Simple (and Frugal) Fun: Dressing Up a Duct Tape Knight

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The following post originally appeared in 2010.  I’m republishing it today with a few updates.  Note: there are affiliate links in this post. Thanks!

If you are a regular reader of my other blog, then you have probably noticed that one of my family’s favorite crafting materials  is duct tape.  We love creating with this sturdy, sticky, colorful tape.

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Duct Tape Knight

We were inspired by one of my daughter’s favorite reads, Igraine the Brave and a booklet from CurrClick, The Shield and Buckler booklet.  Our own “Igraine” and her little brother, Sir Max the Bold, were in need of some knightly attire.

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We tried it: Marker “Tie Dye”

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When Jillian and I attended Crafting Community a few weeks ago, one of the crafts that we fell in love with was marker tie dye.

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Isn’t that fun?  Of course we wanted to share this craft idea with Max and Lucy once we returned home.

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Families, Creativity, and Design: Crafting Community.

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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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