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Thursday, October 30, 2014

It's All About The Kids Craft Blogging Event - Day 4 - Kid Friendly Books from FunStitch Studio, an imprint of C&T Publishing

Welcome to Day 4 of the It's All About The Kids Craft Blogging Event.  Today, I want to share insights on some current and upcoming releases of books published by Fun Stitch Studio, an imprint from C&T Publishing.  Fun Stitch Studio is all about kids and they have also sponsored this blogging event with a giveaway!

FunStitch Studios has released many kid friendly books, which do not require adult support to be creative.  Of course, they are also fun for kids of all ages, making them an excellent resource to work on a project during a Family Craft Time too!  Their collection of kid friendly books cover quilting, sewing, fashion, home decor, activity books, embroidery, pop out boxes andsofties & toys.

They have many spectacular coloring books that scream fun and creativity.

Many Activity Books that help kids learn new skills and make fun projects.

Here are a few Soon to be released books that have caught my attention:

This is Mouse An Adventure in Sewing, by Brenia Maloney is an excellent crafting book, which I think would bring smiles of crafty goodness to any kid.  Projects also look like they'd make for delightful imagination and story telling time.  I'm confident this is going to be a best seller and wanted to share insights with you about this book today, as well as let you know it is currently on sale in the online store for C&T Publishing.

Press Release:
Maloney uses her gentle humor to inspire and encourage kids to create their own wonderful worlds with Mouse as the central character. In This Is Mouse, kids will find step-by-step instructions to guide them in creating our intrepid explorer and all the crazy characters, accessories, and vehicles for each adventure that he embarks upon. Kids can choose to work on any one of 25 easy projects. Mouse floats down river in a leaf boat made of felt for his African safari. There, he meets giraffes and elephants. But watch out for crocodiles and snakes, Mouse! Next, Mouse travels to the South Pole where he encounters seals, penguins, and the occasional whale. And if those adventures don't take your kids far enough, watch Mouse blast off in a rocket to meet aliens on another planet.

At the end of each how-to adventure, Maloney writes her own story of what Mouse and his new companions are doing. The book kindles kids' imaginations by encouraging them to come up with their own stories for each destination while teaching them basic sewing terms and patterns. "This Is Mouse is the book that I didn't have when I was a kid, but always wanted," says Maloney. "I wanted to create stuffed animals, but also special worlds for them to live in. "This Is Mouse inspires endless hours of storytelling and play. Not only will This Is Mouse reinvigorate the creative spark in your kids, it might even convince them to put down their electronic devices—for a minute, anyway!

Brenna Maloney is the author of the best-selling sock book trilogy: Socks Appeal, Sockology, and Sock It to Me. This is her first Mouse book. She is also the author of Ready Rabbit Gets Ready!, a children's book by Viking Juvenile, releasing in February 2015. She lives and works in Washington, DC, with her husband and two sons. Follow Brenna at brennamaloney.com.Published by FunStitch Studio, an imprint of C&T Publishing, This Is Mouse—An Adventure in Sewing (December 2014) is available at ctpub.com and other fine booksellers.

My Review:
Brenna Maloney is a very talented person who comes up with the best projects for kids and family craft nights.  This is Mouse - An Adventure in Sewing is filled with fun items that kids can make using a variety of supplies (fabric, felt, socks, recycled chicken pot pie aluminum tins, stuffing, glue guns, thread, marking pens, pins, FIMO clay, etc.), many of which you probably already have in your home.

Whether you make a mouse that is a astronaut, one that meets an elephant, or any of the sweet characters in this book, you can certainly have fun admiring their beauty as well as creating stories with them to grow a imagination.

Just be sure you dress warmly when you go with Mouse to Antarctica.

FunStitch Studio, an imprint of C&T Publishing: This Is Mouse—An Adventure in Sewing by Brenna Maloney, best-selling author of Sock It to Me, Sockology, and Socks Appeal.

Did I mention a Giveaway ?

C&T Publishing is a sponsor for the  "It's All About The Kids" blogging event, this week,  and they have donated a copy of Sew It!  Make 17 Projects with Yummy Precut Fabric Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Charm Packs & Fat Quarters, by Allison Nicol. 

This book is a perfect book to help teach kids to sew and it starts off with the basic sewing and quilting skills, using pre-cuts. And it is written to help kids learn on their own, without adult help, where each project builds on skills learned from other projects, making this a great book to get that budding quilter to have fun sewing!

