the DIY Garden Charms from Hearth and Vine.

Spread color and joy all throughout your home by making these adorable DIY Rock Photo Holders from One Little Project.

Help the birds get ready for Spring too by making these awesome DIY Colorblock Bird Feeders from Handmade Charlotte.


How will you be celebrating National Craft Month?


* Photos and Project Instructions are intellectual and creative property of noted website/blog. I do not take any credit for the photos of the crafts or actual creation of the project idea.

January Art Challenge

I have all kinds of fun goals and healthy habits planned to bring into my New Year. Fitness, Self-Discovery, and Creativity are some of my top intentions for 2018. In 2018, I’ll be launching Do Five Things A Day’s Monthly Art Challenges.

5 Reasons to Participate in an Art Challenge:

1.) Art stimulates the mind

2.) It has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety.

3.) It promotes self expression and creativity.

4.) It provides learning opportunities.

5.) It’s fun!


Here are January’s prompts to kick it off:



Follow me on Instagram @dofivethingsaday where I’ll be sharing my artwork each day. Share your artwork on Instagram and #dofivethingsaday in your post.


Inspiration from the Big Screen – Celebration of Star Wars

There has been so much excitement about the new Star Wars movie coming out tomorrow! I’ll be honest, I enjoy the movies for sure but my knowledge is no where comparable to some of the folks I know, but being in a marketing position at the office I’ve found myself caught up in the whirl of it and it’s been a fun ride! Me being me, of course, I found some inspiration from the sayings and quotes. With the idea of the dark side vs. the light side, there is much that can be pulled out of the context of these movies <3

My Favorite Quotes from the Star Wars Movies & What They Mean to Me

“I find your lack of faith disturbing.” ~ Darth VaderYou have to have faith in yourself, in your abilities, in life, and in possibilities. Faith will guide your way. Without it, you can feel lost. Even on bad days, you have to hold onto the faith that things are going to get better. You have to have faith that you can achieve your goals to start working towards them. Faith is a driver. Don’t give up faith.

“The force will be with you always.” ~ Obi-Wan KenobiEverything you need to succeed and to be happy is within yourself. It is always with you.

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” ~ YodaIf you decide you want to make something happen then you have to will it to happen. You have to do what it takes to get it done. There is always a way if you stick to it.

“You can’t stop the change any more than you can stop the suns from setting.” ~ Shmi SkywalkerChange is inevitable. Everything is always changing, even the very cells in our body are constantly changing. We must learn to adapt to change and to grow with it.

“If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” ~ Obi-Wan KenobiLife gets hard and can break us many times but each time we fall we heal and we become stronger. So bring it world!

 “In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way.” ~ YodaDuring some of our darkest moments is when we can truly discover who we are. It is in our rawest moments that we see the truth. 

“Compassion, which I would define as unconditional love, is essential to a Jedi’s life. So you might say that we are encouraged to love.” ~ Anakin SkywalkerCompassion is an important trait to develop. We must learn to have compassion for the world, for others, and for ourselves. Compassion envelopes understanding and love and compassion leads us to positive change.

“Your focus determines your reality.” ~ Qui-Gon JinnWhere you place your focus is what will grow. Focus on the things you want in your life, focus on the positive.

“Let go of your hate.” ~ Luke SkywalkerDon’t live your life full of hate and anger, it will destroy you.

“Be careful not to choke on your aspirations.” ~ Darth VaderDon’t take on more than you handle at one time. You’ll burn out if you do.

“I should be mindful of the future…but not at the expense of the moment.” ~ Qui-Gon JinnBe aware and work towards your goals and build for your future but do not blind yourself of the present moment. You must learn to live in the moment while you work towards the future.

“Much to learn you still have.” ~ YodaWe will always have more to learn. Life has consistent opportunities for us to grow and develop.

“Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view.” ~ Obi-Wan KenobiWhat we perceive is what we believe. You have to teach yourself to see things with an open mind and believe in all possibilities.

