Pencil Portraits – Andrew and Neve


A friend’s sister wrote to me and asked if I would draw her children. I was thrilled at the opportunity to draw little copy 4


photo 1 copy



Felt Quiet Book #2

I made this quiet book for Elijah – the first baby of my dear friend Tess. Tess and I have been friends since 1996, so I wanted to give her first born something special at his baptism. Elijah is insanely cute. His default expression is a huge smile and it warms my heart to be near him.

This quiet book is quite different from my first quiet book as it a gift to a baby (rather than a toddler). I included more sensory materials in this book and avoided adding parts that could come out and be eaten.

I used Elijah’s name as inspiration for the book. Each letter of his name is on each page. It was too difficult creating interesting pages¬†starting with each letter, so instead I just used words for pages that included the letter.

Here is the plan I made for the quiet book.


Similar to the previous quiet book, I cut out all the felt pieces and then more backgrounds.


IMG_6574 IMG_6573

And then came the fun part – putting it all together.

IMG_6653 IMG_6654This was a modified page from my original quiet book. Instead of the shapes being removable, I sewed one side of the shapes down and fastened a sensory bead of a matching colour underneath.

IMG_6655I didn’t sew the flowers down around the edges so they can be touched and manipulated. Buttons create the flower centres.

IMG_6656 IMG_6657I loved the camping page so much the first time that I put it in this book too.

IMG_6658I created loops of the yarn underneath the jellyfish blobs and sewed it really well so there’s no chance of the yarn coming loose.

IMG_6659 IMG_6660Another cutie cat. This time the fur was cut in the opposite direction. Because of this, it will feel much more furry when it is stroked.

IMG_6661 IMG_6662There has always been a fascination between children and phones. I found it interesting that an iPhone is more recognisable with having little coloured squares than it is with numbers on it! The denim is an off-cut from some pants I hemmed for my father.

IMG_6663 IMG_6664Much like the tent, the box can open but does not have anything inside. I am sure Elijah will find a little keep sake to store in the box.

IMG_6665 IMG_6666I love this page! The rocket can move along the cord to the moon. I also discovered a sewing function on my machine where I could make little ‘craters’ on the moon.

IMG_6667 IMG_6668I was originally going to create vegetables, but instead I made the last minute decision to make a glove. I’m very happy with the glove and am interested to see if Elijah is willing to put his hand in it…

IMG_6669 IMG_6670 IMG_6671I have been crocheting since 2006. Over the years I have made many projects and collected many yarns. I remember one day in high school driving 30 minutes out of town to spend $50 on yarn (a lot of money when you’re only earning $8.20 an hour at McDonalds!). It’s difficult to see in the photos, but I used decorative stitches to fasten the yarns. This was for two reasons; 1 – because the complex stitches would be really secure and 2 – because they are pretty. I sewed one of the clouds down only partially so it could reveal the gold at the end of the rainbow.

IMG_6672 IMG_6673I can’t decide whether this baby face is cute or scary. I gave him a huge mouth because then his teeth would be much easier to brush. Hopefully the big eyes attract Elijah and gets proactive in dental hygiene.

IMG_6674 IMG_6675 IMG_6676As this was my second attempt at a quiet book, I started trusting myself to create my own patterns. I think these animals are adorable. They also have the potential to encourage discussions about whether it is ethical to have animals in a circus (it’s never to early to learn, right?!). Let’s just call it future planning…

IMG_6677I have had these beads since I was a very young girl. I remember never wanting to use them because I thought they were so beautiful and couldn’t be wasted. FINALLY they have a purpose! I fastened the strings down really well by winding the cotton into little balls and sewing them down from all directions. The only way those beads are coming off is if the string is cut.

IMG_6678I added some fun sensory strings to these balloons to make them more interesting.

IMG_6679This page will hopefully be used in conjunction with a little toy car.

On a side note, I feel as though this page has some political energy as I was listening to an interview with the ambassador of Canada, Ken Taylor, telling the story of what really happened inside the Canadian Embassy during the 1979 Iranian revolution. If Argo got your attention, I strongly recommend this interview.

IMG_6680 IMG_6681For the final page I created cute little chickens to go in eggs.

After completing all the pages I need to create the cover. I wanted to highlight the focus of Elijah’s name, so I sewed it to the cover. I love the way hand sewing looks on letters.


I had to add all the tricky bits to the cover before sewing the two pieces of fabric together. I carefully measured out the positions of the inner loops and fastened them in place.


I also created a little message to put on the back cover. Below are some photos of my machine programmed to sew the date onto the fabric.

IMG_6585 IMG_6584


Finally I could complete the cover and my masterpiece was done.

IMG_6652 IMG_6682

I am just as happy to pass this book on to its new home. I look forward to exploring this book with Elijah and seeing his happiness grow.