52 Create – Craftvent Calendar, Day 8

52 Create, my weekly creative output for 2011.  Continuing along with my “Craftvent” calendar for my 2 year old daughter.  Simply put, it’s an advent calendar filled with crafts, all home made, many will be joint projects so she gets some fun of making stuff as well.

Day 8 – Today I gave my daughter a personalized ABC book.  It spent a few nights filling out the pages, I’m not much of an artist, so finding words that begin with each letter of the alphabet that I am also able to draw is a bit of a challenge.  I got to Y and decided I couldn’t draw a yak, so the Boat from letter B became a baseball, and Y became a yacht.  We read the book together today and I was impressed that she new what most of the pictures were, so either I’m a better artist than I think, or my kid is a genius.  A win either way.  I alternated one page of capital/small letter and one page of drawing.

My other Craftvent Calendar Crafts

52 Create – Wooden Kids Book

52 Create, my weekly creative outlet for 2011…  My little (and only) niece is celebrating her first Easter, too young for chocolate, so how about her very own personalized book?  I’ve had this idea in the back of my head for about a year, and I even cut the wooden blanks out for the pages at least a month ago, but it wasn’t until the last couple of days that I designed the page in illustrator and printed them out on t-shirt transfer paper.  The wood is 1/8″ plywood and the designs are simply ironed on and covered with a thin coat of spray on lacquer (food safe of course!).
I think these could be a real hit on Etsy as once the design is done, it’s fairly quick to assemble, and I could put a personalized name on each book.  The only issue is I don’t feel the t-shirt transfer will be very durable.  I’ll be keeping an eye on this book to see how well it holds up.

My other 52 Create Projects

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