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Pint Size Holiday Heroes

Doing a holiday photoshoot with a two year old and two curious cats can be hectic to say the least but getting that winning shot makes it all worth it. Many thanks for Kyler for coming over spur of the moment in his penguin pjs to help Creative Capes announce our upcoming Holiday photo contest. And to Erika Leigh Photography who always provides us stellar images.

Take your best shot of your favorite superhero wearing a Creative Capes outfit and you could win a $50 Creative Capes gift card! Just tag @CreativeCapes on Instagram or post your Christmas photos on the Creative Capes Facebook page by January 3rd to be in the running. 

December 06, 2017 by Holly Hagen

Best Marketing Booth Contest Winner

Exciting news! Creative Capes won one of the highly coveted Best Marketing Booth Award at The Bizarre Bazaar at the 42nd Christmas Collection. It is a great honor to be selected from over 475 quality booth displays at this huge Holiday event in Richmond, VA.

December 03, 2017 by Holly Hagen

Creative Capes Live on WUTB

BMORE Lifestyle helps spread the word about Creative Capes empowering kids one cape at a time.
October 26, 2017 by Holly Hagen

Creative Cards

It's wonderful to have a cape featured on a greeting card by Mundo Images! Here's a bit about what inspired the card and Ann who runs the small business:

Mundo Images started 10 years ago on paperwork - but really started when I was 4 - taking photos of a frog on a family vacation. Since then - I have loved photography and capturing special moments. In 2017 - I started my greeting card business featuring my photos from around the globe. They are printed locally on tree-free paper!

During our first Christmas in the Country show- our neighbors were Creative Capes. We couldn’t stop noticing how these capes completely transformed these young peeps once they put them on.

When my nephew was turning 3 - I knew I had to get him one. He opened his gift and he lit up! He ran around the house and had a smile all day during his party - and never took off his cape. When we go for walks - he always puts on his cape. He stands a little taller and always smiles. I know I had to create a card out of this wonderful feeling for kids - and a great message for adults.

"In the end... you've got to be your own "super" hero."

September 27, 2017 by Holly Hagen

Fundraising Success

"I reached out to Holly at Creative Capes to assist with our preschool auction. Her message of empowerment and encouraging creative courage in children was a perfect match for our preschool. Not only did she donate a personalized cape, she was also gracious enough to donate a portion of funds raised when anyone from the school purchased an item. My son loves his cape and i knew it would be a hot item. Sure enough, we had a great bidding war over the cape. All of the money raised went to refresh the nature preschool including new items for the garden, proper height chairs and table for the younger children to write and new equipment for the STEAM classes. I am so grateful to Holly for her support and will continue to spread the awesome message of Creative Capes!"

- Christine L.

September 17, 2017 by Holly Hagen

Spreading Awareness and Empowerment

I'd like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Janice for inspiring and empowering her community. I'm proud to be a small part of that in making several custom capes to support her breast cancer awareness efforts. 

ABOVE: Janice and friends get ready for a race.

 

"I was diagnosed in June 2015. When I heard the words,"you have cancer", I cried then went to exercise.  My mother also went through the same fight. I knew I wasn't going to let it win. The night before my surgery, I rappelled the Niagara Casino.  Right after surgery, I was walking 5 miles daily. Sit, rest, not me!  One week after my double mastectomy, I completed 13 miles of the tough mudder.

My first chemo, I wore boxing gloves. I was going to win this fight. Throughout my chemo infusions, I would pick a theme, then decorate myself and my cubicle. I wore all pink, dressed as "Sally", a pilgrim, Mrs. Incredible and santas elf. The staff and patients enjoyed my decorating and I made them happy. They actually looked forward to me getting my treatment. It was not a time for defeat but rather a new beginning for me. It was time for my marathon in Florida and I bought matching top and bottom with a princess skirt. Holly had made capes for my grandsons and I thought, "why not me?" I wore my cape for the Susan Komen race. I was not only representing me in the fight against breast cancer but also all the women out there. I was shopping in the mall, and people would greet me. I know you!!  You're one of us!

When I wear my cape, it is not for me. It is to bring recognition to the disease and to all fighting.  I wear it to represent everyone. Even though you had surgery, you can still run. Even though you had chemo, you can run. Even though you had radiation, you can run. You do not have to stop living your normal life because you have cancer. I did not let the disease control me, but rather I controlled it! 

I am proud to wear my cape to all my runs and will continue doing so."

–Janice

 

 

ABOVE: Janice met Donnie Wahlberg (actor, producer, and member of New Kids on the Block) and asked him to sign a cape for the artist behind Creative Capes. He wrote "To Holly, Love Donnie. PS - This is Awesome!"

