Giveaway #9 :: Win The Artful Parent Books & a Custom-Made Child’s Art Smock

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Win The Artful Parent books and a custom-made child's art smock

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The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity (with signature & inscription if desired)

This book provides the tools and inspiration to provide an art-rich environment that encourages children's creativity, imagination, and self-confidence. The Artful Parent includes over 60 fun arts and crafts activities as well as information on getting started, choosing art supplies, setting up an art space, and how to talk to kids about art.

The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts

Celebrating the seasons and holidays is a traditional way to embrace creativity together as a family, and the reverse is true as well: engaging in arts and crafts as a family is a fun way of decorating, preparing for, and learning about the holidays we celebrate. The Artful Year is a set of four eBooks in full-color PDF format and can be read on an iPad, KindleFire, other tablet, or computer.

A Handmade Child's Art Smock Sewn from a Large T-Shirt

A children's art apron

Hand-sewn by yours truly. You tell me your child's age, size, and a favorite color or animal, and I'll create a comfortable apron with applique that will cover your child and his or her clothes from messy art materials.

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  1. Katie says

    I’m not a consistent blog reader. Hard to say. Off and on for maybe 6 months. I’m always impressed by what I see here.

  2. Alisa says

    I’ve been reading for about a year and a half now. I haven’t won any of these giveaways, but the inspiration and ideas have been awesome! Reading The Artful Parent is a shining spot in my week.

  3. Diana Cote says

    I have been reading it about a year, every time we are stuck on what to do we check the blog out, plus Facebook updates help keep me up to date as well. :)

  4. Jennifer Shaw says

    Just found you today! Another HS Mom shared your post! Thank you for your blog, I will be looking daily from now on!

  5. says

    I have been reading The Artful Parent blog for about 6 months now and have been wanting to get your book and ebooks but just haven’t have the money to do so yet. I would love to win these for my girls!!!

  6. Laurie says

    I have been reading since we decided to have a kid…about 4 years ago! Dreaming about all the fun art I’m going to create with a wee one and now my artful parenting journey has begun…fun!!!

  7. Danielle says

    I’m a pretty new reader, but I’ll definitely be reading for a long time! (BTW, I love that your daughter is named Daphne — so is mine!)

  8. Megan says

    Brand new,, just seen a lovely review through the imagination tree. I am always looking for wonderful ideas for the classroom so thank you for taking your time to share yours :)

  9. Nicole says

    Just found you two days ago while researching how to incorporate more art activities in our home.

  10. Maureen says

    At least 3-4 years now… I love it! So many great ideas. My sons (twins) are very close in age to your oldest so it works out nice when I see what ideas work for her. Thank you.

  11. kate says

    maybe a year now- its bookmarked on my computer and i use it OFTEN for ideas, inspirations and even links to your sponsors art stores… My 8 year old loves to sit and look through the projects on your blog with me picking what we want to do for the week! a great resource!!! thank you!!!!

  12. Stephanie Morency says

    Brand new reader – 1 day. But I’ve already found so many awesome ideas! THanks

  13. Alana says

    Sad to say I’ve only been reading for a short time after being introduced from the small things blog. So happy to have found you though. I’ve found lots of inspiration and have already tried a few projects with my kids.

  14. Kristine says

    I’ve been reading/following for months…not exactly sure how long, but I love it!! The smocks are adorable and my owl-loving almost 3 year old loves everything gREEN!! He would love a smock since he loves to paint!

  15. Samantha King says

    I’m fairly new, been reading for less than a year. So glad I came across your blog though – I love how you are an advocate of art for children! You have inspired me quite a bit.
    Thank you!

  16. HannahB says

    I have been reading this blog for about 4 years, maybe a little more. It has been a great resource!

  17. Rebecca Feucht says

    Between 6 months and 1 year is my best guess. (I don’t sleep much)
    Love it though!!

  18. Janelle says

    Since about November. I don’t remember how I stumbled upon your blog, but I LOVE IT and have recommended it to many of my mommy friends!

  19. Alyson White says

    Just found it recently. Great timing bc my 2 year old is really getting into painting and crafts.

  20. laura says

    Not entering giveaway…already have these books! Love them. Thank you for all of the inspiration you offer.

  21. Erica says

    I’ve been reading for a few months! I love your book–I have it from the library and would LOVE to have a copy of my own! Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. Jen Corbin says

    almost 2 years, since my girlfriend recommended you since I had a young child and one on the way… and we were constantly creating! Your ideas have helped get over the “what to do to change it up” block! Thank you!

