September 26, 2013
To end the week, I have a fun giveaway for you. Hot Wheels recently sent us their car maker to try out and I can’t tell you how excited the boys were over creating and designing their own cars. It’s like the perfect collision (eh, accidental pun) of two worlds; cars and crafting!
The kit comes with enough supplies to make 10 car bodies. Only three chassis were included, but the kids enjoyed switching out the different bodies. Two types of molds output a car shape and a truck, all easily customizable with various decals.
The process was really simple; insert a plastic stick into the top of the car maker (a purple stick is already placed so the first car is inevitably purple), slide one of the molds into the car maker base, and (get this!) follow the voice instructions because the machine talks. And plays music, which only adds to the drama of the artistic process.
The car maker takes about 7-10 minutes to melt down the plastic stick (all done safely inside the car maker) after which you’re prompted by Mr. Hot Wheels himself to push down the lever. You’ll have to wait another 10 minutes for the plastic to cool down enough to handle, but everything is self-timed and the door at the base will pop open when ready.
A little tool helps you easily pop the car body off the mold. This part was a tiny bit messy, but overall it was a low-trash/debris project. Obviously the plastic isn’t as durable as its die-cast metal counterparts, BUT you get to add your own stickers — which the boys enjoyed.
This is definitely a favorite toy of ours. You can purchase directly from the Mattel website, but Mattel was generous enough to offer one lucky reader a kit of their own! To enter, simply leave a comment at the end of this post. Edited: Wanted to add that I just created a Facebook page for Ambrosia Creative. Feel free to leave a second comment/entry for yourself for liking my new Facebook page, thank you!
Giveaway closes October 7, 2013 and I will contact the winner by email. Good luck!
July 26, 2013
I recently worked on my first (amateur) refinish, so the timing felt perfect when Chronicle Books invited me to take part in their latest blog tour!
Barb Blair is the founder of Knack Studios and also a miracle-worker with furniture pieces that are past their prime. Her book, Furniture Makeovers, has over 26 techniques to transform old furniture and 30 examples of before-and-after makeovers with instructions on how to do it yourself.
If you’re interested in getting your hands on a free copy along with a tote back from Knack Studios, just leave a comment below! Giveaway closes next Saturday, August 3rd at midnight EST. Good luck!
Update: Congrats to Marty, comment #28 for winning the Furniture Makeovers book!
May 9, 2013
Chronicle Books recently published So Pretty! Felt, a DIY book by author Amy Palanjian and contributing crafters. I was sent a copy of this beautiful book to review and Chronicle kindly wants to offer a copy to one of my readers too!
If you love working with felt and are comfortable with sewing (or hand-stitching at a minimum) you would be excited to thumb through these fabulous projects with step-by-step instructions. Just last night, I put together an easy geometric felt bunting for the boys’ room and will be tackling the modern table runner above next!
You can purchase So Pretty! Felt from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or Chronicle Books. To win a copy, leave a comment below. Giveaway ends next Thursday, May 16, after which I’ll contact the winner via email. Below are more reviews and book giveaways:
Monday, May 13 – Handmade Charlotte & Fabric Paper Glue
Tuesday, May 14 – MINT & A Spoonful of Sugar
Wednesday, May 15 – Positively Splendid & Hart and Sew
Thursday, May 16 – Rouge and Whimsy & So You Think You’re Crafty
Friday, May 17 – Aesthetic Nest & Dollar Store Crafts
April 3, 2013
The boys and I recently had the privilege of sampling a craft kit sent by the folks at Kiwi Crate. The boys are always impressed by packages addressed directly to them, and were even more impressed at the two colorful wind-powered projects inside! There were a few “ooohs!” and “whoas!” as spontaneously captured:
Each Kiwi Crate comes with all the supplies you need for a particular project. I had pulled out my tape and scissors from my own craft supplies, but there was no need because even those are included in each kit! The best part is, we were sent a sibling crate which has plenty of materials for each child. Because the boys had their own sets, there was no fighting, no squabbling, no whining-and-dining (as my mom likes to put it). This may very well have been one of the least stressful craft sessions we’ve ever done!
My five-year-old needed assistance, oh, maybe 50% of the time. But my 7-year-old was able to accomplish the projects mostly on his own. The materials are colorful, neatly packaged, and kid-friendly. Each project occupied the kids for about 25 minutes and they were completely engaged the entire time! Here are the finished wind cars:
Working on the wind sock:
Subscribers benefit from free shipping and recieve never before released crates. Single crates would be great for birthday gifts, rainy days, or nice to test run if you’re not ready to commit to a subscription.
We had such a great experience with our kit, I am thrilled that Kiwi Crate has offered to send a crate to one of my readers! To enter, please leave a comment mentioning which single crate you’d be interested in. Giveaway ends next Thursday, April 11 at midnight, and I will contact the winner directly.
Kiwi Crate also has a giveaway going on right now where you can win every item in their DIY Materials Pop-up Shop along with a table from Pottery Barn.
March 13, 2013
I have a fun giveaway for you! Harper Collins recently sent me a set of five Easter books and would like to offer a set to two of my readers as well! The range of titles has been perfect for us; Mara snuggles (per usual) with the little bunny that accompanies Goodnight Moon, Dax enjoys the pictures books, and The Velveteen Rabbit is a quick little chapter book for my oldest (all hardcovers except for Velveteen Rabbit).
Two simple ways to enter: leave a comment for one entry and for a second entry, pin a book from Harper Collins’ Easter books Pinterest page (make sure to leave a second comment if you choose to do this!)
Giveaway closes Friday, March 22 at midnight EST.
And speaking of Easter, how excited are your kids? I know mine are looking forward to yet another scavenger hunt left by the easter bunny!