Guest Post | Embroidery Gifts for Kids

Hey Everybody! I’m Joel’s younger sister and I love to tackle big fiber arts projects, but now that I have two kids my time for crafting has diminished quite a bit. My new favorite craft is embroidery because it is quick, versatile and satisfying. I was inspired by photos of your embroidery based on Joel’s drawings and I’ve always loved Joel’s …

Guest Post | Cardboard Crown Tutorial Kids Craft

Hi Joel and readers, I’m excited to be here again! Our house has been a busy one with a 3½ year old boy who is seriously into creative dress-up play (mostly as a firefighter as you will see in the photos below) and a 10 month old boy who is on the move! One of my favorite things is to make something out of nothing. These crowns were made from …

Guest Post | Embroidered Holiday Gift Bags How-to and Giveaway!

By Wendi Gratz (Giveaway info below to win these bags!) Hello again everyone! Way back in July I posted here about some basic info you need to start embroidering – and I shared some of the details about how I stitched up one of Joel’s Paper City designs. As soon as I saw Joel’s holiday designs on printable gift tags. I knew I wanted …

Guest Post | Caroling Party for the Holidays: A How To For Your Kids & You

This Guest Post is by my sister, Lori Henriques Caroling is Catching! As a music teacher, I often find myself inviting people over to perform or participate in some kind of music. One of my best memories is a Richard Rodgers Centennial celebration back in 2002 in which guests were instructed to BYOP: Bring your own performance of a Richard Rodgers piece. …

Guest Post | How To Make Hand-Printed Wrapping Paper With Your Kids

Hi Made By Joel readers! I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here. My name is Phoebe and I’m a printmaking artist over at elSage Designs. Like Joel my boys and I like to create things. It’s pretty rad when the things we create can become useful beyond the project itself, like wrapping paper for birthdays and the holidays. We’ve …

Guest Post | Let’s Get Crafty Like it’s 1978!

Greetings readers of Made By Joel. I hope everything is tickety-boo with you. I am over the moon to be writing this guest post for this most wonderful blog. My name is Harry (I’m a girl). I work for the London based children’s publishing company, Made in Me. We are the creators of The Land of Me an enchanting, digital world for young children …

Guest Post | The Simple Fun of Yoga with Kids

By Claudia Porta “We love our kids so much, we want to give them everything. We work hard to give them as many opportunities as possible. Sometimes we are so busy doing this, we don’t even have time to sit down and relax together. We know this is just as important as the piano lesson or the dance class, but we think we’ll always have …

Guest Post | The Joy of Creative Collaboration Between Adults and Their Children

By Jo Pollitt and Lilly Blue of BIG Kids Magazine The BIG collaborative ocean project The ocean is both wide enough for us to frolic at the edges and vast enough to get lost in. A meeting point of world continents and cultures, such seas invite the possibility of adventure, travel and messages in windswept bottles. The main thing separating kids from …

Guest Post | Helping Parents Search and Discover Useful Books for Children

By Claire Ward-Dutton My name is Claire Ward-Dutton, and I am a British web designer and mum of two young children. I am also the founder of Little Parachutes, a new website which aims to help young children with situations and issues they may encounter as they grow up. The idea for Little Parachutes came to me at the time my son Oscar (who was then …

Guest Post | Embroidery How-To For Beginners Of All Ages

By Wendi Gratz Embroidery is a really terrific craft. The tools are inexpensive and readily available, the projects are portable, and you can embroider ANY drawing. Today I want to introduce you to the basic tools, teach you how to transfer an embroidery pattern, and give you specific details on how I stitched up one of Joel’s designs. The Tools …

Guest Post | Singing With Your Kids

Hi, Everybody. It’s Joel’s sister, Lori. Some of you know about my musical projects featuring Joel’s art since he has so kindly mentioned them here. Joel, Darius, and I have been talking a lot about the connection between music, art, creativity, and the mind. As a teacher, I’ve seen the enormous benefit children receive from …