Friday, September 23, 2011

Quiet Book: Reveal

It was my goal to finish this book by my daughters first birthday, and I finished with 2 weeks to spare! I spent under $25 for all of the supplies, and more than 25 hours making it. I am excited to have this for all of my children (it better last that long!). I decided to name it 'Our' Quiet Book, so when there are multiple children trying to play with it, the word 'My' won't be part of it.
Everything is cut out by hand, then glued or sewn together. It's all made out of a heavy felt (cheap and soft). 
Red: You have to collect all of the apples and place them in the basket.  
The pages are made from a durable apparel cotton-weight fabric. Then there is a layer of interfacing to make the pages a bit more durable. Then there is also a layer of quilt batting to make the pages a big more cushy. They ended up being thicker than I wanted, but it works!
Orange: The fishes snap on and off.  
To do all of the words, I used Microsoft Word, found fonts I liked, then printed it out. Cut the words out by hand, then slowly traced them onto to felt and cut them out from there. It was tedious, but so worth it!
Yellow: The flowers button on and off. 
To finished the edges of the pages I just used store-bought bias tape.
Green: The tent zips open and shut. The fire also Velcros on and off.  
The biggest help in making this book was actual Felt Glue. It doesn't seep through the felt, it doesn't make the felt super hard after it dries, you can't see the glue through it, and it works like a charm!
Blue: Learn to lace up a shoe, and practicing tying a bow/knot. 
The thing that took the longest while making this book, was finishing every single piece that wasn't glued to the page (ie., all of these grapes, the fishes, the cupcakes, etc.). The felt would pull and fray if you don't finish the edge. 
Purple: The grapes Velcro on and off. 
One thing that helps make this book more neat, is doing two layers for the pieces that have Velcro or a snap on the back. It looks tacky if you can see the stitching for something like that. 
Pink: The cupcake tops snap on and off.  
A project like this may take a long time, but by breaking the tasks up into pages you still feel like you're accomplishing something. I always tried to work on one little thing while we were watching a TV show or a movie so that I felt like I was taking advantage of the time I had just sitting there. With something like this that you're going to have for your family for a long time, it's OK to take a long time making it!
Black: Play tic-tac-toe!  The X's and O'x Velcro on and off. 
To attach the pages, I decided just to do button holes, then slip in a 3 inch metal ring to keep them all in place. That way if one of the books gets damaged I can simply take it off and fix it or replace it. I can also add pages this way! I'm excited to actually put this to use!
White: The snowman's hat Velcro's on and off, and his body buttons on and off. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fresh Summer Tortellini

Fresh Summer Tortellini
1 Refrigerated Cheese Tortellini package (9 oz.)
2 cups of chopped tomatoes
3 ears of corn (or an 8 oz. frozen corn bag - thawed)
1/4 cups fresh minced basil (you need it fresh, it makes such a yummy difference!)
12 Spears of asparagus
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
2 tsp. olive oil
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Cook you tortellini according to the package directions. When there is 5 minutes left, add the corn. Once it's finished cooking, drain and rinse with cold water.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put tin foil on a cookie sheet and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Spread out asparagus, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for about 12-14 minutes. Chop up spears in 1 inch pieces.

Chop the tomatoes. Mince basil, and mix with the tomatoes. Add the asparagus and Parmesan. Add the olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix and combine with the corn and tortellini.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Winner is...

Marie Green!*
Congrats Marie, and thank you to everyone who entered into the contest! For those of you who entered, I'll send you an email with a coupon code to get a pair of boots of your choice for 30% off! 
They come in sizes:
0-3 months
3-6 months
6-9 months
9-12 months
and a bigger size with a "Non-slip" bottom upon request. 
Here are a few new styles:
Check out my etsy shop here.

*For those of you wondering how I chose the winner...I took all of the entries and put them in an excel spreadsheet, so that each entry was given a number. Then I went to, and used the random generator. Marie was #26 and that's the number that the generator popped out! Try again next time!