Saturday, December 21, 2013

What do you get in a craft kit?

In my shameless attempt to spam my new venture, I posted on a Facebook group that I'm in.  One of the questions asked was what kind of items were in the craft kit and how much of each thing.  That seems like a reasonable question, so this month as I gathered the materials for January, I spread it all out on the table and took a picture.  With the exception of 2 magnets (that I purchased, but cannot locate and will probably end up buying more) and a small bag of party confetti, this is the January kit that you would receive.

Catholic Saints & Feast Days Kits

My family started homeschooling in 2012, so we are still newbies.  I admittedly have much to learn.  One of the areas I really wanted to focus on was faith formation.  Prior to homeschooling, my 2 older children attended our local Catholic school and had a great experience (definitely no horror stories here).  I wanted to continue, and deepen, the working knowledge of the Catholic faith that was started there.  Well, with me working full-time and just trying to keep our heads above water, we didn't do as much as I had hoped.

This year, I wanted to make learning and living our faith more integral to our daily routine.  I've already stated that this craft business caught me by surprise, but within the first week, I knew that I wanted to expand it to include specifically Catholic crafts.  I figure that this will give me the needed push to do delve into our faith and hopefully help others while doing it.

I have just finished planning and gathering materials for a saints and feast days kit that covers January through March.  I specifically targeted days that are on this year's liturgical calendar so that perhaps the saint or feast may be discussed in the homily.  I've tried not to be overwhelming and have spaced the crafts out so that there are 4 in each month.  I tried to get it so that there was one a week, but with some, that didn't quite work out (just know that I made an attempt. :) ).

Without further ado, here are the featured saints and feast days for January through March.
January 1st:  Mary, Mother of God
January 4th:  St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
January 12th:  The Baptism of the Lord
January 25th:  Conversion of St. Paul
February 2nd:  Presentation of the Lord
February 3rd:  St. Blaise (because he's one of my favorites)
February 17th:  Seven Founders of Servite Order
February 22nd:  Chair of St. Peter
March 3rd:  St. Katherine Drexel
March 17th:  St. Patrick
March 19th:  St. Joseph
March 25th:  The Annunciation of the Lord

Be looking for future posts on kits for Lent, Holy Week and Easter.  Later this spring (maybe early summer), I'm planning to put together an Old Testament Bible Story kit, a Parables of Jesus kit and perhaps Women of the Bible or the Disciples (still working through those last two... we'll see).

January Craft Kits Ready for Purchase

January craft kits are ready to be shipped on December 24th.  Themes are:  New Years, Chinese New Years, Martin Luther King Jr., Mittens and Winter.  Prices are $25 for the first kit, $20 for the second and $15 for each additional kit.  Subscriptions are available.

I currently don't have my Paypal tab set up to do multiple kits, but I'm working on it.  If you do not see the options you need, feel free to contact me through my Facebook page and I'll get you set up.  Have a great day!


EDIT:  I think I have everything up and running now.

Monday, December 9, 2013

International Shipping

I've been asked about the possibility of shipping to Canada.  Since I've never shipped anything internationally, I spent a bit of time on the USPS website checking out what the cost would be.

Whoa!  Who knew that it was so expensive to cross a border with an envelope?  After doing some calculating, I will offer shipping to Canada.  There will an additional $5 charge for shipping to cover the extra cost ($7 to ship to Mexico).

I don't know if that will make the kits cost prohibitive to our Canadian friends, but I thought I'd offer it as an option.  I'm sure if it costs too much, no one will purchase.

Something to consider for the future would be purchasing in bulk.  If you have a large playgroup, coop or just a lot of friends and wanted to buy a larger quantity, it would probably be cheaper to ship several at once. I could look into FedEx or a larger shipping company and see if we could do better with pricing that way.

Have a great day!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

What is Kristin's Crafts for Kids?

That, my friends, is the question of the day.  A month ago, if you had told me that I would be starting a business, I would have laughed hysterically.  Funny how God puts things in your path that lead you where you never thought you'd go.

I'll share my story another day, but for now, here is the low-down on Kristin's Crafts for Kids. 

What is it?
Kristin's Crafts for Kids is a monthly kit with 12 crafts (with all craft materials included and ready to go) that shows up on your doorstep along with a booklist to go with the themes and some extra activities if you are looking for more to expand the crafts.

