This book is for girls and I know you have two daughters. Share a little about yourself and interaction with girls.
I love children! I spent many hours with my daughters being creative. They each had a craft box from preschool on that we filled with sequins, ribbons, papers, and art supplies. They could pull out the box and have fun on rainy days or days of boredom. I enjoy having neighborhood girls over for crafting afternoons and have fun playing and creating with them. I’ve also been a scout leader and camp craft teacher.
This book lets girls get creative and make tiny furnishings and decorations for a dollhouse. What made you do a book on miniature crafts?
My other two craft books sell well so I thought about my childhood and recalled a wonderful time creating miniatures. I was snowed in at my Grandmother’s after Valentine’s Day. I lamented that her box of chocolates was empty, but she responded that it was quite full. She picked up the candy wrappers and said, “A doll skirt, a lampshade or maybe a table cloth. We started brainstorming lots of ideas and then she gathered some supplies and we spent that day and the next creating pipe cleaner dolls and dollhouse furnishings. I kept creating dollhouse furnishings after that time with Grandma and my friends. That prompted me to pass on the fun of miniatures to girls in a book.
How can we inspire people to be creative?
Use encouraging words and praise people for their ideas and creative endeavors. Ask children to imagine what they could do if they had…(fill in the blank). Compliment children on something they do, such as the combination of colors worn, the way they wear a hat, of the way they move and wiggle. Whatever you see that can be viewed as creative. Remind people that creativity is more than being a painter. We are creative in social skills, finding solutions to problems, organizing, as well as the crafty side of things.
This book goes beyond making crafts to relating the crafts to scriptures with sections called pebbles of wisdom. Tell us about that?
Each section begins with a scripture and a mini-devotion. It’s enough t spark minds to think about God without being a lecture. There are little thoughts (journal prompts), a sprinkling of other verses throughout the book, plus little thoughts to spark imagination. These provide idea starters for girls to make a new craft based on what they’ve learned to make, or to add their own design.
And there are journal prompts called little thoughts. What are those about and how do they help girls?
These prompts inspire girls to think about the relation between the devotion and the type of craft. The crafts might be chairs and party items and the prompts might ask girls to write about sitting with Jesus or hospitality when a friend visits.
The artwork is in full color and so pretty but it also shows girls the steps in a craft. Are some of the crafts harder than others?
There are various levels of crafts to challenge girls as well as to provide some easy ones to help them feel they can make things. The hardest is one of the last. It’s a wardrobe closet. But there are also more pictures on how to make it to help girls.
What are some of the ways doing a craft will help a girl?
Making crafts builds confidence, builds skills, and inspires creativity. One of the last activities is to put the items together to make the bedroom and that helps them think about decorating a room and can inspire them to think larger, like decorating their bedroom.
How can a mother-daughter use this book?
They can make the crafts together or moms can take photos and encourage a daughter while the girl makes the tiny treasures. Moms can share memories of a dollhouse she may have had or crafts she enjoyed as a girl. They can also use the prompts as discussion starters. They will build memories in doing something fun together.
The book is about little things and that reflects how every little thing and every person, no matter how young or little is important to God. How will the book help girls feel significant and know God cares about them?
The devotion on the little mustard seed is a great example. Girls will discover that God sees the potential in us even before our births and wants us to grow and do our best. They’ll find beauty in little creations and read a devotion about how much God cares for them. These thought will help them know God cares and believes in their potential.