https://www.annwilliamsgroup.com/blogs/blog2.atom Ann Williams Group - Blog atom file 2016-11-17T05:00:51Z Ann Williams Group https://www.annwilliamsgroup.com//blogs/blog/fun-family-game-night-idea 2016-11-17T05:00:51Z 2016-11-17T05:00:51Z <![CDATA[Rubber Band Game - Fun Family Game Night]]> Eileen Lee

New activities can encourage your family to connect with one another more often. The magic really happens when you interact with your kids and engage in new ways - instead of being attached to a screen! Oh, those were the days...

Well, with fun in mind, we created the Rubber Band Game as a way for families to connect with one another - perfect for Family Game Night! With over 20 ways to play, it will surely become a family favorite in no time. 

Stack 'em up!

It’s super easy and there are over 20 ways to play! Stack the numbered blocks, roll the dice, take aim, and try to knock down your numbered block to win.

Knock 'em down

Are you skilled at rubber bands? Will you double over laughing? It doesn’t matter—it’s knock-down fun for friends and family.

Fun for all ages

From beginner to advanced, for two to eight players, for a party or a rainy day, it’s a game everyone will want to play! Well, what are you waiting for? Get your own Rubber Band Game for the family here on our website because this is the stuff that memories are made of!

 

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https://www.annwilliamsgroup.com//blogs/blog/be-kind-to-humankind-week 2016-08-17T15:02:36Z 2016-08-17T15:02:36Z <![CDATA[Be Kind to Humankind Week]]> Colleen Elliott

Kindness is something all of us could use a little more of, which is why we love “Be Kind To Humankind week.” It was created in August of 1988 by Lorraine Jara in Toms River, New Jersey. She created the celebration in light of an upsetting story she read in the paper, you can read more about it on her website. She says,

It is basically a week of reflection and kind thoughts of others to make this world a better place. Of course we suggest practicing kindness daily, but this is the week you can take it to the next level. 

 We love spreading kindness with thoughtful crafts and kind words, and we will be celebrating this August 25-31 along with people all over the world. Performing acts of kindness can reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure, and simply make you a happier human being, so kindness can be seen as it’s own gift!

 The week of kindness consists of seven days, each with it’s own unique theme which you can find here. There are suggestions on the site for ways to participate in each day’s theme, but here are some other suggestions for random acts of kindness that you can use every day:

            -Send someone a hand written note 

            -Put some coins in someone else’s parking meter

            -Walk your friend’s dog

            -Open the door for someone

            -Leave sticky notes with kind words like “you make a difference” or “you have a great smile” in random places

            -Compliment a stranger

            -Pick up litter

            -Help someone with yardwork

            -Make a gift for a friend for no special reason

            -Let someone go in front of you in line.

 

Need a little more help teaching your kids how important it is to be kind? We’re proud that our Craft-tastic Kindness Kit recently won ASTRA’s “Best Toys for Kids” Award for 2016. It includes 8 crafts that make it easy and fun for kids to spread kindness around.

How are you planning on spreading kindness this week and in the future?

 

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https://www.annwilliamsgroup.com//blogs/blog/82438726-handmade-holidays-gifts-to-make-share 2015-12-21T21:54:35Z 2015-12-21T21:54:35Z <![CDATA[Handmade Holidays: Gifts to make & share]]> Colleen Elliott Handmade Holidays Gifts to make and share

Here at Ann Williams Group, we’re all about Handmade Holidays! We love giving and receiving hand made gifts, so we’ve linked up to some tutorials with lots of ideas to help you make your own heart-felt gifts. Think you don’t have enough time? Think again! Our kits make it easy to make a gift for everyone on your list. These gifts can be made by anyone from eight to adult, although kids younger than eight could use a little help from an adult.

Craft-tastic paper bowl kit and finger crochet kit

The Paper Bowl Kit has everything you need to make three different sized bowls. Fill them with a few small items, wrap them up, and you’re the star! Make a mini-manicure bowl with a bottle of nail polish, little nail file, and a mini lotion. Or how ‘bout a movie night bowl, with a gift card for Redbox, a bag of microwave popcorn, and a box of candy? The bowls are perfect for jewelry, too, so you could gift it with a bracelet or necklace. Or, just fill it with wrapped candy, a gift anyone would appreciate! The bowls are quick to make, but do require drying time. Watch our step-by-step video tutorial.

