I’ve been getting a lot of emails from teachers and parents who are trying out some of my crafts.  It’s so great to see what everybody is doing.  I just got an email from Marta, who is a teacher in Spain.  She told me her students just made design trees!  This was probably the most difficult toy I’ve ever made, and these kids are cranking them out.  Very impressive!

Also, here are some very fancy dress-up drawings from over at vlijtig.

And this is cool.  Slotted Building Discs put onto an Urban Outfitters Mobile from Draußen nur Kännchen!

Finally, some very nice finger puppets from passelig dose in Norway.

Update:  If you want to share some photos of your crafts, then upload them to the Made by Joel Facebook Page!

21 Responses
  1. Mother Lode

    How about a flicker photo pool for your followers and fans to share pics of the projects they create using your design ideas?

  2. Tina

    These are fantastic projects made by your readers Joel! How cool are those design trees made by those gorgeous kiddies!! They look amazing:) ~ Tina

  3. Joel Henriques

    Cool idea! I've never used Flickr before. I'm trying to figure out how to set this up. Feel free to email me with any tips if you'd like!

  4. Mother Lode

    Here's a great example of a photo pool that I followed all of February for Celebrate the Boy – it was a fun month of projects shared on these two blogs: http://madebyrae.blogspot.com/ and this one http://www.dana-made-it.com/
    Check out http://madebyrae.blogspot.com/ specifically – both her sidebars have flickr pool that tied in with the month's theme and I think would lend itself well to what you're doing on your blog, to inspire people to contribute and share!


  5. Caro

    Thank you very much for showing my mobile with your discs. I will upload my pictures to the flickr-pool.

    Greetings from Caro

  6. Madelynnnn

    How fantastic! I would be so inspired to have so many people trying your work. Congrats on a great following! I can't wait to see more.

  7. Golubka

    What an awesome following! The design trees are really nice, my favourite is the second one. Flickr pool is a swell idea!

  8. vintage for kids

    This is very funny and touching to see these works mage by these little fingers. Congratulations to you Joel !

  9. Marta

    Joel, gracias por publicar las fotos de los árboles de mis alumnos.
    Felicidades a ti por el blog y a todos por sus creaciones.

  10. KjO

    Just discovered your blog. Thanks. I was wondering if I was the only dad that blogged. I was starting to wonder about myself. ha ha.

    Great blog. Very creative. Something I am trying to nurture in myself right now.

    By the way, I am in PDX as well. I have to say I love this time of year when the trees start to come back to life and the blue sky reappears for days instead of moments.

  11. Joel Henriques

    Hey John. Those po-trees are great! I love that idea, and yeah, same type of thing. I'm looking forward to Jack and Tess learning to read, and getting into words and poetry. They'd really like something like this. Thanks.

  12. strawberry lemonade girl

    This is amazing…..all your stuff is so inspirational. It's fun to see what everyone is coming up with!

    I've been plotting trying several of these out over the weekend with my lil 5 year old Wolfie. I think he and I will be skipping the magical design trees for now….the lil dress up drawings are more my speeeeed!

    : )

  13. jen

    again, thank you for the flow of creative inspiration!
    today we had a great time with your dress-up drawings:

    look forward to your posts!

  14. Joel Henriques

    Jen, those are brilliant dress-up drawings!! Wow, you guys are great fashion designers! I love the blue shoes, and also the fringe on the bottom of the green dress. Awesome!