Art and Recreation

Following Caz’s post from  InvisiblyMe a couple of weeks ago on Adult Colouring book  I was reminded of when the craze first came out almost three years ago when I first posted about it, though not in this blog and I thought I’d share the benefits of colouring in from an OT point of view which you probably never thought about and also share another one of my picks. Colouring in is is not just for children although if you are a child or have a child it is a great tool for developing fine motor skills prior to writing and colour recognition. Growing up with both of my grandparents as artists, art has always been something which relaxes me and I think this is such a wonderful therapy.

Whether you love it or hate it.

  1. It allows you to wind down and relax, especially if you choose a cool colour palette, encourages creativity and each individual movement of the pencil as you colour can be calming. Does anyone else find the sound of a freshly sharpened pencil against a clean whit paper relaxing?
  2. If you don’t think about it too much, although if you’re a bit of a perfectionist like me, colouring in can be quiete tedious, it  allows you to focus on the present  moment because focusing on the page you are colouring in and the patterns distracts you from other thoughts and promotes concentration.
  3. Colouring in reduces stress and anxiety by allowing the amygdala and hypothalamus to relax. The amygdala is the part in your brain responsible for regulating emotions and the feeling of fear and the stress response.
  4. It  strengthens hand muscles and fine motor skills.
  5. It utilities both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This is particularly good for people living with neurological conditions as you can use colouring in to re-train the brain.
  6. It brings us back to memories of our childhood. Remember the smell of a fresh pack of crayons or sitting in your prep classroom not having to worry of anything?
  7.  You can do it on your own or with friends.  The next time you have an opportunity  to catch up with your friends and you don’t feel like doing something to high key, why not sit back with a warm cup of tea pr chocolate, or if it’s summer a nice cold milkshake or ice drink (with ice cream of course) and colour in. If like me you don’t have many friends don’t worry, you can do it on your own. You can even carry one along with you.
  8. You don’t have to be good at art to enjoy them and once finished them you can use them to decorate a room to brighten it up or tear them out and stick them onto your books etc.

So I did say I’d share my picks which are not already mentioned and here they are.

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  • Colour Me Inspired by Kristina Webb

It contains positive quotes for each day as well as tear out cards you can colour in and give out to people.  Although I can’t seem to find the one I found in the shops three years ago which was a diary for the year with a different picture and positive quote for every day. Speaking of diary’s stay tuned for an upcoming post on the best diary’s for 2019.

You can purchase via this link on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Adult-Coloring-Journal-Inspirational-Quotes/dp/B01E63HED2

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  • I often find myself in the art and craft aisles of $2 shops and so another awesome little colouring book I came across is The Little Book of Colouring In Bloom. Peace in Your Pocket. It’s the perfect pocket size travel colouring in book, making it ideal to carry around with you and has quotes in them like “Smiles can make even the darkest days look brighter.  Be generous with them and “Today and every day, do one small thing that makes you happy, and your happiness will grow every day.”

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  • Jess Volinkski Notebook Doodles

The reason I like this series of colouring in books is because of the quotes. I am a POSITIVE person and I find the quotes in these pages to be uplifting when I’m having a bad day, my favourite one being the one in the picture, Colourful Inspirations. It contains quotes like “Your wings already exist, all you have to do is fly” and “We are cups, constantly  and quietly being filled. The tip is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.” – Ray Bradbury  I know you will like this one Alyssa.

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  • Birds by Ben Kwok

If you’re a bird lover like me then this one is for you. It contains quotes about birds, flying and wings like “What if I fall. Oh but darling what if I fly”– Erin Hanson, “ If you want to fly you have to give up everything that weighs you down” and  You won’t know your limitations until you soar high and give it a try.”  -Virkrmn

  • And finally Good Vibes Colouring Book by Thaneeya McArdle which I am not allowed to put a picture of in my blog due to Copyright.

Now I’m not sure how to add a poll to my post so for anyone reading this you’ll have to add your answers to the bottom of the page but I’d love to know how many of you have already been doing adult colouring in and find it therapeutic and what are your thoughts on this?

And what other things do you like to  do to relax?

I hope you are able to colour your way through the day.

