Childish summer fun… and a giveaway!

Although the back-to-school commercials have started airing, do not be fooled. Repeat after me: Summer is not over. One way I like to make the most of these carefree days is to share some crafty time with my favourite creative kid.

Here's how to make colouring twice as fun....

If you don’t have a kid handy (or even if you do), I’ve got a book that might inspire you. All Sewn Up, by textile artist Chloë Owens, is a gorgeous hardcover book full of embroidery and appliqué projects, including kitchen linens, gifts, decoration and cuddly toys. The photos are pure eye candy (many of her projects are made with vintage fabrics) and the ideas are playful and imaginative. I especially love George the Giraffe, with his adorable little pompom tail!

Want to win a copy of All Sewn Up? Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post to say hello, and tell us about the summertime craft you enjoy most.
  2. Make sure you leave your name and email address, so that I can contact you if you win. (Unfortunately, we can only ship prizes within Canada, but we would still love to hear from you if you’re an international reader!)
  3. Do it before 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. I’ll randomly choose and announce the winner on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012. Good luck!

In the meantime, here are some super simple kids’ crafts you can do in the backyard (or at the kitchen table on a rainy day) with bits and bobs you might have around the house. Have fun!