Yesterday as I drove the girls home from school, they started in asking if they could play on the computer. Ugh! Can I tell you how much I hate that these days? Such a fight with them. But perhaps that's another post for another day. I told them "No..." And they immediately started throwing fits.
Then I continued, "We're not going to play on the computer today. We are going to do a craft!"
To which they responded with cheers & squeals. There was no containing their excitement. I couldn't get the supplies out quick enough when we got home.
Well, today I am so, so very excited to share an amazing book with you. Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crafting with Kids by the super talented Jennifer Casa.
I have such an admiration for Jennifer. After connecting through our blogs, we decided to meet up a few years back when we were living in Ohio. We quickly became zoo buddies & had to meet up with our kids there every few months. I was always very impressed with how in tune she was with her children & how they obviously were the most important thing to her. Of course we would always talk about blogging & etsy & pushing ourselves creatively. But I could tell that her role as a mother & her relationship with her kids was right at her core. She is the perfect creative mama to write this book!
I have been waiting so long to see the book that she's been working on for the past year & it was so exciting when it arrived in our mailbox. The book is fabulous!! There are 75 projects with great step-by-step instructions & photos. The projects are clever & creative & perfectly geared for kids. When Sadie saw the book she was excited to see the familiar faces of our zoo buddies & she spent an hour looking through every project. I kid you not! An hour! She gasped with excitement & had to point out nearly every project to me. The six year old of the family is very much in love with this book!
We decided to first make the Upcycled Apartments. They are cleverly made from empty tissue boxes so there is a prefect little window.
The girls had a complete blast making these. They were in crafting heaven & it was really nice to spend such quality time together.
It has been so fun to be a part of the Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crafting with Kids blog tour. We are just at the beginning of the tour & there are lots more stops throughout the month of April. Be sure to check it out on these other sites:
Tuesday, April 5 - JCasa Handmade
Wednesday, April 6 - The Crafty Crow
Monday, April 11 - Whip Up
Wednesday, April 13 - A Stitch in Dye
Friday, April 15 - Smile and Wave
Monday, April 18 - Elsie Marley
Wednesday, April 20 - Maya*Made
Friday, April 22 - Stitches in Play
Tuesday, April 26 - Aesthetic Outburst
Thursday, April 28 - Artsy Crafty Babe
Super fun, right?! Okay now on to the giveaway. Wiley, the publisher of this book is offering a signed copy of Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crafting with Kids to one lucky Sparkle Power reader!
Would you like to win? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Please make sure that you include your e-mail address so that I can easily contact the winner.
You have until Wednesday, April 13th to get your entry in. I will announce a winner the following day.