Wednesday, May 18, 2011

* Interview and "Puppet Play" Book Giveaway!

The girls and I loved Diana Schoenbrun's newest book, "Puppet Play"
and we couldn't wait to share it with all of you!
At the end of this post,  you'll have a chance to
  win your own copy of her "Puppet Play" book!

As you  may know from past posts, 

We love puppets - we've made sock puppets
pipe cleaner and paper "Oobi" puppets

and our own mini puppet theatre!

I was so excited to interview Diana and
 review our own copy of her adorable book.

Here's our conversation -- Enjoy!
Me: 1. My mom and Middle School Home Economics teacher taught me how to 
 sew. Who taught you how to sew?

 Diana: I had the same experience. My mom taught me around age 6 basic sewing. 
 She is quite skilled in hand sewing and does cross-stitching, 
 needlepoint, and crewel embroidery.  When I was in middle school I 
 learned how to use a sewing machine and I used patterns to create 
 clothing and pillows.

Me: 2. I used to cut up old socks into Barbie doll dresses as a child. 
 Did you make puppets or doll clothes as a child?

Diana:  I remember making small puppets out of felt and paper bags as a child. 
 I also liked making sculpted characters out of clay and then cutting and 
 sewing fabric to cover them with clothes. One project that sticks out in 
 my mind is a simple cornhusk doll I made.

Me: 3. Our sock puppets and (up-cycled sock/tights) stuffed animals live in 
 our playroom. Do you keep your puppets for yourself or give them away as 

 Diana: I have many of the original stuffed animals and puppets from my book 
 that I often bring to events. I do make extras and give them away as 
 gifts to family and friends. Sometimes I sell them at craft and holiday 

 Me: 4. A blogging friend (Filth Wizardry) up-cycled a wooden meat carving platter into a 
 play space ship and my own daughter up-cycled a back massager into a 
 moon buggy for one of her polly pocket dolls. What is one of the 
 strangest things you've ever up-cycled for one of your creative 

 Diana: As a child I was a big fan of cardboard boxes and made them into 
 trains,cars,and igloos. I would pretend to travel in them. I turned a 
 dollhouse into an actual bird feeder. In my Puppet Play and Beasties 
 book I up-cycled my clothes into many puppets and stuffed animals.

Me: 5. As an artist, I always have half a dozen different projects going at 
 once. Is there something new in the works that you're excited to be 
 working on that you would like to tell my readers about?

 Diana: Yes I have am working on a stop motion animation book trailer for 
 Beasties. Check back to my video page in June! There will be a zombie 
 and Chonchon featured in it. I am planning craft events in California  
 on June 2nd in San Francisco  at the Museum of Craft and Folk 
 Art(http://www.mocfa.org) and another event at the Reading Bug book 
 store(http://www.thereadingbug.com) on June 5th. I am also working on 
 illustrations for two picture book stories I wrote.

Thank you so much Diana, we adore 
all of the clever ways you 
re-purposed and up-cycled 
socks and lost gloves into friendly toys! 

For a chance to win your own copy of Diana's book,
"Puppet Play" leave a comment on this post
(make sure I have an email address for you!)
Winner will be selected by random number generator 
on Friday May 20th at 10am EST.

Comments are now closed.
Winner will be notified via email.

Pink and Green Mama,

Other destinations on Diana's Bloggy Book tour include:
May 2nd
Luvinthemommyhood, http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com

May 3rd
Oh My! Handmade, http://www.ohmyhandmade.com

May 4th
Craft Sanity, http://www.craftsanity.com>

May 5th
Sew Mama Sew, http://www.sewmamasew.com

May 6th
Little Birdie Secrets, http://www.littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com

May 7th
This Mama Makes Stuff, http://www.thismamamakesstuff.com

May 8th
Roots and Wings,  http://rootsandwingsco2.blogspot.com/

May 9th
Whip UP, <http://www.whipup.net

May 10th
Fiskateers, http://www.fiskateers.com

May 11th
Zakkalife, http://www.zakkalife.blogspot.com

May 12th
Prudent Baby  http://www.prudentbaby.com

May 13th
Make + Do, http://www.canadianliving.com/blogs/crafts

May 14th
Craft Test Dummies, http://www.crafttestdummies.com

May 15th
Cute Everything, http://www.cuteeverything.com

May 17th
Progressive Pioneer, http://www.progressivepioneer.com

May 19th
Arrow Cabinets, http://blog.arrowcabinets.com

May 20th
The Happy Honeybee, http://www.thehappyhoneybee.blogspot.com

May 21st
Craft Gossip, http://www.craftgossip.com


Fiona said...

The book looks wonderful and we are always happy to have new and inspiring craft ideas!
Not to mention that you conversation with Dianne bought back fond memories of middle school sewing lessons!

עינת said...

great book! love it!
einateliash AT gmail DOT com

Kathy said...

This book looks wonderful -- we love puppets at our house and have a great doorway puppet theater and I'm sure some homemade puppets would be an awesome addition to our puppet shows! Thanks for this fun giveaway.

kathy at newagrarian dot com

Rachel said...

this could possibly lend a hand in saving our summer from bored hands/minds. ;)

rachel dot e dot pattison at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

mgeerling at gmail dot com

mysillylittlelife said...

This looks like an awesome book! Thanks for the giveaway as well as all of the puppet inspiration.
danettefoster at yahoo dot com

Cathy said...

The book looks fun and I'd love to get us more into puppets.

mommy days said...

seems like a great book. would be neat to recycle some of the singleton socks in our home! :)

emma said...

we have many puppets & I make sure to attend some of the great puppet shows our area has to offer. Making puppets hasn't been something I've felt incredibly confident with - I'd love to see this book, try out making puppets with my kids & share the experience with friends. Thanks :)

Katrina said...

I would love to win a copy. As a librarian I love books and my daughter loves play so this is perfect for us!

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

se7en said...

Oh what fun!!! It looks like the sort of book my kids will totally love!!!

Alyce said...

Thanks for sharing so many great ideas with us all.

Anonymous said...

This book looks like a must have for fun, summer days! I also love the use of paint chips for your puppet theater! I really enjoy your ideas--thank you for sharing them.


Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book to use in my Family childcare. Thanks to sharing such good ideas. Susan steveac@bellsouth.net

Julie said...

I'd love to be entered for this! Sounds like a great resource. I haven't gotten past paper bag puppets with my guys, but this looks like tons of fun!
jberrec at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Love the ideas (and all the pictures!) and I enjoyed the conversation as well!
ambrose at comcast dot net

Rainbowartist said...

I love puppets!

Anonymous said...

The book looks like so much fun! Thanks for the givaway!!
Christopher_hagler @ yahoo dot com

Ashley said...

This book looks like so much fun!

ashleyksaylor at yahoo dot com

Emily said...

Ooh so cute!!! I love the puppet stage for those toilet paper tube puppets!!

Megan said...

Thanks for the chance to win a copy. This books looks like so much fun!

Jenn W said...

What a great looking book! My kids are constantly on the search for "the single sock" so they can transform him! Thanks for the chance to win.

Jen Law said...

y daughter is such a performer, we get plays, dance recitals, concerts and yes, puppet shows..she would love all the new characters I could make her with this book

Jocelyn said...

Thank you for letting us know about think great book and of Diana Schoenbrun's upcoming events. I live in San Francisco so I will be taking my daughter to the event here! I can't wait.

kim said...

Sounds like a great book!

Epiphius said...

Puppets are one of our favorite things at our place!

sarah said...

This looks like a wonderful book to help keep kiddos engaged over the summer break!

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