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Crafty Weekends Link Party


This has been a crazy and stressful week, so I am not sharing any crafts or craft products with you. So it is time to see what you have been creating!  Thank you to everyone who shared with us at our last party.  Just a reminder that we do not feature any of the food/recipe posts and ask you not to share them here. There were some great ideas shared. Below are a few of the features from our last party, but be sure to go back and check out the many great crafts shared! Please remember Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop is a place to share all your diverse and cultural posts there.  I can't wait to see what your latest creations are!!

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020

Disclosure: We were sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

National Geographic Kids is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its annual almanac. This year's is packed full of interesting facts and amazing photos. Today we are sharing with you National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020

Our World and the Great Outdoors

Disclosure: We were sent these books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own.

Well Earth Day happened last month and my life has been so crazy I never got around to sharing the amazing books I have gathered for it. So I am going to share some of them with you today. We will start with Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree by Sally M. Walker. 

Crafty Weekends Review & Link Party


Disclosure: I was sent these books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Tonight I am going to share two fun coloring books. These books are a bit like adult coloring books but for kids--think tweens. They are recommended for ages 7 to 10. Hazel LOVES them. The series is Press Out + Color, and we have had the pleasure of sharing with you some of the other books in this series. The first one we will share tonight is Press Out and Color Unicorns by Kate McLelland.

Spring Board Books Round-Up

Disclosure: We were sent these books in exchange for honest reviews. All opinions are our own.

So I decided to share with you some board books today that have been sitting on my shelf. Since one of them is about spring I figured I better hurry up. Although it is just feeling like spring here, we are half way through it on the calendar. These books range in ages from baby to 3.

Crafty Weekends Link Party


This has been a crazy week here. We celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week a week early and I spent a lot of time at school helping out/running it. Then Thirty-One announced a Pop-Up Sale (Disclosure: I am a Thirty-One Independent Consultant so I will receive a percentage of any purchase made through this link.). It ends tomorrow if you want to shop a deal! I have been advertising it and sold at a craft fair as well. As a result I am not reviewing anything tonight. 

Japanese Crafts -- Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Disclosure: We were sent these books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This year I thought I would focus on Japanese crafts. I have written a few posts about Japan and Japanese culture over the years. If you want a general overview of the country and its culture you should check out my review here. When I looked at my shelf of books to review I saw a bit of a pattern and realized I had a collection of books about crafts in Japan. Part of what I love about these books is most of them also teach a bit about the culture.

Where the Heart Is Review

Disclosure: We were sent this book in exchange for an honest review.All opinions are our own.

Today Hazel is sharing a novel that she really enjoyed with you. It is recommended for ages 10 to 14.

Fairy In Waiting Review

Disclosure: We were sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own.

Today we are starting something special. Hazel is going to be writing some of the reviews for me! So here is Hazel's Corner!!
Since this is my first real review I will tell you a little bit about myself. I am ten and in fourth grade. I love all subjects, and some of my favorite animals are birds, especially flamingos and owls. I play the violin.

Sewing School Fashion Design -- a Crafty Weekends Review & Link Party

Disclosure: We were sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Welcome to Crafty Weekends!! Life here has been busy, but I have exciting news. Starting tomorrow Hazel is an official writer/book reviewer here at Crafty Moms Share. Since I have gotten so behind on my reviews and many of the books are for Hazel's age level (or younger) she is going to start writing her own reviews. The first one will be published tomorrow!! So please come check it out!

Today we are sharing a book that is written for tweens. It is from our favorite kids' sewing series--Sewing School. This one is Sewing School Fashion Design by Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle.

Crafty Weekends -- Happy Easter!!

I have been celebrating Easter and spending family time this week, so I am not sharing any crafts. However I do want to wish you and your family a very Happy Easter before we get the party going!!





Art Books for Kids

Disclosure: I was sent these books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Today we are going to look at books that teach kids about art and artists. The books range for ages 4 to young adult. We will go in order of age. The first is Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler by Elizabeth Brown and illustrations by Aimee Sicuro. It is recommended for ages 4 to 8. 

