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« on: October 02, 2007 11:09:50 AM »

I made this activity book for my daughter's second birthday. It's made out of old clothes and some Freecycled fabric, and has pages of clothes-fastener activities with facing pages featuring poems about the fasteners. The pages are each stuffed with two layers of felt I had around the house. I cropped the poems (which I wrote) out the pictures, but I am transcribing them under each page. I'm so happy with how it came out! Good thing too, because it took fo-e-vah to make. Why is everything I do so laborious? I think I must just be a very laborious person. Anyway:

Buttons are delightful doodads,
Says a fishwife who reviews shads.
They will last through any new fads,
States a pair of kangaroo lads
To their neighbor, Marilou Gladds.

Adds famed button expert Clay Kee:
If you snub them when you wakey,
Then youre making a mistakey,
Coming to eat breakfast nakey!

There are two sides to a zipper,
Each side full of little teeth
As you pull the slider upward,
Theyre connecting underneath!

These small teeth are not for chewing
(That your own teeth do with ease)
These teeth keep you warm and toasty,
Even in a frosty breeze!

Lets unwrap
The word snap:
It can be a beatnik clap,
Or a fish biting a scrap,
Or some sudden colder weather that requires a shoulder wrap,
Or a cookie made of ginger that can break in a mishap,
Or an angry little yap,
A quick photo of a chap,
Or a football hiked behind from beneath the centers lap
Or a task so that is so easy its like taking a short nap!

Old MacDonald had a farm (E-I-E-I-O!)
And on his farm he worked quite hard (E-I-E-I-O!)
He herded his sheep, and he milked his cows,
Tended chickens, walked his dog,
Every night went for a jog!

Old MacDonald one fine day (E-I-E-I-O!)
Didnt buckle his overalls all the way (E-I-E-I-O!)
How his animals laughed when his pants fell down
Cows said MOO-ha! Pigs said OINK-ha!
And his doggie barked a WOOF-WOOF-ha-ha!

They sent a new dress to the Duchess of Veldt,
A dress that was loose and too baggy, she felt.
To make it fit better and make her seem svelte,
The shrewd Duchess cinched up her waist with a belt!

A man and his dog were out walking one day
Through a field of dry grass that looked kind of like hay.
Then later he petted his doggies soft fur
Where a grass seed was stuck, a seed known as a burr.

He looked at the seed it was covered in hooks
That held tight to the dog hairs looped crannies and nooks.
Inspired, he made hook and loop strips to use
As buckles (called Velcro) for everyones shoes.

The silky curls and swirls in Laras hair
Are golden, hazel, auburn scarcely brown
When loose, they gleam in ribbons in midair,
Twisting themselves into a copper crown
Of knots and tangles that a comb despair;
Its better in the wind to clip them down.

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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2007 11:12:30 AM »

I love this! It's so much nicer than the one I had as a child. I still have mine, actually, but the one you made will be a much nicer keepsake!

I dream of a house covered with your art, and would love a personal swap. Pm me if you'd like to spread the crafty love! I also need blue fabric scraps for a scrap quilt!

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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2007 11:15:15 AM »

WOW  Shocked  I made one of these back in high school and it took forever, so I understand the time thing, but mine wasn't NEARLY as nice as yours.  I LOVE the shoe page, that is such an awesome idea.  Your daughter is going to love it and she will love it even more when she grows up and can see all the work her mom put into making it for her!

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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2007 11:23:50 AM »

this is a great idea!!! does ur daughter like this activity book?


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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2007 11:29:07 AM »

Woweee! Every kid with a crafty mommie is very lucky (I am one of those lucky kids...er, grownup)! So creative in many ways- great job...PS: this rocks!

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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2007 11:32:00 AM »

That is absolutely fabulous!! Your poems are so cute and clever. I like the skirt poem best  Smiley. She will treasure this gift forever!

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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2007 11:32:19 AM »

You did a great job on this!! What a cute book!
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« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2007 11:33:44 AM »

This is very good! It looks very professional Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2007 11:38:32 AM »

Wow.  That's absolutely gorgeous.  Something to cherish for years to come, I'm sure.

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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2007 11:46:16 AM »

Wow, this is so wonderful!  I love the little orange shoes!
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