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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…

DIY Birchbox Nail Polish Rack


I have become a bit of a beauty product junkie lately. I have a growing stash of foundations, lip balms, lotions, face creams, and everything in between. It's getting quite ridiculous, especially considering that I'm not a particularly heavy makeup wearer. And really, there's only so many products you can use at one time. But everything's just so pretty. :)

Birchbox and similar services, such as My Glam, are great for people like me. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Birchbox, it is a subscription service that sends you four or five samples, many from high-end brands, every month. It's a fun way to try out new products and brands without investing in all sorts of full-size items that end up going to waste. And once in a while, you find something you really like. Some of my favorite things that I've discovered through Birchbox are Nars illuminator and Zoya nail polish.

Birchbox's packaging is very well done. The samples come wrapped in bright pink tissue paper and tied with a ribbon, all inside a cute little cardboard box. Having been subscribed off and on for over a year and half, I've accumulated quite a few boxes that I have scattered all over my house being reused for different things.




As I previously discussed, I like to hoard beauty products, and nail polishes are no exception. I've been trying to come up with a better storage solution for keeping all of my bottles instead of the old shoebox in which they currently reside. One crafty afternoon, I sat down with some of these Birchbox boxes and figured out a way to make a small nail polish rack. Alas, this will only hold a small portion of my collection, about 20 polishes, but it's a start.

Here's the tutorial for all you fellow Birchbox subscribers out there...


















Comments

libby said…
This is so cute and easy - I might have to try this when my third Birchbox comes next month!
littlerosa said…
I love this! I'm going to make one for my nail polishes. I have them all crammed in two Glossyboxes now. Thanks!

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