Wednesday, March 3, 2021

New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #102!

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Today is day 365 of the pandemic. It has been a YEAR! 

What do we need? 

We need to persevere. 

We need to care about others. 

We need to continue to be safe, be careful, wear a mask, show empathy, and soo much more to get through this. 

Instead of filling the page with patterns, 

I filled it with very important words. 

We can do this. Together. Separate. 

Thank you to those who have been sharing my coloring pages with others. I will continue to create them until we are vaccinated and until our families, children, friends, and neighbors are safe.

Monday, March 1, 2021

New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #101


Today is March 1st and day 363 of quarantine and it feels like March 2020 never ended. Cases each day are fewer, but still horrible numbers (70,000 a day) and we have spring breaks and Easter coming up, so YOU DECIDE. 

You choose. Are you getting relaxed on quarantine restrictions? I know you are tired of being stuck at home, but we need to continue to push forward with staying careful and gets these numbers much lower. 

We can't plateau this high. 

Will you have a family gathering with no social distance this Easter? Are you taking a spring break vacation? If you can figure out a way to do those things safely - wearing masks, staying far from everyone outside your household, hosting your event outside, then go for it, but if you can't follow CDC guidelines - please don't wreck this for the rest of us. We are all tired of it. We all want our lives back to something remotely normal, but to do this, you need to think outside your circle. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #100!

Copy, Print, Color! Happy Purim!

Today is day 358 of quarantine and this is the 100th free pandemic coloring page that I have posted. I'm posting it a day early so that people have a chance to print it and give it to their children to color for the holiday. This page is for Purim, which begins at sundown on Thursday evening (February 25th, 2021) and will end on Friday evening at sundown. 

Purim is usually celebrated with a carnival, but due to the pandemic, temples are not hosting carnivals this year. Kids and many adults dress up in costumes of characters from the story of Purim (or any other character they like) for this festive event. A temple member, often the Rabbi, reads the story (also called the Megillah) aloud. Everyone listening to the story shakes a grogger (a noise maker) when they hear the name of the bad guy, Haman, the evil advisor to King Ahasuerus (Ah-ha-shu-air-us). Listeners also yell "YAY!" or clap or give a thumbs up or something similar when they hear the names of King Ahasuerus or Queen Esther. While, at first glance, you may think that this story is all about these two men, it is actually about brave Queen Esther saving the Jewish people. The interactive story is great fun every year. A story of girl power.

When I was little, we would dress up and go to temple where adults would run carnival booths and give little prizes to the kids. Most of the other kids dressed as Queen Esther or King Ahasuerus, but what did I dress up as? Well, I would dress up as the King's dog (with a crown that I made from foil and cardboard) or a Hamantaschen - the delicious triangular cookie filled with fruit or chocolate in the center (triangle in shape to replicate the 3 pointed hat worn by Haman in the story). 

In my coloring page, you can see "Purim", two Hebrew words that say "Happy Purim", Hamantaschen, a crown (for the king and queen), and a grogger - our noise maker. 

If you would like to learn more about Purim, check out this link at My Jewish Learning.

Monday, February 22, 2021

 New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #99!

What's out your window?

Today is day 357 of quarantine. Most of the country was hit with a huge snow storm last week, but here in Georgia, it was just really cold. My friends post pictures of beautiful snow scenes out their windows that looked like snow globes. This coloring page has the window blank so you can fill in what's out your window. 

On the other side of this storm - I am sorry that those in Texas are going through horrible conditions and I hope things improve asap and that my friends out there are okay.

FYI - Straight lines are wonky, because I don't use a ruler - all of my coloring pages are freehand with my non-dominant hand as I work to improve non-dom coordination.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

New Free Coloring Page #98

Today is day 352 of quarantine. With all of the January 6th info continuing to come out, more video, more audio - it is difficult to watch the violence. Sadly, there is a lot of hatred in our world, but we can make a change, if you care. Care about other people. Show kindness. Help others. Small things count. Donate your gently used toys and clothes to those in need. Deliver food and necessities to shelters. I crochet hats for Cancer patients. I know that this is a little thing, but if I make one person feel less alone, then all 200+ hats I have made and donated is worth it. Every little bit counts. Helping one person counts. Think of what the world would be like if each person helped one person, one stranger, one neighbor, anyone who needed help. Just take a moment, a half hour, an afternoon, to find a way to help others. BE THE GOOD.