  23. Kath says

    I have just looked today as recommended by the imagination tree.
    I look forward to reading all your fab ideas and creating the with my 3 yr old and 3 month old :)

  24. Heather Brady says

    I was referred by The Imagination Tree, so today is the first that I’ve seen your blog :)

  25. Ana says

    Since November 2013 – I was looking for a list of art supplies for toddlers and came across your blog

  26. Sabrina says

    Can’t remember for how long, but have been pinning ideas for longer. (tried to find out how long, only to end up pushing “unfollow”, oops… Quickly followed again) Love the ideas and tried some out. Still plenty more to try though. :-)

  27. Brenda T says

    I have been reading the Artful Parent blog for about a week or two. I do have it bookmarked now.

  28. Kim says

    Gosh, a couple of years? Awhile now. And I’m so glad I found your blog. I love reading through all of your creative ideas!

  29. Jen says

    I found your blog last summer. I love how the concept of your art is both appealing and engaging for all ages. It really does change the mundane things into marvelous. Thanks.

  30. Lisa says

    I went searching for *GOOD* parenting blogs and found you about a month ago. I love the insight you offer and how things range in easy to more difficult.

  31. THlywa says

    Liked you on facebook a little while ago. Only just signed up for your newsletter today! Excited to start following you more closely!

  32. Ally Cohen says

    Found the artful parent about 5 years ago! My then 18 month old daughter and I devoured Maryann’s art books based on your recommendation. We keep coming back to you for ideas and inspiration. Thanx!

  33. Noel says

    Just about 9 months…found it through The Imagination Tree…or vice versa!!! Looooove both these sites and all they bring to us daily as I start to school my 5 and 3 yo girls at home!

  34. Julie D says

    I am fairly new to this blog. I found it via pinterest and started following on facebook in 2013.

  35. Lindsay says

    I’m a fairly new reader but I love The Artful Parent! My daughter is 2.5 now and I own a children’s store (with website and blog) so I love sharing your creative ideas in all parts of my life – personal and professional!

  36. Heather Murphy says

    I just discovered your blog in December and am loving it! I am feeling all sorts of inspired about creating ways for my kiddos to explore artistically! And, admittedly now have serious art supply envy! ;)

  37. Janelle Jay says

    Oops! Got overly excited in last mail! Your work has been with me for about one year maybe now. Finding your art world opened me up to something I have always been, and made my mothering even more colourful and glittery sparkling! Janelle x ✨✨✨✨✨

  38. Tommie Sue Schindler says

    I’ve been reading your blog about a year and using many of your wonderful ideas with my granddaughters, ages 2 1/2 and 4 1/2. Thanks for the amazing helps.

  39. Andrea says

    Around four years. A friend of mine introduced me, and we began our own toddler/pre-school art club that lasted two years. I think most of the original members other than myself have moved out of town now. Oh, I miss them. Art club made dear friends of the kids and the mamas.

  40. Julie A. says

    I have been reading your blog for years…probably 4 years. I love it & get so much inspiration from you!

  41. Gwen Johnson says

    I’ve only been reading a couple of weeks, if that. A friend recently recommended on Facebook.

  42. Megan G says

    I just started reading it when you were part of the round robin giveaway and I just love it!

  43. Amy Frye says

    I have been coming here for at least a year. I love it. It’s such a great resource for crafts and activities.

  44. Libby Mathis says

    About two years when I remember to check it out. I am not good with keeping up with blogs. But I always click over when a link pops up in my Facebook feed.

  45. Colette says

    I’m not sure, I think it was when you published your first eBook, about the autumn (which I bought :-) ) about 2-3 years ago? The imagination tree linked to you.

  46. Michele says

    Just found your blog a couple of months ago, when I was looking for art ideas to use with my kids. Loving every single post and hope to implement everything I’ve read so far. Would love to win your books as I think they’ll be so impactful at our house!

  47. [email protected] says

    I’ve been reading for about a year.

  48. Siri says

    Hello hello a newbie here. Found your website in the new year. So many ideas that I am yet to read a lot but I surely take a peek everyday.

  49. says

    I just started today! I received the Artful Parent book for Christmas and loved it. We’ve been inspired by a bunch of the projects and have been enjoying art daily! I just thought today to look up your site and have spent way too much time reading through old posts. :-D

  50. Catherine says

    Oh I don’t know – several years! Great inspiration for me. I love art, but am mess-averse! :)

  51. says

    I started reading it about 4 months ago after getting the Artful Parent book from the library. I would love to own the book, instead of checking it out from the library :)

  52. Patricia Hay says

    I don’t remember how long it has been since I discovered your blog. But I really loved it, so inspiring!!!

