The Artful Parent Interviews SouleMama

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Amanda Soule

For you, dear readers (and, I have to say, for myself, too), I interviewed Amanda Blake Soule, author of the soon-to-come-out book, The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections. Many of you know her as SouleMama.

(Note: readers have a chance to win a copy of Amanda’s bookat the end of the interview.)

JEAN: Hi Amanda, Thanks so much for agreeing to an interview on The Artful Parent. As you know, I just finished reading an advance copy of your wonderful book, The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections

creative family

I can’t tell you how inspiring I found the book! I started making a list of all the projects I wanted to try and all the activities and traditions I wanted to start doing in my own family, and realized I was writing EVERYTHING down. So I know that I’ll be refering back to your book again and again!Although I want to ask you about everything, this blog is mostly about art and children, so I’ll try to keep my questions focused on those subjects.So, first of all, can you tell us a little about your Family Drawing Time and how you fit that into your life?

AMANDA: Sure! Family Drawing Time is a frequent occurence during the winter months in particular. It’s a designated time for quiet drawing. I lay a few books of inspiration (nature field guides are always a favorite) in the center of the table, and sometimes a bowl of bits of nature (pinecones, acorns, leaves, etc). Everyone brings their special drawing book and chosen pencils and we have a session of drawing together. Everyone is working on his or her own separate project, but we’re gathered together. There is a lot more information in the book about how to make Family Drawing Time a success. The key, of course, is to keep it loose and flexible, and if it isn’t working, try something different. I would never want ‘art’ to be something forced for my little ones. It’s purely about fun, and trying to create in a different environment than the wild, messy, and totally ‘free’ creating that takes place the rest of the time.

house drawing

JEAN: In your book you talk about how you turn your dining room into your art space. Will you describe your art space for us?

AMANDA: Well, it’s more that it doubles as our art space. Like most families, I’m sure, our dining room table is where much more than eating happens – it’s also where many of our art and craft projects take place throughout our day. We have an art cabinet in this room – which is really just an old pantry with lots of shelves and doors. A hutch or credenza would work well too. The doors are essential – so when they’re open, we have full view and access to all the materials we need, but when they’re closed – it doesn’t feel like we’re eating in an art studio. Inside the shelves are lots of tins and canisters containing all of our materials, with a sticker label on each telling us what’s inside. Though I hope that someday soon we’ll have a separate space for art as a family, I do love that right now all of the ‘creating’ that we do together happens in the same space where we gather and nourish our bodies with food as well. So much ‘living’ happens in that room – it feels like the very pulse of our home.

JEAN: What are some of your family’s favorite art activities?

AMANDA: Our favorite activities are probably those that are inspired by nature. So much of our inspiration and fodder for creativity seems to come from the natural world.

nature art

So, for example, we go for a walk in the woods nearly every day. Or we visit a beach or a favorite trail. Upon returning home, some form or art or another usually happens. Be it drawing, painting, crafting, collaging, bookmaking or clay. The actual medium changes often. But the constant is the shared experience of nature, followed by the translation into ‘art’ or ‘creative play’ in all it’s different forms – different from child to child and different from day to day.

JEAN: How about favorite art materials?

AMANDA: Colored pencils and paper are probably the most commonly used in the day-to-day. I love the Lyra Ferby pencils for little hands, and then the regular size Lyra colored pencils once they reach four or five years old. We also do a lot of really simple book making (I’ve written about that here if your readers are interested), so books are a commonly reached for material.

Making Books 1

And then there’s string, tape and cardboard – the three things I can never seem to keep enough of around. And then there are the tools – good scissors, of course, and staplers and pencil sharpeners. I haven’t met a child who doesn’t love a stapler and an electric pencil sharpener!

JEAN: I think many of us are interested in finding inexpensive art materials and in recycling/repurposing art materials. Can you talk about finding art materials at thrift stores and other places on the cheap?

AMANDA: I don’t think children need a huge supply of art materials at the ready all the time. Keep it simple, stick to the basics, and get quality materials for the things you choose to buy. Their imaginations need room and freedom to create – not a whole plethora of materials that can be overwhelming and challenging to use. Given the opportunity and sometimes a little guidance, they’ll find everyday materials to use in their creations. I cannot count the number of times my children head to the recycling bin looking for ‘something’, and return with a cereal box that becomes a barn; or an egg crate that becomes a plane. Keep your eye out for things you might otherwise throw away from your own projects as well – fabric scraps, yarn, paper – all of these in the right moment of a project can be useful. And while thrifting, I often pick up paper of all kinds – notebooks, stationary, folders etc.

toddler with markers

JEAN: I loved your Art Night idea, especially mixing kids and adults and having an “anything goes” attitude. Any advice on having an Art Night for the first time?

AMANDA: Oh, Art Nights can be so much fun. Gathering together with many ages to just ‘create’ – with no expectation of the results. It always results in a wonderful time – and some really good art too! There are some ideas on getting started in the book, but I will add that the most important thing is to just keep it simple, especially as you’re starting out. Try it with just one other family, and slowly grow from there. And keep in mind the participants ages when setting up your Art Night – sometimes with the littlest ones among us, Art “Night” might be better suited for an “Art Morning” to avoid the challenging hours of dinner and bedtime.

Toddler Painting

JEAN: What are a few of your favorite books on kids’ art and creativity?

AMANDA: I have a lot of vintage and thrifted activity books from the 50′s and 60′s that we browse through for projects – I like them for the simplicity and use of materials that are often found at home. As for contemporary books, my favorites would be:

The Childrens Year: Seasonal Crafts and Clothes

all year round All Year Round

Earthways Earthways: Simple Environmental Activities for Young Children

am girls handbook The American Girls Handy Book

am boys handbook The American Boys Handy Book

martha stewart kids I love my Martha Stewart Kids magazine back issues (out of print now, but many of the projects are available on the website - www.marthastewart.com)

i love dirt And I can’t wait for I Love Dirt - which will be released this spring, and includes 52 nature-inspired activities for families.

JEAN: How do you find the time to keep your blog updated, write books, do all the arts and crafts that you do, AND raise three children? I’m struggling with one kid, a blog, and a few articles!

AMANDA: There are so many ‘mundane’ moments in daily life when our bodies are busy, but our minds are not – washing dishes, doing laundry, cleaning, pushing the stroller, and on and on. Much of my writing is done in this time. I roll ideas and sentences around in my head and hope desperately that I’ll remember them later when I have a quiet moment to write them down. (I do carry a notebook with me everywhere – which is really helpful). All of that said, it’s definitely a little bit of a juggle, and I must admit to looking forward to a little break after this manuscript is done. Writing two books back to back was so rewarding, but not without it’s challenges!

JEAN: Is there anything else that you’d like to share with Artful Parent readers?

AMANDA: I think just as important as the making of art with children, is the second part of what we DO with the art of our children. The way we handle the results of our children’s creativity tells them so very much about what we value – how important it is to us, and how important they are to us. Display your childrens art, turn it into new creations (the book has some ideas on doing this), and talk about their art. Together with providing the materials and creating with them, they’ll be encouraged to develop their creative selves for years and years.

JEAN: Can you tell us what the new book you’re working on is about?

AMANDA: Sure! It’s full of sewing and craft projects for all aspects of the family home – both for parents to make with and for their children and themselves. There are elements of repurposing, community and history, and it’s full of lots and lots of photographs. I’m just wrapping up the manuscript now, and the book will be published in 2009.

JEAN: Thank you so much, Amanda, for sharing your creativity, insight, and warm family with us, through your interview, your book, and your SouleMama blog. You’re an inspiration to us all!

All photos are from SouleMama. Thank you, Amanda, for letting me use them.

creative family

If you would like to win a copy of Amanda’s book, The Creative Family, post a comment before Tuesday, February 12th, midnight, Eastern Standard Time. Winner will be chosen in a random drawing and notified via e-mail. The book will be officially released on April 1st, and the winner will receive the book at that time, or possibly shortly before, directly from the publisher.

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  1. Jennifer says

    Thank you so much for reviewing this book! I can’t wait to look for it and pick up ideas for projects to do with my two art-crazed girls (3 and 6 yrs). I agree that Lyra pencils are fabulous–we always stock up when we’re in Germany–and that an electric pencil sharpener is the bees knees!

  2. says

    Thanks for the great interview! I am looking forward to this book and I love reading Amanda’s blog (and yours, as well!). Thanks for all the inspiring ideas! :)

  3. Joyce says

    Thanks for the interview. I’ve been looking forward to the book after reading soulemama blog for awhile.

  4. Maureen says

    This looks like a very special book and something I could use (I’m lacking in the creativity department and definitely need to boost up that side of my parenting).

  5. Tonya says

    This sounds great. We are always looking for new ways to inspire imaginative play around our home.

  6. Peter says

    I think my daughter would appreciate this, especially if we can get some hints on how to encourage her to take some pride in her drawings. I also appreciated the links. I had not heard of some of those books before and have added them to my wish list for the future.

  7. tammy b says

    wow, that looks fantastic! it would be a great addition to our household! i am glad i came across your blog the other day!

  8. Mena says

    Simple and important fun! That’s what I love! Thanks for the contest and interview! Just great!

  9. melissa s. says

    Thanks for highlighting one of my favorite and most inspiring moms in the blogsphere. I’m counting the days until Amanda’s book release (and would be ECSTATIC to win a copy!!)

