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Giveaway of ‘Hand in Hand: Crafting with Kids’

May 04, 2012, 08:35 am  Posted by Lark
 

cover of Hand in Hand by Jenny DohWe are so very happy to share with you our new book,

Hand in Hand: Crafting with Kids by Jenny Doh,

a celebration of the joyful art of crafting with kids.

 

Twenty top parenting bloggers share imaginative craft projects to make with kids of all ages: from a cardboard cityscape and papier-mâché masks to felted falling stars and DIY stilts, it’s all about sharing simple moments and making lasting memories.

 

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photo from Hand in Hand by Jenny Doh

Chances are you’re a creative person. Maybe you are an inventor in the kitchen, maybe you recently made scarves for everyone in your extended family, maybe you designed and planted raised beds in your garden. Whatever your pursuit may be, you probably derive great happiness from making something.

photo from Hand in Hand by Jenny Doh

We’re all creative in such different ways, but I’m willing to bet that we each grew up with the idea of creativity modeled for us somehow, whether it was a family member, a teacher, or a mentor who helped us understand what creativity might mean. Some of us spent our childhood immersed in the idea of being creative, while others of us may not have identified as a maker-of-things until later in life.

However your creative history may have unfolded, it’s likely that you have a creative history.

Hand in Hand: Crafting with Kids aims to spark and feed that joyful creativity for the kids in your life, encouraging you to journey with them as they carve a creative history for themselves.

photo from Hand in Hand by Jenny Doh

GIVEAWAY INFO:

To celebrate the release of this wonderful book, we’re hosting a giveaway! One lucky reader will receive a copy of Hand in Hand by Jenny Doh. To enter for a chance to win, please leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, May 11. Any comment is fine, though I’d love to hear about the person or people who helped you understand the meaning of creativity—whose words and actions have inspired you to create?

One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and notified by Monday, May 14. Click here for the official rules.

 

Learn a bit more about the designers and bloggers featured in Hand in Hand:

Jackie Boucher :: weelife

Samantha Cotterill :: Mummy Sam

Jenny Doh :: Crescendoh

Maya Donenfeld :: maya*made

Ali Edwards :: AE Blog

Rachel Faucett :: Handmade Charlotte

Pam Garrison :: Pam Garrison

Abby Glassenberg :: While She Naps

Cindy Hopper :: Skip to my Lou

Beki Lambert :: Artsy-Crafty Babe

Merrilee Liddiard :: mer mag

Jhoanna Monte :: One Red Robin

Jessica Okui :: Zakka Life

Ella Pedersen :: Little Red Caboose

Carly Schwerdt :: Nest Studio

Amanda Blake Soule :: soule mama

Nicole Spring :: Frontier Dreams

Jean Van’t Hul :: The Artful Parent

Dana Willard :: MADE

Kristin Zecchinelli :: Maine Momma

 

Want a glimpse into Hand in Hand?

Check out this PDF of the Tissue Paper Lantern project created by Kristin Zecchinelli.

 

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If I were entering this giveaway, it would be difficult to point to just one person who has helped me understand creativity, since I’ve been so very fortunate to grow up with creative parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, and role models. But I will point to one person: I’d like to shine a spotlight on my dad.

 

Every day before school, my dad would draw a picture and my name on my lunch bag: I still remember the one where a man was fishing in a small boat and his fishing line had caught the B in Beth, while the e, t, and h were still swimming underwater. My dad is also an incredible baker, and when I was growing up he’d include me in the delicious, silly, and fun process of making Bubble Bread together. Standing next to him, breathing in the scent of yeast and cinnamon and rolling dough into little spheres was such a treat. His enthusiasm for making something by hand combined with his love of sharing that with me is a very big part of why I, too, love to bake and make things by hand, many years later. Thanks, Dad.

 

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57 Responses

    Catherine says:

    This book looks inspirational.  I love crafting with my boys.  Even my seven year old son loved trying embroidery.
    I think I’m still learning the meaning of creativity, but I can say that online blogging personalities & authors help me understand it more.

    Suze says:

    My sewed and did needlework; I learned those things at her knee from an early age. She also encouraged any kind of crafting I was interested in. My boys taught themselves to use my sewing machine when I was out of town! And they both dabbled in embroidery. 

    i.ikeda says:

    This book looks wonderful. I’d love to add it to my library of crafting books. As for who inspired me to be creative… My grandma for sure! I also had a very creative dad, but my grandma was so prolific, and she enjoyed sharing it all with the grandkids. She painted beautifully, embroidered, crocheted, knitted, composed music, and made flowers like I’ve never seen – paper, fabric, beads, a mix of all of them. She had her own business for a long time, making flowers for weddings especially. I loved going to visit and watching her make the delicate little petals for minute flowers, then add them together for yards and yards of bouquets, garlands. As we got older she’d teach us some of the safer techniques (that didn’t involve super hot tools), as well as her needle art skills. Her daughter, my aunt, also grew into a prolific and talented artist, specializing in fibers, and I love to talk to my aunt and share projects and techniques now, although when we were kids she’d forbid us from even going into her studio, haha.

