Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Mr. Potato Head - Quiet book pages 10 & 11

Thanks for hanging in there with the quiet book pages! We're getting close to the end, I promise. As I mentioned, I love having this quiet book for church. Today I have for you the Potato Head page.


On the left is a simple potato head body which can be dressed with all the different accessories stored in the pocket on the right. Some of the quiet book potato heads I've seen have velcro on the body and on each accessory, but I decided to go a simpler route. Since the page is felt and all the accessories are made of felt, they stick together. Unless you pick the page up and shake it around. Which hopefully no one will be doing. Although, with kids, I can't rule that out.

Here's some of the ways Mr. (or Mrs.!) Potato Head can be dressed up:


And here's all the different accessories:


There's three sets of eyes (black, green, and blue), two sets of ears (one with earrings, one without), three hats (black bowler cap, yellow baseball cap, and a bonnet), two sets of shoes (blue and pink), two mustaches, two mouths (smiling teeth and big red lips), two noses (a big orange one and a smaller pink one), and a purse. They all store away in the clothes bucket, which closes with a snap so nothing falls out (thanks to my friend Jill for that idea!).

This is one of the few pages I did actually use a template I found online; the original template can be found here. I used the body, the arms, and some of the accessories. It helped a lot. I made some of my own accessories, and made a new template for them.

I really like this page; I think it'll be a fun one to play with. :)


To download the free Mr. Potato Head quiet book template, click here or on one of the pictures:



To download the entire Quiet Book template, click here or on the picture:



Here are links to the other quiet book pages:











And this is off topic, but it's something I feel strongly about. Regular readers of my blog know that I would never have a home birth. In the United States, the newborn death rate at home birth is 3 times higher than hospital birth, and those risks are just too big for me. At the same time, there always will be women who do choose to birth at home, and for those women there needs to be as safe a system in place as possible, to minimize risks to them and their babies. 

A new group, the Coalition for Safer Home Birth, has just come out with a petition on Change.org that asks state legislators to "make out-of-hospital birth safer through stronger, uniform regulations in the United States." It lists several measures that, if incorporated into state midwifery laws, would make home birth safer for mothers and babies under the care of home birth midwives.

Please take the next minute of your day to click on and sign this petition. It might ask for your address, but that's just to make sure you're not signing twice - it won't send you anything or anything like that. And signing it would really show your support for laws that would protect women and their babies.
https://www.change.org/p/state-legislators-protect-mothers-babies-make-home-birth-safer

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Random things from this week

This photo's actually from (quite) a while ago, but I love it and have never posted it yet. 
This was on BYU campus, behind the JFSB near the Smith Fieldhouse stairs.
 

  • I got my eyes examined at the eye doctor's a couple days ago. My right eye is farsighted (+150) (which I've known for a long time) and my left eye is nearsighted (-125) (which I haven't known).  The doctor said that's really rare and they only see eyes like mine two or three times a year. I'm special!!! I have super-power vision.
  • P.S. My sister and my dad have eyes like mine, too. So super powers run in our genes.
  • And this has got me thinking, do you guys play favorites with your body parts? I've always liked my right eye more than my left one (even all this time when I knew my right eye was farsighted and I thought my left eye was normal) and I've always liked my left arm a lot more than my right one (it's got way cooler freckle formations. And I feel like I know it better. My left arm is like a good friend, my right arm is kind of like an awkward acquaintance I remember about sometimes).
  • Okay, moving on. Thanksgiving was great! We made banana bread and apple crisp, and then went with my family (Mom, Stefan, Sydney, Diana, and Austin) to my aunt and uncle's house in Alpine. It was sooo fun to spend the day with everyone; I seriously love my aunt and uncle and my cousins (and, of course, my immediate family). Dinner was delicious, and we played some fun games with them afterward. It was a great day.
  • Black Friday: Jason and I totally weren't planning on going anywhere; we don't like the crowds and the general effort to get you to buy so much stuff. But, I do need a new phone, and Jason happened to see that the one we've been planning on getting me (normally $130) was on sale at Target for $50. So, we ventured out at a pretty safe hour (about 11 in the morning) and were able to get it. The crowds were a lot better than I was expecting. Yes, it was crowded, but everyone was very polite. So it was a good experience all around.
  • Right after Target, while we were in the area, we drove by the Orem Community Hospital. That's where I'm planning to deliver, and we wanted to check it out and make sure we knew how to get there.
  • Jason and I got an apartment in St. George! We are very excited about this. Jason's internship starts on January 2nd, and we've been planning to move down to St. George the week after Christmas (more specifically, Dec. 29th). The only problem has been...we didn't have anywhere to move to. Which, you know, is bad considering that's a month from today and we'll have a newborn. We have been scouring the internet trying to find some place that fit our budget, was for rent at the end of December, and was relatively close to Dixie Regional Medical Center (where Jason has his internship). And nothing! There's been nothing. The problem is that people would post apartments available THE SAME DAY THEY'RE POSTING THEM. So, you couldn't possibly plan ahead. But, finally, finally, yesterday we found something! It's right in our budget, it's big (3 bed, 1.5 bath - much bigger than we were looking for!), we can move in end of December, it's got a washer and dryer (which I am sooo excited about), and it's literally two blocks from Jason's internship! So he can ride his bike most days, and I'll still be able to drive places in our car if I need to. We are so happy. We already applied yesterday, got approved, and signed the contract. We are seriously so relieved and excited.

