The Artful Winter-Giveaway-Our Advent Calendar

Happy December 1st! I can’t believe that it’s December already it seems like November flew by, with Christmas only 25 days away now, that means lots of crafting, baking, in our house and here on the blog, lots of giveaways from some great companies we love for you to help you with your holiday shopping!
For December this year we are taking a break from our daily school routine and working on some Christmas studies, crafts, recipes, stories, and all kinds of family fun instead. One of the resources that we are including in our Christmas studies this year and many more years to come is the latest book in The Artful Parent series, The Artful Winter. I am very excited to share this book with you, I have completely fallen in love with this book, it is full of wonderful family ideas!
When I got to looking through this book and seen all the amazing and fun craft and food ideas for kids to make over the winter all the way through Valentine’s Day, I was amazed! This book contains 111 pages full of craft and recipe ideas to try with your kids, they have ideas for Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Valentines, winter and more!
The book contains:
  • 19 Christmas crafts and decorations including ~ An Advent Calendar Chain, Salt Dough Gingerbread House, candy cane play doh, and more.
  • 15 winter & holiday recipes including ~ Grandmas candy can cookie recipe, chocolate covered peanut butter balls, healing chicken noodle soup, and more.
  • 3 New Year’s Ideas including ~ New Year bunting, sponge painted perpetual calendar, and more!
  • 10 Winter crafts including ~  Stained Glass Ice Wreath, Pinecone bird treats, foil snowflakes, and more!
  • 12 Valentine’s Day decorations, cards, and gifts including ~ Valentine lacing activity and cards, melted crayon heartstrings, foil heart Valentine cards, and more!
They also include lots of ideas for children’s books for not only Christmas, but also for winter, New Year, Chinese New Year, and more!
Here is a collage of some of the different projects found inside The Artful Winter ebook. You can find out more information and read the Table Of Contents over at The Artful Parent.
A sample of a couple of the pages found inside the ebook. The pages are set up with lots of full color pictures that guide you through step by step through the whole project and are easy to follow. The pictures found inside the book are very colorful and really just beautiful! The projects and recipes are unique, fun, and made using mostly items most parents have around the house anyway!
The first project we worked on was the Advent Calendar Chain and Potato Printing, making an Advent calendar for Truth In The Tinsel we started today. I got lots of the kids to help with this project, and we all had such a fun time putting them together. We made an Advent Calendar for Gabe and Ethan, and will be doing something else with the older kids.
Dustin sewed our circles together on the sewing machine for both of the calendars.
The circles all sewn together.
On top of the circles I put our Truth In The Tinsel clues for each day and glued them on in order so the boys can rip a circle off each day and then reveal our clue for Truth In The Tinsel.
Anthony helped glue our clues onto the circles.
Ethan stamping the gold crosses onto paper, this is the Potato Printing project found inside The Artful Winter ebook.

Serena helped Gabe work on his, he didn’t do them all, the girls finished them for him, but he made about a page of the stars by himself.

Here is all of our stamped crosses and some of the stars for the calendars.

All the crosses and stars cut out and ready to get the numbers glued on.
Ethan glued the numbers onto the stars for me.
The completed stars with numbers glued on the front.

Our finished Advent Calendars.

Ethan had to count all the numbers on his calendar many times after it was put up. He has been really looking forward to ripping the first day off!!

This is just 1 of the many fun ideas you will find in The Artful Winter. Next week I will be sharing the stained glass chains the older boys made with tissue paper, another one of the fun projects found inside The Artful Winter. There are so many wonderful ideas to keep your kids busy and of course decorate your house, this has become a book I will be using quite a bit this year and for many more years!
Head over and purchase your own copy of The Artful Winter ~ it is an 111 page full-color ebook that you can view on your computer, ipad, tablet, or print out for only $9.99. This ebook has ideas that will keep your family creating memories, building traditions, and celebrate together creatively now through Valentine’s Day!

Jean, the author of the Artful Winter has so graciously offered not only 1 or 2, but 3 copies of her book to my lucky viewers!! To get entered in this giveaway use the rafflecopter linky below. This giveaway will be open through 12:01am EST ~ 12/15/2012.  I will be drawing 3 winners using random.org and will personally email the winners, I expect to get a response back from the winners within 48 hours or a new winner will be drawn. Good Luck To everyone!!

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Artful Winter for myself and 3 copies to give to my viewers, no other compensation was give. All opinions are the honest opinions of my children or myself. This post  contains affiliate links all money received from affiliate links are put into homeschooling materials and curriculum.

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