2022 Coloring Goals

The books I would like to color in this year.

Hello! We meet again. Over the past few years, I have really fallen for coloring in coloring books. To some, it may seem pointless because often completed pages remain in the books for occasional viewing. But to me I find the whole process to be a lot of fun and that is what I focus on rather than a “deliverable”. I love all the pretty color pencils and the fantastic names the companies come up with for different colors. I don’t know about you but I loved reading the names of my Crayola crayons when I was a girl. There was Razzle Dazzle Rose, Razzamatazz, Unmellow Yellow, Shamrock oh and you were quite sophisticated if you liked Periwinkle. Colored pencils have fantastic names as well and I enjoy collecting a variety of brands to see how differently they respond.

A closer look. This grouping contains two old books and one new.

Then there are the coloring books. Whoa… there is so much variety in styles and topics available today and always new ones on the way. So I can color whatever the mood strikes. It is never boring and every time I leave a coloring session, I am so relaxed from all the focus. I find pairing my coloring with an audiobook only heightens the experience.

Two new books I am itching to color in.

I had a lovely Christmas coloring book haul and am anxious to dive right in. I decided to come up with some coloring goals for 2022 to keep it interesting and to make sure I enjoy the products I have bought.

These are some of the most beautiful books I own.

The following are my coloring goals for 2022:

  • Color at least a page from the ten coloring books you see in this post. Some are old and some are new so I don’t feel like I am missing out on the new stuff.
  • Practice coloring more with my other pencil sets since my go-to is Prismacolor, I would like to play more with my other sets including the new pastel pencils I got for Christmas.
  • Complete at least 2 pages per month. Some months I have been known to do great others I don’t even pick up a book so it will push me to be more consistent.
  • Practice using more mediums in my coloring pages. Don’t always go with the safe options.
  • Give Mandalas another chance. In the past, I have found them boring and often challenging to color so I would like to try again with an old coloring book I own with mandalas. I will have to bring in my gel pens to complete some but that could be fun.
  • Learn at least 4 new coloring techniques and practice them. I want to push myself this year to create better pages so I want to watch videos and look at print resources to learn some new techniques to bring my coloring to the next level.
  • Enjoy the process. This one I don’t really need because I always do, but I like seeing it on the list.
Two old and one new one.

Do you have any coloring goals for 2022?

I hope you all are well and those of you experiencing the extreme cold like I am here, grab a cup of tea and have a wonderful day.

Happy New Year, I’m back!

Sunsets in the winter are the absolute best!

Well hello, stranger! I can’t believe it has been about 7 weeks since we connected. We must get reacquainted indeed. Ha, I’m being silly. I realized right before Thanksgiving break that I needed to slow down. In the past, I would have ignored the feeling and plowed forward. But I am learning to take better care of myself. What better time to renew that vow to take care of myself than the new year. I feel like I have two times a year that I feel like a fresh start, one is January 1 and the other is on April 1 about a week after the first day of spring.

So I decided in December to put my Etsy shop on vacation mode to regroup. Crazy you might say because that is when most Etsy shops increase their sales. But I felt burnout on the way and decided I missed the window of holiday inventory so why not take time off? So I did and guess what? The world didn’t come to an end and I managed to have a lovely holiday with family. My plan is to re-open towards the end of this month.

I opened with a photo of a winter sunset I took a few days ago. I had my husband take the photo and nearly had an accident taking in that beauty. The photo never captures what the eyes see and believe me it was truly spectacular. The fuschia and the splotchy presentation of purple hues were so gorgeous. I thought it was a watercolor painting. The first thing I thought was how lucky we were out at just the right time to see this magnificent event. The second thought was, what Copic colors would blend to recreate that sunset? Yup, crazy crafty brain took right over.

I will be back with my Christmas haul and I will also share my coloring goals for 2022 (yup, I do that!).

I hope you all had a safe and lovely break and feel free to leave a comment to say hello if you are so inclined. I am slowly getting back to work and re-acquainting myself with my work schedule but I will resume my regular posting so do stop by often.

Be well,

Good Morning Monday – More coloring

Ok, so it isn’t exactly morning. I had a few things to do this morning so I didn’t get a chance to write and push this post live until now. Let’s pretend that it’s still morning! I had a really nice visit with my sister this weekend and I managed to complete two coloring pages while crafting with some of my girlfriends on Saturday.

The first one is from that color by number book, Christmas by Creative Haven. The artist is George Toufexis and this will not be the last of his books I buy. I really enjoy the carefree coloring when the colors are all selected for me and the images are beautiful. It was quite relaxing.

By the way, I am listening to Christmas music while I type (don’t tell my youngest son!). That music really lifts my spirits. My youngest says I should wait until after Thanksgiving, but I usually cave before then.

The second coloring page is from Debbie Macomber’s Very Merry Christmas Coloring book. I used a lot of different mediums for this page. I used my Inktense watercolor pencils, Prismacolor Pencils, SparklePop silver glitter pen, and clear Wink of Stella for the snow. It was so much fun working on this page. I am definitely going to work on this one again.

I took a close-up so maybe you can see the Wink of Stella I used on the snow. It shimmers so pretty.

Have a lovely day friends!

Good Morning Monday – Handling mundane tasks

Good morning! The clocks have changed and I’m all messed up with the rest of the poor souls that must adjust to the daylight savings arrangement. Yesterday I started yawning at 6:30 and at 7 pm I felt like I was ready for bed!!! It gets dark by 5 and I feel very rushed. But enough about that, today is gorgeous. It is so bright and sunny and the temperature is rising as I type.

Running an Etsy shop is a lot of fun but there are tasks that are a little less glamorous. Today is one of those days, in which I am working on creating more card bases for new cards. As a one-person shop, I learned a long time ago that in order to speed up my production, I have to create systems that support the process of creation. One of those tasks that make the process run more smoothly is creating card bases in batches. So I will dedicate an hour or so to cutting high-quality cardstock and scoring them in preparation for cardmaking.

As we are fast-moving towards the winter holiday season, I decided I would like to put a few Christmas and winter-themed cards in my shop. Ordinarily, I would have all of them completed by now and would be marketing them on social media. However, this being my first year back, I am unfortunately behind which means I probably won’t capture the holiday sales as I would like.

I am always surprised by the joy I continue to have learning new techniques and buying new products and I realize that first and foremost, I am a crafter and that I still enjoy creating with my hands just for the fun of it. Despite the boatload of Christmas-themed stamps and products I currently own, I did manage to do a little shopping. This pile of new goodies is waiting for me to play with them before I commit some to new cards. So I am keeping the pile on the corner of my desk as I work on the card bases almost as an incentive.

One thing that I like to do when doing something that can be a bit monotonous such as cutting, scoring, and folding cards, is to listen to a good audiobook. It makes the time go by so quickly and I get some reading time in. Today, I am starting a new book by the incredible Stacey Abrams. It’s a legal thriller and I own the book but also have the audiobook for those hands-free moments like this.

I hope you are having a lovely Monday!

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