This book tells a simple form of the story of Helen Frankenthaler. Helen Frankenthaler is a female artist from the 1950s. She dreamed in color and dreamed of sharing the colors she saw in her head with the world, but the art world was telling her to paint in a certain way.
I love how the pictures illustrate the thoughts and work of Helen Frankenthaler. The story is not very detailed but is perfect for this age group to be introduced to this artist. It is a fun book!




Our next book looks like a board book, but it isn't. It is recommended for ages 6+ and is by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is I (Heart) Art. 
This book shares many pieces from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in different categories like I Heart Art, I Heart Sports, I Heart Reading, Writing and Drawing, I Heart the City and more. Each category is full of artwork that fits into it. 


Each piece of art is presented with information about it and the artist who created it. The art varies from paintings to sculptures and more. It is almost like a visit to the museum while sitting at home, but of course the work is in much smaller of a size.

Our next book is about another female artist. It is The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs by Fiona Robinson. It is recommended for ages 6 to 9.
Anna Children lived in the 1800s and was brought up by her father. Her father is a scientist and teaches Anna about plants and insects. She begins a collection of nature--plants, shells and more--similar to her father's insect collection. She draws pictures of them and labels them with their scientific names. As she becomes an adult she becomes a botanist. She eventually marries John Pelly Atkins. 

Anna goes on to having a collection of over 1,500 examples in her herbarium. This is far too many to illustrate, but she wants to share it with the world. She is not allowed in The Society, so she cannot share with the scientific community. Then her father gives her a gift--one of the first cameras ever made.  I love how most of the book is blue and white like her original photographs. She eventually creates sun photos of her plant samples. A wonderful project to go with this book would be doing sun prints! You can purchase sunprint paper and kits in many different places including Amazon. 


Our next book is Leonardo's Art Workshop: Invent, Create, and Make STEAM Projects Like a Genius by Amy Leidtke. It is recommended for ages 10+. 

Now we all know Leonardo Da Vinci was an artist as well as an inventor and scientist. This book draws on his name and introduces STEAM projects to learn more about aspects of art. 


Each section gives the science behind the project and then has detailed instructions for the project. The photographs are amazing and the instructions are easy to follow. 



As you can see the project has steps listed and photographed. I love the details of this book. It teaches and gives the reader things to do to learn and see on his or her own. It is a wonderful book to check out!! I could see using it in the summer for keeping kids entertained!!


Our final book for today is recommended for young adults. It is Draw Like an Artist: A Self-Portrait Sketchbook by Patricia Geis. 

This book introduces readers to various artists and shares one of their self portraits. Then it provides a place for the reader to draw his or her own self portrait similar to the artist. Some of these places are blank pages like this one for Frida Kahlo. 



Each artist's self portrait has an explanation about it and a question to inspire the reader in his or her own self portrait. The artists in this book range from classical artists to modern artists and everything in between. Some of the inspirations are not really questions but more learning a style like this one with the Van Gogh self portrait.  


What a fun book to explore artists and self portraits as well as to learn a bit about different types of art and how to draw and paint. 

Each of these books teaches different things about art and artists. I hope you will check them out!

Crafty Weekends

This week we have school vacation and between that and Holy Week, I am not going to share a craft or review a craft book. I hope you are enjoying your week!!

Books about Poetry and More

Disclosure: Candlewick Press sent me a copy of these books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Did you know April is National Poetry Month? In honor of that I thought I would share three books that involve poetry. All three books are from Candlewick Press. Have you discovered them yet? I love their books. They are always amazing quality in product as well as the writing. I have never been disappointed by one of their books.  The first book is What is Poetry: The Essential Guide to Reading & Writing Poems by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Jill Calder. 

Easter Eggs Around the World


This year for the Multicultural Kid Blogs Easter Around the World Blog Hop I thought I would focus on an aspect of Easter instead of Easter in a specific country. I chose to look at Easter eggs.

