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.
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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! 

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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:

 


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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!!!

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10 Summer Arts & Crafts Pinterest Round-Up

Let’s get some arts and craft inspiration going this week! I love jumping into new projects during the warm weather seasons. Summer makes me think bright, beautiful colors and lots of happy projects! I put together 10 projects I hope to tackle this year that I wanted to share with all of you too! You can check out more great craft ideas on my Pinterest Board: ‘Feeling Crafty’

Pinterest Round-Up: 10 Arts & Crafts To Try This Summer:

  1. DIY Monogram Planter from Remodelaholic – Head on over to Remodelaholic.com and check out this great tutorial on how to make a gorgeous planter for your porch or patio.
  2. Sugar Scrub Sand Art from Sugar and Cloth – Sugar scrub that looks good sitting on your shelf. I love this idea so much! Work on getting smooth, beach bound ready skin with this darling sugar scrub. Makes an excellent DIY Gift too!
  3. Photo Art DIY Luggage Tags from Little Red Window – Travel in style with these little cuties. This DIY craft lets you personalize your luggage to show your flare.
  4. Painted Pot Herb Garden from Colorfully Behr – Get down with your creativity and your love for nature with this crafty project. Create fun pots and fill them with fresh herbs to grow for your summer cooking!
  5. Reclaimed Barn Art from Hazel and Gold Designs – A great up-cycling project for some new home decor. This craft can easily be done in an afternoon to create some new decor to hang in your kitchen or living room.
  6. Hand Painted Pillows from Mandy Pellegrin – I absolutely adore how bright and colorful these pillows are! With some simple brushstrokes and dotting and some basic sewing you can make some adorable new additions to spruce up your sofa.
  7. Watermelon Serving Tray from Oh So Beautiful Paper – Bring the fun to the party with this serving tray! This is an easy and quick project will have you picnic and party ready in no time. 
  8. DIY Inspiration Smashbook from Dawn Nicole Designs – With all the racing ideas I always have going on in my mind, especially with preparing to soon launch an online boutique, what an awesome craft to take on to create a place to put all these great ideas! Personalize this smashbook with your favorite colors and your favorite quote and then get smashing!
  9. Painted Twig Bouquet from Homemade Ginger – A simple but chic way to dress up any room. Add some pops of color to your home with easy and inexpensive craft.
  10. Dip Dye Market Tote from The Sweetest Occasion – I love heading out to market every weekend to pick up fresh fruits and veggies! This tote creates the perfect way to carry them all home!

What DIY Projects and Arts & Crafts do you have to share?


10 Ways Art is Therapeutic for Your Mind, Heart, & Soul

Today’s #ArtThursday is brought to you by me…and the benefits of Art Therapy. Did you know that practicing art or even by doing a craft it can act as a meditative practice for you? When we channel our energy into creating something it can have many therapeutic properties.

1.) Art is relaxing and has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and decrease worry.

2.) It can teach us insight, empathy and acceptance.

3.) It promotes self-expression and can help us express and process emotions or stress that we may have suppressed.

4.) Art therapy stimulates the mind.

5.) It can encourage self-discovery, self-observation and encourages the discovery of our subconscious.

6.) Art empowers us.

7.) It helps teach us constructive ways to deal with tough feelings and traumatic or stressful situations.

8.) Art Therapy improves emotional, cognitive and sensory processes.

9.) Art can help us see beauty in rough times.

10.) It provides us with many learning opportunities and provides a sense of worth and accomplishment when we complete projects.

Now it’s your time to share! Link up your current artwork and projects! DIY Arts & Crafts, thoughts on art, Art Bucket List, all welcome!

What kinds of art and projects do you do to relax?


My Artist’s Bucket List – Exploring New Territory

As an artist I am always looking for ways to grow. I have several forms of art and artistic expression that I am eager to try.

Oil Painting – my go-to paint choice has always been acrylic, in the last year I’ve expanded into water colors but I still have yet to give oils a try so that’s most definitely on my list!

