When the lovely and uber-creative Jenny Doh asked me back in 2010 if I’d like to be part of a new book she was working on about crafts for kids, I was surprised, delighted and humbled. And even more so when I glimpsed at the names of the other mums/bloggers/crafters who were also contributing to the book – many of whom I looked up to for many years and was greatly inspired by.
So it was quite a warm-fuzzy-happy feeling to actually receive the finished book in the mail a few days ago and hold it in my hands. And this one is definitely more endearing to me since it also features my two daughters!
Hand-in-Hand: Crafting with Kids presents craft projects from 20 mums who blog and craft – many of whom you may know or follow already:
Amanda Soule, Maya Donenfeld, Ali Edwards, Pam Garrison,
Nicole Spring, Abby Glassenberg, Dana Willard, Samantha Cotterill,
Cindy Hopper, Jessica Okui, Carly Schwerdt, Jackie Boucher,
Merrilee Liddiard, Jean Van’t Hul,
Kristin Zecchinelli, Ella Pedersen, Beki Lambert, and Rachel Faucett and Jenny Doh.
The projects range from decorations, books, to toys, cushions (and even stilts!) – all projects that kids can make with adult assistance. So you’ll find that the instructions are easy to follow and understand, and that the materials are easy to source. What I love about this book is that it also presents how each contributor encourages creativity in their own children and what they do to foster a creative life.
I flicked through the projects with my daughters and they are keen to give a few of them a go. They were also thrilled to bits to find themselves in an actual book!
The project I contributed is a simple Owl cushion that can be either machine-sewn or hand-sewn and can be embellished to your child’s content:
You can pre-order Hand-in-Hand: Crafting with Kids on Amazon now and it will be officially released to bookstores on April 6th. You can also watch a cute video Jenny made about the book on Youtube here: Hand in Hand: Crafting with Kids by Jenny Doh
To celebrate the release, I have two copies to giveaway thanks to Lark Crafts!
If you’d like to enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post on: your favourite craft activity as a child. Please submit your comments by midnight April 2nd and on April 3rd I will randomly draw 2 comments and announce the winners. Please leave only one comment per person :-) This giveaway is open to all no matter where you live on this great big planet!
Thank you to Jenny for the opportunity to be part of this awesome book!