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Great Gift Idea: Adult Coloring Books

Earlier this year (way ahead of the trend), my best friend sent me one of my favorite gifts ever – an adult coloring book.

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Since then, I’ve seen them everywhere. They’re the entryway display at the craft store, they’re at farm potlucks, they’re at girl’s night. And they’re the perfect gift.

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Why? They give the person you care about an opportunity to indulge in personal time. When I first started coloring, it felt like a waste of time, like I could be doing something more productive. But adult coloring books made me conquer my Type-A personality and forced me to relax and just enjoy the passing of time. They helped me enjoy beauty and creativity without demanding a purpose or an end product. They’re definitely something I would never buy myself.

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Adult coloring books are pretty challenging, but they also encourage you to stretch your imagination and approach colors in a new way.

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Currently, I have two adult coloring books. The first one, The Secret Garden, is probably the most popular one out there and with good reason. Johanna Basford uses whimsical and complex illustrations to bring a joyous garden to life.

Sometimes the illustrations are a little too complex. I’ve never actually finished a complete page. But they’re still very fun.

I’ve also colored in her other book Enchanted Forest  and absolutely love it. It had unicorns in it!

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I also have the Creative Cats Coloring Book, of course. Creative Haven, the company who makes this book, also makes a few more. They’re certainly not as intricate or imaginative, but I like them all the same. It takes less time to complete one of these drawing and I wouldn’t say they’re strictly for adults. Mosaic Masterpieces is really fun and challenges you to get creative with color!

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These are the markers I bought to accompany my new hobby. They’re a nice quality and color for the price. The tips are shaped so you can color thin or thick lines and you get 100 colors!

If you’re struggling to find something for your creative loved ones, I’d definitely suggest these. Or, if you’re stressed out from the holidays, sit your butt down in front of a coloring book with a candle and some hot cocoa. It will absolutely calm you down.

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So do you have an adult coloring book yet? What do you think of them?

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I have historically categorized any type of wall art into categories like: “later,” “unnecessary,” and “not now.” When it comes to budgeting my time, money, and decision-making capacity, I can never commit. Even if it’s something cheap and small.

My homes throughout the years have suffered from a sad lack of art and decor. It stems from my minimalist and frugal tendencies,  but another part comes from the side of me that is loathe to pull any type of trigger.

In my mind, it goes something like this, “If I buy this piece unframed, I can save money by getting it framed locally. But where would I do that? I’d have to research this. How much money would I really save? God, this is turning into a lot  of work…” And the dialogue goes on until I decide I have other things I need to focus on. So I table this discussion another few months only to start it over.

I’m working on it. I really want art in my house. Until that happens,  I’ll continue to supplement my bare walls with interesting shelves, statement walls, and the few plants that manage to stay alive.

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I’ve seen a few of these yarn wall pieces floating around pinterest, and I thought, “why not?” I needed a reason to visit the Lion Brand Yarn Studio by Union Square. I was pleased to find the quality of yarn was much higher than I expected and the prices were on the low side, which is a relief if you know what it’s like to try to find reasonably priced yarn in NYC.

I settled on these three colors.

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The gem of this batch was the light yarn with the gold leaf, which stays attached to the yarn quite well.

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I was so thrilled when I found it, when I took it home to Ryan, I showed him with pride, exclaiming how it matches our gold and white theme in the house.

To which he replied, “I didn’t know we had a gold and white theme.”

Doing a face-palm never felt  more appropriate.

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Hanging Wall Art Supplies

-3 different types of yarn. You won’t use a whole skein, so this is a good project for leftover yarn.
-2 two-feet wooden dowels
-Copper wire or twine for hanging

This project is pretty simple and fast. You’ll want to prep the yarn by cutting it into a lot of equal-length strings.

Grab the bottom dowel, and  taking the cut yarn, loop some knots working left to right. Continue making knots to the width that you prefer. I stopped in the middle to change colors, making sure the outer colors had the same amount of knots to keep the symmetry.

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Once you’ve completed the bottom row, do the same with the top row. I wanted my top row of yarn to have a smaller width, so I did fewer knots. Then I secured the two dowels together by tying them together with copper wire. You can also use string or twine for this step.

