Christmas Memory Lane

I’m still working on that Mara Penny Taste of Home Color! adult coloring book, and came across a page that stirred a lot of good memories.  Let’s take a walk down Christmas memory lane, shall we?

Colored Christmas Ornaments from TOH Color! book drawn by Mara Penny.

These ornaments remind me of my grandmother. Every year on Christmas Eve the entire family would meet at her home.  We’d pile presents around the tree.  Next, we’d have a nice dinner that my grandmother would have made.  I remember looking up at the chandelier right above the dining room table, and she would have hung ornaments similar to these on it.  Here’s were shiny blue, silver, gold, and other bright colors.  You could see your reflection in them.  I found them fascinating.

That’s why I had to color in this page.  It stirred fantastic childhood memories.

My aunt and uncle live in that same house now with the the same chandelier, and my aunt hangs the same ornaments from it.  She told me that her mother, my grandmother, bought them for the reason that they would fascinate her children, my two aunts and my father.  Next, the fascinated her grandchildren.  Now, they fascinate her great-grandchildren, too.

Aunt Ellen hangs those ornaments in memory of her mother, and I’m glad she does!

Oh, to finish up telling you about the Christmas Eve traditions.  After dinner, it was time to get dressed and go to church for the service that night.  It was always a lovely service, complete with a singing of “Silent Night” with everyone holding candles.

Funny, I’d look up at the candelabras in the sanctuary and see the reflections of hundreds points of light in their polished bronze.

After church, we’d open that massive pile of presents.  My grandfather would always put the wrapping paper in the lit fireplace to burn it up.

Next, my tired sisters and myself would pile into the family van, and go home and sleep to get ready for Christmas Day.  Still, Christmas Eve always had a magical touch to it.

I want to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas!


When Coloring Meets Knitting

I love adult coloring books.  I really do.  To be honest, I’ve been working on that more than knitting right now.  I’m still knitting, of course, but I need to give my hands something else to do at the moment, so coloring it is!

I got Taste of Home’s Color! Winter 2017 coloring book by Mara Penny at a grocery store check out line.  It was a total impulse purchase, of course, due to the strategic placing of said book.  I paged through it.  They had a page devoted to yarn and knitting notions.  Yup, totally bought it.

The picture above is a section of the page, but here is my completed page below.

Yarn page from Taste of Home Winter 2017 adult coloring book

This was a fun page to color, mostly because of the subject matter for me.  Still, it was fun to get creative and to get my thought processes churning on how I was going to fill out each skein, color each button, where to place colors, etc.  I love stuff like that.

Here’s another page I did of birds from the same book

Birds page from the Winter 2017 Taste of Home coloring book

I love songbirds, and have feeders up for them in my yard, so they had to get some coloring love, too.

Do you color?  If so, awesome!  Show me your work!  If not, and if you’d like to, it’s not hard to get started.  Here are the supplies I use.

Otherwise, here are some of my tips and tricks into making adult coloring easier.

  • Use GOOD colored pencils.  Don’t use the Crayola ones, and don’t use the Prismacolor Scholar once, too.  Staedtler Noris Color pencils are great pencils, too.  They erase ok.  As a rule of thumb, don’t skimp on your pencils; get artist quality.
  • Get a GOOD sharpener.  A simple metal sharpener is great.  Sometimes they have a small bore for general sharpening and a larger bore for fine tuning your point.  A sharp pencil is a happy and good pencil for coloring.
  • Get a GOOD eraser.  There are tons of artist pencil erasers to choose from.  This is one case where Prismacolor’s Scholar line is ok.
  • There are so many themed adult coloring books out there.  Pick one, pick a few!

Good tools are key to less frustration when it comes to coloring in your pages.  Seriously.

I hope that a few fellow adult coloring book artists are out there, and maybe I inspired more of you out there to join our ranks.  It really is a lovely and relaxing activity!


5 Adult Coloring Books Worth Checking Out

Adult coloring books are all the rage right now, and I’m into it myself.  I got a lot of cool coloring books and supplies as Christmas gifts, and I want to share some of my favorite adult coloring books with you, in no particular order.

Pixel Gamer Coloring Book:  I just grabbed this at A.C. Moore the other day, but you can get it on Amazon, too.  What I like about this book besides the fun coloring pages?  It gives you great trivia and tidbits about retro gaming every other page, as well as blank grids to draw your own pixel game art.

Color Your Own Renoir Paintings:  I got this at a little book store in the Outer Banks in the historic town of Corolla Light, NC.  I had been coloring mandalas over that week on vacation, and wanted to expand my coloring into impressionism.  I had just been at The Barnes Foundation, a Philadelphia museum that features a lot of Renoir a few weeks before.  I guess you can say it, well, made an impression on me.

Unicorns Are Jerks:  This is a hilarious book, and is definitely for adults.  Theo Nicole Lorenz, the author/artist has a whole series of books like this.  Grab your crayons and see why unicorns are indeed jerks.  My husband got me this one for Christmas, and I am looking forward to study how jerky unicorns are.

Creative Cats Coloring Book:  Now, it is no secret that I am a dog person, but I love this book.  I received it for Christmas.  Here’s a story as to why this book is special to me.  My supervisor is recovering from her third bout of leukemia (which she is kicking butt at, by the way), and was extremely bored.  Now, she IS a cat person.  I thought this book would be a nice activity for her, so I sent her some retractable crayons along with it.

Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book:  This is one I don’t have, to be honest, but I do want.  Here’s why it made the list.  I watched a friend color meticulously in this book over vacation with her lovely set of gel pens.  Watching her get meditative into her coloring made me want to find that spot, too, so she inspired me to get back into coloring.

I hope you have now found some diverse and interesting new coloring books to add to your own collections, or to perhaps be inspired to start your own coloring adventure.