Want to be part of the craft fair and do not know what to make here are some ideas…..


Everyone needs wrapping paper, cards, gift tags and boxes for the holidays! All you need to get started is newsprint, cardstock paper, used magazines, small boxes, paint, crayons, rubber stamps, and embellishments in holiday colors. Then gather the kids and let them go to town!

These can be decorated and embellished several ways:

Wet on Wet Watercolor
Wax Crayon Resist (First example; Second example)
Stamping using foam stamps or rubber stamps or even creating/carving your own

Try making sets. A set of 6 matching holiday cards and envelopes. Or make an embellished set that includes an envelope, card and wrapping paper. Take the opportunity to talk about patterns and repetition, technique and style.

Here are some links to inspire:

Creative ways to re-use old cards
Bird Beak Pop-up Card
Puzzle cards
Kids Craft Weekly Cards Issue

For a more advanced projects try making paper. Here are some links to get you started:

Make Your Own Paper, with Crafty Daisies and Mainly Zaz
Check out this Making Paper Tutorial
And this Making Paper Pictorial

Coasters : These can be made painting ceramic tiles. Cheap tiles can be purchased at home depot. I recommend sticking felt underneath them to protect furnature from being scratched. Another fun coater making method is decoupaging a tile with you favorite image. Remember to coat well with “modgepodge” to waterproof. Coasters can also be made with fabric, cardboard or cork……the opportunites endlesss. Try matching a coaster with a teapot cozy? or placemat?

Another open ended simple gift is making Photo Frames. Again try decoupage you can use old photos, newspaper /magazine clippings, used postage stamps, special finds from your nature walks, kids art etc

For a fun project try “Tomato Can Stilts” click here for a tutorial

Here are a few more ideas with tutorials for older children:

A crayon roll tutorial (for the older child) You could also try a pencil roll or marker roll, or a knitting needle/crochet hook roll, or a needle holder book.

Felted notebook covers

Please do not forget to let us know that you would like to be part of this kids craft show. For APPLICATIONS please email me at and I will email you all the pertinent info. Thanks.

Published in: on November 15, 2007 at 4:06 pm  Leave a Comment  


Please note that the “KIDS-MADE HOLIDAY BAZAAR” is on Friday Nov 23rd.

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HOSTED BY: the Children’s Art Museum (CAM) & Hilltown Families (HF)

CAM along with Hilltown Families will be hosting a Kids-Made Holiday Bazaar during the Moonlight Magic Celebration in the village of Shelburne Falls on November 23nd from 3:30-5:30pm. Intended to inspire creativity while affording exposure to the field of cottage industries, children up to the age of 13 are invited to participate as vendors to sell their handmade / designed crafts.

To apply email for an application
Application fee $5 per table.
For more information call CAM at 413.625.6826 or email

The purpose of CAM is to make art available to children through a unique community gallery and learning space. By providing hands-on educational and multi-cultural experiences in the arts we seek to develop and strengthen creative skills, build self esteem and a sense of individuality, and to encourage self-expression and stimulate imagination. We are committed to using an “Earth Day everyday” approach, fostering ecological awareness by creating art from nature-based and recycled materials. We welcome children of all backgrounds and experiences.

CAM is located in the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum building on the Buckland side of Shelburne Falls. For more information call CAM at 413.625.6826 or email

HF is a grassroots communications network of families with school aged children in Western Massachusetts. Serving all learning modalities, HF is committed to supporting educational and enrichment programing in our communities, while offering an avenue to create, connect and continue community through the common thread of our children.

Published in: on November 12, 2007 at 1:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

What a show!

“Green means go” all the kids danced a storm, suddenly they all froze “red means stop” and so went one song performed by Gwendolyn and the Goodtime Gang yesterday to a full house at CAM. They were good! Now I must admit that I was not expecting to enjoy the sound….I am not a rock fan, acoustic folk and bluegrass is more my style but I found myself smiling and enjoying the show

Click here to see a set of photos from Sienna Wildfield over at Hilltown Families

Published in: on November 4, 2007 at 7:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Amazing Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang comes to CAM

Hilltown Families & CAM present …

Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang

at the Children’s Art Museum (in the Trolley Museum building)
in Shelburne Falls, MA.

on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at 2pm.
Tickets are $6.00 per person (infants free) Tickets at door no advanced sales

In their hometown of L.A., a recent performance by the Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang was described like the second coming of Beatlemania, with kids shrieking and
rushing the stage. Developing a following on the East Coast, this West Coast band will be touring through New England with a stop at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, organized by Hilltown Families.

Both children and pop-art aficionados will enjoy this seven-piece band whose lead singer, Gwendolyn Sanford, dresses like a rag-doll with knee socks and exaggerated blonde pigtails. Their music has aired locally on both the Hilltown Family Variety
Show and Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child radio shows on WXOJ-LP 103.3FM (Northampton, MA). And their music video “Farm Animal Friends” has been played nationally on Noggin.


“Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang, one of those rare kiddie albums that’s endearing to tots but has enough weirdo musicality to make it appealing to adults.” – LA Weekly

“Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang adds to the kids music genre what the Muppet’s added to the prime time TV landscape when I was a kid.” Sienna Wildfield, Hilltown Family Variety Show (

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Crafting w/ Kids Series: A felt-made picnic ( part2)

Crafting w/ Kids Series: A felt-made picnic ( part2)
Sunday November 18th 2007 1:30-3:30pm
$20 (plus $5 materials fee)

Have fun with your child while crafting together. Let your child design
while you sew. We will create felt food (cookies, cake, sandwiches and
more) Great for the play kitchen, suprise doll picnics, swapping with
friends and stocking stuffers.

It is vital to register for the Crafting w/ Kids Series to ensure that enough materials are on hand.

Published in: on November 3, 2007 at 2:48 am  Leave a Comment