Make Stuff Together: Interview + Book Giveaway

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Kathie Sever from Ramonster has been on our editorial board, and she’s done a ton of other wonderful things for Sew,Mama,Sew! too (like this awesome Colette Macaron Dress pattern review and our Skirt Sew-Along). Kathie and Bernadette Noll have been friends for years and they’ve been working on a book for years too. Make Stuff Together: 24 Simple Projects to Create as a Family evolved from their work as artists, writers and from their crafting with children through Future Craft Collective.

We’re big fans here at Sew,Mama,Sew!; Kathie and Bernadette know art and craft, and they get kids and families. Make Stuff Together is a thoughtful, helpful, creative look at crafting with kids, full of projects the whole family can get excited about. It’s the perfect support for all of those extra, school-free summer hours at home! Kathie and Bernadette give great advice about finding and repurposing supplies, and about how everyone can get the most out of crafting time together. Chapters have themes like Library Time, Into the Woods and, our personal favorite, Commemorate and Celebrate (with the fantastic Family
Talisman and Family Records Book projects).

We asked Kathie to tell us a little more about the book, so enjoy our interview below. Learn more about Make Stuff Together on the book Facebook page, and see the full online book tour schedule plus the actual-real-life-in-person-wow! book tour schedule at Future Craft Collective.

We have a copy of Make Stuff Together to give away today. Comment on today’s post for your chance to win, and we’ll announce the winner on Friday. Tell us what you like to craft with kids. Or tell us what you think about the Slow Family Movement, or share a favorite family crafting memory… Go ‘Make Stuff Together’ this summer!

Sew,Mama,Sew!: Congrats on the new book! You and Bernadette worked on this project for years, right?! Can you tell us about how the book grew from all of the many (amazing, creative) things you two do? You’re artists, writers, you have the Future Craft Collective
Kathie: Thanks! We’re excited to be sharing the book finally! The genesis of the book was that Bernadette and I have been friends for years, each pursuing our various creative paths. Bernadette’s background included a lot of freelance writing, as well as raising four children and being an intrinsically crafty-by-nature type person. I’ve been sewing professionally for years and we were both exploring ways to pass the love of craft on to our children without going crazy in the process. We formed Future Craft Collective at a time when we felt there was a need for a paradigm of teaching kids crafting and making, but with an emphasis on reusing and getting mindful and creative about where and how to source and use materials.

The book came about after the documentary Handmade Nation came out. Thanks to all the work that Faythe Levine did to get the word out about the craft movement and also thanks to her featuring me in her film, I was contacted by a literary agent who felt like the message we were trying to get out with Future Craft Collective would make for a good book idea. She suggested we write a proposal, which we did, and she found us a home with Wiley Publishing not long after.

Tool Roll + Nature Pouch

SMS: What’s all this about a slow family movement? What does that look like?
Kathie: To me, and I think I can speak for Bernadette here too (or you can read all about Bern’s take on slow family at her blog or Slow Family Living website), slow family is sort of the movement towards finding your families unique center– independent from any societal push to perform or achieve or attend or behave. Slow family speaks to slowing things down enough so that you can find the rhythm that works for you and your family, be it full of work, soccer games and parties or full of lingering afternoons, movies and family dinners. Whatever ACTUALLY works so that everyone (yup, even mom…) is getting what they need. It’s funny that we live in this world where we so often stuff our first instincts if they don’t match up with the dogma of a current parenting trend. Books and leadership when it comes to parenting and family life are great, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t go anywhere without my Dr. Sears Baby Book when my daughter was little– but in my opinion they need to be held gently and with a sense of humor and autonomy. So slowing down basically means getting still enough to tune into your instincts and your families deepest needs.

Blessing and Sharing Pouch

SMS: Your Lessons Learned are brilliant. Is that just a taste of what we’ll find in your book?
Kathie: Yup! Our lessons learned have always been one of our favorite parts about future craft collective. We like to kind of blow the lid off the idea that crafting with your kids is always this sweet, precious time together as is often suggested in the blogosphere… Where’s the mess? The kid that just picked up their project and hurled it at their sibling? The piles of unfinished projects that end up getting whisked into the recycle bin when the kids are asleep? So we started writing ‘Lessons Learned’ when we realized that most parents kind of dreaded doing craft projects with their kids. A few simple permissions– like ways to lay out projects to actually LIMIT choices (some kids get absolutely freaked when they are presented with too many options) or picking up a project that may have been tossed aside due to frustration and working it up to a place where a kid might be re-inspired to pick it up and finish it off… We’ve gotten our funniest and most appreciative emails when we bring the dark side of family crafting to light.