“Be mindful of your thoughts. They will betray you.” ~ Obi-Wan KenobiTrain your mind to release negative thoughts.

“Now be brave and don’t look back. Don’t look back.” ~ Shmi SkywalkerLet go of your past, you don’t live there anymore. You can’t go back and change the past, you can only take the lessons learned and move forward.

Three Bonus Quotes to Inspire You to Keep Working Towards Your Goals

“If you want to be successful in a particular field, perseverance is one of the key qualities.” ~ George Lucas

“You have to find something that you love enough to jump over hurdles and break through the brick walls.” ~ George Lucas

“You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plough right ahead.” ~ George Lucas


5 Simple to Pull Together but Super Cute and Sexy Halloween Costumes for 2017

So I’ve decided that this year I want to dress up for Halloween…I missed last year but did enjoy handing out candy at the door (so many adorable costumes!!!). I ran through a bunch of ideas for costumes – I could do this for days, I love Halloween!!!

1) Cute & Simple Bunny

I decided on this one for the office! It’s simple, cute and I can manage through the day without any crazy costume malfunctions. I picked up a set of super adorable lace bunny ears (I went with pink) and I got one of those pom pom key chains to make into a tail. I’ll wear leggings and a fuzzy sweater.

Bunny Ear Headband with Dot Veil from Aldo $16  – Sequin Bunny Ear Headband from Urban Outfitters $14

 2) Sexy Skeleton

Pull on a sexy skeleton get up and paint your face to be a little spooky and wah-lah you are Halloween Party ready!

Leg Avenue Skeleton Catsuit $30.71ASOS Mesh Skeleton Bodycon Dress $40

3) Sweet Deer

This is one that I almost opted for. I love the woodland animals trend that has been around lately.  Grab a set of antlers, paint white spots on your face, and dress up in brown and tan palettes.

Deer Antlers with Flowers Headband from ASOS $16Deer Antlers Headband from Amazon.com $17.99

4) Frisky Cat & 5) Seducing Devil

These never go out of style, these are classics! Easy to put together costumes for the office or for your party. Put on your favorite red dress with the devil set or for the cat, pull on black leggings and a black top.

Lux Accessories Sexy Devil Costume Accessory $9.95ASOS Sequin Cat Ear Hair Clips $8


Want more ideas for DIY Halloween Costumes? Check out my favorite Round-Ups:

  1. 33 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes from GoodHouseKeeping.com
  2. 30 DIY Costumes from Society19.com
  3. 30 Genius Halloween Costumes You Can Whip Up Last Minute from WomansDay.com


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26 Days to Being More Grateful For Where You Are Now

Learning to be grateful for the things, feelings and surroundings we have in life is a practice that will help lead us to  happiness. When we appreciate all that we already have and all the things we’ve experienced, we can see so much more opportunity in our lives. A few months back I did this challenge and it got me thinking how thankful for all I have gone through and how blessed I am in each day. Follow along this challenge to help open new ways of seeing your life and to express gratitude for all that you are and have today. 

So here’s how this works: Each day or night grab your journal and write what you are grateful for…there’s a twist – each day is going to be corresponding to a letter from the alphabet. Write down whatever comes to your mind. For me this challenge not only helped me see all the wonderful things and wonderful sides of some of my down times but it also pushed me to be more creative in my thinking. Some of these are a bit wacky but most will all be connected to a memory or a lesson, keep that in mind when you’re journaling. I’ve shared some ideas below to help get you started. Make sure to come back and share some of the things you’re grateful too! 

