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( and another event at the Reading Bug book 
 store( 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.

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Pink and Green Mama,

Other destinations on Diana's Bloggy Book tour include:
May 2nd

May 3rd
Oh My! Handmade,

May 4th
Craft Sanity,>

May 5th
Sew Mama Sew,

May 6th
Little Birdie Secrets,

May 7th
This Mama Makes Stuff,

May 8th
Roots and Wings,

May 9th
Whip UP, <

May 10th

May 11th

May 12th
Prudent Baby

May 13th
Make + Do,

May 14th
Craft Test Dummies,

May 15th
Cute Everything,

May 17th
Progressive Pioneer,

May 19th
Arrow Cabinets,

May 20th
The Happy Honeybee,

May 21st
Craft Gossip,

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