    Elizabeth Deans says:

    My mom created everyday of her life. She is the most creative person I know. I do not know how she was able to do so much with 4 children but she made it work.

    My upbringing was more ‘intellectual’ than creative.  My mother sewed and painted a little but she was and is very anal retentive so I never really got into anything she worked on, I didn’t have patience for anything that wasn’t perfect from the get-go.  It was only when I had children that I really wanted to start exploring crafts.  Now with a 5 year old and a 3 year old I am constantly searching for things that we we can learn to do and create together.

    Kristy says:

    I love to create with my kiddos from painting to sewing, and would love to add this book to our collection! Thanks for the chance!
    As for inspiring me to create….I’m blessed to come from a long line of hand-crafters working with wood, fabric, thread and doing a variety of creative things from doll-making to cooking. I have great memories of great grandparents, grandparents, aunts and parents and lovely treasures from each too!

    Kristy says:

    I love to create with my kiddos from painting to sewing, and would love to add this book to our collection! Thanks for the chance!
    As for inspiring me to create….I’m blessed to come from a long line of hand-crafters working with wood, fabric, thread and doing a variety of creative things from doll-making to cooking. I have great memories of great grandparents, grandparents, aunts and parents and lovely treasures from each too!

    My  grandmother is my crafting idol.  When I was little, Grandma made Barbie clothes for me.  I would love to watch her cut patterns and sew everything up.  Even now, I love to visit her sewing room.  She generally has a few heart pillows in the works.  She donates these to a local hospital to give to heart patients.  

    Emily says:

    All the women in my family are compulsive crafters, but I definitely learned the most from my mom.  From doll clothes to Christmas cookies to handmade cards, she included us in all of her crafting adventures.  Now I’m sharing that adventure with my own five kids, and our Cub Scout den, and our Heritage Girls troop.

    I can’t wait to see all the inspiring ideas in this book!

    I learned creativity from my grandmother (an artist), my mom (a great cook, crafter and quilter) and my daughter (who love any type of art and craft at the age of 6!).  Inspiring everyday…

    Lisa Loria says:

    My inspiration has evolved over the years.  As a teen, it was an escape.  As a young mother in an unhappy marriage, it was a means of self discovery and expression.  Post marriage, creating then became my livelihood, which it still is.  But now more than anything, it is my 11 year old daughter, Emily who inspires me.  She is in her own right, a truly talented budding artist and it is while creating with her side by side that inspires me most.  To see the world through her fresh eyes.

    Shawnl says:

    My grandma inspired me the most.  She taught me how to sew and bake and she always had a creative project going herself.  She made quilts, embroidry, and tatting.  I really loved the doll clothes she made me and i loved sewing my own doll clothes with her.

    Jeanelle says:

    I have really been inspired by Christy Tomlinson – I love her messy go for it approach to creating.

    Danita says:

    My kindergarten teacher who told me I had “scissor’s hands” and that I destroyed everything I touched :(  I’ve been proving her wrong ever since!

    beth grim says:

    My mom was super encouraging of my creative endeavors, and there were always craft supplies around the house. She set a good example, too. For instance, she carpeted our whole house with hand-crocheted rag rugs! Then made curtains (with hand-woven bands on them) and re-upholstered the furniture to match.

    Christine Nickel says:

    I grew up with a brother that could draw and married a professional artist. But I never found myself to be creative. However, I have since learned that I am creative in other ways (not drawing or painting) and I am learning to embrace my creativity and encourage it to grow.

    My mom showed me how to find creative potential in everyday things. I made so many “potatoes” out of panty hose, fiberfill, and white yarn. And my mom, bless her, displayed those potatoes all over the house. :)

    Very cool! Thanks for the opportunity!! My mom, my grandmothers, my aunts…so many in my family who are artistic, crafty, etc…I’ve learned some and sort of just absorbed some from them ;)

    Poppy Porter says:

    My Mum is an immaculate dressmaker and now bookbinder, she made all her own clothes in the 60s & 70s and lots of ours too.  If she had something fun to go to she would make something gorgeous to wear.  My Dad too was a lawyer with an artists heart, he should have gone to art school not law school he and my uncle (who did go to art school!!) taught me to draw from life and to really LOOK which is the heart of creativity.

    Poppy Keegan says:

    Wow, so many great contributors to this book.  I am lucky to have creative people on both sides of my family that all inspire me in different ways.  My grandfather was an artistic welder, he could fabricate anything.  He made things that were functional and beautiful at the same time.

    Heidi says:

    Ooooo! Can Grandmas use this with their grandchildren!?!?

