New clock images

How was your weekend? Mine was a blur, but good - I was busy creating and refining some new images for clocks. I'll be uploading them to Etsy this week, but if you see one that you like and must have before that, just send me a message (lisa at milkshaksecrafts dot com)! I'm so glad that I finally got these down on paper. A lot of them have been in my head for a while. Remember that survey that some of you took waaaaay back in February? I got lots of great ideas from that, and some of these new ideas came from the survey. Thank you!


Fall art classes starting SOON!

Are you in the Elkins Park/Abington/Philadelphia/Cheltenham area? If so, I'm teaching art classes for kids, ages 2 and up! There will be two sessions, one for 2-5 year-olds (with parent) and one for ages 5 and up. Click on the flier below for more information!


FREE shopping list printable!

Are you like me? Just about every time I go to the market I forget 75% of what I need unless I have a list. No list and I wind up right back at the market the next day. Also, I make the same list over and over and over… making me feel like I'm wasting paper and brain power trying to remember what we usually purchase. So last year around this time I created a shopping list for myself and printed out a handful of them. They were so, so helpful to me and I hope they are for you, too! Feel free to download the list and use it as many times as you like.

PS: I'd love feedback on the items on the list. I did this kind of quickly and may not have included your favorites. Let me know if there are things that you absolutely must have on the list and I can easily update it!


Introducing: coloring books!

The first coloring book in the series is ready! This one features 10 different patterns, measures 8.5 x 11" (or 11 x 17" when flat), is printed on white paper and saddle-stitched. You can have your very own milkshake crafts coloring book for just $4! And if you buy one today, you will also get a free *surprise* gift! Click here to go to my Etsy shop and get your very own not-your-ordinary coloring book!


Coloring books!

I'm not sure if I've mentioned it on here or not, but I've been thinking about making some milkshake crafts coloring books. I know I've posted about it on my Facebook fan page back in May. Yes, I said May. I don't do much work during the summer :)

I've got quite a few pages already finished, so I thought I'd give you a sneek peek. What do you think?

Right now I've used my patterns as the base for the pages. I've also been thinking about birds, butterflies, etc.

What would you like to see in a coloring book? Would you use it or give it to your kids?


FREE back to school printable!

Malayna goes back to school tomorrow, and we're planning on doing something fun and crafty today to celebrate, in addition to having her favorite dinner (spaghetti and homemade meatballs). Last year we made crowns. This year we're going to make back-to-school time capsules. I got the idea here. Looks like (easy) fun!

 {Click on the image to enlarge it. Print, cut and enjoy!}

Lunchtime in the cafeteria was really tough for Malayna last year, so I was thinking of ways to make it easier on her this year. One way is to leave little notes for her in her lunchbox. This year she can read, but last year when she couldn't I drew her little pictures. To make things really simple, I created a free printable of lunch box notes - you can download, print on letter-sized paper, cut and write a message or draw a picture for your little one. (Click on the image above to make it larger, then print. Send me an email - milkshakecrafts at yahoo dot com - if you have any problems.) Enjoy!

What do you do to celebrate the first day of school?


Fall art classes!

If you live near Elkins Park, PA and would like to sign your child up for art classes, check out my new Facebook page for Creative Kids! Creative Kids is my new art class-teaching business. I'll be offering two classes in the fall - one mommy & me class for ages 2-5 and an after school class for ages 5 and up. Days/times are listed on the Creative Kids page. Click on over to Facebook and be my fan!