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Easter Egg

 

Easter is on its way — a little earlier than usual — end of March, so it will creep up on you before you know it. As we are camping without extravent cooking facilities I am thinking of making some chocolate easter bark — which I think will be achievable, delicious and not too fussy — I was thinking of a toasted almond and a ginger or mint snap version. This gorp version would be great for camping and this coconut and macadamia version would go down very well, do you have a favourite chocolate bark recipe?

Don’t forget to grab a copy of the Easter Special edition of Action Pack Magazine from our shop.

Some more quick and fun easter crafts just in time for this weekend. Happy weekending!

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QuiltCon

The past month has been a bit quilty in the online craft scene

During March on Whipup I begin a monthly Guest Editor series, where I have invited a bunch of lovely people to curate a short series of posts each month.

Also recently we launched the latest edition of Action Pack magazine for kids. This edition is themed on Water — the first in a four part series focussing on the elements. A great issue with a bunch of fantastic contributors which was put together while on the road — libraries and tents and beach side writing — lots of ingenuity involved. If you are interested in contributing for further issues check in here. In the meantime do grab yourself a copy of this issue — only $6 for 40 ad-free pages of projects.

Book reviews this year are being managed this year by Julie and reviewed by a great team of crafty gals. Check out Feathered friends.

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2013 Elements: WATER edition

Cover image: Jo Newman  and her children make natural watercolour paint

The first issue for 2013 is part of our Elements themed year, and begins with WATER. So versatile and so necessary for life. In this issue we have 15 contributors, and more than 20 projects, these wonderful contributors from around the world walk us through arts and crafts, science, experimentation, adventure, cooking and play — all related to water.

  1. :: Jo Newman  and her children make natural watercolour paints & salt from the sea
  2. :: Susan Schwake & her students show us some water colour techniques
  3. :: Vicki Smith makes paper mache bowls with her students
  4. :: Joanie Gorman and a bunch of kids make a fleet of boats & cork sailors
  5. :: Marcie Cuff and her daughter send a message in a bottle
  6. :: Kathreen Ricketson & family [that’s me] investigate ocean flotsam & jetsam, make some ephemeral beach collections & experiment with sea jellies
  7. :: Gina Vida and her children make two ice projects
  8. :: Helen Bird shows us a fun wet felted project
  9. :: Natalie Kramer  experiments with water tension four different ways
  10. :: Jo Ebisujima and her son experiment with water density & quiz us on water usage
  11. :: Alex Kelly and her kids go fishing & learn a lot about fish while using a Japanese printing technique
  12. :: Melissa Wastney bakes water crackers
  13. :: Lucy Hordern and her daughter create a water bottle rainbow
  14. :: Dawn & Wesley Smith make a water rocket
  15. :: and Jackie Boucher has designed a water themed word search & colouring page
This is an e-magazine – you will receive a download link to a high quality printable pdf [you can save the file to your hard drive and access it, read, and print it anytime and you can view the pdf on a Tablet or iPad].
Image: Joanie Gorman‘s cork sailors and pirates

FREE PROJECT EXCERPT

Make these cork sailors and pirates to sail on your boat (project also included in this Action Pack) — DOWNLOAD 1-page PDF here.

Image: Natalie Kramer  experiments with water tension

Image: Helen Bird shows us a fun wet felted project

Image: Gina Vida‘s ice lantern

Image: Lucy Hordern‘s water bottle rainbow 

When tackling these projects be sure to:

  1. Ask permission first.
  2. Organise your area, use equipment safely and follow the safety advice.
  3. Prepare and organise your space, ingredients and materials beforehand.
  4. Be safe and careful when handling heat and knives and sharp instruments.
  5. Clean up afterwards.
  6. Have fun.

Important: After purchase you will be directed to a page where you can download the PDF. And the pdf magazine will also be automatically delivered via e-mail as soon as your payment is received. The e-mail you receive will include a link to download the file directly to your computer. Please note that the link will only allow you to access the file for a limited period (150 hours or 5 tries), so please make sure to download and save the file on your own computer as soon as you receive it. Lost files may be replaced for a period of 30 days following purchase. Very occasionally your email provider may mark this email as junk, so if you do not receive the email, then first check your junk mail, as a precaution download the file from the webpage directly after purchase.

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For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website

As I work and play and read and relax while camping, it is not all fun and games. Camping can be hot, and strenuous and sweaty and dirty and tiring too. It is not all starry nights and birds chirping, sometimes there is blaring music and noisy neighbours. However after a week of moving around, fixing broken stuff and staying in some run down sad caravan parks, we have found a little corner of paradise. Fishing is good, the weather is hot, the campsite is small and quiet, the water is lovely and we have internet — so I can catch up on emails and blogging and various things like that.

my new book on amazon

I found out through friends on twitter that my new book is now available for preorder on Amazon — very excited about this book, such a labour of love, a lot of work, a lot of sweat and tears and lot of design decisions. You can pre-order it now, or wait until September — don’t worry i’ll remind you! And i’ll talk more about the book in the months to come.

DO get in touch if you are interested in writing a guest post for whipup this year! Send me a short email with your idea Kathreen {at} whipup.net

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Right now I am

by kath_red on 08/02/2013

in Newsletter

windy day

  • Enjoying the amazing weather. No rain, wind or tears. Sunny blue blue blue skies, green water and soft grey pebbly beach. The water is calm as are tempers.
  • Reading Sherri S Tepper books — first Grass and now The Margarets. Complex and interesting characters — science fiction but concentrating on the people and the environment rather than on technology — I like that.
  • Listening to the crazy noisy bird life — Cockatoos and Galas.
  • Observing the people — fellow campers are an interesting mixed bunch of people. Grey nomads, young couples in love with tiny tents and a hippy van, lots of people traveling with dogs, one couple have 3 dogs and a parrot in a cage — the woman as the most amazing long silvery grey hair. Another couple travelling with their 21 year old son and hoping he will find some happiness (and maybe a job and a girlfriend) along the way — they sold their house and plan to spend 10 years on the road. A family of 5 in a swiss army style caravan (lots of gadgets and nifty nooks that fold out and fold back again). Another homeschooling family with 3 kids and a giant vintage caravan.
  • Giving in to my craving for black jelly beans.
  • Finishing up this post while the family wait for me to go for an afternoon swim.
  • Enjoying spending quality and quantity time with the kids.
  • Repeating the words — Tolerance and Respect over and over and over (our new family mantra this trip).
  • Working on my book and some crafty projects and taking lots of photos.
  • Finishing up the editing for the next Action Pack — a great one with a focus on Water related projects

DO get in touch if you are interested in writing a guest post for whipup this year! Send me a short email with your idea Kathreen {at} whipup.net

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