Nora’s Quiet Book

This past week I decided to make Nora a quiet book. We have several trips this fall and, even though I’ve flown multiple times with a baby, I’ve yet to fly with a full blown toddler. I don’t think she sits still for more than 5 minutes at a time so, needless to say, I’m a bit apprehensive.

One of my fiends actually asked if I could make some quiet books for Emy+Annie. I thought it was a great idea, but had to beta test it first. So, this is my first official quiet book. I kind of made it up as a went along and ended up going an extremely girly route.

Here are the pages first and then page by page detailed pictures before.

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Those are the basic overview of the pages in order and then here are the more detailed ones below.

I love this cover. I wanted to do something girly and feminine and what’s more girly than a good mongram. I chose a thick gray wool felt for the exterior and the binding.

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The phone page. The top of the phone is attached with a cotton cord and Velcro so It removes to make important toddler phone calls.

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The car page. I connected the little yellow car to the pages with a cotton cord and even gave it it’s own little pink garage pocket so it doesn’t have to hang out of the book.

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The ballet shoes page. Pretty straight forward page with ribbons that can untie on the slippers and a satin background for a fun texture.

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The bathtub page. One of my favorites, the shower curtain can slide side to side as well as the felt tub doubling as a pocket to hold attached blue beaded bubbles.

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The weaving page. This one is also pretty straight forward, but I LOVE the colors. Lots of different textures too which, if anyone knows my tactile daughter, will know this page will be a hit.

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The flower page. Again with the textures, lots of ribbons, buttons, tulle, and plenty of taggies attached.

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The clothes line page. This is another of my favorites. Again with the Velcro, there are pieces of clothing, stored on the next page, to help with color matching. Oh, and Pom poms, because really why not.

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The washing machine page. Nora is obsessed with our washing machine. I mean loves it. So where better to store her color matching clothes.

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The dress up the owl page. Apparently, I can’t make anything without adding a little bit of woodland to it. There’s a little pocket with eyes and accessories to add the the Velcro ready owl.

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My last page, and my favorite, the button teacup page. Again, pretty straightforward, the teacups are fabric with a felt backing, for stability, and have buttonholes that you can attach them to the page with. I just really love the patterns! And tea!

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And finally the back of the book… With a embroidered note to remind that darling little girl how much I love her.

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So that’s the book! Hopefully I can tweak these and have some up on our website, emyandannie.com before long.

Emy

Cardboard Kitchen

Our little lady loves making me dinner lately. These dinners usually consist of some wooden blocks with a garnish of blue crayon in a play pan and, if I’m lucky, a dessert usually consisting of well-stirred dollhouse furniture. With all of this cooking going on I decided the other day that it was a good day to make a kitchen for my Julia Child. One of the perks about moving every few years is that you always have plenty of deconstructed cardboard boxes stored away. I grabbed a few boxes, my box cutter, and some packing tape and got to work.

Because the outside of the boxes had been marked up with labels, thanks to multiple moves, I cut all of the boxes, turned them inside out, and taped them back up.

For the washing machine I used an old plastic colander, I found at a thrift store, for the barrel.

Overall, I think I spent about $3 on this kitchen and Little Miss has been occupied for days. Success!

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Emy+Annie Is A Nominee for Martha Stewart’s 2014 American Made Awards

That’s right folks, the names Emy+Annie and Martha Stewart are in the same header.  We are currently accepting donations of fingers crossed, quick prayers, and good luck wishes!

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If we get chosen as a finalist, voting starts on Sept. 15th and we would be honored if you wanted to take a second and go check out our profile page, share it on your social media page, and maybe leave some comment love. We wouldn’t be any kind of successful without tons of caffeine, late nights, supportive husbands, and of course, amazing people who have hopped on the Emy+Annie band wagon and supported us!

Thank you again for, pretty much, being awesome… and here goes nothin’.

 http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/91947/crafts/emyannie

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Cameras, Carrots, and Campers

It’s summer. It’s so summer. I don’t think I’ve truly appreciated the season of summer in years, that is, until I spent it with an 18 month toddler who happens to think everything is spectacular and awe-inspiring. It’s not a good day in little miss’s world until we’ve been outside and touched every ladybug we can find and run those fat chubby little fingers through the grass. And I love all of it… even the dirt eating.

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Our little family has been plugging along these last few months. Flyboy is still flying all over who knows where on a regular basis, but is about to pin on captain… and I have to say, I do like the ring of that title.

Emy+Annie went through a major visual overhaul and, I’ve got to say, it was a much needed revamp. If you haven’t checked us out lately, we’d love to see you over there. We’re in two more stores now and getting ready for another to open this September in our own downtown! It’s very exciting.

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So here I am, immersed in carrot pancakes in the morning, swimming in the afternoon with little miss, and sewing mini campers in the evenings. Life is a beautiful thing, albeit a occasionally stressful, discouraging, hectic, busy, thing. So here’s to the rest of summer… though hopefully I’ll post again before spiced pumpkin latte season begins.

 

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Don’t forget to enjoy the ladybugs!
Emy

Doodling, Once Again

This mama needed a good relaxing doodle session between these non-stop projects I’ve had lately and, as usual, Nora ended up being the main subject. Also, apparently its incredibly evident I’m in full on beach season mode!

Enjoy!

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Hopefully everyone gets to throw on a suit soon and get out into some nice cool water!

Emy

New Rattles Are In!

Just in time for planting outside and cherry blossoms blooming, here are some of the new spring line from Emy+Annie!

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We’ve been crazy over here, and by we, I mean “I”. Flyboy has been deployed for the last two months leaving the house to be completely girl-ified by Nora and I. I always manage to take on projects that are two-person jobs when he’s gone, I think its to make sure that every second of every day is filled to the brim (Awful logic, by the way). So I decided to renovate our upstairs bath and between being a mommy, this upstairs bath chaos, and a super busy Emy+Annie, its been one crazy ride! BUT! Stay tuned for bathroom “before” and “after”s soon.

Have a lovely day and if you need a baby shower gift or the perfect spring time baby accessory… good news, we’ve got some!

Emy

Mini Photographer

Last night Nora was chilling in my studio with my while I edited and she played. I happened to look over and she had grabbed one of my old cameras lying around. It was so cute that I had to snap a few photos of her.

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Happy Thursday!

Emy