Friday, March 14, 2014

Kristy's Quiet Book

Before I show you today's AWESOME quiet book, I just want to remind you again to enter this week's giveaway! You could win Amy's Pincock's book "Quiet Book Patterns: 25 Easy-to-Make Activities for Your Children." The giveaway closes Monday at midnight (PST), so be sure to enter now before you forget!
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With that said, let's get to today's quiet book! This book was made by Kristy of the blog "The Art of Everyday Life," and it is so well made. I really really love her hot air balloon and boat pages - I've never seen pages like that before, and they're so cheerful and cute! I also really like how there's a doll on a ribbon that can play on every page. It's such a fun idea and works especially well with pages made for the doll, but you could add one even to a quiet book you've already made.

Kristy made templates of her quiet book pages, and they're for sale in her Etsy shop. You can find them here:



What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence. 
Kristy. I’m a creative, curious, unconventional, oh so grateful work-from-home mom to two precious girls and wife to one awesome husband.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they?
 My now 5 year old daughter, Ada. I gave it to her when she was 3. I’m now working on one for my 3 year old, Cora.

What's your level of sewing experience? 
I have been sewing by hand for years. I’m mostly self-taught. I’m good with my hands, but I think just about anyone could make a quiet book like this if they wanted. Especially with all the great training videos on-line these days.

How long did it take you?
It’s a little hard to say. I work on these types of projects a little bit at a time between diapers and feeding and cleaning and all that other homemaking, working, living stuff. I also usually have several creative projects going at one time. It’s just the way my mind works. It took me about a year(!) probably to get this finished. I would guess it was close to 60-80 hours total. But I designed every page myself, so a lot of that was design time.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found? 
I design my own templates! They can be found here:

How did you bind your quiet book? 
Grommets and binder rings. (Cutting a hole in and adding grommets to pages that took you hours and hours to create is a terrifying experience, by the way.)

What material are the pages made out of? 
Wool felt. I'm so glad I went with wool felt, it has held up beautifully!

What other materials did you use? 
Bits of fabric and embroidery floss and a few buttons here and there.

How much did all the supplies cost you? 
Another tough answer because so much of the material I had on hand, or I only used part of in this project so I have scraps for other projects. I would guess around $20 - $30.

What's your favorite page? Why? 
I don’t necessarily have a favorite page, but I do have a favorite element – the bees. Bees are sort of my symbol. I love that they are this sweet little hidden surprise on most every page. It was a fun challenge to design the pages around a place to hide a bee.

To get all of Kristy's adorable patterns, visit her etsy shop here: She's working on a new quiet book right now (which you can get a sneak peek at on her blog, here!).

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful quiet book with us, Kristy!

Have you made a quiet book that you'd like to share? Click here for instructions on how to submit your own quiet book!

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