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SMS: There are a lot of fun projects in the book that make use of creative materials. Can you tell us a little more about some of these like the burlap cloth-lined baskets and the upcycling hat?
Kathie: I am consistently blown away by the amount of amazing materials that are out there, awaiting transformation, that cost little to nothing. One trip to the thrift store can stockpile not only my fabric collection, but can also provide inspiration for some completely new idea or project. Bernadette and I are both avid thrifters and have been haunting and hunting at thrift shops for years. I love it when I get a call from Bern when she’s out hunting; she’ll call to clue me in on some score she’s found and we’ll start brainstorming on how we could use the second-hand bounty for future projects. Wetsuits, basketball jerseys, coffee sacks… There’s just so much! And Bern is a MASTER of finding folks who may have yet to even get their unused seconds to the thrift stores… She’ll go into a bike shop and ask them what they do with their used race banners or inner tubes. This invariably sparks a conversation and a new community connection is born. Sing it with me now: “These are the people in your neighborhood… In your neighborhood… iIn your neigh-bor-hooooood!” (Bern’s favorite song.)

Family Talisman

SMS: The “Commemorate and Celebrate” chapter has some really original projects like the Family Talisman and the Family Records Book. I can’t remember how I found this but the video you created for your husband just floored me… What a beautiful way to celebrate and support family! What do your kids think of your book?
Kathie: Thanks! That video was fun to make. If I may be so bold (and because I think the Sew,Mama,Sew! crowd would epically appreciate it) I’ll point you all to the most recent video we did for my husband. It’s my new favorite crafty endeavor… It’s on his website. Anyway… My daughter loves the book. She feels kind of like a rock star when she opens it up and sees her picture, and it’s full of her friends and people she loves. Bern’s kids and mine are all pretty crafty so it’s fun for them to be able to share the book as kind of a representation of who they are and what their world encompasses. My son, who is seven, could kind of care less. He’d way rather read comic books!

SMS: Thanks, Kathie. Make Stuff Together is a must-have for families this summer and beyond!
Kathie: Thanks to you, Beth!

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139 Responses to Make Stuff Together: Interview + Book Giveaway

  1. Jackie says:

    WOW! Love some of the project ideas shared in this book. I can see lots of crafty fun in our future with the help of this one!

  2. Jenny says:

    i loved playing with playdo with my mom and we just made playdo at my house the other day…must run int he family cause my daughter was in heaven!

  3. Edra says:

    My two daughters love to sew with me and I have been looking for more things to do with them. This book sound so much fun!!!

  4. Stacy says:

    I would love some new ideas for crafting as a family. This book looks wonderful!

  5. Crystal says:

    I’d love this book so I can have some (more) ideas about how to spend some time one on one with my eldest daughter this summer.

  6. Nancy Sue says:

    I love crafting with my son ( 3 yrs old), and now thanks to glutenfree macaroni, we too can make the infamous macaroni art and jewelry that are “masterpieces” and so “couture” at this age!! Love this post!

  7. June says:

    I like to do papercrafting with my kids – collages, origami, paper tissue art… Also recently taught my older daughter to embroider and am about to work up to sewing with her!

  8. bruinbr says:

    I have dreams of someday crafting with my little girl. She likes being a fabric picker for now :) Looks like a wonderful book!

  9. Katherine Rainbow says:

    My grils are very into crafting and would love some more ideas..Katherine

  10. Jackie says:

    How cute! I would to do more things like this with my kids.

  11. Lee says:

    love the look of this book! thanks for the giveaway.

  12. Kristin G says:

    My daughter and I love to knit and sew together. These times spent making things together are precious memories I will forever cherish.

  13. Carmen says:

    I love the idea of the Slow Family Movement. I hope to incorporate those ideas with my daughter (she’s still an infant) so our lives don’t become overrun with busy-ness. I love crafting with kids. My all-time favorite is to decorate cookies. Kids can get very creative, and then you get to eat their art! LOL

  14. Ummia says:

    I’m so excited about this book! I love to craft with my cousins and other children, it makes me so happy, seeing them exploring and doing their best and having so much fun and at the end so proud about what their little hands made.. I can’t wait to craft with my 1,5 year old son! I also dont like to waste and love to recycle. Hope to win this book, to get more inspiration! Good luck to all! Ummia

  15. Laura says:

    Always looking for things to do with the kids. This book looks awesome!