  53. kasdira says

    I have only recently (like the last 2 weeks) found your blog while I was searching for home school inspiration.

  54. [email protected] says

    I love being creative with my children!

  55. Melissa Haddon says

    I have followed the blog for about 8 months. Honestly I follow more on pinterest. But I do love your blog!

  56. Kristin says

    I’ve been reading for several months…I can’t believe I had been missing out on such awesomeness!

  57. Becky Williams says

    I started reading after the book hit our library…and after a few renews I am looking to get my own copy- I will be an art teacher if all goes well with interviews for the next school year!!! And I am loving the info I am finding here and in Deep Space Sparkle and the Art Of Ed- my main on-line references. the technology and ability to share images and ideas over the internet are all new since I studied to be an Art Teacher back in 1995.

  58. Elizabeth Vowell says

    At LEAST 4 years. I love it and recommend it to all new Mamas. I spread the love in Austin and now am telling our new California neighbors about this jewel.

  59. Nancy says

    I’ve been reading for a long time — two or three years! I’d love to get my hands on your book! Thank you for the giveaway.

  60. Annette says

    I’ve been reading your blog for 3-4 years. It has made a huge difference in my 5 year old’s art experience. Without it, I’m not sure I would have even thought to move beyond crayons and coloring books. Thank you!

  61. Jill W says

    About six months – but I love going back and reading your past posts. Now that my boys are 4, they’re really getting into creative activities more, and your ideas are really helpful. Thank you!

  62. Adrienne Conner says

    I’ve been reading for about 2 years now. I have the Book and we LOVE it!! So many great ideas!

  63. Cynthia says

    For two years…just after my little one started being able to sit up and get messy! Such fabulous inspiration!

  64. Tara says

    I have been reading for a few months :-). Just recently starting to discover many of the talented parenting bloggers out there!

  65. lynn says

    I have been reading your blog for about 10 months and love it. Thanks for all the work you put into inspiring us to interact with our children in such creative ways.

  66. melissa says

    About a week and a half ago I found your site looking for craft inspiration for my 2 year old. So excited to have click on your site. Love following through Facebook ans newsletters as well. Thank you for sharing your crafts with us..

  67. Jessica L. says

    I only discovered your FB page this week (with the round robin Amazon giveaway), so I haven’t checked out the blog yet!

  68. kaarina says

    i don’t remember when i started following exactly, but quite awhile before daphne came along!

  69. Wendy says

    I’ve only been reading for about six months because that’s when I found you. I love the blog!

  70. Anne says

    I’ve been reading since last fall. Finding your blog marked a turning point in the way I approach parenting and daily life by helping me articulate what I want for our family. Thank you.

  71. Christine Smith says

    I’ve been reading the blog for about 18 months now. I love that I get the FB posts too! Thank you for the generous giveaway!

  72. stephanie.yanik_live says

    I was given your link by someone in playgroup when my son and I made a colorful ice wreath we found on family fun — she said I think you will like this one even better… that’s been 3 years ago I think (but I am not 100% sure lol)

  73. Amy Griffeth says

    I think it’s been about 5 years… you have helped me be a better teacher and mom! Thank you!

  74. Leia says

    I have been reading the Artful Parent for about 3 years…. Thank you for being an inspiration!

  75. Heather says

    I’ve been reading for about six months, and the glitter stars and watercolor snowflakes hanging in our house would suggest that I like what I’m reading!

  76. Elizabeth says

    Just stumbled upon it about two weeks ago. With a really active almost three year old I am glad I found it.

  77. Corinne says

    I’ve come across some of your posts over the past year or so but just officially joined this week!

  78. Rebecca says

    I’ve been reading it for several months now and recently started following you on Facebook as well. I learned about you through my friend Molly.

  79. Beth L. says

    About a week – I found a link by Mrs. Bee of HelloBee on pinterest. I’ve loved everything I’ve seen so far! Thanks for your blog!

  80. says

    about a year?

  81. says

    Hmmm…I want to say about a year. I’ve read so many of the archived posts that it’s hard to pin it down by season. I do art with kids often (mine and others) and I love how process and child-oriented your ideas and projects are.

  82. says

    I’ve been reading the blog for probably a year and a half — ever since Zina of Let’s Lasso the Moon discovered my blog and I joined the Kid Blogger Network. Through KBN, I discovered so many fabulous blogs that I wish I had discovered sooner.