  10. says

    It looks like an inspiring book and the author is so pretty. When I first saw her photo, I thought she might be a teenager! But she really has three kids! Wow!

  11. Cindi Hoppes says

    Hello, What an interesting interview! The book sound so inspirational and fun!
    Please enter me in this drawing…..Cindi

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  13. says

    I would love this book. My husband and I have been married for about 1 1/2 years and have a 3 month old. This book would be perfect for starting traditions and fun ideas for our little family to do together.

  14. Heather R. says

    My mom gave me Sark’s, A Creative Companion for Christmas on year when I was younger…she was an artist and was attempting to get me to “loosen up a bit” and unleash my inner creativity…which I have but often the perfectionist in me gets in the way. This book would help me try to do the same for my LO that my mom wanted for me. Thanks for such an awesome giveway.

  15. Jill H. says

    Darn! Another book for the “must buy ASAP list…that is if I’ve not lucky enough to win it! (here’s hoping!)

  16. says

    Amazing person that Soulemama. She is such a huge source of inspiration for me in the home and in the classroom! I cannot wait to pick up a copy of her book but I would love to win one!

  17. says

    What a lovely, thoughtful interview w/one of my absolute favorite people!
    And ooh, here’s to ALL OF US, fingers crossed, on winning the book!

  18. says

    Thanks for the interview! Though my daughter is only 9 months, we are constantly looking for ways to be creative with her! Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Suzanna Dutton says

    Great interview and I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog after the children are busy for the day! Please enter me in your drawing!!

  20. Karen says

    We just started using art to help my 4-year-old process his feelings whenever he is angry. After a few weeks of heading to the easel instead of time outs, we’ve got an impressive gallery of art…and a much more peaceful home! Looking forward to reading more about how to incorporate art into our home!

  21. Elaine Simpson says

    Wow, now I’m look forward even more to the book coming out, it sounds sooo interesting and already the interview has given me ideas so imagine what the book will do. I have been reading Amanda’s blog for over a year now and it is so inspirational and already I have included some of her ideas into our family life. Being in the UK I’m not sure when the book will be released over here, but is available for pre-order on Amazon UK so it has been sitting on my wish list since Amanda mentioned it on her blog. Thanks for the interview it was a joy to read!!

  22. says

    Great interview. Amazing woman.
    I have put a purchase request in at our library for this book.
    Pleas count me in on the contest. I would love to own a personal copy!
    ~Tammie

  23. Monica says

    What a great blog you have! I am trying to find more ways to incorporate creative expression into my daughter’s daily life (and mine) and Soulemama’s book sounds perfect!

  24. Lisa says

    Thank you for the interview. I read Amanda’s blog for inspiration with my daughter. She (Amanda) amazes me with her talent everyday. Thanks for 2 great blogs.

  25. Diana says

    I’ve been following the soulemama blog for a while and I am very keen on getting my hands on her book. In Italy (where I now live) it doesn’t seem all that important of creating with kids, or getting back to basics. Which is why I am all the more excited about doing some of her art ideas (and hopefully some of my own) with my own child. Thanks!!

  26. Deb says

    I always find myself nodding when reading Amanda’s words, and her photographs give such a sense of emotion in layers. I am eagerly looking forward to her book release just days before my birthday…what could be a better gift?

  27. Ami says

    Thank you for reviewing this book! I enjoy reading Soulemama daily and this book looks wonderful!

  28. says

    Thank you for doing the book review. I’ve had my eye on this book for some time. My word for 2008 is *inspire* and Amanda’s blog has done so much of that for me already – I would love to have a copy of this book!
    Thank you,
    Leigh Ann

  29. prairiepoppins says

    The more I read about this book, the more I realize what a perfect match it will be for us. I can’t wait for it to land on our doorstep someday soon.
    Thanks for having her elaborate on the idea of family art time. We haven’t done that in our house in about a year, not as a whole family, and it would be perfect for combating the late-winter blues…

  30. Gretchen says

    What a great interview! As an avid reader of Soulemama and a family who lives outside whenever possible I am looking forward to Amanda’s book! Thank you for the post.

  31. says

    This makes me so anxious to read this entire book!! I’m really looking forward to it! Any thing that brings creativity into the home is high on my priority list! Thanks.

  32. says

    I would love to win this book. I am so inspired by Soulemama…her pictures of her home and family life encourage me to enjoy small moments with my children, and helped me make the decision to homeschool. I can’t wait to read her blog!

  33. says

    Wonderful interview with one of my favorite bloggers! I am always inspired by my visits to SouleMama and can’t wait to get my hands on the new book (winning a copy would be even more exciting:) I am also happy to discover this fabulous blog. I just scrolled down and saw your interview with Susan Striker…her book is a staple in our house and one that I frequently give as a gift to new parents and teachers. Can’t wait to explore your blog a little more for inspiration. Thank you!

  34. Michelle says

    Love the idea of family art time! We already do something similar, but usually it’s my husband and son who inspire each other although not in any regular or organized way. For some reason I’ve never thought about getting myself and my daughter involved at the same time although we both dearly love to draw and paint. What a wonderful idea, Amanda! Your ideas are simple but they feel very intuitive and authentic. You never cease to amaze me.

  35. Jaime says

    Thanks for doing this interview! As someone who is going to be a mother for the first time this summer, I’m very excited to begin creative rituals with my own child. (I may need to wait a little bit, though. At least until he/she can sit upright!) Amanda Soule is a very strong inspiration to me.

  36. says

    I don’t have children yet but I do have Amanda’s book on my amazon wish list. I love reading her blog and hope that I will be able to bring art into our lives in as naturally a way as she does.

  37. says

    Im looking forward to this book. Im a everyday reader of Amanda’s blog and Im just waiting its release. It would be really wonderful having it as a gift!
    Thank you :)

  38. Gita says

    I’ve been reading Amanda’s blog for a couple of months now and not only has it been an affirmation for me in what I do with my son, but also an inspiration for me to take up a camera, a needle, a pencil, a sewing machine”and dig in. And now, I’ve discovered yours! I can’t wait to get reading…thank you!

  39. says

    Oh — Amanda, how your family does inspire me! I can’t wait for more on your book in 2009 – congrats on finishing the first one though! I can’t wait to read it!

  40. says

    Thanks for this interview! I’m really looking forward to this book and using it to guide the creativity-focused moments of my (eventual) parenting!

  41. says

    Hi Jean– You have a wonderful blog. I got here via Rachel at Making Room for More. I would love to be entered to win a copy of this book. I’ve been a faithful SouleMama reader for sometime. Thanks!

  42. Katia Crabb says

    I am so excited about this book! I have been inspired by soulemama’s website and my boys have loved the projects. Especially, the little books that they create themselves. It is wonderful to see a mother find joy in her family and find beauty in life.

  43. sarah says

    It was really inspiring to read this interview like it is to read Amanda’s blog. I have been enjoying her blog for about a year now and the glimpses into her world are so wonderful. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book and share it with my amazing kids and hubby. I hope both books are amazingly successful. -sarah

  44. mamachelly says

    I love the family art time. We will start right away! I already have designs for my dining room…

  45. Lucia Figueiredo says

    Amanda is really great and her blog a constant inspiration! Can’t wait for the book!

  46. says

    Thanks for the interview. I just discovered your blog and have been looking forward to each new SouleMama post for a year now.

  47. says

    I am a faithful reader of Amanda’s blog and love her style! Thanks for sharing your chat with her! I’d love to be included in the drawing for her book!

  48. says

    Such a relief that there is still so much enthusiasm for creative and “messy” play, cos too many children grow up being pressed to be clean and tidy and to sit in front of a screen. Children have such unfettered imaginations if encouraged and facilitated in their creativity, and given this will never know what boredom is. Can’t wait to see this book.

  49. beth says

    As a daily reader of the Soulemama blog (I feel like it really helps me set a tone for our day and reminds me of exactly what is important :) ), I really enjoyed this interview.
    I’m not very skilled at sewing (at all!). I was wondering if you could tell me more about what level of sewing projects are involved (I can sew little stuff by hand but am not so great w/ a machine).
    Thanks for providing ongoing inspiration. I’m glad to have found this blog.

  50. daniela says

    thank you for the interview. the last 30 days of amanda’s photos have just been one more inspiration! can’t wait to find the book on my own table.

  51. Jessica says

    I am so looking forward to reading this book and doing everything in it. I am very inspired by the Amanda’s blog and photos.

  52. Ashley Lee says

    What a great interview! Thanks Jean and Amanda for being willing share your wonderful ideas and thoughts. You greatly inspire me (and I know others, too)! I am very interested in The Creative Family and look forward to its publication.

  53. Victoria says

    Well, Amanda’s book is on my wishlist, and now “I Love Dirt” is as well! Thanks for an inspiring interview.

  54. says

    I’m really looking forward to the realise of Amanda’s book – I’ve loved her blog for so long now! Thank you for this lovely interview. It’s got a good glimpse into the book, and for people who have never seen SouleMama blog, it would be an excellent introduction.
    Oh, I’d so love to win this book – my list of people who I want to buy it for is very long!!

  55. Beth says

    I can’t wait for this book to come out! Thanks for the interview, and for the chance to win a copy of the book!
    Beth

  56. says

    thank you for the interview…fun to get a bit more in on the “scoop”. i also am a fan of your blog – keep up the good work!

