I thought I’d show you one of the Christmas projects that I’m working on for Ezekiel.
A Quiet Book!!
I had one as a kid and LOVED it… and still remember some of the pages from it. I remember most often it was what we got to play with at church. I wanted to get one done for Zeek in (high) hopes of keeping him entertained and QUIET during some of the times we need him to be. Or just to entertain himself at times that I can’t entertain him (especially with the new one coming along in a couple months, I wanted something Zeek can sit and do on the couch with me, during all the times of feeding the new baby.).
I’ve only got a few pages done so far in it, but I thought I’d show you page by page as I get them done. 🙂 This has been a very rewarding project so far! Each page seems to take 2-5 hours, depending on the details, but it’s completely worth it once your page is done. Such satisfaction. 😉
I wanted to sew mine with my machine to make it more heavy duty, in hopes that it will last at least through a couple kids. 😉 I also wanted to start out with the pages that I thought would be the most difficult/time consuming, so that I don’t get overwhelmed and quit! I love doing the hard part first in projects so that it’s all down hill from there. 😉
Anyway, that said, I knew the first page I wanted to tackle was the Mr. Potato Head page that I saw here by Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows blog. You can see the whole book here on this post at Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows.
I still have a couple of accessories to make (which I realized upon taking these photos of my Mr. Potato/Mrs. Potato Head page… Such as a hat (or two) for Mrs. Potato Head, a set of ears with earrings for Mrs. Potato Head, and some glasses for Mr. Potato Head…. and probably re-doing Mrs. Potato Head’s shoes because I wasn’t too pleased with them. Some of the accessories that I made aren’t shown here in my photos.
There are several blogs that have done this Mr. Potato Head page and there are different templates floating around, like here. I decided to go straight to the source though and just Google search Mr. Potato Head and his accessories, save the photos and enlarge them to fit an 8.5×11 page (the size of my book), print them out and cut the pieces directly off of the photo of Mr. Potato Head to be my template.
The second page is just a simple “basket” that all of the extra body parts and accessories are stored in. Zeek loves this page (yes, he’s been watching me make all of this… but who cares – it’s still getting wrapped up for Christmas! ;)). Have you ever seen the Jimmy Kimmel Youtube video with the “crappy Christmas presents” from parents, where they purposely give their kid bad presents and video tape it to see their reaction? Like half eaten sandwiches, a battery and an onion. One of the mom’s wraps up a plain potato (at 3:25 min) and exclaims, “oh, you got a Mista Potato Head!” We laughed so hard when we watched that, so that’s how we always call Mr. Potato Head now. Which Zeek mimics and it’s the funniest thing. 🙂 Anyway, that was a rabbit trail for sure, but too funny not to share!
I’m pleased with how this page turned out and am excited to see the rest of the book come together! I’d like to have at least 12-15 pages by the time I wrap it for Christmas, and then I can always be adding more pages later.
Have any of you made a quiet book? Any good templates out there that you used? No use reinventing the wheel if you don’t have to! 😉