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Crafting with Choochie (no, really)

Those who know me know I’m an uncrafty soul. A crafty baker, sure, but I’m not one for hot glue guns or glitter. Matter of fact, Hobby Lobby and Michael’s make me itchy…so itchy.

Despite my aversion to all things crafts, I have attempted projects from time to time. After all, I did raise a kiddo and kiddos love crafts. Yet, somehow my crafts usually don’t turn out the way I thought/hoped they might. Anyone familiar with the black bar placed across a fashion “don’t” featured in fashion magazines? Yeah, that would be pretty much every craft I have ever attempted.



The thing is, I know Sweet E is gonna want to, you know, craft thangs. What’s a crafting don’t supposed to do?!

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My Internety friend, Jamie Dorobek, has a website that spawned a fun and truly super-easy craft book for kids: C.R.A.F.T.

When I got my book in the mail, I’ll be truthful, I put it out of sight. The very idea that there was a crafting book in my house freaked me out. I knew I had to review it eventually, so I pulled it out and started to look through the pages, hoping to find something my speed: ultra non-crafty.

Not only did I find crafts my speed, but crafty things I know Sweet E is gonna want to try.


My surprise is no exaggeration. There are actually a few projects I’ve noted and think I won’t mess up:

* Snowman Tin Can (page 67): Basically taking a clean tin can and painting it to look like a snowman. THIS I can do ( I think).

* Egg Snakes (page 36-37): Involving simple cutting and pasting and a wooden clothespin (I have ALL the ingredients, um, supplies)

* Ring Toss (page 30): A ruler, paper plates and scissors! Whoohoo, Sweet E will love this one!

Y’ALL! Jamie may be responsible for bringing me into the craft arena, which is no small feat. I have looked through her book several times now, dreaming of the fun Sweet E is going to have this summer when he comes to Camp Choochie.

Me! I’m dreaming of crafts to do with another small human! Astounding.

Product Description:

100 kid-friendly projects from the creator of C.R.A.F.T.!

Get ready for some serious family fun! Filled with 100 fun crafts, Creating Really Awesome Free Things helps you develop your child’s creativity, imagination, and fine motor skills–all while using common household items. Each budget-friendly project features step-by-step instructions and keeps kids entertained, engaged, and learning all day long. You and your children will love recreating one-of-a-kind crafts like:

  • Memory Game
  • Egg Carton Flowers
  • Key Wind Chime
  • Ring Toss
  • Lion Mask

Complete with photographs for every project, Creating Really Awesome Free Things promotes hours of playtime fun with the entire family!

Just as the product description states, Jamie shows how to use common items for hours of fun and creativity with the kiddos. As of this writing, I am now saving toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, cardboard food boxes and anything else reusable I can think of. My next step will be to buy a craft box (almost started itching) for my ingredients supplies.

Me! A craft box!

This book is serious fun for the experienced crafter and itchy late-comer alike.

Happy crafting, y’all!



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How to Keep The Kids Happy

Wednesday 18th of July 2018

[…] friend, Jamie (YES, SHE IS!), sent me her book back in 2015 to preview.  (her site: […]


Monday 7th of December 2015

LOL! Your description made me laugh! It's me in the baking aisle - wanting so desperately to make those fabulous cookies that look like they're glazed with satin, yet coming up blobby and drippy every time! grrr! The book sounds delightful! The littlest kids are the ones most challenging to find projects for - yet they are often the ones who want to participate the most!

Patti Tucker

Monday 7th of December 2015

Ha! I am an awful crafter, but can bake almost anything. I'm hoping Sweet E doesn't hold my crafting fails against me!

Jennifer Preiss

Friday 4th of December 2015

Wandering around and staring at all the "craftsy" goodness that others seem to make so easily.......make me itchy, as well. So I love this post! Thank you.

Patti Tucker

Friday 4th of December 2015

Ha! Going into Hobby Lobby makes me so itchy! I feel the urge to RUNAWAY! when I'm there (to pick up stationary supplies or stickers for Sweet E).

Elle Spann

Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

so fun! always loved crafting as a kid :) elle

Patti Tucker

Wednesday 2nd of December 2015



Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

Love your review :) You are officially a crafter!!! Whahooo!! xo

Patti Tucker

Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

Ha! Well, that's really open to interpretation. ;)

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