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Homeschooling Curriculum and Giveaway

True intelligence arises when children are given the opportunity to engage their hearts and hands as well their minds. That’s the educational philosophy behind Oak Meadow’s uniquely creative K-8 homeschooling curriculum. Oak Meadow involves the whole child by including assignments that not only ask children to read, write, and think, but also to paint, draw, play music, write poetry, and build things. Check out to learn more about what Oak Meadow Curriculum and School has to offer your family.


Oak Meadow Curriculum and School is offering Living Crafts readers the chance to win a complete homeschooling curriculum package for one grade of your choice (K-8) . That’s a value of up to $400! Simply visit to view their homeschooling curriculum and resources, and then post a comment here letting us know what you like about Oak Meadow. Deadline to post your comment is Friday, December 2nd midnight. We will pick one lucky winner!

We have a winner!

Susie H. Submitted on 2011/11/17 at 1:27 amA friend had recently mentioned she was considering Oak Meadow – I went to peek at the website then and ended up devouring and soaking in much as I could. I am THAT intrigued by the program! I have considered making the switch to homeschooling (my oldest is 1st grade) and this would be the one.
I love how the curricula is based on matters relevant to the child. Neighborhoods, nature walks, fairytales, etc. – and learning seems to be a process of discovering via these relevant areas. It seems like a method that will encourage the child to take the initiative to learn even more.


Posted by Living Crafts on Nov 15, 2011 09:33 AM | 653 Comments

Modern Mix: Book Review and Giveaway

Modern Mix by Jessica Levitt will teache you to confidently mix and match fabrics for a fresh, clean look.

A printed fabric is so eye-catching…and when it’s paired with the right solid, the result is brilliantly graphic. These contemporary projects show off the dynamic partnership of large-scale prints and vivid solids. Filled with fabulous ideas and information for how to integrate fabrics, this book is a must-have for your sewing library. Includes a chapter on quiltmaking basics.

Jessica Levitt has been sewing and quilting since the age of 12. Always thirsting for some new craft, she has taught herself countless quilting techniques as well as costuming, event design, and home decor. She is a designer for Windham Fabrics. Her degree in engineering from Duke University is now largely unused while she pursues fulfillment in more creative endeavors. Jessica lives and works in New Jersey with her husband and two children. She blogs at


For a chance to win a copy of Modern Mix, please leave a comment on this post by Monday, October 17th, 2011 midnight.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday, October 19th.  Although the giveaway is open to all, only with a U.S. address you can receive a print version of the book.  If you live outside of U.S. and win this giveaway, you will receive a digital copy of the book (oh just as GOOD!).

Posted by Megan Scott on Oct 11, 2011 02:47 PM | 52 Comments

Storage Boxes With a Window

Storage Boxes

Take a regular cardboard box (I’d decorate mine to match my room somehow) cut out a side view, place a piece of PET plastic as your window and you have a perfect box to store a pair of shoes – or… craft supplies! This is an Ikea Hack but we caught it over at Craftzine but you could use any box.

Posted by Living Crafts on Jun 21, 2011 12:12 PM | 2 Comments

Tutorial: Soap Dispenser

Soap dispenser from a tin can

Here’s a tutorial to make a tin can soap dispenser out of a tin can. Sibylle of Funkytime was inspired by the many mason jar soap dispensers, that are on the internet right now, and wanted to make something different. You’ll find the tutorial here.


Posted by Living Crafts on Jun 21, 2011 12:08 PM | No Comments

Good Finds: The Learning Tower

The Learning Tower is an adjustable height multi-level platform step stool which allows children to participate in activities at counter height safely. With the innovative design of the Learning Tower from Little Partners, a child is able to stand at counter height without the risk of the tower tipping over, twisting or collapsing. What was once an unsafe, desired task of a two-year old- for example, washing dishes or making a pizza- now becomes a shared activity that allows the child to participate in adult happenings free from the risk of injury.


The folks at Little Partners are offering a Learning Tower to one lucky Living Crafts post commenter!  To enter go over to Little Partners and check out the Learning Tower as well as their other products and pages of info. Then come back here and tell us something you learned about the Learning Tower or any other product (they have some great ones!), or about the mom who created the company and product. Deadline for leaving a comment to win:  Friday,  May 27th Midnight Pacific Time. Good luck!


And the Winner is…


Brandy Submitted on 2011/05/27 at 11:48 am

I have had my eye on this product for a bit. I love that there is also an easel attachment with a chalkboard for the learning tower. Great use of space! Thank you for this giveaway.



Posted by Living Crafts on May 23, 2011 02:31 PM | 563 Comments

Garden Stone with Leaf Impression

A cool pictorial tutorial at the sunsetgurldesign blog you can follow to make your own leaf-impressed garden stone.

Can you think of other leaves or something other than leaves to use as an impression?

Posted by Living Crafts on May 23, 2011 01:59 PM | 3 Comments


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