DIY Wednesday–A New Quiet Book

For Little Man’s 18month mile-stone I decided to create him a quiet book.  I usually try to make more than one at a time in order to cut down on actual “work” time that one takes to make.  So I created a birthday book for a little girl that turned two in May.  I just forgot to take pictures of it before I gave it to her, so I’m going to have to see if I can grab some pictures of the pages that are different from LM’s at church some Sunday.

These books were a lot different from the ones I’ve made earlier because the kids are so much younger.  I had to think of pages that would help them learn some simple skills, but at the same time, be easy enough for them to use without parental help (especially when we’re sitting in church!).

One thing I did differently with LM’s book from all the others I’ve done, was to stitch his name on the front.  It was so incredibly tedious!  I like the look…but it definitely took a long time!   I also hand stitched most of the pages themselves.    It’s definitely a lot neater than hot gluing, but I will admit that I ended up hot gluing some parts of the book because sewing just took soooooooo long!  So far the parts that were hot glued have held up well so I’m not concerned about it.  Anyway, here are the pages.  I might end up doing a tutorial some day on how I put together some of my pages but for right now I’m just going to show them to you.  None of them are actually “originals” so I will try to re-find the links to the pages I took them from and post them along with the pics of my finished pages.  Any questions?  Feel free to leave me a comment or message me through the “Contact Me” link in the above menu.

 

Page 1 is a lacing page from nap-timecreations.com – help the mouse eat the cheese.  When LM first got the book this page was never touched (guess he was a little young for it) but just a couple of months later he’s lacing the mouse through the holes…although not in the right order just yet, hehe.

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Page 2 is a shape page.  I don’t have an actual blog to refer you back to here but there are so many of them out there that have done a page like this.  I don’t think I actually followed any particular tute on this page.   I made it the way I thought it would work and it does work, very well.  It was the first page LM went for and still does!  He has a hard time pulling the shapes off the buttons – we’re working on learning how to slide the button through the hole – but if he pulls hard enough he can generally pull the shapes off..and after he has them all off he puts them back in the right spot and has me re-button them for him.  I like that he’s figured out how to match the colours and shapes.

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As you can see I’m missing a piece.  He had his book out in nursery on Sunday and it came home missing a few pieces, sigh.

Page 3 and 4 are my farm pages from tjmontoya

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Little Man snagged his cow to play with as I was taking pictures but here are the pig and horse finger puppets.  There is also a sheep, somewhere at church I’m sure, lol.  These are probably his favorites to play with after the shape page.  He LOVES putting them on his fingers.  He usually tries to put all four on one hand.  It’s quite funny actually.

We’d already lost a couple of apples (from him playing here at home) so I need to replenish those when I get a chance…and maybe add a few extra to the basket in case we lose more!  The only thing I would have done differently on this page is to make the apples bigger.  He has a hard time with the size of them.

 

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Pages 5 and 6 are from Diary of a Crafty Lady.  However, hers is an American flag so I had to create my own patterns for the Canadian ones.

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Here’s my OCD coming through when it comes to teaching my children about Canada, lol.  Of course the Canadian flag is pretty easy to duplicate so I guess I got away scot free on that one.

Now the Nova Scotia flag is a little harder.  I simplified it by just having the four blue parts that create an “x” shape with the yellow shield in the middle of them.  The shield is supposed to have an orange outline with an orange lion in the middle, but that was a little too small and finicky and I figured those pieces would probably end up getting lost at some point.   I also lucked out that both flags have a white background – pretty easy to duplicate, hehe.

 

Pages 7 and 8 are from Meli Melo – she has translated her pages into English along with her own so you can read what she’s done.  There are no patterns for anything so I had to free-hand.  I’ve only gotten the panda done (my favorite animal of all time!) so I have some work to do to finish this page.  I’m debating about whether or not to make some of them finger puppets (since those were such a big hit!).

 

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As you can see Little Man was anxious to get his hands on this as I was trying to get pictures ((smile)).  This page isn’t used a whole lot because of the lack of pieces to go in it but he has used his farm finger puppets with it.   There are little hidey holes all over…in the ponds, trees, mountains, etc.  Lots of fun for little animals once they’re created.  Can’t wait to finish it off.  Maybe I’ll take some time today, hmmmm.

What crafty projects are you all working on?   Do you have any plans for future projects?  My brain is already buzzing with thoughts of an all-Bible quiet book.  I’ve even been toying with the idea of making some for the church library for when we have visitors come.  Since we don’t run a junior church right now they do come in handy.   So many ideas!!!!  =)

Happy Wednesday Crafting!

