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Trend Alert: Coloring Books for Adults

Coloring books for grown-ups are all the rage right now. As the hand-made movement grows and evolves, more and more adults wish to express their creativity, but don’t have a ton of time. Not just the time it takes to do a project, but the time to invest in getting good at a craft. Most people, including me, are not naturally gifted at drawing. Even if you have an inborn talent, you still must spend time and energy developing that talent until you are really good. Coloring books make it easy for busy adults to get their creative play on. It’s a chance to be creative with the most basic supplies and not a lot of time commitment. It’s easy to be good at it right away, so you feel good about it.

 

I have been a big fan for many years. I have some books that are over 15 years old. As well as “adult” coloring books, I love to play with kid coloring books too. They have been my favorite way to play literally as long as I can remember. I have a very vivid childhood memory of coloring in my Gumby & Pokey coloring book when I was probably four years old.

 

Coloring was my favorite activity to do with my kids when they were little. We used to make some pretty cool masterpieces. Of course, I took it to the next level with some pro tips I’ll share with you right here.

 

1) Trace around the edges before coloring in. This isn’t super pro because I’m sure you know about it, but share it with your kids and they’ll think you are Michelangelo. Also, tracing in one color then coloring another color is awesome.

 

2) Color in heavily and then buff with a wad of tissue. It rubs off some of the wax and leaves the pigment behind. Rad effect.

 

3) Color heavily and scratch away some of the wax with a toothpick.

 

4) Go over your coloring with watercolor. Coloring pages are usually rough and absorbent, so take care not to sog them out.

 

A great resource for coloring books for grown-ups is Dover Publications. They have tons of fun creative stuff for adults (and kids). I myself have a stack of Dover books, including coloring books, temporary tattoos and paper dolls. If you sign up for their newsletter, they will send you free samples in your email, and some instant downloads to get you started right away. So print out some fun pages, bust out the crayons and chill out with a nice and easy creative outlet.

 

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Retire In Your 30s And Travel The World?

The subject line in my inbox didn’t have a question mark. That was me. The article was from Yahoo! Travel and it was the story of a couple who retired in their 30s and traveled around a bit before settling, for now anyway, in Taiwan. Spoiler alert: step one is “Make $140,000 a year working for Microsoft.”

 

Rainy day on Bourbon St.
We used to travel A lot. Here’s a picture from one of our trips to New Orleans

 

I wish this couple all the best, don’t get me wrong. The guy seems to be pretty keen with the financials, so they might do alright. Of course, they are expecting their first child very soon, and life is pretty unpredictable. I’m just saying “retire” might be a strong word. Maybe call it a Sabbatical and see how it goes.

 

A little too much perspective.
A little too much perspective. If anyone gets this joke, comment below and I will send you a free download of my “Handmade Gifts” book.

 

Same goes if things don’t seem to be working out. Just because something is a certain way right now, there’s no guarantee that it will always be that way. Truth be told, there are no guarantees. I like to assume a positive outcome for all situations until proven wrong. By assume, I don’t mean leave it to chance, but to work as though the situation will have a positive outcome and make course corrections as needed.

 

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We still travel, mostly to National Parks now.

 

 

I actually think a more compelling headline would be “How To Make Money Doing Work You Love So Dang Much You Never Want To Retire.” It’s a little long. I’ll work on it.For me, it’s making stuff and sharing it with the world. What would you love to do so much that you would never want to retire?  Share yours in the comments.

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Life Lessons Learned From Chickens?

Can we really learn lessons from chickens? I mean, they’re pretty stupid, right? They don’t even know not to poop in their own water. But hanging out with my birds yesterday, I observed some behaviors that help make them a successful species. They thrive everywhere, and they can teach us a couple of tricks.

 

TGIF!

 

Chickens do things that are easy.

