Last November we had travel plans for Thanksgiving and I thought it would be good to have the quiet book for the airplane (spoiler: I never even took it out for any flight). Since I still had a lot of pages to do, it was a bit of a marathon to finish the pages and make the cover before we left. But I did it! Sort of. But we'll get to that later.
Unfortunately our camera is out of batteries right now so I just have so-so phone pictures, but you'll get the idea.
This first page has its origin in the year I spent studying illustration in college. We had an assignment to make our own font, and I made one with tiger tails. Seriously, it was my one and only idea. Anyway, I still had it so I pulled it out and made it into an alphabet page:
I traced the letters onto the page, colored them with a fabric marker and then went over the edges with puff paint, just for some texture. I think it's cute.
Then I did the standard button flowers page, like we had in the book my mom made. These are the most perfect buttonholes I've ever done. Though you can't really tell because they have been--ahem--a little stretched out with aggressive unbuttoning.
This next one was an undertaking. I wanted to do something about colors, and Drew came up with the idea of doing a crayon box. Let me tell you, I had some sore fingertips by the time I finished sewing all the crayons (they were made of a layer of interfacing sandwiched between felt).
It was a lot of steps to make this one, but it turned out well in the end.
The last page is pretty obvious--just some super cute fuzzy tigers and a little rhyme.
These pages were sponsored by my sister-in-law Sarah, who gave me this shirt many moons ago because I love those tigers so much. Seriously, look at their little faces...come on! Anyway, I couldn't really see a day when it would fit me again so I decided to recycle it. Upcycle it? Whatever.
And that was the end of the pages! Of course, little did I know the hardest part was yet to come...and come again a second time. But the cover is a story for another blog post...