 

 

World Brownie Day

Who here loves brownies? Mmmmmm. I sure do? the gooey, chocolate combined with a salty crunch. I am five days late but Saturday 8th December was World brownie Day, a day to celebrate brownies.

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Jesus is the real Reason for the Season

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I want to take a moment to thank every one of you for sharing your gifts with me and us! I have seen some amazing writing since I have started blogging and I have learned a great deal from so many of you! Thank you and God bless you all!

What Christmas songs do you enjoy? Below are some of my favorites so I hope that you do enjoy them! 🙂

If I were to sing in a duet for you all the following Christmas songs would be the ones that I would pick… hehehe! 🙂

***I love the movie Elf but this video was simply ADORABLE!


I hope that you all are having a great weekend!

Christy 🙂

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Talkative Tag

Kristy from  Miraculous Smile has tagged me to participate in this fun talkative tag. I am participating in this on my old Coolncreative blog as it’s not art or chronic illness related but if you want to continue following me I now also blog at all-hearts.org I don’t actually know if I am doing this thing right or not but I thought I’d have a go and I’ve finally got around to it among all of the fatigue I have been experiencing so I really hope you enjoy reading as it has taken me an hour to complete this post and used up a lot of the energy in my hands. Please correct me if I’ve done it all wrong.  Shout out to John at “The Eclectic Contrarian”  who created this talkative tag.  I just love thanking people. You get so much joy in it. OK here goes. 

Caz from Invisibly Me You’ve actually commented on my blog posts the most and I want to say Thank you for following me and for continuing to follow me on my new all-hearts.org website. Thank you for taking the time to have a look at and at least like my blogs even when you may not have the time to comment and  for your first comment on my blog which put a smile on my face. When I  have felt  like giving up you always try your best to cheer me up.You are so thoughtful and encouraging.

Elaine from Roseelaineblog Thank you very much for sending me that angel during Dysautonomia Awareness Month in October. It was such a nice thing to do and it helped me to feel supported and like someone was thinking of me and your angel artworks are my favourites. So soft and fantasy like and your recent poem was beautiful. You are such a talented poet and artist. I admire your digital art skills and how you manage to complete so many beautiful artworks in a day. I don’t know how you manage to do it, sometimes I can’t keep up with all of your posts. 

Christy Istrate from Miraculous Smile A huge Thank You for tagging me to participate in this talkative tag and sorry it has taken me so long to get around to doing it. I have been feeling soooo exhausted lately. Everything that you say is beautiful whenever you comment on my blog posts. You have a lovely smile. thank you for encouraging me to blog and continue doing what I love and for also following me on my new blog I think.  I love your Wednesday cooking.recipe posts and your quotes. Your prayers are much appreciated.

Mishka from Craftschronicillnessandadulting I love how you always include your water colour paintings at the bottom of all of your blog posts. You have gotten better over the months and you are very talented with water colours. Of course there are always a few favorites of mine. You make me want to get my brush and water colour paints out again every time I see your posts. If only I had the time. 

Heather from Dinosaursdonkeys&MS A huge Thank you for helping me out and providing me with information on hosts for my website and once the website was up and running directing me with how to set up my shop etc. I ended up going with Blue Host. I love Dizzy. She is so cute and I really want my very own Dizzy and I love to read about the adventures you and Dizzy go on together.

Melindafromlookingforthelight  I think it is amazing how you have been able to move forward from all of your negative experiences and create not just your own personal blog but a blog where other bloggers can share their experiences to inspire others. Like you mention you are more than just your mental health condition. Behind the illness you are someone with interests in photography, animals etc. 

Comments by authors on Coolncreative

Once again Thank you to Kristy for tagging me. Since Elaine’s blog is an award free blog and Kristy you have already participated in this tag and you were the one who tagged me to participate I would like to tag the following  amazing bloggers to participate in this Talkative Tag.

Caz from Invisibly Me, Craftschronicillnessandadulting, Heather from Dinosaurs,Donkeys&MS, Melinda from Looking for The Light, Alyssa from FightMSdaily and Vivian from Gods Whispers of Truth.

Take care.

