Sacred Texts

We all have sacred texts, whether it’s a religious tome or great grandma’s written recipe cards, they have value in our minds and hearts. So what do you do when things are past their usefulness? Do you keep the sentimental notes from valentines day in hopes to create a scrapebook when you have more time. […]

Dreamy Ideas

There is a sweet spot for creatives while dreaming. It occurs somewhere between just awke and barley asleep. Your dreams are vivid and you have a certain measure of control. This level of awareness in dreams is called lucid dreaming. Often when one is asleep, there is something in consciousness which declares that what then […]

Rooted in Non-Fiction

If you remember third grade science you know most growing things have roots. When it comes to your blooming creativity it too is rooted in something. That something is your experiences, conversations, and head knowledge. The best place for more head knowledge is the non-fiction section at your bookstore, library, or computer screen. I hear […]

Writing Resources for Kid Lit

I’ve been writing kids stories going on four years now and I’ve complied a list of all my favorite resources. Things that go back to over and over again. I hope sharing will help you on your writing journey as well. Inspiration: Anything can inspire you for your next story. Watch around you for those […]

DIY Valentines Day Cards

Is it just me or is it hard to find a Valentine’s Day card that says just the right thing?

Maybe I’m too picky or weird. But there is no way I’m looking through dozens of cards to find the perfect one this year. So instead, I’ve decided to make my own card and words. Lofty I know. But as a writer I know I can draft, edit, and revise till the words are exactly what I want.

For the card itself I’m in love with the watercolor look, problem is I don’t own water colors let alone know how to paint. I’d be better off letting my toddler paint instead of me.

So I’ve got a trick for those of us who are better with pens than with paint.

You will need:

  • blank cards
  • food coloring
  • Brine (1 tblsp of salt to 1 cup warm water)
  • essential oils (something dreamy)
  • glitter & glue (optional)

Make your our brine and wait till the salt dissolves, the water will go from cloudy to clear. Pour it into a shallow pan that fits your cards and add a drop of essential oil to the brine and stir.

Using a toothpick swirl two drops of food coloring on the surface of the brine. The color should float on top of the brine. Quickly, dip the cards into the dye and set aside to dry. Be careful- food coloring can stain so protect your surfaces!

Add more food coloring as needed. Your cards should turn out in a swirled watercolor effect. I went an extra step and added glue heart shape that I coated in glitter. You could do any type of add one you’d like but I’m a glitter girl.

All that’s left it is to add your thoughtful words of love and appreciation to the inside and enjoy your Valentine’s Day.

Happy Questing!