Is your child sensitive to or overwhelmed by different sensory inputs? Do they seek out sensory stimulation throughout the day? Has a therapist or other professional suggested your child would benefit from fidgets, weighted clothing, or other sensory soothing tools?



This book includes instructions for more than 30 projects. They range from simple tools that can be assembled in minutes to weekend endeavors where you can invest your time and love. The book also includes information about each sensory system and ways to modify the projects to meet individual needs.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tutorial on Sew Mama Sew

We're so excited to have a tutorial up on the Sew Mama Sew blog. This is a brand new project Kristin and I created just for Sew Mama Sew --a sort of mash up of a few projects from the book.

It's a lap weight and fidget to help kids focus during quiet activities. Check it out here. Hope you enjoy.

And if you're  hopping over from Sew Mama Sew, welcome. Thanks for your interest in our book.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Whirlwind

We met our Kickstarter deadline! That was really important to us so for a Spring Kickstarter we set a super realistic deadline and said prizes would be shipped in December. And we made it (even finished early!) The last book and prize were sent right before Thanksgiving. I used up a roll of packing tape and a lot of recycled bubble wrap and a free subscription to Stamps.com and it got done. Thank you again to all of our supporters.

And pretty much the minute the last book shipped we moved into the holidays. Hosting Thanksgiving, planning a Christmas party, traveling for the holiday etc etc. 'Twas the season!

Kristin and I agreed that not much would happen on the sales and marketing front until January but I just checked my calendar and January is 2/3 done. Another challenge of self publishing--you have to do all your own marketing too!

So today I went on a run and listened to the Craftsanity podcast and started really thinking about implementing our marketing plan. I decided I'm finally re-energized and ready to get going. The book isn't worth much if nobody knows it exists as a resource.

If you've got a blog or other social media and want to be a part of our DIY marketing campaign, shoot me and email. I'm thinking traveling quilt project and I've got a few other ideas.... Stay tuned.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Wool Stones


Super Toys includes a brief description of how to make wool (or felted) stones but the directions aren't very thorough. Need more info? Check out this post with photos (it's on my other blog).

Wool Stones are a great tactile fidget.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Super Toys is for sale!

I am SUPER excited to announce that Super Toys: DIY Projects to Support Sensory Processing is available for sale. Buy your printed copy here.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

We have a proof!



The proof copy of our book came in the mail on Friday night. We were busy planning for a birthday party so I have barely looked through it but seeing everything in print was a thrill! I already noticed some missing page numbers (pagination is more challenging than expected) and I want to change the margins a bit but it looks awesome! This week will be one final edit and then it goes up for sale!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

It's a real book

We did it! We finished the book! It's as perfect as we can make it and the pdf files of the laid out pages are uploaded to Amazon. Right this very minute a review copy of the printed book is traveling from some print on demand facility somewhere in the world to my doorstep.

Once the review copy has been reviewed (likely after my daughter's 10th birthday party this weekend) we'll upload an even more perfected file and that'll be it. Super Toys: DIY Projects to Support Sensory Processing will be available for sale.

While we were in the final stages of entering all the page numbers (there's an annoying project!) a friend was telling me about her family member who has a young child recently diagnosed with autism and struggling with sensory integration. My friend asked if her family member could possibly get an e-copy of the book so of course I sent it (sans page numbers) and asked her to provide a review in return. I got the nicest email only a few days later.
"This book is more then just a tool to help make sensory integration cheaper and more personalized.  I learned so much more.... I love how it not only explains the different types of sensory needs, but also gives examples of behaviors that kiddos with that type of need might engage in. This book is definitely a must have. I would recommend it to teachers, occupational therapists,  speech therapists, parents/grandparents of children with sensory needs.... So now I'm off  to start DIYing..."
Kristin and I wrote this book in the hope that it would help families so getting this message was pretty much the best thing. I hope others find the book equally valuable.

We'll let you know when you can buy!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Working on a cover design!

I need some input/help and would be grateful for your feedback on the designs below.
Let me start with some caveats:
  • I am not a graphic designer, I just play one on the internet
  • These designs are quick concepts, not final, I will fix the way the rope hits the letters etc etc
  • I don't expect a consensus (smart people rarely agree) and would welcome feedback of all types
  • I don't even love all of these concepts
  • The covers that are white background aren't translating well to a jpg. But they are book shaped, I promise.
And a few points I'm trying to keep in mind
  • This book will primarily be sold online so a thumbnail is all folks will really see. Which is the best thumbnail?
  • We are trying to differentiate Super Toys from other books about sensory processing because it is primarily a pattern book helping you make things to support sensory processing. The language about the sensory systems supports the patterns, not the other way around. It would be nice if that was somehow communicated on the cover...
  • The subtitle (DIY Projects to Support Sensory Processing) is arguably more important than the main title (Super Toys)
Finally, how you can help
  • Any feedback is helpful
  • Especially something like: "I like #3 except for the font" or "I like the idea of using the chalkboard but not exactly how you have it. How about....." or "don't use the chalkboard, it's confusing to look at" or "here's a completely new and awesome idea you should use"
  • If you are an online sort of person, share a link to this post and maybe others will hop over and give their feedback too.
Ok, onward to the concepts!
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COVER #2
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COVER #3
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PS if you just can't get enough about cover design and want to see how the pros do it, check out this post by Emily Henderson.