Meet the Author
Hey there, can you introduce yourself?
I'm the mother of four beautiful children as well as the founder of serving-pink-lemonade.com. I created my website to share all the crafty things I love to do as well as the fun I have with my children to keep them happy and busy.
Tell us a bit about the book?
Quiet Book Patterns includes 25 easy-to-make activities for your children. This book is full of original ideas that are sure to keep your child's brains active and their hands happy! Each page is formulated to help your child learn through play--because that is how children learn best! The pages include fun ways for children to use their imagination,develop storytelling and problem solving skills, express creativity, improve hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, as well as learn about sorting, color, and number recognition--all of this and more through playing and having fun! Each book also contains a CD so you can easily print out the templates to make your book along with step-by-step instructions for creating each quiet book page.
What was the inspiration behind it?
My mother made some quiet books for my sisters and I when I was young and I loved playing with them as a child. When I became a mother making my children a quiet book of their own was a priority on my to-do list. I've made several quiet books since. My children inspire the pages I create from watching what they love to play with and where their interests lie.
Which is your favourite project?
My favorite project in the book is the castle play scene. Children can open up the castle doors and tuck the princess and knight figures safely inside the pocket. Or they can place the princess high in the castle tower to keep her safe from the fierce dragon while the brave knight battles for her safety. Then place the defeated dragon in his home in the (cloud pocket) sky.
What is your craft space like?
No matter where I've lived I'v been spoiled to have a huge craft area to work in whether it was a corner of our finished basement, a den, or a spare bedroom. I recently gave up my craft room to create a nursery for our soon to arrive baby girl. The nursery turned out beautifully and now all my craft things are tucked away in a closet. Hopefully one day I'll have a craft area to myself again but in the meantime I'm happy to share with my children.
Have you always been creative?
I've always loved to create. As a kindergartner I once planned a baby doll birthday party that my sisters and I invited our friends (and their baby dolls) to. We made macaroni necklaces for our dolls and had cake and ice cream. In high school I loved to sew clothes for myself and even made my dress for prom.
When did you first start crafting?
I grew up with a really fun and creative mother so I started crafting under her supervision from a very young age. As a little girl I loved to sew fabric with a needle and thread. For Valentine's Day when I was about 8 years old I sewed my sister a heart pillow out of red fabric and stuffed it with cotton balls. It was so lumpy! She was so sweet to keep it on her bed for years.
Who are your crafty heroes?
Where do you find inspiration?
My children are my best inspiration. Seeing the things that interest them and that they love always sparks my crafty and creative side.
What's next for you?
For now I continue to keep blogging at serving-pink-lemonade.com. I've really enjoyed having my blog as a place to share ideas over the last six years. It's been a lot of fun for me.
Keep the smile on your child's face while putting an end to noisy escapades. No need to stifle curiosity or squelch creativity; this guide helps you put together the perfect quiet-time book for car rides, waiting rooms, and church meetings. With 25 simple patterns and step-step instructions, even amateur crafters can create custom-made activities that are sure to keep your childrens' brains active and their hands happy.