And that's all the random news updates I can think of! :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Ladybug and the Flowers - Quiet Book pages 8 & 9

(I quite like today's post title. It sounds kind of epic. Like you're about to hear a cool story.)


Today is, as the title epically states, about the ladybug page and the flower page!


Both of these are classic quiet book pages. We had them in my mom's quiet book when we were kids, and I definitely wanted them in the quiet book for our kids.


The ladybug unzips down the middle, and its spots snap on and off. So, you can store the spots inside.


Ta-da!

On the flower page, all the flowers are double layered and attached with buttons. So, you can button on and off all the different colors, and change them around how you want.


The flower pot also doubles as a pocket, in case you wanted to store the flower petals inside. 

 And that's the story of the ladybug and the flowers! :)


To download the free Ladybug Page quiet book template, click here or on one of the pictures:



To download the free Flower Page quiet book template, click here or on the picture:



To download the entire Quiet Book template, click here or on the picture:



Here are links to the other quiet book pages:

The Lion (Texture) Page








And this is off topic, but it's something I feel strongly about. Regular readers of my blog know that I would never have a home birth. In the United States, the newborn death rate at home birth is 3 times higher than hospital birth, and those risks are just too big for me. At the same time, there always will be women who do choose to birth at home, and for those women there needs to be as safe a system in place as possible, to minimize risks to them and their babies. 

A new group, the Coalition for Safer Home Birth, has just come out with a petition on Change.org that asks state legislators to "make out-of-hospital birth safer through stronger, uniform regulations in the United States." It lists several measures that, if incorporated into state midwifery laws, would make home birth safer for mothers and babies under the care of home birth midwives.

Please take the next minute of your day to click on and sign this petition. It might ask for your address, but that's just to make sure you're not signing twice - it won't send you anything or anything like that. And signing it would really show your support for laws that would protect women and their babies.
https://www.change.org/p/state-legislators-protect-mothers-babies-make-home-birth-safer

Friday, November 25, 2011

Car Page - Quiet Book pages 6 & 7

 

Okay guys, this is one of my favorite quiet book pages. It's simple, really, but was complicated to make at the same time. It's simple because its function is simple - you take the car out of the pocket where it's stored and you play with it on the road.

It was complicated to make because each of the little things - the bushes, tree trunks, tree tops, house bits, school, windows - needed to be hand-sewed on. And the yellow house, the little flower patch, and the flag are completely thread - no felt at all. It took a long time. And by long I mean like two whole days. But even though (and probably because) it took so long, I really like the way it turned out.

The little felt car I made :)

Random fyi: the yellow bits in the middle of the road are from a thin yellow-patterned ribbon that I cut up and sewed on with the machine. And the car storage pocket is not felt; it's some blue linen-type fabric I happened to have. In case you wanted to know. :)

I hope our kids have fun playing with it!


