FINGER PAINTING & FABULOUSNESS
Let’s get crafty, shall we? There is something about this time of year that just screams Let’s DO something! The winter chill is shaking itself off of branches and blades of grass, and our sleeves and pant legs are inching ever shorter. We’re just a few days into spring, but that unmistakable—if not sweetness, then, perhaps optimism—is filling the air. If it’s still too chilly where you are to embark on a hike or bike ride, or if you feel more comfortable slowly easing into the bustle of something other than hot-cocoa-and-blankie-vibes-only activities, crafts and simple DIY projects truly are the right move. And if you have little ones around, all the better—but these activities work just as well for the young at heart! Here are a couple I’ve tried that kept me occupied and engaged a lot longer than I expected them to…
1) Finger Painting with Berries
This is a great activity for those times when, somehow, your berries have lasted long enough to get downright mushy. We know how rare that is, especially with our Well•Pict Berries raspberries and strawberries, but hey…it happens to even the best of them (ours). This project is simple to the point of being self-explanatory, but basically you’ll want to grab some paper (the thicker the better—think the paper that’s used in watercolor sketchbooks), some hand wipes or a wet washcloth, and small piles of your selected berries (on a plate or piece of cardboard or other surface that can get gooey and messy). Once your supplies are ready, you’re all set! Be sure to wipe your hands in between berry types, unless you’re going for a mix of colors or…heeeyyyy, an ombré of raspberry to strawberry to blueberry would be gorgeous. Be right back—I gotta go try that one out for myself!
2) Berry Beautiful Cosmetics
Have you ever tried this? It works better than you might think. Provided you do not have any issues with allergies or specific sensitivites, fresh (and frozen) berries can be used for lipstick, blush, even eye shadow. I’ve found that, contrary to what one might think, berry makeup can last quite a bit longer than traditional makeup. If you’d prefer your lips not be stained a pretty raspberry blush for a full 1–2 days (but, like, why?), this may not be the DIY for you. But, if you have a kiddo not quite old enough for “real” cosmetics who’s been begging to wear makeup, a couple days of pale blue(berry) eyeshadow might be just the thing. How very glam.
Image: Beautiful Well•Pict raspberries waiting to spur your creativity