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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Soule Mama

I can't help it! I just can't! I must jump on the band wagon and mention this amazing book.......which means she is today's feature! Amanda Blake........SouleMama just wrote the most amazing book. I can't wait to get my hands on one. If you have kids, or grand kids, or you know someone who has little one's, you really really should send them a copy. You will look like the coolest, hippest person alive. Speaking of cool and hip....That must be her middle name. Amanda Cool Hip Blake Soule.

How I wish she would adopt me. Her house looks like the ultimate learning, creative, warm and loving environment for any child..........or adult for that matter.
She is big into embroidering. It's so cute to see her little ones sitting quietly, concentrating so hard on a project. Talk about hand eye coordination. I guess that beats those Dressy Bessy dolls........remember those? Or am I showing my age? Dapper Dan and Dressy Bessy........you don't remember them? Anywhoooo............... Amanda's take on using thread is a bit more creative......and well.......hip.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. Having children draw your own calendar! Brilliant! And so educational. Home school mom's........are you paying attention? Wouldn't this be a great way to teach something about each month? Love that.
This below.......looks very educational, but creative at the same time. Looks like using art to learn Zones? Flower interpretation? Love how it gives you a feeling of no boundaries.........and really? Isn't that what art........being creative is all about?


These kids have got it made! Pottery Barn has nothing on Amanda. I remember my son's first pre-school. It was at Warner Pacific in Portland (Oregon.............just thought I should clarify since Amanda is from the other Portland......didn't want her to get all excited) His pre-school was very hands on. It had an art room with all materials ready. They didn't believe in stopping a child to put a smock on. They wanted the child to be able to create with out boundaries. Amanda's place reminds me of that environment. That was such a great pre-school. How many times have you tried to get dinner ready with little one's under foot? It's certainly not a Donna Reed moment is it? I swear that's why Kraft Mac and Cheese was invented.......or why pizza parlors started delivering. But of course Creative Mother of the year has a solution! Why oh why didn't she live next door to me when my son was little! I could have used her help. She gives her little ones all the scraps and they get to create their own recipe. Great idea.........I usually tossed the tupperware in the middle of room for him to play with..........good times.I found this photo from her flickr photos. I love buttons! She has so many great shots of images that look creative.........inspiring. Because I love what Amanda is doing..........and because tomorrow is my Blogiversary..........I will have a surprise to give away. Shhhhh.......I bet you can't guess what it's going to be. Wait for it..........wait for it........

21 comments:

Stacie.Make.Do. said...

Tried to comment before and don't think it went thru. Sorry if it's a repeat but I just want to say Happy Blogiversary (saying it today because of sketchy internet service) and Thank You for your effort at this great blog. Love it, and appreciate your work here.

Summers Camp said...

Kim, you're a hoot! I love your excessive use of ellipses ;)
And I want that book. Bad. *B

restyled home said...

Why do I suddenly feel bad about myself as a mother...?? Luckily though, there are people like her to inspire people like me when we actually have a creative mum moment!!

Happy Blogiversary Kim! You know, I can honestly say I read your blog for your writing as much as for your inspiring links! I love your sense of humour. It's a gift!!

Linda
xoxo

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Cristin said...

Happy Blogiverary!

Blossom said...

Happy Blogiversary to you. Love all the blogs you feature...especially Amanda's. She's been one of my favourites for a long time...so inspiring. I would dearly love a copy of her book!!!

The Gerster Family said...

I absolutely love reading your blog and the creative ideas that you pass on. Thanks for the book tip. My little angel is 5 weeks old so I'm starting to soak up as many ideas as I can to start implementing them as she gets older. I can't wait!

on the dot creations said...

I recently found Amanda's blog myself, and I totally agree with all of the compliments that you sent her way. Such an inspiring lady!

Your blog is a joy, as usual. Happy blogiversary!

cynthia said...

happy blogiversary!

can't wait to get to amanda's blog and check her out!

shawn & bekah said...

I'm new to your site, and I love your highlights on other inspiring people. You're a good example of how we should all be happy for others, instead of "all about me" all the time. The book looks great... can't wait to check it out! Happy Blogiversary!

lovingcjm said...

I read the book and you are right you MUST get your hands on it! My children are totally loving the crafts!

Amy said...

With all the technology our kids are exposed to, it is great to see ideas and a mom who pulls her kids away from the computer and fosters their creativity. We definitely need more of that...adults and children! Amy

the simple mom said...

Wow, I want her to adopt me, too! Thanks for sharing.

Julie said...

Just found you from Tip Junkie. What a great blog! And what a neat book to feature. My house needs a little more of...that.
Thanks for sharing and sign me up!

Kimber-Leigh said...

thank you so much for sharing this! i will have to get that book!
and happy blogiversary! your website inspires me daily!

Janalee said...
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lynette said...

Hello! I just found your blog and I and I LOVE it! I was wondering if you designed or bought the sidebar header element. I love it and I would like to use it in a digital scrapbook page. Please advise!
Thanks,
Lynette

Jane @ Kidzarama said...

I remember Dressy Bessy. I do.

Don't worry about showing your age.

It just means you get to say you know more than younger people.

Love that embroidery.

Kimberly said...

I just found your blog and I really love it!! I also love Soule Mama! I just pulled the trigger last week and purchased her book from Amazon can not wait to get it. Happy blogging!!

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Happy blogversary! Isn't Amanda just amazing! As I said to you earlier, I so want to be her when I grow up... ;)

bloominglily said...

What a beautiful and inspiring blog. I just purchased Soule Mama's book from amazon. Can't wait to receive it.