 

ABOVE: Janice presented the Mayor of Buffalo his own cape!

 

 

After developing these capes for Janice, I have been asked a number of times if I would make them available for purchase to everyone. Since breast cancer awareness month is October, I will make these special editions available during the months of September and October. Click here to shop now.

August 31, 2017 by Holly Hagen

Magical Moon

What a great note from a happy customer: 

“Hi Holly: Just wanted you to see how happy you made our little knight of the magical moon - Super P.  He enjoyed his superhero cape do much he hardly takes it off!  We do appreciate your donation of this wonderful gift and you will be happy to know he wore it at his knighting ceremony on Saturday. 

Thanks for giving this little guy a smile from ear to ear. He is still undergoing treatment for ALL leukemia but he's a superhero and we know he'll prevail! ❤️ 

With gratitude,

Nancy from the Magical Moon Foundation”

August 28, 2017 by Holly Hagen

Creative Corner: Summer Activity Idea for Kids

Creativity can be found in any in almost every corner of your home – whether it's a superhero mask and cape or a handful of crayons and paper. As the summer crosses the halfway mark you maybe running out of ideas how to keep the little ones entertained without relying on electronics or costing a fortune.

 

BUILD A FAIRY GARDEN!

Don't overlook the outdoors which is an ideal place to explore, get exercise and discover items to ignite your imagination. Every spring I look forward to taking nature walks to hunt for treasures for my fairy garden. Pine cones, rocks, shells and moss are the foundation of the magical world I create. Recycling an old birdhouse will add structure and colored glass beads from the craft store will add sparkle to your paths, rivers and lakes. 

Building an elf, gnome or fairy home can be a wonderful activity with your kids this summer. No telling what they will create as you help them unleash their imaginations. Post photos of your enchanted gardens, magical caves or mystical cities for Creative Capes fans to enjoy.

Here are some materials that you might want to consider to build your enchanted forest:

Pine cones, Acorns, Moss, Rocks, Shells, Driftwood, Glass beads, Colored pebbles, Fairy/doll house furniture, Locks and keys, Drawer pulls, Birdhouse, Mixture of artificial and real plants, Stepping stones

August 01, 2017 by Holly Hagen

Manayunk Arts Festival

We’re thrilled to take part in the 2017 28th Annual Manayunk Arts Festival! It is the tri-state's largest outdoor, juried arts festival. Celebrating 28 years of presenting the best variety of fine arts and crafts from across the country, nearly 200,000 collectors, buyers, and designers will visit Main Street for this event. This year our Creative Capes booth will be alongside nearly 300 other artists showcasing their work along historic Main Street in Manayunk.

Be sure to come visit our booth:

Saturday, June 24th from 11AM - 7PM
Sunday, June 25th from 11AM - 6PM

June 21, 2017 by Holly Hagen

Help Kids Create Their Own Story

 

By Amanda Mahon
Mom to 7 year old superhero, Loralai
 

 

When my daughter puts on her ensemble from Creative Capes, she is transformed. Not just by the empowering feeling of being a superhero who can do anything, but she allows her imagination to take over and she really takes that can-do-anything to heart and I know that all of this is much much more than just simple child’s play.

Using the imagination is an important part of psychological and physical development for children who eventually become adults that can creatively problem solve. Being able to imagine different endings to situations allows us, as adults, to think through scenarios and decided what is best for our desired outcomes. This is a learned process. If as a child, you grew up only understanding the here and now, there would be no way to understand the different ways the future could be changed and would be hard pressed to cope if a different situation arose than the one they are accustomed to. Developing and using the imagination as child is critical to developing these skills and being a successful adult.

As for physical development, children learn through activity, developing their senses, motor skills and even communication through movement and these all relate to brain development as well. Imaginative play gets children moving and exploring the world around them.

Our children live in a time when screens are more accessible than ever, but those screens are more of a one way street. They present information and here and there they can make choices about where to go in a video game, etc. but screens (and video games) present a very limited way to use imagination that does not help to produce the same developmental physical and neurological results.

British education expert Sir Ken Robinson explains that one of the ways adults can help a child develop an imagination is through the use of various props that “fuel fantasy and motivate them (children) to create their own story.” [See source.] Creative Capes are wonderful props to jump start the imagination. One day my daughter can be a superhero, fighting off the bad guys. The next day she is a regal queen forging peace between her stuffed animals. There is really no limit to who she can be or where she can go, but the cape empowers her to just open her mind and dive into a new adventure.

June 13, 2017 by Holly Hagen
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