Macrame – The beautiful wall hangings and jewelry that I’ve seen come from this wonderful craft are beautiful. I think this is a skill that will take more patience but I think it will be relaxing and rewarding.

Pottery – Think “Ghost”. How could you not want to try this? I’m a Virgo, meaning I’m an Earth sign and it absolutely intrigues me to be able to create something from such an earthy substance. I cannot imagine not liking the feel of building and creating something within my hands.

Figure Drawing – I’ve started dabbling in this as I explore with oil pastels but this is something I would like to really take the time and dig into. The art of the shape of the human body is beautiful and I truly want to be able to depict it on paper.

Weaving – The intricate designs and colors that can be captured within a woven piece is amazing. How each piece can tell a story of its handcrafted journey.

Calligraphy – I am a quote and inspirational words fanatic. I think this would be a wonderful skill to master to share that love.

 Screen Printing – Old school style. I tried this out when I was in school and it is so cool putting your artwork onto the fabric. I would like to revisit this skill.

 Dance – I have had dance on my bucket list for a while. The expression that can be shared through the art of dance can be quite powerful. There are many forms of dance that can be explored.

 There are so many forms of art out there. What kinds of art do you do and what’s on your bucket list to try?

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Beauty in the Ruins

It was a damn cold afternoon…but we were determined to get this shoot. There was an upcoming local art show at HiveArtSpace that we wanted to submit to…”Beauty in the Art of Decay”…so off we set to Ruins Park in Glen Rock where we could capture the beautiful graffiti as a background in our shoot. We found the most inspiring art work to shoot with and were set free and given a fire of creativity within ourselves with this artsy shoot. With every shot that I was able to gaze upon the sky, I was given a view of a flock of birds, and with every moment that the sun start to set we were given a new angle. Unfortunately our work wasn’t accepted to the show this time but I am so happy with what we gained out of this shoot either way. Shared below are some of my favorite shots and a little behind the scenes peek of shooting on a cold March afternoon.

“Colorful and Concealed”
Look inward towards your soul for healing. Curl up in your own warm embrace. All you need is there.

“What is Dead May Rise Again”
Rise from the ashes as the phoenix did. Find strength in all your trials and challenges.

“Rising From the Ashes”
With downfall we find new strength. We can find light in the darkest places. The phoenix symbolizes that…be reborn with new glory, courage, and fire!

“The Art of Angles”
A pure perspective will give you power.

   

Behind the Scenes Sneak Peek:

Tucked behind a big wooden spindle with my little hand warmers trying to hide from the frigid wind between shots.

When your photographer gets a snap of you fixing your hair…

Please be sure to check out more of Anthony’s work here – Photos by Anthony Machcinski His work is beautiful and each photo has a story behind it. I have loved working with him and look forward to more shoots! 

Inspiration From The Streets

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, making mistakes, and having fun.” ~ Mary Lou Cook

Where would art be if we didn’t have artists that pushed the limits and broke some rules?  I have a secret love for street art and graffiti. It takes some gust and some big inspirations to create art like that, big scale and bold colors up for the whole world to see. 

 

From a simple smiley face to a city poetry garden to a grand message, these pieces of art are one of a kind and hold their ground. Go explore, there is art all around us! 

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Speaking to the Artist’s Soul & Emerging in the Progress

Creating art is a therapy for me…when I pick up a paintbrush or open my sketchbook I immediately feel a wave of calmness enter me. The stress of the world melts away. I become the center of the balance beam. 

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ~ Thomas Merton

It frees me. It allows stubborn emotions to flow out of me, whether it is trauma or joy, the feelings can pour freely from my soul, leaving my heart and my mind clear. 

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher

It opens a space for me to heal.

“Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars & attics. It brings healing.” ~ Julia Cameron

I used to rush my paintings, feeling the need to bring them to completion in one sitting. I found that through my patience they became so much more. I have learned to allow them to be works in progress. I allow them to grow as I grow through them. Letting them layer upon layer as life does, creating a story to be told. And in that they give back to me as what I put into them.

Art is beautiful to the eyes, but it is compelling to the soul.