  16. Heather C. says:

    I have so many fond memories. Teaching my oldest to sew with 4-H. Catching her with scraps, needle and thread, making doll clothes. My favorite, my 3-year-old dd dancing around my machine, saying “can I wear it now, are you done yet”.

  17. I loved crafts when I was little and I remember my mom always trying to have “craft time” for me, especially in the summer when school was out.

    My 8yr old and I melted down crayons and made shaped ones a couple months ago!

  18. Rebecca says:

    Looks like lots of great projects to make with the kids!

  19. lisa says:

    oh, to be able to the one picked for this awesome book!! love all your giveaways and tutorials!!! currently making the flowers into a necklace from an old silk skirt!!

  20. Tina C. says:

    Would love to add these ideas to our crafting!

  21. Jody says:

    My son and I love to make little stuffed dinosaurs together. I could use more inspiration for future projects! Thanks!

  22. Patrice says:

    Looks like fun!!. Pick me!

  23. Kelli says:

    We like to do lots of paper crafts: origami, making books, drawing.

  24. Stephanie says:

    My son it two so we haven’t done much crafting yet. I want him to enjoy crafts as well as music, reading, cooking, etc. Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. Mirja says:

    What a wonderful book. i will be putting that on my wish list!

  26. Kim S says:

    Very cool. Thank you.

  27. Sarah McGrath says:

    The last thing I made with my boyfriend’s nieces were walnut shell sailing boats, we had great fun!

  28. Jill B says:

    Looks like so much fun!

  29. angelina says:

    looks wonderful

  30. Beth T says:

    Our niece is coming to visit this summer and I am looking forward to introducing her to quilting. I have great memories of sewing with my mother, although it took many, many years before I was as patient as she.

    This book looks wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway.

  31. Cat says:

    this book looks so cool ! I love the projects… thanks for being so inspiring !

  32. Tas says:

    We enjoy cooking the most (not strictly a craft but decorating the Christmas gingerbread house is a highlight of the year for us all) The kid enjoy anything that involves glue or sticky tape. Lots of sticky tape.

  33. Filipa says:

    Christmas ornaments! I love to make them, and every year there is a new project around our house. My girl is still a bit small, but I’m already dreaming about making them with her!

  34. Tarmy says:

    Wow! This book sounds so cool. I love the ideas about making it real, because crafting with my kids is hard for me. I don’t love crafting enough to want to do it all for them like they seem to need.
    It looks really interesting.

  35. Michelle says:

    My daughters and I would have fun making the projects in this beautiful book! Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway

  36. Renee says:

    This looks like such a great book. I can’t wait to get a copy of it and get to work on the projects in it. What a great way to spend time together as a family!

  37. TK says:

    I remember the first “crafts” I did as a family was gluing stuff to paper and now we make collages together!

  38. Steph says:

    My oldest daughter really wants to learn to sew and I really want to learn to quilt.
    So now that the postal strike is over in Canada I am patiently waiting for the fabric we ordered so we can start this together.

  39. Patti says:

    Wow I can’t wait to get my hands on this book that’s for sure. I have been teaching my grandchildren – Sammy aged 11 and Lily 8 to quilt and this would be perfect. Thanks so much for the chance to win this.

  40. Sherry J says:

    This looks like a wonderful book. when my kids were growing up we were always doing crafts in the summer and now i want to do it with my grandkids. they love it too. thanks.

  41. Christine says:

    Growing up I remember making stuffed animals and pillows with my mom. Now I can’t wait until my daughter gets a smidge older so we can do crafts (beyond handprints and fingerpainting) together.

  42. Stacey says:

    This looks fantastic and reminds me of the “Make and Do” books I used to pour over as a kids. Love to own a copy. Thanks!

  43. Kerri says:

    This looks like a wonderful book. I have 4 kids and three of them are old enough to do crafts. They all love it. Many times I hear “Mom what project can I do”. I love hearing it! I have also say the Slow Family Movement. I strikes a cord with me. My family is currently looking at all that we do and evaluating all of it’s importance. I’d love to use this book!

  44. I love to craft with my girls. I have an 8 yr old and an almost 2 year old. At such vastly different ages, we have a wide range of crafts to do!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  45. Jessica says:

    My kids love painting and making…everything. This book sounds great!

