Thursday, August 21, 2014

A craft from the past ~ Carrie's Quiet Book

A few weeks ago I was digging through our cedar chest looking for my angel baby quilt, and I came across this fabric activity book I made for little Carrie, fondly known as "The Quiet Book." Oh, flipping through the soft pages really took me back in time - back to a time when Carrie was just a toddler. Things were simpler in some ways back then, and more complicated in others!

I made this when Carrie was not even two years old - gosh, over 24 years ago now! Looking through the book, I was reminded of how much love went into every detail. I loved making this book for Carrie, and I remember feeling so excited to finish it so she could play with it.


All of the little pieces are attached to the book so they wouldn't get lost. The little doll is about 3" tall and can be used throughout the book in one way or another. I remember that Carrie played with this book for hours, and it was great to have for road trips or airplane trips to Grandma Marti's house.

Those sweet little paw prints were traced from Carrie's hands...makes me all kinds of sentimental just looking at them!

There's a car for Little Miss Dolly to ride in...

And a house to come home to...

The door has a snap to hold it closed, and for Carrie to practice her snapping skills.

There's also a pocket holding colored shapes to match up. Little Miss Dolly used to spend time in this pocket too.

There's a bathtub, complete with a towel and rubber ducky...

And a pocket to practice buttoning and zipping. Dolly spent time in this pocket too... You could say she really got around!

There's a wagon she can ride in the park, and the little blue bird pulls out of her nest but can't fly far because she's anchored as well.

And when the day is done, there's a cozy little bed for Miss Dolly to rest in.

And at the very end is my handprint. I am SO glad that I took the time to stitch the date in this book. I have several other projects that aren't dated and I do regret not taking the time to do that. Note to selves: date our stuff!

I wouldn't even be able to tell you how I assembled this book. I know that I made it up as I went along, and I remember feeling just a little sad when the book was complete. It was such a fun project!








And that, my friends, is The Quiet Book. A labor of love for my sweet little Carrie.

15 comments:

Abi said...

This is utterly beautiful Deb. I can imagine Carrie playing so happily with this sweet little book. What a wonderful think to have made, kept and treasured.

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

It's so beautifully made and in such great condition after all those hours of happy play.

Anonymous said...

Adorable and so creative. I love it!

scrappyjacky said...

It is absolutely gorgeous,Deb...Carrie must have loved it so much.

Susi said...

That anonymous comment up there...that's me. iPad is being crazy today.

Audrey said...

Oh my gosh, that is so precious, Deb! It's just perfect! Alain's Mom made a Quiet Book for Sophie. It's amazing. I've always wanted to blog about it but still haven't. I wanted to make one myself for Clara and hope I can still pull that off (sewing class starts in 2 weeks!). The date is really cool idea too. Thanks for sharing it with us! XOXO

debs14 said...

That is adorable! I bet she loved it. What a great idea.

Jo.C said...

A real memory item to treasure. Thanks for sharing x

tainted with a positive view said...

That book is absolutely adorable! So creative and definitely a keepsake.

Cate Brickell said...

Oh, this is gorgeous!

Sian said...

It's so very lovely! and in beautiful condition..your girl knows how to take good care of a precious thing

Karen said...

What a treasure! And like others, I'm so impressed at what wonderful condition it is in.

Kristi Jean said...

This is wonderful! I wish I had the ability to make something so special for my little peanut. Such an amazing keepsake!

Karen said...

What a really special book and so beautifully made. What a treasure to keep for future generations x

S said...

What a sweet project - well done. I have one for my kids that their grandmother made.

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