Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Posted by Sharon Stanley at 7:34 PM
Monday, May 5, 2014
sent us the prettiest marbled paper that can be used in so many ways in art projects. I had previously purchased one of Heidi's scrap packages of beautiful papers and have used them several times. She also sent book marks!
sponsored us with treat bags of washi tape and twine to be used in any projects you can think of and wrapping too. I love using twine and/or washi tape for wrapping. Jodi has a cute shop full of all sorts of cute things.
is local (Willow Lawn, Richmond) and one of my favorite shops for all things fabric. They carry such a fun selection of quilting fabric! The sent along the nicest little vinyl bags full of treats perfect for anyone. They also have a website (link above) for anyone not local. Check it out!
is everyone's favorite craft magazine, and they sent each of us a copy to drool over. If you've never seen a copy, they can be ordered from their website (coming from England) and purchased in various local stores. A lifestyle and craft magazine for those who live and love all things handmade, it's a beautiful read.
sent us the most beautiful paper flowers, but that's not all! They also sent a cute treat bag with stripe-y straws, and the cutest wooden utensil along with some other little goodies. What a fun store for all things paper! In addition, they have an Etsy shop called
which has an amazing selection of party supplies and fun goodies for anyone who enjoys paper!
I've been a Jessica Swift
Is there anything you can't find on ETSY? This is a wonderful shop and Travis sent everyone a couple of bags for our SWAG baskets.
just because you couldn't make it to the Art Day doesn't mean you can't join in the fun.
Leave a comment here and tell me your favorite party treat and I'll enter you to win your own swag basket just like the one the Art Day participants received. I'll close the entries on May 9.
My blog/photography skills are horrid as you know and don't do justice to these wonderful shops. And
I know this is a long post, but these sponsors are so worth shopping, I wanted to make sure you had links to each one. Please consider shopping at these shops, and let them know you heard about them from Farm and Fru Fru. They'll appreciate it I know, and so will I!
I'll be posting more Art Day pictures soon so stop back by and see what went on.
Posted by Sharon Stanley at 8:48 AM
Friday, March 28, 2014
If you're not familiar with Lilla, she also wrote a great book I bought not long ago
which is one of the most colorful, fun books I've read in a long time.
It's become my 'go-to' as it's full of really helpful info.
Lilla is an agent so she knows what she's talking about.
The book is full of fun worksheets, thoughtful questions and tons
I'm excited to take this art class and see where I land.
The second fun thing to share is I'm in the midst of planning a
Farm and Fru Fru workshop for May...
I can accommodate 12 people and have 2 spots left if you are local
and are interested. We will be making a mixed media canvas,
playing with all sorts of paint, paper and anything else we can find,
and we will have snacks, lunch, super-fantastic SWAG bags, and did I mention
One thing about the workshop I'm very excited about is it's location.
I've commandeered a nice spot from "the farmer," and am in the process of spiffing
it up for this, and hopefully other, Farm and Fru Fru workshops, so
if you are interested, email me for all the details....it's gonna be FUN!
Hope you have a great weekend!
Posted by Sharon Stanley at 5:17 PM
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Title: A Sandy Grave
Category: Chapbooks for Tweens
Author: Donna M. McDine
Illustrator: Julie Hammond
Hardcover ISBN: 9781616334543; 1616334541
Softcover ISBN: 9781616334550; 161633455X
eBook ISBN: 9781616334567; 1616334568
Leah and her friends are looking forward to a fun-filled
Donna McDine has written a wonderfully suspenseful
book colorfully illustrated by the equally talented
Julie Hammond, that will be fun reading for any child
who loves a bit of mystery. Her descriptive language
is easy enough for a tween to understand yet interesting
for an older child as well. Just in time for summer
reading, the story follows Leah as she
unravels a mystery Nancy Drew herself would
have loved. But, the story is not just a good beach tale.
There's a subtle lesson here too: Doing the right
thing can be scary, but it doesn't change the fact
that right is right.
I love this book. It's well written, timely, edgy enough to
keep a tween on the edge of his/her seat, (me too!) and
fun to read.
Here's a creative little
for A Sandy Grave you will surely enjoy.
Donna is generously offering a wonderful giveaway
for a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card!
Click and enter to WIN!
About the author: Donna McDine is an award-winning children's author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions, Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention, Global eBook Awards Finalist Children’s Picture Book Fiction, and Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2010 Top Ten Children’s Books ~ The Golden Pathway.
Her interest in American History resulted in writing and publishing The Golden Pathway. Donna’s 2013 releases of Powder Monkey and Hockey Agony and the 2014 release of A Sandy Grave will be joined by an additional book to be published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Dee and Deb, Off They Go. She writes, moms and is a personal assistant from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Children’s Literature Network, and Family Reading Partnership.
Learn more about McDine’s writing career at www.donnamcdine.com and www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com for a full virtual book tour schedule.
Posted by Sharon Stanley at 9:26 AM
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Well, maybe not.
But then, I've never been one to do things that make sense,
just ask my husband.
But I LOVE
Her colorful, happy, bright, fun, quirky, artwork
just makes me smile every time I see it.
So I decided to step outside my comfort zone and take her six week
Daring Adventures in Paint class.
It has been a TON OF FUN! There's even a FB group
of supporters...we post our art attempts and make each other
feel good about our work, offer suggestions etc.
Who wouldn't smile at a floating elephant.
and a lady with feathers in her hair?
I have learned SO much in her class.
I've absolutely LOVED it!
But mostly, that art and "art-making"
should be fun...play really.
And who can't use a little more play?
Mati will offer her class again soon,
check it and her site, art and blog out
Maybe you too could use a bit of playful
fun in your life!
Posted by Sharon Stanley at 9:21 AM