Audio Books for Crafters & DIY Teacher Gifts -- Crafty Weekends Review & Link Party

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Disclosure: I was given audio versions of these books free of charge for this review. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation.  As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

What do you do when you craft? Do you craft in silence? Or are you like me and watch television (or at least listen to television) while you craft? With the summer reruns season starting I am finding television pretty boring. Penguin Random House Audio Publishing came to my rescue. They have a page dedicated to crafters with recommendations as well as free knitting patterns!! On this page there are links to articles, free coloring pages and patterns as well as some book suggestions. There is even a place to say how long you want to craft for book recommendations. All of the books have sample clips so you can get a taste for the story and the telling of it. I was lucky enough to be sent four audio books to check out. I will admit since I have not been crafting very much lately that I have not listened to them yet.

 They have choices of fiction as well as non-fiction. I am currently listening to Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. This book talks about what holds our creativity back and how to get past it. Perfect for any crafter!! I will enjoy listening to Debbie Macomber's A Girls' Guide to Moving On which I have seen all over the place lately. The Widow by Fiona Barton is a bit of crime and mystery which is a genre I always love. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff is an award winning book, so I cannot wait to check it out as well. I hope you will check out some of these great audio books to entertain you while you craft!!

 This is Hazel's last week of school so we have been making teacher gifts. We decided to make our pressed flower jars again. To make these we used our homemade flower press. Yes, it still has Hazel's young doodles on it. Hazel got really excited making them and did not wait for all the flowers to dry in the press. We sealed them with the Mod Podge so the colors will hopefully stay. I topped them with washi tape instead of ribbons this time. 
 She still has a few more to make. The longest/hardest part of making these is getting the labels off some of the jars. The glues they use are a bit too strong!! Teachers can use them to hold pencils or as vases. I also have used them to hold plasticware at a party. 

Thank you to everyone who shared with us at last week's party!! It was full of creations and inspiring ideas!! Below are some features from the party, but this is just a small sample of great ideas shared! Our features this week are all grouped together.

Also remember for your child-oriented crafts, activities, lessons, etc. Sharing Saturday is going on!! For any cultural related posts (diversity and/or multicultural as well) be sure to share at the month long Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop.


1) From Real Coake: Real Summer of Fun Fourth of July Craft

2) From Craft Create Calm: How to make an Easy Patriotic Wreath

3) From Just Being Jennifer: Red, White, and Blue Pom Pom Pillow

4) From The Scrap Shoppe: Watermelon Wreath

5) From Nap Time Creations: Tank Dress for Thread Faction Pattern Tour

6) From Oh My! Creative: Living Flower Wreath

7) From Simply {Darr}ling: Star Wars Coffee Mug

8) From The Summery Umbrella: DIY Herringbone Coffee Table

9From Lynzy & Co.: Nod to Nautical Nursery

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 Please share family friendly crafts here. Just crafts and/or patterns--no recipes, lessons, etc. You can share craft product reviews as well. By linking up here you are giving me permission to share your links and to pin your links. Please follow my Crafty Weekends Feature Pinterest Board to see all the features from these fun link parties!