Monday, January 24, 2011

a labor of love...the quiet book!

It's done! The quiet book is finally done. I managed to finish it a few days before Christmas, just in time for Jaxon to open during our own little family Christmas.

Before I go any further, I must tell you that a LOT of these ideas came from other people's quiet books that I looked up online. Some of my favorite blogs that I got ideas from were Sew Can Do, Leafy Treetop Spot, and How to Make a Quiet Book. I also got a lot of ideas just from searching "quiet book" in Google images.

I had a lot of fun making the book. At times it was hard to focus on the "more important" motherly duties because I was so motivated to get this book done. Normally I don't like to do big projects for that reason, but it helped that I could at least finish a page at a time.


Jaxon's first unhindered glance through the book (he got sneak peeks while I was making it)


the cover


Shapes that snap off


This is by far Jaxon's FAVORITE page...


the lock comes undone and there's a picture of all of us inside.


...counting....
I have a few of the soccer and baseball beads leftover and Jaxon carries them everywhere! They are a favorite.


fridge (for the next page)


what's for breakfast? (the food velcros off so you can put it in & out of the fridge)


buckles! Jaxon's #2 favorite page.


clock





it's carrot-pickin' time!
there's a funny memory that will always go with these carrots...while I was sewing the carrots, Jaxon was playing in the same room and I had given him one of the finished carrots to play with for a few minutes. He gave it back to me and it was soaking wet. Like soaking. After smelling it and examining it I had thought he had put it in his mouth so I asked him if that's what he did and he said "no"...I thought he was lying so I was lecturing him about lying...then I saw a puddle by his feet on the mini quad he was sitting on. Yeah. That's right....it was soaked in pee. I sat there for a few minutes trying to think of any way that I could restore the poor carrot...then soon realized I would just have a make a new one. So, I'm pretty sure I will think of that frustrating but now funny potty training moment every time I look at the carrot page :)


tent...
I got this idea from Homemade by Jill. (Jill, in case you are reading this, I like yours way better! ;)


with a bear inside :)
Jaxon loves campfires so this page is fun for him. It usually gets him & I talking about the campfires he helped daddy build in the summer.




...finally found something useful for those ripped but favorite old jeans!



So there it is! I'm really happy with how it turned out. I plan on making a couple more pages each Christmas. It's really neat to watch Jax enjoy it. It actually worked this Sunday in church...it actually kept him quiet when he was supposed to be quiet! :)

Time for bed....half an hour ago!

Good night