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Lorraine from Ikat Bag sent me a lovely letter this week about the creativity series which I just had to share a snippet of with you all.

I am so, so awed by the guest posts in this series you’ve got on whip up. I mean, really, really awed … All the women you’ve invited to be part of your guest series are such rich personalities — and have such unique stories. Almost all of them relish running off the beaten path and into the great unknown, pioneering new territories … those stories moved me … Hurrah for women (and their men and children that put up with their madness)!

Hurrah for women indeed! To all of you wonderful people, readers, crafters, women (and men too), who go about their daily lives doing wonderful things, taking chances, raising children and living their lives in a meaningful purposeful way. Hurrah for all of you!

Some of the latest posts in this series of creativity: Cultivate an appreciation for the slow mastery of a craft from Katie at foxflat. :: Blair from wise craft gives us a preview of her crafting space and process :: Creativity requires risk and vulnerability from delia creates :: Memories made creating together from the family at Se7en + 1 :: Lara of Ink & Spindle steps outside the rat race :: Chawne from Completely Cauchy explains her creating process as mistakes becoming opportunities.

Action Pack Family cooking 2012 edition is out: Get your copy HERE.

  • In this issue there are 30 recipes – all tested and tasted by kid chefs – Orlando and Otilija.
  • Plus we have included a crafty how-to-sew a chef’s hat as well as a convenient printable recipe card section.
  • As well as this we have a included cooking essentials like how to separate eggs, make bread and butter and lots more besides.
  • Action Pack guide to family cooking is divided up into sections:breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner, bread + butter, and dessert. And each recipe is rated ‘super easy’, ‘easy’, ‘medium’ or ‘bit harder’.
  • Plus there are baking tips, safety advice and a kitchen conversion chart.
Cooking is a great skill to have. If you can be confident in the kitchen, know how to use a knife safely and to be careful around boiling liquids and hot flames, then you are well on your way to becoming an independent and capable person in the kitchen and in life. This Action Pack: Family cooking, will help cooks of all ages to become confident in the kitchen.

Our whole family had such fun making this issue – lots of taste testing and experimenting in the kitchen, lots of yummy weekend lunches! Hope you enjoy and tell your friends!

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For all my lovely readers in the throes of summer – about to finish school for the year and head to the beach … make sure you get the Great Outdoors Summer issue of the Action Pack before you head off on holidays.

Action Pack: A MEGA e-mag for kids who want to do stuff is available in an easy downloadable PDF format, priced at only $6, and with no advertising.

You’ll need to make this excellent utility belt before heading off and fill it with all the essential for an adventurous kiddo (even though older kids can make this by themselves, younger ones will need some help – but this would make a fabulous gift for you to make for them too).

Lots of lovely summer outdoorsy camping type projects if you heading to the beach – make a fishing rod, catch some fish in a fish trap, paint yourself with some natural body paint, collect some beach jewels and make some simple jewellery …

If you are staying closer to home and have a whole summer ahead of you – you can practice your knot tying, go on adventures, make a weather station, and cook outdoors…

Action Pack: A MEGA e-mag for kids who want to do stuff is available in an easy downloadable PDF format, priced at only $6, and with no advertising.

Issue 4 (June + July 2011) of Action Pack: A MEGA-Mag for kids (aged 7+) just keeps getting bigger and better. The Great Outdoors edition is 60 pages (that’s double the size of the regular Action Packs) full of colourful activities, recipes, games and tutorials for outdoor fun.


Action Pack: A MEGA e-mag for kids who want to do stuff is available in an easy downloadable PDF format, priced at only $6, and with no advertising.

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Things to make and do …

by kath_red on December 11, 2011

in Link Love

The pictures above and below are just a few of the outtakes from the cover photoshoot for the newly released Dec/Jan Issue of Action Pack Magazine for Kids. The theme is Celebration – and I set this simple shoot up by asking the kids to decorate themselves and eat some pavlova – sounds simple enough right! but it never is that simple … there were arguments and irritations, giggles and silliness – and finally some really fun and funny pictures – the final pic is here on the cover – and it’s a gorgeous image – but I couldn’t resist showing you some of the behind the scenes images that didn’t make it.

