I had a quiet book when I was little. It was a fabric book with activities that would keep little hands busy for a while - things like counting, lacing, weaving, shoe laces, buttons, zippers and other gizmos. I saw some wonderful examples here, here, here, here, here and here. Around this time, I bought a basic sewing machine, which I have since used for a multitude of projects, including the diaper boat and Scarlett's birthday outfit (pictures to come!) I began what I thought would be a simple little project that could live in one small box (which is what I told Chris - "it will all stay in the little box when I'm not working on it! Not in the way at all!") and about 6 months and many boxes later, I ended up with this:
|The fish slide side to side on ribbon waves.|
|Zippers zip up and down|
|Shoe tying (a kindergarten teacher pet peeve)|
|Two number pages with counting beads|
|Textures (velvet, vinyl, sequins, corduroy, satin "snakeskin")|
|Dress up doll...|
|Picnic! (the food fits in the basket)|
It was a long labor of love. I look forward to Scarlett and I playing with this as we wait in the clinic for hours of end. I have a ton of ideas for new pages to add eventually, but I promised myself and Scarlett that I would have a finished product in time for her birthday (and she's a tough taskmaster!) It was a fun way to learn how to use all the functions of my sewing machine, and even though it is a little rough in some places, it is pretty sturdy.
I'm quite proud of it, despite it's quirks, and I can't wait until I can start tackling my next project!