The Magic Box

Dear Fellow Crafters,

It’s 4:30 P.M. on a steamy hot day and I need to “chill out”. I could knit, put a puzzle together, or read another chapter of my book. The choices are really endless but wait, I know! I will open the Magic Box of my childhood. This box contains 64 delightful creative “toys” each one made to inspire the artist in me.

Ok, I will end your suspicions! it is a box of Crayola crayons!

When I was a kid, I loved crayoning. It was a peaceful creative hobby that I could take with me to my treehouse, my reading nook or on a car trip. Little did I know that my crayons would grow up to be markers and I would color my way into a business. My first set was a box of 8 basic colors (box still sold today) but I soon graduated to 48.

I did some research about Crayola and thought I would share:

Crayola was formerly called Binney and Smith and was founded in 1885 in Pennsylvania. It was originally an industrial pigment and supply company but soon focused on art producing  product’s like chalk, crayon, markers and paints. Wax crayons came into existence in 1923 and they say the rest is history. To read more about the history of Crayola, please follow this link:


The newest adult hobby, according to Pinterest and Facebook is coloring. The coloring books, of course are more sophisticated than, say, Mickey Mouse or Sesame Street. You can visit the boards and even download pictures to color. How cool is that!

While the crayon colors of my youth were pretty standard, adults have choices ie; blue bolt, golden-yellow, infra red, mahogany, pumpkin, sea foam – the list goes on and on!

The hobbies I previously mentioned are relaxing but there’s something about envisioning the color selection and how the colors “dance across the page”. Coloring engages both sides of the brain. The tactical (feel of the crayon in your fingers) and the creative (the color itself) join forces to lift your spirits or just calm you down. We’ve been told by experts that color can help your moods. So try this experiment, next time you are in a bad mood. Get out a picture that needs yellow, red or orange images to make it sing OR conversely, if you are sad, try coloring in pastels. If you are like me, and wanting to chill out pick a picture that needs green, blue or purple colors.

Who’s for trying this old, er, new hobby??

‘Til next time,


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Adventures in Card-Making · Books I recommend

Review of book

Dear Fellow Crafters,

“The Big Book of Cardmaking” is part of the Craft Q and A series published by Cardmaking and Papercraft and Quick Cards. This 148 page guide discusses techniques in great detail with step by step pictures. The book also includes 16 patterned pages.

I like the fact that the writers include tips and answers to common questions such as ” What cutting tools should I carry in my craft kit?” and “how to cut paper if I have Carpel Tunnel?”

I picked up my copy at my local Barnes and Noble for $14.99 plus tax.

Happy Crafting!


Adventures in Card-Making · Mod Podge

Mod Podge Extreme Glitter

Dear Fellow Crafter

Mod Podge Glitter

Mod Podge Glitter lets you decorate any craft project in shimmering, iridescent glitter particles. There are several colors available. These include silver, blue, purple and bronze.

An idea for a new home owner is to create a greeting card and a gift. Take a clean mason jar and stencil the house number on the front. Apply Mod Podge Glitter to the number. Tie a skeleton key with twine to the lid.

Mod Podge Glitter Jar
Mod Podge Glitter Jar

Happy Crafting!