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Slow down, reconnect, and get back to basics

During these uncertain times, families around the country are slowing down, reconnecting, and getting back to basics. One of the best ways for families to share experiences and meaningful time together is through the art of crafting, sewing, and recycling. Here, authors Bernadette Noll and Kathie Sever invite you to look around your house and your neighborhood to discover materials that are just beckoning to find a new life.

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Whether you're a parent looking for innovative projects for your kids, or a seasoned sewer and advocate of the slow family movement, Make Stuff Together gives you 24 projects that help you build family connections while being creative and crafty.

About the Author

BERNADETTE NOLL is the cofounder of Slow Family Living, which strives to help families slow down, connect, and enjoy family life. Her work has been featured in Parents, Mothering, and more.

KATHIE SEVER is an accomplished artist and seamstress, and is the creator of Ramonsterwear. Her work was featured in the film and book Handmade Nation. Together Bernadette and Kathie formed Future Craft Collective to help families find ways to sustainably make stuff together.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470630191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470630198
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,533,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am an author, writer, mother, teacher, speaker, camp director, thrift-store afficianado, lover of craft, creator of informative content and co-founder of Slow Family Living. I write to inspire, inform and enlighten readers in the hopes that they will find something in my words that makes them go, "OH YES! That's just what I need."

My latest book; Slow Family Living; 75 Ways to Slow Down, Connect and Create More Joy is available now from Perigee Publishing. The reviews and response have been fantastic.

I am currently working on my next book, Look At Us Now, a guided family journal to help families capture emotional snapshots of where you are now. And now. And now.

You can find more of my work here...
http://www.bernadettenoll.net and http://www.slowfamilyliving.com and amazon.com/author/bernadettenoll.com

I am a New Jersey native and a 20+ year resident of Austin, TX where I live, work and play with my four children.

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I bought this book looking at as a way to craft with my kids, when they got older. (Ages 5, 3 and 1) But what we actually got was a book of creative ways to connect with my kids. I hadn't been able to articulate what I felt was missing in our daily family life, I realized after skimming this book that some of what was missing was family rituals. The first week we had the book we made a basket of cloth napkins to use at dinner every night. My kids loved helping pick out fabric, and they love setting the table. Even little kids have ways of helping with these projects. My mom made the arm chair pocket for my house, I have NO IDEA how I have lived this long without it! We can't wait to do more projects, and make stuff together! Oh, and the pictures and explanations are wonderful!
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You know those books that seem appealing late at night on Amazon but then completely fail to deliver once delivered to your door a week later? Thank the gods this is NOT one of those books. Every single project appeals. And will actually make you ravenous for some craft time, stat. Combine this with upcycling goodness AND family/community connection goodness, beautiful photos, humor, amazing style, and great writing.... you want this on your shelf. It's one of the best books of this sort that I've seen (and I have read them all).
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What a sweet and gorgeous book. First, it's FULL of amazing projects for all levels of craftiness. Most of the project materials are upcycled, which makes them infinitely affordable. The instructions are so clearly written that even absolute beginners will be able to complete them with satisfying results. And, unlike other "crafting with kids" books, you and your family will actually WANT to make the things in the book. The ideas are inspiring and you'll find yourself coming up with all sorts of ways to put your own spin on them.

Second, the ideas and suggestions for creating time and space to craft as a family are genius. This book acknowledges that it can be difficult, at best, to craft with kids. It talks you through it and helps make the whole experience satisfying, even if a project needs to be completed over several days instead of all at once. The authors help you slow down, breathe, and embrace the process. It's not just about making stuff, it's about improving family time. You'll want to read every word of this book.
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If you are looking for ideas of things to make as a family, where the process engages and supports kids and adults learning this is the book. I can't say enough good things, so frankly just buy this book and see for yourself.
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This book is a must-have for all mamas and papas! The layout, design and photography rock! And the projects are fun and inspired, same kind of stuff that costs a fortune in little boutique stores that kids can learn to make themselves while learning that they don't have to BUY stuff made by exploited Chinese labor in faraway factories.
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