Author Archives: Jennifer DeCristoforo

About Jennifer DeCristoforo

Author, illustrator and publisher of Lucky Bamboo Book of Crafts. Lives in Maine and blogs about the book writing process, creating crafts and many Chinese culture themes.

Mooncakes and Mandarin

          As I look out my window at the New England postcard of blazing autumn color, the events of late summer seem long passed. But I did want to recap the Dragon Boat & Asian Festival … Continue reading

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Elephant Love

              Let me start by addressing the “elephant” in the room…. and I mean that literally. I traveled with my daughter to Thailand in June and although Chinese crafts were the furthest from my … Continue reading

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Summer Crafts that Celebrate Asian Cultures

          Summer camps and programs  are right around the corner and whether you are planning for overnight campers or a day program, I’m sure that “arts & crafts” are an important part of the mix. Why … Continue reading

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Crafts, Creativity and Connection

          Every few months my loyal readers (please say you are out there) may notice my post is less thematic and more a grab bag of thoughts and stories. Well, here we are! First, the photo… … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year Events 2018

              As we approach Lantern Festival this week, I’m pleased to share my favorite post of the year chronicling my Lunar New Year events. Each celebration offered a distinctly different approach and cultural experience, … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks, Sharing Culture

Welcome back! A highlight of this Fall was my California Bay Area trip in October. Although I had a heavy heart for all the suffering in the North Bay as the fires were blazing, I was able to enjoy my … Continue reading

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Mid-Autumn Mooncakes in Maine

          The leaves are changing and dropping and the beach chairs have been retired for another hibernation. We are easing into Fall with weeks of crazy-balmy weather in Maine. I was slated to dish up Lucky … Continue reading

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Lucky Bamboo Crafts and Summer Days

          We are all squeezing out the last drops of summer and as we move toward the school year, students of all ages will have their staggered (and perhaps staggering) returns to the routines of academic … Continue reading

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Global Maker Kids

          Another summer is here and some fresh ideas and activities are a must to enjoy the balmy days and less structured time with your kids. Summer camp and program leaders are also brainstorming and locking … Continue reading

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Duanwu Festival and a World for our Kids

Hello and Happy Spring… As we thaw out in Maine,  I’ve tried to keep my mind on planning events and sharing new crafts, but I can’t seem to shake my anxiety toward the instability in today’s world. I wake up … Continue reading

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