Saturday, September 06, 2014

5 creative things to do in 10 minutes or less

New Beginnings - Mixed-media painting - 2014

Welcome back to the blog! I'm so excited to be back and blogging again. You may have followed my blogs in my previous roll as Editorial Director at which is why the blog spigot was turned down to a trickle over the last few years. We'll turn that puppy on and let's get to know each other better!

I thought I'd start things off with a list of 5 creative things you can do in less than 10 minutes this weekend.
1. Serve dessert before dinner. Seriously. Your kids will think you've flipped your lid and it's not the healthiest of activities but they will remember it! Here is a recipe for S'mores Bites form Jaclyn of Cooking Classy. I think I'd try it with Rolos or even mini peanut butter cups.

2. Start with jewelry. When you pick out your clothes to wear this weekend, pick a really cool necklace, bracelet, or earrings that you love but don't wear nearly enough and match your outfit to your jewelry choice. It may feel backwards but give it a try! Feel like you have more than 10 minutes? Try making this cool wire necklace by Jen Cushman (for

3. Bring back the napkin. I don't know why people don't use napkins that much anymore. I feel like my kids only grab them for the table if they are asked. Spend a couple minutes rethinking your napkin use this weekend. Need some inspiration? This post on BuzzFeed Life by Peggy Wang has 28 doses of inspiration.

4. Reorganize your furniture. Pick one room with a fairly simple layout and grab a strong buddy, and change up the furniture layout. You don't have to love it forever, you can change it back. But experience your room and your belongings from a different perspective. Don't forget that you can check out Pinterest for some ideas to try.

5. Practice your ABCs. Find a favorite pen and doodle a new alphabet. Use dots or swirls, tall or short ascenders (the tall part of the letters d, h, and l). Let the exercise relax you and try writing your favorite quote. If you've ever wanted to write like an architect, here's a short video by HowtoArchitect on how it's done.

Are you going to try any of these things? Let me know! What other creative things can you think of to do this weekend. Time's a ticking!


Jane LaFazio said...

oh geez, and I still have learned to crochet so that I can crochet those 60 different snowflakes!
Love the napkin fold ideas.

Lisa Chin said...

Great ideas Jenn! Could you imagine a Thanksgiving dinner where you serve dessert a few hours before dinner? Wouldn't that be memorable and perhaps a new tradition too!

Unknown said...

Such great ideas, and we'll be more apt to try them since they take so little time. I'll make a point to rediscover napkins and direct my daughters to the wire necklaces! Thanks for posting!

Jenn Mason said...

Lisa CHin, I'm coming to your house for Turkey day. Jane LaFazio, my Christmas tree is covered with crochet snowflakes every's beautiful. and Jennifer, share pictures!