Monday, March 26, 2012

hand in hand ~ and a giveaway! :)

good morning. happy monday.
i have been quiet around these parts lately. nurturing myself and my family back to health was vital. thank you for your kindness via emails and comments, they mean so much to me. i am happy to report we are much improved. i am hoping to get back to regular posts here.
and goodness, wasn't last week's weather AWESOME? !!! so good.

i have a few big announcements to share with you this week.
B I G (i am excited!)

today, i am giddy to share a sneak peek of a new book with you. a book i am honored to be a part of,
"Hand in Hand :: Crafting with Kids".

a little over a year ago Jenny Doh of Crescendoh contacted me about a new book she was in the process of creating.... A mommy & me craft book. i love crafting with my kids. creating, drawing, making, all things we value and honor here in our home. i was immediately interested. Jenny then shared the list of other bloggers contributing to the book. So many inspiring women/mothers/artists/bloggers: Ali Edwards, Maya of maya*made , Amanda Soule ~ SouleMama, Ella Pedersen , just to name a few. of course i said yes and got to work on our contribution. Photos completed, words written, and our craft boxed and mailed to Jenny and her team, our tasks were done. now they worked their magic, weaving all our pieces into a beautiful whole. time passed... fast forward a year, with the release date nearing, i anticipated a box arriving with my copy of the book from the publisher. (the big reveal) last week it arrived, wrapped in pretty polka dot paper. i admit i had butterflies unwrapping it... it is beautiful. really truly. i adore the cover with all the colors and images. i loved the art work inside, the pretty bunting banners and seeing each contributor's craft, images and reading their words. i love how it reads, rich and vibrant, full of life and families creating together. Each craft is explained simply with details of what you will need and how to create it with your kids. i love holding it in my hands, flipping through the pages. it feels surreal, and sharing it with my kids makes it even more so. a piece of us lives in these pages. that feels very very special.
Thank you Jenny. I am honored and blessed to be part of such quality and beauty.

Hand in Hand::Crafting with Kids will be in book stores April 1st.
You can click here to pre-order a copy from Amazon now.
If you are a momma you may love to gift it to yourself, or perhaps you know a little one who loves to make stuff, or a grandmom or grandpa who loves to craft...

now the fun part... i am giving away a copy of the book here. YAY!!!!!!!
all you need to do to enter is leave a comment here on this post. a hello, or perhaps you'd like to share a favorite craft you love to make or used to make with your momma. i LOVE sharing ideas and favorite things. The contest will be open now through Thursday. On Friday morning, i, and my 2 very cute accomplices, will choose a name out of a hat (because that is how we roll around here) and announce the winner of the book here.
for an extra bit of fun, i and those 2 cute assistants, will sign the book for you!
who knows? maybe one of my little artists will even draw you a picture in it.

leave your comment here for a chance to win.
XO good luck!

59 comments:

aviary images said...

what a wonderful collaboration! Can't wait to read it and congratulations.

susan said...

this is wonderful kristin! congrats to you! love your blog and all the positive energy in it! :)

Anonymous said...

Will be great for Grandmas and Grandpas to.

Kelly Mars said...

Congrats on the book, Kristin! You are such a renaissance woman. My favorite crafts to do with my mommy when I was a little one was painting sun catchers + ANY THING dealing with a glue gun! Every time I smell that glue gun smell I get the warm + fuzzies.

earthandskye said...

You guys are in a book! How cool is that. After school today we will be halving oranges, scooping out, filling with peanut butter and seeds and stuff and hanging them outside as natural bird feeders. FUN!

truly blessed said...

this is so exciting! we've done so many crafts it's hard to narrow it down...... i loved doing the paper cranes, making valentines, paper snowflakes, cinnamon ornaments, pine cone bird feeders....the list goes on and on! :) congrats, k!

jodi said...

how exciting! congrats!!

and SO glad to hear that you all are feeling better. xo

mama-pan | mary frances said...

this one looks like a winner--what a great group of collaborators she's put together.

Life in Eden said...

yay! this is all sorts of awesomeness. love it!

Tracy said...

I'm so excited for you and this wonderful book. I definitely want a copy of my own, and would be positively thrilled to have one autographed by you and your two cuties!

Norina said...

I just found out that I am going to be a grandmother and look forward to sharing creative, fun experiences with my grandchildren. This would be a wonderful resource to share with friends and family who have grandchildren!!!

http://2lives2mamas.wordpress.com/ said...

I plan on getting this book so why not give this a try. You always inspire me my friend, you make anything seem possible. Much love and congratulations on begin a part of this wonderful book.

Tracie (red)

Suzanne said...

so excited about this book - my little lefty girl is creative beyond words and i am always looking for new fun things for us to share together xoxoxo

Lola said...

Congrats! How awesome for you and your two little ones! Can't wait to read it!

Julie Alvarez said...

I am so happy for you all!
Thanks for sharing, K.

patience said...

just the beginning of many books is my guess...excited and so happy for you all!

lisa said...

how very exciting! congrats!