 

The Finger Crochet Kit comes with everything you’ll need to make a scarf, two headbands, and three bracelets—all from one little packet and all made by hand. Six presents in one box, and you’ll be done in no time at all!

Loopdedoo Bracelet maker and Craft-tastic String Art

If you have lots of friends, the Loopdedoo lets you make bracelets for all of them in minutes! Tie a bracelet onto a candy cane, Chapstick, or a bottle of nail polish for an extra special little gift.

 

Our String Art Kits are fun to make and share, too. Follow our designs to create a heart, “hi,” and peace sign, (or rocket, star, and planet), or personalize it and use your own design. Each kit comes with three canvases, so you have three chances to make a unique gift! These would also make a fun friend activity, for you and two friends. #bondingtime!

Loopdeloom weaving loom

The gift possibilities are endless with the Loopdeloom! Make something simple like a mug rug or pot holder, or get more detailed with our three tutorials:

Is your friend the one who is constantly using their phone or iPod? Make them a special case to keep it safe! You can personalize the case so it will be something they love. If you have more time, you can make a tablet or e-reader case using the same instructions! Check out our video tutorial on making a phone case.

You can make fingerless gloves to keep your friend’s hands toasty this winter. Why not personalize them with some embroidery for an extra special touch! Watch our video tutorial now.

If you really don’t have much time left, you can make a wrist cuff bracelet! Make it in your friends’ favorite colors, or use their team colors and make them something they can wear to the game! Here is our video tutorial on making wrist cuffs.

Craft-tastic pom pom kit and mini pom pom kit

To decorate your gifts, make a few pom poms with the Pom Pom Kit or Mini Pom Pom Kit and tie them on top. Voila! Handmade wrapping made cute and fun! The pom pom kits also make fun presents such as tassels for key chains or purses, necklaces, even scarves!  Search for “pom pom crafts” and you’ll see the options are endless.

 

 Happy Crafting!

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https://www.annwilliamsgroup.com//blogs/blog/81926854-share-the-joy-this-holiday-season 2015-12-16T23:43:59Z 2015-12-16T23:43:59Z <![CDATA[Share the Joy this Holiday Season]]> Colleen Elliott

Here at Ann Williams Group, we get into the holiday spirit by crafting presents for our loved ones. We also do so with charitable donations.

We’re proud to be a national corporate sponsor of Toys for Tots, a top-rated charity with a mission of providing toys, books, and other gifts to less fortunate children. In the past year, we’ve donated over $100,000 in craft kits to Toys for Tots, both nationally and locally in Oakland County, Michigan.

Join us in supporting this worthy cause. From now until Thursday, December 24, we’ll donate one product to Toys for Tots for each and every product you buy from our website.

Orders placed by 12 pm EST on Monday, December 21 will arrive at your door by Christmas Eve via regular ground shipment, so shop now to share the joy!

If you’d like to donate other toys or books to Toys for Tots, you can find a local drop off location at their website, where you can search by city and state.

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https://www.annwilliamsgroup.com//blogs/blog/78989894-7-stocking-stuffers-under-12-99 2015-11-25T12:17:04Z 2015-11-25T12:17:04Z <![CDATA[7 Stocking Stuffers (under $12.99!)]]> Colleen Elliott
Find something for everyone on your list with our list of fun and inexpensive stocking stuffers! (All of them are under $12.99!)

1. Iron-on Pencil Case Kit: Ages 6+
Kids can personalize this zippered canvas case with the included iron on shapes. They just need to arrange the shapes on the case in any design they like, then an adult can iron the shapes in place. Kids will have a fun place for their pens and pencils, and they can decorate the front and back and still have iron-on shapes left over for other projects! 
 
2. Mini Pom Pom Kit: Ages 8+
Everything's tiny, except the fun in this kit. This kit includes a clever bamboo tool that makes mini pom poms and tassels for jewelry, purses, headbands, belts—plus all the thread and instructions to get them started.
 
