**Giveaway now closed! Thank you to everyone who entered! The winners are:
A print copy of the Celebrate Summer issue goes to:
I just sent you both emails. I am going to share some of your ideas for connecting with kids from the comments tomorrow! Thank you to Crafting Connections for the lovely giveaway!**
Are you familiar with Crafting Connections? To say I love this magazine (and blog) would be an understatement. The Wee One and I enjoyed a pdf copy of last fall’s issue and liked every project in it (seriously). When I was asked recently if I would be willing to review their latest print issue called Celebrate Summer*, I was eager to see how the pdf magazine translated to print. I was not disappointed! I am one of those people who can talk to you about paper weight and finishes, and this magazine’s pages are marvelously thick and luscious. It doesn’t feel like a grocery store magazine; this feels like something you want to hold on to and cherish. The Wee One agrees and has carried our copy around, leaving it open to his favorite pages, then pouring through it some more.
The gorgeous photography throughout the magazine just pulls you and your little ones in, making it a delight to look at together. The content is up to par with the beautiful design, too. There are poems, book suggestions for the current season, art projects, a kitchen project, and a project just for grown-ups (which you will see more about in Wednesday’s post).
The best thing about Crafting Connections, though, is given away in the title. The whole magazine helps you connect with your children through hands-on doing and exploring of your world. I’m a creative mom, but frankly, sometimes I need guidance and ideas for ways to authentically connect with the Wee One. This magazine helps me do just that. As we do the projects or just look through the magazine and talk about the poems and pictures, we are making memories together, ones I know we will cherish always.
We want to try everything in the magazine, but we started with “Making Art: Outdoor Sculptures & Mobiles.” Like all of the projects, there are full color, large photos plus an inspiring opening paragraph to get you in the right mind-frame, clear directions, and then ways to not only expand on the project but ways to think about what you are doing and connect it to other things.
The Wee One and I picked one of our few non-rainy days to try our hand at outdoor sculpture. I was hoping to make a rock cairn like in the magazine, but there were zilcho rocks to be had (except for one tiny one). Instead, the Wee One was inspired by sticks, pinecones, leaves, and flowers. He led the project, gathering our supplies, deciding where things go, adjusting the design, then explaining it to me.
(That’s the one tiny rock we found.)
(This is his thinking pose, as he decides what else should be included in our sculpture.)
He was so focused and deliberate about each thing he chose and where it went. It was really delightful to watch his process. We had a ball and will definitely get back outside to make more.
Andrea and Danielle at Crafting Connections are offering my readers two generous giveaways:
- A year’s digital subscription to Crafting Connections, starting with Celebrate Summer (open to international readers, too)
- A second person can win a print copy of Celebrate Summer (US only because of shipping costs)
To enter, please either like Crafting Connections on Facebook or sign up for their emails (which are filled with inspiring projects and ideas). Then just leave me a comment here saying which you did (or both). For a bonus entry, leave another comment on this post sharing one of your favorite ways to connect with your kids (or niece/nephew, grandkids, whatever special kids are in your life). Maybe your idea will help someone else strengthen their relationship with their kid! (That would totally give me a warm, fuzzy feeling.) I will pick one winner for each prize Saturday July 6th. Don’t forget to check out my post on Wednesday to see a project I did from the magazine, perfect for those who love embroidery!
*I was provided with a copy to review, but the opinions are strictly my own.