    Mbethwallace59 says:

    My mother was always sewing. I remember other women in the neighborhood coming to ask her for help whenever they got “stuck”.  She was self taught but was a beautiful seamstress. She even made our coats. She was my encouragement.

    Donna Nelson says:

    Like several comments on here, my grandmother, mom and aunt were all exceptional sewers. I’ve always dabbled a bit in cross stitch, sewing, etc, but when my on sweet granddaughter came along I have been even more inspired. She is 4.5 and I just love watching her create. She truly inspires me to just go for it. Doesn’t matter if it’s perfect. She’s awesome!

    Tributarycrafts says:

    My craft teacher in high school always was open to trying new things and having us come up with the skills we’d like to learn.  Embroidery is my favorite thing to do and it was my teacher who introduced me to the wonderful Jenny Hart way back in 2004!

    Kdmkinter says:

    My grandmother was very creative. What a wonderful book to inspire creativity in children.

    I am so very lucky that all the people closest to me throughout childhood, were all creative in their own way. My Mum on the sewing machine and in the kitchen. My Dad everywhere! My step-mum is the craftiest person I know to date. My Grandpa in the garden and his shed. And my Nan was always terrific at ‘use what you have to hand’.I try and involve my kids in just about everything I do at home, from cleaning to crafting. From cooking to composting. This book sounds fantastic and I already follow some of these blogs and find these Mamas amazing! Thanks for the chance to win a copy. ღ

    http://www.facebook.com/HinterlandMama

    Megan Ezzell says:

    I’m so glad I was raised in a crafty family! I teach preschool now and I think my favorite part of the job is when everything is messy and all of our hands and clothes are coated in crafty-goodness and everyone is sharing their ideas on what their going to make and letting their imaginations stretch. 

    Needlesing says:

    Oh my, what a wonderful gift.  I didn’t recognize the creativity in my home until I was older.  Nobody painted or played music, etc., but I recognize the little ways it was represented all the time.

    Kelly says:

    What a wonderful book. My son has taught me to be creative. I’m sure I was creative as a kid but over the years I lost that creative spark. Crafting with my little lad has brought a new found love of crafting into my life – and now we can’t get enough of it!

    Monica says:

    Both of my parents are very creative in different ways.  My dad is a musician who lately has been writing his own songs, and Mom has written the lyrics to a few.  Growing up, he did a lot of writing and created his own comics.  My mom gardens (one thing that I’ve never picked up, unfortunately!), quilts, and when we were younger, she made clothes for our cabbage patch kids and barbie dolls.  They actually met at a woodcarving class my dad was teaching :-)

    lidija.miklavcic says:

    This is a great topic for the book. I love being messy with my kids, and they love it too. It is really a super spending time together and making great memories. I do love the idea that they know how to make some things, simple things, and I love handmade, it is great opportunity to really be with them and to teach and learn from them; it is so nice to just watch them and enjoy the moment of making. I think that kids appreciate more if they know how things are made and that they could do them themselves. Unfortunately in our kindergarten don’t have the same idea.
    So finding some new ideas what to do is always very welcome.

    Kathleen says:

    My Mom taught me to knit, crochet, sew, and bake.  I have fond memories of learning those skills from her and she definitely instilled in me a love of craft.  Thank you for the opportunity to win this book and enjoy the projects with my own boys.

    Penney says:

    As long as I can remember I loved making things.  My mom use to take me to craft camps when I was a preschooler and she would sit and make paperdolls with me.  I have 2 children and we love to do all sorts of crafty things together.  When they were really little we made our own toys.  Those were the most fun toys we had.

    Jim and Beth Spell says:

    The older I get the more I like to create with my hands and the more patience I have for doing projects with little ones, especially the grandkids, so this book would be a good resource for grandma’s Summer Camp :-)

    Fenna Bredenhof says:

    sweet! I have 4 kids–the oldest around kindergarten age and I plan on homeschooling them…would love to have a craft book!!! Thanks for the chance :) Oh, and my ‘craftiness’ is limited to sewing which is self-taught and I used to do some scrapbooking/cardmaking which my mom was really into as well!

    Becky Greene says:

    I was a school library media specialist for seven years and I always worked very hard to integrate some arts education and awareness into my media program.

    christy says:

    my mom was/is always doing creative things.  My grandpa also was an artist.  I feel like it is in my blood.  I had great examples and got to live a life full of creative experiences.  

    Nell says:

    My parents and grandparents are/were all very creative in different ways.  My gramp was an amazing cook and never cooked from recipies it was all done by taste and smell and feel.  My Nan taught me to crochet when I was quite young and I remember making dozens of rag rugs.  My mum is amazingly creative, she made so many toys for me and my sister when we were little, including a shop with shelves, food etc all made out of paper mache.  She also helped us to build our own clubhouse one summer holidays, it was the best project ever!