Do I need to provide anything?
The kit comes with all crafting items.  It is expected that the purchaser will have basic supplies available, such as scissors, glue and crayons.  Occasionally an activity can be expanded by adding other items.  Adding plastic knives and cookie cutters to use with play-dough would be an example.  Those aren't necessary for the activity, but adding them would enhance the experience.

Who would use Kristin's Crafts for Kids?
These kits are for anyone who has a preschooler that they would like to engage and entertain.  This is great for parents who aren't creative or don't have a lot of time to gather crafts materials that they'll probably never use again.  Are you a grandparent that watches your grandchild weekly and you'd like to have something a little different for him to do?  How about that homeschool parent who needs to occupy a preschooler so she can work with the older kids?  Do you want to be a star babysitter?  Bring a craft or two along for the kids to do.  They'll love it and ask for you the next time a sitter needs to be called!

What are some of the themes?
The themes are preschool friendly and center around seasons, holidays, animals, community, and so on.  I am Catholic, so I include holiday crafts that are Christian-based (Easter and Christmas specifically).  If you would prefer secular crafts, I can substitute if needed.  Please let me know when you order.

What if I have a 2 year old or a 7 year old?
The kids are geared for the 3-5 year old range, but that doesn't mean that children older or younger wouldn't enjoy the crafts.  For the younger kids, you would need to do a little more.  Perhaps you could cut all the pieces and let them glue them on or put the glue on the paper and they add glitter or wiggly eyes.  Older kids are more imaginative and could spend more time decorating or adding things to the craft that they find around the house.  Each kit is tested by my children, ages 5, 11, and 13 (mostly to make sure that the directions I write for the crafts are understandable, but they enjoy the process of making the crafts as well).

How much does Kristin's Crafts for Kids cost?
$25/month if ordered for a single month. 
$22/month for a 3 month subscription ($66)
$20/month for a 6 month subscription ($120)

There is a $5 discount for a second kit sent to the same address.  Also if you want 12 of just one craft (for a birthday party or to give as a gifts), I can do that as well.  We can work together to pick the craft out of that month's kit that would best suit your needs.

How would I pay for Kristin's Crafts for Kids?
I accept Paypal and will ship anywhere in the US (and probably Canada too, but there may be a slightly higher fee.  I've never shipped anything to Canada, so I don't know how it compares).

If you are local to me, I will accept cash as well as Paypal and will deliver to larger groups (MOPS, homeschool groups, playgroups, etc.)

I'm sure there are many more questions, but I hope I've addressed the big ones.  Look forward to more posts highlighting the monthly themes and a craft project each month.

Crafting with Kids

Crafting with kids.  Sounds sort of painful doesn't it.  Well, at least for the vast majority of us it does! 

Scenario 1:
You are walking through Hobby Lobby (Wal-Mart, Michael's, wherever) and you child begins to beg you for some things to make "crafts" with.

Scenario 2:
You have been lurking on Pintrest or some parenting forum and now you are convinced that you are  total dud parent if you don't do some sort of craft project with your child.  There is a distinct possibility that your child will be scarred for life if there isn't enough foam shapes, wiggly eyes and glitter before age 5.  Not really, but there are definitely some parenting sites and blogs that would lead you to believe that.

Scenario 3:
You are homeschooling your older 3 kiddos. You have a preschooler (not ready for "real school," but ready for something more than nothing).  All you really want to do is to give that child something constructive to do so that you can do an in-depth analysis of photosynthesis without having to stop to pick macaroni out of the DVD player.  You think you need a craft, but the last thing you have time for is that.

At this point, all three scenarios end you up in the craft aisle where you willy-nilly purchase things to "craft" with.  Your table now looks like this.

You've spent a small fortune and you have no idea what you (your child) are going to make with all this.  Now you also have to find somewhere to store it.  Ugh!  Does it ever end?
Well of course it does.  I wouldn't leave you with this mess.
How about an envelope that arrives on your doorstep at the beginning of the month?  It contains 12 crafts with the supplies and instructions needed to do those crafts.  Hmmm, this sounds good!
What do you need to provide?  Common school supplies (which you can purchase for little to nothing when it's back to school time in late July and August).
Here are some examples of what you get...

It seems so easy!  That's because it is.  Check it out.  More pictures can be found on the Kristin's Crafts for Kids Facebook page.