A – adventures, ambition, avocados…

B – butterflies, BLT’s, boldness…

C – courage, co-workers, cheese, curiosity, coffee, celebrations, cats…

D – dancing, dogs, discoveries…

E – energy, encouragement…

F – friends, family, fuzzy socks…

G – Grandparents, grass to lay in, grasshoppers, growth…

H – Heartbreaks (because we learn so much from them), healing, hot tea, hugs,  hope…

I – ice cream, insight, intuition…

J – joy, jobs, jumping…

K – kisses, kindness, kids…

L – love, life, lazy Sundays, ladybugs…

M – My Mother, the moon, memories, music, mornings…

N – nature, new beginnings…

O – opportunities, the ocean…

P – painting, photographs, patience, perseverance…

Q – quirkiness, quotes, quilts…

R – rest and relaxation, roses, 

S – sunshine, silence, storms, stars, sleep, smiles…

T – travel, time, technology, tacos, Thai Food…

U – unconditional love, umbrellas, unicorns…

V – victories, vivaciousness, violets…

W – water, wine, watermelon, wins…

X – xylophones, xoxo’s, x-rays…

Y – yawning, youthfulness, yoga…

Z – zeal for life! 


15 Things to Add to Your Fall Bucket List

I had a little help from my son with this post, as we sat at the kitchen table Saturday morning thinking about the things we want to do together in the next few months. I’m a huge fan of bucket lists. Bucket lists set into motion little adventures (and big adventures). Here’s our little round-up of adventures to have this Fall full of creativity, some tasty treats, science experiments, and a little travel.

2017 Fall Bucket List

1) Carve Pumpkins

2) Take a trip to NYC

3) Go on a fall hike

4) Make pumpkin ice cream pie

5) Paint self-portraits

6) Visit the Baltimore Zoo

7) Build a volcano

8) Get nerdy family portraits

9) Visit a corn maze

10) Go thrift shopping

11) Go horseback riding

12) Make homemade hot cocoa

13) Design our own mugs to drink our hot cocoa out of

14) Go on a train ride

15) Have a Lord of the Rings movie-a-thon



10 Beautiful Do-It-Yourself Sharpie Projects You Will Love

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an #artthursday round-up post…I’m feeling a bit crafty! I have a secret love for sharpies so this was a fun one for me to put together and I can’t wait to give some of these a try! This list is great for some new home decor and for some gifts for loved ones for the upcoming holiday season! 

  1. “Stained Glass” with Sharpies from Happy Hooligans – These are a sure way to add some color to your kitchen. Fill with fresh flowers and place to add a little “Sunshine” in your day! 
  2. Sharpie Dot Flower Pot from DIY Candy I love this easy to do craft for a personalized gift. Make these and fill with herbs or succulents for a gift that lasts! 
  3. Scribble Initial T-Shirt from Aesthetic Nest I love this craft to do with the kiddos. Let them go with their crazy creative juices and then create something they can wear to show off their beautiful artwork over and over! 
  4. Trace-A-Quote Beverage Tray from Bren Did – I love the sophistication of this project. Create a set for all the entertaining ahead this coming season.
  5. DIY Painted Leather Wallet from love Maegan – A great edition to your new fall wardrobe…make an extra to tuck away for you best pal for Christmas too!
  6. Watercolor Inspired Throw Pillows from Brit+Co – Add some color to your home with these easy to make throw pillows.
  7. No Bake Sharpie Bowls from A Piece of Rainbow – Cook up some personalization for your kitchen with these chic diy bowls.
  8. Galaxy Print Shoes from Time for Tea – Show everyone the star you are in these artsy shoes!
  9. Sharpie Art Coasters from Paging Fun Mums – These are a burst of color! Create these to make sweet gift sets.
  10. Sharpie Coloured Glass Ornaments from Instructables – Add some delicate color to your tree this year with these gorgeous ornaments.

I am a sucker for a good sharpie…I love the bold colors they bring to the table and all the amazing creations you can make with them! 

Get started on your projects today with these art supply collections and deals:

A Collection of Rainbows: Sharpie Collection

Free Shipping on all orders $35+ at Blick Art Materials

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5 Super Easy & Fun Crafts To Do With The Kiddos This Summer

We all know the “I’m borrrrrreeeedddd” whines from the kiddos we get once school lets out. Here’s five super easy to pull together crafts to jump into.

