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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Art for Therapy?

Art Therapy

(Calming, fun, creative, relaxing)

Where to begin?

We all know that art can be very therapeutic. 
  • But what if you don't have time? 
  • What if you don’t have space for all the supplies? 
  • What if you feel you're just not creative? 
  • Who can teach you?
You’ve heard that being creative everyday is very therapeutic but
where do you begin? 

“Some of the simplest of things can teach us the most profound lessons in
life.” - Henry David Thoreau


Being Creative can be Simple


Being creative can be as simple as a pencil and paper. 

Want more? 

Use colored pencils and HEY! how about a coloring book? 

Yes, I said “coloring book”! Something you can sit and doodle with while your child is doing homework. How about watching television and coloring at the same time? You could even take it to work with you and work on it at lunch!

Coloring Books

Now I’m not talking about one of your child’s books. I’m talking about an ADULT Coloring Book!

Yes! There are Adult Coloring Books out there that are great for doodling. No one says you
have to stay in the lines, it’s your book!




From flowers to animals to mandalas, you’ll be surprised at what you can find once you start
looking! If your a beginner, you’ll soon find yourself looking at something more challenging and beautiful!



Colored Pencils

So, are you still going to be using that pencil? 

There are colored pencils

Markers

Or markers

Gel Pens


and I just discovered gel pens!


The very same gel pens your daughters and sons used in school and at home, decorating every folder and notebook (and sometimes homework?). 

When finished you can
  1. Keep your collection safe in the book or frame it as home decor and you’ll feel proud at every compliment. 
  2. Use your art as a gift or make something with it like a greeting card. 

The ideas are endless!

Crayons

And yes, you can use your child’s crayons but why not get a set of your own?


Coloring is a therapy all its own, giving the artist freedom and relaxation! It's something you can take with you anywhere, and it comes as easy to us as riding a bike! We've all done some coloring in our youth, why not bring back the fun and creative pleasures that we used to know when we were kids! 



Have fun Creating and see you next time!



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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

LEGO Head Valentine Box Storage Idea!

LEGO Head valentine box

Making homemade valentines and boxes has been our family tradition for the last 5  years. We’ve made pirate ships, ninja turtles, minions, an alligator, a ninja warrior, army battle ship and of course monsters. 





This year it’s a Lego head.



THIS IS THE EASIEST BOX EVER!


Austin helped me design the Lego valentines that I shared a day or two ago on facebook and they were a huge hit. His brother Will decided he’s going to take them to school. With homemade valentines, We had to make a coordinating “box”.


For this project I took an empty protein powder container. You guessed it!! It’s an 
up-cycle  project!

(My husband is a gym rat and he goes through 2 of these containers a week)

  If you know someone who goes to a gym ask them to save you one more or pop into a nearby gym and ask if they would save you some. Trust me, they would be more than happy to give them to you.

But any large plastic container will work just make sure it has an opening large enough to put your hand into it. 

Remove the plastic shrink wrap.
Spray with kryon paint for plastic....I used yellow, but LEGO heads are different colors. So 
any color will do.




Spray paint the lid and all. 

If you really want it to look authentic take a lid off of another container and hot glue it on the bottom of the container and then spray paint it. So you that you have lid, container, lid.

Make sure this is done in a well ventilated area. A second coat may be necessary.





Will went on google images to find a LEGO face. 




He picked out one that he wanted and imported it into my design space for Cricut. I resized it and cut it out of black card stock, which he glued on the container. 





If you don’t have a Cricut ! NO PROBLEM!  Just cut out a couple of circles 1 1/2” or use google eyes and glue on. Add a smile and your finished. Or make up your own face.




LEGO heads have hundreds of different faces, so any kind of face will work. There is no wrong way to make a lego head.

Didn’t I say that it was easy?

Don’t need a valentine container? 




This project can be used to store Legos. 


I made several of these containers for lego storage and sold them at the school’s Christmas craft fair and the boys loved them!

What I think would be cool is to have a shelf full of different heads storing the different legos. I know my grandsons have a lot of legos and I’m going to make several for them to store their legos and other small toys.