  46. Mhairi says:

    My three and one year old love to sit on my lap while I am sewing (this does not make the process very quick nor easy). My three year old also likes to push the pedal on the sewing machine – great for strip sewing but not so good for precision work.
    I love that they are both interested in sewing and being crafty.
    Would love this book for some ideas to use with both of them.

  47. Julie says:

    Looks like a terrific book of ideas!

  48. AnnaPK says:

    I would love this book! My 4 year old and I do lots of crafts together already, and I see many more projects in our future.

  49. Barbara W says:

    I have my great grandaughter who is six on mondays for the summer. We are always looking for things to make together. Your book looks like it has some really good ideas. I would love to own a copy to share with her.

  50. Heather J. says:

    This book sounds fantastic! Right now my 5-year-old daughter and I are in the middle of sewing her a dress, from fabric she picked out herself (with some guidance) at the fabric store. I love that she wants to learn and participate as I craft.

  51. Ginger says:

    My son loves to “help” when I am sewing. Mostly he’s in the way, but I would never tell him. I let him “help” with whatever I’m doing. It takes twice as long but he loves helping and I love spending time with him.

  52. candy says:

    I have 3 children ages 1-13 and another on the way, and crafting is the one thing we can all do together and have fun with! I can’t wait to check out this book (or win a copy)!

  53. Alli says:

    My kids are still too young to make crafts with, but I’m looking forward to doing stuff with them! The other day, my oldest son got a huge kick out of watching the sewing machine needle going up and down. :D

  54. Palygirl says:

    My favorite craft was seasonal and an Easter requirement. Easter egg decorating. My favorite place to do it was in Arkansas with my Nannie and papa. This was a big event for my sister and I cause my papa would always participate. His favorite egg dying technique involved dipping it in every color to make the ‘ugliest’ egg in the batch. Of coarse my sis and I thought it was the prettiest so we would always try to mimic our papa with one egg. I will always remember this. My papa is no on the declining stages of all-timers disease. Even though this happens he still sits and dies eggs with his grandchildren and now great grandkid. He may not remember us, but he still loves the egg dying time we spend together.

  55. Jess says:

    I love crafting with my kids!! Recently we made a painting for my husband’s office for Father’s Day and another one for our dining room. This fall I’m teaching my daughter’s girl scout Daisy troop to weave on cardboard, too!!

    I’m really excited about this book, I can’t wait to see a copy of it in person!

  56. Anne Marie says:

    Sounds like a fun book.

  57. Knitteresq says:

    Great interview! Sounds like a cool book thanks for the chance!

  58. Alyssa says:

    That talisman is so inspiring! Last year, my 7 year old and I sewed tiny pillows and sleeping bags for all of his playmobil guys out of the scrap basket :) So fun.

  59. Kimberly says:

    Sounds like an awesome book!
    I am teaching my 7 year old to sew on my machine this summer. It’s slow going but she’s made a tote bag so far.

  60. Lisa says:

    What a neat book! My son would love this.

  61. Barbara says:

    This looks exactly what I need. I get stuck on a few safe ideas so the creativity gets lost. Lucky the kids rescue us from the rut sometimes.

  62. kathyh says:

    My favorite crafting memory is with my niece. She was 8 years old and we working with some felt, doing reverse applique. We went on to add some embroidery and sequins. I was totally amazed at this 8 yr old intently watching as I showed her how to do the lazy daisy stitch and she mimicked it perfectly. We later were in my sewing closet and she held up the old rotary phone and said, “What’s this?” I explained old phones (still works when power goes out) and she could not figure it out. This from the girl who got the complicated lazy daisy stitch first time out. Patiently, I explained that you use your finger to pull the number on the dial to the stop and let go and go on to complete the phone number. Still – she could not figure this out. I had to demonstrate and she was absolutely floored that Grandma answered after pulling my finger through all ten numbers of the phone number.
    This still cracks me up. And I still have that phone.

  63. Wendy says:

    This looks like a great book!!!

  64. Leigh Anne says:

    I try to get my kids involved in whatever I’m doing…cooking, sewing, etc…They are 2 & 4yo boys and are very excitable if I seem excited. Thanks for the inspiration & the chance to win a lovely book :)

  65. Mariko says:

    This book looks great. I would love to have a copy so I have some ideas for crafts to do with my family.