Bullseye Quilts -- a Crafty Weekends Review & Link Party

Disclosure: C&T Publishing sent me this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own! I will receive a small stipend for purchases made through the links in this post. Thank you for supporting Crafty Moms Share!

Tonight I am sharing a fun Bullseye Quilts from Vintage to Modern by Becky Goldsmith. Have you ever seen a bullseye quilt. They are amazing! This book makes it relatively easy to make one by using paper piecing.

Mommy Time Christian Books Review

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of each of these books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

We have had a bit of a crazy couple of weeks. I find it is always good to give myself some mommy time when life gets chaotic--especially mommy time with Jesus. Today I am going to share two devotionals and a novel with you!! These are perfect books to help you find some mommy time. Let's start with the new novel. It is A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh by Carolyn Miller and is the first in the Regency Brides Daughters of Aynsley series. 

Kids' Activity Books Review

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of each of these books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

We have a spring break coming up and then it is almost time for summer break. I don't know about you but I know I will need some ideas to keep Hazel busy. Today I am going to share some fun books for kids that will keep them busy and help them learn! Our first book is from National Geographic Kids and it is Make This! by Ella Schwartz and photographs by Matthew Rakola. 

Adorable Pom Pom Animals -- a Crafty Weekends Review & Link Party

Disclosure: Tuttle Publishing sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Can you believe today is the last day of March? That means it is the last day of National Craft Month. In honor of the month, I wanted to share with you a fun book by Kazuko Ito. It is Adorable Pom Pom Animals: Dogs, Cats, and Other Wooly Friends

Review of Dreaming in Code: Ada Byron Lovelace, Computer Pioneer -- #WomensHistoryMonth

Disclosure: Candlewick Press sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Now as a former math teacher I love seeing books about mathematicians in different cultures and especially about female ones. I think it is so important for kids to see that all sorts of people can do and have been successful in math besides just the white European men that so much of our math and its theorems are named after. Today's book is about Ada Byron Lovelace. I have had the pleasure of sharing with you several books about Ada Byron Lovelace, but this is the first one that is geared toward the older kid. It is recommended for grade seven and above. The book is Dreaming in Code: Ada Byron Lovelace, Computer Pioneer by Emily Arnold McCully. 

Quilting with Precuts Handy Pocket Guide--a Crafty Weekends Review & Link Party

Disclosure: C&T Publishing sent me this ebook in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own! I will receive a small stipend for purchases made through the links in this post. Thank you for supporting Crafty Moms Share!

I am happy to report my sewing machine is working again. I'm not sure what was wrong last week, but with a quick clean and reinstalling the bobbin it worked fine today so I can share with you the Handy Pocket Guide: Quilting with Precuts compiled by Gailen Runge.

Happy Spring! Let's Look at Books about Flying Things #Birds #Planes

Disclosure: I was sent these books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Happy First Day of Spring!! Spring is my favorite season because I love watching things come back to life. One sure sign of spring are the birds. Yesterday I saw a robin in our yard and this morning I was awoken to the quacking of the ducks. Sure signs spring is here!! In honor of the first day of spring I thought I would share the books that have been collecting on my review shelf about things that fly--birds and machines! I hope these will inspire you to get the kids outside and looking to the sky!!

Crafty Weekends


This week I had big plans to share a fun new book, but between my tiredness (and making mistakes) and my sewing machine acting up, it is not going to happen, so we are going straight to the party!!

Books for Women's History Month

Disclosure: I was sent these books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

March is Women's History Month and today I am sharing a round-up of books for you to check out to celebrate many amazing women. Some are women you have heard of and others are about women you may not have heard of. I always love learning about new, amazing women. Don't you? These books range in ages from baby (board book) to around 11. We will start with our board book. 

Esther's Gragger: A Toyshop Tale of Purim Review

Disclosure: Wisdom Tales Press sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Did you know the Jewish holiday, Purim, is next week? Purim is held every spring. The date changes since the Jewish calendar is a combined lunar and solar calendar. Purim it the day to remember when Queen Esther saved all the Jewish people from death. Now you may be asking, why is a Christian blogger telling us about a Jewish holiday (possibly that I never heard of). Well the Book of Esther in the Bible tells us the story. It also happens to be Hazel's favorite story in the Bible so we have looked at it quite a bit. Queen Esther had to have faith and courage to save her people and she is someone many girls can use as a role model. An interesting side note is that God is not mentioned in the entire Book of Esther. 