3. Boho Hair Tie Kit: Ages 8+
Fashionable kids who follow the latest trends know boho is big this year. When finished, they can wear this hair tie as a headband or hair wrap. It has bright feathers, sparkly silver thread, and charms—all of which will take their hair from boo-hoo to boho! This stocking stuffer is perfect for teens and tweens too!
 
4. Dream Catcher Necklace Kit: Ages 8+
Kid will love wearing a piece of jewelry that they made themselves! This dreamy necklace is easy to make and love, and includes everything they will need. 
 
Does your favorite kid have a Loopdedoo? The Loopdedoo expansion kits fit perfectly in a stocking and give kids everything they need to make necklaces, headbands, and bracelets!
5. Loopdedoo Bracelet Expansion Kit: Ages 8+

With four silver toned bracelets and thread, kids can design and create four sparklicious bracelets using their Loopdedoo. Boom! They have new new accessories in minutes!

6. Loopdedoo Necklace Expansion Kit: Ages 8+

This kit won’t disappoint! Using the silver-toned rings and links, kids can swap, mix, and combine necklace sections. They can wear them short or combine them to create longer necklaces or even belts. The kit comes with enough thread and links to make four necklaces or one belt.

 


7. Loopdedoo Headband Expansion Kit: Ages 8+

Ahhh-mazing hair is just a few minutes away. Kids can design and create four stretchy headbands in no time with this expansion kit. And because the headbands are adjustable, they’ll fit anyone comfortably. So chic!

 

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https://www.annwilliamsgroup.com//blogs/blog/78984902-make-learning-fun-toys-for-fostering-stem-skills 2015-11-25T11:33:27Z 2015-11-25T11:33:27Z <![CDATA[Make learning fun: Toys for fostering STEM skills]]> Colleen Elliott Stem/Steam toys for fostering learning

The hottest trend in toys isn’t based on the newest cartoon character, it’s STEM. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It’s these skills that kids must adopt in order to stay relevant in today’s tech-centric world. At Ann Williams Group, we’re advocates of STEM and the expansion to STEAM, adding the A for arts. After all, our CEO is a Mechanical Engineer* and Mom! Many of our toys and craft kits can help improve STEM/STEAM skill sets by keeping them so engaged they don’t even know they’re learning. Like what? Glad you asked!

 

Craft-Tastic and Loopdeloom Go Full STEAM Ahead

Craft-tastic cardboard sculpture kit

The Cardboard Sculpture Kit takes advantage of kid’s natural interest in building toys, and allows them to create structures that are often taller than they are! Kids learn about engineering skills, proportion and balance as they build and play. It is great for using with other toys, making a great place for cars and little play characters to hang out. The play possibilities are endless.

 

Craft-tastic string art kits

The String Art Kit (1) and String Art Kit II (3) come with patterns that kids can follow, or they can make up their own. Either way, they will need use puzzle and problem solving skills to fill in gaps in the string art as they complete the designs. Kids have to assemble the 3-d String Art Kit (2) before they can string it, bringing construction skills into play.

 

Loopdeloom projects

The Loopdeloom is an open-ended kit that comes with basic instructions and supplies. We provide some video tutorials for projects, but we encourage kids to make up their own patterns for objects they want to weave. Kids need to use math to set up the loom and figure out patterns, as well as engineering skills to “build” their 3-d projects such as messenger bags and stuffed animals. 

 

Craft-tastic mini pom pom kit and Craft-tastic pom pom kit

The Pom Pom Kit and Mini Pom Pom Kit require kids to use math to figure out how many pom poms they will make and how they need to set up the tool in order to do so. Once they have made the pom poms, there are many crafts they can “build” with them. Will they make a scarf? A sculpture? A necklace? It’s up to them!

 

One More Cool Thing To Know….

Fun fact*: Our CEO invented the patented Loopdedoo and Loopdeloom thanks to her Mechanical Engineering background. While the toys may look simple, it took a lot of sketches, prototypes and testing to make them a reality. They both incorporate a combination of moving parts, gears and levers/knobs. She was an avid crafter as a child!

