Interview With Author Mattye Crowley

Author of Sankofa.

On March 18, 2019, I was delighted to interview debut author Mattye Crowley. She is a children’s author of, Sankofa and an accompanying Sankofa workbook. In Ms. Crowley’s Sankofa series she shares African and African American history with young readers and their parents.

In the interview, Mattye shares about the great need for African American children to know their true and full history. In her book she has children join Sankofa on a journey through time to learn African history and facts from the past to the present.  This is a wonderful series to educate everyone on African history.  Click here to watch the interview. Thank you for watching.

Follow Mattye Crowley on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit Mattye Crowley’s website here.

To purchase Sankofa and the accompanying workbook click here.

Please Like and Comment. Comment below after watching the interview your thoughts and opinions on diversity in children’s literature. Comment as a parent, grandparent, relative or teacher trying to find quality African history literature for the children in your life. Comment about your experience as an author.
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Everyone please let me know if you have any New Year Resolutions! I changed my website domain from www.creativetouchescelebrations.com to www.kathrynthall.com. What changes have you made for the New Year?

New Web Address

New Web Address

Hello Everyone! I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year 2019! This year my major goal will be publishing my first book!!!! This is super exciting for me! I want to say thank you to everyone who has signed up for my weekly blog and followed me on this journey! 

I also want to give a sincere thank you to the talented authors who have taken out time out of their busy schedules to let me interview them for my blog! Thank you Lorraine O’Garro and Julieann T. Randall! Please subscribe to my blog so you do not miss out on the wonderful author interviews that will be featured here in 2019!

The content form www.creativetouchescelebration.com has been forwarded to my new website address of www.kathrythall.com.  Changing my website address is a part of rebranding I am doing. I changed from wordpress.com to wordpress.org so you can enjoy my website without unwanted advertisement hindering your view and enjoyment. I also have so new features on this new website medium that I can’t wait to explore.

I hope everyone has a magnificent New Year! God Bless You All and let me know what you think of the new website.

 

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Blogmas: Christmas DIY

Blogmas: Christmas DIY

Christmas DIY

Today is Day #4 of my 7 Days of Blogmas. We are looking at Christmas DIY  projects today.  I decorated a holiday wreath and used real pinecones. This is a much cheaper option then buying a pre-made real wreath. 

Christmas Wreath

I have wanted to have a real wreath for the past few Christmases but have settled for my handy pre-made wreath. However, this year I purchased a fresh wreath. I bought silver pre-made, ice blue and silver small wire ribbons and a large sparkly silver bow to decorate the wreath. I also used silver pinecones. I utilized green floral wire to adhere the ribbon and the pinecones to the wreath. It was easy and fun to decorate! I posted some pictures. Let me know what you think.

 

wreath ribbons

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The finished Christmas Wreath

How I Prepared & Decorated the Real Pinecones

Last Christmas I decorated pinecones and placed them in glass bowls for decoration for a family Christmas party I hosted. To make them, my son and I picked some pinecones from my sister’s yard. Then I took the pinecones home and washed and soaked them. Next I lined cookie sheets with aluminum foil and baked the pinecone in the oven to get rid of any bugs. When the pinecones were done baking and had cooled down, I divided the pinecones in half and put both them in two separate large disposable aluminum pan. Finally I sprayed painted the first pan silver and the second pan with gold spray paint. They came out lovely. Be sure to do this outside because of the fumes.

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Gold & Silver Pinecones I Painted

 

If you want to know more about blogmas, check out my blog & 7 Days of Blogmas.

Please Like & Comment. If you have any questions about this DIY project or comments please let me know in the comments. Post pictures of your Christmas DIY projects. I would love to see them! 

Blogmas: Sweater Weather Tag

Blogmas: Sweater Weather Tag

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Hello Everyone,

Today is Day 1 of my Seven Days of Blogmas. I am happy to start my Christmas blogs or blogmas. I was challenged by Amy Lou.

Sweater Weather Tag

  1. Favorite candle scent?

Lilac

  1. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?

I love tea but I prefer hot chocolate during the holidays.

  1. What’s the best fall memory you have?

Going to the farm and getting fresh apple cider right after it is made.

  1. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?

Dark lipstick.

  1. Best fragrance for fall?

Pine and Peppermint.

  1. Favorite Thanksgiving food?

The turkey and dressing.

  1. What is autumn weather like where you live?

Very cool. I live in Michigan so the weather varies anywhere from 15 degrees to 50 degrees.

  1. Most worn sweater?

My red sweater.

  1. Must-have nail polish this fall?

 Revlon Nail Enamel in Sheer Petal A great neutral nail polish color and OPI Nail Lacquer, The Thrill of Brazil. I love a great red nail polish. A great choice for holiday parties.

  1. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?

Football games.

  1. Skinny jeans or leggings?

Leggings

  1. Combat boots or Uggs?

Defiantly Uggs. I am a more cuddly and comfortable lady.

  1. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

I do not think so. Nope.

  1. Favorite fall TV show?

This is Us and Netflix bingeing.

  1. What song really gets you into the Winter spirit?

I don’t have a particular song that gets me into the winter spirit. I am more of a summer girl…LOL.

I am tagging

 Nadine Richardson 

and

Anne Carty

for the Sweater Weather Blog! 

Below are the Blogmas I will be doing for the rest of my 7 Days of Blogmas! 

Favorite Christmas book and Why (December 2, 2018)

Favorite Christmas Food (December 3, 2018)

Christmas DIY (December 4, 2018)

Christmas playlist (December 5, 2018)

Activities for children (December 6, 2018)

Would You Rather Christmas Tag (December 7, 2018)

Please let me know if you are posting Blogmas this year or plan to. What blogmas ideas are you posting about? Let me know in the comments if you want to be tagged for upcoming blogs?

Blogmas 2018

 

Do you want to know more about Blogmas? Then click here to learn about Blogmas!