Crafts: Personalized Quiet Books

We received two invitations for parties this weekend – one is for a friend’s baby shower and the other one is for a second birthday celebration. But looking through my schedule this week, I could not find the time to go to the mall to buy gifts for the occasions. We buy houses los angeles and we need to scout for schools for my kids. Good thing, I love making crafts and I think I’m just going to make some personalized quiet books for the celebrants.  

As I have always said, I love making craft projects. This is my way of relaxing from my crazy mommy life and a venue for me to express my creativity and release my artistic side. Through the passing of time, I have collected lots of craft materials and machines that make it easier for me to do what I want to do. I have different kinds of scissors, pens, brushes, glue stick, glue gun, markers, crayons, color pencils, craft cord and ties, wires, ribbons, different kinds of paper, glitter, paint, fabrics, and more stuff. I have a collection of Martha Stewart craft supplies such as stencils and brushes. Of course, I have the Sizzix Big Shot cutting machines and dies. I can go on and on about my craft materials because I just love collecting them. And in this case, they come in handy as I can easily make my personalized quiet books as gifts for the little ones. 

I got this idea of making quiet books because we try to do away with gadgets in our home, especially for the younger kids. They are not allowed to use gadgets but we do encourage them to read books and engage in art activities that would develop their skills. My friends used to give us cloth books and my babies loved looking at them so I figured I could make them some quiet books when they outgrow their cloth books.   

For this craft activity, we are going to need felt cloth in different colors, sewing machine, thread, scissors, glue, and polyester filling. For the baby shower, my friend is going to have a baby boy. Since studies show that babies respond better to the red, black, and white colors, I am going to use these colors of felt fabric. I have also searched for patterns on the internet that would be visually stimulating for babies. Good thing I have dies and molds that are similar to these patterns so I used them to cut the felt fabric. I then assembled the figures in different cloth pages with shapes and patterns in red, black, and white colors. I put the polyester fillings inside the shapes and patterns then used the glue gun to stick them together in one page.  I then sewed the edges together to bind them into a book. I also cut out letters that spelled the baby’s name and put them on the front cover. There you have it, the personalized quiet book that I will give as a gift at the baby shower.  

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Thank you for stumbling on my blog – Mellywood’s Mansion.

In this blog, named after my “Mansion” (which to be honest does not really resemble one),  I will be writing about four things that are close to my heart – my recipes, my crafts, my jewelry designs, and my interior designs in my Mansion. The goal is to provide you with inspiration in your very own cooking and design activities.

Please take note that everything I will be posting here will be as real as it gets. I will be honest with you about my cooking or design projects. I will let you know if my recipes did not come out as I planned or if my design projects did not look as I envisioned it. Feel free to tell me your feedback as well as I endeavor to improve myself with all of the feedback that I will be getting from you. For example, if I show you what I did in my carriage-house garage door in Tempe which we recently had serviced by the best Tempe garage door repair company, feel free to let me know if the look is crappy or if you were impressed. Your feedback is important in my growth as a designer.

Why have I chosen to feature all my favorite things in this blog site?

  • Recipes – As a mother of five children – 5 boys and 2 girls, I have gone a long way in experimenting with different recipes to suit their tastes, since they were just babies until now when my eldest has just turned 15. My eldest has actually turned quite picky in choosing what he wants to eat. At the same time, I want to make sure that my children eat what they like while balancing it with nutritious food. My husband Jules is also an avid eater. I have definitely learned a lot of recipes in catering to the needs of my family.
  • Crafts – I love working on different craft projects, from paper flowers to designing my children’s dresser, to painting our garage door, to making Japanese paper and creating paper designs for my children’s birthday party and so on. I am so proud of my designs that I would love to share them with you. Feel free to share yours too.
  • Jewelry designs – I create my own jewelry. I am quite fond of funky, quirky types, the ones that are statement pieces and capture the attention of people. I am also a little bit of a dork and book nerd and I love creating jewelry related to books such as J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Creating jewelry makes me happy. I hope looking at my designs makes you happy as well.
  • Interior designs – I am proud to say that I have done all the interior styling for my home. In this blog, I have taken lots of photos of my interior design projects and am happy to be sharing them with you as well. Fair warning though, these designs are not as picture perfect as I would have wanted them, and of course with five kids, it would be difficult to have that. But it’s a labor of love so I hope you will appreciate them.

I hope to be regularly updating this blog with new content so check back once in a while. As I always say, “be delighted everyday, follow Mellywood’s Mansion!”