  66. Sharonnz says:

    It’s winter time at our place at the moment when crafting really ramps up. We all enjoy sewing together and Mister Six is making his first forays into handcrafts – very exciting!

  67. Ashley says:

    What an awesome giveaway! Thanks! My boys are 2 yrs old and 8 months old. My favorite craft so far is our fingerpainting adventures. For fathers day we did a fingerpainting on some canvas with dad and the boys silhouettes taped out. It was so much fun. i am sure this little gem is full of great ideas! Fingerscrossed!!!

  68. Sue D says:

    Right now I like to make greeting cards with kids.

  69. Sandy says:

    We always had a lot of fun making gingerbread houses at Christmas time. The book looks like a lot of fun!

  70. Tammy says:

    Sounds like a fun book! I love making things with my 2-year old, I’d love a book full of ideas!

  71. Laura says:

    What a cool book! I’d love to win it!

  72. Jennifer says:

    This looks like so much fun! I am teaching my 4H girls to sew (ages 8-9) and this might help us along!

  73. Laura says:

    What a cool book! I’d love to win one!

  74. SonjaVic says:

    What a great idea. It is hard to find projects that everyone can participate in and enjoy. Thank you for such a great book!

  75. Susie Pitts says:

    Would love to win this book. My granddaughter loves crafts, like me, and we try to do something each time she is here. At 3 1/2 she has learned to trace her hands and we can make all sorts of animals out of the tracings. A few pompoms or googlie eyes and the animal comes alive! ;-)

  76. Christen says:

    This looks like a great book. We love to make hands-on crafty projects!

  77. Joanne says:

    I am looking forward to getting a copy of this book for my sister’s family! I love making paper crafts with my niece and nephew.

  78. JJ says:

    What a great book. Always need ideas of what to do with the family craftwise.

  79. Melanie says:

    This book looks great! My kids (3 and 8) are very different crafters. My 3 year old will paint all day every day and my 8 year old has to wait until the mood strikes. I would love to get us all involved in one project. Thanks for the inspiration!

  80. Hi! This book looks great! I love to do papercrafts with my kids, but my older girl, who is 5, wants to sew, so I have been collecting little beginner projects for her! I would love to win a copy! :)

  81. Robin E. says:

    I made the mistake of reading this blog post with my 8 yo looking over my shoulder… Looks like I’ll have to be buying it now. Amazing patterns and ideas in this book.

  82. Tara says:

    Wow, I cannot wait to get my hands on this book – I feel very inspired to try something new with my three children. :)

  83. Taryn says:

    Awesome. I can’t wait until my girls are old enough to truly craft with me.

  84. Lauren Williams says:

    My favorite crafting memory was making a garland of fabric bows for our Christmas tree. My parents were always good at taking the time to cook, craft, build, draw and dream with us. Thanks for sharing!

  85. Beth Lehman says:

    I love that my kids know the process of making something – from blueberry or rhubarb crisp to moving fabric squares around for a quilt. I love teaching them how to make. This summer knitting is on the list as are zippered bags!

  86. Aspen says:

    What a neat giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.

  87. Jessica says:

    We typically default to scavenging the outdoors for materials to make wreaths, cards, buntings, and ornaments because 1.) they are fun to find, and 2.) they’re free! We also keep glitter glue on hand in just about every color possible because it helps to hold items together & it adds that extra special “magical” touch to crafts. I prefer the glue version over loose glitter because it’s virtually mess free and cleans up in a snap. I’m interested to read how others craft with their kids…I’m always interested in new ideas. Thanks for the giveaway too!

  88. Brandy says:

    I like to try to incorporate art and craft with the outdoors, so my kids can create some interesting art…..this book seems like it would be perfect for me to get some more ideas and new things to try.

  89. Jen says:

    This sounds like a great book! I love painting with my kids!

  90. Oh, this book looks wonderful! Thanks for the great interview as well. I’m trying to spend a lot of crafting time with my grandchildren. Hopefully that will be a memory they cherish.

  91. Suzanne says:

    My favorite memory of crafting with family was learning to sew and quilt by hand during the summer I was sixteen. I was staying with my grandparents in the mountains of Northern New Mexico and my grandma got me started on my first quilt! I love do all sorts of arts and crafts with kiddos and coming up with ways to make one activity work for a range of ages.
    ~~~ Suzanne dot Jourdan at gmail.com

  92. Katie says:

    I like the idea of a slow family movement. I don’t want to feel pressure to put my kids in so many activities. I want to have them around and enjoy them and not be a taxi right?