    Nell says:

    My parents and grandparents are/were all very creative in different ways.  My gramp was an amazing cook and never cooked from recipies it was all done by taste and smell and feel.  My Nan taught me to crochet when I was quite young and I remember making dozens of rag rugs.  My mum is amazingly creative, she made so many toys for me and my sister when we were little, including a shop with shelves, food etc all made out of paper mache.  She also helped us to build our own clubhouse one summer holidays, it was the best project ever!

    Hannah G says:

    My Dad is a woodworker and my mom a spinner/knitter/weaver. I grew up way out in the middle of nowhere, so when we wanted something, we were always encouraged to figure out a way to make it ourselves. Figuring out how to do things as I grew up really cultivated my own creativity and now I’m proud to share it with my two young daughters. What fun it is! Thanks for the chance at this fab book!

    FionaMac says:

    My mother used to make most of our clothes when we were young and I remember her adding braid or ribbon to plain pillow cases BUT it was my dad, who, when a little wooden mouse that I had been given got chewed up by the dog, sawed the end off mum’s broom and made me a new one…it was brilliant :-) It is important for me to pass on any skills or inspiration that I have to my children and hope that they in turn pass it on to theirs. It is a lovely way to spend time together.

    Deanna says:

    My mom taught me the love of crafting. She liked to sew, and although I didn’t enjoy sewing/quilting until I was in my 20s (and it’s my craft of choice now), I loved many different arts and crafts growing up. I even minored in studio arts/drawing in college to make sure I gave myself permission to create!

    Karianne42 says:

    My mom is very crafty and I watched her do all sorts of projects growing up. I’d love to be able to do fun projects with my nieces and nephews.

    Best
    Kari

    Gini Cooper says:

    What a neat book, thanks for opportunity to win it. My grandmother really nurtured my creativity, teaching me to sew by hand, crochet, and do other needlework. Later she taught me to sew with a machine and make my own clothes. She also taught me to cook – she was the best!!

    Jenny Doh is one of my biggest inspirations in terms of creativity. She has no fear, tries it all – she’s amazing.

    Kingslynn58 says:

    I have to say My Aunt Geraldine, she started me out by teaching me at a young age how to Crochet , she had limitless patience and was never cross with me at all. Always so kind, so my outlet at that time was crocheting and we’d also play board games, she loved play Yathzee and the board game Sorry.  Fond , Fun Memories from when I was young.  And the creativity had it’s start with me Then. :-)

    Kingslynn58 says:

    I have to say My Aunt Geraldine, she started me out by teaching me at a young age how to Crochet , she had limitless patience and was never cross with me at all. Always so kind, so my outlet at that time was crocheting and we’d also play board games, she loved play Yathzee and the board game Sorry.  Fond , Fun Memories from when I was young.  And the creativity had it’s start with me Then. :-)

    My parents and grandparetnts were all very creative, handy people.  On of my earliest memories of crafting is sitting with my ‘gran’ cutting up an old oilcloth tablecloth into various animal shapes, sewing two together with blanket stitch and stuffing them with cotton wool…. my first stuffed animals!
    Now I am a grandmother and love every opportunity to make things with and for my grandchildren.

    Lvbrunetti says:

    I didn’t grow up with parents who were good at sharing their few arts-making or crafting interests, but they didn’t discourage me from experimenting with cooking and baking on my own.  Now, I’m trying to expand into other areas and share the learning with my 7-year old daughter.  She bubbles over with creativity and it’s more a matter of keeping up with HER and making sure she has the materials to just go . . .

    ASouthernLadysRamblings says:

    My grandmother taught me to hand sew and the first thing that I remember making is a kite quilt block.

    No creativity in my house, but when mine became apparent my dad fostered it. Sewing and quilting are my passions. My dad passed away when I was a teenager and he was buried din a tie that I made for him <3

    Sweetvegan says:

    Creativity was undervalued in my family, even though my mother sewed. But I was drawn to fashion, art and design by fashion magazines, the New York Times Magazine and the gift catalogs that the Met and the MOMA put out every year.

    Sweetvegan says:

    Creativity was undervalued in my family, even though my mother sewed. But I was drawn to fashion, art and design by fashion magazines, the New York Times Magazine and the gift catalogs that the Met and the MOMA put out every year.

    Frances says:

    I remember the time my grandmother came to visit.  She held up a piece of material in front of me and then proceded to make me a nightgown with no pattern.  I was so impressed.  She inspired me to make all kinds of things ever since.   

    Usairdoll says:

    I have my Mom to thank for getting me started with crafts and encouraging me to try different things. My Mom taught me to knit, crochet, cook, cross stitch, beading and sewing along with other crafts. My Mom os so talented and I’m glad she taught me and encouraged me like she did and still does.

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    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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