The problem with kids whose birthdays are right after Christmas is that you can always lolligag on a project that was intended to be for Christmas and use it for their birthday instead. That’s what happened to this Quiet Book (yep–I’m the worst sew along leader ever. To the two people who said they would participate–I suck and I’m sorry!)
Anyway, it’s done. And my feelings about it were all over the map. At first I loved it. I had high hopes for it. It was going to be the best ever. It was going to have the crap pinned out of it. We’re talking amazing details, great interactive sections, Creativity-a-go-go. And then the pages started turing out pretty blah. Or even blech. And it turns out that sewing snaps is absolutely NOT something I’m willing to do 18 times (cough–tic-tac-toe page that was intended to be snaps but is now held together by the power of felt and gravity–cough). And then it became something I hated, but was hell bent on finishing at any cost.
When it came time for the cover, I decided to rally. To do something special, creative, and pretty. And I am so glad I did. Because now when I look at it I don’t see the uneven page borders or inner binding that was an inch too short or the awful crooked stitching holding it in place…I just see that pretty cover. And with it I am well pleased.
So, without further ado, and finished with six days to spare…we have Ellie’s birthday present:
For the pages, many are based on ideas I saw online, though some are my own creations. I’m particularly proud of the Rapunzel page, which came to me after many days of pondering how to incorporate a bow page without having to figure out how to set grommets for the popular shoe activity book page. And then it hit me–use Ellie’s favorite movie Tangled as the inspiration! I also like that this can be used when she’s older as a learning-how-to-braid activity, too (the ribbon is sewn onto the page so it doesn’t get lost). The camera page (which I’ve used as a title page) came to me as an obvious must since Nic and I are wedding photographers! I printed a recent family photo onto ink jet printer fabric. The tent idea is also a favorite, but I wish I’d made the sleeping bag interactive. When I showed that page to Ellie (I showed a lot of the pages to Ellie as I was working on them) she kept trying to make the pillow move. I wish I’d made a little camper and a moveable pillow and sleeping bag that opened to store him in. For now the purse holds the Xs and Os, but it will hold crayons and paper, too.