Princess Bride Quiet Book- photos!

Voila my Princess Bride Quiet Book photos!  The pattern for making the book is for sale in my Etsy shop.  https://www.etsy.com/listing/267167254/princess-bride-quiet-book-pattern?ref=shop_home_active_6

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I’m so glad I was able to figure out my issue with posting photos here.  For a while I felt like I was up against the Cliffs of Insanity myself.

 

Secret Project Reveal

Tonight I put the last finishing touches on my big secret project that’s taken…. I don’t even remember how long.  But it feels like a pretty long time, because since the Wee Boy stopped napping, I’ve only been able to work on it here and there- it’s not portable, and it takes quite a bit of time and space to work on.

Anyway, here it is!

This is a pattern to make a Princess Bride-themed Quiet Book.  In case you’re unfamiliar with quiet books, they’re basically felt/cloth activity books meant for kids to play with.  A lot of times they’re meant to be somewhat educational, but in this case, this has been my #1 favorite movie since I was 15 or so, and I’ve been super excited to make it into something fun for kids, so it’s purely for entertainment value!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/267167254/princess-bride-quiet-book-pattern?ref=listing-shop-header-0

I started out with obvious ideas for activity pages, sketched them out, then made more detailed drawings and instructions.  Once all the pages were designed (the quick part!), I started writing the pattern at the same time as I followed my own instructions and made the pages myself.

The pages that I expected to be super fiddly, surprisingly, weren’t!  Making this book really isn’t that much work if you have some good periods of time and it’s even better if you don’t have to put everything away after a crafting session as I do (my craft room is the kitchen table).  I even added instructions on shortcuts for those who are less crafty but perhaps love this movie enough to make the quiet book for someone special.

Unfortunately, I can’t share with you photos of the other activity pages because of the same photo-uploading glitch I’ve been experiencing here on WordPress lately.  The sneak peek on Etsy will have to suffice for now.  I’ll share when I can!!!

 

Magnum Opus

Today I present to you what is my Magnum Opus thus far in my crafting career: my Totoro Quiet Book and pattern.  I worked on this project over several months, coming up with ideas, sketching them out, creating them in felt, and finally putting the pattern together and getting it up for sale on Etsy!

Is the word “Totoro” new to you? If you haven’t seen the Studio Ghibli movie “My Neighbor Totoro,” get it now!  You’ll love it!  It’s a sweet anime written and directed by the amazing Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki.  In recent years, his films have become big in the United States and other international markets, not just Japan.  You might know of Ponyo or Spirited Away, but if you haven’t met Totoro yet, you are missing out!

Without further ado, here are some shots of my Quiet Book!

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There are pages of quiet activities for your little one, starting with..

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Finger puppets!  The main cast members are here, including Mei, Satsuki, Big Totoro, Chu Totoro, Chibi Totoro, Catbus, and a Soot Sprite/Gremlin!

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Make Satsuki’s lunch!

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You, I mean, the child gets to make Satsuki’s bento lunch, just as she made it in the movie!

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Help Totoro use Dad’s umbrella!  The umbrella snaps into place as you teach Totoro how to use the umbrella instead of a leaf to protect him from the rain.

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Untie the present that Totoro gave to Satsuki and Mei to find…

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Nuts and acorns!  They velcro on and off so the kids can play with them.

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Next, wait with Mei to see when the seeds and acorns will sprout into…

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Plants!

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Next, you get to pick vegetables off the plants and place them in the basket, just like Satsuki and Mei do with Granny!

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What a harvest!

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Help Catbus find poor, lost Mei, who was just trying to take her corn to Mom in the hospital.

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Poor, tired Mei.

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Unsnap the ocarina flutes and match them to the correct Totoro!

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Definitely an optional page, you can practice spelling TOTORO in English and Japanese, and store the letters/characters in the cute pouch when not in use!

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And…. The End/Oshimai!

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Featuring Soot Sprites!

If you are interested in the pattern to make your own Totoro Quiet Book, including detailed instructions, list of materials, helpful hints and shortcuts, check out the listing on my Etsy page!  The pattern is available as an instant PDF download which includes instructions, pattern drawings, and plenty of photos as well.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/174363863/totoro-quiet-book-pattern?