 

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https://www.annwilliamsgroup.com//blogs/blog/78173126-the-thankful-tree 2015-11-18T12:39:58Z 2015-11-18T12:39:58Z <![CDATA[The Thankful Tree]]> Colleen Elliott The Craft-tastic Yarn Wrapped Thankful Tree

Who doesn’t have something to be thankful for? We all do and our Yarn Wrapped Tree Kit is the perfect way to express gratitude for all things good and great. It makes the perfect interactive Thanksgiving centerpiece—or you could keep it out the whole holiday season to as a reminder of all the things you, your family and friends have to be thankful for!

This decor project is a snap to make, too. We cut banners from coordinating paper in various widths and lengths and punched a hole in the top. Ours are 4”x7/8”, 3 1/2” x 1 1/8”, and 3”x1”. The banners are easy to make from strips of paper, just cut a “v” out of one end.

Next, cut some thread in coordinating colors. We cut our thread to 5” long. Tie the thread onto the banners. We used a lark’s head knot to attach the thread, but you could simply thread it through and tie a knot.

We put a small paper bowl (it’s from our very own Paper Bowl Kit) under the tree and filled it with the banners and pens. On Thanksgiving, the banners will be ready so your guests can share their gratitude.
Thankful tree banners, writing on a banner, Craft-tastic paper bowl
Your tree will look amazing decked out with notes of thanks. (Even if it’s just giving thanks for  that second piece of pumpkin pie. #passthewhipcream)

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https://www.annwilliamsgroup.com//blogs/blog/78167430-gift-ideas-for-creative-adults 2015-11-18T11:03:06Z 2015-11-18T11:03:06Z <![CDATA[Gift ideas for creative adults]]> Colleen Elliott The crafty adult on your list probably doesn’t have as much time as they would like to craft, and that’s why these are such great gift ideas for them. All of our kits save time by giving them all the supplies they need to create something amazing!

 Ann William Group's gift guide for adults

1. Loopdeloom

Textured yarns are in right now, and the Loopdeloom makes it easy for adults to make beautiful items way faster than knitting, crocheting, or traditional weaving. With one loom, they can make scarves, hand warmers, small purses, a small dog sweater (tutorial coming soon!) and many other items. With the expansion loom, they can easily weave rugs, pillow covers, and anything else they desire!

Loopdeloom weaving examples: Scarf, rug, chair, phone cases

2. Yarn Tree Kit

Craft-tologists on your list will have fun wrapping this 18” wire tree with yarn. When they’re done, it’s perfect for displaying jewelry on their dresser or as a home decor piece. We’ve also made a “Thankful Tree” with it—watch for a blog post tomorrow about this cool idea.

3. Paper Bowl Kit

Our Paper Bowl kit comes with everything crafters need to make three paper bowls. They’re perfect for organizing items on a desk or holding jewelry on a dresser. The best part is, the molds are reusable so they can make bowls with any extra paper they have at home!

Craft-tastic Yarn Tree Kit and Craft-tastic Paper Bowl Kit

4. Mini Pom Pom Kit & 5. Pom Pom Kit

The clever Pom Pom tool that’s included in the Pom Pom kit can make pom poms from 1” up to 24.” Crafters can make a giant pom pillow, a scarf, or just make some whimsical decorations for the house, like a pom pom wreath or tree. The smaller kit can make mini poms or tassels, which look cute on purses and necklaces. The lucky recipients of these kits have a blast with either one.

 6. Needle Felt Pillow Kit

This needle felt pillow makes a great gift and a fun addition to any couch. And the best part —they can say they designed it themselves. All they have to do is place the die-cut felt shapes on the pillow, needle felt them into place and, in no time, they’ve got a designer-worthy pillow.

Craft-tastic mini pom pom kit, Craft-tastic pom pom kit, Craft-tastic Needle felt purse

 

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https://www.annwilliamsgroup.com//blogs/blog/78128966-gifts-that-teens-and-tweens-will-heart 2015-11-17T20:18:32Z 2015-11-17T20:18:32Z <![CDATA[Gifts that teens and tweens will “heart”]]> Colleen Elliott

Caught “b’tween” a rock and a hard place when it comes to coming up with gift ideas? No worries—we’ve got lots of cool craft kits that will provide hours of entertainment and leave teens and tweens with something they’re super proud of. Trust us, even the pickiest teen or tween will be thrilled to get something from this list.