  93. Caitlin L. says:

    I’ve been trying to pick a favorite craft that my daughter and I do, but I just can’t. I have too many favorites. Right now she’s really interested in learning how to sew like Mama, so we’re making our own sewing cards. So far we’re loving it.

  94. Christina G. says:

    The book looks awesome! I love making and doing things with my boys. My 5 year old tried the sewing machine for the first time the other day and loved it. Would love to work on the projects from the book with my kiddos.

  95. Marisol says:

    First off!! I just found this website and I think it is AWESOME, I have spent the last 4 hours pouring through the loads of information!! Thank you!!

    I’m a new mom of a 4 month old little girl and can’t wait to teach her how to craft!! For the last few years I’ve been crafting with my nieces and nephews, teaching them to sew, bake and basically craft. I get a kick out of seeing their little faces when they make something, and truth be told, I love feeling like a little kid and getting glue stuck between my fingers!! LOL

    Again Thanks a bunch….now back to the website!!
    Marisol
    Austin, Texas

  96. Jennyroo says:

    We love paper crafting together – ink and stamps, especially! I can’t wait until the boys are old enough to sew…!

  97. Amy @Gabriels good tidings says:

    Love this book! Would be so happy to win!

  98. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    Looks like a fun book with lots of great projects!

  99. Liz says:

    That looks like a great book!

  100. I love sewing with my girls! The satisfaction I get from watching them love it is equal to the satisfaction they get when they realize “I made that!”. No better inspiration either!

    Thanks for the fun!

  101. Missy says:

    I’ll be teaching my nephew how to make a homemade pizza (the crust, sauce and cheese), next week – he’s pretty excited about it!
    Sounds like a great book!

  102. Crystal says:

    My granddaughter loves to sew – and got a small machine for her birthday! So this book would be great for us to find some little projects that she could attempt. I think it would have to include dolls and their accessories. Thanks for sharing!

  103. Kristi says:

    My girls have picked up my love for crafting at only 2 and 4. I love making anything with them to create memories! I would love a book with more ideas!

  104. Kristie says:

    This looks like a great book. I’ve been crafting with my 2 and 4 year olds, but mostly we are limited to “art”. My 4 year old has done a little embroidery and sewing, though so this might be the inspiration we need to tackle a few bigger projects. Thanks!
    kristie_kely(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  105. Elizabeth says:

    Collage of family memories which include snippets of things done together. The girls love to sew “animal pets” too.

  106. It looks great, I will like to make some of those projects.

  107. Cherie says:

    I loved making popsicle stick sculptures as a kid. You could glue on anything and make a castle, boat, birdhouse, anything your imagination suggested for that day.

  108. Idalia says:

    yay! i love this idea!

  109. Simon says:

    Looks like a brilliant book! Just the thing to inspire and excite that creative creature in all of us…
    My best memories of childhood are sitting down and making something from nothing. I’m certain these kind of activities shape and develop people into thinking creatively about whatever they choose to do in life.
    Great stuff!

  110. Cynthia I says:

    This looks like a great book. We like to make doll quilts together and recently have started making stuffed items (blocks, dolls etc.) It is fun to see which fabrics they will choose out the stash.

  111. Jacque says:

    Awesome book! Sounds like a must have for our library!

  112. Eleonora says:

    I don’t have kids,but I hope for my future to be a mum…a sewing mum!I remember when my grandmother and my mother knitted and they teached me…it’s important and beatiful to share one’s creativity!thanks for this book!

  113. Bethany says:

    My kids love to do crafts, but I agree sometimes the mess and fustration can be a little much for mama! This looks like I can find some fun ideas to do with them that will be usefull and fun! Thanks!

  114. Kate says:

    Right now, we’re still at the loving coloring phase. But my daughter is only a year and a holf old. But she does love putting fabric in the washer and flinging scraps around — that’s a start to sewing!

  115. Jenny says:

    We love to make fairy houses with all things nature. The little ones also really love tie dying! What a great book! I hope we win :)

  116. Brie says:

    We craft everyday around here! I do a monthly child craft at our Green Farmers Market with repurposed items too! Right now I am excited because all of the supplies just arrived to paint silks with the kids!