1. Make a sun-melted crayon candle. – I did this one a couple weekends ago with my son. (You can check out my day here – A Day In My Life: Weekend Bliss & Tasks). Fill a jar, we used a vintage looking mason jar, with unwrapped crayons and add a wick. Set in the sun to melt.

2. Paint Pet Monster Rocks. – Collect some smooth rocks and paint in bright colors. Glue on googly eyes and paint on a mouth (and teeth if you desire!).

3. Feed the Birds. – Punch a hole in the end of an empty toilet paper roll and string through yarn, tying to make a loop. Cover the empty toilet paper roll in peanut butter and roll in birdseed. Hang from tree branches so the birds can feast!

4. Let go with Squirt Gun Painting. Place watercolor paper on the ground or pin to easels outside. Fill water guns with watercolor paints (mix with water). Squirt the paints onto the paper to create fun blasts of color.

5. Make Crazy Crayons. Unpeel the wrappers off the crayons and break into pieces. Fill small cake pans with broken crayons. Mix different colored crayons in the same tin to create fun colors. Place in oven at 150 degrees for about 15-20 minutes until melted. Remove from oven and let cool. Once cool, remove from pans.

Okay let’s see what you ideas you have! Link up your crafts and projects below:



Reading List: Books for Creatives

Looking for some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing? Need a push to get through to the next step of your artistry? Have a little writers’ block?

Check out this month’s Reading List: A Reading List for the Creative Minds, the Innovators and the Out of the Box Thinkers:

The Book of Doing and Being – Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love, and Work – With clarity, humor, and insight, award-winning filmmaker Barnet Bain guides readers to unlock the raw power of the creative self. Sharing creativity principles and practices at the leading edge, The Book of Doing and Being offers a life-altering map for stepping beyond what we already know and into a dimension of imagination from which innovation is born.





The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life – All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone. Whether you are a painter, musician, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, The Creative Habit provides you with thirty-two practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable thirty-five-year career.




Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All – Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the “creative types.”  But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every  one of us is creative.  In an incredibly entertaining and inspiring narrative that draws on countless stories from their work at IDEO, the Stanford d.school, and with many of the world’s top companies, David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems.  It is a book that will help each of us be more productive and successful in our lives and in our careers.



Steal Like An Artist –  You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.




The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Creative Battles – A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul. What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself. Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.



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A Delayed #ArtThursday

So super late, must admit, the last week has felt a bit overwhelming, just so much that has crept up on my plate. In some moments I feel like quitting and crawling under the covers and sleeping right through all the chaos but in most of the moments I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. When I finally got home last evening I was having a “ah, forget it, I’m so tired moment” but then some little things with big impact to me happened…I received two of my product shipments for my upcoming store launch (more news to come in the future about that!) and I saw my latest unfinished painting sitting on my dresser where I had strategically placed it to finish for an upcoming local art show with the very soon deadline of midnight last night, and I felt a little bit of inspiration creep up inside me. I realized I couldn’t catch up on it all last night but I did pull out my paints and I felt motivated again.

Sometimes lining up the art show deadlines on my calendar can add to the stress…but the actual part of letting loose in my artwork is where my therapy comes in… last night I sat down on my bed, watercolor pencils in hand, with no definite thought of where I was going to go with my painting, other than it was a bug and I had decided I was going to paint a praying mantis. The thing I love about diving into my paintings is that I find freedom and escape there. The more I let loose, the more exuberant my paintings become. My paintings are teaching me that the process is many times more important than the end result. I’m learning to live more in the moment and to focus on the process in all areas of my life through my art sessions. You can check out more of my artwork on my Artist Instagram account

Do you paint, do you draw? What activities do you find escape in? Share your arts and craft projects!!!

Link Up! 

(And because I was late, I extended the open party!)

Next Link Up June 8th!!!