Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Quiet Book, L-S

I love this page! It's just a bunch of ribbons and a lion face, but I think it's fun!

This is also one of my favorites, and also really took a long time! I sewed each button onto a felt cutout, then sewed the whole thing on to the background. Hanna likes to look at and touch all the buttons. 

N is for noodles! They are made of yarn and sewn down to the red bowl.

Hanna likes this page. The owl can go in and out of the hole in the tree. I saw a page like this on imagine our life . Her pages are amazing and mine is nowhere near that awesome, but they are fun to look at and get ideas from!

The penguin is next to the owl page, so Hanna loves to put the penguin into the tree hole too. 

Q is for quilt. I made this tiny quilt out of fabric samples that were so cute I didn't want to throw them away, but they were like 2 inch squares, so I had no use for them... until now! It also has some cute tiny pillows. Hanna likes to put toys to bed in the quilt. The q is under the quilt.

This rainbow has beads to someday practice counting. And the colors of the rainbow. 

This snowman has changeable hats. In retrospect I wish I would have sewn them onto the other side of the page, because they are always getting tangled in the next page, but oh well. 

That's it for today!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

More Quiet Book Pages

I saw this idea all over the internet.  I chose to attach the flowers to ribbons, just like everything else in the book, because I do not like to lose things and despite that fact, things are always getting lost! The flowers button on and off. This was my first time making button holes! They are not exactly shirt quality, but they work for the book.

I love this page! G is for garden.  The carrots are attached to a ribbon inside the button hole and sewn down to the bottom of the page. They pop out like you are harvesting them, and can go back in. The vine-y thing is supposed to be a tomato plant. Didn't turn out all that well, but I guess it could just be an imaginary plant... or something. 

This was another one that was popular on the internet. And since I have girls, I thought they would really like this page. I was right! My big girls really love it. Hanny will like it more as she gets older. The yarn hair is sewn down with a zig zag stitch in 3 places, then the bottom of the hair can be braided and clips can be put on. I could't figure out the nose, so it's a no nose face. 

I for ice cream.  The cones are sewn down and the scoops are on ribbons and can be stacked in any order. 

The jellyfish page! This is another of my favorites. It's just tentacle ribbons sewn onto a jellyfish body, but I think it's fun. 

The kite page was pretty easy. The kite moves around and it is supposed to look like the K is flying it. 

One other thing: I decided to do all lowercase letters for this book. Usually you see them in capitals, but I found that when teaching my older two to read, they had a really hard time with recognizing lowercase letters. They knew all the sounds but couldn't really read because they didn't know the lowercase alphabet.  So I made all the letters lowercase in this book in hopes that Hanna will be able to recognize the lowercase  letters when it comes time for her to learn to read. 

Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 02, 2015

What I' ve Been Up to...

This is the front page, the letters come loose but are secured with
ribbon so Hanna can practice putting the letters of her name in
the right order. 

Here's the A page.  A simple apple, with a flap that lifts up to
show seeds underneath.
 In September, I decided to make an ABC quiet book for Hanna for Christmas.   I had all this scrap felt and thought it would be a fun and inexpensive project to make,  I was right about the fun, but very wrong about the inexpensive part. All in all, it didn't turn out to be that expensive, but just a lot more than I had anticipated when I thought I would just be able to use what I had.   Also, it took all of my spare time for the better part of two months.  But it was fun to make.  I like projects where I don't have to use a pattern because then I don't feel like I've messed up all the time.

B is for barn.  The doors open and I added a puffy lamb on a ribbon
to play on the page. 

C is for cupcakes.  The frostings are attached to a ribbon and
the sequin on each frosting corresponds to the color for the
cupcake liner to practice colors. It also has the same number of
sequins on the frosting as the number on the liner to practice one
to one correspondence. 
 I did a lot of google searches for ideas for my pages and I came to a lot of blogs featuring quiet book pages.  I took ideas from all over the place, but didn't use anyone's patterns or exact ideas.  But I was so grateful to others who had posted their books and gave me a great jumping off point for my pages.  In the spirit of that, I would like to share the pages I have made as well and hope they can give some inspiration!
Hanna loves ducks, so I made D the duck page. The ducks can
move around, but are once again secured with ribbon.  

This is one of my favorite pages.  The egg can hide inside the
shell, and she can pretend to crack it open and put the egg into
the frying pan. Super fun. 
I think, looking back, it would have been better to tackle a smaller quiet book as my first attempt. After all, an ABC book has a lot of pages! But I'm really happy with the way it turned out and Hanna really loves it, which was the goal all along. Even my 5 & 7 year olds love it and I hope to create some more activity pages for them after a long break from quiet book making!  So here's the beginning of the book; I will be posting some more of the pages soon!