To download the free Car Page quiet book template, click here or on the picture:



To download the entire Quiet Book template, click here or on the picture:




Here are links to the other quiet book pages:

The Lion (Texture) Page








And this is off topic, but it's something I feel strongly about. Regular readers of my blog know that I would never have a home birth. In the United States, the newborn death rate at home birth is 3 times higher than hospital birth, and those risks are just too big for me. At the same time, there always will be women who do choose to birth at home, and for those women there needs to be as safe a system in place as possible, to minimize risks to them and their babies. 

A new group, the Coalition for Safer Home Birth, has just come out with a petition on Change.org that asks state legislators to "make out-of-hospital birth safer through stronger, uniform regulations in the United States." It lists several measures that, if incorporated into state midwifery laws, would make home birth safer for mothers and babies under the care of home birth midwives.

Please take the next minute of your day to click on and sign this petition. It might ask for your address, but that's just to make sure you're not signing twice - it won't send you anything or anything like that. And signing it would really show your support for laws that would protect women and their babies.

https://www.change.org/p/state-legislators-protect-mothers-babies-make-home-birth-safer

Thursday, November 24, 2011

What I'm Thankful For


I think this photo captures a lot of what I'm grateful for. I'm grateful for Jason, my wonderful husband and best friend. I'm grateful for our little girl that we're going to be able to hold in our arms in just a couple weeks. I'm grateful for the temple, where families are sealed together forever. I'm grateful for all of my family and for my friends. I'm grateful for my testimony of Jesus Christ, which brings me more happiness and peace than I can express. I'm grateful for all of the many, many blessings which Heavenly Father has given me.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Apple Tree and the Dinosaur - Quiet Book Pages 4 & 5

Hi guys! Thanks for tuning in for day three of the quiet book pages. Today I'm excited to show you the apple tree and (more especially!) the dinosaur.


The apple tree is a quiet book classic. We had it in our quiet book that my mom made us when we were little.  The apples are on little snaps, and you can snap them off the tree and put them in the bucket.


The dinosaur, I'm excited to say, is entirely my own creation. I haven't seen anything out there like it. I just really wanted a dinosaur page, and this is exactly what came to mind when I imagined it.


He's so happy! So, the yellow spots and purple spines are velcroed on, which means you can take them off and rearrange them or stow them in the stealthy ground pocket.


Most everything in the book I did with a sewing machine, but I hand-sewed the dinosaur on for a couple reasons. First of all, his little hands and feet with their fingers and toes would have been nearly impossible to do satisfactorily on a sewing machine. Secondly, I made half the ground a pocket, but the other half isn't, and it would have been more complicated to machine sew him on with the pocket. So, I hand stitched him. I like the way it looks, too. :)

I really love the dinosaur. I think it might be my favorite page in the book, just because it is all my own idea and design. And I love dinosaurs. So, I guess that makes sense that I would love this guy.

So, yeah! That's the apple tree and the dinosaur.


To download the free Apple Tree Page quiet book template, click here or on one of the pictures:



To download the free Dinosaur Page quiet book template, click here or on the picture:



To download the entire Quiet Book template, click here or on the picture:



Here are links to the other quiet book pages:

The Lion (Texture) Page









And this is off topic, but it's something I feel strongly about. Regular readers of my blog know that I would never have a home birth. In the United States, the newborn death rate at home birth is 3 times higher than hospital birth, and those risks are just too big for me. At the same time, there always will be women who do choose to birth at home, and for those women there needs to be as safe a system in place as possible, to minimize risks to them and their babies. 

A new group, the Coalition for Safer Home Birth, has just come out with a petition on Change.org that asks state legislators to "make out-of-hospital birth safer through stronger, uniform regulations in the United States." It lists several measures that, if incorporated into state midwifery laws, would make home birth safer for mothers and babies under the care of home birth midwives.

Please take the next minute of your day to click on and sign this petition. It might ask for your address, but that's just to make sure you're not signing twice - it won't send you anything or anything like that. And signing it would really show your support for laws that would protect women and their babies.
https://www.change.org/p/state-legislators-protect-mothers-babies-make-home-birth-safer