This week I …

Moved more furniture around – its my annual pre-holidays clear out and re-arrange – do you do that too? I feel like I am never exactly quite satisfied with the arrangement of furniture: a couch meant to be a cosy reading corner turns into a dumping ground for clean to-be-folded washing, a bench supposed to be for nicely displaying nick nacks turns into a dumping ground for books, bills and half finished science projects, a set of wall hooks meant to be used for rain coats instead is piled full with all the coats. So I moved some things – put some things away, hopefully it will help?

This week I …

Didn’t do the crafting and making and crocheting I was going to do – there are unfinished projects and craft supplies everywhere – instead I worked on a freelance editing job – because a little cash over Christmas is a welcome thing.

This week I …

I spent too much time on the computer – but I did ignore twitter – because I really had to prioritise that computer time – I didn’t do any useless browsing or online shopping or social networking 0r any of that stuff – I did send out some marketing emails and I did write my newsletters and did reply to some of the backlog of emails in my inbox – clearing out the inbox is quite a relief!

This week I …

Spent rather a lot of time drinking eggnog for breakfast (without the brandy!), having coffee with friends, wrapping presents and going to school concerts.

And this weekend I …

Plan to and am doing more of the same … plus a little more holiday baking and more christmas wrapping and hopefully some christmas crafting too.

What about you?

This is what some other folks are doing …

 

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Introducingdrum roll please … Action Pack issue 8 {Celebration}. The culmination of a terrific and huge first year for this little Action pack Magazine for kids. Wow we have gone from nothing to something pretty special – offering an interesting, creative and educational array of projects aimed at 7-12 year old kids (and older and younger too). {Scroll down for sample pages from this issue – so bright and cheery!}

I am very excited to introduce the mega issue of Celebration – celebrating a wonderful year – celebrating your special holiday – and sharing what everyone is celebrating at this special holiday season.

Action Pack – Issue 8: Available now with no advertising, recipes, craft projects, and more…

This is an e-magazine – you will receive a download link to a high quality printable pdf

This issue is huge – no really I mean it – it’s HUGE.

80 pages and 23 projects

It’s not a magazine – it’s a book and it all came together with the help of some wonderful contributors and my beautiful family – but the reason it is successful is because of you! My special readers, supporters and blog friends – who purchase, support, talk about, blog about, subscribe to the newsletter … thank you all for the support of my new venture this year.

We have some plans for changing things up a bit next year – we will be changing our publishing schedule a little – not publishing so many so frequently – I am a bit exhausted! Instead we will be concentrating on fewer bigger ones, and also some smaller more frequent ones – yes exciting times!

Inside this issue:

  • Recipes: cookies and holiday treats from around the world (9 recipes)
  • Decorations: – ornaments, wreaths, banners and a nativity scene (8 projects)
  • Games and gifts: – Wintry scenes to cut out and display, cards and gift tags, dress ups and games to make and play with (6 projects including printables)

Action Pack – Issue 8: Available now 80 pages of tutorials, recipes, craft projects, and more…

This is an e-magazine – you will receive a download link to a high quality printable pdf

Contributors:

Verity Heysen Kizek :: Lorraine Teigland :: Kathreen Ricketson (thats me) :: Joanie Gorman :: Carina Envoldsen-Harris :: Clare Collins :: Francesca Mueller :: Pascale Mestdagh :: Anna Hytonen

 

This is an e-magazine – you will receive a download link to a high quality printable pdf

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I am very excited to almost be able to introduce to you the Celebration issue of Action Pack Magazine for kids. This issue is a whopper – and is coming together at last. I had hoped to release it today – alas there are a few final touches that need to happen before I can do that – but by Friday – I promise it will be here!

