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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?