Crafty book recommendation: Just Us Girls

This months book recommendation is a crafting book for moms and daughters. Just Us Girls: 48 Creative Art and Craft Projects for Mothers and Daughters to Do Together, By Cindy Ann Ganadan. Flipping through this book brings me back to my childhood and all the fun projects my mom would come up with. We always had a project going. Sometimes it was making contraptions for blowing giant bubbles or you could find us blending up newspaper and fabric bits to make our own paper.

Cindy's book unfolds a magical world I think many little girls would love to craft in. The projects in the book have a focus on using found or recycled materials. To connect even more with the outdoors the projects have been organized into the four seasons.

Growing up I also spent a lot of time foraging in our yard for things to add to craft projects just like this book demonstrates. I have a funny memory of a childhood friend and I spending the afternoon in her family's walnut orchard making mud pies and picking rose petals to make our own rose water. We really didn't know what we were doing so I think our sweet smelling perfume turned into a moldy science experiment not long after. Thankfully, Cindy has instructions for making rose water, the right way, in this book.

One of the projects in the book is to recycle a spool of thread for creating a scrolled gift tag. I made my own version as tag and topper for the above birthday gift.

My medallion with a little Zentangle embellishment.

My medallion with a little Zentangle embellishment.

I had the opportunity to make the medallion project at a book event a couple months ago. To aid with the crafting fun there are templates and tear outs of some of Cindy's whimsical illustrations in the back of the book including many options for badge faces.

Cindy Ann Ganadan and samples of her medallions.

Cindy Ann Ganadan and samples of her medallions.

If you live in the Bay Area you're in luck. Cindy and her daughter will be at The Makers Faire this weekend May 17th and 18th with books and the fun medallion craft project. Alternatively pick up her book online.

Do you have any crafty childhood memories?