Sunday, July 31, 2011

Kids' Crafternoon with Kathreen of WhipUp and a book giveaway!

Thanks, everybody. Comments are now closed. 


It was my pleasure to do a quick e-mail interview recently with Kathreen Ricketson (shown here in the garden with kids, Orlando, 9, Otilija, 11 and {the late great} Milo the cat). Kathreen is the craft maven behind WhipUp.net, author of WhipUp Mini Quilts, and recently editor of the new Kids' Crafternoon book series published by Australian publisher Hardie Grant:

Larissa (LH): Kathreen, I was so delighted to be included in the contributors for the Kids' Crafternoon book series, and it was nothing but fun coming up with the owl card design. Can you tell me a bit about how the idea for the Kids' Crafternoon series came about?

Kathreen (KR): The concept for the book is all Hardie Grant's - I think they saw a gap in the market - and I am glad they did! The chose me to curate/edit the books for a few reasons - my experience with kids and craft, and because they loved my Mini Quilts book, and they love WhipUp.net too.

(LH) They made a great choice! What age range would you say is ideal for the books?

(KR) It is most suitable for 7-12 year olds, however I think slightly younger children would love to do many of these projects with their parents and old teens/adults will have a lot of fun with many of these projects too!

(LH) I see quite a few I'd like to do myself. My kids may have a problem getting some time with the books. Did you have some creative influences when you were growing up?

(KR) My Nanna was/is my creative hero. She made all her own clothes (even underwear, suits and gowns), could knit, crochet and sew like a demon, and was a marvelous cook too.

(LH) Can you share a memory of a craft you did as a kid?

(KR) I made a little red and blue squares patchwork cushion when I was about 7 or 8, and my kids like to use it as a comfort pillow when reading. I also used to sew little Kaftan dresses for my dolls.

(LH) That's so cool your kids are now using your handmade pillow! What does the future hold for you and your blog? Can you reveal any future projects?

(KR) Mmm...I am hoping to travel soon with my kids, and expand my Action Packs and maybe even hire an editor for Whipup.net eventually.

(LH) Finally and perhaps most importantly, what are your feelings about coffee?

(KR) mmm Coffee. I love a really good brewed cup of coffee. My hubby used to make me my morning espresso - but he has recently given up drinking it and so now I only have an occasional cafe made coffee - a flat white or double shot latte depending on the need - I also love a shot of espresso with cream - so luxurious. I love my local coffee roast house - Wagonga Coffee.

I just knew you were a kindred coffee spirit. Thanks for the interview, Kathreen! It was great to work with you on the project for the book.


Now let's get better acquainted with the books. Let me tell you I was pret-ty excited to get my copies! I spent a long time looking through them and was just thrilled to my toes. They are so well done and I love the covered spiral binding. The books lay perfectly flat when open, great for quick reference while you are working.

The clever hand-drawn illustrations alongside the instructions give the book an fun, informal vibe and the beautifully lighted and staged photos are just icing on the cake. Here are some images from Sewing:


From top to bottom left to right: pencil pouch by Laura Lynn Wilson, pencil pouch diagram by Rob Shugg, hanging art pouch by Shannon Dréval, lavender birds by Joanna Stott, softie badges by Lisa Tilse, iPod creature cozies by Holly Keller.

The books are packed with a wide range of crafts of varying complexity, enticing the kids to turn off the TV and start creating. The crafts are designed to appeal to both boys and girls, with no project taking longer than an afternoon to complete. Sweet. Here are some images from Papercraft:


From top to bottom left to right: owl cards by Larissa Holland, kirigami snowflake and star by Elod Beregszaszi, paper house by Cate Holst, rolled flowers by Olivia Kanaley, shadow boxes by Lisa Tilse, paper beads by Kathreen Ricketson.

My girls were a bit awed when they saw my owl cards actually in and on the book. "Momma. Those are YOUR owls. Like on real book paper. That's so cool." I'm pretty sure it raised my craft cred a few levels with them.

Would you like to win a free copy of Kids' Crafternoon Papercraft, courtesy of Hardie Grant? Yes, I thought so! Leave me a comment below and you'll be entered in the giveaway. And more entertaining for me by far if you also share a childhood crafting memory. I'll choose a winner Wed, Aug 3rd.

If you miss out on the giveaway, you can still purchase the books via Booktopia, which ships internationally. There are also some sellers available via Amazon.

For more sneak peeks, giveaways, and reviews, you can find the full schedule of blog stops for the Kids' Crafternoon tour on WhipUp.