  57. says

    Great interview! I am looking forward to Amanda’s book. I think it will be a great resource for families looking to create art together.

  58. Michelle S says

    This is great! My mom used to do so many creative things with us when we were kids. I would love love love to give those same memories to my daughters!

  59. Loretta says

    Thank you so much for the great interview, it has proved to be very informative and given me alot of insight. I am a regular reader of SouleMama, and am looking forward to her book. Thanks for contest to win a copy.

  60. says

    I love Amanda’s blog and am happy to have found yours through it! Can’t wait for the book to be released – Thanks!!

  61. katie says

    I’ve been waiting and waiting for the book every since Soule Papa made his blog debut! As a family we are constantly inspired by the ideas, thoughts and pictures on Amanda’s blog. I am so grateful that she has opened her home for us to take a peek. Great interview!

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  63. says

    Life is inspiration, and having children in the mix just kicks up the volume. Amanda’s book will be a catalyst for many positive moments in a family’s day. Her book is on my list of “must haves”.

  64. says

    Of course I would love to win a copy of Amanda’s book! Thank you for posting this review and interview and thanks for the contest.
    I’m glad to find your blog, too. I like the title, The Artful Parent. That’s something I’ve always strived for with my kids, too. Being artful, I mean. As a family.
    Now that I’ve found you, I’ll check back when I have more time to read…
    Thanks, Lisa

  65. Kirsten says

    what a great interview with one of my favorite bloggers. more than once i’ve thought, “wow, i want to be her when i’m a mama…”
    thanks!

  66. Courtney says

    How can I possibly wait until April 1 to get my hands on this book?!?!
    Thanks for doing the interview : )

  67. says

    Thank you so much for interviewing Amanda! I adore her blog, and I’ve been waiting FOREVER for her book to come out.
    Thanks again!!

  68. Rae says

    I CAN’T wait to read this book! I have been so inspired by Amanda and her blog! Thanks so much!!

  69. says

    I’m an avid reader of Amanda’s blog – and like Kirsten (above), I want to be her when I’m a mama, too! Thanks so much for posting this interview!

  70. cs white says

    This looks like a great book – I’m always wracking my brain to come up with fun things to do.

  71. willowluna says

    Thank you so much for this interview! Everytime there is a new review of the book I read it and get even more excited. I’m really looking forward to the release of the book to inspire more connections in our family.

  72. Joanne says

    I appreciate your review of the book, you are very well written. I love soule mama and she is the first blog I visit every day. To have this book would be an honor. I will definitly be buying one asap. Thanks

  73. Olivia says

    Reading soulemama’s blog has made me even more eager to take a look at her book – I can’t wait to see it in hard copy!

  74. says

    Please, pick me! I am so glad I found your site. I am a avid reader of Amanda’s blog and am new to the blogging world. I’ve been waiting not so patiently for the release of her book. Great interview. Thanks!

  75. Valerie dP says

    I so enjoy and take inspiration from the SouleMama website that I am truly looking forward to reading this book!

  76. Tracey says

    Sure looking forward to reading this book. And this is a new site to me – I’m glad I found it. Thanks!

  77. says

    What a great interview, I’ve been looking forward to this book since I was pregnant with my little one, who is now a year old! I cant wait until she’s old enough for some of the projects in this book!

  78. Charly says

    I check SouleMama’s blog everyday looking for new ideas and just inspiration….and I don’t even have kids yet. I’ve been looking forward to her book coming out. If I don’t win it here, I will for sure order me one.

  79. Kelsi says

    I enjoy reading Amanda Soule’s blog almost everyday, almost habit to check it each morning before everyone else gets up. I am so excited to read this much anticipated book!!

  80. Bridget says

    I can’t wait for this book. The Soule Mama blog is one I check several times a week for inspiration. :)

  81. says

    Great interview. I’m so happy that we don’t go it alone and that we have other moms around to inspire us. We live far away from home and sometimes feel isolated here in another country, another language. The good stuff on the internet brings me encouragement. Thanks to all the mamas that spur me on (without knowing it)

  82. angie says

    Even though I have pre-ordered a copy of Amanda’s book, I’d love to win an extra copy. I already know which of my friend’s would be the lucky recipient of it. Thanks for further whetting our appetites for the release of the book

  83. says

    i’m excited for this book to come out. i always love getting a peek into another mama’s brain– to see how she nurtures her children inside and out. thanks for this interview!

  84. terri says

    I can’t wait to pick up a copy of this book. I’ve been waiting for it to come out for a while. Wonderful interview

  85. says

    i believe it is important and also fun to be creative family , if there are the possibilities to be one, to do arts.

  86. says

    Thanks for re-highlighting the family drawing time – I remember Amanda posting about that ages ago, and needed the reminder. Can’t wait for the book to be out!

  87. says

    Can a grandma enter to win the book for her two adorable grandchildren ? Can’t wait to read this great book and thank you this exciting give-away !

  88. elizabeth laufer says

    I’m so happy I discovered this blog and this community. I have only been aware of it for a short time but it is very exciting and inspiring! I can’t wait to check out the books!

  89. Michelle says

    I have been reading soulemama’s blog for quite some time and I’m so awed and humbled by the way they go about family life. I would adore a chance to win her book!

  90. Mel says

    I love reading Amanda’s blog and looking at her photos. They are so inspiring and creative. Great interview. Looking forward to reading her new book. I would love the chance to win one of her books. :)

  91. says

    I’m so excited about the release of this book! Amanda has been such a source of inspiration for our family. Thanks for this fabulous interview and givaway!

  92. Allison says

    Great interview! I love Amanda’s blog and I can’t wait for her book! Everyday I go to her blog it brightens my day a little.

  93. Sefchen says

    I can’t wait for the book to come out. I have three little ones who love to make stuff, and new ideas are always welcome. Thank you for a great interview.

  94. says

    Wonderful interview!! I’m a huge fan of Amanda’s blog and get so many awesome ideas from her!
    I’m excited to check out your blog now that I have found it!
    Have a beautiful Friday!

  95. Michelle says

    My daughters 2nd birthday is April 1st (she is the last of 5). I am thinking even if I don’t win the book it would still be a great birthday present. It seems like we have been waiting forever for this book, and now it is just around the corner, can’t wait!!

  96. the Speckledpup says

    I started reading Amanda the week she found out that Adelaide was on the way.
    I can’t wait for that book.
    Please give me one.

  97. Marie says

    What an amazing book! We’re always trying to brainstorm ways to entertain and engage and this hits it on the nose!

  98. Tara says

    As a new mama I am so inspired by Amanda’s creativity and enthusiasm for engaging with her children. It is an approach to parenting that I too work to offer my daughter every day. Thank-you for the interview and the opportunity to win her much anticipated book!

  99. says

    wonderful interview! thank you for sharing the goodness that is soulemama! her creativity reaches so many, it’s really amazing how much positivity follows in her wake. and wonderful that she takes the time to share it with all of us. i’m anxiously awaiting the book release!

  100. Rebecca says

    I have been waiting for this book forever! Your interview isn’t helping me to be patient. :)

  101. says

    I’m so excited that the release of this book is getting closer, I’ve been waiting quite impatiently for it. Amanda’s blog has been inspiring me since I started reading it last summer, and I anticipate that the book will be every bit as inspirational. I want to get it for every mom I know.

  102. says

    Great interview. Thanks for sharing more great soulemama ideas with us. A little inspiration to get us through the rest of winter!

  103. says

    Wonderful interview! I am inspired each day by SouleMama! Happy to have found your blog through her! Happy weekend to you and yours!

  104. Kristin says

    Thanks for this interview! I just love the Soule Mama blog, and I can’t wait for her book! Winning it would be such a bonus :)!

  105. says

    I can’t wait for this book! and Thank you for the interview – as always great ideas for more creative time with my own family.

  106. Jill says

    Thank you for giving us all some more insight into Amanda’s book! A lovely, insightful interview full of ideas I can begin incorporating into my family life right now!

  107. Melody says

    Thanks so much for reviewing Amanda’s book… I’m patiently waiting for it’s release. I’m a daily reader of her blog and so glad I found out about yours… great stuff!

  108. mamakopp says

    I just love Soulemama’s blog and I enjoy all that she has to offer. I can’t wait for her book. I am assuming I will read it within an evening that day I receive it:)

  109. KievMama says

    Nice interview. I do want to order the book, but I find myself wondering how much we really need to structure art time. In my house it just happens. I like it that my kids decide when and how and where. Our Christmas decorations are purely kid-created, kid-inspired, etc.
    Anyway…I do love Amanda’s blog!

  110. Karen says

    I just started reading Amanda’s blog in November. I love it! She is so inspiring. I can’t wait to read her book. Thank You for giving someone a chance to win a copy of it.

  111. Tabitha says

    Amanda has been an inspiration to me and my family for over a year now. I can’t wait to read this book!

  112. Kathleen says

    What a nice interview! I’ve found so much inspiration over the years on Amanda’s SouleMama site, and I can’t wait for her book to arrive.

  113. SarahKeith says

    Thanks so much for this interview! I adore the SouleMama blog, and can’t wait for her books to come out. Her outlook is so refreshing and inspiring!

  114. Colleen says

    I have followed Amanda’s blog for some time now and was so pleased to get a different perspective of her and her family life and creativity from your interview with her. Thank you so much for that. I am also anxiously awaiting the release of her book! :-)

  115. says

    My 6 month old baby is sleeping on my lap as I type this. As a new parent I’m looking forward to years of creating and learning with this crazy little man who has so changed my life.
    I’m glad and inspired that there are other parents out their paving the way! Thanks for the interview!

