When the temperature starts to drop, it might be time for a wardrobe switch. Summer clothes get pushed aside and our closets fill with sweaters, scarves, and cozier options. In the midst of this transition, consider setting aside a couple items that you no longer wear, and using them for craft projects! Sure, you can always donate clothes, but you can’t beat the satisfaction of turning something old into something new. Here are 3 ideas for repurposing old clothes:
1). Monster Gloves or Finger Puppets: snip off the fingers, then glue or attach yarn, beads, buttons, or any other decorations you’d like! You can also use the snipped fingers to create finger puppets.
2). Patchwork Fabric Bowl: Create a beautiful decorative bowl using pieces of fabric. This is a simple project with gorgeous results, and works best with a range of patterns and colors.
3). Sharpie Tie-Dye: Avoid the mess of traditional tie-dye, and use sharpies and rubbing alcohol instead! Brighten up socks, t-shirts, or any other white piece of clothing.
Looking for ideas for bachelorette parties in Summit County? Here are a few alternatives to the standard bar-hopping routine:
1). Book The Frosted Flamingo for a customized crafting session. Get crafty with your ladies and choose 1 or 2 DIY projects from our pre-set menu, or contact us for special requests! We will also travel with our mobile art studio to your party!
2). Studio B Dance Center’s Bachelorette parties are a great way to spoil the bride-to-be in a fun, sassy and interactive way! The party is an hour long and consists of learning a sexy combination which can be done to the music of choice in either pole dance, burlesque, lap dance & striptease style, or any style the bride-to-be prefers!
3). Book a pontoon for a booze cruise on lake Dillon. It’s a gorgeous way to spend an afternoon.
4). Hike to one of the most beautiful spots in Summit County: The Spruce Creek trail to Mohawk Lakes.
5). Get physical at Mountain Axe in Breckenridge!
Take this tips and your bachelorette party weekend will be one for the books!
For me, this week has felt like a seismic shift. With the school year over, I have had much more time on my plate, and I have had ample opportunity to practice the art of doing nothing! I have been able to do the small chores around the house that I couldn’t prioritize until now. I have been able to exercise and be outside. I’ve enjoyed more time with my son and husband. I’ve had hours for myself. And best of all…I’ve had time to do nothing.
If you’re like me, you schedule everything on your calendar...grocery shopping, dates with friends, brushing teeth (just kidding)! But in all seriousness, sometimes it’s difficult to relax and to not have a plan. We are programmed to be busy and productive all the time, but doing nothing can have incredible benefits. It is when I am doing nothing that the most creative thoughts come into being. I am able to process decisions and think rationally, rather than compulsively. Doing nothing is excellent medicine, and instead of feeling guilty about doing nothing, we need to consider the art of doing nothing a necessary part of our routine, like eating or sleeping. Here’s an interesting article from Forbes Magazine on this topic. The article starts with this Confucius quotation: “Learning without reflection is a waste, reflection without learning is dangerous.”
So…my challenge to you is to take 5 minutes and sit away from people and things. No people, no kids, no phone, no work! I’ll allow doodling, but that’s it! 🙂 It might be hard and it might feel uncomfortable, but the benefits of this self-care will outweigh the discomforts. Once you make the time for this, every day, let me know how it goes! I bet that you’ll be more productive, more creative, and happier as a result.
If you’re ready for summer, clap once! If you’re ready for sandals, clap twice! If you are ready to spend time with friends and family, clap three times! Great…I’ve got your attention now! (See, I did learn some tricks in the classroom, after all)! June is a wonderful time to be in the mountains, and there are so many activities and events to choose from in the summer, it’s often hard to choose what to do! In addition to the Farmers’ Markets, outdoor concerts, family-friendly festivals, and art fairs, there is a never-ending list of outdoor options! If you’re feeling lost, check out our website calendar for Community Events like Bacon and Bourbon at Keystone! And if you’re already feeling overwhelmed, check out our Packaged Kits, and plan a contemplative creative picnic in a beautiful outdoor setting.
Remember, whether you’re rolling with friends or solo, art is always an option in the summertime, in the mountains. Hope to see you soon!
Who’s ready for Spring Break? Here in Summit County, we’re about to enjoy April vacation, and many families are headed out of town for warmer weather and a change from their regular routines. If you and your family are staying home over break, this post is dedicated to you, and regardless, you can save this post for future inspiration.
- First, check out the newly renovated Mountain Top Explorium. This is a super fun option for kids as young as one! The museum has options for everyone, including: a crafting station, a costume trunk, a mini slide/wood-chip area, and fake snow!
- Second, visit Wild and Free in Dillon. The Frosted Flamingo hosts Baby Bird Art at this incredible business, and similar to Mountain Top, you’ll find options for toddlers and older kids alike. My family favorites include: a cardboard box building station, a teepee, a play kitchen, a train track, and a canoe!
- Third, splash in the pool at the Breckenridge Rec Center or The Silverthorne Rec Center. Both pools features giant slides to maximize fun.
- Last but not least, visit the newly established Bluebird Market for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner! You’ll find options for everyone at this swanky food court!
And of course… It’s always a good time to order a craft kit from The Frosted Flamingo! Happy vacation!
As April is fast approaching, this short blog post is dedicated to “Spring Cleaning.” What do you need to hold onto in your life and what can you discard? Can you repurpose something old into something new? Is there a way to approach this process with less stress and more fun or creativity?
I am no Marie Kondo, but here are a few creative up-cycling ideas:
- Take old fabric (with interesting patterns) and use it to make tambourines or a toddler fabric box.
- If your Tupperware collection is getting out of control, use plastic containers to make lanterns or nebula jars.
- Cut up old necklaces and repurpose the beads to make stretch cord bracelets or necklaces.
- If your gift wrapping box is overflowing, use old ribbon and a cereal box to weave a placemat.
- Extra plastic spoons taking up space in your silverware drawer? Use them to make maracas!
- Got some white clothes with stains? Try your hand at tie dying!
Happy crafting and hope to see you soon!