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It is wonderful to be guest writing today for JoJo Maman Bebe! I am Maggy, mum of two – a boy (5) and girl (3) and I write a craft blog, Red Ted Art.
I remember having my first child Red Ted almost 5 years ago (yes, the big 5th Superhero Birthday party is just around the corner) and JoJo Maman Bebe being a site I visited frequently. The world of babies was brand new for me and the first year was a hazy year of confusion, finding my feet, new friends, whilst easing into motherhood. By the time Pip Squeak (now 3yrs old) came along, I was happy with being at home and with my kids, but ready for a little more.
Craft is something that I have always enjoyed on a personal level. As a child I used to love crafting with my adoptive grandmother, who taught me how to knit and sew, and making up new things with friends. Then school and university came and took over, and later work. I continued to craft a little here and there – mainly my friends’ birthday or wedding cards, but not much more. There just wasn’t the time, or the occasion.
Having kids changed all this – there were baby hats to knit and the odd little soft toy to attempt.
I turned to the internet and was in awe, as well as intimidated by some of the crafty mums out there. I distinctly remember thinking “I wish I was that creative”.
Regardless, I decided to have a go. I started crafting with my son (then 2yrs old) – you can see our older crafts at the bottom of this Kids Crafts page. Our crafts then were simpler and possibly more basic. We were having fun and that was the main thing. I challenged myself to do something at least once a week with him. And we used to write a Kids Craft post each Wednesday and have a more adult focussed How To every Friday.
If you have a craft phobia or don’t know where to start, just do something. Draw a simple picture with the kids, make a basic necklace, stick googly eyes on something (stick menare very popular in our house). But just start somewhere.If you have a question, come and ask me, I am on facebook, twitter, pinterest and Google+pretty much all the time (I can’t help it, I LOVE social media) and I totally love helping others with their crafty queries. If I don’t know the answer, I will try and point you in the right direction.Maggy Woodley is an award winning craft writer and writes at Red Ted Art regularly sharing easy crafts to do with and for your kids. The ethos of her crafts is all about recycling, inexpensive materials and doing this together, building happy childhood memories. Her first book “Red Ted Art, 60 Cute & Easy Crafts for Kids” by Square Peg (£12.79) will be published in March 2013 and currently available on Amazon for pre-order. A great introduction to crafts with kids of all ages.When you don’t see her crafting, she also likes to cook and bake with her kids over at Life At The Zoo as well as discussing Theatre, Books and Movies with those who will listen!