 

1Loopdedoo: For tweens who love to accessorize!

Accessories are the rage right now and older kids will have a blast making accessories to share with their friends. They can make bracelets in minutes using only thread. They can change up their boring old fashion routine. They can even make something for you. Does your tween already have a Loopdedoo? The necklaceheadband (shown below), and bracelet accessory kits make great stocking stuffers!

2. Loopdeloom: For tweens and teens who love to craft!

Teens and tweens can make fun accessories and decor items with the Loopdeloom, especially if you get them a  Loopdeloom expansion loom for bigger projects! The LoopdeLoom makes it easy to weave scarves, hand warmers, purses, bags, rugs, pillow covers, or anything they can think of!

3. Mini Pom Pom Kit: For teens who love miniature things!

Mini is big these days. And this kit includes a clever bamboo tool that makes mini pom poms and tassels for jewelry, purses, headbands, belts, and lots more! The kit comes with thread and instructions to get them started. Makes a great stocking stuffer, too.

 4. Pom Pom Kit: For tweens who love pom poms!

You can never, ever have too many pom poms and the clever tool included in this kit makes up to 24 pom poms at once. Yep, 24 easy-to-make pom poms. Why, kids can make scarves, garlands, and much more with the yarn included in this kit.

5. String Art Kit and String Art Kit II: For creative teens and tweens!

Any kid would love to receive one of these string art kits that includes everything they’ll need to make three string art canvases. They can use the three included patterns or design their own. It’s easy to make, too—no hammer or nails are needed. (Meaning no thumbs will be harmed in the making of one.)

6. Yarn Tree Kit: For teens who love jewelry!

Hanging out—it’s what kids do. Now, teens and tweens can give their necklaces, bracelets and earrings a place to hang out, too, by wrapping this 18” tree with the colorful yarn that’s included in the kit. Because the tree looks so great on its own, it can even be used as room decor!

7. Boho Hair Tie Kit: For the teen with groovy hair!

Fashionable teens who follow the latest trends know boho is big this year. When finished, they can wear this hair tie as a headband or hair wrap. It has bright feathers, sparkly silver thread, and charms—all of which will take their hair from boo-hoo to boho! Peace, love, and hair.

8. Needle Felt Purse Kit: For fashionistas!

Fun is definitely in the bag with this kit. Kids place the precut felt on the purse, needle felt it in place, then sew up the bag. They will be proud to carry this stylish purse that they made themselves!

9. Dream Catcher Necklace Kit: For the tween with big dreams!

Kids will love wearing a piece of jewelry that they made themselves! This dreamy necklace is easy to make and love, and includes everything they will need. Makes a great stocking stuffer, too!

10. Needle Felt Pillow Kit: For the future interior designer!

Even Nate Berkus started somewhere. And this needle felt pillow kit makes it easy for kids to make a beautiful 13”x13” pillow that they’d be proud to display in their room. The kit includes everything kids need to make the pillow, so they can start crafting as soon as they open it!

11. Paper Bowl Kit: For the teen who needs storage!

Kids come with lots of stuff…and these cute bowls will give them a place to store at least some of it. It has everything they need to make three cute bowls for all their little treasures. The included molds are reusable, too, so kids can make bowls for everyone! You’re welcome.

12. Finger Crochet Kit: For the tween who needs to keep their hands busy!

Tweens can learn to crochet and create handmade fashions using just their fingers. The precut yarn and thread make it easy for kids to make two headbands, a scarf, and three bracelets.

13. 3-D String Art Kit: For the tween who hearts string art!

It’s about time someone took string art to a new dimension. This fun craft lets kids create a 9.5” heart to display—or give to someone they love. Sweet, eh?

 

 

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https://www.annwilliamsgroup.com//blogs/blog/78052614-crafty-gift-ideas-for-the-8-to-10-year-old-on-your-list 2015-11-16T21:04:50Z 2015-11-16T21:04:50Z <![CDATA[Crafty gift ideas for the 8 to 10 year old on your list]]> Sheila Wright Tick, tock, tick, tock! The holidays are fast approaching, so wouldn’t it be nice if you got all of your shopping done now so you could relax and enjoy family time in December? Sure it would, and we’re here with this handy gift guide for the eight to ten year olds on your list!