The only difference is,  I will be using adhesive vinyl for the face for more durability.

Have fun creating family memories with your child!!


From my Crafty place to yours, See you next time!!

Can't make the DIY project yourself? 



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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Calling All Crafters FREEBIE ALERT!

Calling all Crafters!


How many of you like getting craft items for free?



All of us crafters LOVE to share what we’ve created with our free items!

So why not join Koala T Craft's progressive digi challenge? 

Every month Jen sends us a free digi image by email and all we have to do is make a project using that digi and upload to her facebook site. Then you are automatically signed up for the next month’s digi.

HOW COOL IS THAT?  



When you are there you get to  check all the other pics as well for more inspiration. 
THIS IS A WIN WIN WIN OPPORTUNITY!!

The great part about digi is that you get a perfect image every time and you can resize it to fit your project. 



How many of us have stamps that we wish was a little larger or smaller? This gives you that control.

January she sent us a darling raccoon.



When I first saw it I thought raccoons are always in what is called a gaze. ( a family)  So I printed out a whole page of small raccoons and started coloring each differently trying out different techniques. What I came up with was a Valentine card for my husband from all the grandkids.



 When I uploaded it into the file on the facebook site I was so amazed at all the other creations that were done with the same raccoon digi image. All were masterly created and thoughtfully put together. I was definitely inspired to make a few more projects using this raccoon.


DID I HEAR YOU SAY “HOW DO I GET MY FREE DIGI?”


FOR FEBRUARY:

1. Join by "buying in" for your first round, just $1.99!


2. Join Koala T Crafts on Facebook


3. Use the image to create and post in the KTC group

4. Enjoy the subsequent months digis for  FREE 
(and months after as long as you continue to follow the rules!)

RULES AND Q & A 

CLICK HERE  or Read Below!


Welcome to the progressive digi challenge for Koala T Crafts! Our hope is that you create, enjoy and SHARE your love for coloring and our digis with your crafty friends!
  1. Joining after January, 2018? Buy in for just $1.99 to get started!
  2. Once coloring and creating with the digi, post your project to the appropriate designated album.
  3. Anyone finishing the coloring, creating and posting is eligible to receive the next month’s digi for FREE again!
  4. Please post your projects in the correct album, on our group wall and also on your own personal wall and other groups if you can! Help spread the word! xoxo
Q&A
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Q. What if I miss a month because I’m ill or don’t have the time?
A..You would need to pay the $1.99 charge to rejoin, receiving the digi for the month you’re in
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Q. If these are given FREE why do I have to pay for mine?
A. There are deadlines and rules to the challenge that must be adhered to to maintain accurate record keeping.
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Q. Since I’m getting mine FREE, can I give it to my friends and crafty family and share it?
A. No. That would be stealing from the original artist. Anyone not participating would have to pay for their own copy of that digi art at the KTC store.
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Any questions, please private message either Penny Ratcliff or Myself, Jen Evers. Thanks!
*****Digis are sent via email and will be received by the first Sunday of the month. If you do not receive yours, you must contact us by the following day or forfeit that month’s digi.
*****Projects made for the progressive challenge are due in the album by the 27th of the given month to be eligible for the next month’s FREE digi.



Friday, February 9, 2018

Snow Day Activities



YAY! A snow day!!


Remember when a snow day meant bundling up and waddling outside to meet  friends and neighbors?

Then we'd make sled runs with a couple bumps in them that ‘gave you air’ and we would see who could sled the farthest.



After that, we were off to build the best fort and have snowball wars, eventually getting a snowball in the head which meant snow down the neck every time!

We made the best snow angels by having friends grab your arms and pull you straight up onto your feet and eventually we would master making the tallest snowman by rolling balls of snow only in clean undisturbed snow.

MAKE THE BEST LOOKING SNOWMAN WITH YOUR KIDS!

Finally, soaked, exhausted and red-cheeked, we would come inside and try to peel off the sticky frozen clothing only to find mom had hot cocoa waiting for us!  


We’d always get to put in our own mini marshmallows!

Enjoy the snow with your kids today!
Here's a kit that's sure to be the talk of the neighborhood




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