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The Original Quiet Book, Part Three

Almost finished with J’s original quiet book, I promise!  Just this post and then one more.  You can check out parts one and two for more ideas!

Super easy one:  bead counting.quiet-book-counting-pageI got the idea from here.  I have a huge thing of beads so this was a great way to use them up.  I also added her name since I have a bunch of letter beads as well.  I don’t think she ever really played with it, but I can’t remember for sure.  Either way she’s been past that one for quite awhile now.  It’ll go into C’s book for sure.

Money page next.  Another one of my favorites!! quiet-book-money-page-3 quiet-book-money-page-2 quiet-book-money-page-1Once again it’s easy to tell that I used this blog for my inspiration, haha.  I really didn’t have any creativity when making this first book!  Although I did add something completely different that I didn’t see anywhere else:  the money sorting pockets at the bottom.  The downside to those, however, is that the money doesn’t actually stay in there.  Yet another time when I should’ve used velcro or snaps or something.  Fortunately it can be stored in the pig instead.  I also should have reinforced the slot where the money goes in.  Like by making it an actual buttonhole!

This is another one that J never really played with and once again I’m not sure why.  I think that I’ll just move it over into a new quiet book for her though.  She’ll start understanding money a lot more in the next couple of years and this would be a great learning tool!  I just need to see if I can hot glue some velcro to the money pockets.

This one makes me shudder every time I look at it.  Great idea in theory but the end result just didn’t turn out well.  A Walk the Dog page.

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quiet-book-original-dog-page-1I used this post for the idea but made my dog a bit differently, opting for his whole body instead of just his head.  I picked up the leash and collar from the dollar store.  I sewed the collar down so it could still open and close but couldn’t be taken off the whole way.  I trimmed the leash waaaaay down, made a loop for the handle and added velcro to attach it to the page.

This is another one that I don’t think J ever used.  It’s also going in the garbage just because I can’t stand the way it turned out.  I made one for Nolan’s quiet book, modeled to look like their dog Stetson.  I think it turned out much better and would make something similar to go into C’s book.  You can read all about how I made that page here.

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Next up:  Goodnight House!  Another one that I really like.  quiet-book-page-goodnight-house-2 quiet-book-page-goodnight-house-1Finally, a completely original idea!  I thought it would be really cute to have a page where she could put everyone in the family “to bed”.  I printed off our heads and attached them to cardstock bodies.  I printed off something similar to our pjs and pasted them on top.  Then I laminated the whole thing.  This is before I got my super cool laminator and was just using those sheets you can buy and just stick together yourself.  Hence why they look a bit funny.  I then glued them onto popsicle sticks.

I cut out 6 rectangles in different fabrics for our beds, folded the raw edges in, sewed the top down and then attached them to the house.  For the house I sewed on a white fabric square and red fabric triangle (obviously my measuring skills were a bit off since the roof is smaller than the house LOL!).  I added a moon and done!  Unfortunately the popsicle sticks never stayed in very well.  The pockets need to be deeper and wider (in order to fit our fat heads).  Either that or they need to be stored in a separate pocket somewhere.  I could probably add a zipper to one of the sides of the house for storage.  I don’t actually have to redo this page yet (since we’ll have three kids but only two dogs so the number of beds is good.  One of us will just have to sleep in the dog print blanket 😉 ), but I do need to update/fix the people.  Poor C doesn’t have a head since he wasn’t even born when I made this page, haha!

Okay, check out Part Four next week for the final installment!

Quiet Book Counting Octopus Page
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I knew I also wanted to do a counting page in Nolan’s quiet book.  When researching other quiet book pages awhile back I saw this pin on Pinterest and it really stuck with me, so I decided to do that one.  Plus I have this gigantic bag of beads that I got a thrift store last year that desperately needs to be thinned out.  Especially since I already have one of those plastic bead organizers that’s already completely full of beads.

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The original page is an octopus (at least that’s what I’m assuming since it has 8 legs.  I could be wrong).  I decided to just go all the way to 10 instead so technically mine is a jellyfish.  Or an octopus that’s the victim of some crazy genetic disorder; whichever you prefer.

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This page was ridiculously simple.  I would’ve finished it all in one nap session, but of course it figured that this was the day C decided to take only a 40 minute nap and just happened to wake up the moment I closed J’s door for her rest time.  Literally.  Man it’s irritating when their nap times don’t coincide!  Especially when C is crabby after taking such a short nap.  And then I get crabby.  And that causes J to be crabby.  And then Hubby gets home a few hours later and probably wishes that he was still at work.  I desperately need that time to myself in the afternoons.  When J is at preschool (excuse me, Pre-K, as she immediately corrects me.  Every single time.) in the morning and C takes his first nap I do a quick 30 minute work out and then with my remaining time hurry to pick up the house or do some of the dinner prep or clean the bathrooms.  Nap time, however, is my time.  It’s how I keep my sanity.

Wow that was a major digression.  Sorry about that.

Anyway.  The page.  So first I went through my felt box.  I didn’t want to use fabric since the jellyfish was going to be curved and I didn’t want to have to worry about fraying.  Which was a shame because I could’ve used some super cute fabric!  I found the most interesting felt I had–glitter red.  I laid the felt down on the muslim page and eyeballed how big I wanted him to be.  I made sure to leave at least 2 inches free on each side so there would be plenty of room after sewing the pages together.  Then I cut out a body shape similar to the pin I found that I was using for inspiration.

Next I went over to my ridiculous ribbon collection.

Box of RibbonSuper organized, isn’t it?  That’s on my to-do list.  Sigh.

I chose 2 ribbon types that have the little loops on the sides–yellow and blue.  I cut 5 pieces of each color.  Then I went through my bag o’ beads and picked 10 different colors.  My OCD kicked in and I decided to make it a pattern.  Will anyone ever notice?  Probably not.  But it made me feel better and that’s all that matters.  I organized them a pattern and then pushed each bead onto the corresponding ribbon.  I tied the bottom into approximately 6 knots to make sure there was no way they were coming off.   Then I flipped the octopus jellyfish over and laid the ribbon on the back.

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As you can see when I cut the ribbon it was all different sizes.  I lined the bottoms up as close as I could and pinned them down.  It took several re-pins before I was satisfied.  Which was a pain in the butt.  And it wasn’t until I flipped it over and got ready to sew that I noticed they weren’t spaced out evenly (see 5 & 6 in the finished photo?).  But I definitely didn’t care.  Good enough for a 1 year old!  I sewed across the jellyfish 2 times–I wanted to make sure there was no way Nolan could pull it off.  I didn’t want to inadvertently kill the kid with his Christmas present.

Next I debated if I wanted to make a background or just leave the page plain.  I thought about sewing down some blue fabric on the entire page to represent the ocean.  And/or some seaweed.  But I made the jellyfish pretty large and the bead strings were long so I decided it looked fine as it was.  Plain was better in this case.  But it did need something, so I went ahead and made a face.  I kept it super simple and just sewed 2 pink felt circles for the cheeks and a large white felt mouth.  I hot glued 2 googly eyes from J’s craft stash on there.  Then I used some black puffy paint to make eyelashes.  That part turned out a bit funky, but I still like it.

I pinned the jellyfish down and sewed her onto the page.  Finally, I wrote the numbers in puffy paint above the corresponding bead string and voila, finished!  I think she turned out pretty cute 🙂