  117. I need more ideas of how to slow down and create with my children.

  118. Emilie says:

    Wow! This looks like an amazing book! I love to do crafts with my kids and am always looking for new inspiration. I have a huge box of stuff that I keep just for crafting with the family. I’ve had this project in mind for a while and will have to find the perfect way to do it: a sort of learning/crafting project where we would go out for a walk in the forest/nature and collect leaves and flowers and then paste them together in some sort of album. We could learn the name of plants and flowers at the same time and create something beautiful. It could even be in frames instead of an album and the kids could try to draw them also. Plenty of ideas concerning this that are still maturing in my head!

    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

  119. Kylie Cook says:

    What a gorgeous book! I love crafting and sharing my love of crafting with my family but never had that many ideas that would also benefit our family! Gorgeous book!

  120. Joyce Moore says:

    This looks like a wonderful book for me and my girls! We would love to do some of the projects!

  121. ItsLily says:

    “Slow Family Movement” I love the name, but I love the concept more. We’re catching on that having all of our children’s time managed doesn’t necessarily make for a healthy, wholesome family life. Slowing down, taking time to be there with and for each other is so in line with what I believe. I just didn’t know there was a name for it. Thanks for sharing the book.

  122. Emily says:

    What a great sounding book!

  123. Solvi says:

    Unfortunately we only seem to sit down together to make stuff when Christmas or Easter approaches now that the children are a little older. I enjoy sewing with my eldest daughter, but before we used to write stories and make journals together.
    I’d love to win this fantastic book.
    Love, Solvi (Norway)

  124. Katharine says:

    Some of my favorite memories growing are baking with my mom and sisters! Now, as I am starting my little family, I cannot wait to start my own crafting as a family memories!

  125. kate C. says:

    Looks like a cool book!

  126. TinaC says:

    We love crafting as a family! In particukar, we really enjoy creating our Halloween costumes! One year my son was Devo Knievel! Lol’

  127. i have been hearing about this book all over the place–it sounds amazing and i’d love to win a copy!

  128. N. Perez says:

    I’m totally in agreement with the slow family movement. I think it would be so beneficial for children to just slow down and just be as opposed to being shuffled back and forth duet to parent’s wishes. And, I’m certain that in this way they develop true interests on their own, with just guidance from mom and dad.

  129. Shelley Forslund says:

    This book looks fantastic. I enjoy doing all sorts of crafts and thoughtful activities with my kids. Our favorite thing to do this time of year is to go hiking and collect small items from our wanderings to tuck into jars/bowls to ispire drawings and stories later.

  130. charlotte says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book! I spend a lot of time crafting with borrowed children, it’s amazing to see them be so interested & proud to have made something with their own hands. They often leave me saying they want to teach their mom or dad how to sew/make origami/whatever …I know a lot of parents don’t feel like they are ‘crafty enough’ to make things with their children, which is a sad thing…there is always something creative that can be done together :)

  131. meghann says:

    I keep seeing this book and I want it!!! :)

    I have two small children & am always at a loss for craft ideas that we can do together that actually *make* something – not just the usual tissue-paper-and-glue sorts of things that seem like such a waste to do over & over again. (Although I do re-use the tissue paper from gifts they receive for those sorts of crafts…) Thanks for the chance to win this lovely book; I’ll definitely be purchasing it if I don’t… xo

  132. saricchiella says:

    I’m learning to sew, knit and crochet, so all my family crafty memories are yet to be made! Isn’t that the best motivation… :D

  133. Looks like a great book!

  134. hilary says:

    So far we just bake stuff, but I want to branch out into more lasting projects!

  135. Stacy says:

    Wow! This book looks awesome!

  136. keri says:

    I could not agree more with the slow family movement. We are taking steps in our lives as a family to eliminate tv so as to spend more time with each other and it has been great!

  137. Addy says:

    Well, I only read the title of the book before I knew I would love it! We’re always creating in this house. Christmas break was spent making; and paper, tape, and cardboard are like gold in this house! :) One of the best things I’ve done as a mom is to provide an endless supply of computer paper, tape, and various other materials accessible at all times.

  138. Tamara says:

    Oh, what a great book! We’re trying to devote more time to crafting at our house, since it brings us so much joy. Would love to use the book for ideas!

  139. jen says:

    I love this! My favorite family crafting memory is having my girl sitting on my lap while I sew watching the machine (she’s not quite 1). I am so looking forward to crafting with her in the upcoming years!

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