New Page for 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

Portland Monthly Magazine

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.  

Giveaway For Two Copies of Made To Play!

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 all those who have left a comment. I will ship world-wide so anyone can …

Modular Leg Bands How-To on Etsy

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!

Behind The Scenes At The Martha Stewart Show

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 we are, about to go into the studio. Here’s …

Quick Photo From Martha Stewart Filming Today!

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.

Martha Stewart TV Show!

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 to film. I’ll let you know how it goes, …

Article in Martha Stewart Living Magazine

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! Thanks to everyone at Martha Stewart!

My Book Came Today!

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!

Preview Inside My Book – Made to Play!

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 you’ll enjoy it!

Now Available – Made to Play!

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 local …

My Book Cover!

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 to Play” …

Book Update

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 Next it’s …

Exciting News!

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! I feel so honored and excited to be …