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Once they were attached, I took the scissors to it to try to even out the shape. It turned out nicely.Wall-Art-2

One of these days, I’ll get around to creating my own weaving to display on the wall. I’ve even taken a loom weaving class! But in the meantime, this piece adds a bit of texture and color to the room.

the weekender 3/16/2012



Happy weekend! I’m always curious to see what household item my cats will turn into their next play toy. Watson has no idea how much my heart melts when I see him hold this plastic rose in his mouth.

My friends and I rented a beach house in Apalachicola this weekend. I plan on spending every second in its over-sized jacuzzi tub. Sorry, friends. Ryan’s Irish band is playing at the historic theater there for St. Patty’s Day.

Last night I ran 5 1/2 miles! And then went and died in a Little Caesar’s Hot n Ready. It was too ambitious of me to think I could run for that long and cook dinner. Lesson learned. But I’m only .75 miles away from my 10k goal. My official 10k is at the end of the month.

Anyway, on to the official post. Here are some links for the weekend:

Loved this collection from Secret Squirrel.

The best of color and food. These Pantone inspired tarts are so fun to look at.

This elephant bean bag could be my best friend. I just want to read a book in its lap.

Oh, this hair tutorial! And it doesn’t even require French braiding. Make everyone swoon with a double braid gibson tuck.

These metallic rocks by Jim Hodges are so pretty. I wish I could visit the gallery.

This spaghetti squash au gratin reaffirms my love of spaghetti squash. I can’t wait to try it.

Have a great weekend!

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Have a bright and sunny weekend!

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Hopefully it won’t get too hot. Links to keep you cool:

I love the idea of making your own chocolate chips. She flavors them with green tea and lavender.

If you’re traveling to a beach this weekend, collect some salt water and make your own sea salt. What a unique souvenir.

Loving this Father’s Day planter idea, mostly because it’s a dinosaur!

Everything about this loft is absolutely dreamy.

What are your thoughts on reverse French manicures? You can give yourself one with this tutorial.

I thought I was over the grey and yellow color combination until I saw them used in this vintage-inspired bridal shower party.

currently loving: laura amiss textile design

I just can’t get enough of these textile designs on canvas from Laura Amiss. She’s a textile artist living in Amsterdam.

I love what she does with fabrics.

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My favorite. I could stare at this one all day.

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She also does prints.

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Triangles

And she does rad sewn portraits. Be sure to check out her etsy shop or view more of her work.

etsy finds: dictionary prints

Aren’t these lovely prints on vintage dictionary paper?

Above from DreameryStudio

Why, yes, lately I’ve been obsessed with alpacas.

I think the colored ones are beautiful.

Above via CollageORama

Above via Little Blue Bird Studios

Once again, I’m amazed at how cheap etsy can be. All of these prints are under $10. Sorry for such a image heavy post. I couldn’t decide which ones to choose.

 

 

 

the weekender 10/15/10

via Epicute

Good Morning. I’ve had a great couple of weeks. How about you? This week there has been a lot of socializing, a lot of beer, a lot of decadent food, and a lot of cuddling with kittens and a good book.

I wanted to share some things that I have been adoring in the blogosphere.

Anastassia Elias has discovered a way to make left over toilet paper rolls into an artistic piece of decor. This is her Roulex line.

Anastassia Elias via Indie Fixx

Aren’t these lovely fiber optic lights?

via Apartment Therapy

Kiera over at A Pretty Penny did a D.I.Y. Natural Deodorant that seems pretty legit. I’ve tried quite a few handmade deodorants, but none of them seem to stick – literally. She might have figured it out with the coconut oil. She gave it a “platinum seal of approval.” I think I may try it.

via A Pretty Penny

If you’re like me and pretty much missed out on all of the important lessons of being a girl, Cubicle Chic’s d.i.y. manicure might help you out.

via Cubicle Chic

Do you like candy corn? I don’t. I think it’s disgusting, but there always seems to be a surplus of it around this time of year. Here’s an idea of what to do with that horrendous treat.

from Jamali Garden via The Coterie Blog

Also, where did candy corn get its name? It doesn’t really look or taste like corn.