Whimsical Inspirations by Jamie Fingal

August 3, 2015

There are times you just need to stop. To relax. To breathe. 


The times I get to actually REST are few and far between for me. Besides the things you see here on this blog I have children at home and other very heavy responsibilities that weigh on my mind all the time.


Sometimes I need something to take my mind off of things and when my good friend Jamie Fingal published this sweet coloring book for grown ups I ordered one immediately. Of course it took me weeks to find a moment to sit down and just empty my mind and blissfully play with color. The designs are so detailed that it takes just enough concentration to let me forget everything else.


When I had surgery and was out of commission for weeks a couple of years ago, a dear, sweet friend brought over a brand new set of colored pencils and a Dover coloring book. It was perfect. No pressure. Just mindlessly playing with color. Jamie’s coloring book is even better. Detailed patterns that delight me every time I open the book. Too much for a small child but plenty perfect for the child in me.


Interested in seeing more? This week more of Jamie’s friends will be sharing what they have done with some of the other coloring pages. I’m looking forward to seeing them myself.

IMG_1227Tuesday, August 4 – Leslie / Watercolors or Markers – Coffee Cups
Wednesday, August 5 – Desiree / Ink Tense Pencils – Trailers
Thursday, August 6 – Deborah / watercolors – Houses
Friday, August 7 – Susan / watercolors – Flowers on Page 3
Saturday, August 8 – Sue / colored pencils – Dresses  

Leave a comment on any of the blog posts. Jamie will be giving away coloring books to two random commenters. (U.S. entries only please – make sure you leave a way of her to get in touch with you!) Why don’t you tell me what it is YOU do when you need to meditate – to chill. Do you color?

Even better – pop over to Jamie’s blog and order your own coloring book and spend some quiet hours meditating with color. Come on…. you know you want to! The order button is right there in to right hand column on her blog. Totally worth it!

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  • Reply
    Joy Hancock
    August 9, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Love it!

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    August 9, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Love Coloring Books!

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    August 8, 2015 at 11:46 am

    looks like so much fun, love the colors you chose.

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    August 7, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I find yoga is a great activity for meditation because it forces me to be in the present moment. This book look fantastic!

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    Marsha Moody
    August 7, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Who would have thought my childhood activity would return in such a beautiful way. Thanks for the chance

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    Linda Greiss
    August 7, 2015 at 1:41 am

    I love the drawings and your use of color!

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    Geneen Granger
    August 6, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I love to read a really good book or do some zentangling, but coloring was my favorite childhood activity so look forward to that.

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    August 6, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Circles are the best!

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    Pam S
    August 5, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    I usually sit on my porch and watch the birds and squirrels when I need time to meditate. And coloring sounds like a great idea too! I’ve never tried it, and I would love to, especially with Jamie’s book! I love her designs. Thanks for sharing what you colored. It’s beautiful!

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    Quilting Tangent
    August 5, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Coloring is great when I need to relax or under the weather.

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    carolyn montgomery
    August 5, 2015 at 9:10 am

    what an inspired idea, one reason i make cards is so i can color, stamp, and play.

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    August 5, 2015 at 7:53 am

    I love to color, but when I need a break from everything I tend to quilt. Love her coloring pages, they look like a Milliforni quilt. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    Marcia DesRosiers
    August 5, 2015 at 6:24 am

    I love to doodle then color in my designs – this is great to have the drawing already done

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    August 5, 2015 at 12:48 am

    I love to color!

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    Denise Spillane
    August 3, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Beautiful way to practice color combinations too. Also vey meditative.

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    August 3, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Love the colors you used on the coloring page. To chill, I like to either listen to soothing music, sew, or go on a bike ride.

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    Christina Brummett
    August 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    What a Delightful look into Jamie’s New Coloring Book! I loved what you had to say, Lyric. Amazing how much JOY we get from simply taking time to color, something we ALL did as children. Looking forward to seeing the next of Jamie’s friends coloring time!

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    Cindy Cooksey
    August 3, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    I love the blues in the designs. What fun!

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    Kathleen C
    August 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I think coloring sounds like the perfect thing to do when I need to chill out. Jamie’s book would offer lots of fun with pencils or markers. What do I do when I need to de-stress? Read a good mystery. Or embroider a simple Christmas ornament and put away for my library’s holiday sale.
    Thanks very much.

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    Rachel Parris
    August 3, 2015 at 11:14 am

    What fun! I want one. And Lyric, take time to breathe.

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    Patricia L Walters
    August 3, 2015 at 10:32 am

    The drawings are wonderful! Looks relaxing the way Lyric approaches the book.

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    August 3, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Looks like lots of fun!!!!

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