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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Rapunzel and Button Flowers Quiet Book Pages

Something old. Something new.

Rapunzel and Button Flowers Quiet Book Page

I did a button flower page on Grace's book HERE, but the Rapunzel page is new. Naomi really likes princesses, but ironically hates having her own hair brushed. I just thought of that now. Um. Oh well.

I saw the tower Rapunzel page idea on Pinterest- several different versions I mushed together so no specific link.  I used cotton yarn to make the hair and stitched it onto the background (a scrap of darker brown fused onto the blue backing.) Then, I fused the tower and the roof onto the page and used a zig zag stitch all the way around- especially the window.

Rapunzel Tower Quiet Book Page

I sewed a strip of green to the bottom to make some grass and add some dimension.

Rapunzel Tower Quiet Book Page

The tree makes a nice little storage pocket. I fused and zig zagged the trunk onto the edge, then made a treetop pocket to hold all of the little hair clips and some more ribbons.

Rapunzel Tower Quiet Book Page

The button flower page is just about the same as the last one, but I got lazy and skipped the leaves and only made three flowers. 
Button Flowers Fabric Quiet Book

Button Flowers Fabric Quiet Book

They are still reversible.

Button Flowers Fabric Quiet Book

So that wraps things up! I plan on making another quiet book very soon and I have some cute ideas for that one. Thanks for reading along and if you want to see the rest of the pages in the series you can click HERE.

Rapunzel and Button Flowers Quiet Book Page


 Link Parties where I sometimes hang out...

You can see the rest of Naomi's quiet book here:


Grace's quiet book can be seen here:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New and Improved Zucchini Alfredo


We are continuing "Zucchini Week" here and so far it is going well! I am still freezing more than we can eat, but it will be good in casseroles and zucchini bread this winter. Tonight we had sausage, potato, and zucchini packets on the grill, but last night my husband wanted my new and improved version of zucchini alfredo. The original recipe is HERE, but we like this one better. It is creamier and the texture is better with the addition of some pasta. If you are going for low carb, use the other one.

New and Improved Zucchini Alfredo

1 lb. penne pasta, cooked and drained
8 cups thinly sliced zucchini
2 cloves garlic
1 stick butter
2 cups milk
8 oz. cream cheese
6 oz. bag shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella
1 tsp. salt

Saute the zucchini in butter with minced or pressed garlic cloves until soft, but not mushy. Meanwhile, melt cream cheese with milk in a medium saucepan. Stir in parmesan and mozzarella. Add salt. When the sauce is creamy, combine with the cooked pasta and zucchini. Heat thoroughly and serve.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mermaid Friends Quiet Book Page

This is the page where I got a little carried away.

Naomi really likes her fish tank (she calls plecostomus "grumpy fish") and when I came across this old, blue, swirly fabric I immediately though "ocean."

ocean theme quiet book page

Of course, the tea-dyed muslin (a little off color in these pics) made great sand at the bottom. It also doubles as a little pocket.

mermaid friends quiet book page

There is where I got a little carried away. I got out the felt and started creating little ocean creatures and had way too much fun with it.

mermaid friends quiet book page

On the left side I made seaweed inspired by THIS tutorial (which is actually for forest animals in grass, but it works here, too.) The little sea animals can play in the seaweed made of bits of ribbon, ric rac, and dyed lace. That keeps in line with the theme of the rest of the book even if the bright sea creatures are way off. They are fun. I don't care.

fish and seaweed quiet book page

I hand embroidered the faces on the jellyfish and starfish. Then, I machine stitched another layer on the back (with ric rac between them for the jellyfish.) The dolphin and purple sparkly fish were done by hand. The sequins were from some trim, but I ended up hand stitching most of them on  anyway since it wanted to come apart.

On the right side we have a sunken ship with a little port hole for playing peek-a-boo and some more seaweed-ish stuff (ric rac and gathered satin ribbon) I added just cause it needed something.

sunken ship quiet book page

The mermaids were just so cute that I ended up making three of them. They are completely hand stitched. I had some time to wait around on my husband in the car and added lots of details.

felt mermaids quiet book page

felt mermaid and dolphin

mermaid friends quiet book page

Just two more pages/one post to go! 

mermaid friends quiet book page

 Link Parties where I sometimes hang out...

