Explore and nurture your mother-daughter bond and create a keepsake that you'll cherish forever with Just Us Girls. This highly-illustrated craft and activity book includes 48 heartfelt, earth-friendly projects to make together. These projects include making: dolls, press books, wreaths, crowns, earrings, handmade fossils, dreamcatchers, wands, garland, and much, much more. The projects mix and explore themes of beauty, magic, and appreciation for the natural world, while moving through the seasons of the year. Many projects incorporate upcycled materials, objects from nature, and simple home ingredients. Activities are broken up into sections by season: spring, summer, fall, and winter, providing you with a year's worth of fun and memories. Each activity is designed to bring you closer to each other and to the world around you. Part scrapbooking, part memory-making, Just Us Girls makes a great gift for moms, daughters, grandmothers, granddaughters--women of all ages.
Cindy Ann Ganaden is an illustrator and licensed artist, living the life creative; imagining, designing, and creating sassy, bubble gum, simply sweet art that is sure to put a smile on your face. In her past life, Cindy Ann spent over 13 years working as an art director and design manager. And just over a year ago she made the leap to full-time artist and illustrator. Cindy Ann's been lucky to work with and learn from some amazing brands including Old Navy, Chronicle Books, Klutz, Time Inc., and Papyrus. Cindy Ann's time working with these corporations has given her an appreciation for what goes into developing and manufacturing a product line and it has helped strengthen her sense of vision, foresight, and creative thinking. Cindy Ann is known for coloring outside of the lines and on the walls! Originally from the East Coast, she now calls the Bay Area home. When Cindy Ann is taking a break from capturing her imagination within the pages of her sketchbook you can find her crafting and baking brownies with her daughter Ava Blu, husband, Jay and Boston Terrier, Penny.www.blupenny.com
"Corporate art director–turned–full-time blogger Ganaden is a lifelong crafter who shares her passion for handmade, ecofriendly ideas with her daughter. In this collection, she presents a variety of easy projects for moms to share with their children. The focus is on earth-friendly crafts, and natural and upcycled components are a major feature—think gathered and foraged pinecones, sticks, and rocks—and since these are children's crafts, they're generally quick and easy. Ganaden acknowledges girls' wide-ranging tastes with arrangements that appeal to the feminine and frilly set (cute worry dolls and floral nature crowns) as well as more rough-and-tumble girls (a bow-and-arrow set, a nature scavenger hunt), along with crowd-pleasers like salt dough and dream catchers. A few of the crafts, such as the "peaceful mind globe," a glitter-and-glycerine-filled snow globe that girls can shake as a stress reliever, seem to be tailored toward moms who want to raise their daughters' self-esteem. VERDICT Moms looking for interesting projects to make with their grade-school daughters will enjoy this compendium of crafts to share." — Library Journal