  116. Mommy2Punk says

    Thanks for giving us a little taste of the book. As a frequent rader of the SouleMama blog, I am so excited about the book’s release. I can’t wait to explore all of the wonderful ideas and incorporate them into my own family’s routine. :)

  117. says

    I’d love to win SouleMama’s book! Her blog is very inspiring and her photos are beautiful – I’d love to have that in tangible form accessible even in bed. :D

  118. layla says

    This book looks like wonderful inspiration. Her blog has certainly been inspiring me for awhile! Can’t wait to look at it.

  119. kat lugo says

    WOW, this is a huge list of inspired mamas, how great is that! i love your blog and amandas, thanks to you both for lots of inspiration :) !

  120. Cindy says

    I was turned on to Soulemama by a friend and I have to say that as an eco-minded, educated, late life stay at home mom, I find it quite inspiring and look forward to reading Amanda’s book. After one viewing of the blog site, I a new corner of my brain opened up and a series of new ideas came to me about how to cope with Christmas in an authentic and simplified way as I raise my son, now 20 months. It is exciting to find other moms who are commited to creative parenting and who find value and inspiration in both modern technology and natural, hands-on living.
    Thanks for sharing…

  121. shanamamaj says

    Thanks for talking with Amanda. She’s very inspiring, and I’d love to win a copy of her book!

  122. says

    I found Amanda’s Soulemama blog a year ago this month. I have not missed a day of reading it and always find her so down to earth and inspiring. It is due to her that I have found a love for Winter again. I am mama to an 18 year old son and a 3 year old son, and aspire to be the wonderful and creative parent to my little one as she is to hers. My older son is very creative and we always made time to do art all through the years of his growing up and to this day he still loves to create something from nothing. He is in college now and I believe with all my heart that having and creating art can be the catalyst to finding our authentic selves. He is a wonderful writer and has always been a creative learner. Getting to do it all over again with my little one is such a blessing. And having someone like Amanda Soule to inspire us all is truly a gift from God. I have already preordered her book but if I won this one I would keep it and gift the other one to my best friend and her children. Thanks for the interview. I had never seen your blog before but will surely be back. I bookmarked on my computer. Thanks again, and have a lovely weekend.

  123. says

    Thank you thank you for the wonderful interview. I’ve been waiting SO long for Amanda’s book to come out! I’m so pleased to have found your blog. . . it’s just wonderful. And, like the last commenter, I’ll be back for certain.

  124. Amy M says

    I have been waiting quite impatiently for this book to be released.
    Amanda is an inspiration in everyway. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

  125. kathi hardin says

    i just love Amanda’s blog and simplicity of her life. Great review of her much anticipated book! Kathi

  126. Grace says

    Am on tenterhooks for this book! Have already requested that our public library order several, and am on the waiting list…waiting rather impatiently! Thanks for the interview, and I am happy to have found your blog!

  127. Ursa says

    This is so inspirational. Crafting with my little one and watching him see me make things is rewarding when he asks me for everything if I made it. Even if it is a towel bought at Wal-mart. :) Thank you.

  128. Ashlee says

    I just discovered Soulemama and am in love with all her ideas! Thanks for promoting Amanda’s book and doing a wonderful interview!!

  129. Amy SCA says

    Love her blog, loved the interview, and I’m sure I’ll love the book as well! Thanks for including this on your blog. . . because now I know to visit you as well:)

  130. J. Lynn Nelson says

    What a fun interview! And yes, I would also love a chance to win Amanda’s book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  131. alanna randall says

    I am very inspired by Soulemama’s blog- I haven’t seen her book. I love doing art work with children (I don’t have any of my own yet, but I work with kids and try to incorporate art all the time.) I’d love to win the book!
    by the way, no impact man has been an inspiration to me on the environmentally conscious front. He his raising a 2 year old daughter and had an inspiring list of things to do to entertain her without tv http://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/2007/11/entertaining-is.html
    enjoy!

  132. erin maconachie says

    thanks for the interview! i’m a faithful soulemama reader – looking forward to the book!

  133. Serena says

    I love the attention Amanda gives to each idea. Our family does many of the same projects, but I’m always inspired by the respect and time she dedicates. The context makes art more meaningful I think.

  134. says

    I so enjoy checking in on Amanda’s blog each day to see beautiful photos and art from her family. I am especially interested in seeing her accomplish so much with the family home with her each day.

  135. Debbie Rosenkranz says

    Amanda Soule is such an inspiration. I read her blog everyday. I adore the way she guides her family along. It is refreshing in todays atmosphere to see someone living the kind of lifestyle that I believe everyone is striving for but most are missing out on. Thank you Amanda for letting us remember that it is truly possible to live as a family in a simple and pleasureable way.
    Thank you to Artful PArent for highlighting her.

  136. Maribel says

    I’m so glad to see so many people including art in their every day life with children.
    Great interview.

  137. christina dixon says

    I’m itching for the moment that I get to look through that book! Soulemama is one of me favorite bloggies!

  138. Katie says

    What a wonderful interview! I can’t wait to read her book–it’s been on my wish list for a while!

  139. Mya K says

    Can’t wait to see the book ! I have a 2 month old and I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how I want to be the best parent to him that I can be. Amanda’s family is inspiring!

  140. Carla says

    I enjoyed the interview and I’m looking forward to when the book comes out! Amanda looks different in pictures she hasn’t taken herself or that are taken by someone who is the same height as she is : )

  141. Mary says

    I’m looking forward to the days of little ones and being able to craft with them… I would love to have a copy of this book on hand to use on a daily basis!

  142. Carrie says

    Amanda makes me wish I didn’t have a full time desk job! Because of her, I started my own blog. I don’t think anyone reads it, but it is my way of figuring out what I want to do creatively with myself and my two young boys, oh, and my hubby!
    Looking forward to this book so much, and the new one sounds just as great! Thanks, Amanda – you are guiding my life to a more creative place!

  143. says

    as an athlete i try to mix art in when i can – this book will be a great help for us “non artistic” minds :)

  144. says

    Glad to see that the word on Soule Mama is getting out! She inspires me to be a more mindful parent and to see the beauty in those little everyday moments.

  145. says

    soulemama has inspired me in many ways…one of which was starting my own blog! i can’t wait for her book to come out. it’s already in my amazon shopping cart, but maybe i’ll get lucky here!

  146. Bree says

    Thank you for this interview. I always find Amanda so inspiring. I can’t wait until my little one is old enough for art projects. I suspect we will be using Amanda’s book a lot…

  147. Audrey Philpot says

    I stumbled across Soule Mama at the perfect time. I’ve been looking for ways to increase creativeness in our home in a simple way. I like the style and resourcefulness of Amanda’s book. I really look forward to getting a copy someday. Thanks for doing an interview, it was a good read.

  148. says

    Great interview. Gives me some ideas already like the craft area i currently don’t have. :-) Think i’ll find a space to store it all instead of in the closet where we have to dig. Would LOVE a copy of this book.

  149. Marloo says

    I am so excited for this book to come out! Thanks so much for interviewing Amanda and getting such good info from her.

  150. says

    Ah, the creative family…we have one, but sometimes a kick-start is a welcome and needed. I love Amanda’s blog and I am sure the book is great.

  151. Sheila says

    Amanda is my favorite blogger. Her blog is inspirational and makes me look at our home and family as the art project it really is! Her blog is the highlight of my day!

  152. Bettina says

    I love following Amanda’s blog and am excited about her book. Thank you for the interview and the chance to win her book!!!

  153. erica says

    i have been waiting for this book to come out! i am a faithful reader of her blog and cant wait to see what she’s been working on!

  154. Kayla says

    Great interview! I am also a daily reader at soulemama and I can’t wait for the book! Thanks!

  155. says

    Thank you for doing this review! I read Amanda’s blog everyday and I am constantly inspired to try new crafty projects with my family. I feel like I have been waiting forever for this book to come out!

  156. Cyd says

    I can’t wait for this book to come out. Amanda is so creative with her kids, and I’m looking forward to being super art mama with mine as well!! Thank-you for the interview.

  157. says

    I am an avid Soulemama reader, and am so excited for this book!! I will admit to already pre-ordering it (months ago!!), but I have a sister that I just know would love Amanda, but she is a little off the grid and doesn’t do the blog thing. What a perfect gift! :)
    Thanks for a great interview!!

  158. Michelle W. says

    Hi! I can’t wait for this book! I have had it on my wishlist for sometime. I wish I had your energy and creativity Amanda! Great blog-I’ve been reading it for sometime now. Thank you for the inspiration!

  159. Celeste says

    I would love a copy of this book–I have two toddlers right now, and this interview (along with Amanda’s blog!) gave me some great ideas for how to interact with them on a more artistic level. Thanks so much!

  160. says

    I have been a daily reader of soulemama for several years and have been counting down the days until her book comes out since she first announced it. If I don’t win then I will absolutely buy it. It is inspiring to see a stay at home, homeschooling and super crafty mama getting such fame and hopefully a little fortune from all her generosity.

  161. Elizabeth Q. says

    I’ve been counting the months! Electric sharpeners are the bomb, but so are the colored pencil roses you get from the old-school manual kind.

