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Made to Play!
Just a quick note to say that I created a new site page for my book, Made to Play, where you can find info, download actual-size templates for the projects in the book, or ask questions. Here’s the link: http://madebyjoel.com/madetoplay Thanks everyone! Joel
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Some friends of mine needed to add to their video portfolio, and I was one of the lucky participants. If you want a quick peek inside my studio, check it out! Screenshots below:
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If anyone wants to see how the Martha Stewart show went, here’s a video. It was a blast making dollhouses together! If you’d like, here is a behind the scenes look at the Martha Stewart TV Show. Here are the dollhouses I brought to New York for the show.
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My favorite home-town magazine, Portland Monthly, was very kind to do a review of Made to Play in their November issue. You can read a pdf of the article below if you’d like. Thanks Portland Monthly!     Click on the image below to read the article in PDF.  
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This morning I was on the news show, “More Good Day Oregon” here in Portland. It was pretty fun! Here is a video stream if you want to watch it.
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Now that my book is out, I thought it would be fun to do a little giveaway. I signed two copies, so I’ll randomly pick two winners. If you want to be entered to win, then simply leave a comment on this post. On Friday morning (October 28) I will randomly pick the winner from...
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Check out this Etsy blog post if you’d like to see a tutorial for the Modular Leg Bands from my book. Julie, from Etsy, has cleverly thought to turn the project into “robot legs” for Halloween. Cool! Thanks Etsy!
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Got back late last night from the whirlwind trip to NYC. In case you’re as curious as I was about what it would be like at the Martha Stewart Show, here are a few photos from yesterday. My Editor for Made to Play, Jennifer Urban-Brown, and my publicist, Jennifer Campaniolo, came in from Boston. Here...
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Just got done filming the Martha Stewart TV Show! Here’s a photo that my mom took on her phone of the monitor. I’ll post better photos later. I’m in the airport right now getting ready to fly home. It sure was a fantastic trip! Oh, and the show is schedules to air on November 29.
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I’m really excited (and a little nervous) to say that I’m flying to New York on Monday to be a guest on the Martha Stewart TV show! I’m going to be making dollhouses and dollhouse furniture with Martha. I’ll be in the studio for two days. The first to set up and practice, the second...
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I’m excited and grateful to post that Martha Stewart Living Magazine did a small piece on Made to Play in their October issue. I just got my copy yesterday, and they’re starting to hit the newsstands already. I also did a guest post on the Martha Stewart website, if you’d like to check it out!...
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My advance copy of Made to Play arrived in the mail today! It’s pretty exciting to see it in person. I’m looking forward to October 11, when it will be in stores. Wish me luck!
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I’m excited to announce that I’ll be doing a book signing for my new book, Made to Play, at the kid-friendly downtown Powell’s Books here in Portland on Saturday, October 15 at 2pm. If any of you are in the area, I’d love to meet you in person. It’s going to be pretty fun!
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There is a new preview for a peek at a few pages inside my book. Click here if you’d like to check it out! Only a few more weeks to go. It will be in stores on October 11. You can pre-order it here if you’d like. (Or here for more pre-order options.) I hope...
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My book is now available. I’m really excited!  “Made to Play” has 35 craft and toy projects, using wood, fabric, and paper, that promote imaginative and creative play. Here are just a few links for ordering. It’s available world-wide, so if your country is not listed below, you may search the ISBN# 159030912X, or ask your...
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I’m very excited to show you the cover of my book that will be published by Shambhala Publications / Trumpeter Books next fall (2011). I’ll let you all know when it’s available for pre-order. I’ve seen some of the layout for inside the book, too. The design team at Trumpeter Books did an amazing job! “Made...
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After six months of creating, writing, and not sleeping much, I’m very happy to say that I’ve finished the final edit of my book!  The whole process has been exciting, and I love working with everyone at Shambhala Publications / Trumpeter Books. The title is: MADE TO PLAY Handmade Toys and Crafts for Growing Imaginations...
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Last month, on the day of my birthday, an editor at Shambhala Publications / Trumpeter Books (Now Roost Books) asked me if I would be interested in writing a toy&craft-making book for them.  Over the past few weeks we’ve been working on the details for the project, and I just found out it’s a go!...
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