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Issue 2 ofÂ Action Pack is here. The April issue’s theme is ‘Seeds & beads’ with a bonus Easter Supplement! Filled with craft, cooking, science and gardening + printables and art projects – for kids aged 7+ (and the young at heart). Whipup.net newsletter readers get a 20% discount coupon ‘APlaunch0006‘. And if you don’t yet have issue 1 you can use this coupon to get a 20% discount off issue 1 as well as issue 2! Thank you for all your support – love you guys!
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This week at whipup… Last week of our Guest Blogger Series …
- A week of eco crafting and lifestyle – including books, tutorials, resources and more
On my reading pile:
- Quirky, interesting, funny, original – Faces in Places: A Photographic Collection of Faces found in Everyday Places (Jody Smith Ammonite Press February 1, 2011)Â is little book full of photographs of – yes you guessed it – faces in places, faces on bags, on streets, in nature, industrial zones, rusted faces, cloth faces, garbage faces, house faces! Its a cute and lovely little book.
- Want to know what makes business visionaries tick and how you can become one? Ten Steps Ahead: What Separates Successful Business Visionaries from the Rest of Us (Erik Calonius,Â Portfolio Hardcover March, 2011) shows how intuition, courage, emotional intelligence and luck Â play a huge part in becoming a business visionary. Fascinating reading!
- I must be nearly 40! to read a book with ‘as you grow older’ in the title! But its true, as you grow older, you have kids, a mortgage, a family and home to care for, you suddenly begin to think more seriously about the implications for the future – your children’s future – it all comes into focus. But what can you do with only a smidge of free time each week – when all your time and energy goes into just living! And getting through each day, just surviving. Well I was attracted to Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older(Sydney EddisonÂ Timber Press April, 2011) because of some of its claims “Accept imperfections”, “Learn labor-saving techniques”, and “Practice realistic garden care”. While I think this book is aimed at older gardeners, who no longer have the physical capacity to dig and weed and plant and prune quite so heartily, I think it offers a huge amount of practical advice for younger, busy people who want to garden, who love gardening, but who realistically just don’t have the time! I love that this book talks about simplicity and practicality in gardening, time saving, imperfection and living in harmony with nature. A lovely gentle book.
Crafty news and links
- Babble’s top 50 etsy baby ware shops - lots of lovelies here
- C&T Publishing announces The Quiltmaker’s Clubâ€”More Patterns for Less. A new book series featuring projects from established pattern designers.Â C&T Publishing plans to release two Quiltmaker’s Club titles per season.
- Jessica from How About Orange has a new fabric collection out its calledÂ Outside Oslo – find out more about the collection at The Needle Shop.
- I have just seen a review copy of Elizabeth Abernathy’s Nuno Magazine - new season is called Rustle its a whopping 90 pages ofÂ lovelinessÂ - inspiring craft and style and design. Beautiful photography and a beautifulÂ philosophy.
- More new fabric withÂ Tina Given’s newest collection, Pernilla’s Journey. Such a pretty and whimsical collection – I am a sucker for elephants!
- Anna Maria Horner and FreeSpirit have joined together to help the Kansas CityÂ Modern Quilt Guild with a special charity sewing project. In collaboration with one of their local hospitals, they are making fetal demise pouches. For more information and how to help go here.
- Make a designer baby blanket
- Sockupied Spring 2011 is out!Â Sockupied is an eMag (downloadable to a PC or Mac computer) that brings together articles, videos, photos, patterns, project instructions, how-to advice, and more into one interactive content experience. An in depth review later – we love it!
- DenyseÂ SchmidtÂ designs for McCalls patterns – get the April Spools quilt pattern here.
- Love this tunic revamp tutorial
- Puddle season Springtime sprouts hat – cute – pattern too!
- Cute bunny shirt tutorial
- How to make a Keepsake quilt – part 1
- Whipup.net is in the top 50 Mom blogs at babble. Congrats to all my fellow mom bloggers – I am among fantastic company.
- And if you are on facebook head on over toÂ Whipup.net’s facebook page.
- And listen to me rave on - podcast about everything from books to writing to blogging to family … Thanks Brittni!
So much to do – so little time.