I have recently rediscovered the amazing and fun, artsy and creative hobby of coloring. But instead of using crayons I'm using a ginormous box of colored pencils that my sweet husband bought for me and a bunch of really fun gel pens. And instead of coloring in Strawberry Shortcake or Care Bears books, I've found a wide array of beautiful artist coloring books on the market right now. My favorite has to be "Secret Garden" by Johanna Basford. If you find any enjoyment in coloring whatsoever you must pick this book up ASAP.
Having a cute little six-month-old at home, my creative outlet needed to be something that was easy to clean up quickly and easy to set up quickly. (For those times when he's napping and I have a little time to myself for some creative fun.) It turns out coloring is absolutely a perfect fit because not only is it easy to set up and clean up, it's also portable and can be done on the floor in the living room, on the kitchen table, or even sitting in our recliner. If the baby happens to be napping in the swing, I can pull out my book and my pencils and sit right down next to him on the floor as he sleeps. I would highly recommend the exercise of coloring to anybody who has short bursts of free time and is craving an artsy fix.