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Another issue hits the streets…

Hot off the virtual presses is the latest issue of Modern Handmade Child a free online magazine chocked full of cookie and warm beverage recipes, articles on decor, slow food, surviving the holidays and great gift idea!

Be sure and look for my ad in the back of the magazine! It looks just like this….

ModHandChld-Nov-09-Issue Ad


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What will you name yours?

What will you name yours?

It seems each year the catalogs arrive earlier and earlier to grab your gift giving dollars. The beginning of October found the first ones in my post box. A new, at least to our address, children’s catalog called arrived in the first flurry. While flipping through it I found a game called Bananagrams that visually caught my attention. As I read about the game I saw it had won the Toy Industry of America’s 2009 Best Game of the Year Award and was for 1 to 8 players, ages 7+.

I liked it because it was like Scrabble but less restricting and it was played quickly so many games could be enjoyed. Although it didn’t encompass the math skills Scrabble does, Bananagram is very portable. The price seemed reasonable at $17.95 (+s&h) but my mind drifted to the scrabble games we already owned and all those tiles…..

So for the backseat of her minivan I think that MommaOh should make her own bag and fill it with recycled Scrabble tiles from the games in the basement. It won’t be the same as Bananagram but our own rules can be made and the math can be added back in if we want. I’m sure it won’t win any awards but it will still be fun, educational and if I reuse a bag from around the house, our game will be comprised with all recycled items. Yeah, I’m good with not winning an award.

Hmmm now what should I name my upcycled bag of tiles game? ‘MommaOh My Word’ of course. What will you name yours?


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Practically Perfect People…

Mary Poppins the Musical

Two words to describe a practically perfect person and you’ve probably already guessed them, Mary Poppins. Yes the family packed up in the mini van the Saturday before Labor Day and drove over to the grand Fox Theatre here in sunny St Louis to see the matinee musical of the greatest nanny of all time (Unless you consider Eloise’s nanny who truly had her hands full. Ever notice the staff at the Plaza didn’t resemble Mary’s always helpful Bert and friends? Well I digress.).

I can’t recommend this production enough! Similar to the family favorite Disney movie starring Julie Andrews it is written to follow the books a bit more. A few songs are gone or changed and there are new ones. But it is a spectacular story with fabulous sets, music and costumes to match.

Mary Poppins Book
In fact it has inspired me to research the books that were used as the basis of the musical. I am listing in no particular order; Mary Poppins,
Mary Poppins Opens the Door, Mary Poppins Comes Back, Mary Poppins in the Park, Mary Poppins in the Kitchen: A Cookery Book with a Story,
Mary Poppins from A to Z, Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane, Mary Poppins and the House Next Door, Mary Poppins Balloons and Balloons.
P.L. Travers, while appearing in the role of Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream
All the books were written by P. L. Travers an Aussie who later emigrated to London and worked as both a journalist and theater critic. Evidently the author had a relatively interesting life, living until 96 years of age, as she has had 3 biography’s completed.

I hope you get the opportunity to see the musical, if not enjoy the books, perhaps the biography, pop in the DVD and for a finale….Go fly a kite!!!

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September Fun Fall Crafts Competition

Illustration from the 2009 Family Fun Online Magazine

Illustration from the 2009 Family Fun Online Magazine

A great idea was given to me by my friend Kate. She suggested and I concur for the month of September run a Fall Craft Contest! So send me photos/tutorials/directions of your favorite fall craft and I will post them to the blog. Deadline for submission is September 22, 2009. From the 23rd to the 30th be sure to vote for your favorite item. I will set up a mailbox/other widget/voting site for everyone to use to cast their vote.

So collect your leaves, stuff your scarecrows, gather your gourds and share with us your favorite fall craft. We are waiting to see your contribution….email your submissions to

Oh and the prize, other than the glory of winning, will be 3 fall headbands, photos of them this month will be posted this month.

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Great Idea for a Non-Profit Fund Raiser


As I have mentioned before I have a subscription to ReadyMade magazine. The current issue sported the ad above. I thought this is a very powerful (although sad) ad and could be a great not-for-profit money maker.

Using the same format as Walk, Run or Biking fund raisers; here the participants get paid for picking up trash. The group selects an area to clean then gets friends and family to sponsor by pound of trash collected. Children, parents, grandparents, everyone can participate in collecting trash for your fundraiser. Make money by doing something wonderful for your community, park, road, area. Truly a great idea for a fundraiser.


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Wonderful New Zine Coming August 2009!!!


Modern Handmade Child is offering a small sample of their new ezine!

Due out this August the premiere issue should be great! Don’t miss out.

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It’s time for back to school clothes for your American Girl Doll!

Jill's AliceTime to update your American Girl Doll clothing? Here is the place to fill your doll’s closet: .

Jill’s beautiful work include some of the following designs. To see her complete selection use the link above. Convo her if you have any questions or don’t see something specific that you are looking for as she loves special orders!

All of these doll clothes are handmade by Jill with a great deal of care. The interior seams in the clothes are professionally finished with a serger whenever the fabric could ravel. She makes the clothes easy for little hands to open and close by using velcro or snaps whenever the velcro would harm the fabric. All of the clothes listed in Jill’s shop are made and ready to send to you from her smoke free environment!

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