Sunday, August 26, 2012

My Quiet Book! It's Done!

I am so happy right now! I finished a craft project!!! I have had this newest quiet book of mine in the works now for MONTHS, but I recently kicked production into high gear as I wanted to finish this before the baby arrived. I've made quiet books before, but always for other people. This time I am the one having the baby, so I am the one getting to keep the book!  

Since baby is going to be a little boy I had several themes in mind, but for some reason Fishing sounded like the most fun. I usually try to make my books have a theme in common with whoever I'm making them for.Sure, Kevin and I like fishing, but we never really go. Maybe this will inspire us! Without further ado- A tour of my Quiet book~

Front Cover- 
There is no real activity to do here, but I do like to tie the ribbons on the binding clip to give little hands some textures to play with. 

First Page- 
Tie the Fishing Boots. The laces are embroidery floss that can be tied and untied, or you can practice lacing up a shoe on the boot facing forward.

Second Page-
Snaps. The Fishing Hat has "Fishing Lures" that can be snapped on and off 3 at a time. It also has that little white part (no idea what it's called) on the hat's strap, that moves up and down, to adjust it.

Third Page-
Swat the bugs. The little yellow fly swatter comes out and you can practice swatting the litttle bugs on the page (or whoever is sitting next to you).

Forth Page-
Spin the handle. The reel of the fishing rod spins. You just grab the little yellow bead that sticks out, give it some turns, and reel in your fish!

Fifth Page-
Fish holder. This page is just a net that holds the six fish that you use on the next page.

Sixth Page- 
Color matching. I'm not sure how well you can tell from the picture, but each fish is matched (with a hook and eye) to "Fishing Lines" that I stitched in 6 different colors. 

Seventh Page-
Gut the fish. I worried that this might be a little gory for little kids, but then I thought "this is my kid and I'm cool with it." I included 2 pictures of it so you can really see what it does. You take the little plastic knife out of the sheath on the bottom (I dulled it, I promise), and you can cut off the head, fillet it in half, and cut out the bones. It's all Velcro so you get a satisfying sawing sensation if you do it with the knife  This is just the harsh reality of fishing- gutting the fish. 

Eighth Page- 
Photo-Op. It's a felt camera that you can look through the hole and take your "Trophey Fish" photos. 

The End! At least that is the end of my Quiet book. It was a lot of fun to make, and Kevin really seems to like it! I'm already in the planning stage of my next book. I'm thinking Robots or Monsters... Anyway, whatever I plan always gets changed when I sit down to do it, so we'll see.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Annnnnnnnd... 40 Weeks

Sometimes you've just go to do things yourself! That being said, don't judge me too harshly. Yes, I did take my own maternity photos... I really wanted some to remember this pregnancy. I see other people having them done and they are so AMAZING! Why should the people with all the money and/or Photographer friends have all the fun? I have a nice camera. I have a tripod. I have Photoshop! What more do I need!? All it took was a little primping, some sunny weather, and the self timer on my camera. 

At least when you take your own photos you erase all those feelings of self-consciousness. That is, until you move your photo-shoot to the front yard, and all of the sudden your neighbors decide "Woo-hoo! Front Yard Party!" So, you have to run back to the backyard again!

Anyway, here they are. Judge me if you will, but I'm pretty proud of them! It was some good practice for when I bring little Baby Sykes home!!! 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

39 Weeks and.... No Baby

Ok, here is the plan. I need to figure out some kind of routine, or schedule, or something for my day's before I go completely CRAZY! I've been done with work for a whole week now and I'm running out of things to do with myself (Disclaimer- cleaning the house is only so fun, don't suggest that to me). And for those of you thinking "I told you you would hate it/ go crazy/ be super bored," pssshhh, I'd rather be all those things than still working. So, no I told you so's.

As you may have guessed, I have resorted to crafting to occupy my time. I'm making myself a Quiet Book, the first one I've ever made for myself and not as a gift! I'll show you as soon as it's done. I'm also constructing a weekly meal planning board from some ideas off of Pinterest. It is my effort to get a handle on all our massive food spending problem. I'll show you that too. I guess my real problem is not having nothing to do, it's that I hate everything on TV during the day, I hate almost all music, and I hate silence. All three of those make my brain feel like mush. What to do? What to do?.. The silver lining to all this is I'll soon have a little buddy to hang out with all day! He can entertain me, right?!? Oh man, I CAN'T WAIT!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

8 Days left... Fingers Crossed!

You know, I'm pretty happy with the timing of this pregnancy. By pretty happy I mean SO happy. Today is my very last day of work before I start my maternity leave, and I've been part time for three weeks now! It has been so great! Do you know why? Do you know what that means? So much Olympics!!! I'm watching NBC ALL DAY and EVERY DAY! The Olympics gives me a chance to watch and care abut sports that, in reality, I really don't. Not to mention my obsession with the medal counts... stupid China! My new favorite sports to watch this year have been in Track and Field. The Hammer Throw, Discus, and Shot Put, particularly the women's. Those are some awe inspiring ladies. Anyway, how can you not love these faces!?!

And one not of a face!

Australia's Ben Harradine competes in the men's discus competition at the 2012 Diamond League athletics meet at Crystal Palace in London on July 13, 2012.  AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/GettyImages Photo: Ben Stansall, AFP/Getty Images / SF