Families, Creativity, and Design: Crafting Community.

Wild Things at Crafting Community 2013

I attended Crafting Community as part of my involvement with the Target Inner Circle Thank you, Target!

Last week my oldest daughter Jillian and I spent the weekend in gorgeous Palm Springs, California attending Crafting Community.  To say this was a special time for us would be an understatement.  Magical might be a touch more accurate.

We needed this mother-daughter trip together, and beyond that, my child was in her element creating, crafting, and surrounded by inspiration.   As her mom, that was pretty wonderful to get to experience with her.

Crafting Community founder, LA based artist Karen Kimmel, believes esthetics and design are not lost on children. Kids love beautiful things and in fact, beauty helps engage them.  Hmmm, that almost sounds like someone else I know …

With that in mind, Karen works tirelessly to create workshops that will inspire and engage guests of all ages.  I think you’ll agree with me that the end result is pretty wonderful.

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What would you and your kids ask Todd Oldham of Kid Made Modern?

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Last week I shared the news that Jillian and I get to go to Crafting Community next month.  Seriously, could the timing of this be any more perfect for my daughter and I?  This mother and daughter duo could really use a trip full of quality time together, just the two of us, and we’re both so excited about the opportunity!

As if the whole Crafting Community experience isn’t going to be wonderful enough, Todd Oldham will be there teaching a workshop around his Kid Made Modern line of art supplies and activity kits for Target.

And, guess who gets to have a little bit of time with him for an interview?  That’s right:  Jillian and I get to bend Todd’s ear and ask him some questions.

You already know that the never-ending crafts table in my family’s former formal dining room is proof that the last time I got to ask Todd some questions it was a life changing, home re-arranging event.

I’m having another pinch me moment about the prospect of getting to spend some time with him  and attending his workshop during Crafting Community  – and that Jillian gets to do this with me?  Amazing!  (Thank you, Target!)

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We’re going to Crafting Community!

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My oldest daughter Jillian and I are super excited to share that we are going to Crafting Community next month!  We were invited as part of my involvement with the Target Inner Circle and I’ve been having that “pinch me, this can’t be real” moment almost daily since we heard about the conference. We can’t wait!

About Crafting Community:

This October 4 – 6, the Fourth Annual Crafting Community will return to the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs.

Crafting Community is a unique chance for families to engage each other, and other like minded families, in a positive environment filled with laughter, imagination and plain old fun.

Founder, LA based artist Karen Kimmel, believes esthetics and design are not lost on children. They love beautiful things and in fact, beauty helps engage them.  Hmmm, that almost sounds like someone else I know …

With that in mind, Karen works tirelessly to create workshops that will inspire guests of all ages.  I think you’ll agree with me that it all sounds pretty wonderful.

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Time to Create: an interview with author Christie Burnett

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Note:  I was given a copy of this book to review and there are some affiliate links in this post. Thanks!

Hooray!  Simple Kids is participating in an international party!  Fancy, right? The reason for the celebration?  The launch of Time to Create: Hands On Explorations in Process Art for Young Children by Christie Burnett.

The kids and I have received a review copy and the resident artists, ages almost two to eleven, have been flipping through the pages with me marking projects to try and discussing ideas for our never-ending crafting table and art supplies.

This bright, colorful book is full of pictures showing the projects, of course, but it also has some thoughtful and well written pieces about:

  • what process art is
  • why giving children time to create is important
  • practical ways to give children opportunities to create on a daily basis

Christie Burnett, the author and founder of the popular blog Childhood 101, presents a variety of artistic mediums from drawing to print making to collage to textiles.  There”s also digital photography and exploring art with natural materials.

I had a chance to ask Christie some questions about the book and her book writing process.  Read on to see what she said …

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The Friday Five: 5 Reasons to love the never-ending crafts table

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Last winter, thanks to an opportunity as part of the Target Inner Circle, I was able to ask Todd Oldham some questions about kids, creativity, and his own childhood.  It turned out to be an experience that made a lasting impression on me and changed the way we do some things at our house.

One of the things that resonated with me was Todd’s mention of his family’s crafts table growing up and how he felt it nurtured his creative spark:

“I am forever grateful to my parents for facilitating our creativity as kids.  We had a massive craft table that was always out where we all spent our time creating and sharing with each other.  I realized how cool it was of mom and dad to allow us this endlessly chaotic and messy workstation in the middle of our living room without ever trying to tame it.  I learned so much at that table. I know it can be a real eyesore but if you can bear it or find a less obvious place for it, the never-ending craft table is a terrific idea.”

The idea of a space our kids could access all the time, a launching pad for their creative projects – one that didn’t have to be cleaned up or put away?  That idea really spoke to me.

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