A Recipe From the Archives–DIY Wednesday

Recently a recipe I had posted almost a year ago has been getting some mega hits on Pinterest.  So I thought I would share it with you all again.  This was off my old blog that I no longer post on.   It is still my all-time, favorite home-made hamburger recipe (even if it is healthy, lol). 

I hope you all enjoy it!

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Weight Watcher’s Best Grilled Hamburgers

Originally posted on August 7, 2012

I have made this recipe twice numerous times now and I think it is my favorite burger recipe (plus I always have the ingredients on hand!).  Tonight I even made it with lean pork instead (ground pork tends to be a little cheaper) and it was still just as yummy!   And the best part is…they’re from Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook – can we say, YES PLEASE!   My secret sister gave me this cookbook and I’m really excited about trying some of these recipes.

1lb lean ground meat (pork or beef)

1/2 cup of finely chopped scallions (although I just used a regular onion)

1/4 fat-free egg substitute (again, I used an actual egg, lol)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp dry mustard

1/2 tsp salt (I find these very salty, however, and plan on leaving this out next time)

1/4 tsp black pepper

For purposes of the point value I will add the remaining although these are totally optional

4 whole wheat buns

4 slices sweet onion (such as Vidalia)

4 thick tomato slices

4 lettuce leaves

1/4 cup ketchup

Mix together beef, scallions, egg substitute, W sauce, dry mustard, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until just combined.  With damp hands, shape mixture into 4 (1/2inch-thick) patties (and believe me you won’t get more than that out of it so double the recipe if you want more).  Serve with above ingredients and this comes to a total point value of: 8  =)   293 calories (in case anyone was wondering)…lol.

Scrumpdiddlyishous =)

DIY Wednesday; No-Fail Homemade Bisquits

When I got married a friend of mine, in the city I was moving to, held a shower for me.  One of the older ladies had brought some homemade bisquits for the luncheon.  They were soooo good!  When I asked her for the recipe she, literally, rattled it off in her head.  I’m not that good, yet.  But I hope one day my “no-fail” recipes will be right on the tip of my tongue.  These are the easiest things to make, seriously.  And it makes about 24 bisquits.  When I’m making this for just my family I do cut the recipe in half (we don’t need 24!)…so you know it will still work if you half the recipe.

Mrs. Wick’s No-Fail Bisquits

1 cup whole wheat flour

3 cups white flour

8 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup of margarine (or butter)

2 cups milk (or less)

Combine all the ingredients in bowl.  When adding the milk, add a bit at a time, until batter is moist.

Place rounds of dough (slightly smaller than a baseball) in muffin tins and place in the oven at 420 degrees for 15 minutes.

See how easy that is?  Seriously!!!  I’ve never had anything go wrong (touch wood) with this recipe.  I was talking to Mrs. Wick’s about how much my husband loves these bisquits (he eats like 6 at a meal) and she said she has trouble getting hers to brown properly in her oven…so you might need to adjust the temperature if you know your oven is temperamental.  I actually put my oven on at about 400 because it bakes hotter.

I’ve also substituted the whole wheat flour for gluten-free and they turned out even nicer than they have in the past! Note: this does not make them gluten-free as I still used the white flour in them!

DIY Wednesday–Sewing Machine Cover

Last week I showed you my pretty fabric choice for my Kindle cover and told you how amazing of a find it was.  Here is another project that I used it for (I still have a little bit left and I have an idea for it…just need a few more supplies to make it work).

My poor sewing machine has been naked since the day my mother brought it to me.  My mom had replaced her machine with another so she kept her cover.  I had been meaning to make one for ages (she brought the sewing machine when Little Man was born – so it’s been bare for almost 2 years!!!!) but just never really felt the inspiration.  Mine is not as great as hers is and maybe one day I’ll add some side panels on it so that it completely covers the machine from dust.  But I like the look of this one and it makes my sewing area look neater (I’m totally not sure why).

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From naked to pretty.

It totally makes me happy to see this pink and brown and green fabric.  I never considered myself a pink person before but I think I’m seriously turning into one!

Instead of putting side panels on it (because I’m lazy mainly), I added ties to each side.  Although, I will admit that making four ties probably took as long as it would have to add the sides on it, lol.  But, hey, I like the look. =)

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Now I wish that I had enough material to make a matching cover for my new serger.  Sigh.  I’m sure I can find some pink fabric to match.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!