  162. Heidi says

    I am so excited about this book! Thank you for a very well thought out interview. I have been reading her blog for a number of months now, and have completely enjoyed it!
    Heidi

  163. Kim says

    while i visit amanda’s blog everyday i now know more about her and her direction. i love how she shares it all. so sweet. also, GREAT PICTURE OF YOU AMANDA!!! :)

  164. says

    I have already pre-ordered this book and can’t wait to read it! Winning one would mean I could gift my sister and not have to share. :) Amanda’s blog is a constant source of inspiration; thanks for the interview.

  165. says

    What a lovely review ! It gave me insight into creating my own art night with my family, and quiet drawing time everyday. We do this together, but only when inspiration hits us, I like the idea of setting aside specific time each day, and each week. We are already doing Dance night…that’s Friday for us !
    Thanks to Amanda for writing such a beautiful book, for sharing your life with us everyday, you are a true inspiration to me !!

  166. says

    Amanda’s blog is so sweet and awesome. Needless to say, I am excited to see the book when it comes and must admit that I am hoping to win a copy for a friend of mine who loves her blog even more than I do!
    Thanks, Amanda, for sharing your life and creative spirit with us!

  167. Malinda says

    Great interview. I read her blog frequently and it is always inspiring!! Family Art night is such an awesome idea!

  168. says

    as a daily reader of soulemama’s blog, it’s so nice to read more positive reviews of amanda’s new book. I’m so excited to see what her voice looks like on paper!
    even though mine is on pre-order, I’d love to put my name in the draw. there are lots of folks that I know who would love to share in amanda’s awesome ideas.

  169. says

    Sounds like a great book! I just started following SouleMama’s blog so it’s fantastic to get a peek at the person behind the creativity. Tx for the iview…

  170. susan says

    I’m addicted to Amanda’s blog and try to incorporate as much soulemama-fullness in everyday.

  171. says

    Great interview! I can’t wait for the book to come out. I love the blog it’s such an inspiration, it’s part of my morning routine with breakfast :)

  172. says

    I just found your blog linked from SouleMama and am looking forward to putting it on my list of ‘frequently visited’ for inspiration and ideas. I am always glad to find other people who are creative in their approach to family and daily life.
    Thanks!

  173. says

    This book will surely be a great additon to the resource files! Looking forward to seeing it in person after reading Amanda’s blog for awhile now and enjoying her style and taste so much.

  174. Pam says

    Oh my! What an opportunity! I love my kids, I love to create, and creating with my kids is perfect. I would love, love, love a copy of “The Creative Family”. Thanks for the opportunity.

  175. Lucy says

    I’ve been reading SouleMama for quite a while and am so excited about her book! But I’m thrilled to find another blog to help me bring more beauty into my children’s lives.

  176. says

    This is exactly the sort of thing I can’t wait to incorporate into our daily lives! Nature, art, love, nurturing…..it’s perfect! :)

  177. says

    I have been reading SouleMama’s blog for quite a while now. She is truly an inspiration for us Motherfolk out there. She makes Mothering days feel more lovely than ever, with dirt, paint, love, and cherishing all that is. Thanks for the interview.

  178. Brynn says

    Oh, how I’d love to win. It’s in my Amazon cart, though, just in case.
    I think that’s the first time I’ve seen Amanda’s face – she gives such fleeting glimpses on her own site!

  179. Monica says

    Thanks for the interview! I’m a fan of Amanda’s blog and am looking forward to seeing the book…and gathering all sorts of new information for my family.

  180. justina says

    oh, i can’t wait until this book comes out. i’ve been reading amanda’s blog for a while, and now have discovered yours!

  181. Alison says

    This really got me thinking, especially what Amanda said about what we DO with our children’s art and the message that sends. I’m so looking forward to her book!

  182. Pamela Karasek says

    You’ve sold me on the book — and the next one, too! Thanks for a wonderful interview!

  183. Corene says

    I’m planning on getting this book, and am excited about incorporating some of these ideas into our family life.

  184. Kristen says

    I don’t even have kids yet and Amanda’s blog and book ideas are still hugely inspiring. Quite nice interview.

  185. says

    I really am inspired by the ideas on Amanda’s Blog, esp the family art time. I’m very much looking forward to her book. It’s the only bday present I’ve asked for!

  186. Mendy says

    Amanda is the steam behind my locomotion of a creativity resolution I made this year. So far I took on our annual Pre-School Art show, got a sewing machine and have had some sort of creative art time everyday for my two boys. I love her website and our family looks forward to my copy of the book!

  187. says

    Thank you for interviewing Amanda! I LOVE her blog, and I am really looking forward to getting our family a copy of her upcoming book.

  188. leahmoir says

    Thanks for reviewing this! I have been looking forward to April and searching for any more information on it since I first heard about it! I am looking forward to reading it cover to cover.

  189. Melanie says

    This book sounds terrific! I’m always struggling to come up with more new ways of igniting my son’s interest in art. He loves to do the basics but I know this book would open up a whole new world of ideas for us both. Thanks!

  190. Carolyn says

    Hooray for SouleMama! Her site is beautiful, and a pleasure to read, and I’m really glad to also read this interview.

  191. lydia says

    so anxious to incorporate some of these new ideas and learn more. with three little girls at home, i’m always looking for something fresh and encouraging. thank you!

  192. Molly says

    I love Amanda’s blog and I’m glad to have discovered The Artful Parent. Thanks for the interview!

  193. says

    I am so very excited for this book to come out. I put it on hold the day it went on Amazon. Thank you so much for the interview and I am bookmarking your blog now!

  194. says

    I’m a SouleMama-blog reader (SO inspiring!), and just now found this blog – what a great link to run into! Interesting! I’m looking forward to SouleMama’s book too : ) Greetings from Amsterdam, Netherlands!

  195. Jessica says

    It feels like I’ve been waiting FOREVER for this book to come out! Hurry, hurry, hurry! I don’t have children, but I’m sure I’m going to find so many beautiful, inspiring things to add to my Montessori classroom. Can’t wait! (oh, did I say that already?!)

  196. Lee says

    My sister has told me about Amanda and her book. I’m crossing my fingers (selfishly) that I will win!!

  197. VM says

    I never win anything…maybe this will be the beginning of my luck turning. Can’t wait to read this book!

  198. alexyss says

    hooray! im on a crafty mission right now and took a tiny break…and was rewarded with this interview. hooray!

  199. says

    soulemama is supermom :) can’t wait to borrow some of her lovely ideas… i was raised by an incredibly creative mom and hope to be the same to my kids whenever God blesses me with some!

  200. says

    What a wonderful interview!! I am looking forward to the book coming out (not too long now) But, I would love a chance to win it as well…

  201. Amanda Bohl says

    I’ve been reading SouleMama for the past year and am endlessly inspired to create and share with my 2 1/2 year-old son. With another child on the way I’m sure I’ll find further inspiration on on how to balance multiple children, and everything else in life. I’m really looking forward to Amanda’s book’s release!

  202. Beth B. says

    I’ve a big fan of SouleMama’s blog, and can’t wait for her book to come out! Thanks for the review. It looks like it’ll be as good as I’d imagined. :-)

  203. Lisa Grover says

    I love Soulemama’s blog as I recently moved my kids to the Waldorf School in Vancouver BC Canada, I love that I can appreciate her thoughts and apply them to our life. Thanks for all the projects, books and ideas. We can hardly wait for the book to come out!!

  204. Sunni says

    I love Amanda’s blog. It’s inspired me to take more photos, start my own blog, and do more crafting. I have 2 young children ages 3 4. I can’t wait to see all the ideas Amanda’s book has for crafting with kids.

  205. Kaytie says

    I think this book is such a wonderful idea — there isn’t anything else out there like it. I can’t wait for April to finally come around…

  206. Susan Gibb says

    O-o-o-o-h! o-o-o-o-h! Pick me! Pick me! I am counting the days until this book comes out!

  207. Caitlyn says

    Looking forward to April 1st! Thanks for doing this interview and getting us all so excited!

  208. Crystal says

    Thanks for doing the interview. I love reading your blog each week when I have time. No kids yet, but I hope they can be creative when I do!

  209. says

    This interview has convinced me I *need* this book when it comes out. I could use some inspiration for keeping the creativity flowing in our home. I love that Amanda and her family use their dining room table as their main art space as that’s what we use as well; her comments about that really touched on my feelings about it as well.

  210. Danielle Eaton says

    Amanda has such good, simple, wonderful ideas, and I love reading her blog…i don’t have kids yet, but it makes me even more excited about having kids, and all the things that i can teach and do with them. Thanks for the review, i hope i win her book! hehe.

  211. Kirsty D says

    I can hardly wait for this book to become availble! I love to read snippets form Soulemama – so inspiring.

  212. Kirsty D says

    I can hardly wait for this book to become available! I love to read snippets from Soulemama – so inspiring.

  213. Kyla says

    Her photos are my favorite I have so much hope that my son will transform into a crafty, book making, nature loving little person

  214. Leanne says

    Amanda’s blog inspires even those of us far far away. Her invitation into her family’s life makes me feel that Portland can’t really be that far away from the south-east coast of Australia… surely!?! My boys love all things creative and in-the-making.
    Thanks for continuing to inspire.

  215. Amy says

    I am so excited about this book! I’ve been reading SouleMama for a couple years and it is one of my very favorite websites.