FYI - I was unable to post a page on Monday because a current project that I am passionate about needed my time.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Wednesday, Feb 17th, I will post this week's coloring pages. I am super busy working on a project that I can't talk about just yet. Please check back on Wednesday for Free Coloring Pages. Thank you for understanding.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #97!

Today is Thursday, Feb 11, 2021 and day 346 of quarantine. I wasn't able to post yesterday because it was about 70 degrees here in Georgia and I spent the day preparing my garden for the spring. Pulling weeds, turning soil. Lots of work. Obviously, this was the inspiration for today's coloring page, too, even though it is about 50 degrees and raining today. 

Stay safe!

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Due to the amazing weather in Georgia today, please check back on Thursday, Feb, 10 for Free Coloring Page #97. Today, it was about 70 degrees, so I spent the day preparing my garden for the spring. Stay safe. I'll create and post the coloring page tomorrow. 

Monday, February 8, 2021

New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #96!

Today is day #343 of quarantine. Valentine's Day is on Sunday, so I created this page inspired by hearts. Please tell your loved ones how much they mean to you every day and not just on this  holiday. Stay safe.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #96

Today is day #338 of quarantine. I don't want to look back at the last 4 years of mayhem. I would rather Keep Moving Forward. Improving myself. Helping those in need. Learning new things. Getting healthier. Taking care of my family. etc...

Monday, February 1, 2021

New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #95!

Today is February 1st and day 336 of quarantine. Let's talk about hobbies. I garden, I crochet hats for Cancer patients, I just added making baskets to my skills list, I paint, I draw, I write, I juggle, I bike,... People often ask me things like, "You're making a basket? How do you know you can?" My response is simple. "I don't know that I can, but I'm going to try. What's the worst that could happen?" TRY. It is a small word with a big meaning. I ask my kids to try to foods, try new skills, try challenging homework before asking for help, try. I challenge you to try something new. (not something that is a danger to you or others) You cook something that tastes bad? So what? What if it ends up being delicious? You try a new instrument and sound terrible? Keep practicing. I guarantee you will get better. You plant something and it dies? So what? Try again.

Good luck. What's the worst thing that can happen? 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #94!

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Today is day #331 of quarantine. 

A friend recently posted a photo of two older people wearing masks while driving. He probably took the photo when he pulled up next to them. He posted this photo on his Facebook page with the question "Why?" My immediate response was why what? Why are they wearing masks? Maybe they are immunocompromised. Maybe they don't live together and are being cautious (though not 6 feet apart). Maybe they just came from a doctor visit and don't want to touch their masks until they get home and wash their hands. Maybe they are just following science! Please don't make assumptions about people. Don't judge people for following the CDC guidelines. In the thread of comments, he commented on his own photo that he thinks that people are living in fear. FOLLOWING SCIENCE IS NOT LIVING IN FEAR. Wearing a mask has proven to slow the spread. Wearing a mask shows that you care about other people and their health. Wearing a mask shows consideration and empathy. In the words of Nike, Just do it.

Monday, January 25, 2021

New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #93!

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I always begin a new sketchbook with a page for my name. If your name is Alison - spelled this way, you are welcome to print it and use it as a coloring page. 

Today's Coloring Page is...BEGIN

Today is day 329 of quarantine. Today, I created a new crochet hat pattern that I'll upload to my Ravelry Store and made one and half samples of it, crocheted several inches of a junk yarn basket, and illustrated 2 new coloring pages for my brand new (old, but unused - I did not go out - there's COVID out there) sketchbook. I get asked often how I work on my garden, crochet hats and create patterns, draw coloring pages, paint in my journal, write children's books, create recipes for cookies, etc... and my answer is always BEGIN. Just start. You want to learn something new? Watch a YouTube video and begin. You have nothing to lose. If the crochet stitch looks terrible, try again. If the cookies taste terrible, change something in the recipe and try again. If the hat looks funky, change the pattern and try again. The only thing you have to lose it time. There is no big secret. Want to try something new? Begin. 

Now - go create something.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

New Free Pandemic Coloring Page #92

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Today is day 324 of quarantine and it is FINALLY inauguration day! New day, New President, New Vice President, New Cabinet, New COVID task force, New mask mandate, ... Things can only get better from here.