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Nov262012

crafty chloe giveaway

As part of our Christmas gifts each year we always give a new book to each child, so I'm always on the lookout for books that are worthy of living on our shelves (and not just borrowed from the library once or twice). I was excited for Crafty Chloe to come out months before it actually did.

Part of the reason is that I was having lunch with Heather Ross (who illustrated the book) while visiting in New York when she was right in the middle of picking a publisher and finalizing details. I was so excited for a book that encourages crafting and making things and teaches young girls that the best gifts are handmade. Nothing against Fancy Nancy, but it's nice to have a heroine who knows her way around a glue gun.

This is the story of Chloe, a girl not so good at other things (like dancing or sports or video games), but VERY good at making things. When she gets invited to a friend's birthday party, she decides to make her present. There is, of course, a snotty girl named London who can't believe Chloe would make a present instead of buying one. 

But after London's gift is ruined, Chloe saves the day with her handmade creation. As a clever tie in, there is also a Crafty Chloe blog with ideas for crafting projects from the book. And they have already announced a second book titled Dress Up Mess Up, coming out next year.

Heather graciously gave me one extra copy of Crafty Chloe to give away! Please leave a comment explaining why you like crafting with your kids and a winner will be picked later this week. (Deadline to enter: Friday November 30th at 10 PM. US residents only please!) 

The randomly chosen winner is Christy, who left the comment, "Crafting with my daughter is something I dreamed of before having kiddos. It is everything I dreamed it would be and more! Your daughter might like the book Fanny by Hollie Hobby- similar message and so sweet.

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My kids are 6, 4, and 2. The youngest doesn't care but the older two, both girls, could craft all day. They would love this book!

I don't have kids but a few times a year I get together with my friend's girls and we make a treat and a craft. It's been really fun and I feel like we have a special relationship because of it.

11.27.2012 | Unregistered Commenterellen patton

Our baby daughter is too young to do crafts yet, but I am keeping a list of projects that I want to work on with her when she gets big enough!

11.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara

i LOVE crafting with my children. it all started with a coloring book with a my two year old wouldn't eat. i was big-as-a house pregnant and for whatever reason, sitting at her little kiddie table on those little chair together, coloring, talking about it, etc., got her eating. since then we've enjoyed moments of genius from all the children. it is inspiring to see the confidence the show when given a craft, something to draw, or build. do any of us adults remember long ago when nothing intimidated our naturally creative minds? it can be contagious! sweet giveaway....thanks!

11.27.2012 | Unregistered Commenternoelle

What a fun book! My girls love to craft, and are always asking to make things! I think homemade gifts have so much meaning and I am pleased to be instilling a love of making and receiving homemade gifts in my children.

11.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Buhler

Nothing beats the feeling of raw materials and creativity coming together to make something with your own hands. It teaches you so much - patience, ingenuity, motor skills, problem solving. I hope my daughter loves to create as much as I do one day!

11.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I have 4 children, who are all now grown. Each year for Christmas, I would create 4 ornaments, one for each them, telling them that when they were married, they would each receive a collection of Christmas ornaments for their own Christmas trees. My two eldest daughters were married this past summer and are each decorating their homes for the holidays. Included in their Christmas decor, are these specially-crafted ornaments. I loved creating these pieces for and with them. And the tradition continues on. Love it! Thanks for the give-away!

11.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSheri Israelsen

Both of my kids love to make things with me- we're currently involved in making bags for their teachers- both kids got to pick their fabric and help in the making. We love doing these things together.

11.27.2012 | Unregistered Commentersacha

I have 3 girls at ages 9,3 and 16 months old. I am very crafty and I would like them to be crafty and learn the value of handmade things especially as a gift. I liked the idea of this book. Also I borrowed your idea of Thomas's 4 year old birthday card for my friends' son and they loved it. I found your website around a month ago and so happy that I did.

11.27.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHulya

Oh my goodness, I LOVE THIS BOOK. I found it at the library earlier in the year and raved about it to friends. It is the cutest and most inspirational book! I like crafting with my kids because it allows their ever-growing brain/mind to look at the world around them as works of art. We can make anything with anything!

11.27.2012 | Unregistered Commentercailean

thanks for the giveaway! i love crafting with my kids for so many reasons, but mostly because it allows us to be in a creative space where there is just sharing of ideas, mind melding kind of stuff. not always, not immediately, but sometimes we get in that zone and it's so awesome, there's nothing like it.

11.28.2012 | Unregistered Commentersarah

I enjoy crafting with my kids because they always come up with ideas that I would never, ever dream up myself!

11.28.2012 | Unregistered Commenterrachel swartley

I get inspired when I craft with my kids, their use of color and materials is so different from what I would come up with. I love to watch the wheels turning as they are creating their little masterpieces. I also love that it gets them away from the TV and really engaged, I think it's so good for their brains!

11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I love crafting with my daughter because she is so excited. She is excited about the project but she is also excited to spend the one on one time with me.

11.28.2012 | Unregistered Commentertobi d

I love to see my kids' imagination in action!

11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

My daughter loves crafting and making things! This book would be perfect for her because her name is also Chloe!

11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterYuvani

Know a girl who would love this book! Hope to make it a good home. Thanks for the opportunity

11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

We try to keep things around here as lo-tech as possible, so we really like to sit down and craft together. Even without me, the kids love to craft, and I love how everything seems like an art material to them (though occasionally all I want is just to recycle an empty box or two).

I don't have the pleasure of children yet, but I still wanted to comment. I loved to craft when I was young and have a Favorites folder just filled with great ideas for children crafts. Since I can't yet do these with my own children, I craft with my nieces and nephews. I love to see their excitement and anticipation, and then share their pleasure and pride when they create something by themselves. How great it is to see their creativity in such a way!

11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterValerie

I love crafting with my two kids, because it encourages them to be creative, keeps them calm and lets me be a kid again.

11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

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