Outside The Box Creation

  • Instructions for Living

    Showing Up & Paying Attention are Half the Battle

      I was walking on the beach last weekend with my family and we started seeing a few sand dollars here and there. Then suddenly, we noticed an area that had a bunch of sand dollars partially burrowed into the sand. I’ve walked that area of the beach many times, but never noticed the concentration …

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  • Happy World Art Day

    The Spirit of World Art Day: Empathy

    World Art Day is an international celebration of the fine arts declared by the International Association of Art (IAA/AIAP), a partner of UNESCO. The goal was to promote awareness of creative activity worldwide. The date, April 15th, was chosen in honor of Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday, as a symbol of world peace, freedom of expression, …

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  • Kid hiding behind cardboard with hand drawn planet.

    How Can We Make Art More Eco Friendly?

    Earth Day is Monday, April 22nd. As an artist and a business owner, I think a lot about how to be as environmentally conscious as possible. Like many of you, no doubt, it often feels like we are trying to choose the lesser of the evils. But I believe there really is a lot we …

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  • Watercolor Painting from Sky Color Box

    How To Talk To Your Child (Or Anyone) About Her Art

    When your child shows you a picture she has just drawn and you can’t tell what the heck it is supposed to be, don’t ask her “What is it?” Although that may be the question that is top of mind for you at that moment, there is good reason to hold back and ask her …

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  • "Street Art" using stencils and blow pens

    Indoor Icky Weather Fun

    We’re in the final, seemingly interminable, stretch of winter weather. In Seattle, we have as many names for rain as Alaskans have for snow. Parents are all looking for engaging indoor activities right now. Frankly, I don’t even really want my dogs to go outside because they get all wet and dirty and leave a …

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  • Messy hands, little guilty surrender with hands up

    The Trouble With Arts & Craft Kits

    You can find arts & craft kits, and now science and STEM kits, all over the place these days. When my kids were younger, I purchased all types of kits for them and was invariably disappointed. Here are my beefs. Perhaps they will help you decide which products to buy when shopping for kits for …

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  • Mary Cassatt's painting, Maternal Caress

    Mom & Mary Cassatt & You

    During this week of International Women’s Day, and always, let’s try to remember to pay tribute to all of the women who came before us. In the art world, women and people of color have struggled for generations to gain recognition and even a fair chance for an education. By being a strong woman and …

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  • How Young to Start Exposing Children to Art

    How Young Should You Start Exposing Your Child to Art?

    For many, parenting is the hardest job we’ll ever have to do. From diaper changings to late night crying, parents are on the front lines when it comes to encouraging and fostering their son or daughter’s early childhood development. There are many blogs and opinions out there when it comes to how young you should …

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  • A Craft a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

    A Craft a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

    You’ve probably heard the popular saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well, you might be surprised to hear that art has just as many health benefits as apples. Perhaps, at this point, you are thinking that art isn’t your “thing.” Maybe you are starting to have flashbacks to when you once tried …

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  • Kids Art on a Clothesline

    What To Do With Your Child’s Artwork

    One of the things I always dreaded about the school year was the inevitable onslaught of paper! You want to save every project your child makes at school & at home but what to do with it all? Here are some creative ways to preserve these precious memories: Shutterfly & Snapfish are two we have used. …

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