Saturday, July 30, 2011

Little Birth Book

I mentioned in the previous post that I was working on a project. It was a gift for a friend who is expecting a baby in a few short weeks. A little birth book for her to fill out after sweet baby Lenore is born. CUTE name, right?

 I bound the book with red thread and the sewing machine, and then used my VERY FAVORITE fabric, the leftovers from haze'ls sheets and quilt, as a faux cloth binding. I got the idea from a tutorial found HERE
It turned out BEAUTIFUL. Better than I even Imagined!

 On the first page I included a quote that I found to be pretty profound throughout my pregnancy and birth. It reads: "The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new"- Rajneesh

A little page for stats, birth date, time, weight, length, and place.
 An amazing excerpt from a book called The Red Tent. I posted it earlier on my blog HERE.
I was tormented for weeks, trying to find the words to express my feelings as a new mother, and when stumbled across the excerpt it expressed exactly what I was feeling.
 A few pages for photos

And some extra photo corners and optional prompts for the many blank pages.
I could have just bought a silly baby outfit, but after my birth, and all of the things I have been feeling, I really wanted to do something special. I put my heart and soul into it, and I think my friend could feel it. She absolutely loved it. I wish that Baby showers were less about the Baby. The baby will be celebrated plenty. It should be about birth. The most important, and difficult experience a woman will ever go through. It would be wonderful if it were more focused on encouragement and preparation, and celebration of her pregnancy, the growing season. Those are the kind of Baby showers I want to throw someday.

I am so excited to make one of these for Hazel, and improve on the design a little bit, and then I'm thinking of opening an Etsy shop to sell the little things, along with Some floral mobiles I have been working on like the one I made for Hazel HERE.
any thoughts?

1 comment:

Whiteley Family said...

oh my flip. seriously? those mobiles are GORGEOUS! the book is over the top amazing too. I don't have the energy to do things THAT crafty! you're awesome.