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Red Ted Art – The Book. Interview, Review and Giveaway!

Maggy Woodley, the brains and brawn behind high-profile and incredibly successful craft blog Red Ted Art, has a book coming out next week! We were delighted to be offered a sneaky peek and my children have a list as long as my arm of projects they want to have a go at over the Easter holidays! Here’s what we thought and, down at the bottom, details of a giveaway!

My children are older than Maggy’s and have been crafting for a long time but the projects she has included are all open to development and have already kicked off some ideas in our heads! We are particularly taken with the peanut finger puppets having never crafted with peanut shells before!

Maggy cut the bottom off the peanuts, took the nuts out and then painted them to make perfect tiny finger puppets. One set tells the tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, the other is a fabulous set of silver knights.

She suggests in the book that you could go on to make the little knights into a game of noughts and crosses which has prompted me and my girl (now 13) to come up with a plan…watch this space, it’s going to take us some time!

Meanwhile here are some little ghosts which Bonus Boy produced all by himself after looking at Cute and Easy Crafts for Kids!

ground nut shell crafts

And a fabric bowl by me and my girl!

how to make a fabric bowl

This was created just as we would with paper mache using watered down PVA glue and applying several coats of fabric to a bowl covered with a layer of cling film. Maggy suggests using two fabrics, applying the first upside down as the inside of the bowl and the second right way up as the outside. I think it turned out a treat and we will fill it with Easter eggs next week!

The book is packed full of Maggy’s magnificent ideas, it is beautifully presented and very inviting. I love that it prompts ideas and that it is full of the energy which emanates from everything Maggy does. I feel lucky to count her as a friend and I took the opportunity of asking her some questions ahead of the book launch next week.

A little bit about your background, where does all this crafting come from?!

Crafting has always been a hobby of mine – I remember loving crafting as a child – even earning all my crafty Girl Guide badges! Throughout the years, I would knit a little here, make a birthday card there, but not really craft that much as work too busy. Then with the arrival of kids… I had the opportunity to really get crafty again – and better still, get crafty with my children! Kids’ crafts are just wonderful!

Why did you start Red Ted Art? Has it gone in the direction you intended at the beginning? Have there been any surprises?

Ha! I am embarrassed to say, that I started Red Ted Art as a “business selling Pop Art for kids” – I had made a set of Pop Art Teddies for my son’s bedroom. Then made some for friends and family. I had a couple of inquiries of “where I bought them from”. So thought, that that could be my SAHM business. Red Ted Art was born. I needed a website quickly and a blog was an easy solution. A good sales person gives something away for free to draw in customers, so I started posting the odd little craft here and there… and then I was hooked. I ditched the artwork and focused on crafts. I haven’t looked back since!

The main surprise? That I am better at it than I thought! All that creativity was lurking in me for so long and dying to get out. (I hope that that doesn’t sound arrogant.. but it took me a long time, to appreciate “myself”…).

What is your favourite craft in the book and why?

I can’t pick just one… argh. How do I pick just one?! But the ones, that I love best are the ones when I had one of those light bulb moments and I know the craft is 100% “me” – I particularly, felt like that about our Loo Roll Giraffes and the Wild Things Paperbag Masks.

What is the best thing to have come out of blogging for you? Do you still enjoy it?

The best thing is having focused time with my kids – it is a virtuous circle: we craft, I have material for the blog, I blog, I have an incentive to sit down and craft with the kids. It is hard to find time in your busy day to day life to “do things regularly”.. and the blog gave me that focus.

Do I still enjoy it? Absolutely!!! Especially as I watch my children grow and see their creativity develop. I love seeing their own creations.

How easy was it to choose which crafts went into the book?

Very – the editor did that… and I just tweaked the odd craft here and there. I thought it was good that they chose, as they looked on my activities with a fresh pair of impartial eyes!

So, would you like to win a copy of Maggy’s book? Of course you would! Just answer the simple question below and you will be entered into the draw.

Why do you need Maggy’s book in your life?

 

1. Giveaway is open until midnight on Wednesday 27th March 2013.

2. Winner will be chosen by random number generator

3. One entry per person

4. Giveaway is open to UK and Commonwealth entrants only

5. Maggy’s publishers at Square Peg will send the prize to the winner following the draw. Thinly Spread accepts no responsibility for delivering of the prize and will not enter into any correspondence regarding the giveaway.

This blurry little photo shows what Bonus Boy thinks about Maggy’s book so I have to include it here!

Disclosure: We received a copy of Maggy’s book for review, words, opinions and pictures are our own. This post contains affiliate links – if you buy the book after clicking on the link I receive some pennies from Amazon which I will probably buy baked beans with, thank you!

 

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52 Comments

  1. Because it looks FABULOUS and we LOVE crafts :)

  2. Oh those ghosts are just gorgeous!!!

  3. The fabric bowls are next on my list!

  4. Because I need help to keep my daughter occupied and this book looks great.

  5. You can never, ever, ever have enough craft or art books. There will always be something new to learn from and be stimulated by. Yes please :)

  6. Me and my brood love doing crafts together.

  7. Oh my… you had me at the very first sentence…. sniffing away. SOOOO pleased you like the book. EVEN MORE pleased the kids do! Isn’t BB just amazing? Love the ghosts (and his photo of them!).