Photo Home Decor Review with Special Savings Code

Disclosure: Artsy Couture sent me these prints of my sister's photographs in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

A couple of weeks ago I shared with you how my sisters and I are fixing up my parents (and grandparents) former house on Cape Cod to rent out. We want some home decor with Cape Cod/beach theme without being too personal. My sister who is an amazing photographer (she has an art degree and use to work professionally as a photographer), took some photos of places around the house and sent them to me. I asked Artsy Couture for help in making them into something we can use at the house (that is if I am willing to give them up--I haven't decided yet). The house sits on a saltwater marsh on the bay side so it has the most beautiful sunsets. She was able to capture one in these photographs. 

DIY Spring Art Decor Crafty Weekends Craft & Link Party


We have had a hard week and a half or so. Last weekend Hazel had the stomach bug and a high fever. I managed not to catch it from her but then Thursday I got it while we were out at our last trip to the Boston American Girl Store (it closes on the 20th). I am finally starting to feel like I may be back to normal tonight. However on Tuesday or Wednesday I did manage to run some errands and found the sweetest spring wall decor at Joann Fabrics. However I didn't want to spend the money on them and thought it would be fun to make our own. I happened to find some smaller framed Valentine wall art in the clearance section and some scrapbook paper on clearance as well. Then I got some wooden circles at Walmart. Hazel and I decided to use our words for 2019. I painted the circles with chalkboard paint because I had some. We picked out our background paper and glued them in. I wrote our words on them in pink paint marker. Then glued the circles into the frames. Next we decided to decorate them. 

Christian Reviews -- Lent Alzheimer and Tweens & Teens


Disclosure: I was sent a copy of each of these books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

It is hard to believe that Ash Wednesday is this week!! Every year I try to find ways to prepare myself and my family for Easter and one thing I enjoy is having some devotional to help me become more focused on Jesus and the true meaning behind the amazing holiday of Easter. This year I found an amazing small devotional. It is The Easter Code by O.S. Hawkins. 

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Be sure to enter my giveaway for a canvas print that ends Monday night!! This week I had big plans to share another craft book since it is National Craft Month, but the stomach bug has hit our house and I have been disinfecting everything in hopes of not getting it myself. So we are going to skip right to the party!!



Canvas Factory Canvas Print Review & #Giveaway

Disclosure: Canvas Factory gave me a coupon code to receive this canvas for free and is offering one to a lucky reader!!

So last spring my parents surprised us with the news that they wanted to move out of the house my grandparents built on Cape Cod. The initial thought had been to sell the house, but once we all worked on getting them moved and the house somewhat emptied my father changed his mind. It was his parents that built the house. This is a house we spent most of our school vacations and at least a week or more of the summer at while growing up. It has always been a second home to us. My parents moved there when my grandmother was not doing well and couldn't take care of herself. After she died, they stayed there. They had already sold their home in Connecticut by that point. So this was a bit of a crazy time for all of us. In July we went from get the house on the market to fix up the house for renters. One of my sisters, bless her, has been doing the majority of the work. She was trained to paint houses and has a bit of an eye for design. She is also the pickiest out of the three of us. Well we decided to decorate the house with non-personal photos and pictures of beach life. My other sister (who use to work for a photographer) happened to take this amazing photograph on the beach that you can walk to from the house. I approached Canvas Factory for help with some of our decorating. 

Multicultural Stories & Poem Book Round-Up

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of these books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Since Hazel was young she always enjoys a story from another country. She loves learning about other cultures and learning words in other languages and so much more. Today I am sharing a round-Up of books from various cultures to learn more about them. Let's start with a book of stories from India. It is Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship by Chitra Soundar and illustrated by Uma Krishnaswamy.