You can see the rest of Naomi's quiet book here:


Grace's quiet book can be seen here:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Zucchini Pie


It is zucchini season!!! Yay!!!


We have an abundant harvest this year, so as a little challenge, I am going to try to make zucchini a different way each night this week. Tonight was zucchini pie! I have posted this recipe before, but I made a few tweaks so I thought I would repost it.



Zucchini Pie

  • 4 cup sliced zucchini
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. parsley
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tube crescent rolls

Saute zucchini in butter. Meanwhile, press crescent rolls in bottom of pie pan. Mix remaining ingredients in a bowl. When zucchini is cooked and softened, stir in the egg-cheese-spice mixture. Pour over crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Prepare to be bombarded by zucchini recipes again!

Friday, August 15, 2014

The PACountryCrafts Fall Collection 2014

There are some big changes coming around here, so I have been kicking it into high gear with my etsy shop lately!





I tried to create items that would fit well with traditional fall decor or a more neutral color palette.



I still make my pumpkins and indian corn baskets.




I also added hand painted signs this year!






You can purchase these items HERE in my etsy shop.


Leave a comment below and let me know if there is anything else you would like to see!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Paper Dolls Quiet Book Page

The paper doll page was also in Grace's quiet book. I love this paper doll fabric and it is my older girls' favorite page. I actually made these pages first and when I went to assemble the book I realized that some of the clothing was missing. They just would not leave it alone!

Fabric Paper Dolls Quiet Book Page

You can read more about how I made this page HERE

Fabric Paper Dolls Quiet Book Page

It is inspired by THIS tutorial, but I find it easier to make a dresser pocket instead of an armoire. The girls had fun picking out these cute vintage buttons from the bag of vintage sewing goodies our friend Eddie gave me a few years ago. I have awesome friends.

Fabric Paper Dolls Quiet Book Page

OK, so maybe I like dressing up these dolls, too. Nerd alert!

Fabric Paper Dolls Quiet Book Page

Fabric Paper Dolls Quiet Book Page


Yes, this quiet book page has been done before, but it doesn't get old for me. I promise the next one is totally original and I think it is gonna' knock your socks off! Stay tuned...

Fabric Paper Dolls Quiet Book Page

 Link Parties where I sometimes hang out...

You can see the rest of Naomi's quiet book here:


Grace's quiet book can be seen here:

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pie and Ice Cream Quiet Book Pages

Let's start things off with a little bit of a food theme here, shall we? Yummm...

pie and ice cream quiet book page

I made a pie page like this for Grace's quiet book and the "pie filling" is actually leftover fabric from an apron that I made for Naomi a few years ago. So, I had to make another one. It is super easy.

felt pie quiet book page

I thought the pink gingham was a little bit "tableclothy." 

Whoops! I sewed the page on upside down. Oh well, it will still work just fine.

blueberry pie quiet book page

The ice cream page was actually the very last page I made for the book and was very last minute. Shocking, I know. I could NOT figure out what to make. My sister, Loni, talked me out of doing something with organic molecule building (my other sister and I are both chem majors.) Eventually I decided on ice cream, which is also appropriate since both of my sisters were Dairy Princesses and Naomi's parents have a dairy farm. 

Plus, we love ice cream!

ice cream cone quiet book page

The ice cream carton is just a pocket that is stitched onto the background. Then, I made a white rectangle and stitched the top edge above the pocket to create a lid.

ice cream cone quiet book page

I made an ice cream cone out of a tea-dyed muslin scrap and stitched diagonal, crossing lines on it. There is a layer of tan felt behind there for some added thickness. I stitched a strip of white velcro- the fuzzy side to the background fabric and stitched the cone below that, just overlapping the bottom edge of the velcro a little.

ice cream cone quiet book page

For the ice cream scoops, I stitched some velcro squares to white felt, then used heat'n'bond to fuse scraps onto the other side of the felt. I stitched around the edge of the ice cream scoop template I drew and then trimmed 1/8" away from the edge the whole way around.

ice cream cone quiet book page

For a last-minute thing it turned out pretty well!

Pie & Ice Cream Quiet Book Page

 Link Parties where I sometimes hang out...

You can see the rest of Naomi's quiet book here:


Grace's quiet book can be seen here:

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