Free Printable Adult Coloring Pages

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FREE (3)Need a creative way to unwind and spend time with your children away from the distraction of electronic devices?  Then colorful adult coloring pages are just the thing.

During the summer I often hear my daughter complaining about boredom. I came across some great coloring pages to share with your children (or keep to yourself).  So I printed out a few and we spent a lovely summer evening out on the patio coloring away enjoying some girl talk and creating a great memory.

 

 

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Mandala Coloring Page from Kidscolouringpages

 

 

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Coloring Page Assortment from Faber-Castell

 

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Abstract Coloring Page from Art is Fun

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Coloring Page Binder from Balancing Home

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Stained Glass Window Coloring Page  from Dover Publications

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Hello Lovely Coloring Page from Dawn Nicole Designs

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My Favorite Etsy Purchases

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I first discovered Etsy back in 2011 when I opened my shop DesignsByCnC.  As I began to become more familiar with the site, I soon discovered a world of both handmade and vintage goods.

I enjoy supporting my fellow Etsians and often purchase both supplies for my shop, as well as gifts for myself and family.  Today, I would like to share some of my favorite Etsy purchases!

My top favorite is this awesome Healing Skin Salve from Flaherty Naturals.  I love the way it glides onto the skin without feeling greasy.  It works wonderful for dry skin during the winter and the sting of sunburn in the summer!

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Healing Skin Salve

 

A great gift for a coffee lover is this Sampler Set from The Coffee Nook.  I tucked this into my husband’s Christmas stocking last year and it was a big hit!

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Coffee Sampler Set

 

Every Christmas each member of the family receives a new ornament.  This whimsical Snowman Ornament from Townsend Custom Gifts made the perfect gift for my daughter that enjoys riding her motorcycle.

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Snowman Motorcycle Ornament

 

The perfect gift for the son-in-law that loves to hunt is this Natural Camo Soap from FreshAsaDaisySoaps.

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When creating my handmade greeting cards, I use high quality cardstocks.  I love the wide range of colors of the Parchment Cardstock from The Envelope Store!

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The Parchment Collection Cardstock

 

Etsy’s Christmas In July Sales Promotion

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The Christmas In July sales promotion is an Etsy community driven event that will held July 1st – July 10th, 2016.  This annual event gives you the opportunity get a jump start on your Christmas shopping at unique handmade designer and vintage shops throughout the Etsy site.

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During this event, everything in my store will be discounted!  This includes beautifully handcrafted Christmas greeting card sets and gift tags.  There’s also a large selection of unique rubber stamp sets that make great gifts for the crafter on your holiday shopping list!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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In 1909, after listening to a church sermon about Mother’s Day, Sonora Smart Dodd told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them.  The idea was accepted by local clergymen who presented sermons honoring fathers on the first Father’s Day on June 19,1910.

On this first Father’s Day, Dodd arranged a celebration in Spokane Washington, at the YMCA.  She wanted to honor her father, the civil war veteran William Jackson Smart,  a single parent who raised his six children there.

During the 1920’s Dodd stopped promoting the celebration because she was attending school back East.  When she returned to Spokane during the 1930’s she once again began promoting the celebration hoping to raise awareness at a national level.  Although she had assistance from manufacturers of tobacco pipes, ties and men’s clothing, the American public resisted the holiday.  People viewed it as an attempt for merchants to  replicate the commercial success of Mother’s Day.

Over the years, many bills were presented to Congress to establish Father’s Day as a national holiday.  Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized.  It wasn’t until 1966 that the third Sunday in June was designated as Father’s Day in a presidential proclamation issued by Lyndon B. Johnson.  Finally, it was made a permanent national holiday signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1972.

I have discovered some great Etsy finds that are perfect for celebrating Fathers on their special day of recognition.

From RKGrace a Mossy Oak Camo Flask:

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From FattysSoapCo – Blue Moon Beer Soap:

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At the CoffeeNook – Fresh Roasted Guatemala Coffee:

 

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From the ScissorMill a Personalized Ammo Box:

 

At lazerdesigns a Personalized Grill Set:

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At LeatherInceptions a Leather Motorcycle Bag:

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You’re Invited To The Etsy Craft Party!

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Every year Etsy holds their annual craft party where we all come together for a day of crafting fun.

This year, I am honored to be one of the co-hosts along with AliciasFindings and DeeDeeDeesigns as the Christmas In July Team participates in this awesome event.  We will be celebrating at the CIJ blog!  Come and have some fun with us on June 17th, 2016!

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There will be craft tutorials, swag bags and door prizes!  Stop by our Eventbrite registration page and reserve your free tickets:  http://tinyurl.com/j3xrg3p

Teacher Appreciation Gift Card Holder

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This year National Teacher Appreciation Day is celebrated on Tuesday, May 3!  Teachers are the unsung superheroes of our lives today.  Every day they not only educate, but also support and inspire millions of children.

Today’s project is a gift card holder created especially for teacher.  This is a new design that I just listed in my Etsy shop this week.

Instructions:

  • For the base, cut a piece of cardstock to 3.5 x 8.5 inches.  Score this at 2.5 inches one one end and 2 inches on the other end.
  • Round the corners on the 2 inch end using a rounded corner punch.
  • Cut three pieces of designer paper:  3.25 x 1.75 inches for the flap (round the corners), 3.25 x 2.25 inches for the pocket and 3.25 x 3.75 inches for the back.
  • Run adhesive along the side edges only of the 2.25 inch side of the base and fold up to form the gift card pocket.
  • Attach the cut pieces of designer paper to the outside of the gift card holder.
  • Attach a small velcro fastener to the 2 inch side and fold down.
  • The red apple is cut at 2.5 inches and the green apple is cut at 2.75 inches with a cricut machine.
  • The sentiment is stamped onto a 1.5 inch circle.

This gift card holder design is very versatile and may be used for many different occasions such as graduation, birthdays and Christmas gift giving.