Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Artful Year…Book Review and GIVEAWAY!!!



Today we are reviewing the new book by The Artful Parent
called


This is the author…the beautiful and so very talented Jean Van't Hul…
she describes herself as a children's art enabler and writer.

We've followed the success of The Artful Parent for years now and she has inspired us so much 
in our own blogging journey.

Onto the review...


This book takes you on a crafty journey through all 4 seasons with beautiful art ideas, 
craft ideas and even recipes!!!

My 6 yr old was DELIGHTED to go through this book, earmarking every craft she wanted to make
(and there were MANY!!!)


In honour of spring, we decided to make these cheerful plant pokes with beads…
so very simple and so so pretty.



It was a great little craft to quickly whip up before supper…here is Matildas finished product...


and here is mine!


 With Easter soon approaching you can bet these glitter eggs are next on our list.

Oh the crafting possibilities…from bunny ear crowns, a garden loom, autumn leaf mandalas, coffee filter buntings…it's going to be a busy year!!

I like how the book starts out…Jean says, "Art is often considered a solitary pursuit, but crafting is traditionally done together abuzz with conversations as participants create together or side by side."

in my own home we are often at the kitchen table crafting together, catching up on our day...

What a beautiful tradition we give our children when we take the time to craft alongside them…
creating not only beautiful art, but beautiful traditions throughout the year that they will remember for a lifetime.

I encourage you to pick up a copy for your library at home…this is a book you are sure to reference over and over again, season by season…I know as every season changes I am always on the lookout for great ideas and craft inspiration…this book is sure to be a hit!


You can purchase this beautiful book at AMAZON.com
or request it be ordered at your local bookseller.

Jean has also generously offered us a copy of the book to 
giveaway to one lucky reader…
to enter our giveaway please leave a comment below, 

The give-away will run until Sunday March 15th at midnight.

The winner has been picked and contacted.
Thank you to all who entered.

Good luck to all who enter, and happy Spring blessings, as we enter into a seasonal shift here!

Maureen



74 comments:

  1. what a great idea to have her wonderful projects in a book for the kids to look through and imagine. It would be a most welcomed treasure in our library. thanks for sharing

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  2. We need art class help. This book looks great.

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  3. This book would be awesome to have! We homeschool, so it would be very inspiring to find lots of fun arts and crafts activities.

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  4. Looks like a lot of fun inside that book - my niece/nephew would love coming here if we had an inspiring book of crafts to do together! so fingers crossed, might be lucky. Betty

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  5. I love the photography in this book, AND love her posts on facebook! Craving more time to create with my kids! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  6. Looks amazing! Asking the Easter Bunny to bring me a copy :)

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  7. We love Jean's first book here and this one looks just as lovely. Thanks for the chance to win :-)

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  8. just in time for spring break and summer coming up. This book will be a wonderful addition for my after school kiddies

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  9. Never won anything in my life, but I will give this contest a try. I'd love to have the book. My grand-daughter and I love doing crafts together since I'm not able to do much physical activities. Her crafts are always beautiful and easy to try at home. Love that!

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  10. I love to see The Artful Parent activities. I'm striving to be an artful parent myself! With myself and my husband both being artists, we try to give our daughter a creative environment to live in and explore.

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  11. What very cute ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  12. What a fun project. I'm always looking for things to do with my little girl.

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  13. That sounds like a wonderful book, thank you for the chance to win a copy :)

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  14. I would love the book for all the inspiration in it! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  15. Sounds like a wonderful book. It would be a most welcome addition to the bookshelf!

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  16. I have been following Jean on Facebook and I'm always inspired by the things she creates. We have even made some of the projects she shares. I would love to have her book in our home. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  17. this sounds like such a fabulous book! i want to make a garden loom! :) thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway- i have wanted this book since i first learned about it a few months ago!

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  18. We could use the inspiration with our homeschooling and with the home daycare! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  19. I adore her blog and would love to own this book! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  20. These are wonderful ideas! I always get inspired by the things you post. :)

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  21. My daughter would adore this !!!

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  22. I would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Janet

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  23. What a wonderfully beautiful book with so much inspiration, I am sat reading the blog with my little girl who is now desperate to make the beaded plant poke things and do the easter egg decorating. At four she is already a craft fanatic and when we moved to France, her playgroup in the UK said " who is going to be our little crafter now!!" Looking forward to lots of fun, happy crafting x

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  24. Thanks for the giveaway! Excited for this book whether I win or not!

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  25. Thanks for the giveaway! Excited for this book whether I win or not!

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  26. What a fantastic book - would love to win this for my son!

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  27. What a lovely book, as homeschoolers this would be great to add to our collection.

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  28. What a lovely book, as homeschoolers this would be great to add to our collection.

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  29. I would love to win this book for my grandchildren.

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  30. What a magical collection of beautiful crafting ideas. It would be a blessing to win such a treasure.

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  31. What a Stunning book for all year thos is, I would love to win it for my boys who are both home educated and my eldest celebrates his 9th birthdayon the 18th would make a Awesome gift. Thankyou for the chance ;)

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  32. Looks like a wonderful book!

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  33. Living artfully, open hearted and with eyes full of wonder, as a child does, thank you for this beautiful book to help keep the magic alive and real all year round xxx

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  34. What a lovely giveaway!

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  35. Hey this picture book looks very interesting. I really like reading these reviews about this book. Thanks for the post. Anyway, I am now thinking to get this book for my daughter that goes to a popular Phoenix kindergarten. She just loves such picture books.

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