Sounds like a no-brainer, but I bet if you looked at all of the things you do every day, you will see how hard you make things sometimes. My birds go for easy first. A little bit about how birds eat: they don’t have teeth and they don’t have hands. The easiest thing is to eat out of my hand, tearing off bite sized chunks. If they bite off a piece that they can’t easily swallow, they will drop it on the ground and try again.

A real life example from my own experience is how I began drinking more water. It is a fact that the easier you make good habits, the more likely you are to stick to them. It’s just human nature to do the easy thing. I put my water jug and a glass at my desk and now drinking water is effortless. Almost. I still don’t like the way it tastes, but at least it’s easy.

Another example is my garden. It’s not much of a garden, admittedly, but we do grow a few tomatoes every year and that is ok for right now. I am a busy person who has lots of stuff to do, and I also have a list of dream projects a mile long, one being a vegetable garden. Unfortunately, I habitually forget to water my garden and then it dies and I am sad. But I never forget to water my pets, so I put my garden where I fill the chicken waterer and bam, plants get watered. So easy.

 

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My container garden

 

Chickens are efficient. They start with eating the easiest food first, from my hand, then they quickly eat up the bite sized pieces that fall on the ground, avoiding the ones that are too large. They will also peck food right out of their flock mates’ beaks. Very efficient.

My gardening system is also efficient. I am doing two tasks at once. Normally multitasking is very inefficient because in most cases, you really can’t do more than one thing at a time and do them very well. But for my garden/pet watering, it is perfect.

Another example of efficiency is batch processing tasks. If I am going to make a bracelet, I might as well make 5 bracelets. It takes a tiny bit longer per step, but the total time spent is way less than making 5 bracelets, one at a time.

Making!
Making!

 

Chickens are NOT effective. They fail on this third “E”, for reasons that are unclear to me. If a chicken wants to eat a piece of food that is too big to swallow, its only option is to peck at it and shake its head around until a bite sized chunk tears off. I find this very frustrating. Why don’t they just stand on the food in question and tear bits off? I haven’t been able to train my birds to do this, so I just watch and wonder. Even my dogs know to step on their food dish to hold it into place, making it easy and effective.

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They aren’t geniuses, but they’re fun to watch and they make these for me.

 

My garden is effective because I never forget to water my plants and therefore they grow. Imagine that! I think I am going to ramp the garden up a little bit this year and actually put in a raised bed using this “3E” system. Because results.

 

If you are experiencing productivity issues, maybe run your process through this “Triple E” check. Maybe you can make a couple tweaks to improve ease, efficiency & effectiveness of your process. If you have any tips you’d like to share, please post in the comments below!!

 

 

 

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Handmade Gifts That Don’t Suck

·Handmade gifts don’t suck

 

Let’s just start with that. If you make something with your hands and put your heart & soul into it, it’s not going to suck even if it doesn’t turn out as well as you hoped. Handmade is beautiful.

But…

Just because something is handmade does not mean it automatically makes a great gift. I am going to go out on a limb here and say your Dad probably doesn’t want a yarn wrapped tin can pencil holder for his desk. Unless you are like seven, and then he would for sure love it. If you are older than 18, you need to up your game.

So, I wrote a book to help you out. You’re welcome!

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Actual crafts you will learn about in this book!

 

The gifts in this book are easy enough that they can be made well by people with even limited crafting experience, they are quite nice to look at, & they are useable.

I will teach you some impressive skills such as glass cutting, soldering and image transfer, and show you how to use them to create awesome gifts.

Bonus: there are several crafts in here you can make for the fellas in your life, and they are notoriously hard to craft for. Believe me. I make jewelry as my regular job. Not super guy-friendly.

To celebrate the release, I’m having a super cool giveaway.

Not only can you win copies of the book, you can also score some of the awesome samples I created while writing the tutorials. Rad!

 

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Actual prizes you can win in this giveaway!

 

 

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Winners will be chosen at random today, April 3rd, 2015 and all of the usual rules apply.

Good luck!

Update: The contest has ended. Thanks for all who entered! You can still buy this rad book though.

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