1. Loopdedoo: For the kid who loves accessories!

The Loopdedoo makes it easy to make beautiful accessories in a matter of minutes, using only thread! Kids can make friendship bracelets, necklaces, headbands, anklets, and more. Does your favorite kid already have a Loopdedoo? Get them the necklacebracelet, or headband kit. The accessory kits also make great stocking stuffers.

2. Loopdeloom: For the kid who loves to craft!

All kids love making things and the Loopdeloom makes weaving simple, fast, and fun. Kids can start with small projects like cuff bracelets and phone cases and work their way up to larger projects like scarves, hand warmers, and purses. The loom comes with enough yarn to get them started, but the refill yarn would make a great stocking stuffer. Already have the Loopdeloom? Get them the Loopdeloom expansion loom so they can make bigger projects!

3. Mini Pom Pom Kit: For the kid who loves miniature things!

Who doesn’t love all things mini? This kit includes a clever bamboo tool that makes mini pom poms and tassels for jewelry, purses, headbands, belts—plus all the thread and instructions to get them started. It also makes a great stocking stuffer.

4. Yarn Tree Kit: For the kid who loves jewelry!

Kids can wrap the 18" tree with the included colorful yarn and make a great place to hang necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Don't have a lot of jewelry? No problem! This tree looks great on its own—put it out as decor.

5. Dream Catcher Necklace Kit: For the kid with big dreams!

Kids love wearing a piece of jewelry they make themselves! This dreamy necklace is easy to make and love and includes everything they’ll need. It’s also a super fun stocking stuffer!

6. Pom Pom Kit: For kids who love pom poms!

Because you can never, ever have enough pom poms, the tool included with this kit makes it easy to make up to 24 pom poms at once. Kids can make scarves, garland, and lots more with the yarn included in this kit.

7. Boho Hair Tie Kit: For the kid with groovy hair!

Fashionable kids who follow the latest trends know boho is big this year. When finished, this hair tie can be worn as a headband or hair wrap. It has bright feathers, sparkly silver thread, and charms to take their hair from boo-hoo to boho!

 

8. Paper Bowl Kit: For the kid who needs storage!

Everyone needs space for their little treasures and this kit comes with everything kids need to make three super cute bowls. The included molds are reusable, so kids can make bowls for everyone!

9. Finger Crochet Kit: For the kid who needs to keep their hands busy!

Kids can learn to crochet and create handmade fashions using just their fingers. The precut yarn and thread make it easy for kids to make two headbands, a scarf, and three bracelets.

10. 3-D String Art Kit: For the kid who hearts string art!

This fun craft takes string art to a new dimension and lets kids create a 9.5" heart to display or give to someone they love.

11. Needle Felt Pillow Kit: For the future interior designer!

Martha Stewart, move over. This needle felt pillow kit makes it easy for kids to make a beautiful 13”x13” pillow they’ll be proud to have in their room. The kit includes everything they’ll need to make the pillow, so they can start crafting as soon as they open it!

12. String Art Kit and String Art Kit II: For creative kids!

Any kid would love to receive one of these string art kits, and it includes everything they’ll need to make three string art canvases. They can use the three included patterns or design their own. No hammer or nails are needed, either, which makes it super easy (and safe) to do.

13. Needle Felt Purse Kit: For child fashionistas!

Fun is definitely in the bag with this kit. Kids place the precut felt on the purse, needle felt it in place, then sew up the bag. They will be proud to carry this stylish purse that they made themselves! Even Santa might envy this one.