In the meantime here is a little taster of what you can expect…

  • Recipes: cookies and holiday treats from around the world (9 recipes)
  • Decorations: – ornaments, wreaths, banners and a nativity scene (8 projects)
  • Games and gifts: – Wintry scenes to cut out and display, cards and gift tags, dress ups and games to make and play with (6 projects including printables)

Am very excited to be introducing lots of contributors in this issue too: 

  • Verity Heysen Kizek: Verity is a illustrator just moved from Istanbul to Australia. In Istanbul, she loved going for walks around her local neighbourhood with her four year old son Yashar, and catching the ferry across the Bosphorus.
  • Lorraine Teigland: Lorraine loves cardboard and sewing. She used to be a Science teacher but now stays home with her three daughters Emily (age 7), Jenna (age 5) and Kate (age 3). All three girls love art and craft, princess, dolls, dressing-up, dancing, baking and inventing. Together, they have made many cardboard things, including dollhouses, cars, scooters, traffic lights, ships, trees, a train and a grocery store. Lorraine is also slowly teaching them to sew toys, clothes and bags for themselves and their dolls.
  • Kathreen Ricketson (thats me): Kathreen is the founder of Action Pack, she lives in Canberra Australia with her husband Rob and their two children: Orlando (9-yrs old) and Otilija (11-yrs old). They have some chooks and recently added a pair of ducklings to their family (their names are Five-spice and Soy-sauce).
  • Joanie Gorman: Joanie lives in Hampshire, England with her children, Tristan (13) and Grace (almost 10) and their dog Pippi (18 months). Joanie is a writer and art teacher and makes a mean chocolate brownie. You can often find her with her kids in the woods with their funny little border terrier.
  • Carina Envoldsen-Harris: Carina lives in England but is originally from Denmark. She has lots of crafty adventures in embroidery, crochet and sewing. When Carina isn’t crafting or drawing you can probably find her watching Star Wars!
  • Clare Collins: Clare is from Perth, Western Australia, and lives on a sail boat in Mexico with her husband, Ken, and their four children, Matthew, Drew, Isabelle and Nico. They collect dolls made by the indigenous people of the countries they visit and they love learning about different crafts and celebrations.
  • Francesca Mueller: Francesca lives with her husband and three children in an ancient village in northern Italy, perched on a limestone cliff by the Mediterranean. They love to grow vegetables, cook delicious food, go on nature walks and whittle wood as well as many other creative things.
  • Pascale Mestdagh: Pascale has two daughters, 8 and 11 years old. They all live in Paris, France, where they like to create with fabric, yarn, wool, paper, paint and glue. They give each other unlimited inspiration.!
  • Anna Hytonen: is mother to Agnes and Leo. They take turns to celebrate Christmas in both Finland and Sweden, as they have family in both countries.
In the meantime I have packaged together all seven issues so far this year – and you can get them all for a discounted price … 

Available here and now – or go to the shop to purchase it from there.

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Action Pack 2011 Bundle: Issues 1-7: Set of 7 Action Pack Magazines. Includes Issues 1-7. Save $ by buying the whole set only $30. Great gift for the active, creative children in your life!

  • :: Issue 1: Paper + Beeswax (Origami projects, beeswax & honey projects)
  • :: Issue 2: Seeds + Beads (Beaded dragonfly, cooking and growing seeds)
  • :: Issue 3: Sew + Tea (learn about tea, sew a tea cosy & a play tea set)
  • :: Issue 4: Great Outdoors (bumper issue 80 pages of outdoor crafts, adventures and cooking)
  • :: Issue 5: Chalk + Cheese (Learn how to make your own chalk, cheese and other crafty projects using these materials)
  • :: Issue 6: Zap + Zest (Bumper issue around the themes of electricity and citrus)
  • :: Issue 7: Sticks + Stones (Projects using lots of natural materials).
What do you think of the cover of the new Celebration issue? … so hard to get kids to take a not too silly photo! Just bribe them with the pavlova they just finished making.

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