Creative Creatures by Donna Wilson is a classic book that has arrived in our time, filled with just stunning vintage crafts… honestly I could have read this book as a child and loved it just as my children have. Donna Wilson has created a magical book filled with brilliant crafts for kids and crafty grown-ups too…
Just a warning… that when you leave this book out for your children to dip into you might want to hang onto your socks and your gloves… this book sure does inspire projects!!!
Se7en + 1 things We LOVED about this book
- It’s a Classic: I love the feel of this book… it reminds of the crafty book that I would have read as a child… It is a mixture of classic craftiness, a story that pops from time to time between the craftiness…
- It is Packed With Variety: It is literally packed with projects… and heaps of variety… sewing, knitting, sticking… Who can resist a sock monster, a phone cosy, pop-up cards, a mitten kitten, a paper clothesline for Charlie Monkey… the list goes on… a felt key-ring, a draught excluder, glove puppets, finger puppets, your very own soft toy, a fantastic mask, banana bunting (too cute, I kid you not!!!), A robot out of the recycling bin goodies, a felted soft toy and a cloud mobile… That sure is a lot of huge variety of projects!!!
- There is Lots to Look At: There is more to this book than a photo “how to” craft book… little instructions, little snippets about the characters in the book. Frankly, this is the sort of book you just want to have around for crafty inspiration, even if you never get around to any of the projects, it is lovely!!!
- Directions Are Easy to Follow: I love how this book inspires… while the directions will explain exactly how to creat a project they also provide a heap of tips and enough information to take your project further and make your own creations… Lots of ideas of similar projects to try on each page.
- There is a Cast of Characters: There are some crafty creatures that wind there way through the book and consistently keep the narration going… there is a little bit of a story at play throughout the book and it is fun to look out for your favourite characters as they pop up on pages throughout the book.
- Easy Enough for the Beginner Crafter: With the fearless crafters that live in this house they very often dive into projects that just aren’t doable… this book is especially for them!!! You don’t have to be a master craftsman, and very easy beginner sewing is used in some of the cards. And it is a great place to begin to learn to sew and practice new sewing skills.
- One on One Time: In this book the projects might require a little more hands-on-help… I know threading a needle and keeping it from becoming knotted would be a challenge for a couple of my kids but I would happily sit along side my kids and lend a hand to help them to achieve the result they were after…
- We Picked an Easy Project: Olive Owls Kites… Of course we didn’t have wire, but we had tissue paper… and we sat and stuck and pasted, tore and trimmed… very fun and made ourselves some owl kites. Then of course we had no wind whatsoever… and then we had way too much wind… and our owls are now clinging, for dear life, to a treeing the garden!!!
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So We have a copy of this book to GiveAway to a lucky reader… Leave a comment and tell us about your favourite Childhood Craft…
This GiveAway works in the usual way, just leave a quick comment and you have until the close of play on the Sunday 28 April 2013, to enter. We will draw and publish the winner next week and I won’t respond to your comments as I do on our other posts because I don’t want to be included in our own giveaway.
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We want to thank PanMacMillan South Africa for the book that they sent us for review. And we would like to declare that we were not paid to do our reviews, just provided with book. All the opinions and artwork are entirely our own!!!