Sunday, November 21, 2010

Taking a Breather

This has been a busy week. I had four orders to get ready for a few Etsy buyers. Which is completely exciting and what I want! But as with anything, starting out makes everything take longer...because I'm perfecting things such as packaging, mailing envelopes, etc. But here's a peek at what has kept me busy!
These little Monkey Lovin' Baby Slipper shoes have found a home!

And I custom made these Hey Little Diddle shoes with non-slip bottoms for a sweet little boy's tootsies.
 And then there's this. My Quiet Book. Talk about a project that takes a very long time! I forgot to time how long this one took me... but my first book (the one pictured below in the left side) took me over 50 hours. Yes. I said fifty. So that one is staying in the family. Not to mention it was the prototype and did not turn out perfectly. But it definitely helped me determine what I needed to change in the future! But the second one still took me maybe 20-25 hours or so.
Left - Original Prototype that took 50 hours
Right - Second attempt... sold this morning.

 This sweet Quiet Book is perfect for little ones needing a quiet way to keep themselves entertained. It has a four seasons theme, hence the wordless cover. 

Here are the Spring pages. The top book is the first one I did. The binding was such a trouble to me. Plus I blanket stitched nearly everything. Really cute and I liked the smaller size. But the pages ended up squished and it didn't quiet turn out like I had hoped. Below that is the new book with size adjustments to keep the pages from being so squished together.
 Each of the shapes with buttons can be buttoned onto and unbuttoned off of the page. Each spread page has a pocket for any shapes that don't make it back on the page before the road trip, plane trip, or waiting room time are over.

This book found a home today with two sweet little girls.
I do hope to make more in the future and will take orders for them. But it is the sort of project where I will need at least 2-3 weeks to complete it. I've been in crazy mode this week taking care of others. I should have taken a picture of the couch. And the coffee table. And the floor. Felt. Everywhere. My poor husband. But thankfully, it is over! Oh, don't get me wrong. I love making this felt book. But it takes a long time. And it wore me out having to complete it in less than a week. So I will make another. But for now, I can take a deep breath and relax.

Thanksgiving is calling my name. Thanksgiving is in Evansville this year. So excited. Black Friday crazy person shopping, here we come... Toll House Pie, Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potatoes, Rolls, and Brook-Something Corn with amazing cream cheese. Lots of yummy flavors. I love yummy flavors and variety!

We have so much to be Thankful for this year.... but that sounds like a post for another day!


  1. Wow. The quiet book is very cute and sweet! Alot of work and very special. Fun! :)

  2. I love the Hey Little Diddle shoes--the cat fiddling is the cutest.
    And the felt book is lovely; wonderful idea!