Category Archives: Quiet book

ABC Quiet Book Reveal

Here’s my Quiet Book reveal!  If you’re interested in the long sordid story of how this book came to be, please continue reading.  If you just want to get to the book, feel free to skip to the pictures below, and look out for my upcoming post that goes through the book page by page.

ABC Quiet Book 20130118_153414I got bit by the Quiet Book bug when Snaggle was just a tot, probably some time in late 2007 or early 2008.  I had just gotten my first sewing machine. (Yep, I had made the big plunge and paid a whopping $99 for it at Wal-mart of all places.)  I had one sewing class under my belt, but didn’t feel very confident threading my own machine or sewing a straight line for that matter.  20130118_15355020130118_154905

I was skimming the craft section of my library during my lunch break and found a book called 26 Lively Letters, and I was captivated by the whole idea of a book, made by little old me, that would help her learn the alphabet.  The additional benefit of it keeping her “quiet” did not sink in then, though now several kids later, I totally get that appeal.  Totally.  I ended up checking the book out, renewing it a few times, then just broke down and bought a used copy off Amazon. 20130118_15560620130118_155911

I later found another book, called A-B-C 1-2-3 Craft Book that I used for additional ideas and for all my letter templates.  And of course, between the time that I first saw 26 Lively Letters and now, I have learned about the tons of quiet books posted all over the internet. Some of these moms (and dads, I would imagine) are so amazingly creative that it got to be a bit overwhelming.  Sometimes I definitely got intimidated by all of the cool pages I saw. I borrowed ideas here and there, but unfortunately didn’t track them all (so if you see your page adapted in my book, I hope you’ll be flattered instead of upset).  I did start using a Pinterest board to keep track of some of my inspiration. 20130121_22513820130121_225252

I stopped and started over the years on my book — at times I cursed myself for committing to doing the entire alphabet, because I could have just done the five letters of Snaggle’s name, or the activities only with no letters at all.  But,as I mentioned in my previous post, I found my second third wind once I was pregnant with Omega and pushed on through to finish it right around the time she was born.  I still could probably put one more finishing touch by writing in instructions, as the author does in 26 Lively Letters, but the kids seem fine playing with it as is.  20130121_22551420130127_164137

Snaggle, who is now 6, loves weaving the mat on the W page and playing tic tac toe on the G page, and Mamacita loves the xylophone page, the shapes, and the dog collar.  I can’t wait to see which pages Omega enjoys.  Because you’d best believe this book will stay in this family for a LONG time if I have anything to say about it.  I joked with my husband that I would only entertain offers of five figures or more to part with it. During the igloo and earth pages, that went up to six figures!20130127_16432320130127_164610

And there you have it, folks.  Five years of work for your quiet book enjoyment.  I vowed I would never do another one, but now I’m thinking of ideas for a friend’s child and for my nephew too.  Go figure (the things we do for the little ones in our lives). You can bet those will be shorter books though.  I usually don’t endorse “Nevers” because it’s not good to close yourself off from things. In this case, however, it is safe to say I will NEVER attempt a complete alphabet quiet book again. But I am glad to have done it once.20130127_16482820130127_164912

Stay tuned for my next post that will go through the activities on each page.

Until next time,

Love….Peace…and Crunchysoul.

Two Good Reasons

Hello Blogosphere — how the heck have you been?  If you’ve been following this blog (Anyone….anyone?) you’ll notice that I’ve taken an extended absence.  Now, I’ve noticed that other bloggers tend to apologize for falling off.  But I won’t be a cliche.  I’m not going to apologize for disappearing.  No, I’m going to make excuses instead.  I’ve had two reasons for not blogging since last winter.  Two darn good reasons, if you ask me.

The first reason:  This cute and cuddly little munchkin here, Baby Z, born on September 6th! Omega -- Day 1 (For blogging purposes, her nickname will be “Omega,” for not only does her name start with the last letter of the alphabet, but she is indeed the last if you catch my drift.)  I had her at home, which was an amazing experience and one that I will need to explore further in a later post. Omega with K and big sisters  We spent a lot of time before Omega got here stepping up our house game a little bit. Some of it even involved outside contractors (!) which was definitely a new experience for me.  We had to move Mamacita out of the nursery and in with Sunny and Snaggle and seriously needed to maximize our storage.  We had some electrical work done, added shelves, knocked out a wall in a closet.  I should give K most of the credit.  When I got into my nesting mania, he stayed calm and cool and just got it done.  He also found and dealt with most of the contractors too (he even found one in the aisles of Home Depot and brought him home one day — that’s the guy who did our closet.)  I still want to put in some finishing touches to the girls’ room too.

The second reason:  My cute and cuddly ABC Quiet book!  I finally finished it.

ABC Quiet Book - Title Page

This is a picture of Snaggle helping me with the title page. More photos of the actual book to come.

I originally started this book around 2008 for Snaggle.  I finished about 8 pages or so and then realized how much of a commitment it would be to cover the entire alphabet…I don’t think it dawned on me that 26 letters meant 26 pages, 26 unique designs, 52 letters to trace and cut and sew, 26 pictures, 26 activities with some intricate sewing involved, you get the idea.  And I was a beginning sewer at the time. Ultimately I got overwhelmed and my momentum petered out. But ironically, it was Omega who gave me the motivation to start again.  I figured I’d need something to keep Mamacita busy while I dealt with a new baby.  Plus, now I’d know I’d have someone in the pipeline to play with after Mamacita, so it would get some use over time.

Lo and behold, I delivered both these babies at roughly the same time.  I literally finished the book a few days before Omega made her arrival. Good thing she came 10 days late!

Omega - sleepingNeedless to say, I also found out how difficult it is to blog regularly while working full-time, being pregnant/caring for a newborn, parenting other kids, and finishing projects to feature on said blog.  So I fell off.  I lost my vision for a moment.  I’ll forgive myself for it.  And like a phoenix, I’ll rise out of the ashes to blog again.  Okay, that’s corny and a bit melodramatic.  A better metaphor is that like a hooptie fresh out of the auto repair shop, I’ll keep on pushing.  There’s no guarantee that I won’t break down on the side of the road again, but I’ll keep on going until I can refuel.  Or recharge my battery.  Or get a new engine.  You get the idea….

Plus, January is the best time for fresh starts, isn’t it?  My goal is to blog “regularly” but to keep it manageable.  That might mean once or twice a month folks, less regularly than the superstar bloggers of the world, but it’ll be the best I can do.

Stay posted for more on the Quiet Book and the home birth.

By the way, Snaggle is called Snaggle because her initials are S.N.A.G.  But she actually really is a snaggle tooth now, so the name is even more appropriate:Snaggle!