Thursday, August 2, 2018

Celebrating National Coloring Book Day


Purple is the soul-lifter
Red, the flame of passion
Yellow, the light of warmth
Green, the vibrant stem of life
Pink, a whisper of beauty
Orange beckons, take a chance
Blue is the sea tide in us all
~Terri Guillemets

According to Wikipedia,the McLoughlin Brothers are credited as the inventors of the coloring book, when, in the 1880s, they produced The Little Folks' Painting Book, in collaboration with Kate Greenaway. They continued to publish coloring books until the 1920s, when the McLoughlin Brothers became part of the Milton Bradley Company.

Milton Bradley is a name that we all know and love.  I know games are their game but I didn't know coloring books were too.

Let's celebrate!


I have had this sweet coloring book for a little while and had yet to indulge in coloring in it ~ until today!

I love everything about A Simple Life.  I knew this coloring book is for me!




August = Lazy Days! What better way to relax than with cool refreshments in the shade or on a back porch!

I am using Azteca brush tip paint markers to color with.  So many colors to chose from.  Decisions, decisions!


Do you enjoy coloring?  What is the last picture that you colored? 

13 comments:

  1. Hi Gina!

    I love to color! It was always my favorite thing to do as a child, and the coloring books were better...at least I think so. I do have a couple of coloring books that I have enjoyed, especially when I haven't felt good, or when things were just slow and laid back. On time I told a friend that I loved my "adult" coloring book, and she really gave me a funny look. I had to explain to her that it was just a coloring book for grownups, not something else... ;0)

    Hugs and Love,
    Barb

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    1. Barb, so cute about the "adult" coloring book. Good thing you straightened that out! :-)

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  2. I was really into coloring books about a year ago but now I am into cross stitching and use any free time I have to put in a few stitches.

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    1. Arlene, your cross stitching is absolutely endearing. I love everything that you make.

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  3. Looks like a great book. Just looked at it on Amazon. I love to color, but never take the time. I think I should!

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    1. Sandy, I do a little bit here and there. I think I get OCD about the colors.

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  4. What a perfect coloring book, Gina! I haven't colored in awhile, but I used to love it.

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    1. Kitty, I go through phases where I color and where I don't. xx

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  5. Interesting history of the coloring book, I bought a coloring book but haven't had much time to work in it, I am usually busy with the coloring I do for my cards :) I have seen those markers, you will have to let us know what you think about them.

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    1. I most likely color my cards too, Connie. I'm not crazy about the Azteca markers. The brush tips tend to spread out. I bought them on sale and I don't use them as often as I should. I prefer a fine tip marker.

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    2. Thanks for letting me know, I really have to stop buying markers.

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  6. I wish you could see me smiling, Gina, I love to color especially at Christmas! When my children were young, I could hardly wait until the Christmas coloring books were available, we would sit for hours coloring.I haven't colored in a while, but am now inspired to do so again.
    Thanks for sharing this information, but most of all thank you for praying for me and for your sweet comment. I am at home, all is well.
    Enjoy your special time.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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    1. Sue, I am so glad that all is well. When I was a child, I would receive a Christmas coloring book as a gift on Thanksgiving morning. It kept us all busy while my mother was cooking. Plus it built up anticipation for Christmas!

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