Today’s review treat is Yellow Owl’s Little Prints by Christine Schmidt.


This book is full of amazing print projects to make for kids. The book is well written and full of detailed instructions, materials and how to teach art to kids with projects suggested to try appropriate for your child’s age group. All templates are in a section at the back, some of which will need to be enlarged.


The projects range from stamps and stencils to image transfer and painting. The puzzle blocks are one of my favourite and I can see us making a family of little kitten softies over the summer holidays. They are rather cute!


The book is full of colour and inspiration and I can’t wait to try stamp carving. I’m lucky that working in a secondary school I’ve been able to borrow a set of carving tools from the art department to have a go before I invest!

Yellow Owl’s Little Print by Christine Schmidt

RRP: £14.99

ISBN: 978-0770433635

Published by Potter Craft

*** Disclaimer: A copy of this book was sent to me by GMC Distribution for review. All words are my own ***

May 132014

Well look here! It’s another SUPER book to review!

Here we have Craft-a-Doodle. This lovely book has been put together by Jenny Doh and 18 very talented contributors. There are 75 exercises that are designed to fuel your imagination and get your creative juices flowing. I have to admit that within 10 minutes of sitting down with the book I’d gone off and found myself pen and paper to get started!

I made a start doodling faces….and owls!

I think the princess is my favourite!

Within the pages you are encouraged to use pens rather than a pencil – and be confident in your doodles!

Each exercise gives a list of items you will need, instructions to follow and tips.

Our 4 year old loves to draw (and is very good, if I do say so myself) and she loved this book. She wanted to immediately try a few of the exercises so we had a go at ‘Be square’ We got out the mini ink pads and made lots of squares on a piece of paper then let our imaginations go…

aren’t her pictures cute? (her’s are on the left just in case you were wondering)

Overall I love this book. reading it and working through a few of the exercise I felt inspired to get drawing and designing.

Craft-a-Doodle by Jenny Doh


RRP: £14.99

Published by Lark

*** Disclaimer: A copy was sent to me by GMC Distribution for review ***


I’ve been meaning to do a book week for a while. I’ve got a little pile of lovely craft books that I’ve been meaning to share with you all.

First up is Hand in hand by Jenny Doh.

This is a book of 20 favourite projects by top parenting bloggers designed to encourage creativity and fun in the home. The projects range from papier-mache masks, stilts, and a family banner to tissue paper lanterns printed ornaments and keepsake pillows.

Each project has a clear materials and tools list then continues on with detailed photographs and instructions of what to do to make each beautiful item.

The projects are all aimed at younger children, with a bit of help from their grown-ups, so perfect for our two smalls (4 and 3 years old). I love the simplicity of the potato stamped ornaments and think they will be featuring on our tree this year! H loves to do anything creative.

It’s nice to read about other crafty mammas and their parenting experiences and feel inspired. We’ll definitely be using this book more.

The book has a nice feel to it, a good size and good quality paper. There are only 3 projects using templates and I’m afraid one of them needs enlarging. We all know I’m not a fan of having to enlarge patterns. Other than that a very nice book, fully of inspiration for you and your little ones.

Hand in Hand: Crafting with Kids – Jenny Doh

ISBN – 9781454702405

Price – £12.99

Publisher – Lark

Publication Date – June 2012

Disclaimer: a copy of this book was sent to me for review by GMC distribution. Opinions are my own.

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