Nicole Xx (Coolncreative17)

How To Make Twinkle Christmas Ornaments By Using Hot Glue

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How To Make Twinkle Christmas Ornaments By Using Hot Glue

This is a very easy twinkle Christmas ornaments to make. You only need a steady hand to make it, because you’re going to use a hot glue gun. How? Next you are going to read the tutorial and things you need to make the Christmas ornaments from hot glue.

Things I used to make this hot glue twinkle Christmas ornaments :

  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue (clear)
  • Wire
  • Glitter glue
  • Glitter
  • Glue

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Below are the steps on how to make the hot glue Christmas ornaments and how to make it twinkle:

  1. Have your hot glue gun ready with the hot glue.
  2. Apply some lotion to your work surface, just thin layer for easy peeling job.
  3. Apply hot glue to the lotion surface with your desired shape. Let it dry. I made Christmas tree, snowflake, Christmas sock, snowman, star, Noel and Merry.

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10 Great Christmas gifts for people with fibromyalgia

10 Great gifts for people living with Fibromyalgia.
Check out this blog by Nikki (Brainless Blogger).

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So there are a lot of gift ideas that would make someone with Fibromyalgia happy. Because there are times we get products we cannot use due to skin sensitivities and scent sensitivities. So I have a few ideas based on things I use with fibromyalgia that just work for me.

10 great Christmas gifts for people with fibromyalgia

Shampoo without SLS

I am going to tell you this for sure about Fibromyalgia, we have sensitivities. And I became sensitive to SLS in shampoo. It made my scalp just crawl with itchiness. There are now a good selection of shampoos that do not have SLS sulphates or parabens

Moroccan Argan Oil shampoo and conditioner is a nice one for a gift.

But I personally use Live Clean which works great for me and you can’t beat the price

And that company has body wash, and hand soap. I mean they are a good company. And they have a…

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October is Lupus Awareness Month

Besides being Dysautonomia Awareness Month, October is also Lupus Awareness month.

For those of you who don’t know what Lupus is, Lupus is an autoimmune condition, autoimmune being a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy tissue. Lupus can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.                                                                                                                                                      There are three different types of Lupus:

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).
  • Discoid (Cutaneous)  Lupus and
  • Drug-induced Lupus (DIL).

The awareness ribbon colour for Lupus is purple so to raise awareness and show my support for people living with Lupus I decided to decorate my cupcake with purple icing and butterflies because the  symbol for Lupus is a butterfly because of the butterfly like rash (Malar rash) which appears over the bridge of the nose and the cheek and is one of the symptoms of Lupus and I love butterflies. I find cupcake decorating very therapeutic.

I will be making some handmade Lupus Awareness merchandise too in the coming days which will be up for sale on my new website at all-hearts.org/shop/ so please follow me at all-hearts.org and on my Facebook page Allheart Australia if you want to keep up to date.

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Luis and the Aliens

Luis and the Aliens

A couple of weeks ago I went and saw Luis and the Aliens, A funny, family film where an eleven year old boy befriends three aliens.  Now I’m not usually a fan of alien movies as they’re usually boring so at first I wasn’t sure what this movie was going to be about but it’s not the type of movie about freaky, monster like aliens, they’re green little blobs. Luis’ father is something which starts in U and sounds like Urologist but it’s not, it’s the word for studying aliens and he spends all day in his house waiting for the aliens to come to planet Earth and after a neighbour reports Luis’ father for not taking care of him the is going to be taken away but when the aliens crash land their UFO in his garage Luis soon finds out that aliens really exist and things are about to change.

The first thing I enjoyed was when the aliens clicked their fingers and were able to change into human bodies and pretend to be Luis’ father to stop Luis from being taken away from him. Don’t we wish we could all do that? There are some great jokes which I won’t give away, including one about farts and who can forget the nubby dubby. You’ll have to watch the film to see what this nubby dubby is.

Rating:  3.5

Launch of a new website

A couple of weeks ago I posted about choosing a host to go with for my new website. Some of you may have read the news that I decided to go self hosted with Bluehost but on a WordPress plan. And I have some exciting news. My new website is finally up and running. And the name is., drumroll………………… AllheART.
AllheART is is a website about raising awareness for chronic conditiosn through art.  I wanted to create soemthing where I could use my artistic talents to help others and turn my experiences of living with multiple chronic illnesses into something positive. AllheART aims to provide positive experiences for people of all ages living with a chronic condition and/or physical disability so they can be themselves, have fun and forget about their illness for a little while as well as  raise awareness and funds through art.

