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Break the Rules with Coloring

This past spring, I published a coloring book of floral mandalas called Flowers All Around. (It’s available NOW on Amazon!) I had so much fun drawing these designs. I can honestly say it was one of my favorite personal projects I’ve ever done.




Mandala designs are popular in adult coloring for their repetitive and intricate nature. I like to draw them using floral elements because I’m obsessed with drawing flowers and patterns. I’ve created floral mandalas with a variety of media—paint, pencil, ink, digital, etc. I often draw them when I don’t know what to draw. So I had a lot of practice before I got the idea to even make this book.

Adult coloring books are a great way to relieve stress and create works of art in the process. These aren’t the brand of coloring books you used as a kid. These designs are often very detailed and can be beautiful and sophisticated—though there are some fun quirky ones as well. There are adult coloring books for just about any subject matter you can think…

Doll Clothes

My latest craft project for the past couple weeks has been experimenting with designing and creating doll clothes. I am fascinated with handcrafted miniatures—scale models, stop-motion animation, and, of course, dolls—and I have always wanted to try creating my own.


Recently I have been teaching myself to make my own clothing patterns, and I used what I learned from that to draft miniature patterns for a Barbie doll.


Here are some of the first dresses I put together from the basic pattern shown above.





I also tried my hand at some miniature hand knits. I used crochet thread and size 0 knitting needles. I charted out some patterns for various Christmas sweaters with these results:








I designed and knitted up these sweater vests as well.



(Side note: If you think this is crazy, check out the video at the end of this blog entry featuring the crafter who created the knits used in the film Coraline.)
Overall, I've been happy with the results of my latest craft obsession. My patterns have bee…