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Busy Books / Quiet Book

I haven’t had a chance to share some of the new items in my Etsy shop in awhile, but my new busy books are just too big not to share!  I was asked by a few people to design a felt embroidered busy book / quiet book for toddlers and children, and this is what I came up with!

This is the full set (with even more pages that are shown!) – this is the basic set plus some of the add on pages, which can be purchased here 1DSC_3534

This is the basic book, which can be purchased here. Keep reading to see what each page is all about!1DSC_3556

The basic book comes with the front cover (that features a pocket on the back to store loose pieces) as well as two rings that open up to easily add more pages.1DSC_3562 1DSC_3543

The next page has an embroidered tic tac toe board, as well as 12 tic tac toe pieces for a game on the go! 1DSC_3549

The drawing page comes with a clear dry erase pocket that fits 3×5 index cards – simply slide in a card and play a variety of games – hangman, the dot game, draw a face, or anything else you can think of!1DSC_3551 1DSC_3553 1DSC_3554

The shoelace page helps little hands learn how to independently tie their shoes!1DSC_3547

The clock page features an appliquéd clock face, embroidered numbers and two hands that can move independent from each other to practice telling time.DSC_3563

This page features allover dry erase plastic with embroidered lines behind it to practice writing your alphabet, spelling words, letter writing, etc.1DSC_3550 1DSC_3552

Besides the basic book, I also offer several add on pages. One of my favorites is the dress a Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head!1DSC_3537

The Mr. Potato Head comes with everything pictured below.1DSC_3538

The Mrs. Potato Head comes with everything pictured below1DSC_3540

Both the Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head pages come with a pocket on the back to store their pieces.1DSC_3557

To go along with my Non Paper Dolls, I made a doll page, with the doll appliquéd right to the page!1DSC_3545

Dress him or her up with any of my outfits (sold separately)1DSC_3544
The baking page is another one of my favorites – an oven with a clear pocket is appliquéd to the page and comes with 9 cookies. Each cookie has a different number of chips embroidered on to them so your child can practice counting, sequencing and more!DSC_3559 DSC_3561

 

And the last page is this train buttoning page – the wheels of the train are removable and attach with buttons so your little one can practice buttoning and unbuttoning all on their own!1DSC_3548

 

I have more pages in the works, so keep checking my Etsy shop to see when they’re listed!  Have an idea for a page? Leave me a message in the comments!

Non Paper Dolls – Use and Care

 

 

 

Welcome to the adorable world of felt ‘non paper’ dolls!  I started stitching these little guys (and gals) up just after Christmas and I’ve become obsessed with them!

Remember the paper dolls of your childhood? These are basically the same thing, but with today’s fashions and icons – and far more durable because they are made out of several layers of felt!

Read on to find out how to use them and how to best care for them.DSC_1809 While today’s electronics and high tech toys have become increasingly popular, I still love the simple pleasures of open-ended play.  As a teacher in the past, I have found that the toys that spark imagination are the ones that kids keep coming back to.  In my classroom the most popular toys were always the felt boards, blocks (and Lego), pretend play (kitchen/dress-up/etc), and race cars.  These paper dolls fit right into those categories- their possibilities for use are endless and are only limited by your little one’s imagination!

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These felt paper dolls are made of several layers of felt, and are great for quiet play – car trips, waiting rooms, church, and more. Works best with your felt board or can be used on their own. The inherent nature of felt means the outfits gently “stick” to the dolls without the need for velcro or adhesives (see below regarding adhesives), and the felt makes the dolls far more durable than traditional paper dolls.

The paper dolls are great for open-ended play and your little ones will love using their imagination to mix and match the outfits to create their own unique style! The dolls can be used to tell stories, practice life skills such as color recognition, and are just a blast to play with!

If you don’t have a felt or flannel board, there are tons of tutorials out there, including this easy one that uses a painters canvas and a yard of felt or flannel. 1DSC_2602

Adhesives and Care:

When I ship my paper dolls from my Etsy Shop, I ship them plain, with the option to add a gentle adhesive to the back.  I leave the option of the glue up to the buyer as some people would rather not have any chemicals added to the dolls.  If it is chosen at checkout, the adhesive I use is Aleene’s Tack-It Over & Over . It is a re-positional glue that will help the clothes and accessories ‘stick’ to the doll.  If you pick this option from my shop, please follow the following guidelines to keep your dolls and clothes looking great:
-Wipe the back of the clothes with a slightly damp cloth to remove any debris after play
-The adhesive may wear off over time, and will need to be re-applied. You can purchase this glue at many craft stores or by following the link above. Use a small brush to apply a thin coat to the back of the clothing and allow to dry. Full directions for use come with the glue.

General Care for Dolls:
-Store the dolls and accessories flat. If they become wrinkled, you can lightly iron them with an iron on a low to medium heat setting.
-Dolls can be spot cleaned. I do not recommend putting them in a washing machine.
-A lint roller can be used to remove any pet fur or particles that may ‘stick’ to the felt.

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If you have any questions regarding the use and care of your dolls, do not hesitate to contact me through my Etsy shop (use the blue “contact the shop owner” button in my shop ).

With proper care and storage these dolls and outfits can truly become an heirloom piece that gets passed on for generations to come! DSC_1841

These are just some of the many designs I currently offer! NPD3

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