Irene said...

Congrats on the book! Exciting stuff for sure :)
My kids are into all sorts of crafts.... things on the go at the moment in our house: painting canvases; sewing dolls; knitting scarfs; scrapbooking; clay figurines; lots of origami.... just to name what's out at the moment :) Looking forward to being inspired by this volume!! Cheers... xo

beth lehman said...

how exciting and it looks like such a fun book!!

Uta said...

so good kristin. congrats. xo

*Michelle* said...

I would love to win a copy... but I'll probably buy one if i don't! I already know Nicole (Frontier Dreams)... and you too, of course. :) Thanks for this & congrats! Looks like a beautiful book!

(alwaysmichellerene on flickr)

Vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

what a great collaborative. If I don't win this, it is surely going on my list for the next bookstore trip!

beth said...

What a wonderful offering. This looks like a book I will NEED. We do a craft every Friday at the Library and I love to be inspired.

Congratulations on a great collaboration!

Laurie said...

Outstanding! Always wonderful to be a part of something that will touch so many homes and hearts!

Maureen said...

Well, since you said K & C would autograph the copy...I had to leave a comment! Kudos...so proud of all you are accomplishing!

Faren said...

This looks like it going to be a wonderful craft book! Congratulations!

annie said...

This is so exciting! Congratulations to you.

kylie said...

how exciting! congratulations to you and your little artists :-)
x

Meg - tea & brie said...

This is great, Kristin! I'd love to win, but if I don't I'll be buying the book for sure :) xox

allison mcd said...

so cool! way to go, K!

Stef said...

yay! can't wait to get my hands on a copy :) I love getting into these kinds of things with the kiddos :)

Whitney J. said...

looks like so much fun! congrats!!

Katie (Mama May I) said...

Hello!

The book looks beautiful. Congratulations on being a contributor.

I used to needlepoint with my mom and grandma during my high school days. Lately, I've been thinking about trying my hand at it again, only this time modern-ish silhouettes of my boys. We'll see...

Christen said...

Very exciting... Congrats!

borsoo said...

Looks wonderful, I would love this book.

Alina said...

Coming out of lurking to say HI! I love reading your blog, you take such beautiful pictures. Thanks for the giveaway.

GailO said...

I will admit right away that if I don't win a giveaway I will be purchasing one either for myself to use with my grandchildren or to give to my daughter on Mother's Day:) Congratulations on being included in a very beautiful looking book!

Lanie said...

This would be a lot of fun w/ my 3!

jwinklerwilliamson said...

this book looks awesome!!

Tracy said...

all of my favorite to doers in one volume-awesome. We do it all around here-scrapbooking with my daughter, photography/editing with my son and painting with youngest son-good times!

Lisa said...

sha-zam!
craft books equal awesome!
what a great list of contributors!
so exciting! thanks for the chance!
glad you're all feeling better!
xx

Annie said...

Congrats! how exciting :)

Mitzi said...

This looks so fun! I love doing crafts with my little ones. Congrats on being a part of a cool project!

lola said...

the book looks beautiful. looking forward to turning the pages and finding a craft to do with my boys!

sarah jean, said...

LOVE that you are a part of this. thanks for the chance to win a copy! what an opportunity :)

Leah said...

Wow! Congrats!! My daughter started making valentine's in early Feb and hasn't stopped yet. Anyday is a good day to spread some love. Thanks for the chance.

Natalie T. said...

Love the looks of the new book. Would love a copy. Congrats! We have too many favorite crafts to name only one. Seems that someone is always making little journals to fill though. Creating with kids is the best. :)

alida.post said...

A book with my to favourite bloggers in the world(You and Ali)??!!!! I'm getting it if I don't win it.

Robin said...

so exciting! congratulations on the book!!

anngeedee said...

Congrats on the book. Can't wait to read it!

Jennifer said...

Looks like an incredible book. My two boys 5 and 2 LOVE doing art. Our art bin is out daily and I would love some new ideas!
Thanks for the chance to win it.

Heather aka Proud Mama said...

What a fantastic contributing work!

Rachel Heineman said...

Congrats Kristin! I can't wait to check it out! You are such an inspiration.

Rocketdoggy said...

We can't wait to see it (and be inspired to create)! Congrats on your work!

Maegan Beishline said...

What a very exciting thing for you all!!! I bet the kids are giddy to see themselves in print! And the book looks fabulous...I would love to win a copy!

barbara said...

congrats on the book kristin! how exciting! i just made the tissue paper lanterns with maria a couple of days ago... such a good activity for kids her age. keeping my fingers crossed!

Laura said...

That's awesome! Congratulations on such an amazing accomplishment!
It looks like such a fun book. :)

Joanna said...

I can't wait to see this book! As are most moms, I am always looking for new ideas, and here they are from some of my favorite bloggers, all in one place! Fabulous!

Nana said...

Adding this for Gwen ~ she is quite the little crafter as well so I know this would be special for her to enjoy! Congrats to you all.