  216. Anne L says

    Thanks for the interview. I love Amanda’s blog and look forward to reading (or winning) her book.

  217. Mary says

    I too love the SouleMama blog and eagerly await the book. When my day has been crazy and when I have a moment to sit down, I read Amanda’s blog and I feel calmer. I also feel inspired to try something new with my kids. Thank you for the interview!

  218. Audrey says

    Here’s to Soulemama and all of us hard-working SAHM out there, trying to highlight the beauty and creativity which is there for us to discover every day in the most ‘ordinary’ / extraordinary moments! Can’t wait for the book to be released!

  219. Michelle says

    Such an inspiring interview and outlook on family creativity! Looking forward to this book and to incorporating more art into my family’s lives….Keep up the good work!

  220. mel says

    Wow! Looks like your readership has really taken off! Congratulations!
    I’ve been following SouleMama’s 30 Days project with interest (and it inspired me to capture the little moments in our life together). This would be a great birthday present for me…

  221. Libby says

    I enjoyed reading the interview with the author and I can’t wait for the release of her book.

  222. stacy hwang says

    i am so eager to get this book! i stumbled upon amanda’s blog and have been immeasurably inspired. as a mom with two small kids i LONG to know WHAT to do with them each and every day. it is hard for me to be creative with them. so thank you! thank you for the interview. thank you, amanda, for the encouragement i needed, and i look forward to becoming a better mom!

  223. says

    We do a little art everyday, but I have never thought to do it as a family sit down thing *smacks forehead with heel of hand* can’t wait to set that up. It will be great for a little mommy/daughter time now that the baby is here.

  224. Bethany says

    Great interview. And thanks to Amanda for pointing me here. I’m excited to pore through your archives!

  225. Bridget says

    I love SouleMama’s blog and can’t wait for the book! Right up my alley in so many ways! Thanks for doing the interview, and to Amanda for the link.

  226. Christine says

    Amanda is such an inspiration! I am really looking forward to seeing her book and to using all of her creative ideas.

  227. Catherine says

    Thank you for the interview. Amanda is quite talented and extremly thoughtful in what she does with her life. There is so much to learn from someone living…..really living and breathing deep in their life.

  228. Vivien says

    Love Amanda and her blog and can’t wait for her book to come out so we can share all that Soulemama goodness!

  229. Kristi C says

    Thank you for this interview. I am so excited for this book. I have two young boys (an infant and a toddler) at home and can not wait to do family activities together. I am feeling inspired!

  230. Jo Windmill says

    SouleMama is my absolute favourite blog, and her photos of nature , and how she brings that into the lives of her family (herself included in the artistic life) really inspire me!
    Can’t wait for the book, really.

  231. mrstwigg says

    Her book is on the top my want list.
    It will be nice to hold some inspiring brilliance in my hands.

  232. says

    I have a young son and am excited to incorporate these activities into our family life. To echo everyone else, I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  233. Laure Hillman says

    Although my kids are grown, I’m now a grandma and can’t wait to purchase this book for my son and his wife. And, I’m sure that I will be using some of the ideas for my “Meema Saturdays.”

  234. Ange says

    Thanks for the review. I am studying teaching at the moment and I think this book would be helpful when parents ask what sorts of things they can do at home to inspire their children.

  235. Morgan Rose says

    Thanks for a great interview. My favorite part of Soulemama’s blog is when she gives us a book list. I’m so glad you asked her for an artful list !

  236. Jenny says

    I am constantly looking to Amanda on her blog for inspiration on creative activities to do with my own children. Thank you for the wonderful interview – I am very excited about her book!

  237. rosesmama says

    If anything, we are too creative at our house, so the “mechanics” of life get a bit lost in the mix. I’m leaving a comment though because I want this book for my neighbor, who would love it.

  238. says

    LOVE the interview! I read Amanda’s blog daily and I can’t wait for the book to come out. she has such great creative ideas for activities for a peaceful, creative family. She is such an inspiration!

  239. Lauren says

    Thank you so much for this review. I’ve been reading Soulemama for about two years now, and am always inspired by Amanda and her way of bringing art into the everyday lives of her children. I can not wait to get my hands on this book.. Maybe I’ll win it here!

  240. Stacy says

    The interview was great. The book looks to-die-for and a chance to win, priceless. Thanks for all of it.

  241. jess says

    thanks for the great interview. can’t wait to read amanda’s book! i’ll be buying it (if i don’t win it here first!).

  242. Jeni Powell says

    I’m a new visitor to your blog but not new to SouleMama’s. Would love a copy of her book gratis but will most certainly buy otherwise. Thanks for the additional insight into this creative and inspiring mama.

  243. says

    amanda is amazing. she, almost single-handedly, got me crocheting again and seeing my children’s artwork as “art”. thanks for the interview!!

  244. laura phelps says

    great ideas! look forward to creating with my 4 little ones…but gee..I NEED that book!!!!!!

  245. says

    What a fantastic interview! It is so candid and ‘real”…thank you to both Ladies for putting all that out there. I enjoyed reading it, so much!

  246. says

    Awesome, Inspiring interview and, of course, author/mom/artist. Can’t wait to see more from her. Thank you for whetting our appetites for nature-centered-family-centered art!

  247. says

    I stumbled across your blog through Soulmama, she is such an inspiration and has helped me let go a little and let my kids create. I am eagerly awaiting a copy of her book.

  248. says

    Being a mother of four, and working in a class of 30 2-3 year olds, this book is bound to be totally inspiring…wether i win this or not, I need this book.

  249. umm yusuf says

    I homeschool my five children in Australia and regularly read Soulemama’s blog for inspiration.I can’t wait to read the book !

  250. emma says

    tuesday is my birthday, what better present would be a copy of Creative Family, think I will treat myself anyway! We are a family of four (maybe 5 soon) living parallel lives, in opposite seasons, on the wild southern coast of Australia, mama enjoys being inspired by Amanda’s days!

  251. Sam Adlington says

    Hi thanks so much for another insight into being a creative family can’t wait to get my hands on your book, I find it hard with a large busy city based family to find the family time personal time to sit down be still and create, I love reading Amandas blogs and interviews and so often they give inspiration to get up and just do it!, I feel that she’s a friend even though I’ve never met or spoke to her – this is how books and blogs should be done…Great work Amanda, I really don’t know how you do it (also being a Mum of three babes!!)
    Samantha, Nottingham, United Kingdom

  252. tiff says

    I can’t seem to go a day without reading soulmama, i feel inspired to love my life more after each post. I am really curious to read her book, she really is an inspiration.
    Tiffany, Australia

  253. Jo Marks says

    Am hanging out to get this book – my 2 year old is following in the footsteps of her creative teen sisters, but this mama needs some more inspiration! Thanks for the opportunity to win,
    Jo in Oz

  254. Robyn Piotrowski says

    Somehow Amanda seems to know exactly what my boys (5 3) and I are always up to… and then she has the perfect project to compliment it. My 5 year old wakes up in the morning and asks,” what project are we going to make today?” Or, “do you want to do an experiment?” So we are always busy at my house combining love, laughter and art! I didn’t know there were any other moms out there like me… doing all the fun/crazy projects that my boys I do- until I found the world of blogs and then SouleMama. So, Yes, your review- fantastic! And, Yes… I can’t wait for the book!

  255. says

    I’ve been lurking in Amanda’s blog for a while now and always find something inspiring to borrow, copy or adapt to our family needs. I love the way she makes it all look natural and simple: a real boost when I struggle against untidiness, paint all over, crashed pencils on the floor, misused scissors – like yesterday, when they accidentally cut our cat’s whiskers. I’m sure the book will be a fantastic source of nourishment for the soul(e).
    Silvia, Italy

  256. mnmmom2k says

    I am a faithful reader of Soulemama, I cannot wait for this book to come out. Her photography inspires me, as well as her crafting ideas.

  257. Monika says

    I was very glad to find Soulemama blog, I will read more of it. And this interview gave an even more full view of this bright person. Thanks Amanda for these opportunities, for sharing ideas. And for shearing this warmness – through the photos, ideas, pictures. Wish you all the best. And hope to read more inspiring interviews!!

  258. says

    I’ve seen links to Amanda’s blog all over the place, and now this great book- I just LOVE the idea of putting natural objects on the table for inspiration! I’m going to check out the blog right now!

  259. Julie says

    I can’t wait to get my copy of the book. I would love to win a free copy! That would make my day!

  260. Andrea Kidssweet says

    Thanks for this wonderful interview. I love Soulemama and am glad I found your blog through the interview. I’ll be visiting often.

  261. says

    Amanda and her family are inspiration, teachers, examples and thought provokers. I cannot WAIT to read the whole book! Thanks for the sneak peek!

  262. Kim Newton says

    I truly enjoyed this interview – thank you. So looking forward to the book! And I’m happy to have found your blog and will come back again!

  263. says

    Thank you so much for this wonderful interview. I am so looking forward to this book coming out, the interview alone has got me steaming with ideas for my little family.

  264. says

    That was a great interview. I look forward to seeing the book! I’ll be back for a visit! Frivolitea ([email protected])

  265. Sheila says

    My three children and I would LOVE to have this book! She has found her calling in life! Thanks for the interview and the chance to win the book!

  266. heidi franklin says

    I cant wait for the book. I love Amanda Soule’s comments on her dining room table. We live in a small house so our kitchen table functions as many things (right now it is a ping pong table, net and all). I’d like to know some of her organization hints, too. Thanks for the interview!

