Saturday, 25 April 2009

Speaking of Sewing...

Remember this give away? Where I mention that my readers may be worth it, but I just couldn't be bothered making a Quiet Book?

Well, it turns out I may be a bit of a sewing savant. After weeks of carting a daggy bag to church with a slew of toys, books and our Quiet Book to keep our nap deprived LQ's head from doing a 360 degree turn, I said "Enough's enough". I wanted a cute little bag that would compactly carry all the things I needed to keep LQ entertained throughout church (or on the many flights that we take) including her quiet book.

So I designed and created my own quiet bag. Features include: a pocket for books, pictures, stickers and colouring pages with a detachable crayon pocket on the front; a pocket for a plastic container to hold snacks or if you are going on a long trip (like our last flight) it can hold playdough; and a built in quiet book with pages that can come out. So when I have more than one child I can hand crayons to one, a quiet page to another and a different quiet page to another (3 children is enough for me, thanks). I made one for LQ and had enough material leftover to make another (more streamlined) bag. I have made it for my niece, but she doesn't know about it yet, so... shhhh! Here it is.



and some of the Quiet Book pages



I really enjoyed making the bags, so I thought I would make some more. Just for you my reader (well, one of you). I haven't quite finished it yet, but here are some pictures for you to get an idea. I just have the crayon holder to finish.



We have road tested it on LQ on a short 1.5 hour flight and we didn't get through half the stuff we had brought along.

So do you want to win the bag?


I need to you click on this link to my husband's movie review blog, Celluloid Space, and make a comment on one of his reviews. He's the writer in this relationship, so if you already read (and like) my blog then you will definitely like his. I think Dal is needing a little motivation to get back into it, so leave a little encouragement if you can.

I suppose if you absolutely fell in love with his blog and wanted to blog about it yourself I could probably give you another entry. Just let me know in the comments on this post or in your comment on his blog.... whatever.

Hmmm... let me think. I think I will give this competition a week and a half to run its course. So I will close it at midnight Wednesday 6th May 2009 (Again, Australian Eastern Standard Time). I will announce the winner on Thursday 7th May 2009. I will be using LQ's randomness to choose the winner.

13 comments:

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

Are you kidding me, Hel? You are brilliant! I am SOOOOOO impressed. I made some quiet books with my mom's help when Grant was first born and they have been USED, but yours look like fine art by comparison. You are a rockin' mom!

DeNae said...

My kids are so old a quiet book for them would require an iPod sleeve and maybe a fish wacker. Because of course, the are STILL not quiet in church.

But YOU are a genius. And I'm not just whistling Dixie. (I could, you know. I'm quite musically gifted.)

Make and sell, baby, make and sell...

(BTW, I'm enjoying the pix on your banner. Glad you haven't followed through on your threat to retire from blogging!)

Amelia and Elliott Smith said...

Seriously that is AWESOME! Everytime I see those crayon things I get inspired to make it, does it happen... of course not! I hope once my class is over I'll spend the time I used to on the class on crafts :) When you guys come down here in July we should have a little craft night.

Matthew Stavros said...

Do we get extra points if we subscribe to his blog.

Celeste said...

Left a comment on your hubs blog - he's VERY talented at writing. I really enjoyed reading some of his reviews. I have 2 little ones and church is a nightmare - this would be a great addition to our "sit down, and be quiet" routine we have on Sundays. LOL -
Celeste
celestegrover@gmail.com

Tricia Taylor said...

What a great idea! I am enjoying your blog very much!!
Thanks!

Carrie said...

I WANT THIS QUIET BOOK - said in my quietest whisper so I don't wake up my 3 year old. That thing is amazing! I left a comment on your husband's blog. :)

Anonymous said...

Well, I totally missed your contest because I just found you while doing a little blog jumping. I started out at Kelsie & Sam's blog (they are kind of new in our ward)which took me to this one or maybe there was one in between ~ don't recall, but I'm really enjoying YOURS!! I have Anne Bradshaw as a mutual friend too ~ love her blog. Anyway, nice to "meet" you.

Blessings,
Stephanie Abney
Mesa, AZ, USA

Anonymous said...

P.S. It refused to take my google account for some reason so I posted anonymously, but you are certainly welcome to lurk at my blog if you wish ~ I'm a teacher and the mother of 5 with 14 grandchildren and 2 on the way:
http://stephaniesaysso.blogspot.com/

twcdental said...

So cute! With all my kids and nephews and nieces, this would really come in handy.

Laura said...

That is the coolest bag I have ever seen. My daughter might be able to make it through church with that thing!!! Your hubby has some good reviews by the way (and I left him a little comment).

inkomite at gmail dot com

Susie said...

oh my this looks fabulous. Winning it would be amazing. I enjoyed reading your husbands movie reviews. way to go.

McAuliffe Bunch said...

This is an awesome bag. I just posted on your hubby's site!