  83. says

    I don’t remember exactly how long I’ve been reading … longer than my youngest has been alive at least, so 18 months or much more.

  84. [email protected] says

    About 6 months.

  85. Jenea says

    I think it has been almost 3 years! Since my oldest was 2 – we have added 2 more kids since then!

  86. Cami T Armbrust says

    My sister introduced me to your blog maybe about 3 years ago? I’m not a big blog reader, but I follow yours :)

  87. katie says

    hmm… I think about 2 years but it feels like your blog has always been a part of our family so im really not sure

  88. Chelsea says

    About a year and a half. I found you while trying to find art activities to do with my then one year old. I’ve loved everything we’ve learned from your blog.

  89. Agnes says

    I have been reading your blog since I learned about you from the Mothering magazine article about your Toddler Art Group! I’ve been a loyal fan since then!

  90. Emily says

    Just a few months, as my son is only 16 months. I was looking for art supply recommendations and stumbled across your blog… and will be following along for a long time! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  91. Jessamyn says

    Oh gosh, 3 years maybe? Is that possible? SOmething like that. I LOVE IT! I do a craft twice a month at our swapnplay and always get ideas here.

  92. Lydia Thomas says

    Only a few months now – I discovered it on pinterest and now am a follower. I love love love the posts and will be buying the book soon.

  93. says

    I found your blog only about a month ago, and have been loving it!! I think I probably visit your site several times a day, and if I’m busy at least once every couple of days. You have such awesome ideas. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  94. Kim says

    I found this blog about two months ago and I am still going through past posts and finding great ideas!

  95. Rachel says

    For a year or two. Ever since I started to follow you on Pinterest! I LOVE all of your posts! You have so many great ideas.

  96. Amanda C says

    I have been following your blog for almost 5 years when I think about it. Crazy – where has time gone!

  97. Lea S says

    I found you through a friend almost a year ago! I’m not a totally consistent reader, but I like what I’ve seen!

  98. Maria says

    I’ve been reading for about 6 months or so. I think I found you via Pinterest (gotta love Pinterest!)

  99. says

    I think 2 1/2 years…it has been a huge help in starting my play group, inspiring me, and I love learning about your sponsors (we love our silks, and I would have never thought to buy them on my own)

  100. Jen says

    I discovered your blog several years ago and enjoyed checking it now and again. I started reading regularly about a year ago.

  101. Brandy H says

    Wow, it’s been about three years now that I’ve been folowing your blog. I know I stumbled upon you through Facebook and have never looked back! I have four littles and we have tried so many of your tried & true activities. You really do share age appropriate activities and we certainly appreciate your posts!

  102. Day says

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for a few years now and look forward to reading more inspirational posts in the years to come…no pressure :)

  103. Jennifer says

    I don’t read regularly, but have read occasionally/pinned things for a year or so probably.

  104. Shelly Ok says

    I think I have been reading your blog about 3 1/2 years? I love all the great ideas and inspiration you provide. Thank you!

  105. Amanda says

    Off and on for about 5 years. I tend to get overwhelmed by blogs and often need to give myself a break!

  106. Joy says

    I’ve been following your blog for around three years now. I absolutely love and admire what you are doing…thank you!!!

  107. tiffany says

    I’ve only been reading the blog a couple months! I look forward to going through the archives as well!!

  108. Liisa says

    Long time, before Daphne was born. Maia was doing the toddler art group. I initially read because your daughter has the same spelling as mine (Maia), it caught my attention. I’ve enjoyed it ever since!

  109. Royall Harker says

    I’ve been reading the blog since I took the book out of the library in the fall (2013).

  110. Maggie says

    Since before there was a Daphne on the scene! I guess it was Summer of 2008 when I first found your blog!

  111. Christine says

    I have been reading it for about three years now. Our daughters are pretty close in age. Thank you for the great ideas!

  112. gabby says

    about a year and a half now. you are super inspiring and i’m so excited for these giveaways!

  113. Lisa says

    Since shortly after you started. We met briefly in CH when the kids were babies, first Mother’s day.

  114. Sara says

    I’ve been reading your blog since I was pregnant with my son, and he’s turning three next month. I love the ideas and the ideas behind them :) Thank you so much!

  115. Tanya K says

    Just discovered it now and I’m soooooooooo glad I did. Wish I had have fell onto it during school hols! What an awesome site. THANK YOU!!