    Thank you for joining in the blog book tour! Much much appreciated!

    Super friend!

    Maggy xxxx
    PS does this count as an entry… do I get to win one?!?!?!??!!?

  8. I think I have covered all the ideas in my other craft books – we do loads as I am really arty and my kids take after me!

  9. Because my 5 year old girl is obsessed with art and crafts,
    Her cutting and sticking dont half drive me saft,
    but its all good fun for at the end of day,
    and now she can learn alot more for a longer play,

    thankyou,
    Hayley

  10. I need Maggy’s book in my life as my daughter is really in to arts and crafts and I am not artistic. My mum and my sister are but not me :( So this book would help give me ideas so I can do crafts with my daughter.

  11. Because it looks amazing!

  12. Because I’ve pledged to get more crafty and make something for my son every month. I’m so absolutely USELESS that it’s been a very slow start. This will give me a kick up the bum to get making things again x @MyMillsBaby

  13. to entertain the kids

  14. i would love to have the book as it looks absolutely wonderful and with three kids to entertain, this would be fantastic!

  15. I just NEED it :)

  16. I need it so I can have more fun doing craft activities – I WANT to make pretty things

  17. i am hopeless at craft/art, always have been. I dont want my boys to suffer because of it & need some ideas to help me :)

  18. I need Maggy’s book in my life because you can never have too many craft books! Plus I’m always in need of inspiration to keep them entertained :)

  19. I need Maggys book in my life because my children absolutely adore crafting and some new ideas would be fantastic

  20. I have two lovely children and my daughter in particular is very into crafts so would love to win this!

  21. I have completely run out of ideas to do with the kids and my 2 boys drive me cra-zy!

  22. Ooh. I love the Red Ted blog and its thanks to this blog I started crafting with my now 2 year old from when she was 7m old. Would love to win the book to flick through. The bowl looks great!

  23. Because it sounds really useful, i feel that i should do more craft with my kids so having all the ideas in a lovely book would probably give me a push to do more, they really love it when we do it!

  24. I need Maggy’s book because we love crafts but I’m the ideas lady and I’m running out of them. Would love to have some ideas up my sleeve to fill the inevitable grey days in the summer hols.

  25. Because I love Maggy, she is the best crafter and this will be the best crafting book for that reason! x

  26. Because it is my ‘go to’ website when coming up with ideas for my weekly pre school art group. Such fantastic ideas.

  27. Love the bowl you guys have made, gorgeous!
    Don’t count this as an entry Chris, I just wanted to pop over to say that Maggy deserves lots of success with this wonderful book… she’s worked so hard, and her children love doing the crafts with her, and she’s inspired much creativity in my own boys x

    three cheers for all of the support she is getting from all of this wonderful community too! xx

  28. Everyone is talking about how great this book is, we love the blog and the creative, fun ideas and we don’t have one single craft book at home…so for all those reasons, we’d be over the mooon to win a copy!

  29. I need Maggy’s book because I need ideas. My daughter is 9, loves craft, but I struggle to come up with fun things for her to do.

  30. Or should i say, Why does maggy’s book need us in our life :D .. We Love crafts so it would have a brilliant time at ours :D haha x

  31. Because the ideas are brilliant and it gives tangible ideas to spend time together and imagine !!

  32. Because it looks amazing and to entertain the kids

  33. I would love the book to be able to help teach various groups (nursery, sunday school, messy church and Rainbows) the value of creative crafts as I have very few original ideas and would love to encourage children Iam so blessed to meet, how to create some wonderful items for themselves.
    Thank you

  34. Because I am hopeless with craft. This book will change my life. Forever.

  35. Because I am rubbish at crafting and could really do with some help. Amy really deserves a mummy who can do some crafts with her x

  36. Because I love all things RED TED ART and so does my boy!

  37. It looks like a great way to keep us all busy in the holidays.

  38. One word – Inspiration!

  39. My son and I love making things so this would give us further inspiration :)

  40. My lilman just showing an interest and trying to encourage him to develop his hand muscles, he is learning to write & school suggested more ‘hand’ activities, this looks like has lots of ideas!

  41. Kids need books like these to develop their creative side. This would be great for one of the many ‘rainy days’ we get in this country!

  42. I need to win this book because I have four very creative kids to entertain in the holidays!

  43. Because I love Maggy’s blog and would love to have all those fabulous craft ideas at my fingertips to try with my son! :)

  44. Looks fantastic and something I could enjoy with my girls

  45. To keep my little man entertained

  46. I’m always on the look out for craft ideas to share with my little girl and the Red Ted Art blog is great

  47. I need this gorgeous book to help me entertain my boys!

  48. Because it will spark not just my imagination, but that of my kids’ too!

  49. Because me and my toddler could gain great inspiration from the book just as we do the fabulous website.x @clairelouise82

  50. As I have a little boy who loves crafting but is being drawn increasingly towards his cars and garage etc and doesn’t want to do girly crafts. I need the book to inspire me to inspire him x

  51. Because I genuinely detest all things crafty…if Maggy can’t convert me, I am beyond hope.

  52. Because it looks perfect for art sessions on one of these regular cold and wet days we keep having!

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