SewCalGal also thinks that this book would make an excellent gift for budding quilters, of future generations.  All of the projects are designed to be sewn on a domestic machine, without adult assistance!

If you are interested in winning a copy of Sew It!, please enter by using the Rafflecopter form below, after you have read the rules underneath.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rules for this giveaway:
1) This giveaway is open to followers of SewCalGal that reside in the US.  The sponsor will ship a copy of this book directly to the lucky winner.
2) Followers are asked to complete the rafflecopter form, which will be used to randomly select a winner on Sunday, November 2nd.  SewCalGal will notify the lucky winner via email and this post will also be updated to announce the winner, once they are notified.

Don't forget several blogging friends are joining me this week, to help share insights on kid friendly projects.  Here is the schedule and links to all the participating blogs.  You'll also find some great giveaways in this hop, but most importantly we all hope to inspire others to help provide opportunities and encouragement to help kids find their creative side and the joy of being crafty.

Monday, October 27th 

SewCalGal - Event kick off
Tuesday, October 28th 

Wednesday, October 29th

Thursday, October 30th

I Have A Notion

Friday, October 31st

Jacquelynne Steves, The Art of Home  
Wendy Sheppard/Ivory Spring 

If you are a blogger or non-blogger and would like to join the fun and share insights on projects suitable for kids, tips, or tutorials, as appropriate, you are also welcome to join the fun and add a link to the linky below.  Non-bloggers can upload photos in a Flickr group called "It's All About The Kids". An InLinkz Link-up 

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Beth said...

That looks like a fun activity!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Ok, I'm in love with the stitched little mouse and characters. I want to just get away and make fun things like those....for days on end. That little mouse reminds me of the EQ mouse...just so cute.

I trust your opinions and insights so I know the book will be great.


OhioLori said...

Think the Sewing Machine book for Kids would be fun for teaching Grangirlie to sew..different easy things to do. Plus to win THIS Sewing book too..we would be busy for quite awhile! lol Sooo cool!

(I won the Doodles book from you, last year...we had lots of fun coloring it too! Thanks again!)

Createology said...

Being a lover of all things "mouse" I shall have to get this book for me...afterall I am just a big kid at heart. Creative Kids Craft Bliss...

Needled Mom said...

The I am a Mouse book looks so interesting.

Kristy said...

This looks like a great book to use with my 2 oldest daughters who are beginning to show an increased interest in sewing! Thanks for the chance!

Kathy Davis said...

I follow Sew Cal Gal on Bloglovin and GFC. I follow on GFC as Mrs. Kathy Davis. I love to sew with and for kids, especially for my 2 year old granddaughter, Nellie.
Kathy Davis

Diane Beavers said...

Sewing Machine Fun for kids.

Sarah said...

The Sewing Machine Book for Kids looks like something my 9 yr. old would love. Thanks! sarah@forrussia.org

Veronika said...

Is it wrong that I want this book for myself?! I am brand new to sewing and think it would be great...and then my daughter could use it when she is old enough- double win! And that mouse book looks so so perfect:)

Veronika said...

Is it bad that I want this book for myself?! I am a beginning sewer and it looks great! And then my daughter could inherit it when she is old enough - double win :) also that mouse book looks fantastic.

juliehallfeldhaus said...

Looks like a great book!! Thanks

andsewon said...

I have a granddaughter and grand niece that would enjoy some from this book I am sure!

Lisa Marie said...

These books look great -- the stuffed animals are too cute for words!

Barb said...

My granddaughters would love the Sewing Book for Kids. They have made pj bottoms, monster pillows and doll clothes so far. At age 8 and 10, I think they are ready to start their sewing book library! Thanks for the chance.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What cute books! I always seem to still have a little of the "kid" still in me......love coloring books and stories! Cute stuffed animals!

Josie McRazie said...

I just love this! As kids we were NOT allowed in Mom's sewing room! Unless invited in on those rare occasions! Oh...those were treasured moments!

KatieQ said...

This is Mouse looks like a fabulous book. I love mice except when the real ones come into the house in the winter.

john hutchens said...

the sewing machine book for kids would be fun

Renee G said...

I think the Ribbon Girls book looks like it would be fun.

aus_chick said...

the astronaut mice are just so adorable. My sister and i have this mouse war going on (it has been going on for probably 15 years) where we will randomly send each other a knitted mouse (or when we visit the other person's home, we hide one somewhere). It's always fun to add a new mouse into our mix ;-)