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Guess what? Coloring is SO MUCH FUN! Remember?!?

I don’t have to remember too far back because I have a ton of coloring books in my basement on a shelf. You know, so I can get them out and color. So when I heard about the 30 Day Coloring Challenge that Kathy is doing over at The Daily Marker, I was in. The challenge is just to spend some time every day coloring. It doesn’t matter what it’s with or what you make, just color. As I’ve said about my #YearofMaking, that’s something I can get behind.

Today I even read an article on Huffington Post about how coloring helps combat stress. Fun AND a stress reliever? I’m double in.

So I won’t be posting my coloring here every day. Which I’m sure you would have guessed already based on the frequency of my posts (but I’m working on that!), but I will on Instagram (craftingwithoutkids) and on Twitter (@craftingwokids) and I’ll be checking in here now and again with my coloring. You know, when I make something out of it. Today I stamped some images to be colored later and then I made a bookmark.

Getting ready for 30 Day Color Challenge with The Daily Marker #TheDailyMarker30Day

Ready…Set…

Crappie Bookmark for 30 Day Color Challenge with The Daily Marker #TheDailyMarker30Day

GO!!!

I got the bookmark blanks from my friend Emily at Useless Without Pictures . She is doing the challenge too. I “talked her into it.” Hi Emily! This is going to be lots of fun. Promise. :)

17/365 #YearofMaking

1/30 #TheDailyMarker30Day

When I read about Make Something 365 started by Noah Scanlin, and his 365 Skulls project, I was inspired. I was ready to try it. I couldn’t wait. I had great ideas!

And it lasted about a week.

And that was even with the caveat that it was ok to fail sometimes. But I didn’t like to fail, and skipping days felt like failing even if I had said it wasn’t. So I quit, and I hated that I quit. But that’s what happened.

Fast forward to about a month ago. I found the book Make it Mighty Ugly (which is AMAZING and everyone should read it) and that lead me to #YearOfMaking, which was started by Miriam Felton when she began posting what she was making every day. This resonated with me. There really aren’t any rules. Just make something. Or part of something. Or whatever you decide “making” means to you. I can’t even begin to tell you how freeing this is. And it’s a “year”, not “2015” so I (and you) can start whenever.  In fact, I started 16 days ago. SIXTEEN DAYS!!! Can you believe that?

Here’s a couple of the things I’ve made.

Birdies colored with Tim Holtz Distress Markers for Crafting{without}Kids

Day 2

Cork Pendant Necklace for Crafting{without}Kids

Day 12

Brick Stitch Circles for Crafting{without}Kids

Days 13 & 14

 

So far so good. It’s been good having an excuse to make something every day, but it’s also been good not to be limited to making a specific thing every day. You’ll be seeing the days tick by at the end of my posts, and every once in a while I’m going to post a couple of things I’ve been making. If you want to see what I’m making each day, follow me on Twitter (@craftingwokids) or Instagram (CraftingWithoutKids). I post pictures there (the 99% of the time I remember to take one & it isn’t a blog post.) I’m also going to be following along with The Daily Marker and her 30 Day Color Challenge which starts tomorrow so you’ll see those too.

16/365 #YearOfMaking

I love color challenges to help me put colors together that I wouldn’t think of. These are SO Springy and I need a little of that right now here in WI.

TCPTUES284 Color Challenge

Wish TCP Color Challenge by Crafting{without}Kids

I used the Wish stamp set from The Cat’s Pajamas. I love the little bunny. He’s so fun to paper piece.

Wish Closeup TCP Color Challenge by Crafting{without}Kids

I made a fluffy little bunny tail for him with heated Liquid Appliqué. My Stickles gave him a sparkly star to wish upon and Wink of Stella added sparkle to his nose.

15/365 #YearofMaking

Watercolor is one of the newer trends I am enjoying. There are a lot of trends I’m not a fan of (including calling anything “on trend”), but I can get behind the watercolor trend. It’s simple and doesn’t require a lot, if any, new supplies. You can make it fancy by buying fancy new paints (which would be awesome!), or you can use the Toys R Us set you got when you were a kid. You know, for instance.

This weekend I made a card for the Lawnscaping Birthday Challenge.