66 comments:

  1. Hi! I love your ideas and your blog!!! Wonderful books!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. oh beautiful! Your Blog und your ideas are lovely.

    many greetings
    Annette

    ReplyDelete
  3. These books look just beautiful and so much fun. I have always loved crafting, and when we were little, my brother and I would stay with my mom's mom for a week sometimes in the summer. Her front closet was magical-- it had all of the toys that she saved for us, and a lot of them involved crating. There was a drawing set, and a pink vinyl bag full of colored pencils, markers, paper... We would spend hours making dioramas-- I remember making "scenery" to use behind my dolls so that I could act out a story... and one year, I put together a three dimensional miniature cottage. Oh, it was so fun!
    I am pregnant now and found out that I am having a girl! I am so excited to have a little girl to whom I can pass on my love for paper (and fabric) crafting!
    ~Natalie

    ReplyDelete
  4. I LOVE your owl cards in the tree branches! What a great way to "pose" them!

    I remember doing some drawing when I was a kid. I think my favorite subject was horses. Particularly palominos. Y'know... waaaay back in the days of Roy Rogers. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  5. The books look great! And the pictures are awesome. :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. my first childhood crafting memory was hand sewing Barbie doll clothes from my mom's fabric leftovers... i sure do enjoy craft books (& this one looks like a really great one!) so please enter me in your fabulous giveaway :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. As a child I used to craft with my Stepmom. She is the type of person that can whip up anything without using a pattern. I remember her making us barbie clothes and cabbage patch kids clothes just by measuring them. I now know that she could make those things because of the experience that she had sewing but to me as a kid it what she could create on her sewing machine seemed magical. This book reminds me of those times.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Oh my goodness! I MUST win! My kids would flip out with this book as would I! I love it!

    My favorite childhood crafting was by far making paper snow flakes. To this day I make them with my kids and send them to missionary family and friends around the would who do not get snow. We enjoy making them and they enjoy getting something home made that reminds them of the cold snowy Michigan winters. Win win!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love your blog, thanks for the giveaway!

    My grandmother taught me to sew as a kid. I can remember lots of time spent sewing with her, but only one specific project- a pair of orange striped shorts that I was too embarrassed to wear once they were done!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Would absolutely love a copy of this book. Favorite crafting memory from when I was little--making paper chains for counting down the days until Christmas and sewing/knitting for my dolls.

    ReplyDelete
  11. What fun ideas! I love crafting. Did any of you ever fold paper frogs when you were little? I used to fold boxes and boxes of them with my brothers.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Love the samples from the papercraft book! The crafts shown are so very cute!!

    ReplyDelete
  13. When I was a kid, we had a box filled with random things for crafts, I loved that box and used it often! I've started a box for my kids too, they're not huge on crafting right now, they'd rather color but I'm going to keep adding to it because I know they'll be glad for it soon.

    I would love to win a copy, my mom had a kids craft book that I used to flip through as a kid, I loved it and did a lot of projects in it.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I would be delighted to win either of these books to inspire new crafts with my kiddos!

    As a young person, I loved to cross stitch. It was a simple, repetitive craft that was always fun to see become an image!

    Thanks for the review and chance to win! :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. I'd love to win, my kids are all very creative. I grew up doing ALOT of crafting with my grandma and have shared the love with my kiddo's. They get very excited when a new craft book comes into our home :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. The books look super! It would be a big inspiration to work with my boys!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Oh how I would love this book. My favorite craft memories are crafting with my grandmother. She was the one who taught me to sew, crochet and be crafty. We would make all sorts of neat things - weaving was another favorite craft she taught me. She is long gone but the memories are not gone!

    ReplyDelete
  18. My nieces want to be creative, and this book would be a great asset to me when I see them. I could help jump start their creativity.

    ReplyDelete
  19. some of my favorite memories as a kid are crafting by myself outside. i have a distinct memory of sitting under some trees and madly working on friendship bracelets. i am so excited to try for a win! my dd is almost 8 and is a huge crafty fanatic, just like her mama. :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. These look like great books. Thanks again.

    agent_beckster(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  21. What a cool book! It looks like a blast!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I bet this book is great for the little hands in my house that are getting pretty good with scissors and are tired of making "snowflakes"!

    ReplyDelete
  23. What a fabulous giveaway!

