Saturday, December 28, 2013

Quiet Book Round Up {2013}

You know, as I was putting this post together and I really had to think about just how many quiet books I've made this last year...I've decided that I probably need to go into Quiet Book Rehab or something! But hey, at least I've had lots of fun putting them together :)

First, we have my dinosaur quiet book. It was the first project I ever posted on this blog!

And then the dress up quiet book pages...oh what little girl doesn't love to play dress up?

The Build a Monster quiet book pages got put in a quiet book for someone else, so I don't have them anymore but I'm seriously considering remaking these pages for my son!

The Little Sister Quiet Book is one that I made for my toddler aged sister. Seriously, it doesn't get more girly than this.

And my favorite...the LDS quiet book! It is so effective at entertaining my wiggly little one through Sacrament Meeting and out of all of the quiet books I've made, it's definitely paid off the most!

Do you need more quiet book inspiration? You can always check out my quiet book Pinterest board :) Also, The Quiet Book Blog is the ultimate gold mine of quiet book ideas!! Be sure to check out my favorites- the Butterfuly Quiet Book and Amber's Quiet Book.

I can't wait to start crafting this new year! With a baby on the way I'll likely be posting a few baby related crafts so keep an eye out for that :)

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Gender Reveal!

Sugar and spice and everything nice, that's what our little GIRL is made of!

We used the little girl booties I made a few weeks ago in our photo shoot :)
We are so excited! Our ultrasound this morning was the best Christmas present ever :) And I've already got a few baby girl projects in stay tuned!

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

DIY Musical Instrument: Sunbeam Shakers

I'm putting together a little music box for my son. While I plan on making some more generic musical instruments, I thought it would be fun to have some song specific instruments as well! These little Sunbeam Shakers go along with the classic Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam primary song. It only took me ten minutes to put these little shakers together, and that includes my potty break! 

  • 2 shades of yellow felt
  • The template
  • Little jingle bells (mine were size 6mm)

I centered one of the yellow circles over one of the sun shaped pieces and sewed around, leaving a small opening for inserting the bells.

I put 12 bells in each sun, but more or less would work too. Then I sewed the gap shut. Seriously, that's it! 

These sunbeam shakers are already a big hit with my 21 month old. I wish I'd thought of these when I was a nursery leader!
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Monday, December 9, 2013

Newborn Crochet Bitty Booties Pattern

Well, I'm pregnant! And do you want to know my favorite part about being pregnant? Making things for the baby! But I haven't found out which gender we're having yet :( But that hasn't entirely stopped me from making baby things. I love these little booties because they are adorable for either gender and are quick to work up too!

  • Size G crochet hook
  • Worsted weight yarn in 2 coordinating colors
  • Size newborn up to 3 months.
  • When you SC decrease, I recommend using the invisible sc decrease. The tutorial I've linked to shows to do it in the front loops, but for this pattern do it in the back loops.
  • You are welcome to make and sell products from this pattern but please link back to this post. Please do not copy this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not republish any of my photos as your own.
  • MC= main color, CC= coordinating color

Round 1: With CC, Ch 9, SC in 2nd ch from hook and in next 5, make 4 SC in last ch. Now, working on the opposite side of ch, SC in next 6, 2 SC in last, join, ch 1
Round 2: 2 SC in first two stitches, SC in next 5, 2 HDC in next 5, SC in next 5, 2 SC in last two, join, ch 1 
Round 3: SC in next 11, 2 SC in next 6, SC in next 11, join with MC and finish off CC, ch 1
Round 4: In back loops only, SC around, join, ch 2 (34 stitches)
Round 5: In back loops only, HDC around, join, ch 2 
Round 6: In back loops only, SC in next 11, SC decrease 6 times, SC in next 11, join with CC and finish off MC, ch 1
Round 7: In back loops only, SC in next 8, SC decrease 5 times, SC in next 8, join, finish off. Weave in all loose ends.

I can't wait for my little boy or girl to have these booties on it's tiny little feet :)

*Update: I decided to use these booties for my gender reveal pictures!*

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