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Coloring Book Review: The Time Garden

The Time Garden BookThe Time Garden by Daria Song

Everywhere I look, The Time Garden seems to show up.  During a stroll down 4th street in Berkley, I saw it in the window of Nest and on a shelf in Papyrus.  It came through my Instagram feed more than one might expect.  The book just keeps popping up in all my favorite places.  And when something keeps crossing my path like this, that’s my cue to take notice.

The Time Garden Book 4The Time Garden by Daria Song is a coloring book designed for children and adults.  The beginning of the book shares a short story (two pages) about a girl who enters a magical world through a cuckoo clock.  The rest of the book (70 pages) is filled will intricate ink illustrations by Daria Song.  Below are a couple:

The Time Garden Book 3Floating Lanterns

The Time Garden Book 2Ghiradelli Square

After looking through The Time Garden, I can see why it graces the shelves of some of my favorite shops.  It’s really an upscale coloring book.  The subject matter is appealing with cuckoo clocks, owls and city roof tops.  The illustrations are magical. The pages are thick.  Overall, the book is well designed.

I would recommend this book to children and adults who enjoy creative activities.  This book would make a lovely gift accompanied by some metallic colored pencils.

To learn more about the book and artist, I suggest checking out Daria’s Facebook page.  There she shares colored photos of her illustrations.  It will give you a new perspective on coloring and may even inspire you.  You can also find out more about The Time Garden at Penguin Random House.

I received The Time Garden through Blogging for Books.

DIY Miniature Colored Pencils

DIY Miniature Colored Pencils 3Last Wednesday I mentioned I would be re-posting my miniature colored pencil tutorial.  It was originally posted in 2011. I can’t believe it has been that long?!  Since it has been a while, I made a new batch of mini colored pencils and took some new photos.

This is a great craft for kids and doesn’t take much time to make.  The little pencils can also be used for cards, scrapbooking, collages, etc.

DIY Miniature Colored Pencils 2Just for fun, I made some mini washi tape rolls.  I even folded a mini origami box to hold it in.  I also folded a tiny crane.  The ruler was a leftover charm from a previous craft.

DIY Miniature Colored Pencil Tutorial


Plain toothpicks



Colored markers – various colors

DIY Miniature Colored Pencils 4

Craft Tips

*Be careful when cutting the toothpick.  The other half shoots into the air if you don’t hold it.

*Sand in one direction to keep the wood from splitting.

*Have a piece of paper under your toothpick when coloring it.  Some of the marker will rub off until it dries.

DIY Miniature Colored Pencils

DIY Washi Tape Bookmarks

DIY Washi Tape BookmarkFeel like doing a little crafting today?  Grab a couple rolls of your favorite washi tape and try your hands at this simple bookmark.


Used envelopes


Washi Tape

DIY Washi Tape Bookmark 11. Cut the corner of an envelope off.  Refer to dotted lines.  You can also use the other corner for a second bookmark.

DIY Washi Tape Bookmark 22.  Your triangle should look something like the image on the left.  If you cut it correctly, it will be a little triangle pocket.

3.  Start covering the triangle with washi tape.

DIY Washi Tape Bookmark 34.  Once the entire triangle is covered, cut off the excess tape.  Refer to orange dotted lines.

5.  Flip over the triangle and repeat steps 3 and 4. Done

Now you just need to find a good book to read.

Crochted Cosmetic Puffs

Crochet Makeup Remover PuffsIt’s a happy day when I get to cross something off my to-make list.  And today these cute little cosmetic puffs are being crossed off that list.  I found the pattern some time ago on Moral Fibres.  They were designed by Lyndsey Haskell and published in issue 34 of Mollie Makes.  You can also get the pattern for free, here.

Crochet Makeup Remover Puffs 2These puffs are quick and easy to make. It took me about a half hour per puff (I crochet slow).  I also like that this is a portable craft.  These cosmetic puffs would make a nice Christmas gift paired with some makeup remover or toner.

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