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Today I’m joining the It’s All About the Kids blog hop and giveaway! Before we get started, I wanted to thank you for your tremendous response to the free Block of the Month. We’ve had more sign-ups than I ever imagined! It’s so much fun to see you all so excited about one of my projects! And we are still getting sign-ups… if you haven’t signed up yet, or you think your friends might like to jump on board, there’s still time. Click here.

And now for our regularly scheduled programming, our blog hop hosted by SewCalGal:

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This week we are talking about kids and creativity. I, for one, was a very creative child- I was considered to be the “artist” in the family. My family was very supportive of my endeavors; they knew that my favorite gifts would be piles of paper, new boxes of crayons, balls of colorful yarn, and all kinds of craft kits. Maybe that’s why I like so many different kinds of mediums now, because that love of all things creative was nurtured and encouraged in me. My family even found creativity in everyday life- my mom and grandmothers all taught me how to cook, sew, crochet, and garden. These were just a natural part of growing up that I took for granted- I thought everyone’s family did those kinds of things! But then I found out that that was not necessarily so. I learned that my friends were in awe of my mother’s ability to make my Halloween costumes, because theirs were all store bought!

I think it’s important to teach kids that they don’t have to be an “artist” to be creative, and to just enjoy the fun of making something new with their hands. A good activity to foster this is to play with clay- it doesn’t matter what they make or how it comes out, because you just smoosh it all up and put it back in the box anyway! And everyday creativity is really important- let them help you with a recipe in the kitchen, but also allow them to deviate from it as well. No chocolate chips for the cookies? Let’s add Gummy Bears instead! The result may not be quite as tasty as the original recipe, but it’s fun to experiment. That’s what creativity is all about.

I think another wonderful thing to teach kids is how their creativity can be a gift to others. Encourage them to make Christmas and birthday gifts for family and friends. Even better, how about getting them involved in a charity? They can use their creativity to set up a lemonade stand to fight pediatric cancer, or to make quilts for seriously ill children. Kids using their talents to help other kids- how incredible.

To celebrate creative kids, I am giving away a fat quarter bundle of my Happy Town fabric! I designed this fabric and donated all of my royalties to Quilts for Kids– an organization which gives quilts to seriously ill children all over the U.S.

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Here are the details for the giveaway:

  • *To enter, comment on this post and tell me your favorite creative childhood memory. Or, tell me about something creative that you like to do now with your kids, grandkids, or nieces and nephews.
  • *You must include an email or be sure that I can contact you through your profile. If you are a no-reply blogger, or if I cannot easily contact you, I will have to choose another winner.
  • *Winner will be chosen randomly.
  • *Comment by 11:59 pm Eastern time on Thursday November 6, 2014
  • *Fat quarter bundle is for U.S. residents only- sorry!! In the event that I randomly choose an international winner, an alternative prize of PDF patterns/books will be emailed to you as your prize instead of the fabric.

As a special offer, this week I will be offering my book, Child’s Play, for only $2.99!! The regular price is $12 (which is still a fabulous deal!) This digital book has so many wonderful projects to make for your favorite kids, as well as creative projects that children can make, and easy recipes that were created just for kids to make (with a little supervision.) Includes patterns for 2 quilts (each with 2 different colorways), a roomy tote bag, 3 stuffed animals, 2 embroidered pieces of wall art, kids’ crafts & activities, and 3 yummy kid friendly recipes.

CLICK HERE to get your special offer. Offer expires November 8, 2014.



And here are the bloggers taking part in this event:

Monday, October 27th
SewCalGal – Event kick off
Tuesday, October 28th

Wednesday, October 29th

Thursday, October 30th

Friday, October 31st

Jacquelynne Steves, The Art of Home (that’s me!!)