 

Hippo Birdie to Lawnscaping from Crafting{without}Kids.

I stamped the hippo and cute little bird from the Year Four Lawn Fawn stamp set and then embossed them in white. I then watercolored over them with my super fancy (see above) watercolors. I added a heart balloon and some twine. Then I spritzed it with the Heidi Swapp Gold Lamé spray. Afterward, I slightly regretted the use of the spray. I really like the spray though; I think it was user error.

Part of the reason I decided on watercolor was seeing all the inspiration over at the Neat & Tangled Little Tangles Watercolor Challenge. That means I get a two-for-one! :)

 

 

8/365 #YearOfMaking

A couple of friends came over yesterday to hang out with me, watch Big Bang Theory and make stuff. And eat mini-quiches. Can’t forget the mini-quiches. We like entering challenges and we made cards for the current Waffle Flower Photo Inspiration Challenge.

Waffle Flower Challenge-20150209

I love the colors in this. I don’t really have a lot of the new succulent stamps so I had to make do, but I like how it turned out.

Cactus for Waffle Flower stamps from Crafting{without}Kids

 

Cactus for Waffle Flower stamps by Crafting{without}Kids

I used the Rock My World stamp set to make a little cactus! Isn’t it cute?!? :) Then I stamped one of the little flowers from that set and added some Wink of Stella to make it all glitzy. The Hello die is from My Favorite Things called Happy Hellos and the smaller little plant is from Simon Says Stamp.

The cards I made yesterday were 6/365 and this blog post is 7/365 #yearofmaking. :)

Last year I signed up for the One Little Word Class with Ali Edwards. You may have heard of this…it’s pretty dang popular. I may not have (ahem) finished all of the projects for it and it’s on my list of classes to finish/revisit this year. (More on that in a later post.)

In the most general sense, One Little Word is about picking a word that is meaningful to you to focus on for the year. I didn’t sign up again this year, but I did pick a word.

BALANCE

I’ve mentioned that I may have too many hobbies. I need to figure out a way to balance them so that I don’t feel like I’m neglecting any of them. A way to balance my schedule to make room for everything and still have time to hang out with friends and my guy. I have so many things/accessories/crap/awesomestuff for all my hobbies that I want to use them and not have them whispering “Come play with us” at me all the time. I want to not feel guilty doing something I enjoy because I’m not doing something else that I enjoy. That’s nuts right?!? Yeah. I think so too.

To give you an idea of my problem, peek into my craft room (just a peek is scary enough).

Craft Room pic from Crafting{without}Kids

Yikes! Right? That’s just one side.

Here’s a glimpse at my game shelf.

Crafting{without}Kids Gameshelf

(this isn’t even all of them)

Yup. That’s a bunch of stuff right? I know. And I love it all. And I want to play with it all. And I want to write more blog posts and enter more card contests and get back to more beading…so I need some Balance. And that’s what I’ll be working towards. One little part of that is also #YearOfMaking. More on that too. Later. Because there will be more blog posts. Promise. :)

#YearOfMaking 1/365

Well…I had a few resolutions regarding crafting and blogging and planning. And, already, most are not panning out.

It’s Jan 12th and
#1 I have not “blogged at least once a week”.
#2 I haven’t posted about my awesome new #10x10in2015 games list.
#3 I have made something every week with scraps. (Not that you’d know that since..well..see #1.)
#4 I also haven’t finished (or worked on) any of the online classes that I have signed up for in the past. In fact, I’ve signed up for more.
#5 I also started following this #31DaystoGetOrganized thing with Peter Walsh and that has gotten me off track a bit. Or rather onto a different track.

So what to do about it? I could say I’ve “started the process” and count that as something. Or I could say “screw it” and just give up now. I could talk about how I really meant to do all these things but just “didn’t have time.” But all of those feel like empty excuses and I did have the time. Just not the inclination or motivation.

What do those of you do who have multiple hobbies that don’t seem to overlap? Do you schedule time for each? I feel like I have too many interests, and keep acquiring more, but don’t want to give any up yet. I can’t decide if scheduling time for everything each week will be freeing or constricting.

Either way…at least this got written right? (Sorry to Emily that there are no pictures)

Baby steps.

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