Coloring is Good for You

Just do it!

I often hear people question the reasons that I color in coloring books. I think that often times, we tend to assign age groups to activities. It is common to hear people say that coloring books are for kids. But now we know better. The fact that we distinguish between coloring and adult coloring. Why don’t we just use the one word to anyone engaging in the activity of coloring. It turns out that many of the activities we assign to children are ones that have significant health benefits for adults. So before you snub the activity read on.

I will link a few articles here that talk more in-depth about the health benefits of coloring. But I think it’s so important that we all take time to relax and let down our guard and participate in something tactile, like coloring. It has proven to be a great stress reliever and helps improve focus and helps promote sleep. I don’t know about you, but as I have aged, I am more stressed, struggle with focus, and getting a full night’s sleep.

It is such a simple act of using a colored pencil to add color to a page. I really enjoy taking a picture before I begin and then after to see how the image ‘comes to life’. Don’t get caught up in doing it right. There are no rules. Just dedicate a little time each day or several days a week to healing your mind. So I challenge you to put yourself first, go find a coloring book online, order it, and just play.

Here are a few links to back me up:

Health Benefits of Coloring for Adults

7 Benefits of Coloring for Adults and Why You Should Join the Adult Coloring Craze

Christmas goodies…

new coloring books

Hello! It’s Friday and I am so happy today because it’s a weekend that we observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday so that means a long weekend. But the second reason is that I get to spend all of Saturday on Zoom crafting and catching up with my girlfriends. Since the start of lockdown last year, my friend, Ashley began hosting Saturday craft sessions on Zoom so we wouldn’t lose touch and to preserve our sanity. Because we all know, “Crafters gotta craft” and they also need to be with each other.

Over the past three weeks, I spent the holidays with my family so I missed our Saturday sessions. So I am getting really excited to hang out and craft tomorrow.

One of my gifts for Christmas were some new coloring books. One can never have enough of them. So I thought I would share a peek inside of each so you can share in the excitement.

Animal Odyssey

I placed this book on my wishlist a while back and one of the reasons is because sometimes, I don’t feel like fussing with tiny spaces. The images are rather larger and gorgeous which will lead to stress-free coloring. Below is a picture from inside.

I saw this next book while social distance shopping with my friend Joan at Michael’s in December. So I added it to my Amazon list right away.

I think I can really practice different color combinations and mediums for sunsets in this book.

There are very few coloring books that feature african american people in them so when I saw this one online, I knew it had to be added to my collection.

I love plants and gardening and how cool is it that these beautiful black woman are surrrounded by plants. I look forward to practicing skin tones with pencils. I have a good amount of confidence with my Copics but I don’t have a lot of practice with color pencils so I think it will be great to learn some good color combinations.

This next book just makes me feel cozy. Like watching the TV show Chronicle on weeknights, I enjoy small town main streets. So I can’t wait to combine my copics and colored pencils in this book. Creative Haven is a great book to use with Copics.

This page makes me think of when we are on vacation and visit the little shops. If you have a budget, Creative Haven sells all of their books at an affordable price.

Tomorrow, I will get to play around with these new books and catch up with my friends. Just what my creative soul needs!

Happy crafting!

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year Friends!!

Let’s answer the big question first: Where have I been? I stopped blogging in late October prior to the United States election. I was a bundle of nerves so I stepped away from social media for a respite. However, I ended up staying away for two months!!
I took some much needed time with my family for the holidays after a very tough year. I hope you all are safe and enjoyed your holidays.

I can’t believe it’s 2021 but I am welcoming a fresh start. I love this time of year and also the start of spring. They are times I feel like I have an opportunity to have a fresh start. I started back to work for Belinda’s Crafts on Monday and I intend to make good on my goals to re-open my shop this year. I am setting aside the insecure, perfectionist procrastination and going for it. I will be putting new items up in the shop this month for a re-opening. I will make announcements here once it is live.

Although I did have my share of procrastination last year, I did make some production gains and with the help of my husband created an inventory database to help me track and better make sense of my inventory. I also hired a designer to create a logo for my brand. I always wanted a logo but never really knew what I wanted or where to go. I am very pleased with the new logo and I will be updating the banner to incorporate the new logo soon.

I will also be establishing a new schedule for posts on this site. I would like this site to focus more on Belinda’s Crafts and crafting. I will share new products that will go into the shop, behind the scenes, and all the craft supplies I just have to have. However, I want to focus on the art of paper crafting and all the things that make me happy. I will still include garden pictures and happenings since it also brings me joy.

I hope you can find the time and join me for another year on this blog. Stay well…

Belinda

What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday #595

on my desk…

Hello, my crafty friends! It’s Wednesday and you know what time it is. Time to snoop. For those of you that aren’t familiar with WOYWW (What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday), head on over to Julia’s Stamping Ground and you will find desks from all around the world where we get to snoop on other crafter’s desks.

Confession, my desk photo was taken last night because I knew I wouldn’t have time to process the photos etc. this morning. I have to take my boys to their first dentist appointment since the pandemic broke out. I am a bit anxious. Our jobs as parents are to keep our children safe and I have to put them in harms way, to ensure their teeth are healthy. So it sort of goes against my instinct. I am very careful with exposing my boys to any unnecessary exposure so I am a bit of a bundle of nerves this morning. So send positive energy that all three of us come out Covid-free.

I started a coloring book page a few days ago for Halloween. It’s a color-along and I am loving the color combos for the sky. I hope to finish it before Halloween. I will share it when I do. No trick or treating for us. I hope trick or treaters come to our door, it will make me sad. I will keep our lights off to discourage visits. It’s very sad for the kids.

Last Saturday’s crop was fun as usual and I played around with a new die to create the birthday cards above.

My father-in-law’s birthday was this past week so I also made him a birthday card with a new birthday stamp, patterned paper and my Copics.

Talk about scary, on the way to visit my in-laws this weekend, the raised highway I ride has been having construction work performed on it for months and on this day they were breaking down the other side of the highway. So as we slowly passed we could feel the whole road shake. I took the picture and then closed my eyes (no judgement ladies) while my husband drove us past.

I have been missing my coloring books so I am also started another page last week. It’s good practice coloring water.

Let’s talk about Covid binge shopping. I’m just sayin’ that this pile of delight arrived a few days ago and I can’t stop smiling. I will share them with you as I use them. Covid has been brutal to my bank account.

Stress from the upcoming election has made me sink deeper into my books. I plan on doing some today after all the dental appointment errands. This is one of my many book nooks in my house. This one makes me happy because I enjoy looking at one of my bookcases (Yes, I said one of my bookcases. I have several. That’s what bookworms do!!)

I am a big fan of sunrise and sunsets and this one my son took for me with his camera on Saturday evening. It was this spectacular. I can’t explain how happy it makes me to look at sunsets. I hope it brings a smile to your faces. I am off now but will stop by later today and for the rest of the week. (I am slow at making my rounds lately).

Belinda

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