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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    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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  • "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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  • Messy hands, little guilty surrender with hands up

    The Trouble With Arts & Craft Kits

    You can find arts & craft kits, and now science and STEM kits, all over the place these days. When my kids were younger, I purchased all types of kits for them and was invariably disappointed. Here are my beefs. Perhaps they will help you decide which products to buy when shopping for kits for …

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  • Mary Cassatt's painting, Maternal Caress

    Mom & Mary Cassatt & You

    During this week of International Women’s Day, and always, let’s try to remember to pay tribute to all of the women who came before us. In the art world, women and people of color have struggled for generations to gain recognition and even a fair chance for an education. By being a strong woman and …

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  • Kids Art on a Clothesline

    What To Do With Your Child’s Artwork

    One of the things I always dreaded about the school year was the inevitable onslaught of paper! You want to save every project your child makes at school & at home but what to do with it all? Here are some creative ways to preserve these precious memories: Shutterfly & Snapfish are two we have used. …

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    5 Fresh Ideas for Creative Dog Days of Summer

    Easy Outdoor Creative Activities to Do With Your Kids This Summer Summer is right around the corner. Here are 4 fresh ideas for those lazy, hazy days outside: Back to the basics with sidewalk chalk. Good old fashioned sticks of sidewalk chalk can be lots of fun for kids. You don’t need to buy any …

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    3 Ways to Overcome fear of Creativity

    Just engaging in the creative process is good for your brain and can actually make you happier! But, darn it, it can be scary! Next time you sit down to do something you deem creative, try to let go of the outcome and enjoy the process knowing it is never time wasted. Here are three strategies to help …

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