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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…

Waiting for Our Christmas Baby

I used to think that waiting for Christmas was tough. Turns out that it is nothing compared to waiting for an overdue baby. My due date was December 18th, and here it is Christmas Eve and still no baby. Tomorrow marks week 41. Ugh. All the anticipation for nine long months only to have to wait even longer, not knowing when it's going to happen. It's torture. I just want our little Christmas baby to get here already, though at this rate, we might be looking more at a New Year baby (but hopefully not!).


Still, baby or no baby, I have been enjoying getting ready for Christmas. I think my version of "nesting" is not so much a lot of cleaning as excessive baking and crafting. I've been busy decorating our little apartment and making gifts for my family and friends. I got a lot done early in the month, thinking I would have a baby to take care of by the time it was closer to the holiday, so now it's just a lot of waiting and taking a little time off with just me a…