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Monday
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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I have been crafting since I was a little girl and always loved when my mom would take me to JoAnns. What a special idea for a book. I would love to win!

11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

I love creating things with my children because it gives me a fresh perspective. They see things so differently than I do. And many times they remind me that not everything has to turn out perfectly and beautiful things can still come from mistakes. :-) Thanks for a great giveaway!

11.28.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelody

We just checked this book out at the library and loved it! I know my 4-year-old would adore having her own copy. For me, crafting with my kiddos is a way to celebrate and embrace the seasons. There's nothing better than cutting lacy paper snowflakes in the winter, decorating tiny cups of seeds in the spring, crafting with leaves in the fall, and creating sidewalk chalk masterpieces in the summer.

11.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

I love this--I have some of the crafty chloe fabric! I love crafting with my neighbor kids and my cousins little ones. They are so excited about the things they are able to make--and I make most of my gifts even as an adult.

11.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

Working on a project allows me to unplug, be in the moment and just enjoy the wonder that are my children. what a fun book - cant wait to see it. hope i win

11.29.2012 | Unregistered Commenterangela

I love watching the wheels in my kid's brains turning when we are crafting together. They come up with the most interesting ideas that I never would have thought of!

11.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Because they always come up with a way of doing and seeing things that I never would have come up with on my own!

11.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne

i love seeing my kids' ideas come alive when they craft.

11.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStaci in VA

I love making things with my kids because they come up with the most creative ideas! Every Christmas and birthday(s) my kids will make gifts for each other. They have been many things from a polished rock to a fairy wand (with a star made from tin foil). When my 12 year old got his pocket knife - he thought and worked hard to scrape the bark just from sticks in the yard. They turned out to be the smoothest objects to hold and rub between your fingers. It is habitual for them to think about the gift, the meaning, and how they can make it special by being homemade. It all just makes my mama heart swell.

11.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim

so cool. we do the book as a gift each year tradition too!

11.30.2012 | Unregistered Commentermegan

I love crafting with my 5 and 2 year olds! We make Christmas ornaments every year, and Halloween costumes always have at least some homemade components.

11.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I love crafting with my kids because its one of the things I feel like I'm actually good at. As a parent I feel like there are so many things I wish I were better at or have higher expectations for myself and feel like Im always falling short, but not with crafts. There is always a mess of yarn or beads or something at my house! I love to see what those little hands can create.

12.6.2012 | Unregistered Commenterlisa

we (my daughter and i) LOVE this book. so awesome. such a sweet little book.

12.7.2012 | Unregistered Commenteramy s

I know that this little draw has closed but just wanted to say we have this book and it's sooooo great. I have a tiny stack of them in fact, to wrap for special kids we love!

This looks super cute!

12.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathy Reid

Ohhhh I am going to have to check out this book! I love all things crafty. I think it's funny that you used Fancy Nancy as an example of not crafting, though! The reason I love her so much is that she MAKES everything fancy- from her dresses made with table-clothes and clothespins, to the doll clothes she cuts out, to the Christmas Ornament she makes from scratch... she's the craftiest children's book heroine I can think of! :) But I understand what you're saying in general about the lack of craftiness in children's books.
Also I am jealous that you got to have lunch with Heather Ross! And that she got to have lunch with you! I wonder if the waitress appreciated how much talent was sitting at that one little table! :)

03.12.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJenn Hoff

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