Going green: Toilet paper roll art

As a teen, I used to watch my father and neighbor sit for hours staring at a chess board and wonder how in the world anyone could sit for that long. With all the dancing, exercising, walking and jumping waiting for me to do, I couldn’t be bothered with so much sitting back then. Now,…

From candle jar to plant home

I love candles. Aromatherapy from scented candles housed in glass jars creates a sense of peace and calm in my apartment. But when the wick burns down to the bottom of the jar, I always struggle to find a new purpose for the glass jar rather than throwing it away. Until the other day when…

Adult coloring: Vibrant creative energy

It’s 2 a.m. and with my patient’s soft snore, the hum of the refrigerator, and Flo Rida’s GDFR as background noise, I’m coloring. Coloring you say? Believe me, no one’s more surprised than I. There’s not one prediction in the world that would have ever convinced me that at the age of 55, my bifocals…

Button bowls: Balloons vs. bowl methods

A mere three weeks before I wrote this post, I’d never heard of a button bowl. Now I’m in button heaven! Of course heaven would be a lot less costly if I had my own stash of buttons and didn’t have to buy them. But I’ve never ever saved a button. I can’t even find…

Slimy Fun with My Grands

Clear glue plus Tide laundry detergent plus glitter equals slime? Yep! News to me, and definitely not a project that I would have thought to do with my granddaughters so they (Angel and Miss Kaiere) get all the credit for teaching their little cousin Lyric and me how to make slime. It’s really easy to…

Step-by-stepping into art

There aren’t too many things that are more satisfying for me than the challenge of creating something from nothing: a story from a blank screen; a blanket from yarn and a hook; and more recently step-by-step drawing. I used to sketch when I was a teen, mostly images from the Britannica Encyclopedia, and it was…