30 June 2010

Fourth of July Garland

I haven't had a garland up since Easter, and was looking forward to making a Patriotic one. I only realized a couple days ago how close the Fourth was! So I whipped up this banner:

I just sewed two triangles together on two sides. I used my pinking shears to finish the two edges. Then I sewed a ribbon on the top to hold them all together.

They match these pillow covers I made last year:

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29 June 2010

Quiet Book Page 5

See the cover/page 1 here.
See page 2 here.
See page 3 here. See page 4 here.

Page 4 and 5 together:

Page 5 finishes an indoor scene:

The cat sleeps in a little basket...

But can come out and play:

Hiding in a hole in the wall...

Is a little mouse:

And on the wall is a picture with flowers and a lady bug.

This is the last page. Like I said, I have more pages that I have designed. Maybe someday I will get around to making them. Give me another couple years! :)

Here is what the back looks like.

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28 June 2010

Quiet Book Page 4

See the cover/page 1 here.
See page 2 here.
See page 3 here.

Page 4 of my quiet book:

The dog moves back and forth on the rug.

The fish can come out of his tank.

And hiding behind the curtains on the window...

Is a little fly.

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25 June 2010

Quiet Book Page 3

See the cover/page 1 here.
See page 2 here.

Pages 2 and 3 go together for a farm scene.

Page 3 has a goose in a pond and a pig in some mud.

The goose detaches from velco to waddle around.

The pig comes out of his mud pocket.

There are cattails around the pond and mud.

And a butterfly flying in the sky.

More tomorrow!

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24 June 2010

Quiet Book Page 2

See the cover/page 1 here.

Page 2 is a barn.

Open the hayloft to see a chicken.

Open the barn door to see a cow.

The cow comes off so he can walk around.

This page features little yellow flowers.

And a dragonfly.

Page 3 tomorrow!

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23 June 2010

Quiet Book Cover

I finally finished a project I have been working on FOREVER! Lets just say, I was hoping for my older son to enjoy this when he was more the age of my younger son. So it has been multiple years.

So finally done, here is my Animals quiet book.

This page, being the cover, isn't as interactive as the other pages, but the bunny ears can be moved around. (Sorry for the out of focus picture).

Except for the zigzag stitch around the outside, all of the sewing and embroidering was done by hand.

In addition to the animals in the book, there is some sort of plant, and a bug on every page--on this page, flowers, and a bee.

A major inspiration for this project, was this Nursery Rhyme book, that I own, as well as similar ones I had checked out from the library, where the illustrations are made out of fabric. A few of my animals I think I even traced from this book.

There are several reasons this project took me so long, besides all the hand stitching and sewing. I had a whole lot of ideas I wanted to put into this book, and kept thinking up new pages before making any. I still have ideas for more animals I would like to do, and have even drawn out a few additional designs, but decided to finish what I had first. I obviously didn't work on it consistently. Other things took priority and it sat in a box for quite a while. I also didn't quite know how to finish it--to put all the pages together. I wanted it to be like a book, but I wanted the pages to be able to separate, to spread out or to share. And since I have more ideas for pages, I wanted to be able to add on to it if I so desire later on. Instead of sewing the pages back to back, I just put a bit of velcro on the edge to hold them together as a book, but they can be easily pulled apart. (Hope that makes sense).

I put button holes on the pages to put binder rings through. Sewing button holes is always a bit intimidating to me, so I procrastinated that for a bit, but they turned out fine. I even had a couple binder rings on hand to use.

Come back tomorrow to see the next page!

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16 June 2010


We did a Peruvian flag this week. My husband served there as a missionary for our church. My son also colored an alpaca. We have seen real alpacas and he knows that they are from Peru. I got the coloring page here.

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