  267. Cindy says

    I am anxiously awaiting this book by a mother that inspires me to enjoy the simple ways of my three girls in our hectic daily life. Thanks for the interview, and a chance to win the book.

  268. Patricia says

    This would be a great addition to our family library. Thank you for the review and interview!

  269. says

    you know, i really love the idea of family drawing time. with my sewing area in the basement (and the basement an unsuitable place for my kids to be) it’s hard to integrate my creativity with the children all the time.

  270. Karen says

    Love the interview and the ideas. Our dining room table is currently stained with all colors of markers! We can’t wait for the book.

  271. Lauren Jones says

    I found Soulemama’s blog about a year ago while surfing for ideas for pregnant belly henna. I have been hooked ever since and am inspired daily to capture moments with my own two kidlets. I already preordered the book, but figured I’d post for a chance to win it. Really interested in your blog now too- thanks.

  272. angela says

    i’ve been an avid reader of soulemam’s blog for quite some time and i am always inspired by her children’s artwork, her art and crafts and the simple beauty of their photos. she makes me turn the tv off more, go outside with the kids more and simply dream more. thanks for interviewing her and giving us another look into the life of the inspiring.

  273. MOK says

    I read Soulemama daily and just love the joy she brings to her blog. I enjoyed your intervew that gave me a taste for the book. I can not wait for my copy allready ordered . Put me in the drawning and if I win I will have 2 copies for the one ordered is a gift for my daughter-in -law. Maybe I better just go and order another copy for there may not be enough to go around with the first printing. OH MY what a thought!!!

  274. says

    I would love to have this book! If I don’t win, I hope you at least post again when it’s out to remind us all to go find it!

  275. Lara says

    I love reading her blog every week and plan on telling everyone who I know with children about her new book (and not only because she is a native Mainer, like me!)

  276. says

    Amanda has always been one of my favourite bloggers and I can’t wait for this book to come out! I’ve got a list of all the young families I know that I want to give copies to! Thanks for an awesome interview :)

  277. Tava says

    Love Amanda’s blog and I am so looking forward to her book. She’s a great mom to model ones creative interactions after.

  278. Martha says

    Great ideas. I love family art night. I know lots of people who are also doing family reading night, sometimes by candlelight! Keep up the good art!

  279. Callie says

    I am so excited for this book to come out!! I’ve got a two little ones (and one on the way) that love art but I want to do more to stimulate their creativity. I have loved Amanda’s Blog. She is such an amazing person, such an inspiration. Thanks for all you share.

  280. says

    Loved your interview! These resources are so important to Mothers when their bodies are drained and their minds feel like mud at the end of the day and we need to be inspired again!

  281. nolabrooke says

    So happy to have found your blog through Soulemama. You will now be a frequent stop on my daily search for ideas to inspire our own creativity. Thanks for the interview!

  282. Shelly says

    Been reading Amanda’s blog for awhile now. Her book is on my wish list for sure!! I love crafting with my kids…and finding your blog is exciting!!

  283. Kim says

    Soulemama has been on my Knitting Favorites for a few years now. Enjoyed the interview and I look forward to reading the book!

  284. Shelly says

    Thanks for the interview. I enjoy soulemama’s blog and children’s activities.
    I know the book will be great!

  285. Ana says

    I just found my way to your blog via Soule Mama’s, which I read faithfully. Now I’ll add yours! So happy to have found your site!

  286. Terra says

    Loved the interview! Have been a long time reader of Soule Mama and have been looking forward to this wonderful book. I am so glad that April is almost here.

  287. Kathy says

    THanks for the lovely interview of Amanda. I have just begun reading her blog( in November) and really enjoy it. I can’t wait to get her book and share it with the parents at the preschool I work at.

  288. water works says

    I have been really wondering about this book and whether it’s something I could use for my family. It certainly seems that way after reading your review. Thanks so much. Dare I hope I win this!

  289. Melanie says

    Thank you for this fantastic interview! Amanda is such a wonderfully inspiring person- her attitude to life, family, creativity is so positive, mindful and exciting. I’ve been reading the soulemama blog since December and am waiting impatiently for this book to be released- it sounds wonderful. Well done Amanda!

  290. Laura says

    I love Amanda’s blog and am looking forward, with great anticipation, to her book. Thanks for the inspiring interview.

  291. says

    I’m getting this book. It was written for me. Thanks, SouleMama.
    BTW, I just found this blog, and it is fantastic. I don’t have a big background in art, but it is something that is very important to me to do with my toddler, so I’m getting an education here, too. And E and I are having a great time. Thanks!

  292. says

    Thank you for sharing the interview. Amanda is able to vocalize many of the values that I feel but am not able to put into words so well.

  293. forhopessake says

    I love all of these ideas! I’m so excited for Amanda’s book and for all of the inspiration I’m sure it will provide!

  294. Emily says

    Great interview! I love reading Amanda’s soulemama blog and can’t wait for the book to come out soon. It will provide lots of new and creative ideas for me to do with my three year old twin girls!

  295. kate says

    so inspired by your blog–on exhausting days with two little children i look at your blog for creative ideas–so excited about your book:)–thanks for sharing your creativity!

  296. Meshbetty says

    Very cool little interview! I have your book on my wishlist on Amazon…I am just waiting for it to come out….My six year old is doing some sort of art project all the time and now my 17 month-old has discovered art as well. She can’t wait until she can use the cool magic markers like her big sister!

  297. susanne says

    Amanda’s book will be such a great resource — thanks for the preview of the loveliness to come!

  298. Valerie says

    I love soulemama’s blog,and I’m so happy to have found yours also – lots of great stuff!
    Thanks for the preview!

  299. robin says

    Woooooooowww… I am soooo looking forward to Amanda’s book! I am a long-time Soulemama reader and have enjoyed watching her family grow and create together. Thank you for the opportunity to win her book! I have enjoyed your projects and photos as well. 3

  300. says

    soulemama is often a source of inspiration for me, and i can’t wait to read her book and all her wonderful ideas. Thanks for the interview, I’ve really enjoyed it, and now have your page bookmarked to read as well! Great work, thank you :)

  301. says

    What a joy to find another great resource for parenting and creating with kids. A great review. I’m always out to find more about the Soulemama story.

  302. Jamsandwich says

    Thanks for the great interview with Soulemama. I am so looking forward to getting my hands on her book and being inspired.

  303. says

    Enjoyed the interview and really looking forward to the book, it’s in my wish list. I think Amanda is an inspiration. Thanks

  304. Terri says

    I love love love reading soulemamas blog. I am entrusted to care for six beautiful little souls and she gives me inspiration and wonderful useful ideas daily. Can’t wait for the book. Great interview too!

  305. Heidi says

    I look forward to reading this book! We are always looking for new inspiration and I love reading Amanda’s blog.

  306. Avery says

    What a great interview and what an inspiring woman! I follow her blog and she’s always got such fantastic projects in the work. Can’t wait to check out her new book.

  307. sarah says

    i read soulemama almost daily and envy her creativity and patience to undertake such tasks with her children. mine are both so young yet that it’s difficult to imagine being so daring. but i would LOVE a copy of her book to read and kickstart our own creative times and spaces.

  308. says

    Let’s see, what’s another word I can use besides inspiring/inspired/inspiration? Hmmm… can’t think of one. Oh well. So there it is. I’m inspired. Can’t wait to read the book!

  309. Hilary says

    Since finding SouleMama, I have become addicted to reading what is going on in Amanda’s life. As an art teacher, I look forward to reading her tips on creativity in the home. Thanks for a chance to win!

  310. Selah Lowenstein says

    I look forward to getting my hands on this book, either as a winner, from the library or from the local bookstore. Thanks for the interview and all your creative ideas!

  311. says

    I especially love Amanda’s honesty regarding the struggle to balance it all and of carrying a notebook everywhere, I’d be so lost without my little book.

  312. ericka says

    i’m an avid reader of soulemama and just found this blog…which i love already! looking forward to the days when my 6 month old can do some art.

  313. Mati says

    Excellent interview! One thing that helps us is keeping paper and crayons in a tray on the table. We also have a 20-drawer chest from a workshop that holds everything from clay to beads to sewing bits and pieces… can’t wait to see this book.

  314. Lissy says

    Well, I think mine is comment 591, so I guess many many people are inspired like me! I am new to the world of “blogs” am amazed by the WONDERFUL things out there…so much collective creativity! I have always loved art but wasn’t sure how art children went together – except for mess…but my eyes are open a little more widely now!! Hooray. Thank you from sunny Sydney Australia!
    XX

  315. Jessica says

    This book sounds lovely – thanks for affording us a peep into it as well as the chance to win it. Already feel inspired!

  316. says

    wow – with every interview I am more excited about this book. I would LOVE to win a copy – as I know it will be an amazing resource. I just really enjoy the Soule Mama approach to life and parenting.

  317. Sara says

    I’m so eagerly awaiting this book! I think I’ll try a family art night while I wait. Thanks for the interview.

  318. Bridget says

    I can’t wait to pick up a copy of this book (or win one) ! Either way, I’ve no doubt our family will enjoy this immensely!

  319. AmandaV. says

    This is so inspiring! Sounds like just the thing our family needs, guidance in nurturing. Can’t wait!

  320. luvbug1975 says

    That was a very nice interview. I have been reading the soulemama blog for quite a while, and I always find it down-to-earth and inspirational. And I would so love to win her book!!!