So if you haven’t visited my website yet please follow me and check it out at https://all-hearts.org/

and follow me on Twitter @ArtAllhe

The follow and like buttons are not yet up and running, I still haev to figure that out but in the meantime you can still follow me by going into your reader, clicking on manage followed sites and copy pasting the link to my website into there and clicking follow. Of course I will still be blogging on Coolncreative from time to time so you can still follow me on there but you might like to see what I’m up to in the art world too.

And if you’re looking for the perfect Christmas pressie, why not visit my new online store at https://all-hearts.org/shop/. If you don’t live in Australia you will have to contact me for shipping costs as the prices which are up include shipping but are for within Australia. Thank you to all of my followers who helped me choose a host to go with and supported me during the process although website makingis a lot more challenging than I thought. Who said it was easy.  I hope you will continue to follow me at all-hearts.org.

Invisible Disability Awareness Week

This week (15-21st October) is Invisible Disabilities Awareness Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness to all chronic conditions which you cannot see. In fact 96% of people who live with a chronic illness live with an illness which you cannot see. So with this in mind you may not know that someone you know is in fact living with a chronic condition and is in fact struggling because it is not visible and looking at them they look the same as everyone else on the outside. People living with these conditions may not be in a wheelchair but they experience other symptoms which have a significant impact on their quality of life such as fatigue and brain fog. So the next time you meet someone with a chronic illness the number one thing to remember is NEVER ever say “but you don’t look sick” or “I hope you get better soon.”  Instead support them but asking them how they’re going or how they’re feeling that day,allow them to vent to you if they need and take the time to listen without being judgmental and making comments when you don’t know what it’s like to live with the condition.                                                                       Don’t try to think you know what it’s like to live with their condition if you don;t have it but show your support by saying things like “that must be really hard to live with”, I wish I could do something to help you”, ” I wish I could understand what it’s like to live with your condition but I don’t have it so I can’t but I will try to as much as I can and offer to help them out by asking if there is anything you can do to make thing easier for them. I know over the past few weeks I have had comment on blog posts saying that you are keeping me in your thoughts and prayers and although you may not be able to help me it’s the thought that counts, just knowing someone cares and is thinking about me.  I have shared a picture on 10 things to say to someone with an invisible illness from kalaidoscopefightinglupus .org.

Dysautonomia is just one of the many invisible illnesses. To read more about Dysautonomia and how you can support those living with this condition check out my previous posts, links are below.

https://coolncreative.wordpress.com/2018/09/30/five-facts-about-dysautonomia/

https://coolncreative.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/how-you-can-support-people-living-with-dysautonomia-and-help-raise-awareness/

You might ask, what disabilities are invisible and what exactly is an invisible disability? Basically an invisible illness is a disability that is not immediately apparent. Well there is a whole list besides Dysautonomia I wouldn’t be able to fit them all on here but just some of the many invisible disabilities include:

  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS and Neurally Mediated Hypotension) which are forms of Dysautonomia.
  • Migraines
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromylagia and chronic pain
  • Lyme Disease
  • Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
  • Many autoimmune conditions including Lupus, which it is also awareness month for, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Undifferentiated or Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Coeliac Disease and Crohn’s Disease.
  • Endometriosis
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS),  just to name a few. If you know of any others feel free to add them to the list.

National Poetry Day

4th of October is National Poetry Day! I’m not much of a poet myself but I know many of my fellow bloggers out there write beautiful poems too so I’d like to shout out to Rose Elaine (roseelaine’s blog), Simplywendi from simplychronicallyill and Vivian from God’s whisperer’s of truth so I thought I’d make a mention. Today also happens to be  Maya Angelou’s birthday which is coincidental with craftschronicillnessand crafting also sharing one of her quotes on their blog so I thought I’d share another one of my favourite quotes which Alyssa from Fightmsdaily has previously shared to celebrate.                           Happy National Poetry Day!

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