Saturday, 28 April 2018

Fingerprint Dandelion Clock

Sometimes the simplest things are the most beautiful. As usual, Jess didn't arrange the colours as I would have liked but I try not to control her creativity so this is her finished canvas which now hangs proudly on the wall.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Quiet Book Part 3

... and the final set.

9. Tangram.

10. Noughts and Crosses.

11. Letters. There are 3 sets of lower case alphabets in the pouch for Jess to use to start forming words on the velcro strips.

12. Telling the time. The arms move and the numbers come off. Just don't ask why the grandfather clock has two pendulums! Oops!

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Quiet Book Part 2

Here's the next batch of pages from Jessica's book...

5. Buttonhole flower garden. 

 6. Rainbow weaving.

7. Knots, bows and laces.

8. Exploring constellations. 

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Quiet Book Part 1

I've been away with my head in a project for a while. I decided a couple of months ago that I wanted to make Jessica a fabric activity book. I've made lots of little things for Jess over the years but nothing like this; nothing that's taken this level of planning and preparation or this much time to complete. Actually, some of the crochet blankets may have taken longer but you can do them in front of the telly with little concentration so they don't really count!

Quiet books are more traditionally for younger children than Jessica but there were plenty of things that could be adapted to suit. Her book is not necessarily finished and I may well add to it in the future but for now I am done and will post the pages of the book across 3 blog posts. They are all handmade and a little rough around the edges but Jessica loves them and that's all that matters.

Each page has eyelets and the book is threaded together through them. The front cover has a snap on it and the back cover has a flap to snap the book closed. 

So, here are the first set of pages...

1. Washing line with tiny pegs, felt clothes and a laundry basket to store them in.

2. Snap wardrobe with clothes on hooks. They can be removed and moved around. Jessica designed the clothes and requested the cape!

3. Rapunzel's tower with wool hair for plaiting and putting clips in.

4. Manicures! There are twenty velcro nails in the little pouch to create a multitude of different manicures for my hand.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Modelling with Salt Dough

Kat created these pieces from salt dough back in February half term then painted them with acrylics over the Easter break. You have got to love a bit of salt dough haven't you!?!

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