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https://www.annwilliamsgroup.com//blogs/blog/78052038-great-gift-ideas-for-the-5-to-7-year-old-on-your-list 2015-11-16T20:39:10Z 2015-11-16T20:39:10Z <![CDATA[Great gift ideas for the 5 to 7 year old on your list]]> Colleen Elliott Can you believe that it's already November? That means it's time to start thinking about holiday shopping. Lucky for you, we've put together a gift guide to help you get a head start on your gift giving! Take a look at crafty gifts we recommend for girls and boys age five to seven:

1. Iron-on Pencil Case Kit: For the kid who needs a cool place for their pens and pencils!

This kit makes a perfect stocking stuffer. Kids can personalize this zippered canvas case with the included iron on shapes. They just need to arrange the shapes on the case in any design they like, then an adult can iron the shapes in place. You can decorate the front and back and still have iron-on shapes left over for other projects!

2. Link Scarf Kit: For the kid who likes to play in the snow! 

This easy-to-make scarf is long enough to double or triple wrap to keep them warm when they are playing outside this winter. Kids just link the fleece loops to make a scarf they will want to wear all winter long.

3. Cardboard Sculpture Kit: For the future artist or engineer! 

Kids will love connecting the interlocking circles and flowers to make freeform art or a place for their toys to hang out. When they're done, kids can perch the cute birds on the sculpture, then take it apart and start again.

4. Iron-on Pillow Kit: For the crafty kid that likes to dream big!

This 13"x13" pillow is easy for anyone to design. After kids arrange the iron-on shapes, an adult helps iron them on. Kids can create a personalized pillow in minutes!

 

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https://www.annwilliamsgroup.com//blogs/blog/77063747-our-favorite-pom-pom-crafts 2015-11-10T18:04:06Z 2015-11-10T18:04:06Z <![CDATA[Our Favorite Pom Pom Crafts]]> Sheila Wright

To say we're pom pom obsessed here would be an understatement. We love these funky, fuzzy balls of yarn, and have a tough time putting them down! Our fans seem to agree - you can never have enough pom poms!

Take a look at Pinterest, and you'll see - there are HUNDREDS of things you can do with pom poms! To start, we've narrowed a list down to our top favorites. We'd love to see your own pom pom crafts, so feel free to share them with us on Facebook!

  • Pencil Toppers - wrap a little yarn around the base of your pencil, and use a hot glue gun to stick a pom pom on top of the eraser. Now you've got a pencil with personality, and homework will seem a little bit more fun.
  • Bookmarks - simply leave a piece of yarn uncut, and stick onto the page where you last left off!
  • Upholster small pieces of furniture - we have some barstools covered in bright pom pom patterns in our office! It takes a LOT more time and energy than the other projects listed, but the end result is pretty awesome!
  • Pillow - if you haven't noticed already, glue guns + pom poms = endless possibilities.
  • Gift Wrapping - isn't a little yarn and a pom pom topper so much warmer and more festive than a bow that will get tossed in the garbage? We love this idea for more personal packaging of handmade gifts!
  • Headband - depending on how funky you want to get, you can user a hot glue gun to add pom poms big or small onto a plain headband and you'll have a wearable conversation piece and bold fashion accessory.
  • Fuzzy Fruits, Tiny "Treats" and other endless possibilities - strategically choose colors and make the right cuts to create lively little yarn versions of your favorite foods and other objects. You can start with something easier (like an apple) and work your way up to more elaborate foods (how cute would a pom pom ice cream cone or cupcake look?), plants, or really anything!
  • Scarf - to make a scarf, simply thread some yarn through the center of each pom pom, and you'll have a one of a kind fashion accessory in just minutes!
  • Garland - there is something so simple and sweet about a pom pom garland. Whether you're using it to celebrate a birthday, holiday, or just dress up a room for fun, you can easily thread pom poms through a piece of yarn and either hang them as a banner, or dangle them from a stick, rod, or other firm material, and add instant, festive charm to any room.

We love pom poms for their fun factor, versatility, and because they're a breeze to make when you have the right tools. Our Craft-tastic Pom Pom Kit comes with everything you need to create pompoms big or small. I'm sure once you get started, you'll agree - You can never have enough pom poms! 

 

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  • We get to make products that people love. There is nothing better than getting an email, Facebook message, or meeting someone in person and hearing them say "My child loves the Loopdedoo" (or Loopdeloom, Craft-tastic kit, you get it). There is something magical about the joy and pride on a child's face as they complete a bracelet, make a colorful pom pom, or weave a scarf for the first time that inspires us all to keep creating products that kids and parents will love.
  • We work with awesome people. Everyone here is smart, funny, and kind. We work hard, and have a ton of fun. If you're not enjoying yourself when working alongside a huge "Fun Rules" sign, you're doing something wrong.

