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24+ Creative Ideas for an Afternoon to Yourself

24+ Creative Ideas for an Afternoon to Yourself

Today I'm upping the ante with ideas for an entire, glorious afternoon to yourself. It may not happen often, so let's make the most of it, shall we? These ideas actually mix and match nicely both with each other, and with the half-hour ideas. And lots of them have a pseudo-productive vibe, so you can feel all proud of yourself for accomplishing something.

38 "I Love You" book prompts

38 "I Love You" book prompts

I love romantic, sappy gifts, which probably doesn't surprise you, given what I do. So this year, I created a romantic, sappy "I love you" book for my wedding anniversary. And in the spirit of spreading romantic, sappy goodness all over the place, I'm sharing a DIY so you can make one, yourself.
DIY flavored sugar cubes (these aren't the sugar cubes you're looking for)

DIY flavored sugar cubes (these aren't the sugar cubes you're looking for)

All this started because I wanted to have a dessert party to celebrate, well, okay just to have a party. I thought I'd be super-clever and have a champagne bar with choose-your-own adventure cocktails. Pour some champagne in your glass, pick a flavored sugar cube, and drink!

Clever on ideation, less clever on implementation.

DIY clay terrarium fairy houses

DIY clay terrarium fairy houses

Ever since my modest success with DIY garden markers, I've been looking for other ways to make fun things with polymer clay. Since I love terraria and all things tiny, I decided to make fairy houses for my terrarium of tiny plants.
DIY starry night tutorial, or "what do you mean, 'it worked'?"

DIY starry night tutorial, or "what do you mean, 'it worked'?"

Have you run across the watercolor tutorials from Inkstruck Studio's Zakkiya Hamza, maybe on Pinterest or Instagram? She creates delightfully approachable projects that appeal to even the 2-dimensionally challenged like me. But what if they're a whole lot harder than they look (you know, like ballet, baking, and pretty much anything involving a glue gun)?
21 ways to celebrate fall

21 ways to celebrate fall

Unlike the Los Angeles natives I see, I'm not one for wearing cashmere and knee-high boots regardless of weather. (Seriously, I saw a guy in a down puffer jacket the other day. It was 80 degrees outside.) So here are 21 ways to do, eat, and drink your way into the autumn spirit, no cashmere required.
24 ideas for 30 minutes of self-care

24 ideas for 30 minutes of self-care

What's that? You've suddenly found yourself with a half hour of downtime, and you want to suck all the marrow out of the time? While you could technically extend any of the five-minute ideas that we talked about last time, why not have some special, dedicated half-hour ideas?
DIY clay herb markers, or "the case of the broken diy bone"

DIY clay herb markers, or "the case of the broken diy bone"

I gave this project a try one lovely weekend, when I felt creative but didn't feel up to sculpting something new. Sometimes you have to shake things up, right?

The original idea for these clay garden markers came from Wit and Whistle, who has a lovely guide to DIY Garden Markers. Hers are prettier than mine, for the record.

30+ dates with your best friend

30+ dates with your best friend

What's that you say? You've magically got an afternoon off, and you don't feel like spending it alone? Well, I can't blame you. When the planets align to give you some time to yourself, sometimes "to yourself" is best spent with a friend.

So how about some ideas to make the most of the time?

Taking 5 minutes for yourself

Taking 5 minutes for yourself

When I have five minutes, or a half hour, or (delightfully) an afternoon, it's easy to fritter the time away. I go online to check the weather and ten years later... Or I'm just going to respond to that one email... So completely unstructured time doesn't work for me if I want to just. breathe.
Reflect to recharge with an afternoon to yourself

Reflect to recharge with an afternoon to yourself

Especially retentive readers may have noted how much I appreciate anything by Amy Maricle from Foxboro Art Therapy. Amy is a licensed mental health counselor and art therapist, and her passion for bringing "the magic of art to everyone" is infectious. Her blog is a delight to read, or follow her on Instagram for bite-sized inspiration.

And today, Amy is making a special guest appearance in Small Talk.