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Use Your Coloring Pages

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There’s only so much room on your refrigerator door. Here are 11 ways to share and use your gorgeous coloring creations.

bookmark1. Make a bookmark. Print or photocopy the black and white design onto heavy card stock. Color the design. Cut a narrow strip, punch a hole in the top and add a tassel. (I found this tassel in the scrapbooking section of Hobby Lobby.) If you have a rounded corner punch, you can use it on all four corners of your bag

  1. Create a gift bag. Have an oddly shaped little gift to give? Make a quick gift bag using one of your coloring pages. Follow this tutorial, add coordinating ribbon and tissue and you’re ready for any wrap
  2. Wrap a gift. Easy, right? Just use a coloring page as wrapping paper. You’re the Goddess of Gift Giving!


By the way, all the coloring designs shown here are from the 2016 Color Lover’s Weekly Coloring Calendar. 

Here are even more things you can create with your coloring pages:

4. Magnets

5. Postcards (download a template for the back of the postcards at this site, and consider sending a postcard to a prison support organization.)

6. Handmade book covers

7. Envelopes

8. Gift tags

9. Paper chains

10. Ornaments

11. Scrapbooking paper

Any other ideas? Share them in the comments! Happy coloring to you all!



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Monday, Tuesday, Zen-day

7 ways to find a few mindful minutes in your work week

Feeling frazzled? Instead of heading to the vending machine or snapping at a co-worker, try one of these seven ways to tune into your inner happy at work. While these activities might seem insignificant or even silly, re-focusing for five or 10 minutes a day may actually help you become healthier and more productive.

  1. Saved by the Bell

Sometimes all you need to be pulled back into the present is a simple nudge. Take a cue from the liturgical bells that call monks to worship or prayer. A bell or chime app for your phone can play a tone at the times you choose. When you hear the bell, pause and take note of your surroundings; what you’re feeling; if your thoughts are racing. Take a few slow breaths before you return to your work.

Try the Mindfulness Bell app for Android, or Chill, a daily mindfulness app that sends up to five quotes and reminders to your iPad or iPhone every day. You can also set your device’s alarm function to ring bell tones at intervals during the work day.

  1. Color Wonderful

Coloring has been shown to aid relaxation and divert attention from anxious thoughts. A short coloring break at your desk can help clear your mind, combat stress and engage your creative thinking. A dozen or so colored pencils or crayons and a few minutes to color a pre-printed design or doodle one of your own can create a calm spot in a stressful day.

Perfect for your desk, the 2016 Color Lover’s Weekly Calendar from Creative Girlfriends Press offers 53 coloring designs printed alongside weekly calendar pages.

2016 ColorBook COV

  1. Pretty and Powerful

Try using and wearing a meditation necklace or mala, which can serve as a mindfulness tool and remind you of your intention all day long. In Buddhist tradition, the mala is strung with 108 beads. During meditation, a mantra is repeated as each bead slides through the hand. Many religions use prayer beads that can be carried or worn to the office.

Meditation necklaces hand-knotted by Kara Benz of Boho Berry follow Buddhist mala tradition and are available in a wide variety of bead colors. Search YouTube for videos explaining how to use the mala in meditation.

Meditation necklace from Boho Berry

Meditation necklace from Boho Berry

  1. Spoonful of Serenity

Crunching potato chips while scrolling through emails isn’t a recipe for peace and good health. Nourish your body and mind by savoring your mid-day meal. Pay attention to the color, texture and taste of your food as you eat. Try setting your fork or spoon down between each bite to slow your eating. Imagine telling a friend about the food you’re eating: How would you describe the taste or appearance of your salad, sandwich or soup? Noticing what you eat can make you feel more satisfied and may help you choose healthier foods.

Chic containers and utensils from Black + Blum take lunch style way beyond the brown bag.

Black + Blum container

Black + Blum container

  1. The Nose Knows

Tuning in to your senses can put the brakes on your racing mind. Literally stopping to smell the flowers—or the lavender, bergamot or patchouli of essential oils—can snap you back to the present. Choose an oil based on its prescribed benefits, or just pick a favorite scent and use it with a diffuser to create an olfactory treat you can stop and savor during your work day.

Aura Cacia’s Aromatherapy Vaporizer uses a stream of air to diffuse scent.

Aura Cacia essential oil vaporizer

Aura Cacia essential oil vaporizer

  1. Shhhh…

Go silent for just a few minutes. Hang a do not disturb sign on your office door or pop on noise-canceling headphones and drink a cup of tea in silence—with no input from your phone or computer. Better yet, head outside with your mug if possible to hear natural sounds. Gazing at a long view gives you the added bonus of reducing eye strain caused by staring at a computer screen for extended periods of time.

Inspire yourself to take a short stretch of quiet with the Rejuvenation Gift Set from Tea Forte.

  1. Goodness and Light

Stress can produce negative thoughts—stop them in their tracks with positive words. Affirmations and uplifting quotes can help you reframe your thoughts and put your current workday cares into prospective. Need a good reason? Researchers have found that a positive outlook can help protect against heart disease and improve diet and sleep patterns.

Choose a card each day from the Virtues Project deck. Each of the deck’s 100 cards describes a virtue like “tolerance,” “peace” and “strength,” while offering quotes and ideas for practicing that virtue.

Do you have a favorite way to de-stress at work?

–Janice Brewster, writer, editor and nurturer of creativity

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Color Lover’s Weekly Calendar

2016 ColorBook COV

A year’s supply of coloring pages!

Featuring a new coloring design each week, our new calendar and coloring book for grown-ups helps you track your events and to-do lists while giving you time to play with color!

With 53 coloring designs from five different artists, the calendar offers a new delightful illustration each week. You’ll find a wide range of subjects from mandalas to mermaids, peacocks to pirates. Discover your new favorite coloring page designer while you relax and color away stress. Here are just a few samples:

Artwork by Eliza Jane Curtis

Artwork by Eliza Jane Curtis

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Artwork by Kara Benz

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Artwork by Rachel Shayne Edelstein

The large format (8 1/2 x 11 inch) calendar features monthly pages, as well as weekly pages with plenty of space for notes. Coloring pages are on the right to make coloring easy.

Take the calendar with you for an artful break wherever you go. To keep your coloring pages free from unwanted marks, use a pen or pencil (not markers) to write your calendar notes. If you use markers on the coloring designs, slip a sheet of paper behind the page as you work. Take time for yourself every week!

Give yourself–or someone on your gift list–a few moments of color happiness every week. Available on Amazon now!


Giveaway Time!

shark pouchIt’s time again for a Sew Mama Sew giveaway. I’m offering a copy of my new e-pattern for a Shark Week Pouch.

Gals, we used to call that time of the month a “visit from Aunt Flo.” Remember? Well, I recently found out the youngin’s are calling it Shark Week. Too funny.

I started to envision this cheeky tampon holder…then I found out about AfriPads, an organization that helps meet feminine hygiene needs in Africa. Blammo–it all came together!

So, now when people purchase the pattern on Craftsy, I donate to AfriPads.

Want to win? Leave me a comment below with what color shark pouch you would make. I’ll pick a random name after 5 p.m. PST on Sunday, May 10 and announce the winner here.

Thanks and Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there.