    I grew up with two artist paarents so have many childhood crafting memories, but the memory that just sprang to mind was of creating art out of felt tip pens on kitchen roll/toilet tissue then dipping them into water - or dropping water onto them to watch the colours spread. I'd leave them dangling over radiators to dry and there they'd stay for days after my interest had waned and they'd be all hard and dry - but colourful! :)

    ReplyDelete
  24. Last Christmas I mentioned to my mom that I wanted to get a little tree for my sewing room next year like the one I used to have in my bedroom growing up. She told me she still had it and brought it over the next time she was in town. HILARIOUSLY I discovered all of the ornaments I made for the tree when I was a kid (probably about 7 or 8 years old) . . . I had cut up some ribbon bits and backed them with felt. Some were just drawn on pieces of paper . . . the hooks are made from paper clips. Just marvelous.

    ReplyDelete
  25. My Mum is a super crafty lady. she's always made things and I remember many crafternoons with her when I was a child. One of my favourites was when she helped me sew a beautiful blue flower fairy skirt out of CREPE PAPER (!!!!) for a party. I thought it was the most beautiful thing ever, and that I was the most beautiful fairy ever. It was happy days until (of course) at the party.....it RAINED! Rain + Crepe paper = Sad, soggy fairy!

    ReplyDelete
  26. This entire series sounds fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway!

    ReplyDelete
  27. I remember watching my mother make our clothes as a child. When I was a bit older I tried my hand at altering an existing jacket--not a good job but I learned from my mistakes. : ) Today I am artist and I love crafting with my children. Thank you for a this lovely giveaway!!! : )

    ReplyDelete
  28. Those books look awesome. My little girl loves to do crafts all of the time. emandsam@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  29. I'd love to win these books- I love craft and have my grandmother to thank for that - her hands were never idle even if she was watching TV and listening to us kids at the same time. I remember making a pipe cleaner fairy for her when I was about eight years old and sending it in the post. I was so proud to have 'made' something and experienced that first addictive thrill of crafting that has remained with me ever since. In the year before she died my grandmother sent me back that fairy, carefully wrapped in tissue paper- I think for a child, it's the treasuring of a hand made craft that makes all the difference. When I looked at the fairy I marvelled that I could create something at that age and also how singularly ugly it was!
    PS I still have it.

    ReplyDelete
  30. I sadly can't even think of a childhood craft memory. Fortunately, my girls will have lots to choose from!!! Would love to win this book.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Thank you for such a great give a way! I am the mother of an 8 year old boy/and twin 7 year olds-boy/girl. My daughter has autism and mild cerebral palsy. They all love to do crafty things, paint, etc. I am an artist at heart and crafting is where I get my sanity back! My mom made our clothes when I was growing up...all of us girls (including Mom) had matching dresses on holidays! So cool! Each Christmas, I make ornaments for all my children's teachers, classmates, and bus drivers. It is something they can keep and cherish forever. :)

    ReplyDelete
  32. Oh I would love to win for projects for me and my girls!!!
    alklongAThotmailDOTcom

    ReplyDelete
  33. I would love a copy! Hmmm, a crafting memory...I can't think of anything specific from when I was really young. I remember learning to use a sewing machine in junior high home ec. We made locker organizers. Other than that it was mostly drawing for me. My sewing and crafting came a little later for me. :) Oh wait! I used to watch my grandma do cross stitch all the time. Once she took me to her favorite shop and let me pick out any project I wanted. I still have it...still unfinished.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Would love to win this book. Thanks for a great giveaway!
    pallavi(dot)herle(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  35. I can remember visiting my grandparents in Milwaukee. My grandmother provided us with scrapbooks, scissors, mucilage glue and scads of magazines. I whiled away hours cutting, gluing and arranging pages in that scrapbook. I'd love to win one of the books to put away into the "future grandchild" box.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Thanks for your generosity. My 4 year old is at the stage of being able to manipulate scissors and just loves cutting and pasting. This would be the next logical step for him.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Thanks so much for the chance to win -- these books look fab! My kids love cutting --- so hopefully books like this will help channel that focus into something other than tiny bits of paper/ fabric all over the house!

    ReplyDelete
  38. When my children were younger a wet afternoon saw us painting around the kitchen table - as one child reached across his sibling for a specific colour of paint he managed to knock the red paint onto to the floor and it splattered all over the newly painted ceiling! for months visitors assumed it was blood and I kinda missed it when hubby repainted the ceiling!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Ooh I would love a copy both my kids would enjoy this book!