  321. Rachel says

    Truly inspiring. I just planned an art morning with a friend a half hour ago, so it’s nice to hear we are in such nice company!
    blessings and joy on the journey…

  322. says

    Thank you for the interview, thank you for this little funny game (very nice idea) to win a copy of the wonderful amanda’s book, i hope to be the one!!.
    actually i am the #656 person who post a comment. it means we are a bunch of people who have the same feeling concerning creativity with children… great!!
    ciao
    sabrina

  323. Kylie says

    I love that art can really inspire Family Time – that being together time, that can seem less and less in our busy lives.
    Kylie

  324. marie says

    I love reading Amanda’s blog, that I check EVERYDAY, even though I don’t have children.
    I like the way she faces life, and I would love to read her book, after all the good reviews I have read here and there.

  325. Marcela says

    Hi!!! I’M FROM BRAZIL!!
    Thank you so much for doing this interview!
    I love Amanda Soule’s blog and I would love to win this book… Unhappyly it will not be available to buy here in Brazil!! PLEASE, LET ME WIN THIS COPY!!!
    Im so grateful for her inspires me to simplify life with my son.
    Sorry… bag english!!! =)

  326. Martha says

    Thanks for the interview! I live in Switzerland and have three little ones who are really into art and creative projects. We check out Soulemama regularly and enjoy all of her great ideas!

  327. Kim says

    Great inspiration for making art with the entire family. Not
    intimidating – just natural. Thanks so much for the interview
    with Soulemama!

  328. Sharon says

    Thank you for the interview! Amanda’s blog/life is so inspiring, nurturing, beautiful, loving, fun, charming… I could go on and on… a treasure and a gift that she shares with us all… so generously! I’m looking forward to having her book in my home and sharing it with my family and friends!

  329. kiwismommy says

    Thanks for the interview. I love how your insight on creativity being so easy. I cant wait for the book to be released.

  330. Lisa says

    I’m inspired over and over by Soulemama. And now I’m so happy to have found you! I can’t wait to see the book.
    Thank you, Lisa

  331. Sarah N. says

    Since my hubby is a talented architect and I am a quilter, I am always looking for way to encouraged my children’s creativity. This book looks like it will fit the bill. Thanks for the great review!

  332. says

    Wow Jean. I can’t thank you enough for featuring Amanda. She inspires me beyond belief. I have already started to incorporate many of her ideas in my own home, despite not have little ones to share it with (although, we’re trying for ‘em!) I can’t wait for the book to come out…
    Again, thank you for the sneak peak!

  333. says

    Thanks so much for this interview. I’ve been eagerly anticipating Amanda’s book and love following her inspiring posts on her blog. Thank you for the opportunity to win her book!

  334. says

    Thank you for this interview. I have been looking forward to this book for a long time. I enjoy reading her blog and have just discovered yours through the link on the soulemama blog.

  335. xoxox says

    thanks for the interview! love the soulemama blog can’t wait to read her book, i’d love to win a copy :)

  336. dolores says

    Totally georgous! regularly reading amandas blog and looking forward to THE book, this interview just increases my impatience to have it over here in europe!

  337. Molly says

    I love reading Amanda’s blog. It is full of such beauty and although I’m a single woman living in New York I can pretend my life too is full of arts and crafts and nature. However, my good friend does have a new little boy and I’m going to get this book for her and send it to her and her husband in Oregon. She and I made books together when we were little and now she can make them with her son.

  338. Rebecca says

    Can’t wait for this book to come out. I’ve been reading Amanda’s blog for a while and feel so inspired by her everyday is a wonderday approach.

  339. Carole says

    I am REALLY longing to get my 3 year old and 1 year old more art time, but it still seems such an effort just to get everyone fed and napping, let alone out of the house or meeting friends! Whether I check this book out from the library, purchase it, or win it, I’m looking forward to every page!

  340. Lucy Lou says

    thanks for an interview that highlights the art of parenting, I would love to win a copy of the book!

  341. Erin Whelan says

    How inspiring. Can’t wait to see that book. My 20 month old son is just getting into art and other creative pursuits, this book would be perfect. Thanks for the great interview.

  342. brenda kuykendall says

    I love reading this blog and I am sure this book will be wonderful!!
    Your Ideas are great !

  343. Glenda says

    Looking forward to reading Amanda’s upcoming book, and am excited to read that she’s already working on another! Thanks for hosting an interview with her, and for the drawing as well.

  344. says

    Thanks for the interview! I’ve had this book on my wishlist since this past fall. Can’t wait for it! And of course I’d love to win it too, especially since my birthday is today!

  345. Megan says

    The book looks great — I asked my local public library to buy a copy. Hopefully I can win my own! :)

  346. Manon Brisson says

    That was a wonderful interview. I can’t wait for Amanda’s book to come out and am very excited to learn she is working on book #2. I can’t wait for all the wonderful craft ideas and especially for ideas on what special things I can do with my children’s art work.
    Thank you,
    Manon

  347. says

    Thanks so much for the interview. I am especially interested in the use of art and imagination in fostering family connections…I hadn’t thought of the idea of family art night…i’m intrigued and look forward to being “encouraged” by the rest of the book.

  348. says

    Wow, what a great giveaway! And so generous to now have two copies to give. Thanks so much for the great interview and giveaway.

  349. Ailisin says

    I was turned on to the SoulMama blog by a friend and I go to late in the evening when my three kids are asleep and get inspiration for the days ahead. I’ve repurposed my guest room into a craft/sewing/beading room (hope no guests come!) and am completely in awe at the mental flexibility and patience Amanda brings to the page and to our lives. Thanks for this interview! Can’t wait to see the published pages of the book. Regards!

  350. Heather says

    Thanks for this interview. Very much looking forward to the book. We’ve got an art center in our dining room for kids and grown-ups alike. We put art supplies like markers and scissors in cutlery trays that kids can take out of the drawers as they need them. It works very well. We’ll have to give art night a try!

  351. says

    I enjoy my daily dose of “Soule” and now I will enjoy my regular art ideas. Loved the interview with Amanda; thanks for the opportunity to win the book!
    Rosemary

  352. Skye says

    I love Amanda’s blog, have been avidly reading reviews and postings about her blog, and intend to have a copy one way or another – even though I am in Australia! (I have found a local online book supplier listing it for pre-order!) With 2 small children and a 3rd on the way, it would be an invaluable resource.

  353. says

    Amanda is such an inspiration – and in years to come I am sure that my children will be grateful to her for shaping the way that we spend our time together. Her suggestions are wonderful.
    Thanks for the interview, again I walk away with much to ponder and much to apply in our lives.

  354. says

    I just discovered your blog recently, and I adore it for the same reasons I adore Soule Mama’s blog: both of you honor the sweetness and purity of art in children’s lives. So inspiring!

  355. Stephne says

    I have enjoyed Amanda’s blog for awhile. So glad to also find artfulparent. You are both such an inspiration!

  356. says

    Yeay, a chance to win this awesome book that I’ve been waiting and waiting for! Thank you for this inspiring interview and for your awesome blog!
    Patricia

  357. Sara says

    I love, love, love Amanda’s website and have been waiting so patiently for the book! I am so inspired by soulemama and long to give my two girls such a peaceful, artful home.

  358. says

    I just found your blog and can’t wait to try some of your ideas and projects, though my son is 7 months old, so I’ll wait a little while. This book looks fantastic, and I’ve already added it to my wishlist! =) Thanks for all the great info and inspirations.

  359. Jenny says

    WooHoo!!! I can’t wait for this yummy book. My boys and I love to craft together and draw so much creativity from nature as well. They more often then not come home with their pockets stuffed with little inspirational tidbits they have picked up during their outside play.

  360. says

    love the interview, love the ideas on both your blogs and can’t wait for the book to be released! I will have a copy one way or another!

  361. lauren says

    Thanks so much for this interview and for the ideas on artful parent. I am so looking forward to Amanda’s book(s). It gives me hope for our society to see so many parents focusing on how to raise creative children. Thanks for the great ideas!

  362. Jen Shean says

    I so enjoy Amanda’s blog and I’m so glad you asked how she finds time to do it. I’d love a copy of the book.

  363. shimmala says

    I’m always looking for creative craft ideas, since I myself am not so creative. My two girls get so excited when I say it’s time for a project!

  364. Shawn Moore says

    I love to read Amanda’s blog daily. I would enjoy a copy of her book. I’ve tried to make those crowns w/o the book, but they just don’t turn out as nicely as I would like. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.
    Shawn Moore

  365. says

    I discovered Amandas blog over a year now and she inspired me to trust me to start mine.
    [ I just discovered your own through hers. Beautiful inspiration for me also.]
    No wonder to say that i an EAGER to get her book one way or another!
    Winning one will be nice, i have to admit it! Lets see if i get HAPPY LUCKY?!!
    Merci,

  366. Angel says

    Hey, I was just wondering how to start a web site like this. Im also in to alot of art stuff and love to write my self. If you could write me back id greatly appreciate it.
    Take care
    Angel M =)

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  368. Amanda Wilton-Green says

    I love watching my 5 year old draw of people and creatures – they remind me of Chagall with flying and floating people and far away houses and spiraling lines…she likes a fine line black ink pen and a big stack of crisp white printer paper. I wish I drew the way she does. I try to give her plenty of room to create.