Um wait so Adult Coloring books are a thing!?!?!?!?

Well this may just be the best day of my life. Now that being said I have no idea what Google Fu I was using on the day that Adult Coloring books came into my life, to keep things simple lets just blame Amazon.com. I am someone who struggles immensely to sit still and settle into a task. I have one ex who used to just stomp around the house in frustration because my constant task swamping and multi tasking made him feel like I had taken up all the activities our house could provide. I would actually sit in front of my TV, blinds open so I could people watch too, laptop open with either mindless news or videos, a magazine and my scrap-book. Of course there were other TVs, Computers, rooms, but he found these going-ons to just be too overwhelming.

So that being and moving back to current times said I get home later and by the time I make it to my bed projects that aren’t digital are out the window. There is just no time for set up, clean up etc. Usually its kids, pets, exercise or wine (depends on the night), dinner and my bed with my iPad, phone and cartoons. So enter adult coloring. It is a great way for me to zone out, scratch my creative itch, create something beautiful all while helping me, somewhat, unplug.

My first picture (And yes there are tutorials on how to use color, and an example of how to color this picture to get you started and yes I did actually find this book slightly overwhelming at first. There I said it adult color was actually kind of hard for a minute there).

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And incase you want to give Adult Coloring a try for yourself….

Book available here

Markers available here

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Keeping my crafting addiction in check

I’m the kind of person who gets, in my opinion, a brilliant idea then I am all in. For example recently I have taken up both snowshoeing and knitting (we’ll save the snowshoeing for a different post). Now my grandmother tried for years to teach me to crochet and I was an epic failure so when this whole knitting loom thing came around game on. Of course I found a coupon bought the most cost-effective set of long looms, got a couple of colors of yarn, watched a YouTube video and away I went. Of course I’m now about 12 things of yarn in, a full Pinterest board later and have a whole second set of circle looms hanging out in my living room. What have I made so far? A scarf for me (and at 5′ 10″ this was quite a task), a hat for a doll or small child with a brave parent, half a scarf for my daughter and there is yarn that could become something for my other half.

This is the kind of overkill I am famous for, as the kind of person that seriously struggles to sit still I get completely captivated by something new. I then must learn as much as possible and eventually will move on. I will usually circle back to that project later but storage can become a serious problem. The other issue is budget. It’s very easy to invest more in a new project, skill etc. than I originally planned on. Such as not realizing how much yarn I’d need to buy for my various projects and it quickly spiraling.

As someone who just can’t say no to a good time I needed a solution for my craft-lust. So enter DarbySmart, a company that will send my a box each month for $19 that has a brand new project in it for me to try. There are all the supplies right there in the box and I go online for the instructions. If you buy many months at a time you do get quite the discount. I’m only on my first one which using a coupon I paid $9 for. I wanted to try them out a bit before committing to bulk purchasing several months at a time and risk filling my house with clutter. But so far its a great way for me to scratch my creative itch while not having to commit a large investment to a new project for skill set. Pictures below!

My first DarbySmart craft! Turned there ring trays into coasters with a little felt.

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How do you keep your craft lust in check?