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In case there is anyone out there reading this little old blog, I thought I’d help Jean at The Artful Parent promote her new e-book, The Artful Year Autumn: Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts, by hosting a giveaway. I’ve never done a giveaway before, but I have been lucky enough to be the winner a couple of times on other blogs, so I figured I had better share the love. I posted about the book before – it really is worth a read – although you most  likely won’t want to stop at reading with all the great projects she has included.

So, if you would like a chance to win a copy of your very own, leave a comment below telling me your favorite thing about fall. I’ll close the giveaway on Friday (10/5) at noon (EDT) and choose a number at random from the comments.

PS. She is hosting a big giveaway too, so hurry over for another chance to win the e-book!
Giveaway is closed. The random number was 1 and the e-book goes to Chelsey (I’ll email you with details). Thanks!

Jean at The Artful Parent is hosting guest posts this month and today I wrote a little something about an experiment we recently tried.  Thanks Jean for putting it up there with all of the wonderful guest posts.  What an honor to be a part of your blog, which I have loved for many years.

Now if I was a good blogger I would have had this post up this morning to welcome any visitors from her site.  But, since I am decidedly a sporadic blogger at best, hopefully this late evening note will suffice.

And, with that, I will leave you with a picture (totally unrelated, from the summer!) of the kids painting with cornstarch (one of the many ways we use it around here).

Cornstarch Paint

 

Very much motivated by an interview Jean did with Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord over at The Artful Parent, we made books today with recycled materials. The part of the interview that really inspired me was this:

The process of making books with recycled materials is liberating. When we start by cutting a panel out of a grocery bag with a pair of scissors, the edges are crooked. We are freed from the burden of precision.

Let me repeat that last part: freed from the burden of precision.  Perfect.  So, we cut up a couple of boxes, punched some not-at-all-precise holes and away they went.  I’ll stop with my own words here and let the kids pictures and my transcriptions of their words speak for themselves.

The Alien by Eleanor
Handmade Book

Handmade Book

Handmade Book

Handmade Book

Handmade Book

Handmade Book

Handmade Book

Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue by Henry
Handmade Book

Handmade Book

Handmade Book