Has anyone been waiting for the sunflowers to appear here on the blog? Have yours begun or maybe they are finished? I've been patiently waiting for my late planted, short season varieties to bloom with my fingers crossed that I have an excellent crop for the photoshoot for my new book in a couple weeks. Here's some of the first blossoms. Oh, they are gorgeous, aren't they?
One of the really nice things about getting a book deal with a new publisher is that I get to see their current catalog and discover new books to read and share with you all. My new book is being published by Roost Books. I was not familiar with Roost before last November but now know that they are the publishers of the very successful "Soulemama" books written by blogger Amanda Blake Soule. They have a very interesting collection of titles including the one I'm going to share with you all today. Check out all their titles here.
September - the month of back to school, back to schedules - seems the perfect month to introduce all of you to Roost's new book.
The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity is written by blogger and prolific writer Jean Van't Hul. I wish this book was available when Julia was a wee little one. You all might think I was all over the craft supplies with Julia when she was little but you would be wrong! When Julia was small with all her struggles, I was never quite sure what I should expect of her. This book would have given me the confidence to try all kinds of messy, artful projects.
The Artful Parent is full of words of advice including how to set up an art table or corner for a child.
It shows how to make a welcoming and creative home and how to decorate with children's art.
The best thing about this book is that it gives you lots of instructions to follow - it isn't a coffee table book only full of fluff. It is full of great substance including a list of great supplies to have on hand. I love all the easy to do art projects that are outlined in a step by step manner.
How fun does this project look - painting with bubbles. What little kid (or adult) wouldn't get into that.
Check out Jean's awesome blog here. Her blog is a gold-mine of art activities to do with children. I highly suggest The Artful Parent as a perfect shower gift for a mother to be. Seriously, expectant mamas get plenty of onesies but this book will really help a new mom (or grandmom) as a child learns to create when they are past the baby stage. Maybe throw in some art supplies recommended in the book or an art smock.
The good news for all of you is Roost Books is giving a copy of The Artful Parent for one lucky reader. Here's what you do to enter.....
What is/was your favorite art activity as a child or a parent?
Contest is over! The winner is Amy W who wrote:
"My favorite art activity as a child and a parents is just about ANYthing crafty and the more stuff that ends up in my hair, the more i'm into it. the craftiest thing i do with my daughter is probably with food - she doesn't hang out with me much in my studio even tho i'd love it if she did."