So I'm sure all of you (my 4 loyal blog readers, aka family members) have been dying to see my completed
I decided I wanted to make this months ago and searched everywhere online for ideas. I wanted it to be an ABC quiet book- one page for each letter- 26 total! I found quite a few blogs and sites that had different versions/ideas for quiet books. So I compiled all the ideas I liked from those sites and some of my own and made a little notebook with ideas for each letter. There were certain things I really wanted to include, but already had that letter covered, so we had to get creative. ;) So instead of it being a "dog" for "D" it ended up being a "puppy" for "P" and stuff like that. I knew I wanted to have a few things included like snaps, zippers, buttons etc so I found ways to incorporate those in there too. The most creative letter (and my favorite) was the "X" page. All the pages I saw had "x-ray" with bones and stuff, but I really didn't like that idea much. So my genius of a mother came up with "Xtraterrestrial." tee hee hee. Close enough, right?
This has been SO much work. I can't even begin to tell you how many hours mom and I have spent on this thing! But I can say that all the time has been worth it. I love how it turned out and just need to finish the cover and sew one more page together and it's finished! A miracle! A project I started months ago and actually finished (almost- so close I can taste it)! Usually when I start something that long ago and don't finish it in a timely manner, I can kiss completing it, goodbye! But I am mostly proud of the fact that it's not just another one of my projects that never got done, that forever sits in a heap in my "crap/craft" closet to collect dust. Go me (and mom)!
So here it is- Ellie's ABC quiet book, for your viewing pleasure. I included little descriptions of each page, if you're interested. Oh, I also included my mom's crazy (crazy as in "what have you been smoking" crazy...) ideas for various letters- just for fun.
The little apples are attached with snaps, so you can remove them all and put them in the little basket. The butterfly just looks pretty. Mom wanted to have a bottom that you could practice wiping. I hope she doesn't manage to pull one of the bottons off- because they re all connected! :) The cupcakes can be removed and you can even count their sprinkles or put them in order or whatever. Or you can just gaze at their shiny backs (not shown). Ooooh. The doll comes with various outfits and you can dress up her-flip flops and all. She doesn't have a face and it bugs Joe. Should I put a face on her, or should she be the faceless doll? Hmmmm. Decisions. I say no face because that means the page is done! ;) Joey drew me the little elephant and you can flap his ear and tail. The flowers can be buttoned on and off. The little garden was my idea, but mom put it all together and sewed all the cute veggies! They are leeks, cauliflower and carrots- complete with a little garden bunny. LOVE how this page came together!! So fun and different than anything I saw anywhere. Mom wanted to do a graveyard- where you could pull all the zombies out of the ground. lol
So there you have it- longest blog post EVER! But cute pictures, right? I am just excited with how well it all came together and am excited for Ellie to play with it...someday (because right now, she's not allowed to touch- all she wants to do is eat it and throw it on the floor...you'd think she didn't appreciate how long it took to make or something!). And no worries, I have little patterns for each page, and a giant stack of felt left so if pieces to get lost, I can make new ones.
If anyone wants help making their own- don't ask me. I've done my time. ;) This better last through ALL of my kids (however many I may have).