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« on: January 22, 2009 07:14:26 PM »

I've been waiting so long to post this!  Someone lost the camera cord at work, and I'd taken all of my pictures with that camera!

This Christmas, I wanted to do something special for my coworkers.  I am the teen librarian at my library, but my desk is in the children's department office.  I artfully tricked my coworkers into telling me their favorite picture book characters (I said I was going to put up a display... works every time!)

One colleague said she liked Olivia from Ian Falconer's books and the Toot and Puddle series by Hollie Hobbie.  These are some of my favorites, too, so it was a pleasure to "research" this ornament:

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Olivia, based on these books: http://tinyurl.com/apmyzc

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Puddle, who likes to stay home.  Toot likes to travel and go on adventures.  From this series:  http://tinyurl.com/bhn52u

I was lucky and found pictures of the characters with books!  A librarian's dream come true.

Next was a colleague who loves coffee.  I made her a reversible sleeve.  Her favorite character is Curious George, from Margaret and H.A. Rey's classic series:


See the books at http://tinyurl.com/d34yzh

Her daughter's favorite character is Flora the elephant, from the Babar series by Jean de Brunhoff (see: http://tinyurl.com/bfnyzk):



She said that her daughter (who's 3) stole the sleeve and uses it on her sippy cups!

Next is from a book called Bossy Bear by David Horvath.  I loved this book, and was so glad she recommended it!  http://tinyurl.com/c4pbv5



The reverse shows the end of the book (spoiler alert!) - Bossy Bear learns to share and makes a friend:



Another colleague enjoys the Jesse Bear books.  This came from "Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?" by Nancy White Carlstrom: http://tinyurl.com/bj4q9j


The reverse (I was a little less creative and a little more time crunched by this one):


L wanted something she said was "a little obscure."  She loved the Alistair books by Marilyn Sadler.  I found one in our library and remembered it from my Reading Rainbow days!  AND Alistair was taking books back to the library!  http://tinyurl.com/cdqhc8


Another unimaginative back:


Unfortunately, I had forgotten to take photos before giving these away, and had to ask them to bring 'em in to work again or take pictures to give me (Alistair's was L's picture).  One of my coworkers actually packed up all of her Christmas ornaments before I asked!  So I don't have a picture of my last one.  It was of Brother and Sister Bear from the Berenstain Bears.  I totally went through 6-7 books before I found this one: http://tinyurl.com/cctteo wherein the Bear family goes to the library and then spends the evening reading.  It was a pretty much perfect tableau...  Smiley

Well, I hope you enjoyed these!  I sure loved reading old favorites and finding some new ones.
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2009 07:47:09 PM »

Those are so cute and the stitching looks perfect! Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2009 08:34:32 PM »

Oh my goodness, these are so lovely. Such wonderful work, thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2009 08:47:28 PM »

These are outstanding! What touching gifts!
You did fabulous work! I wouldn't pack mine up - I would display mine year 'round!

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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2009 06:37:11 AM »

Those are wonderful!  What great gifts and so personalized. 
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2009 07:34:59 AM »

I love this idea!  I love childrens' books.  I'm off to embroider Captain Underpants for my son, Pinkalicious for my daughter, and Stellaluna for me.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2009 09:07:07 AM »

Thank you, everyone!  And great choices, xperimentl!  Picture books are a great inspiration source for me.  A lot of them are done in simple pen-and-ink drawings that are easy to make patterns of.  And what better way to glorify our childhood heroes than in stitching!?  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2009 04:58:55 PM »

This is so adorable! I love Oliva.
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« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2009 11:30:39 PM »

I love doing themed projects like this. For Valentine's Day last year I cross stitiched various animals hugging and kissing and made them into cards for my coworkers. They all still have them up in their offices.

This is such a great idea with the children's books. Curious George is my favorite too. And how lucky to find pictures of them with books. A fun idea brilliantly executed.
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« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2009 07:51:45 AM »

Thanks again for the inspiration.  Now instead of looking online for patterns I can just go to my kids' bookshelf!  Here are a few little pictures I did yesterday:

Captain Underpants from the Dav Pilkey books

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff & illustrated by Felicia Bond

This might be a good Craftalong idea.
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« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2009 08:02:51 AM »

Those are fantastic!  I love the colored accents that you did on each.  And your crayon's satin stitch is really lovely and even!  Great job!

How would a craftalong work?  Although I'm not new to Craftster, I'm a fairly superficial user, browsing the new/hot projects and some boards.  I'd be interested in doing something extra like this, though.
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« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2009 12:26:41 PM »

Awww, those are so great!!  I recognized Olivia right off because we watch Noggin all the time and I've seen a lot of commercials for the new Olivia series lately.  (It starts on Monday if you're interested).  And I love Toot and Puddle!  The theme song to that show is always stuck in my head because we DVR Yo Gabba Gabba every day and the recording doesn't cut off until after the Toot and Puddle theme song starts.  This is such a great idea and it gives me all kinds of inspiration for my kids.  Thanks for posting this and you did an excellent job!
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« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2009 01:35:38 PM »

How would a craftalong work?  Although I'm not new to Craftster, I'm a fairly superficial user, browsing the new/hot projects and some boards.  I'd be interested in doing something extra like this, though.
There is a list of Stitchalongs at https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=180.0  One of us can just post the idea of storybook characters as a theme and people can get started stitching their favorites and post their projects there.
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« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2009 04:08:18 PM »

Those are freaking adorable!!  What a fantastic idea!  I don't know if I could be up for a stitch-along right now, but I can't wait to see the results if people do one.
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« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2009 06:47:20 AM »

Olivia the pig!!!  I love that one best.
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