Outside The Box Creation

  • Mom and Kids Unpacking Outside the Box Creation Art Projects for Kids

    Give Mommy Guilt the Boot

    When my children were little, I worked full time. Like many women, I felt guilty when I was at work that I wasn’t at home. I often also felt guilty when I was home that I wasn’t at work! But beyond that, I am a pretty high energy, type A person and I often felt …

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  • Mandala Drawn With Marker

    Drawing Mandalas for the Joy of It

    I’ve been experimenting lately with drawing Mandalas. Mandala, roughly translated, means circle. It comes from Buddhist and Hindu traditions. A typical mandala starts in the center of the circle and radiates outward. They can be precisely measured or drawn organically and free-flowing. They can mean different things to different people, but what I know for …

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  • Instructions for Living

    Showing Up & Paying Attention are Half the Battle

    I was walking on the beach last weekend with my family and we started seeing a few sand dollars here and there. Then suddenly, we noticed an area that had a bunch of sand dollars partially burrowed into the sand. I’ve walked that area of the beach many times, but never noticed the concentration of …

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  • Happy World Art Day

    The Spirit of World Art Day: Empathy

    World Art Day is an international celebration of the fine arts declared by the International Association of Art (IAA/AIAP), a partner of UNESCO. The goal was to promote awareness of creative activity worldwide. The date, April 15th, was chosen in honor of Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, as a symbol of world peace, freedom of expression, …

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  • Kid hiding behind cardboard with hand drawn planet.

    How Can We Make Art More Eco Friendly?

    Earth Day is Monday, April 22nd. As an artist and a business owner, I think a lot about how to be as environmentally conscious as possible. Like many of you, no doubt, it often feels like we are trying to choose the lesser of the evils. But I believe there really is a lot we …

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  • Painted Rocks as a way to find your creativity

    Painting Rocks to Create Connection and Happiness

    We moved and moved our office to Whidbey Island in September. Whidbey Island is one of the many islands off the coast of Washington. It is located about 30 miles north of Seattle, and lies between the Olympic Peninsula and the I-5 corridor of western Washington. One of the things that attracted me to the …

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  • Painting of Leaves Found in the Forest

    How About an Artist Date Just for You?

    Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, was first published in 1992 and is still amazingly popular. The book leads readers through a 12-week program of exercises, habits and experiences to help get in touch with her creative self. There are several activities that I found very helpful in nurturing …

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  • Artwork done by a child at the prison

    Being Socially Conscious is Baked, Glued, and Painted into Our Mission!

    From the very beginning, starting the business with just the Kids’ Boxes,  I was painfully aware that there were so many kids in the world without parents who could or would purchase our art experiences for them. Our middle son has been acting since he was four years old. He had the opportunity to be …

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  • Zen Drawing

    How Markers & Paper Got My Sister Through Hospice

    If you have ever sat with a loved one during her final days, you know that it is a gut wrenching, emotional, life changing experience. My Dad passed away suddenly a few years ago. He was in amazing physical and mental shape and was my Mom’s sole caregiver. Seven months later, my Mom, with congestive …

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  • "Street Art" using stencils and blow pens

    Indoor Icky Weather Fun

    We’re in the final, seemingly interminable, stretch of winter weather. In Seattle, we have as many names for rain as Alaskans have for snow. Parents are all looking for engaging indoor activities right now. Frankly, I don’t even really want my dogs to go outside because they get all wet and dirty and leave a …

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