  • Our workspace is AWESOME. There are no cubicles, and no blank walls here. We have larger than life versions of many of our products, colorful furniture (including an orange fridge, humongous pom pom footstool, and hot pink armoire full of craft supplies!), and we pump fun music courtesy of our product developer/dj Lauren.
  • Endless supply of candy and coffee. Need we say more?
  • We get to do fun things like bring our dogs to work! Here's our graphic designer Colleen, with her dog Uggy. Pretty cute, huh?
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      https://www.annwilliamsgroup.com//blogs/blog/77062787-beyond-bracelets-other-ways-to-use-the-loopdedoo 2015-11-10T17:58:05Z 2015-11-10T17:58:05Z <![CDATA[Beyond Bracelets - Other Ways to Use the Loopdedoo]]> Sheila Wright The Loopdedoo was created to make creating friendship bracelets fun and free of frustration. But the fun doesn't stop at friendship bracelets - we have kits for other accessories like bracelets and headbands, and if you think outside of the box, there are even MORE possibilities! A few of our favorite user inspired projects are below:

      1. Bracelets for dolls or stuffed animals - I would have LOVED making small scale versions of our Loopdies when I was young. Tiny Loopdies are a fun way to dress up your dolls or stuffed animal friends. A fan has listed a few tips on creating bracelets specifically for American girl dolls, and you can read more at her blog, With Glittering Eyes.
      2. Funky Name Art - We're in awe of the awesome name art that Rhonda created for her daughter using the Loopdedoo. Using pipe cleaners as the base on the Loopdedoo, you can wrap your thread around the pipe cleaner then easily bend it into cursive letters! For an easy tutorial,check out Rhonda's video here! You can expand beyond names and use fun or inspirational words, too!
      3. Ornaments - Using the pipe cleaner idea above, you can create basic shapes, then add a little string to hang pieces like a heart, from a tree, wreath, doorknob, etc. Or, hook several shapes together for a huge hanging ornament!
      4. Belt - Want a colorful belt? Make it yourself! Just use more thread for a thicker core, and check out the Long Accessories Video on our site to help you get started.
      5. Earbud covers - Carefully wrapping your earbud strings through the Loopdedoo, you can cover your earbuds, like one of our fans did here.

      What other ways have you used the Loopdedoo? We'd love to hear. We're constantly impressed and inspired by the things our fans show us and would love to see what else you come up with! You can comment here or shoot us a message at marketing@annwilliamsgroup.com. You can also look for further inspiration on Pinterest - that's where we found many of these awesome user creations, and repinned to our board! Follow us at pinterest.com/loopdedookids

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      https://www.annwilliamsgroup.com//blogs/blog/74779651-ann-williams-where-fun-rules 2015-11-02T14:04:40Z 2015-11-02T14:04:40Z <![CDATA[Ann Williams - Where Fun Rules!]]> Sheila Wright

      Hello from the team at Ann Williams! We’re excited to be here and share a bit more about all the fun we have at Ann Williams. We are the creative team behind the Loopdedoo, Loopdeloom, as well as a line of Craft-tastic craft kit products.

      The team here is made up of smart, creative, hard working people who love to have FUN! We are the definition of “work hard, play hard.” Our CEO Sheila serves as our fearless leader, and we all work together to create awesome products that kids, tweens, and teens will love, and that encourage creativity. Many of our products are inspired by Sheila’s children, and our creative and product development teams work together to expand upon ideas until they are ready to hit the shelves!

      You can buy our products online through on our site, or through hundreds of retailers big and small. We are incredibly thankful to the independent toy shops that helped Ann Williams grow to where we are today, and love working with the owners of these beloved neighborhood toy stores!

      We can’t wait to share more about the fun stuff going on here at Ann Williams. Have a question or information you’d like to see in a future blog post? Drop us a line at marketing@annwilliamsgroup.com and we’ll try to fit it in!

       

       

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