    ReplyDelete
  40. i would love it if i win this fantastic book!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  41. I was always a bit of a fan of egg carton crafts. I hated living in a country town though, because my mum would save our egg cartons to give to local chicken farmers. I always felt so ripped off when I wasn't allowed to cut them up and use them for crafty stuff!

    ReplyDelete
  42. I remember watching a Mr. Rogers Neighborhood episode where he made a little basket out of a single sheet of paper. He showed how to do it and I was so excited. I thought I was the coolest thing ever - I could make a dinky basket out of a sheet of notebook paper! I made a ton of those things and had them all over my room and gave them as gifts. I'm pretty sure my mom and grandma were sick of having to pretend they liked them!

    ReplyDelete
  43. I would love to win this book so that I can start doing crafts with my 2 year old!

    ReplyDelete
  44. These are awesome! Going on my Amazon Wishlist.

    ReplyDelete
  45. One VBS we made butterflies using clothespins as the body and bright tissue paper for the wings. I remember it like it was yesterday...believe me...it was not!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  46. I would sit for hours on end with my Granny while she taught me to crochet, knit and sew dolls. Hoping to pass on some of these special memories to my little crafty girl!

    ReplyDelete
  47. i would make a great home for that book!

    ReplyDelete
  48. Just found your blog, absolutely love it. Just curious if this book is for sale in book stores yet? It looks absolutely fabulous, so even if I'm not chosen I still intend on purchasing this, but it is my Birthday on Wed. the 3rd ;)

    Thanks,
    Amanda

    ReplyDelete
  49. I think the books look great! I love that your girls are excited to see your work in a craft book!

    My mom introduced me to the world of crafting. She taught me how to embroider and sew. She even drew paper dolls for me to color! I am forever grateful for the knowledge and appreciation she instilled in me.

    ReplyDelete
  50. I want it!
    I am 32 and start to craft.

    ReplyDelete
  51. Love your owls in the book.Would love to win these books to craft with my 3 grandkids on grandma day.

    ReplyDelete
  52. Is it Ok to want these books all to myself?! I mean my kids can borrow them occaisionally... LOL seriously the projects look drop down cute... I need these books! Ahem. Our family needs these books! ;)

    ReplyDelete
  53. I've had a picture of these books on my screen for a bit now... waiting until I heard more! :) I'm the craft lady at our church VBS, as well as loving all this crafty goodness for my kids! We would love these books at our house. Maybe we even *need* these books! :)

    ReplyDelete
  54. These books look so cool!! My kids love projects and it would be so great if they would be able to do it on their own :)

    ReplyDelete
  55. Wow thanks for the great giveaway! Amy @ gasudimack@sbcglobal.net

    ReplyDelete
  56. Great books! Thanks for the giveaway. I used to make clothes for my Mandy and Jenny Dolls...I made soooooo many skirts for those dolls.

    ReplyDelete
  57. Oh, what great books! My craft memory involves my mom etching me to embroidery. It was the 70's and I actually got to wear my embroideried jeans and chambray shirts. I actually liked one suset scene so much I cut it off when I outgrew the piece it was on, and I recently found it in a keepsake box.

    ReplyDelete
  58. What a great looking book! I am always looking for things to do with my daughter and this looks perfect!

    bruinbr at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  59. I'm so excited about these books! Your patterns are helping me get my foot in the door of crafting. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  60. These books look so fun! My artsy aunt would invite me over when I was younger to work on projects with her. I was ALWAYS excited to go to her house! Lots of great memories...

    ReplyDelete
  61. Love, love to do crafts with my daughter. When I was about 7 I bought a huge bag of fabric scraps at a garage sale. I made barbie clothes, small pillows for my dolls, even a braided bracelet. One of the best purchases I've ever made. (:

    ReplyDelete
  62. Thanks for the giveaway... I'd love to get a closer look at the projects in this book. Some of my favorite "crafty" things as a kid were doing crochet projects on long car trips... sometimes just a very, very, very long chain. :)

    ReplyDelete
  63. This looks absolutely great. I would really like to get a look at these books! I used to love doing papier mache when I was a kid, but my mom never wanted to deal with the mess of it!

    ReplyDelete
  64. I would love to have a copy of this book. I am in desperate need of help turning off my tv. We watch way to much and I need help engaging them in something different! Please pick me!!!

    ReplyDelete
  65. I would love to win this giveaway. I homeschool my daughter who would love to do some of these projects.
    Fingers crossed,
    Melissa B.
    mbabecka@gmail.com
    www.minimomentsolife.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete