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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…

Learning to Crochet

If you read my last post, you know that one of my goals this year was to learn to crochet. Well, I finally sat down with some yarn, hooks, and my iPad and looked up some web tutorials and simple patterns to play around with. I gotta say, I love it! It is addicting. I've learned the basic stitches so far—single, half, double, and triple crochet—and have managed to create a small granny square and a simple doily. I even made some little flowers, which I adore. They are simple, quick, and a great way to use up some leftover yarn. I'm going to have to find a project where I can incorporate a bunch of little flowers made with some of the little scraps I have hanging around. Ooh, the possibilities.







Another Year

So last year around this time, I wrote a blog post listing some of my crafty resolutions for 2013. My overall goal was just to MAKE STUFF, which I did. I made a lot of stuff. :) But I also had some specific things that I wanted to accomplish:

-Blog!
-Make a quilt
-Learn to crochet
-Get my scrapbook up to date
-Reopen and maintain my Etsy shop
-Build a portfolio for pattern design and licensing illustration
So how'd I do? Well, I did better with some than others.
BLOG Well, as you can see from the grand total of five posts from last year, I did not do so great keeping up with the blog. I will do better. Hopefully.
MAKE A QUILT Yes, I DID make a quilt. And it was an awesome geeky quilt, too. Although I was happy with the results, I think I learned from that experience that quilting is not really my favorite craft. I really admire people who can do it, because it takes so much patience, precision, and organization. Maybe I'll try another in the future. We'll see.
LEARN TO CROCHET …